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Shoei RF-SR Helmet Review [2023]

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shoei RF-SR Helmet

When you are riding a two-wheeler, a helmet plays a major role in creating a huge difference between life and death, that’s why a durable helmet is the most necessary accessory a rider should have.

It’s no secret that the highest quality helmets are created by the best helmet brands and wearing a top brand helmet enhances your chances of survival.

Shoei, a reputable helmet brand, has been handcrafting its premium quality helmets in Japan for more than half a decade by using complex techniques, sophisticated materials, and modern testing procedures.

The RF-SR helmet of Shoei is constructed using the same revolutionary technology as its higher-priced helmets but in a lower price range.

From the streamlined crafted outer shell to reduce weight and wind resistance, the RF-SR helmet is loaded with features and value.

Let’s go on a ride with us to explore the magnificent features of this versatile Shoei Rf-Sr helmet in our review article.

Shoei RF-SR Helmet Features Review

Here is an in-depth review of all the innovative features of the Shoei Rf-Sr helmet which makes it stand tall among other full-face helmets.

Shell Material and Construction

The outer shell of a helmet is one of its most essential physical features. To create the Shoei Rf-Sr helmet, Shoei used their patented Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ shell construction.

With this technology, fiberglass, organic fibers, and resin are hand-laid into a six-ply matrix to create one of the strongest and lightest exterior shells of Shoei.

To yield a more compact and lightweight design, multi-density EPS foam is lined beneath the shell. This internal dual-layered EPS foam adjusts the density to fulfill the safety requirements of each area on the helmet shell and provide different levels of shock absorption for the rider’s head.

For further protection, the helmet’s micrometric strap features a D-ring chin strap fastening mechanism that keeps the helmet on your head even at high speeds.

Safety Certifications

Shoei Rf-Sr helmet is not only approved by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) but it proudly carries the SNELL M2015 certification as well with the highest 5-star safety ratings.

Size and Fit

The Shoei Rf-Sr helmet comes with an intermediate oval head shape with a slightly narrow fit. Four shell and EPS liner sizes are available to provide a customized fit for most head sizes.

The concise size of its outer shell gives it a unique slimmed appearance on the rider’s head and prevents him from looking like an astronaut wearing a big helmet.

It is possible to remove and replace inner lining elements (chin pad, ear pads, etc.) with thicker ones to get a more personalized fit and improved comfort.

Face Shield

The Rf-Sr helmet is equipped with CWR-1 Shield with 3D injection molding. This is the same shield Shoei used on its high price Rf-1200 and the X-14 premium helmets.

As a result of 3D injection molding, the Rf-Sr helmet allows unobstructed visibility and distortion-free view throughout the entire field of vision.

This advanced shield also protects your face from 99% of harmful UV radiation. With its Pinlock EVO fog-resistant system, shield fogging will not be an issue in the future.

Shoei Rf-Sr helmet’s improved shield locking mechanism has ribs at the top and bottom to protect the shield from bending, which ensures extra safety while riding.

Moreover, shield change is no longer a hassle, thanks to its QR-E base plate system which facilitates riders with quick and smooth shield changes.

Because of its unique Spring-loaded technology, it is both wind and water-resistant while a five-stage rotating dial permits careful adjustment of the shield base plate.

Aerodynamic Properties

Shoei RF-SR Helmet has been optimized through wind tunnel testing to provide riders with a quiet, comfortable, and excellent riding experience.

Along with its aerodynamic characteristics, the optimum position for the vents is determined in a wind tunnel to ensure that the stability of the helmet is not compromised.

The vents in Shoei Rf-Sr helmet are designed to allow air to flow into the helmet without making a lot of noise and with all vents closed, there is no noise at all.

The QR-E shield closing system uses an airtight mechanism to seal the shield in place which further reduces wind noise.

Moreover, the included chin curtain also decreases the noise levels. Aside from that, it also shields you from the cold wind.


The Rf-Sr helmet features a standard set of vents, including 3 adjustable air intake vents and 2 exhaust vents. The intake vents, including the chin vent, allow for regulated airflow into the helmet, while the two exhaust vents at the back of the helmet provide negative pressure suction.

Cheek and top vents can be opened and closed by a switch to control the flow of air intake. The tunnels created in this EPS foam allow unrestricted air circulation.

Overall, the ventilation system of this helmet works great in keeping your head cool in really hot weather conditions.

Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS)

The Emergency Quick Release System has been integrated into this helmet to make it easier for emergency workers to remove the helmet securely and more easily in an emergency, without putting pressure on the injured rider’s neck. This feature works great to protect a rider’s head after an accident.


The Rf-Sr helmet is one of Shoei’s lightest helmets. There is a lot of weight savings in this helmet including its aerodynamic shell design and the combination of interwoven fiberglass layer with organic fibers.

This helmet weighs only 3-pound, so it is quite light on the head. You will not experience neck strain even if you wear the helmet for prolonged rides.


This SNELL Certified helmet is so comfortable that you will forget you are wearing it. The interior of this full-face helmet features removable and washable upper liner and chin strap covers. This fully removable and washable interior is 3-dimensionally shaped to match the contours of a rider’s head.

As the liner is adjustable so it fits on every head shape with no discomfort. It is replaceable too, so if you are not happy with the original liner and cheek pads that came with it, you can easily replace it.

The helmet is equipped with a chin curtain and a breath guard as well to help keep the visor clean by preventing fog from accumulating on it.

The chin curtain also reduces the amount of air entering the helmet through the chin region. This is especially helpful in chilly weather to decrease wind noise and increase the warmth of the helmet.

To further enhance comfort, the helmet is equipped with Bluetooth technology, which allows the rider to communicate wirelessly. The speaker pocket can easily accommodate any speaker kit. There is a strong vinyl covering on the underside of the chin bar for mounting a microphone.

Along with a shield that protects the rider’s face from direct sunlight exposure, the Rf-Sr helmet has glasses grooves too, which are very helpful for riders who wear glasses.


The Shoei brand is believed to have expensive helmets. This RF-SR helmet is Shoei’s entry-level street, sport, and touring helmet so it is less expensive than its siblings.

But that doesn’t mean it is less in quality or features. The Shoei Rf-Sr helmet has everything you can expect in a high-end helmet. So, this helmet is worth every penny that it costs.

Specifications at a Glance

  • Outer Shell: Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell

  • Inner Foam: Multi-density EPS liner

  • Face shield: Injection-molded CNS-1 Shield

  • Safety Feature: Emergency Quick Release System (E.Q.R.S.)

  • Pinlock: Yes

  • Certifications: DOT and SNELL Certified

  • Retention System: Double D-Ring

  • Base Plate System: QR-E

  • Fog Protection: Pinlock EVO Fog-resistant System

  • Ventilation: 3 adjustable Intake Vents and 2 Exhaust Vents

  • Inner lining: 3D Shaped Removable & Washable Interior

  • Cheek Pads: Multi-Layer Cheek Pads

  • Warranty: 5-Year

What do we like most?

  • Aerodynamic shell design
  • Outstanding ventilation
  • Lightweight shell
  • Chin Curtain and breath deflector Included
  • Anti-Fog CNS-1 Face Shield
  • 3D shaped interior
  • EQRS included

What we don’t?

  • Not a great fit for round head shape

Final Thoughts

Once you get the taste of Shoei’s high-quality helmets, you will never want to go back to anything less. Known for its comfort, near-perfect fit, and attention to detail, Shoei RF-SR full-face helmet is an excellent choice for both short-distance street riding and long-distance touring.

In terms of technology and functionality, the Shoei RF-SR helmet offers the same level of innovation as helmets costing more. But this extremely comfortable, safe, and attractive helmet is the least expensive among Shoei full-face helmets.

It brings some of the best features out there to a helmet at a reasonable price.

It also comes with a 5-year warranty, so there is no need to be worried about the durability of this helmet.

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