TK1200 Karbon Modular Helmet ECE/DOT
Ratings & Reviews
Insanely Light and no more sunglasses!
The TK1200 is better than any other lid I have owned. My wife and I both wear the TK1200. The cheek pads make comfortable contact along the jaw bone. Other helmets have pushed uncomfortably on the cheeks all the way to the cheeks bones. The Transitions visor goes dark quite fast. This visor replaces the need for any other sun glasses. The chin vent is pulled down to open, this took a bit to get used to as it is reverse of what I was used to. The chin release button moves up to actuate instead of inward. Ventilation is good. The visor stays in the first several click spots away from the locked closed position without being pushed shut by the wind. By locking the visor in the closed position the noise diminishes and even at freeway speeds the noise level is manageable. I use ear plugs only for longer rides at speed. The helmet is insanely light, but I do not get any air turbulence vibrating the helmet even at 90 MPH. I ride both a Power Cruiser and a full bagger.
Part 1 - The TK1200 is quickly becoming the best helmet I have worn!
1000 character limit on a review is not enough for this helmet. I ride around 10-15k miles a year on my Harley RoadGlide throughout Colorado and the surrounding states. Shield: The clarity and overall visibility with the transitions shield is amazing! It adjusts quickly and smoothly enough that to truly appreciate the speed and darkness you just need to open the shield after being in sunlight for about 20 seconds. It has not taken much time to forget about fighter pilot drop downs. To my eye the shield has a very slight amber tint, not enough to distort any colors but enough to bring clarity on a slight overcast day. The shield provides excellent field of view both peripheral and vertical. I found myself not needing to swivel my head as much to see the traffic beside me. The first open position on the shield almost looks as if it is still shut allowing for a rush of fresh air to be pushed through the helmet. None of the positions were pushed shut by the wind.
PART 2 - THE TK1200 IS QUICKLY BECOMING THE BEST HELMET I HAVE WORN!
Fit/Finish/Weight: WOW, it seems much lighter than ½ pound less than most helmets. Lining: The fit is very comfortable, cheek pads snap in/out in a normal manner. There are ear-pads that can also be added in conjunction with the cheek pads to help dampen the road noise. There is a small removable section of the core impact liner at the rear bottom of the helmet that when removed keeps my ponytail from pressing in to the back of my head. The neck roll is a bit difficult to remove/re-install. This made installing the Harley-Davidson CB communications mount a bit difficult. I did have to enlarge the cutouts for the speakers slightly by compressing the liner a very small amount.
PART 3 - THE TK1200 IS QUICKLY BECOMING THE BEST HELMET I HAVE WORN!
Chin bar: Being a Harley rider we tend to choose "interesting" hydration methods. I use a Contigo insulated 20oz bottle. The chin bar is positioned low so I do not need to open the helmet fully to take a drink. The chin bar allows enough room for the mic on my comm kit to fit inside the helmet easily. This also leaves room for use of a CamelBak without opening the helmet fully. To open the helmet is a simple push up on the button in the center. The chin bar does open to a normal position but can be rotated all the way to the back of the helmet with a slightly harder push. A safety feature to keep from injuring the neck if something happens while the helmet is open. Installation of the chin curtain is where I wish I had a small diagram for accessory installation. The chin curtain was not installed on mine out of the box. It does just snap in and out, but without documentation I was hesitant to just pull the trim apart.
PART 4 - THE TK1200 IS QUICKLY BECOMING THE BEST HELMET I HAVE WORN!
Road noise: My Harley-Davidson is fitted with a Klock Werks Flare windscreen which helps divert some of the wind from my helmet. Because of my height I always get noise from wind rushing by and usually ride with foam earplugs. While the C3 is the quietest I have ridden in the TK1200 does an excellent job on minimizing normal noises. I can not wait to live in this helmet on my ride to Alaska this summer!
This Top-Tier Performer Is A Winner
Scott in PA
I used this helmet fro the majority of the 2017 riding season. It is extremely comfortable once you break it in. I've never found a helmet I thought was quiet, and this was no exception until I realized I never put in the ear pads, and once I did I didn't have to bother with my earplugs any more. The release mechanism is a little firm at first, but by mid-season I had no problems raising and lowering the front...could be I trained myself to better find the latch and use it. Visibility is outstanding. Never had a problem with ventilation, either. Not needing sunglasses is a big plus...but remember you still need to bring them with you as you may want to get off the bike and explore outdoors, necessitating those pesky spectacles. All in all this is an outstanding helmet. I have mine in the Hi-Viz colors which match my Klim Hi-Viz jacket. I started the season on a Honda St1300 and ended on a 2012 Goldwing.
Scott A Maney
This helmet saved my life Oct. 12, 2018. This is why I am here today writing this review. A car pulled into my path coming from a side road, trying my best to avoid a collision, to no avail, I ended up t-boning the drivers side of the car. I landed on my back, the wind knocked out of me, I quickly got on my knees, seen my broken right wrist, and crawled to my broken up motorcycle in the middle of the road (2014 Yamaha Raider 1900 SCL Secial Edition). Fast forward, I ended up with a broken right wrist, fractured hip and what they call an “Open Book” pelvic break, in other words, my pelvis split in half. Well every thing is fixed in me, I spent 2 weeks in rehab and recovered very quickly and currently at home writing your company this. And very greatful to be alive today because of an awesome product you guys make.
I give it a 10!!
Rode over 100 miles today with a 20 mph cross wind in the Klim. The TK1200 was totally stable regardless of speed and wind direction. It is so comfortable, and so light. With the 'winter' chin curtain on, the lack of wind noise inside the helmet is outstanding. Makes this helmet so quiet, yet the ventilation was excellent and very controllable. Excellent visibility and I like the Transition face shield better than expected.
This is the best fitting helmet I have even had, and I've been riding since 1966! The ventilation is very good and the transition shield is great . I like the Pinlock and the multiple detents on the shield. Also the quietest modular I've owned. The only thing I would change is the color. I prefer a gloss white to the matte finish, just because it's easier to keep clean.
I bought the Large Silver TK1200, and I have been using it for the past week at both highway speeds and for backroad riding. The first few days I was blown away by the increased vision, wind noise reduction, and light weight in comparison to my cheaper Bilt helmet. A couple issues I have ran into are that the accessory kit doesn’t include installation instructions (not a huge deal) and the cheek pads have been making it difficult for my ears to get into the helmet (causing a small cut from continuous removal and putting back on). I don’t have large ears, but this helmet seems to be giving me fits being brand new, and I hope it gets better. Otherwise, the helmet fits perfectly when it’s on and is a 10/10.
Lighter, more comfortable, quieter than Shoei Neotec
I love this helmet! Long days riding in my other helmet, a Shoei Neotec, would often leave my neck muscles tired and achy. I'm a slightly more petite girl, so the bulk of the Shoei helmet was always a little uncomfortable and awkward for me. By comparison, the KLIM TK 1200 helmet is so light! I barely even notice it when it's on -- it's a big difference (and relief). Also, because the helmet is quieter, I can hear my music much better without having to crank the volume full blast. (The Sena SMH10R is the compatible bluetooth unit, btw). The transitions auto-shade visor is super cool, too. I didn't realize how dorky my Shoei flip down visor looked until I had this option. I don't even have to think about it - the visor darkens automatically in sunlight. Bonus: it looks kind of bad@ss when all dark. 5 stars, I'm a fan!
Lightweight, versatile, and reasonably quiet helmet.
I spent two weeks and 4,ooo miles with temps ranging from 45 F to 103 F with this helmet using it everyday. It is light, and the transition lens worked well. I found the venting to be adequate until the temperature was in excess of 90 degrees. At that point I flipped the chin bar up and let the wind cool my face. I rode a full fairing bike with an adjustable windshield and I found that I could ride at highway speeds with the chin bar up to cool off. I have several helmets 1/2, 3/4, and full face, and I found that this helmet provides the most versatility and protection. I am actually contemplating purchasing another one to set aside for later use, as I liked this helmet so much. Surprisingly quiet compared to my Arai when riding naked bikes, I find it to be the go to helmet at this point, as I like the ability to raise the chin bar to get a drink, or talk to a fellow rider, etc.
Love this helmet.
I wore my new helmet today, right out of the box, and I love it. It is lightweight. The vents really work and are easy to open/close with 1 hand. The button to open and close the visor it is easy to operate. The vents are effective, I don't need to raise the visor at traffic lights. By lifting the chin bar, I can grab my hydration mouth piece, have a sip of water, and put the chin bar back down one handed. The padding was comfortable from the get go. It was windy during today's ride and my helmet did not get blown around. I love the chin skirt and the helmet is quiet. It's snug and will take a couple rides to get the knack of putting it on. The chin strap is easy to open and close with gloves on.
Don't lose or scratch your visor
We have three TK1200s in the household for our touring bikes. I ride with the visor up having good wind protection behind my bike's shield, but recently the visor caught in the wind and sheared off. A replacement Transitions shield and the anti-fog insert is insanely expensive at $180. I voiced my objection to that business model by switching to a different brand. I'm a bit disappointed in getting less than a year of service from a sizeable initial investment. The helmet was otherwise satisfactory.