Shark Race R Pro Carbon Kolov - Green / Black
Customer Product Reviews
Really well put together, feels and looks like a premium product. I found this carbon version quieter than the standard non-carbon version, which I have as well. That all goes away with the use of ear plugs anyway. The road visor definitely has some anti fogging qualities. Get caught in traffic with visor closed and breathe away as it does not seem to fog up. Noticeable. I reckon it is a top class helmet, up there with the best of them.
Good points: Helmet has great design. Interior is great. It's really comfy. Grooves for glasses and cut out for speakers. For that adding a star! Bad points: * Visors are not Pinlock ready * Visor locking mechanism is horrible. Extremely difficult to open and close to the point where glove has to be taken off * Chin Vent folds out at speed if in other position than fully open * Visor started to hook on the Front vent opening straight away. Despite sending Helmet back for warranty repair/inspection the above niggles have not been resolved. For this reason I can only give it 2 Star, as I dread taking the helmet out for a ride. Sportsbikeshop have been as helpful as they could, but ultimately it is bad design by Shark.
Lightweight, gorgeous stylish and silent
I bought this helmet in the new year to replace a Scorpion Exo 2000 Air their aggressive race helmet. In comparison to that, it blows it out the water. It weighs 250g lighter at 1200g - +5 which after having whiplash and not 100% sure it's gone, definitely makes the difference especially going on longer journeys. This helmet being lighter is a lot more comfortable and the neck guard around the rim of the helmet keeps rain and the cold out from riding up the helmet on longer rides. The visor is much thicker than standard and I've had no issues with blurriness at night like some have issued. Though if you click the visor fully down then have fun in gloves trying to raise it again. Maybe once worn in about more this won't be a problem but for now you would have to pull over, take gloves off and then lift the visor up. Luckily you can almost close it all the way without this happening with the drawback of the helmet being noisier but allowing you to lift it up, in gloves, when required. The chin strap is comfy as anything but is locked in place with a fairly weak magnet as long as you angle the strap right this won't come undone. I measured my head at 47 checked the chart and got the Medium and the fitting seems spot on. I can also get headphones in with ease to my delight. Being a £600 helmet this is definitely the luxury and while looking incredible in red it does have its little quirks you would have to get used too so remember that when buying but even with the issues mentioned it was definitely worth the buy.
Love it or Hate it
I'm a loyal wearer of AGV helmets. Strictly Dainese clothing and AGV lids, because why not? However when Lorenzo debuted this beauty at Aragon in 2016, I was swoon. I was cautious in owning a Shark lid as I hadn't before. Firstly compared to a Corsa or Pista GP the fit is completely different. It takes a while to adjust, but the fit is just as comfortable once your used to it. The sound is by far the best. You hear little to no wind noise compared to other brand which is a bonus on long motorway journeys. The graphics pull attention and everyone either loves it or hates it. But considering there are only 100 that have come to the UK, its very rare and sought after. Having a race visor come with the helmet is a big plus also. I own a Pista GP which didn't even have that, and its a pure race lid?!?! However, the visor mechanism although straight forward isn't as good as AGV. The clips required adjusting before the visor would even lock into its mechanism. No bother once on, but a bit of a faff. It can also be locked when down. Which is a great feature, but coming from another brand its took me a while to get used to where the opening lip actually is without ripping a piece of the vent off in the process! The shape of the helmet isn't as appealing as a higher priced AGV but its not as egg like once its on. However with those graphics you can see past its aero. Excellent quality helmet which I would recommend to anyone in the market for a higher priced, rarer piece of carbon that they pop on there noggin.
Very high quality lid
What a great lid this is. It is light, well made and comfy. The DD strap system uses a magnetic catch to fasten the excess strap. It features an anti-fog visor which at first seems odd as the coating is visible from the inside but it becomes nice and clear as you ride. There are plenty of ventilation options. Buffeting is slightly reduced compared to my Shoei GT Air Expanse (a lid I love and still do), thanks to the spoiler system. You can hear the wind whistling around the spoiler which isn't intrusive. The padding inside is very comfy. I've only worn it on rides with a buff or balaclava underneath due to this time of the year but it still feels comfy enough. It looks the part too and matches my KTM nicely. My only small gripe is the visor closure and the little rivet which the visor lip passes over. It could have had a bigger lip to get your thumb against it. I bent my nail trying to open it but am used to it now. The small rivet done loosen but I tightened it up. Other than that it's 5 out of 5 all round.
This is a high quality, top end helmet, super light weight and extremely comfortable. Well ventilated with controllable vent apertures at the top, forehead and chin area enables you to control the level of fresh air entering the helmet. Exit ports and aerodynamic contouring makes this far less susceptible to buffeting at higher speeds and with an effective anti-fog clear visor that outperforms the Pinlock system by miles even on chillier days there is no fogging at all The orange version that I chose is highly visible and contrast with the beautiful carbon fibre material - significant upgrade on my old Shark Speed R helmet - can't recommend this helmet enough
Insanely light, looks amazing, but fiddly
Purchased Oct 2016 Other than the great finish, the first thing I noticed about this lid was how surprisingly light it was. I had a much cheaper Frank Thomas helmet before and the difference is really apparent. A quick shake also shows the build quality is that much tighter, with nothing at all rattling about. The fit is very good for me and makes for very comfortable riding. Plenty of air gets through with the vents open. Once you get used to the visor quick release locks and get it dialled in, they are pretty handy for swapping visors, if a bit wobbly to start with. A couple of gripes to mention as well: wind noise gets pretty bad at motorway speeds, compared to other helmets I've used. Opening and closing the visor has also been an issue for a couple of reasons. The latch that holds it shut is incredibly tight. A fair bit of grinding with a rasp made it manageable, though the tab is still pretty hard to feel when opening right-handed. The top of one visor I have also catches badly on the switch for a vent right at the lowest edge above the visor, which I fixed by cutting the plastic switch almost flush with the helmet. To finish, I'm giving this helmet 4 stars, because it's clearly a well engineered piece of kit that's easy to forget about when using, but for the premium cost, I would have expected even little details like I mentioned to have been dealt with. Either way, I'm glad to use it for all the good points done so well, and tweaking has made its problems unnoticeable.
First of all it's very light which you would expect, and lots of ventilation options which I prefer. I usually go for a large size but this is tight, I'll see if it will break in over the next few weeks. The magnetic chin strap fastener is absolutely useless which doesn't effect the helmet at all but a little annoying. All in all, great helmet for the price. Happy with this purchase.
Sometimes it pays to change brand
I purchased this lid on the back of my research to replace the Shoei XR1000 series, 3 examples of which I'd used over 9 years. I only use it for track and a few races and wanted something with a good Sharp rating, good fit (small head!) and competitive price. This lid came in with 5 stars from Sharp and great reviews from bloggers. I was worried about changing brand regarding the fit but the Shark fits snugly, surprisingly more so than the Shoei. Quality of materials and design is top notch - it's like moving from a 90's Ford Fiesta to a new BMW. Price during sale brought this flagship model down to that of lesser specced competitors examples. Service during the purchase was extremely helpful and I also needed some help adjusting the visor post purchase which was provided professionally. All in all I'm delighted with the kid and Sportsbikeshop.
I bought my Race R Pro Carbon after visiting Sportsbikeshop 18 months ago. I went in prepared to buy anything as long as it fitted perfectly which this helmet did. A few thousand miles later and I can say its been superb on track, touring and in normal road riding in all conditions. Just a couple of areas for improvement, the magnetic clasp on the chin strap isn't very secure, you need to adjust the straps so that its sits flat otherwise it easily comes adrift, in my case the clasp fell off but SBS got it fixed for me very rapidly and efficiently. Secondly the visor needs to be carefully adjusted so that it opens and closes reliably otherwise it can be hard to open and leave you fuming trying to wrench it open! Overall though its been superb, quiet, and very comfortable in all conditions. Highly recommended.
Product as described. Delivered on time (I chose UPS), superb value for money. I was astonished to save 35% on this Shark 5 star Sharp rated helmet. Overall, excellent service from SBS and would recommend and also return to buy SharkTooth for Xmas! The helmet itself is phenomenal and superior to my current HJC IS-17 which has served me well for nearly 3 years, but anyone considering a higher ticket spend, this is flawless in material quality, fit and look. Also I note a reduction in uplift when at higher motorway speed and also reduced neck fatigue as the weight is low. (I am riding a GSXR-1000 and the reductions are noted riding sat upright in and advanced riding position as suggested in the IAM book).