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webBikeWorld Shoei Hornet X2 Review

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' started by NetriderBot, May 28, 2015.

  1. The Shoei Hornet X2 is a complete re-think of the modern (and popular) Dual Sport helmet.

    Shoei has redesigned every aspect of the helmet and the result is a Hornet X2 that is quite different from the Hornet DS, its predecessor.

    The most noticeable difference is in the front profile, which has been flattened to provide better outward visibility for the rider.

    This has allowed a face shield redesign with a reduced radius that eliminates the severe curvature and poor optical quality of the typical DS helmet.

    The new face shield has outstanding optics and together with the spring-loaded rotating side retainer, provides a much tighter seal against the eye port gasket.

    The peak (Shoei calls it a visor) was also completely redesigned for superior aerodynamics.

    The peak is now separate from the face shield rotating mechanism, which means that the face shield can be removed and changed without removing the peak -- another bonus.

    The typically large Dual Sport open chin vent has been eliminated and the chin guard profile has been reduced, which adds to the outstanding outward visibility for the wearer.

    In addition to all that (and more), the Hornet X2 is also very quiet and has reduced buffeting compared to other DS helmets.

    The only downside to all of this is the weight, which is substantial. But the excellent balance and aerodynamics help hide the grams.

    The U.S. version meets the DOT standard and some of the extra weight is the result of the Snell 2015 certification.

    The Hornet X2 has a five year warranty and there are now 4 shell sizes to span the head range. The internal shape is consistent with other Shoei helmets.

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