The Shoei X-Fourteen Sportbike Helmet

The Shoei X-Fourteen motorcycle helmet is the company's new top-of-the-line model. Developed in a wind tunnel, the ventilation system is improved nd now includes cheek pad cooling, a great feature for tropical-weather riders. The outer shell has been shaped for improved aerodynamics, which reduces helmet buffeting and neck strain, especially on motorcycles with little or no wind protection.

A representative for Shoei's marketing department told us that the Shoei X-Fourteen, compared to the X-Twelve, reduced lift by three percent, drag by 10 percent, and buffeting by a amazing 50 percent. At high speeds, the Shoei X-Fourteen feels very comfortable and doesn't float around or buffet like many other street helmets do.

Dual-layer, multi-density EPS (expanded polystyrene) is engineered to provide enhanced impact absorption while allowing additional air to flow through tunnels in the EPS liner. This keeps the helmet's size more compact for better aerodynamics.
The Shoei X-Fourteen features a removable, washable, replaceable, and adjustable 3D Max-Dry interior. For a custom fit, optional cheek pads offer varied thickness, and the center pad is also offered in different sizes that can be bought individually or as a package. By moving two snaps at the lower rear of the center pad, plus two snaps on each cheek pad, the liner can be repositioned to accommodate a racer's tuck for track days.

This allows four degrees of increased upper-field vision. MotoGP racer Marc Marquez worked with Shoei on this feature and offered aerodynamic feedback and assistance in determining shell shape. As a result, the company added a rear stabilizer and flaps that can be changed to vary the aerodynamics to rider preference.

The Shoei X-Fourteen has a secondary chin air intake, under the main chin vent, directs air into passages in the EPS iner to holes in the cheek pads. Shoei reports that ventilation was given priority over wind noise. Our riding impression did not find the Shoei X-Fourteen to be noticeably noisier than other top-of-the-line motorcycle helmets but well ventilated for sure. The Shoei X-Fourteen is a good-looking helmet that's well made and nicely finished. Designed to give high level of protection and comfort on the racetrack, there's no reason why this helmet can't be used on the street, too.Tag: Shoei X-Fourteen Helmet Full-Face-Helmet MotoGP Marc Marquez EPS Safety-Gear Ventilation
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