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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-09-2018, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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New Lid - Shoei Neotec 2

Lately my RPHA Max from the last 5 years has been really bugging my head, in the front. I figured it was time to get a new one, and vowed this time to get one that fits well. I really like my Shoei 3/4 that I wear riding around home, so a few weeks ago went and tried on a Neotec 2 XXL (same size as my RPHA). It felt good, really good, but too loose and they didn't have an XL. Called them today and they had one so went in and tried it on. Feels just right and I did the deed!

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Decided to splurge and replace my old Sena SMH10 with the built to fit SRL at the same time. Maybe not the best value for the money, but I've gotten 6 years out of the old one so if this performs as well I'm ok with the cost. Slick unit. I've broken a couple of boom mikes slamming them in my RPHA face guard; that won't happen anymore with the short/integrated boom:

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The speakers also snap into shallows made for them in the foam - no velcro needed to hold them in place. Since they're mounted into hollows made for them, there's a nice space between my ears and the speakers. Typical Sena, it paired right up with my phone and SM10 for the ride home from the city. The helmet still felt very good when I got home and forehead wasn't aching. Yes!!

The mechanism for both the chin bar and the visor feel significantly more sophisticated than my old helmet. When the visor is closed, it does so with an authoritative snap which I'm betting will bar any rain from getting in.

The quick connect strap will be appreciated as well. I have one on the 3/4 I wear on the Ural and it was awfully easy to get used to. Apparently the internal sunshield comes down and goes up via a cable mechanism. No springs to wear out. Seems to work well and although I wish it came down even farther, it's more than my old helmet and might let me go without wearing sunglasses - we'll see. Very plush feel to the liner, just like my other Shoei.

I'll try and remember to update this once I've gotten out for a few longer rides, but I think I'm really going to like this lid.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-09-2018, 05:20 PM
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Congrats! Great choice! Iím going on my my 3rd year with my Shoei Neotech 1 and can hardly wait another 2 years replace it with another Neotech. Only drawback is that we have the Cardo Packtalks and have heard that because of the integrated Sena setup, our units would have to mount further back with the stick-on mounts. Not thrilled about that but we shall see. Keep us updated!


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Just took my new Neotek 2 out for a spin today. The wife and I took a short run ( aprox 100 miles) and the helmet felt terrific. Felt like I had been wearing it for yrs, very comfortable and the comm system (SRL) works perfect. This is my first step from a 3/4 to a modular. It was a very hot day here in NC and I did feel the heat when stopped for traffic, but on the move it was very comfortable and great air flow. What I think I might do is purchase a skull cap to wear under the helmet to keep the sweat from building up on some of the extreme hot days down here in the south. Good luck with your new purchase, I am sure you will enjoy it and get many yrs of good use from it.

UPDATED TODAY June 15, 2018.... See my other posting regarding the issues with a major design flaw, for me that is and possibly others.... The SRL unit does not have the capacity to transmit CB audio, only receive when used with the Sena Frewwire. I thought I was having some issues (operator error) but after talking to SENA technical support they informed me that is one minor shortcoming in the system. Well for me it is not minor because I do use the CB radio with the groups I ride with. Hoping the local dealer where I purchased it will take it back. Otherwise I have a $1000.00 doorstop.

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Welcome to the club! I got regular neotech and Neotec 2 just about a month and a half ago. Also replaced Sena 20 S with Sena 30K and so far everything is in perfect working order
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Congrats on the new lid Kerry!

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Finally got out for a ride tonight after 3 days of rain and high winds. Nice evening tonight. A couple more things I noticed about the Shoei - it's MUCH quieter than my old RPHA. MUCH. With the visor down, or even the sun shield the helmet was even quieter. And no rattles at all. My RPHA would always rattle a bit with the visor in a partially up position. Not this one. And after about 1 1/2 hours riding no headache! Think I'm going to like this helmet a lot.

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Are you using it with the Sena Freewire and have you tried the CB radio? The SRL does not have the ability to transmit CB audio, a major problem for me.

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Was your RPHA full or 3/4? I'm on my second ff RPHA and they are great on the track....

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Are you using it with the Sena Freewire and have you tried the CB radio? The SRL does not have the ability to transmit CB audio, a major problem for me.
I don't have a CB, but I saw your other post on the subject. That's really lame on Sena's part. Hopefully they come out with a software fix very soon. They're usually pretty good about that, but it also means they're releasing products before they're totally ready for market (which they have always done).

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Was your RPHA full or 3/4? I'm on my second ff RPHA and they are great on the track....
It's a modular. RPHA Max. It's a nice helmet, don't get me wrong, but the new one seems to be a step up in most ways other than weight (and price!). The Shoei is a fair bit heavier, but not crazily so IMO.

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