Schuberth SR2 – Schuberth’s top of the range sportsbike and track helmet
Schuberth scored a bit of a hit with its first superdouper-supersports helmet, the fibreglass-carbon composite helmet, the Schuberth SR1. As we found in our SR1 review, it was light, sleek, scored a fab 4 stars when SHARP tested it, and was well-regarded by racers and sportsbike riders.
But now, Schuberth obviously think they can do lots better because they’ve released an updated version in the form of the Schuberth SR2. Schuberth reckon this version will have better aero, meaning less buffeting and more stability as well as being quieter for the rider.
It also has a back-hump cut out at the rear of the helmets to accommodate racing suits, and they’ve also updated the visor making it better for tear-offs and giving improved ventilation and antifog.
Looking to buy a Schuberth?
We recommend either Sportsbikeshop (UK) or GetGeared (UK) for outstanding service and competitive prices, or FC-Moto (Ger) for the good prices and the widest range. Please click any link to see their full range and latest prices, or see here for more info on these retailers.
The Schuberth SR2 has been ECE tested/approved and was SHARP tested in Feb 2017 where it scored a disappointing 3 stars (out of five). That’s one less than its predecessor the SR1 which scored four stars.
Most serious track helmets – such as the Shoei X-Sprit III or Shark Race R Pro Carbon – have so much careful design and technology thrown at them, they seem to breeze through the SHARP test with five stars. And when you’re after a helmet that you’re planning on taking to the track, that’s the kind of protection you may well need. So a three star rating for the SR2 might well put lots of owners off buying one – and we can’t say we blame them.
Having said that, getting a good fit is more important than a SHARP rating – for any helmet according to SHARP – so that’s gotta be your number one priority.
The SR2 has a double-d ring fastener and will be ACU gold stickered in the UK meaning it can be used on the track. Unfortunately, if you do have a serious off at the track, there’s no EQRS system to help medics get your SR2 off – which is a pretty big omission in a modern track-ready helmet in our books.
Aero and Helmet Noise
Aero is one of the areas Schuberth reckon they’ve lavished most attention. They say they’ve spent untold hours in their wind tunnel to make sure the SR2 is the sleekest, stablest shape possible. They also claim the SR2 doesn’t produce upwards lift and the rear spoiler helps make it directionally stable so the helmet doesn’t shake around and gives a clear view of the track/road ahead.
All of this wind tunnel work should help make the SR2 a slippery blighter which in turn should help make it a quiet helmet.
Track-focused helmets aren’t usually very quiet but Schuberth has been trying to make a name for itself in the quiet-helmet stakes (with mixed success) and Schuberth reckon that the SR2 is really quiet, quoting decibel figures that look impressive.
Well, the jury’s in and it seems the SR2 is somewhere between average to quiet. Which is, of course, massively subjective, but probably means it’s quiet for a sportsbike helmet (which are usually noisy beasts) but less quiet than some all-rounder or touring helmets.
As for aero, the SR2 now has a fixed rear spoiler as opposed to the adjustable spoiler of the SR1 (which by all accounts didn’t really achieve much). But the SR2 does carry on the good aero work of the SR1 with owners reckoning that there’s very little buffeting, even at speed, and that it’s a particularly stable helmet.
While you might not want much air getting in from below, you will want good ventilation around the visor and scalp and the SR2 has a two-way chin vent and double brow vent to pull air over the head, exiting via the rear exhaust vent and collar vent.
Like we saw with the SR1, the chin vent has a double-action. The upper section (controlled by a large movable panel) directs air to the rear of the visor while the lower gridded section is there to let air into the chin area where some is diverted towards the cheek pads. That lower section is opened/closed using a controller tucked under the chin guard.
According to SR2 owners, ventilation is great. In fact it’s one of the universally-agreed strong points of the SR2 with the vast majority of owners commenting how good it is.
Schuberth reckon they’ve updated the visor to be more tear-off visor friendly. But like the SR1, it’s still a class-one optical visor that owners say gives a really clear distortion-free view right across your view, with a quick-release system for tool-less visor removal.
That visor is what’s called a 2D visor meaning it’s actually a flat piece of polycarbonate that fits flat across the visor. That’s the kind of visor you find on most sportsbike helmets and allows tear-offs to be fitted.
The SR2 is also Pinlock anti-fog ready, and this time it’s ready to fit the larger Pinlock Max Vision which should cover pretty well all your vision.
Comfort and Sizing
Inside the SR2 you’ll find a fully washable/removable Coolmax lining which is moisture wicking and breathable (click the link above for lots of information about materials you’ll find inside a helmet).
All’s good with the comfort of the SR2, with several owners saying because it’s so light and because the quality of the internals are so good, it’s all-day comfortable.
Having said that, sizing on the SR2 is on the small size so make sure you go a size larger if you normally find yourself between sizes. Oh, and check out our helmet fitting guide to measure your head before buying.
And if you do find your helmet too slightly too snug, even after your breaking-in period, Schuberth do sell different-sized internals so you should be able to customise fit to get things just right.
Looks & Graphics
As usual, Schuberth graphics are understated. The only solid plain version is the matt black SR2 and, at the time of writing, the rest come in two different designs – the Lightning and the Pilot.
We’ve put examples of all these around this page – but to see the latest designs and graphics, you should click the links below that will drop you on the Schuberth pages at our recommended retailers.
Best places to buy a Schuberth crash helmet?
We've chosen two of the best places to buy from - whether it's a Schuberth or any other helmet/gear.
If you want piece of mind when you buy, Sportsbikeshop is based in the UK and offers outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot) including 365 day refunds. They may not always be the cheapest but are our recommended retailer for quality of service.
FC-Moto widely offer the best range of helmets in Europe and score a decent (8.7/10 on Trustpilot) - and are based in Germany. If you want the widest selection, we recommend you buy from here (though don't forget you'll have to add shipping onto their prices (see here for details).
GetGeared is another recommended UK retailer, with a no-quibble 365 day returns policy, free UK delivery and scoring 4.8/5 on eKomi.
Please click any picture below to visit their Schuberth pages where you can see all the latest colour schemes and prices. And if you buy from any, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you - a massive THANKS! (it's how we finance the site). Click here for more info on our recommended retailers.
Schuberth SR2 video
Here’s a video where a dude shows you around his newly bought SR2 along with initial impressions.
Other stuff – fasteners, weight, & warranty
Like every other racing-focused motorcycle helmet, The Schuberth SR2 has a double-d ring fastener (required by the ACU to qualify for an ACU gold sticker). They can be a bit fiddly compared to something like a micrometric, but if fastened right, they’re about as safe as they come.
One of the most-liked features of the SR2 by owners is that it feels really light. It weighs in at just 1.3Kg (2.9lbs) which is well under the average weight of the typical full face helmet.
Crash Helmet Buying Guides
For (hopefully!) other useful information to help you when buying your next helmet, check our various guides - or have a look at our top helmet lists where we've got the top 10 rated helmets overall and best budget/safest/full face/flip-up helmets.
Alternatives to the Schuberth SR2?
If you’re after an out-and-out sportsbike or track helmet (and you’re willing to spend the money) there’s loads of choice out there.
Obviously, now the SR2’s launched, that means there are deals to be found on the very capable Schuberth SR1 – that’s a fibreglass/carbon composite, SHARP 4 star rated helmet that sportsbike riders rate highly.
If we’re talking track helmets, we’ve gotta mention Arai and Shoei. Shoei’s distinctive X Spirit III can be seen on grids everywhere. It’s SHARP 5 star safety rated and Snell approved and is really popular with racers. Arai’s RX7V hasn’t been SHARP safety tested but it’s popular with racers and road riders alike.
Lower priced alternatives
HJCs latest sportsbike lid, the RPHA 11, only scored 3 stars with SHARP but it’s a well featured helmet with free Pinlock in the box. It’s also considerably cheaper than the Schuberth, Arai and Shoei.
Other, lower priced alternatives to the SR2 are the Kabuto RT-33 and the LS2 FF 323 Arrow. The Kabuto is 4 star safety rated, comes with a Pinlock in the box and is broadly thought of as a pretty quiet helmet. The LS2 is also SHARP 4 star rated, has an optically correct visor with Pinlock included and is almost as light as the SR2.
Finally, we’ve got to list AGV. The AGV Corsa is their second-in-line sports helmet (the first is the Pista GP) – that’s a SHARP 5 star rated helmet that’s light and comes with an optically correct visor as well.
All these are all great alternatives to the SR2 – but if you want to see even more, check out our sports bike helmets pages.