I just took delivery of a new Shoei X 11 Full Face Helmet (Anthracite, Large). Ordered online from http://www.helmetshop.com/
. Paid $432 with free shipping (quite a discount over list or other retail locations that ranged from mid-$500's to a mind numbing $700 !!(A Honda dealer in NJ).
The HelmetShop sent the helmet in three days from Florida to New York, via UPS.
I must say I am very happy with the helmet. It looks and feels like a quality piece. Everything fits and works well. It is beautiful. It is light. A very nice fit to my previously Arai Signet GT shod head. I especially like the removable lining for cleaning (my main reason for replacing the Arai which is three years old is that the lining stinks even after cleaning with special helmet cleaner.
The face shield has detents at 7 lettings and doesn't crash down from the wind. It can be locked down, and had a convenient lever to 'crack' it open for demisting. Shields seem to cost less than Arai. The shield can be removed by pressing down on two small levers, without the 'cracking' sound of the Arai.
Most notable feature is the ventilation. This is the first helmet I have owned (Shoei RF900, Arai Signet GT, BMW System 4) where I can actually feel the air circulating inside. With all the vents open, I actually felt a draft up on the top of my head, strong enough to tickle a bit, but nice, especially considering the hot weather we have had lately. With a Cee Bailey 2, -2 alll the way down the breeze is good enough to feel comfortable at temperatures that had me sweating in the Arai.
The aerodynamics are good enough that I am comfortable riding with the shield all the way down at highway speeds up to 70 MPH without annoying buffeting, which I did not enjoy with the Arai. The System 4 seems to have good aero properties too.
The helmet is not quiet, especially with all the vents open. You can hear the wind wooshing through the vents. It is louder than the Arai or System 4.This improves if you close some vents, so o rest of season touring should be OK. Since I get better venting with the open vents I don't mind having to wear earplugs to control the roar. I wear the plugs whenever highway riding is planned.
I tried on several helmets at retail outlets near my home before buying online. I even told some of them what I was doing, and asked if they would match the online store price. No one would. No one minded my trying helmets on, and most spent time talking about various helmets they carried. I tried on Scorpion (400 and 700), Nolan, Arai Profile, AGV, HJC.
I see that Shoei did not participate in the helmet impact comparison testing that is referenced elsewhere on this site. My feeling is that any helmet is better than none, and since most will pass the DOT/Snell/Euro testing, that I might as well pick the one that fits best and appears to well put together.
If you've read this far, I have one question. I need to install a headset and mic for my Baehr intercom, and wanted to know if anyone has done this and can advise as to success/issues. This helmet looks so nice I am hesitant to tear into it for the install. I am considering leaving it 'Silent' for a peaceful ride, but then the pillion/wife will have to jab me in the ribs to make me slow down, stop for breaks and food.....
P.S. I have no relationship/interest in Shoei, The HelmetShop or Baehr.