I very rarely see anyone with the TZ-R..... and to no fault of the helmet. I think Shoei has them priced too closely and people have no issue with spending the exta few $$$ for the RF-1000. Both helmets fit me the same, and looking at the comparisons on HelmetHarbor.com, it looks like the RF-1000 has better ventilation.....
So it looks like I will do the same as others, and just get a RF-1000.
can't tell you much except I just ordered an RF-1000 for under $300 here (they had 10% off and free s/h when I ordered). if you wear XL, you're in luck, otherwise they have some decent deals on other ones too.
I'm pretty psyched- I've been looking at that helmet for a month now and this price came along. giddy up!
I've got a Shoei Quantum-2 and an RF-1000. The Arai isn't as noisy but the Shoei fits better. I had another Shoei helmet years ago (can't remember the model) and that fit nicely as well. I think I have a Shoei shaped head.
BTW, I had a TZ-R, and I think it was one of the WORST helmets I've ever owned. Didn't vent for ****, number one, which is important to me. Not too feature-rich, either, for the money. I bought it instead of the RF-1000 because I got a serious deal on it, but I totally felt ripped off.
As a long time Shoei wearer, I can state without qualification that the RF1000 is the best of the RF series by far, and with the exception of slightly excessive wind noise (less of a factor as I always wear earplugs), the best helmet I've ever worn. It has excellent ventilation and controls, a great shield jack lever that opens it just enough to absolutely preclude fogging without getting too windy across the eyes, a shield retention mechanism that enables easy removal while wearing it, and impressive general fit and finish. On top of that, I bought it new in the box at a Honda dealership as a closeout Honda model for under $200! Can't beat that with a stick!
My wife and I spent all day Saturday helmet shopping. We tried to keep open minds about price and brand. Both of us ended up with RF1000s. Very comfy, plush almost. Sunday we logged about 125 miles with them. I love it! Much more quiet, and seemingly better fit and finish than all my other brain buckets. My KBC was actually falling apart, all the rubber bits came un-glued. My Simpson Bandit, while of good quality isn't nearly as comfortable, and I think the cutout for your eyes is too small for street riding (no peripheral vision) and last, my Arai was a bit too long in the tooth. I bought a color called anthracite, except for the shine it matches my '03 919 nicely. I know I could have gotten a better deal than the $350 I paid but Cycle Gear has a 7 day exchange policy on helmets... gotta love that.
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Sorry, I can't offer an opinion on the Shoei's because I suffer from an Arai Profile shaped head. A friend of mine sports an RF1000 and claims it's the best lid he's ever owned.
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All I can say is, I love my SHOEI RF-1000!!! I too wear earplugs or my Ipod most of the time so the wind noise doesn't bother me that much. BTW, did you know that most folks riding motorcycles for 10-50 years or so suffer from hearing loss? It's true, if you think about it, you can't even really hear that motor scream that much at 70mph. Better think twice about those earplugs.
I've also been looking for a new helmet to replace my RF-800. It's been a good un that I can wear with no earplugs and not be bothered by wind noise. I would like to find out if anyone makes a larger optical area to aid with peripheral vision or are they all the same.
We don't have anyone around here with a decent selection to try on so it's mail order hit or miss.
Has anyone rode with a Shoei Multitec? What did ya think? A little more expensive than a 1000 but I like the way it opens. I just want it to be as quiet as the RF's are.
Two years ago, my wife and I tried on all the current Shoei and Arai models. The RF1000 fit me well, and she actually preferred the TZR to the RF1000, so we went with what worked. Very happy. Two years in, though, I'm thinking of replacing the cheek pads in mine, getting a bit noisy lately. Although I think they say you're due for a new helmet after three years anyway...