You'll love this helmet!Many years ago I hit a patch of ice on the highway on an Easter morning and crashed. The part of my helmet that got gouged by the road was from the forehead, through the visor, and down to the chin. If I had not been wearing a full face helmet my face definitely would have hit the road. I kind of like my face the way it is, so I always wear a full face helmet now. A friend of mine gave me a Nolan N100 modular helmet after that accident, and I did wear it for a while, but the SHOEI gives me much better padding in the jaw area. The Nolan just has plastic down there, and I think that if the Nolan hit the road hard, the jaw area would break or break off, and would not absorb the impact as well even if it didn't break.
I just bought a new SHOEI RF-1200 (matte black) full face helmet for my XG750. It is DOT and SNELL approved. My insurance company gives $500 additional medical coverage for wearing a DOT approved helmet. The RF-1200 also has the EQRS (Emergency Quick Release System) that allows you to pull the cheek pads out without taking the helmet off so you can get the helmet off more easily if you are injured. I also like the fact that this helmet comes with a breath guard and a defogger vent system that allows outside air to travel from the bottom to the top of the visor inside the helmet. It also comes with a Pinlock shield that I don't plan to use because it says not to use it at night, and it's kind of a pain to install, and what are you supposed to do with it if you have to take it off if it gets dark while you are out riding?
One thing about matte finish helmets is that they can get fingerprints on them easily, especially if your hands are sweaty or greasy. Also, matte black is not the most visible color out there, so keep that in mind.