Shoei X-Eleven Kagayama TC-5 | Motorcycle Helmet

A motorcycle helmet really has three jobs: 1. Protect your head in a crash. 2. Keep road debris off your face. 3. Look cool!  And, of course, it has to be comfortable while performing those three jobs. The Shoei X-Eleven motorcycle helmet does all that for me.

When I had an opportunity to ride the Buell XBRR motorcycle at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California, there was no question which helmet I was going to wear–my X-Eleven. Sitting at the top of Shoei’s premium line, the X-Eleven is an outstanding street helmet, due to its light weight and effective venting, and it’s also a superb track helmet, as its shape helps slice through the wind at speeds in the mid-100s.

All I had to do was close the vents to keep the wind sound down and I was ready to ride like Jake Zemke, Eric Bostrom and Chris Vermuelen (three riders you may have heard of who participated in the design of the helmet).

While I can’t claim that the X-Eleven puts me anywhere near the league of those riders, it does give me confidence that my head is well-protected, and that translates into faster lap times. As someone who is always riding different bikes, the subdued grey/white TC-5 version of the stylish Kagayama graphic goes with any sport bike made.




Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.