Shoei J-O helmet review (RRP £299.99)

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What’s good about the Shoei J-O helmet?

It only took a few miles to feel comfortable and when riding on a warm day it’s cool, literally, and I definitely feel the experience of riding. The visor is easy to use, with well positioned tabs to pull it down. This style of lid has a risk of making me look as though I’m about to be shot out of a cannon, but this one looks great and I particularly like this colour option as it matches my Harley-Davidson Street 750 perfectly.

And what’s not?

The visor has a tendency to steam up and there isn’t a way to fit a Pinlock or similar device, which is a shame. As there’s no room for an internal sun visor it’s back to either swapping visors or shoving sunglasses inside the lid, which I dislike. Any faster than about 60mph and my eyes stream and I also have an embarrassing tendency to dribble, which is never an attractive look! There’s also no getting away from the fact that I do feel a bit exposed and vulnerable riding without a chinbar.

Time tested

Four months/1500 miles


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Alison Silcox

By Alison Silcox

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