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Old 03-17-2013, 10:48 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Shoei GT Air - really good lid

I finally bought myself a new helmet to replace my 11 year old X-11. The main feature I liked is the inner sun shield and it is totally awesome!! The fit seems similar to my X-11, but I'm not sure if the ventilation will be as good when it's really hot, we'll see.. Overall I am really happy with it, after riding about 400 miles in it this weekend! I highly recommend this lid for anyone looking for a new full-face helmet.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:33 AM   #2
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Just tried these on over the weekend and almost pulled the trigger. Thanks for the mini review.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:04 PM   #3
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I need a new helmet this year, been eyeing these...
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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Congrats! I am a Shoei man and would LOVE to have that helmet. My RF1100 is still going strong so I can't justify that type of money when my current lid is still in top shape.

Enjoy it !!
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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I finally bought myself a new helmet to replace my 11 year old X-11. The main feature I liked is the inner sun shield and it is totally awesome!! The fit seems similar to my X-11, but I'm not sure if the ventilation will be as good when it's really hot, we'll see.. Overall I am really happy with it, after riding about 400 miles in it this weekend! I highly recommend this lid for anyone looking for a new full-face helmet.
Is the x-11 really that old? I bought a Tamada replica a few years ago (Sportbike Track Gear had a killer sale) but I thought it was a fairly recent design. Also had a Rf1000... Shoei is good stuff. How much did you pay for your new lid?
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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After I bought a helmet last year with a drop down shield, I'll never go back to one without. This is the 21st century after all! Integrated bluetooth to boot. Now that Shoei has a drop down shield, I just had to try one on, which I did recently. Felt great. I can only guess the aerodynamics are excellent.

One thing though, besides the government required DOT cert, does it have anything else, such as Snell or ECE?
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:38 PM   #7
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I wish someone would make a drop-down shield that actually drops all the way down, so you don't get light coming in from below..
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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I have a Bell Star with photochromatic shield. I won't buy anything else that doesn't have a photochromatic shield again, unless it is really special. Love it. I also like it better than my RF-1100, not just because of the shield, but fit is better for me.

I like the drop down shield idea, but never found one that I liked. Either they don't drop low enough, optical quality is poor, or they fog up too easily, since much closer to face. I'll see if i can find this one to try it out.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:22 AM   #9
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Hey Zach, since you're on the cutting edge with that new Shoei, do you think you could maybe do a more in-depth review, throw in few pics? I know I'd like to get more first hand info from a fellow rider and not some marketing spew.

So, how about those aerodynamics and the ventilation you mentioned?

Most importantly.....how do YOU pronounce Shoei???

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Old 03-28-2013, 06:03 AM   #10
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Now that I've ridden another 500+ miles wearing my new GT Air I like it even more. It really cut's thru the wind nicely & I've tested this at some pretty high speeds, including some freeway riding in pretty windy conditions - no worries.

The inner sun visor is optically perfect & does not fog up. It does however leave a small gap at the bottom, which bugged me at first, but now I'm used to it. Also, I realized the gap allows much need airflow when it's hot out. It was nearly 80 in Malibu when I was riding on Sunday & the ventilation is pretty good after all. We'll see for sure this summer.

By the way, the black helmet is a super-shiny, gloss-black, even though the marketing pictures depict a more satin finish. I'll post some pictures of mine later. I paid $495 from Motorcycle-Superstore.

It is only DOT in the US, but since it's also sold in Europe it must meet their required safety standards. It seems the DOT rating is probably fine.

I hope I answered most of the questions below, if not let me know
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:26 PM   #11
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Is the x-11 really that old? I bought a Tamada replica a few years ago (Sportbike Track Gear had a killer sale) but I thought it was a fairly recent design. Also had a Rf1000... Shoei is good stuff. How much did you pay for your new lid?
I bought my X-11 in 2002, '03 at the latest..
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:40 PM   #12
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Here are a few pictures:
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:02 PM   #13
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I fitted a GT Air at Iron Pony today. Darn nice helmet. That drop down shade is sweet and easy to operate.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:28 PM   #14
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Thumbs up just watched the video

I might actually bite on this one. Features look fantastic. Any other review will be nice. Thanks to all.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:40 PM   #15
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Here is a picture of me riding with it with the sun visor down & it continues to impress me more every time I wear it
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:57 AM   #16
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Zach, does it "vent" as well as your X11?
Living in Central Florida I want something that flows air.
I currently wear an X11 and looking for something new w/o X12 $$$$
fwiw: have worn Shoei's since 1985
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:19 AM   #17
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Very nice helmet. I wish I had the extra coin for one. I am very happy with my current SHOEI but it's about 12yrs old.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:34 AM   #18
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Zach, does it "vent" as well as your X11?
Living in Central Florida I want something that flows air.
I currently wear an X11 and looking for something new w/o X12 $$$$
fwiw: have worn Shoei's since 1985
It flow nearly as much air as my X-11, but I haven't worn the GT Air in weather above 80 or so, yet. I do find if it's cool out & the top, front vent is fully open on the GT it's pretty cold...

I'll keep ya posted as I encounter warmer temps...

I too have exclusively worn Shoei's on the street for nearly 20 years
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:46 PM   #19
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The only thing I find strange is that this helmet is only DOT. I was suprised to not see Snell or ECE
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #20
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The only thing I find strange is that this helmet is only DOT. I was suprised to not see Snell or ECE
It's a sport touring helmet, more towards the touring with the drop down visor. Dot only means you can't track the helmet where I am from, but I would reach for my old rf1000 for the track if I decide to grab a gt air.

Sure Shoei just didn't want to spend the extra certification expenses for something most people who buy this lid will never use.
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