MotorbikeCrazy Introduces the Shoei
Helmet & Sidi
Boot Page. Detailed Information
About Two Of The Most Recognised Motorcycle
Clothing and Helmet Producers
In The Industry.
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Shoei has been dedicated
the to developement of superior motor bike helmet since
The company was started
by the immense spirit and determination of its founder Eitaro
Kamata, who designed and used his first products exclusively
for the racing sector.What is amazing even by today’s
standards is the pace at which SHOEI became popular all
over the world: starting in the late sixties, SHOEI’s
reputation as a top quality brand spread first over the
U.S., then later all over the motor markets of Europe.
What is also amazing is
that everybody who was ever involved in the motor field
can spell the name SHOEI, in spite of the fact that they
are a team of less than 500 people worldwide.
But what is most amazing,
especially to a Western observer, is the dedication of our
factory staff. SHOEI manufactures all helmets (and all helmet
parts) in Japan, even though manufacturing costs there have
long since exceeded the level in many European countries.
Because the men and women in their factories take every
single helmet as a personal challenge. Faulty products are
practically unheard of, as every single piece reflects the
spirit, ambition and attention to detail that is so typical
of SHOEI. You will feel and enjoy the quality every time
you put on your Shoei helmet.
Ventilation is more effective
if the air has a way out.
That is why SHOEI helmets
do not only have effective intakes, but also devices through
which hot air can leave the helmet. In the case of their
top models, these are the Aero-Vortex-Ventilations.
With their characteristic
V-shape, they create negative pressure making use of the
Warm air from the rider´s head is actively drawn out
of the helmet.
The hyper dual liner
On our top range helmets,
the shock absorbing liner is made of two parts.Between them,
there is a system of ventilation channels which can very
effectively carry fresh air to the rider´s head, and
vent out warm humid air.
All SHOEI full face helmets
use a sophisticated ventilation intake below the shield
window, which serves a double function:
It supplies fresh breathing
air to the rider, but also steers an airflow along the inside
of the shield. This helps to keep the shields dry and clear
SHOEI helmets are comfortable,
even at extreme speeds.This means that the padding must
fit snuggly around your head, without ever feeling unpleasant.
At the same time, the bottom of their interiors have no
rims and no overlapping parts. This prevents turbulence
and noise. For their top class models, they took perfection
one step further and designed the entire interior to be
You can replace it in seconds,
and you can choose between 7 different cheek pad sizes -
what you get is a tailor-fit helmet, taking comfort to the
CX-1 Shield Technology
totally unique - the CX-1 shield is not attached to the
helmets with screws, but by a spring loaded ratchet. The
shield is detached by pulling two levers, re-attached just
as fast and it’s fit on the window seals is fine-adjustable.
As the entire attachment unit is inside the shield, there
is no need for (noisy) shield covers. The shield itself
functions as the sleekest cover you can imagine!
CX-1V Visor Technology
The CX-1V shield mechanism
system is the next level in SHOEI´s leading visor
technology. Although both systems (CX-1 & CX-1V) look
similar the differences can be found in the following features:
1. visor locking system
2. wider shield
Attention: The CX-1V system fits
only on the new developed helmet models starting from the
Helmet Production & Quality Assurance
Production of the
SHOEI exclusively uses fibre-reinforced
plastics that offer the best properties for the manufacture
of a helmet shell. Thanks to many years experience and highly
specialised employees, SHOEI is in a position to produce
helmet shells that are extremely strong and yet light. Each
helmet shell is marked personally by the employee who is
responsible for it and thus puts his name on the line for
the quality of this example.
Here the helmet is given
its final shape. All the protrusions created in manufacture
are cut off. The openings for the visor and ventilation
are burnt into the helmet shell with a laser. Finally the
helmet is checked to ensure that it has the correct material
thickness and weight.
Even though many production
steps have been automated today, it is not possible to dispense
with hand work in some areas. SHOEI combines hand work and
automation in production to ensure superlative quality.
The ventilation sliders,
visor seals, inner shell and padding are assembled with
great care. The helmet only goes for sale after the subsequent
detailed final inspection.
This strict compliance with
the production processes with associated quality control
guarantees the constantly high SHOEI quality.
The Helmet Hand
Hand work plays a significant
role in the manufacture of SHOEI helmets. This is especially
clear when we take the example of the painting
1. The priming
After the helmet has been
taken from the mould and all protruding parts and openings
have been removed, the helmet is given its first priming.
Then it is sanded and polished by hand and thus gets a
flawless surface for the subsequent painting operations.
Working on the various helmet shells with their own peculiarities
requires a high degree of experience.
2. Priming Check
After the priming the helmet
is carefully checked for any small blemishes and passed
for further painting – but only if the surface is
3. The helmet painting
The quality of a painting
operation depends on the quality of its individual layers.
It is virtually impossible to apply a high-quality coat
of paint by machine even with the very latest polyurethane
paints. For that reason only specially qualified employees
are used in this work step.
4. Painting Check
Subsequently the paintwork
is subjected to close inspection for drips, inclusions and
5. Applying the
Elaborate, extremely detailed
and spectacular graphics are part of the brand image of
a SHOEI helmet. In a very complicated work step the designs
are applied by hand by specially trained workers to the
finished painted helmet.
6. Protective varnish
The last step in the painting
process is the application of a clear varnish to the shell
to protect the decoration and to give the helmet its unmistakable
7. The final inspection
Before it is passed for
final assembly, the finished paintwork of the helmet is
given one last meticulous inspection. Checking for perfection,
even in areas that are hardly visible.
Shoei helmets are so renowned
for their quality that our racing champions are queueing
up for them. From Dominique Aegerter from the 125cc World
Championship to Ryuichi Kiyonari, currently 9th in the world
superbike league. Many special edition helmets are made
specifically for them and then available for you to steal
Shoei Helmet Ranges
- Adrenalin. When the flag drops it triggers
an adrenalin surge that unlocks all the rider's skills,
his willingness to take risks and his ability to test
his body’s reserves to the limit. He is thinking
fast and straight, and he can take decisions in a
matter of milliseconds that make the difference between
winning and losing, taking a fall or passing the finishing
post. It's the ultimate thrill
based on safety that has been hard-earned in thousands
and thousands of training laps.
XR-100 - Passion. Sometimes, everything is just perfect, there’s
hardly any traffic on your favourite road, the weather
is ideal and your engine is running like clockwork.
At times like this, you can get so much more out of
your bike and yourself. These are the moments that
keep you addicted and they're the reason why you’ll
always be passionate about motorcycling.
Raid II - Practicality.
If you don’t use your bike for touring, but
as a regular means of transport, you need a helmet
that is designed for everyday use. RAID II is the
perfect all-round helmet for people who are often
out and about in the city, and for people who like
to step up their speed on weekend tours.
Multitec - Fantastic.
It makes no difference whether you speed or cruise
with the new Multitec sporty flip-up helmet. It has
been tested at speeds of up to 300 km/h by professional
riders. They were very surprised by the helmet’s
first-rate performance and they all said that it is
“fantastic”. Try out for yourself how
fantastic this sporty flip up helmet really is.
VFX-W - Freedom.
Put on a SHOEI professional off-road helmet and leave
your daily routine behind you. They’re top
class when it comes to protection and comfort.
The new dual-purpose SHOEI Hornet-DS delivers double action!
The Hornet-DS is a SHOEI helmet that
is designed for use on all terrains. It unites the
advantages of a full face helmet with those of an
off road helmet. That means first-rate enjoyment both
on and off the road. SHOEI's Hornet-DS is the perfect
symbiosis of design and function. The removable visor
shield doesn't just look fantastic, it also ensures
perfect aerodynamics and keeps the rider's face safe
from flying dirt on off-road terrain. The wedge-shape
design reduces drag especially at high speeds. It
diverts the airstream to the back of the helmet which
reduces wind pressure.
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Sidi began as a craftsman's workshop manufacturing mountain
sports boots, but in the 1970's they began to specialize
in cycling footwear and boots for on and off-road motorcycling.
Dino Signori, the founder of Sidi, has combined a passion
for cycling with 48 years of experience manufacturing innovative
sporting footwear. Thanks to his passion and knowledge,
Sidi is now the market leader in cycling and motorcycle
Last Ten Years Of Developement
Vertebra Cromo - Sidi uses a new, light,
resistant and highly protective material developed in automobile
technology to design the first ever replaceable shin deflector
for racing boots.
Energy - The closure on the instep of the
Energy and the MTB Action SRS models has been modified and
both now feature the instep closure system. Ergonomically
shaped it can be postitioned to more evenly and securely
position the loads across the top of the arch and also replaces
the need for a high instep adaptor.
Vertebra 2 - The patented Vertebra system
has been re-designed to add the feature of an adjustable
calf system, which is replaceable and full adjustbale to
the size of the calf muscle.
Ergo 1 Carbon - Ego 1 Carbon is currently
the only cycling shoe on the market to feature a nylon sole
with two replaceable 100% pure carbon inserts positioned
in the metatarsus and arch support areas where the automatic
pedal is fixed. The carbon inserts cover 60% of the surface
of the sole, giving more rigidity than nylon, but at the
same time also providing increased flexibility and comfort
in the toe area of the shoe which allows improved blood
circulation when the rider pushes on the pedals.
Ceramic Scuff Pad - The first ever use
of ceramic on a motorcycling boot. The ceramic in the scuff
pad does not wear out and allows enhanced sliding.
Hi-Tech Carbon Fibre Sole - It is a nylon
sole with two replaceable inserts positioned in the metatarsus
and arch support areas. The inserts are produced in low
density material and reinforced with 40% carbon. A light,
very rigid and temperature-resistant sole.
SMS Sole - Suitably studyed for the Supermotard,
constructed of a special blend that withstands wear and
tear exceptionally well, easily replaceable and compatible
with the SRS system.
Full Carbon Sole - The sole in full carbon
is unique are rare in it's king because it is not completely
rigid. due to the soles different thicknesses. Planned,
projected and made to satisfy whoever requires a motorbike
boot sole that is rigid but does not compromise foot circulation,
thus guaranteeing excellent comfort and great performance.
The new Sidi sole brings the foot closer to the pedal axis,
has a replaceable rubber heel and an anti-slip insert on
Carbon Composite sole - The carbon composite
sole is made with different thickness levels to provide
a slight amount of flex while retaining excellent stiffness
and power transfer in the body of the shoe. The sole is
made from injected carbon fibre in a matrix of nylon. The
nylon used is preferable to standard nylon because it doesn't
absorb water and doesn't lose rigidity in hot or humid weather
as it ages. It includes an anti-slip insert at the toe and
has a replaceable rubber heel pad.
Adjustable heel retention device - New technology for the
heel cup system. The adjustable heel retention device on
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