Shoei Releases Tomizawa and McGuinness Replica Helmets

Shoei has released a couple of new helmet designs, one being a limited edition offering to pay tribute to Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa and the other for the ‘Morecambe Missile’ know for winning the Isle of Man TT 15 times.

Both the tribute design for Shoya Tomizawa and the McGuinness from their X-Spirit II line that offers such features as:

  • Shell in AIM +Organic fibreglass, multi-composite and highperformance organic fibre in various layers for a shock-absorbent shell with optimum rigidity.
  • EPS liner system with two densities
  • Mist-retardant CW-1 pinlock visor – With safety locking mechanism and dual resistance visor seal, fast and simple exchange
  • Double-D ring – Easy to use and always perfectly adjusted
  • EQRS (Emergency Quick Release System) – To safely remove the helmet at an accident without injuring the rider
  • Full specs on the Shoei X-Spirit II website

If you would like to see more images, check out the McGinnis Flickr photo set or the Tamizawa Flickr photo set.

Full press releases are below

Images: Brackenbury  PR

SHOEI X-SPIRIT 2: TOMIZAWA REPLICA RELEASED

Premium helmet manufacturer honours fallen Moto2 rider with limited edition replica

Shoya Tomizawa, who tragically died as a result of injuries sustained in the Misano Moto2 race on September 5, 2010, will be honoured by Shoei Helmets with the release of a strictly limited edition replica helmet.

The Tomizawa X-Spirit II is exactly the same of the design campaigned by the popular Japanese racer in 2010 when he made history as the first ever Moto2 race winner. A portion of the profit from every single helmet sold from this one-off production run will go to a memorial fund set up in Shoya’s name by his parents. The role of the fund is to educate young riders who dream of becoming professional racers, just like Tomizawa.

The race-developed X-Spirit II, as used by Shoei’s MotoGP, WSB and British Superbike riders, features the historic Japanese company’s most advanced helmet construction to date. The outer shell is composed from six layers of super-strong organic fibreglass and carbon while the inner EPS receives a dual-density shock-absorbing lining. Wind tunnel development on the range-topping helmet created vents that provide maximum ventilation without creating buffeting for the rider in any direction the head is turned.

The Tomizawa replica will be strictly limited to just 250 in the UK and will arrive at Shoei dealers from May 2010, costing £620 in sizes XS-XL.

SHOEI X-SPIRIT II: McGUINNESS REPLICA RELEASED

First ever replica helmet for the 15-time Isle of Man TT winner

Shoei, the Japanese premium helmet manufacturer, will release the first ever John McGuinness replica on its range-topping X-Spirit II, available in UK dealers from May.

The ‘Morecambe Missile’ has revised his famous design with new colours for the 2011 season. As part of the new Honda TT Legends World Endurance team, McGuinness is looking to build on his tally of North West 200 victories and 15 Isle of Man TT wins with a fresh challenge of clinching the Endurance World championship.
McGuinness, the first man to lap the 37.73-mile TT course at an average speed of 130mph, is instinctively recognisable with his distinctive design on the race-developed X-Spirit II; the SHARP 5-star rated helmet, also used by Shoei’s MotoGP, WSB and British Superbike riders, features the historic Japanese company’s most advanced helmet construction.

The outer shell is composed from six layers of super-strong organic fibreglass and carbon while the inner EPS receives a dual-density shock-absorbing lining. Wind tunnel development on the range-topping helmet created vents that provide maximum ventilation without creating buffeting for the rider in any direction the head is turned.

The X-Spirit II also features Shoei’s latest quick-release visor mechanism which is entirely draft-free thanks to the “suction seal” self-adjusting concept. The improved visor system also provides a broader field of vision and features a modified and enlarged Pinlock insert for maximum clarity in all conditions.
The McGuinness replica will have a SRP of £600 and is available in sizes XS-XL

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