Shoei Introduces The J-Cruise II Helmet

Shoei takes its visor-equipped open-face motorcycle helmet to a new level.

The J-Cruise II will be available in dealers starting early December 2019. Solid and metallic colorways will start price at $549.
The J-Cruise II will be available in dealers starting early December 2019. Solid and metallic colorways will start price at $549.Shoei

Shoei left no stone unturned in its revamp of the J-Cruise open-face helmet. The new J-Cruise II is significantly improved in a number of areas, with a revised shape and enhanced creature comforts. It will be available through Shoei dealers starting early December 2019 and carry a $549 price tag for solid and metallic colorways.

An integrated drop-down sun shield improves the functionality of the J-Cruise II.
An integrated drop-down sun shield improves the functionality of the J-Cruise II.Shoei

To start, the proprietary Multi-Ply Matrix AIM shell was revised to accommodate an updated internal sun shield without affecting the design of the multi-piece, multi-density EPS impact liner inside. The shell will be available in four different shell sizes for an accurate fit across its XS–2XL size range. The shape of the shell was revised too, in order to provide better aerodynamic performance. It’s more compact than its predecessor, has a rear spoiler and redesigned intake and exhaust vents, all to make it more effective when air flows over the lid. According to Shoei’s reported wind tunnel testing results, upward lift force was reduced by 7 percent, drag was reduced by 1 percent, and horizontal pull at high speed was reduced by a remarkable 43 percent.

The redesigned exterior shell is claimed to be have a much lower profile than the original J-Cruise.
The redesigned exterior shell is claimed to be have a much lower profile than the original J-Cruise.Shoei

The redesigned exterior is complemented by new beading around the shield seam and an air dam built into the shield that contributes to less wind turbulence coming up from below.

These changes help to reduce wind and road noise inside the helmet. The 3D Max-Dry interior lining also contributes to a quiet, comfortable ride. It’s removable, washable, and has a blend of fabrics that wick moisture and are quick drying.

The J-Cruise II will feature a micro ratchet retention strap.
The J-Cruise II will feature a micro ratchet retention strap.Shoei

A micro ratchet chinstrap is utilized to keep the helmet safe and snug, a feature that’s been popular on Shoei lids in Europe and around the world. It’s 100 percent stainless steel and intended to be easy to use while wearing gloves.

The J-Cruise II comes with improved ventilation for maximum airflow.
The J-Cruise II comes with improved ventilation for maximum airflow.Shoei

Designers also revamped the ventilation design on the J-Cruise II. There’s one additional intake vent to increase air intake by 30 percent. The top exhaust vents have been updated too in order to maximize airflow, improving hot air expulsion by 20 percent according to Shoei.

An updated face shield provides a wide field of view.
An updated face shield provides a wide field of view.Shoei

The shield got some attention too, and is now equipped with a new first position setting that helps to reduce fogging without letting too much wind up inside the helmet. It is held in place by a new CJ-2 base plate system, which provides smoother function than the system on the original J-Cruise.

Designed to seamlessly integrate the Sena SRL/SRL2 communication system.
Designed to seamlessly integrate the Sena SRL/SRL2 communication system.Shoei

Shoei has also built the J-Cruise II to instantly integrate with the Sena SRL/SRL2 communication system. The SRL systems have been designed specifically for Shoei and provide all the standard Bluetooth communication features riders expect. These units, however, are sold separately.

Road and wind noise are said to be reduced thanks to improved exterior and interior features.
Road and wind noise are said to be reduced thanks to improved exterior and interior features.Shoei

All together these changes make for a dramatically improved helmet, ideal for riders who are looking for a less claustrophobic experience than with a full face, but with plenty of safety and performance features that stand up to some serious miles.

A new CJ-2 base plate system allows the updated shield to sit in first position, reducing fogging without blasting your face with air.
A new CJ-2 base plate system allows the updated shield to sit in first position, reducing fogging without blasting your face with air.Shoei