Color Note: The orange on this helmet is much brighter than indicated by the photo provided by Shoei. It is almost a florescent orange, and the helmet looks much better in person. It's not an exact match to KTM orange, but it is even brighter. -Rusty
The freedom of the open road is the very reason we ride. Those of us who enjoy pushing motorcycling’s many freedoms to the limit often turn down the roads with no signs and no names. Sometimes…we abandon the road altogether. For undiscovered terrain and endless adventure, SHOEI is proud to introduce the all-new Hornet X2. Never before has the unknown road felt so good.
From the very beginning phases of conceptualization, the sole purpose of creating the all-new Hornet X2 was to offer serious dual-sport enthusiasts the perfect helmet for all corners of their journey. Striking the optimal balance between on-and-off-road form and function is no easy task, but in the end, the Hornet X2 defines what we all love most about dual-sport, adventure riding; it knows no bounds. Designed to maintain peak performance in every condition thrown its way without compromising the core values of a long distance touring helmet, the all-new Hornet X2 is a true all-road, all-weather helmet.
At first glance, you’ll quickly admire the design characteristics that make the Hornet X2 a true hybrid between a premium road and off-road helmet. The mouthpiece and chin bar area incorporate the best features from both worlds; its shape was designed to improve air intake and ventilation performance, all the while giving the rider the additional air space needed to accommodate heavy breathing during demanding off-road riding. Abandoning the traditional mouthpiece of an off-road helmet, the Hornet X2 provides the additional protection needed when weather conditions become adverse, and the multi-stage lower vent shutter allows the rider to fine-tune airflow for every riding conditions.
Performance, aerodynamics, ventilation, functionality, and long-distance comfort… The helmet for every road, Hornet X2.
The Hornet X2’s all-new V-460 visor spent countless development hours in SHOEI’s wind tunnel and on the road to perfect the proper balance between aerodynamics and traditional visor functionality. The innovative “wedge” shape along with strategically placed vent louvers allow wind to pass through unobstructed during high-speed riding, ultimately reducing lift and drag. Along with superior aerodynamic qualities, the V-460’s shape was strategically designed to push air into the Hornet X2’s upper air intake for optimal cooling, all the while maintaining its fundamental purpose of providing sunshade and roost protection during off-road riding.
Rounding out the V-460’s innovative features, easy-to-operate quarter-turn screws allow for quick removal and installation of the visor without the need for special tools.
CNS-2 Shield / QR-N Base Plate / Pinlock EVO Lens
Along with the Hornet X2’s large eye port, SHOEI’s all-new CNS-2 shield offers unparalleled vision across the entire optical range. In addition to protecting against 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays, the CNS-2 shield offers a distortion-free view thanks to SHOEI’s 3D injection-molding process. Additionally, an innovative rib on the top edge of the shield improves rigidity and eliminates the bending that may occur during opening and closing.
Coupled with the all-new CNS-2 shield, the Hornet X2’s QR-N base plate system facilitates quick and efficient shield changes for easy adaptation during your journey. The strengthened spring-loaded base plates pull the shield back against the improved window beading to ensure a dust, wind and waterproof seal with each and every closure. A new shield locking mechanism rounds out the Hornet X2’s advanced shield system.
PINLOCK EVO ANTI-FOG SYSTEM
The all-new Hornet X2 comes equipped with a Pinlock EVO Fog-Resistant System, offering the most effective anti-fog protection in existence.
For you hardcore dual-sport enthusiasts who appreciate the advantages of traditional off-road goggles from time-to-time, the Hornet X2 is happy to abide. Removal of the shied is optional, as the new Hornet’s roomy eye port accepts goggles when the shield is in the fully open position. If you prefer to run your goggles with the shied removed, the Hornet X2’s quick-release base plate system will make it happen in a hurry!
A well-ventilated helmet is essential to dual-sport riding and the many challenges it can present thanks to varying speeds, weather conditions, and levels of physical exertion. During the design process of the Hornet X2, SHOEI utilized its state-of-the-art wind tunnel facility to help develop the optimal balance between airflow, silence, and functionality. Equipped with a large, multi-position lower air intake/defroster optimized for fresh air inhalation and clear vision, two shutter-controlled upper air vents for optimal air intake and head cooling, four uniquely-positioned rear exhaust outlets to take better advantage of negative pressure suction, and three neck outlet vents work together to yield unrivaled cool-air intake and hot-air expulsion.
Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell
Few characteristics of a motorcycle helmet are as critical as its first-layer of defense, which is precisely why the new Hornet X2 features the SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell construction. Combining fiberglass with organic fibers, the Hornet X2’s proprietary AIM+ Shell is not only incredibly strong, it is extremely lightweight, and comes in an industry-leading four shell sizes to ensure a custom fit for heads between the sizes of XS-XXL.
Dual-Layer / Multi-Density EPS Liner
The Hornet X2’s Dual-Layer, Multi-Density EPS liner not only provides enhanced impact absorption by utilizing varying densities of foam in key areas around the rider’s head, it is designed to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS, further enhancing the Hornet X2’s superior ventilation characteristics. In addition to enhanced impact absorption and ventilation, the precise placement of multi-density EPS liner material yields a more compact, lightweight design.
3D Max-Dry System II Interior
The Hornet X2 is equipped with a fully removable, washable, and replaceable 3D Max-Dry System II interior. SHOEI’s exclusive Max-Dry System II liner material absorbs and dissipates sweat and moisture twice as fast as traditional Nylon interiors, making it ideal for those long days on the road or trail. The 3D center pad components are three-dimensionally shaped to match the contours of a rider’s head, allowing for an extremely comfortable fit while maintaining the firm hold necessary for distraction-free, high-speed riding. Additionally, the Hornet X2’s 3D-shaped cheek pads are available in multiple thicknesses for a fully customizable fit.
The Hornet X2 also includes a removable breath guard and chin curtain to complete the comfort package.
Emergency Quick Release System (E.Q.R.S.)
Borrowing technology developed for SHOEI’s groundbreaking VFX-W and X-Twelve racing helmets, SHOEI equipped the Hornet X2 with its exclusive Emergency Quick Release System that allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from an injured rider’s helmet. With the cheek pads removed, the helmet can be safely lifted from a rider’s head without creating unnecessary strain in the neck area.