Shoei Premium Helmets

Shoei helmets,
past and presence

The name Shoei has long been synonymous with „premium“ in the motorcycle helmet market – a credential that hundreds of loyal men and women in our Japan factories wear with great pride.

Shoei factory Ibaraki, Japan

The evolution and production of our world-class helmet line is a meticulous process that combines the very latest in technology with consumer feedback, modern testing practices, advanced materials, and 60 years of helmet building experience.

Quality control

Just like the very first Shoei helmet built by our founder back in 1959, every Shoei today is still handmade in Japan utilizing a sophisticated process that involves over 50 people for each and every helmet.


Driven by passion.
Focused on precision.

Mostly handmade in Japan
Drying freshly painted shells
Shell production

Shoei prides itself in building the very best helmets that our state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies will allow, but we also maintain the core belief that good old fashioned field research yields the highest performing, most functional helmets producible.

Testing in the Shoei wind tunnel.

Shoei helmets are the result of countless hours of conceptualization and R&D, but equally as important is the time spent testing with the most hardcore critics of them all – our professional Racing Team.


Born from


From our MotoGP race team service to world-class racers like Marc Márquez (MotoGP) and Jeremy Seewer (MXGP), our helmets are put through the ringer, resulting in the fine-tuned masterpieces Shoei is valued for.

Shoei Heritage

All starts 1959 in Tokio.

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Introduction of the Shoei SR-1, the first racing helmet.



The Shoei Z-100, with injected molded visor and chin spoiler.



The first helmet with integrated visor mechanism. The Shoei X-8.



The Shoei VF-X. An icon of his time and a dominator in MX.


1959 Founding of the Shoei Kako Co., Ltd.
Start of production of multi-purpose safety helmets in Tokyo.

1960 Start of production of Shoei motorcycle helmets.

1962 Shoei helmets are awarded with the JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) certification.

1963 Introduction of the SR-1, the first racing helmet from Shoei.

1967 Start of production of the Shoei SR-Z, the first full face helmet.

1968 Founding of Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation in California, USA.

1976 Introduction of the world’s first carbon fibre helmet, the Shoei GR-Z.

1978 Founding of Shoei Europe in Belgium.

1983 Appearance of the Shoei Z-100 with innovative developments like injection moulded visor and built-in chin spoiler.

1984 For the first time in the history of motorcycle helmets, ventilation is implemented into a helmet with the Shoei RF-102V and the TJ- 201V.

1987 Wayne Gardner wins the 500cc class title with Shoei.

1988 Eddie Lawson wins the 500cc world champion- ship with Shoei.

1990 Shoei introduces its X-8, the first helmet with internal visor mechanism. No covers are needed.

1991 Introduction of the VF-X off-road helmet.

1992 Wayne Rainey wins the 500cc world championship for the 3rd time in a row with Shoei. Shoei riders have won all 500cc world championships since 1987.


1993 Shoei introduces the X-8SP with a revolutionary two-part EPS liner.

1994 Founding of Shoei Europe in Düsseldorf.

1999 Alex Criville wins the 500cc world champion- ship with Shoei.

2001 Founding of Shoei Distribution in Germany.

2003 Introduction of the Shoei XR-1000 helmet.

2006 The Shoei Multitec marks a new era in flipuphelmets.

2009 Introduction of the Shoei VFX-W, an icon in motocross helmets.

2011 Founding of Shoei Italia in Milano.

2011 The new Shoei wind tunnel is opened in Ibaraki, Japan.

2011 The Shoei Noetec takes the flip-up market by storm.

2012 Introduction of the Shoei GT-AIR. The most advanced touring helmet.

2013 Marc Marquez wins the MotoGP championship with Shoei.

2013 Shoei introduces the NXR. The street helmet for passionate motorcycle riders.

2014 Marc Marquez again wins the MotoGP championship with his trusty Shoei helmet.

2015 Shoei introduces the X-Spirit 3, the most advanced racing helmet, and the JO, the most beautiful open face helmet.

2016 Marc Marquez again wins the MotoGP championship with his trusty Shoei helmet.

Best test-team, the MotoGP.
Every helmet is signed.