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RF-1100 air leaks - September 18, 2011, 06:50 AM

Hey anybody out there have a Shoei RF-1100?

I have one and it leaks air like crazy at the upper part of the face shield - it just blows air into my left eye even with all the vents closed.

I have a Shoei Spectra shield on it and adjusted the shield so its as far back at the attachment points as possible but it just leaks like crazy.

Anybody else have this? I'm thinking I might try putting on the clear shield the helmet came with and see if that fits better and solve the problem.
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September 19, 2011, 09:44 AM

I have one that I bought last year. It does the same and rain gets through as well. I was really ticked off. So it is my crap helmet now. I switch to Arai Corsair V and it is sealed really well.

Shoei techs were at Coleman's in Woodbridge during an event a few months back and looked at it. They said the rubber seal looked fine and don't know why it was leaking. They said it was the shield. I bought another and the same thing! I will never buy another Shoei. But that is just my experience....
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so glad to know this...ive had Aria's since 2004 and was going to try a shoei because they look hot when watching races...but ill stick withi what i know then..


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September 19, 2011, 11:00 AM

I've ridden with mine several times in the rain no leaks.
I only get an air whistle when I have the visor lock all the way down to vent.
Occasionally I get a whistle when I have the two front vents open.

I have the dark tint visor on it.


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September 19, 2011, 11:03 AM

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Taping may be a solution but not for a helmet that is $600+!!! My old HJC never had any of those problems either and that was 6 years ago!
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September 19, 2011, 12:51 PM

Yeah, I think I'm going to try it out with the clear shield it came with. I also put the chin curtain on to see if that helps any.

I really don't have the funds for an Arai right now, I'm sooooo tempted to go back to my old RF1000 that was in a low speed low side slide, but I know I shouldn't do it. It only has some scratches on it
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September 19, 2011, 02:19 PM

I have an x11 and love that thing, no leaks or anything like this with all shields.


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September 19, 2011, 03:36 PM

Quick test:

While riding press down on the upper right part of the shield, then lower right, then upper left and lower left

The section which reduces the noise most when pressed needs to be adjusted. Not just set both sides back the furthest. The idea is to adjust for the slight out of spec curvature - if you peg both sides back the same you don't change the offset.

RF1100 usually get a pretty good seal. Their new sport touring Qwest is even quieter.


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RF1100 usually get a pretty good seal. Their new sport touring Qwest is even quieter.
Why is the Qwest considered a sport touring helmet? How is it different from say the RF1100. Revzilla describes it as a touring helmet cuz its lighter, quieter and more comfortable. Arent these things any "supersport" rider wants in their helmet? For me the Qwest fit me much better than the RF1100, but Suomy fit me the best so I went with them, but i think I may get the Qwest as my next helmet.
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Why is the Qwest considered a sport touring helmet? How is it different from say the RF1100. Revzilla describes it as a touring helmet cuz its lighter, quieter and more comfortable. Arent these things any "supersport" rider wants in their helmet? For me the Qwest fit me much better than the RF1100, but Suomy fit me the best so I went with them, but i think I may get the Qwest as my next helmet.
It's the ergonomics of the helmet

the position of the vents is different and engineered for a more upright riding position

Get down into a crouch and the Qwest will not perform optimally.

We should be getting the x12, rf1100 and Qwest in for test so I'll let you know how it pans out but so far I like what I hear about the Qwest


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Mine works well and has none of the above mentioned issues. So dunno.


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Another legit option is Dielectric grease around the rubber part, if it's small enough that should seal it.
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It's the ergonomics of the helmet

the position of the vents is different and engineered for a more upright riding position

Get down into a crouch and the Qwest will not perform optimally.

We should be getting the x12, rf1100 and Qwest in for test so I'll let you know how it pans out but so far I like what I hear about the Qwest
awww that makes sense, wasnt able to test it in that manner.
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September 25, 2011, 05:53 AM

OK, an update on this. I took Dutch's suggestion. First, I put on the clear shield that it came with to see if that made a difference. Nope. Then while riding I placed my hand over the different areas on the shield to see where the air would stop. Nope. No difference. So then I placed my hand where the chin curtain would be. Solved the problem. So the deal is that the air blowing into my eye is apparently coming from below and not from the vents or shield.

I put my spectra shield back and and installed the chin curtain and I'll see if it makes a difference once I go out again, hopefully today.

What I think is interesting is that I never had this problem with my RF-1000.
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