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 Shoei X-12 Martyr Helmet
Shoei X-12 Martyr Helmet
Since its introduction in 2003, the X-Eleven has been the motorcycle-racing helmet that all others are judged by. For this year, Shoei engineers were faced with the grueling task of improving on what is already considered to be the best-performing racing helmet ever conceived. Born from racing, the all-new X-12 Martyr Helmet combines Shoeis 50 years of helmet building experience with the very latest technology and most advanced materials to bring you the racing helmet of the future. Throughout its history, Shoei has relied on feedback from professional racers around the globe to continually improve its products, and everything learned along the way has now culminated in the finest motorcycle racing helmet ever developed-the all-new X-Twelve! Features Q.R.S.A. (Quick Release Self-Adjusting) Base Plate System CW-1 Shield AIM+ Shell Construction (Snell M2010-Approved) 5 Shell Sizes Aero Edge 2 Spoiler Ventilation System Dual-Layer EPS Liner 3D Max Dry Interior System E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick Release System) Chin Curtain Breath Guard
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Move from and x-Eleven to the X-Twelve
PostedNovember 1, 2011
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From Orlando
Rider Type:Kneedragger
I had my bike and helmet stolen, so it was time to replace both. I really love the X-Eleven, so I went to a local helmet shop and tried on a number of different helmets and found the X-Twelve fits me perfectly, just like the X-Eleven did. I have an oblonged shaped head, not round so it fits me just right, If I try on an ICON helmet it is very uncomfortable on the top front of my forehead, so that might give you an idea of how it fits.
Checked the web and found RevZilla had the Martyr for a killer close out price and it was a color and design that matched my new 2011 Black Hayabusa.
Now putting on the breath deflector is a bit of a pain and it will partly come off with very little contact. Now I carry it from time to time by the chin bar, so this can irritating. Not a deal breaker, just something to know. The breath deflector seems to be shorter (not as tall as the X-Eleven's) and doesn't seem to deflect as much breath away from the inside of the shield.
With my X-Eleven the fog on the inside of the shield could build up while sitting at a light on a cooler or damp morning or in the rain, but it would clear up within a few feet of taking off. The X-Twelve fogs a lot more in those conditions and even with all the vents open and the shield with the small crack at the bottom using the lever on the left side it fogs some even while moving down the road, unless you tilt the whole helmet up slightly, so the deflector covers a little more of your nose.
Another thing I've notice is it whistles when you turn your head slightly, seems to be coming from the lower front vent and it might be from others, but I can't tell for sure yet.
Other than that this helmet fits me perfectly and is very comfortable. I've gone down 3 times wearing an X-Eleven and it took all the abuse each time had to give and I excaped any head injury, (well don't ask my friends or employees, they might tell you differently, ha ha). This helmet is constructed just as well or better as the X-Eleven, so I feel very safe wearing it. Now I'm one of those guys that wears full gear (boots, gloves, jacket and pants, the whole enchilada year around when ever I drive - yea mesh for the hot days and perf'ed leather or textile for the cooler days and full naked leather for the rest of the year.), so feeling safe is a big deal.
Fianlly I've only put 200 miles on the bike and wearing this helmet, so I may come up with more info down the road.
RIde safe everyone
Blaine in Orlando.
Anyway, this is a killer helmet and you'll be glad you spent the money.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Yes, I recommend this product.
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