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Suomy vs. Shoei

I need all your help... I need to buy a new helmet and I don't know too much about them... Right now I have an Icon Alliance that I got on clearance before I bought my bike, but it's too big and I want a better quality one... I am trying to decide between the Suomy Spec-1R Anthracite (wtf?) and the Shoei RF-1000... Does anyone have any opinions on either one?

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Do a search Bro. This topic has been beat down many times over.

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Do a search Bro. This topic has been beat down many times over.
I did "bro"... couldn't find anything on these specific helmets... Thanx for the help...

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I need all your help... I need to buy a new helmet and I don't know too much about them... Right now I have an Icon Alliance that I got on clearance before I bought my bike, but it's too big and I want a better quality one... I am trying to decide between the Suomy Spec-1R Anthracite (wtf?) and the Shoei RF-1000... Does anyone have any opinions on either one?

Thanx in advance!!!
The Spec-1R is a superior helmet in most people's opinions in comparison to the Shoei...i'm considering one myself.

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Suomy = lighter than Shoei. Shoei = quieter than the Suomy. Comfort = personal choice.

I really love my Shoei Vermeulen X11. By far the lightest, most comfortable helmet I have ever owned.

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I don't think you can go wrong with either brand. It's all about fit/comfort & price willing to pay.

Try and find the helmets at a shop to try on and then I'm sure you will make your choice.

I prefer Arai over Shoei. I've never tried on Suomy
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Find somewhere to try on either helmet, that's if you can find somewhere that has both of them. They both fit differently. I prefer my Shoei, but that's my personal preference. Good luck on the decision.

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I have a Arai Quantum f and a Soumy Spec 1 R or whatever. The Arai is lighter, has better ventilation and is quiter. The Soumy is pretty light, ventilation sucks, and I have to wear ear plugs with it.

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I like my Soumy but hated the Arai that I had. Tried on some Shoei and they were to heavy for my little neck muscles. Go to the dealer and try them both on. Whatever is more comfy for you.

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Ditto trying every helmet your interested on. They will all fit different.

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I was digging Kaos's Arai Quantum II....lately I have seen a couple of mouth vents pop off (Andy's, Jay's). Steven....is unwilling to take shield off, cause the side pods might pop off Anna has been having problems with her side pods too.I've seen Jay having to use a key to get his shield back on, I'm too impatient for that kind of stuff. I like my Shoei TZ-R, easy change of shields. I think it's a little noisey with all the vents open Soumy or Shoei, I can't see you going wrong....like everyone...try them on for comfort and fit

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I've had both Shoei and Arai. The Suomy Spec1-R fit my head best, is the lightest and best-ventilated (remember, "ventilation" WILL translate to "noise", so get yourself a set of earplugs).

Bottom line, everyone's head is shaped a little differently and some brands will work with your particular skull better than others. More important than brand is fitment. If, when you first try it on, it's a little too snug all the way around (with no "pressure points") then it's a good fit. You shouldn't be able to "move" the helmet around on your head at all.

When you're ready to buy, SportBikeMike carries both, is local and has very good pricing.

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I don't know much about the fit of the Suomy. Owning the Shoie X-11 I can say that it is a great helmet. I wouldn't worry about the function of them meaning, if you're having problems with a visor, give it practice and it'll be nothing to it.
I worked at Chicago Cycle and we were taking the Arai shields off and putting them back on in seconds. People worry they're going to break them when actually it's nothing to them.
Hope you find what you like, Bubba.
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Lori, let me know when you have some time and I'll ride to CCC with ya to try on some different helmets. I would stick with either Arai or Suomy.
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I have a Arai Quantum f and a Soumy Spec 1 R or whatever. The Arai is lighter, has better ventilation and is quiter. The Soumy is pretty light, ventilation sucks, and I have to wear ear plugs with it.
I couldn't find a weight spec on the ARAI, but SUOMY claims to be the lightest in it's class. This for both the EXTREME SPEC 1R AND the SPEC 1R. They both weigh in at 1250 GRAMS. Soumy also claims to have the best venting.
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We sell both SUOMY and SHOEI. Both are great brands. We don't have ARAI, so I don't know much about them. As many others have said, it's all about the fit. Whatever feels best on your noggin. The SUOMY's are designed to fit a little differently. They may feel a little too small as you put it on, but once it's over the largest part of the head they fit properly.
The SHOEI's all weigh in around 1500 grams.
X-11= 1520 grams
RF-1000=1490 grams
TZ-R= 1510 grams
I find that I like the SUOMY's better. They fit me well, are light, and have some bithcin' graphics.
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It all depends on your melon. Arai doesn't fit me, HJC's are too big, never tried Suomy's, Shoei fit perfectly.

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