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Daijiro Kato lives on with Shoei’s X-Fourteen TC-1 Daijiro Replica Helmet.

The colorful design faithfully replicates the same motif worn by the late rider during his Grands Prix days and is adorned with the now-retired #74 on the upper after portion of the lid. The bright colors are unmistakable and the work required to correctly render the pattern rightfully represents Daijiro’s legacy as a rider who was as fast as he was meticulous.

Starting from within, each X-Fourteen helmet is fashioned around a highly-engineered, fully-removable comfort liner and cheek pads. These pieces effectively pull moisture off your head and keep you cool while you make way through the apex, or the toll booth. The (now-standard) emergency quick release system EQRS cheek pads allow for, not only a secure fit of the helmet, but also a faster, safer removal of the lid should the rider need careful attention after a crash. All of this is snuggled inside a dual-layer, multi-density EPS foam liner that absorbs impact energy in a fall, while effectively aiding in the delivery of cooling air straight to the scalp.

For maximum safety, helmet sizing is critical, that’s why Shoei employs four different shell sizes in the X-Fourteen range to fit extra-small to XX-large heads. The shell itself, which uses six layers of hand-laid, varying materials, provides the right mix of rigidity and flexibility not typically seen in a fiberglass helmet, or that of a plastic shell. The result is a SNELL-approved helmet that almost certainly looks like it’s been developed in a wind tunnel (it was!). The shape is carefully engineered to provide effective rider ventilation without calling into question safety. Riders that spend a lot of time at the track will appreciate the minimal buffeting at speed in a helmet that doesn’t push the head around as much as lesser designs.

Each helmet ships with extras: a lower air spoiler, Pinlock visor cover, breather guard, chin curtain and helmet back.

For expert sizing guidance and lightning-fast shipping, call TJ on 866.931.6644 ext. 817, send a note to [email protected], or just shoot us a PM and we’ll get back to you right away
 

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