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  1. W T F. how is this real
  2. motech

    New BMW GS Models Confirmed

    So these are just renderings? That normal 1200 photo isn't official ?
    I love my bike. If anyone f**ks with it, I want to know, right away. If someone is trying to steal it, or the city is trying to tow it, the sooner I know the better. I've owned and tested the Spot Trace, and I've looked heavily at the Scorpio Ride system. I recently stumbled upon the Trackimo system, and I was intrigued. Trackimo agreed to send me a review unit. I've had it for a few weeks now, How does it compare? The Trackimo is a really small device, that's USB powered, and can fit virtually anywhere. It tracks your motorcycles movements, shows you where you've been on a map, and sends you alerts depending on what triggers you have set up. It's $139 for the device itself, and comes with 1 year of free tracking. Optionally you can get the version that comes with a 12v adapter for $169 instead. After the 1 year of free service expires the monthly service is a low $5 a month. The device has both GPS and Cellular GSM communication. Setup The device arrived quickly, and in fairly generic packaging. The setup was a breeze, way easier than the Spot. Setup consisted of going to the website, creating an account, and adding in the device ID. After that, it tells you how to turn the device on. Once the device is on, it connects to the network within a few minutes. After that you customize the settings and you are done. Not once will you need to connect the device to your computer. Any settings you adjust are sent to the device wirelessly instantly. Since the device has both GPS and Cellular connections, it was able to connect to the network way quicker during registration. Software The web app is modern, and quick, while also being easy to navigate. They also offer iOS and Android Apps. I have an iPhone so that's what ill be able to show you. The iOS app is also modern feeling, and most importantly it offers push notifications. The reason I keep mentioning modern is because the Spot website and app are dated, slow, and poorly designed. The spot app also does not offer app push notifications. "The notifications are instant. I start the bike, and the notification hits my phone." In both the Trackimo iOS app and Web app, you can view your history by applying a date filter. When it shows your history, it won't just show you dots on a map like the Spot, but it will also show you the route you took with lines drawn in between locations, and it will show you your speed at each location. The Trackimo allows you to get location updates every minute for free, while spot only lets you get updates every 5 minutes. If you want every minute with the spot you have to pay more monthly. So overall, you are getting a more detailed overview of your route with trackimo, which is a nice bonus. Especially for future blog posts on camping trips or misc adventures. The trackimo sends you a push notification to your iOS app, and send you an email when it senses any movement. You can also set up GPS fences, that can notify you or your loved ones when you leave or enter specific areas. The notifications are instant. I start the bike, and the notification hits my phone. I prefer push notifications over email notifications, and having both come in was a bit annoying. I sent a trouble ticket to trackimo asking if I can turn the emails off. They answered quickly which is a plus. Good customer service in that instance. They said that they can't turn off the email notifications as they think for security it's important to keep on. I set up a filter on my email to automatically archive them so I don't need to see them. I love how fast the push notifications are. With the spot, I would only get email notifications (or text message), and I usually wouldn't get it for about 5 minutes after I started riding. I assume this is because the GPS line of site is not great where I live, whereas the Trackimo is using cellular to send notifications. Another huge plus, not needing GPS line of site to communicate. Especially because if someone steals the bike and its in the back of a truck or in a warehouse, i'll still be able to track it via cellular triangulation. This to me, adds a lot of value. Comparison Compared to the Spot Trace, and the Scorpio Ride, I think that the Trackimo is by far the best value. The Spot Trace is $99, and then $10 a month. You can sometimes find the Trace on rebate for half off. That doesn't include a hard wire kit, but the batteries last 2-3 months. The Scorpio Ride is $280, and then $11 a month for US service only. For international, including Canada, the rates go up. The Trace really looks like a joke compared to the Trackimo. The only thing going for it is the reputable company behind it. They have no interest in software, and its GPS line of site only. The Scorpio Ride looks to be a really great, full featured system. Its both GPS and Cellular, has an outboard GPS receiver that you can tuck away from the main module, great looking software, the ability to play back routes in google earth, and is even expandable where you can add alarm sirens, and tire pressure sensors. The downside to the Ride is the price. You're looking at over $400 for the product plus first year of service. If you can afford the Ride, go for it. I haven't use it, but I would love to try it. The Trackimo seems to be the best of both worlds. A solid product, at a great price. Hopefully the company sticks around for a while. Install Installation was fairly easy if you know your way around a motorcycle battery. The package included a rubber water resistant casing. I had to make a little cut out for the USB to fit in to it while still having the casing on. I should add a little silicon to that usb cut out area for extra protection. I wired up the 12v leads to the battery terminals. I secured and mounted the Trackimo in a safe spot. Its actually smaller than the spot and was easier to hide. I would recommend looking at other 12v USB options on Amazon. Trackimo is charging a $40 premium for it, where you can get these for under $20. Regarding hooking it up to my battery, I now have way too many things connected to my battery and so I purchased a Power Distribution Unit that i'll be installing sometime soon. So far I'm not sure how many the Trackimo drains my bikes battery. I haven't gone 4 days without riding since I've installed it, and so far that hasn't been an issue. It would be great if I tested the motorcycle battery right after a ride, and then again after a few days of not using it. I imagine that it doesn't use much power. Conclusion At the end, I would recommend this product. I think that its a great value, and the feeling of security it gives you is worth the investment. The instant notifications are a huge plus for me, and I think the software is very well done so far. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments. Updates A friend asked about the ability to have friends track your ride for special events. I asked Trackimo and they responded via a trouble ticket within the hour: "I think the engineers have this in the next software release, thanks and keep all the good ideas coming.." Another good point was brought to my attention, the fact that the device does not communicate back to the servers if it doesn't have cellular reception. So in the even that you are out without cell reception, it will still log the GPS coordinates and info, but it will not talk back to the servers until you get back in to cellular reception. This would be a problem when trying to use the SOS button when you are out of cell reception. Regarding Cellular Providers: "We use either T-Mobile or AT&T which ever has the best coverage in the area. The device will switch automatically to the strongest service provider." Original article can be found here http://www.city-gs.com/blog/2015/3/28/trackimo-track-your-moto
  3. 9 reviews

    Trackimo compacts powerful GPS technology, low-costs, and the knowledge that your loved ones are safe into the palm of your hand. Peace. Safety. Security. Trackimo uses GPS and cellular technology to protect those who matter to you most. A personal tracking device, Trackimo is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, and powerful enough to track your loved ones from anywhere on the globe. Whether you’re a concerned parent, a frustrated pet-owner, or a busy fleet owner, Trackimo can give you the edge. With Trackimo you can always keep an eye on your rambunctious teens, or your disobedient pets, or your significant others; you can use the web or your smartphone to know the exact position of Trackimo. Using powerful GPS technology, this little device provides you a global position with accuracy of 50 feet. No more wrecked nerves. No more calling a phone that won’t pick up. No more mystery. Trackimo lets you know the exact position of your loved ones; and with an SOS button this device will notify you whenever your loved one is in trouble. Trackimo gives you a peace of mind. Product Specifications Item Weight: 1.4 Ounces (42 Grams) Item Dimensions: L: 1.8”, W: 1.6”, H: 0.7” (L: 47mm, W: 40mm, H: 17mm) Network Band: Quad gsm 850 / gsm 900 / dcs 1800 / pcs 1900 Battery: 600 mAH Lithium-ion battery Battery Activity Time: 48-96 hours Product Warranty: 1 year In-the-Box Specifications 1 Trackimo GPS Device – 1 SIM Card included 1 Micro USB Charging Cable 1 Battery Door 12-Month Service Plan (no contract required) Product Highlights: Trackimo gps unit - sim included Micro usb charging cable Waterproof silicon case Magnetic attachment Lanyard 12 month mobile service - included No contract required Smart alerts Worldwide coverage *(except Japan and Korea)* SOS button Low monthly service cost Free shipping for u.S and canada Twelve months manufacturer warranty
  4. motech

    Tapatalk please!

    great site. really looking forward to participating. can you add tapatalk support ? its how i keep up w forums like advrider.com etc https://tapatalk.com
  5. Click here for photos. REVIEW I'll start by saying that I love my vario cases. They are perfect for the way I use the bike. I commute, in NYC. I need to stay narrow when possible, but have the extra space when necessary. In case you don't know, the cases expand to give you more storage (hence the vario name). You just pull an internal bar upwards or downwards to increase or decrease storage size. It's a very unique system. So for someone who commutes a lot, the Varios are a great option. Even if you are just touring, or camping, they are great. If you go off road often, or if you are never in the city, you would want tougher aluminum cases. If I didn't commute in the city, I would likely get the GIVI Outback Trekkers in black. Having the same key for all 3 cases, and my ignition is very convenient. Being able to collapse them allows me to lane split in the city as they are barely wider then my handle bars. One negative about the varios is that my Shoei RF1200 helmet barely fits in the top case, and only when on its side. The good news is that it fits with room to spare in the right side case. I also prefer top loading side cases over side loading, but the benefits outweigh the negatives for me. At this point my cases are a bit beat up. They've been through a lot and are handling it well. Besides normal wear and tear involved with city commuting, I've also slid my bike 20+ ft with one of the side cases taking most of the hit. Add to that the recent tip over parking accident. So while the outside of the cases are a bit beat up looking, they are still holding up great. Especially since I get to replace any damaged parts individually. REPAIR Meanwhile, on to the repair part of the story. It started with my bike getting knocked over while parked. A part broke inside, and I figured i needed new cases. After spending some time researching, I found out you could buy individual parts for these cases. Over 10 individual parts are available to order. I needed the "Adjust Frame". The part in the middle that supports the sliding mechanism. $85.50 instead of another $450 to replace the entire case. The part came in and I started disassembling. I removed the screws connecting the adjust plates (the modules with the actual gear mechanisms) from the adjust frame. This allowed me to split the case in two halves. From there, I would just need to remove the front of the case from the adjust frame, and attach it to the new adjust frame. This is the first problem I ran in to. They are connected by a hinge on the bottom, and I just could not figure out how to remove the hinge axle to free them apart. I even called the BMW dealership i ordered them from and they did not have any advice. I ended up using a dremel to melt the plastic away on the part of the hinge that was attached to the adjust frame, since that part was going to be thrown away anyway. That worked, but it took me a few hours of trying other things first and then finally the dremel. I then had to use pliers and WD40 to pull the axles out. Finally after getting them apart, I then attached the new adjust frame to the front case by lining up the hinges, and sliding the axle back in. I had to use a hammer to get it back in. Thinking the hard part was done, I then went to attach the two half of the case together. The problem was I couldn't get the top half of the case to fit together with the adjust plates. I had to remove the adjust plates from the bottom case, slide the top half of the case on to the bottom half, and then reinstall the adjust plates. To remove the adjust plates, i had to first remove the bar, then 3 screws from the bottom of the case. Once you remove the adjust plates, the gears are now visible and easily get out of sync. This is actually easy to set up correctly again, but it took me a while to figure that out. I'll come back around to that. So I attached the adjust plates back in, screwed everything back together and tried the mechanism to see if the case would open and close correctly. It did not. This drove me crazy. I thought it was a complication with getting the gears aligned just so. I must have taken it apart and put it back together 5 or 6 times. Banging my head, getting really pissed off about it, researching it online. I couldn't figure it out. Finally I realized what the problem was. The top half of the case simply could not slide all the way in to the bottom half of the case, regardless of the mechanisms. I measured the inner depth of the old adjust frame and the new adjust frame, and the new one wasn't as deep. Something was inside. I took my flashlight and saw a rubber snake inside of it. They must put it in there just for storage and shipping purposes, to keep it from getting smushed together. I used small pliers to pull it out. A long rubber snake. That was it, I put everything back together and it worked perfectly right away. The trick with the gears is that when you turn them all the way in one direction, one of the middle gears is able to turn independently from the other middle gear. Get it loose, and rotate them both all the way in opposite directions until they are at the end of their teeth, then match them up. From here you have to make sure that the middle gear does not get loose again while reinstalling the module. I used a pen on the outside of the module in the hole that the adjust pole normally goes in. Through this process, combined with the process of doing some modifications below, I became fairly intimate with the inner workings of these cases. I am now fully confident in replacing any part, though I do dread having to deal with the hinge axle again. Any good advice on that would be appreciated. MODIFICATIONS - RESEARCH It turns out there are a lot of smart people out there tinkering with their cases. From adding shelves, storage nets, mirrors, and footman loops. There is a specific thread on advrider about vario case modifications. The one that I really wanted to do was add loops of some sort to the top of the cases, allowing me to hold extra gear on top of them. I spent a lot of time reading that thread over and over again. MODIFICATIONS - BUNGIE BUDDIES When I travel with my wife, two up, there is less room for storage. Especially because she insists on having the top case on, as she feels more secure with it behind her. After doing some research, I saw others putting smaller duffles on top of the side cases. Dry spec makes a great 28L dry bag that looks like they'll fit perfectly on side cases. I picked two of them up during a revzilla sale recently. I also picked up a package of bungie buddies, and some extra rok straps to help secure the bags to the side cases. You really don't have many choices of where to mount the bungie buddies, and I made a few mistakes while figuring that out. Since the case adjusts in to itself, you can't put screws and nuts in that area. I had to choose the top of the outer lid. Even there, you have to find the only empty spot that will allow for the screw and nut to fit. I started by removing the "lock strip". At first I installed them on top of the two ridge platforms like I saw others do on the forums, but quickly realized that the ones on forums were for the R1200GS, and were slightly different. That location did not work on mine, as the lock strip wouldn't fit back in after that. So I made two holes on the top of the case that I later had to figure out how to fill in. I had to put them on the outer parts of the top of the lid, where the lock strip would not interfere. It wasn't the ideal place, mainly because they don't look so natural over there. I used a 1/8" size drill bit, a little smaller then recommended. I then used force to screw the bungie buddies in, letting them create a new thread in the plastic, and keeping it really tight. I also added black silicone between the plastics to make it water proof and also to remove any odd looking spaces due to the curvature of the case. I inserted the washer on the under side, and was able to get my fingers in there to get the nut on. I used a needle nose plier to hold the nut as I turned the bungie buddy with my hand. At the end I did the reverse, holding the bungie buddy with my hand, while using the pliers to tighten the nut. I also used some of that black silicone to fill in those misplaced holes from earlier. I'm looking forward to getting those side duffles on. They bungie buddies seem really tight and I think they'll hold well. MODIFICATIONS - TOP CASE BACK PAD Less of a modification, more of an add on. This is a BMW part, but because it's a bit complicated to install, I consider it a modification. My wife has been asking for this since she started riding on the back with me. Since we are taking our first weekend away together on the bike, I figured she would be happy to see this. I couldn't find install photos online anywhere, so hopefully this will help someone. First note, the instructions are for the R1200GS and are mostly useless here. You need to disassemble the lid of the top case. The lid is actually two parts, and you have to remove the outer shell of the lid in order to drill the top pad on, which includes removing the lock strip. Once you get it open, you'll see two circular markings that you need to drill open. After that, its easy. You just thread two screws in, making sure your alignment is correct. Put the top case back together and you're done with that part. The lower back pad is less complicated. You just align it, and thread two screws in from the bottom upwards. INSTALL + CLEANING Original install post here. I also wrote a post a while back on cleaning these cases. It involves alcohol pads, and a magic eraser.
  6. motech

    BMW F700 GS (2014)


    Excellent bike for urban riding, camping, and the occasional muddy trail. My only gripe, wish it had the same power as the 800GS. that 10hp difference would be nice to have.
  7. motech

    BMW F700 GS 2014

    Excellent bike for urban riding, camping, and the occasional muddy trail. My only gripe, wish it had the same power as the 800GS. that 10hp difference would be nice to have.
    I really don't think any camera is really that great yet, but as far as made for motorcycle riders goes, this thing is it. It pairs with your sena headset to overlay voice, and comes with a ton of moto mounts in the box. SENA announced a great looking camera a while back, and I've been anxiously awaiting its release ever since. It was finally released a few weeks back, i quickly put my Sony action cam on ebay, and the second it sold I went to order the SENA PRISM. I'm not going to do a full review here, after all I've barely had it a day. But i will give my initial impression along with some photos and a video review the end. The main draw with this camera is the bluetooth functionality. Pairing it with my SENA SMH10 Intercom on my helmet, and the camera really shines. I'll get in to that soon. Another stand out feature is that this camera is made for motorcycle riders. It comes with a huge variety of mounts in the box. The side helmet mount specifically is amazing. More on this soon. Bluetooth Control Features Once the camera is paired with my intercom, i can control it just by pressing buttons on my intercom. I get audible feedback from the camera overtime i do something. Keep in mind, my intercom is really easy to use with gloves, and I'm already really familiar with using the button set to control my phone through it. From a completely off state, i can power on the camera by pressing the phone button 3 times. That takes the camera from completely off, to on and ready to go. Same thing to turn it off. This is a great battery saving feature while on longer trips. Side note, you can easily power the camera while recording, which you could not do with the Sony. Its even got waterproof USB port. Once the camera is on, i can press and rotate the jog wheel on my intercom, the camera will switch modes between video mode, single shot mode, burst mode, and time lapse mode. The camera will announce each mode to me. If i glance at the camera in my rear view, i can easily see a big bright LED light on top of the camera that changes color depending on mode. Red for video mode, Purple for time lapse mode etc. To activate or stop recording, i just press and hold the jog wheel in for 2 seconds. The camera announces recording to me. If i glance at the camera, i can see the red light flashing meaning its in video mode, and recording. Bluetooth Audio Recording Feature The biggest downside to my sony is that when recording from the side of my helmet, the video would be great, but the audio would just be loud whistling from the wind noise. Unusable. What the SENA does is pairs with any bluetooth headset and will overlay the audio from the bluetooth headset right on to the video. Initially I thought this would be great just for being able to narrate the ride right on to the track, making the video more interesting and easier to cut later. After playing with it, I'm noticing that its not just the voice overlay, but the engine noises are clearly audible as well, meaning i can finally hear down shifts, riding through the gears etc. The bluetooth audio and control features are the number one reasons i wanted this camera. The voice overlay, along with being able to turn the camera on and off all through my existing intercom system that i already own is huge for me. Mounting Options So it comes with a boat load of mounts. A DUAL suction cup mount, a single suction cup mount, a handlebar mount, a surface mount. All with a special QRM quick release mecahinsm letting you easily remove the camera and move it to another mount somewhere else on the bike. They also include a full waterproof case, even though the camera itself is good in the rain. The waterproof case is for pools, diving, etc. It also comes with helmet mounts, the standard surface mount for top of helmet, the google mount, and most importantly it comes with a side helmet mount. Now with my sony, I had to work hard to come up with a solution to mount it to the side of helmet and it stuck out a bit far and looked funny. The SENA comes with a very similar mount to what they ship with the intercom on the other side of my helmet. Basically this is a clamp mount. It slips between the helmet liner and the outer shell, and clamps on tight. Its minimal and unobtrusive when not being used. Now some helmets don't let you slip something in between due to the construction choices of the helmet manufacturer. So my loaner helmet in the photos, the bell, i could indeed use the clamp mount, but on my Schuberth helmet, i can not. So for the intercom, i use a mount almost identical to the clamp mount in shape, but instead of clamping, it used strong double stick tape to keep it to the side. Over a year installed with zero issues. SENA was smart, and added this option for the camera too. They offer a very small double stick curved mount that goes on the side of the helmet andmimics the functionality of the clamp mount. Once you have that side mount installed, wether clamped or with double stick, you then slide a small female ball connector on to it. Then you take the actual side camera mount that interfaces with the camera, it has a ball on the back, and goes in to the side mount. You use a small wheel to tighten it on and that lets you choose angle at the same time. It's really strong, and easy to use. This is key, the side helmet mount is the one i use most, and they got it right. I don't think any other action cam comes with this many mounts in the box, or even makes any helmet mounts that equal these. I was concerned from the photos and videos before i bought it, that since the clamp mount wouldn't work on my helmet, would they supply any thing else that would do the job. So, they do, and its great. See the photos in the slide show. A few initial thoughts so far Good Controlling modes, power, and recording on off from intercom is amazing Bluetooth audio recording is amazing Great size (about same size as go pro, but the lens is on the small side which is better) Amazing mounts - all included Love the helmet side mount options - best in industry The LED status light shows if you are recording or not and also changes colors depending on what type of recording (red for video purple for time lapse etc) Really easy to see recording light on camera to know if you are recording or not Audible feedback through intercom to know what mode you're on and if you are recording or not. When you get a phone call the camera automatically utilizes the external camera mic until done with phone call. Standard thread mount for tri pods Good in the rain without waterproof case. Bad Gets crazy hot when charging. Edit - only when it's left on. When off and charging it stays cool. Lack of Siri access during recording is a downer (usually use the phone button, which in this case would snap a photo) No live view through iOS app to aim camera (seems to be coming soon, via this podcast) Time lapse recording takes over your intercom even though it's not recording voice - preventing you from listening to music. When recording audio from intercom you hear a very small bit of echo in your speakers. You hear yourself and the road played at a very low volume through your speakers No protective clear lens cap for use while recording - cameras lens is exposed to elements at high speeds or off roading No auto overwrite of recording for use as continuous "dash cam" (good for non stop recording in city traffic in case you have an accident). Hard to get battery out Hard to open and close rear door (though its getting easier as it breaks in) Needs better anti shake recording setting (miss that from my Sony) but i think i can correct that with software editing Here is the review from my site: http://www.city-gs.com/blog/2014/12/06/sena-prism-bluetooth-action-cam-first-impressions
  8. motech

    Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

    Ratings are subjective. It depends on what other helmets you've used before. My helmet before this was a Schuberth C3, which i found to be an extremely high quality helmet. The RF1200 is really great, and i chose it specifically because i wanted a lighter helmet that felt better on my head. The downsides so far from the C3, its noisier, and the ventilation isn't as good. Now having said that, my buddy who rode with a Bell Vortex for a while, says his new Shoei is much much quieter. So again, its subjective. My original review of the helmet, that can also be found on my website. This is technically my 4th helmet is 2 years. I think I'm settled, and at the same time, in love. Helmets before this, the AFX31, Schuberth C3, a borrowed GT-Air for testing (which I'm not counting in the total), and a briefly owned Shoei Neotec. Video review and photos after the jump... The AFX was too cheap, and loud. I made that purchase now knowing much about helmets at all, or knowing what kind of rider i was. It worked, but when winter 2014 came around i wanted something warmer and quieter. I loved the Scuberth C3 and convinced myself it fit fine. After some minor tweaking it was great. I loved that helmet and used the hell out of it for a full year. At a certain point i realized it actually didn't fit right, with minor pain points that were still bothering me, but more importantly i noticed that there was space between the top of my head and my helmet. I moved on to trying my brother in laws newly acquired used Shoei GT-Air. I tried that for a week, and didn't love it. Funny because i thought i would. I then found a used Neotec in perfect condition. I quickly snagged it up, loved it when it arrived, but upon my first ride realized right away that the shell was just too big. I finally went to the SHOEI RF1200. After my first ride, i have no more doubts. Its light weight, got a small shell, and is the safest of the bunch. My only minor grip is that i don't yet have a tinted shield. They make tinted shields of course, but i don't want to swap shields out. Im waiting for the photochromatic transition shield that should be coming out late april (i hope, as its been delayed several times). It took almost 2 years, but i think this is finally the helmet that will stick with me for a while. Im excited to tour with it, as you barely feel it on your head. Less rider fatigue on long days. Pros Light Weight Small Shell You barely feel it on when riding Comfortable interior Comes with pin lock insert which i couldn't live without Safe (Snell Approved) Beautiful Paint and overall Design 3 different size liners and cheek pads available Cons Too many vents to adjust, with small controls Helmet gets loud when chin vent is open Photochromatic transition shield not yet available after several delays I'd prefer a ratchet closure instead of a D-Ring, but i might be in the minority on that one
  9. motech

    Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

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    Shoei RF-1200 Helmet - Solid The pinnacle of perfection, the RF-1200 represents the culmination of 56 years of helmet heritage and has been designed, from its inception, to be an industry leader in comfort, performance and protection. The wind tunnel tested shell has been optimized to provide a compact and aerodynamic shape, reducing wind-noise, buffeting and weight. Shoei has not only designed the RF-1200 to be one of the most comfortable helmets on the market, but also one of the safest, meeting both DOT and SNELL M2010 safety standards. Whether you are a track day enthusiast or cross-country cruiser, the RF-1200 will allow you to ride with confidence, freeing you to concentrate on the road and most importantly....enjoy the ride. Slim And Light Weight Design One of the most important features of a quality helmet is that you hardly know it’s there protecting your head. Shoei has reduced the weight of the RF-1200 by using a slimmer design and building a distinct line into the side of the helmet that also serves as an accent. As a result, the new Shoei RF-1200 is lighter than any other Snell certified helmet in the current Shoei lineup. Shell Construction The slim design of the Shoei RF-1200, with its distinct accent cut line, widens the bottom of the helmet to help ease the process of putting the RF-1200 on or taking it off. Further advancing the comfort of the AIM+ shell is the industry leading four shell sizes that the Shoei RF-1200 comes in. The impact-absorbing dual liner consists of two layers incorporating different densities, helping to effectively balance the potential impact applied to the more rigid shell. Quietness Through advancements in the aerodynamic shape, improved interior linings and a new and improved shield system the rider will experience a very quiet and comfortable riding experience. The interior of the RF-1200 has achieved a balance of a comfortably soft fit and a firm, stable hold. The new design of the cheek pads also improves the motion of the neck, thus helping the rider to check traffic behind him/her for example. Shield System The CWR-1 Pinlock shield features ribs on top and bottom of the shield to improve rigidity and eliminate bending of the shield caused by wind pressure or the opening and closing of the shield. Independent beading in the top and sides of the Shoei RF-1200 help to keep the seal of the shield tight and eliminate any excess air. In addition to the CWR-1 shield, Shoei has developed a new base plate for the RF-1200. The Quick-Release Self-Adjusting base plate is spring-loaded and pulls the shield back onto the helmet, sealing it tightly against wind and rain. The addition of a five-stage rotating dial allows for fine tuning of the base place for easy shield adjustments. Ventilation A large lower three position vent, three upper air vent intakes and four uniquely positioned upper exhaust outlet vents combine with the Dual Density EPS liner to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS liner. Features: Four shell sizes Dual density EPS liner Superior ventilation 3D Max-Dry System II Liner E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) CWR-1 Shield System Neatly secure chin strap Includes Pinlock pins and lens insert Includes breath guard and chin curtain Snell M2010 and DOT Certified