I'm finally replacing my Shoei RF1000, and wow, is it nice to wear a brand new helmet. The cushion, the look, and the SMELL. So nice!
BUT - I'm not sure I would spend another $500+ on this. It's well built, feels/operates very nice, has the right features, but I just feel like something in the $200-300 range might be similar.
For me, I have to have the helmet 'open' (to the 3/4 position) to put it on without ripping off my ears. Yes, once on and closed it's a great fit, but getting there is worth noting.
I LOVE the sunshield.
The vents are easy to operate while riding, provide a lot of air, but are a bit noisy when closed. I don't mind though, as, overall, the helmet is a LOT quieter than my old helmet.
So after using this helmet almost daily, this is my review.
If you're a Shoei person, get this helmet, it's great. If you're cautious about the price, shop around. I didn't, but feel that some cheaper helmets would provide ME a similar result.
After 54 years of riding I had my first dangerous incident. I was hit from behind by a rider who was target fixated and was not paying attention. Went down relatively hard as I separated from my bike. The two year old RF 1200 helmet I was wearing took the lions share of the impact and sliding damage. The helmet did it's job and I was able to walk away with no injuries. The RF 1200 is one great helmet.
Put over 8,000 miles on it this year. I bought the black and white seeker and put on the dark shield. I like it because when the face shield is up, it doesn't have the edges hanging down in your view when you when you have the shield open. Also it does not crush the bows of your glasses against your ears. I love it.