Arai Corsair V Takahashi Helmet
Great Helmet overall. The fit and finish are second to none however, this helmet by far fogs the quickest and easiest. It's annoying. So much so I called Arai personally with a complaint. There response? " Thishelmet doesn't fog, you are not using the features properly". I was not happy with that response. 2 different shields with the same exact outcome. It's terrible. A 800+ dollar helmet should not have this issue. Riding in the rain, cold and pretty much any weather below 60 is asking for a fogged shield. Other than that it's all good.
June 1, 2015
Quality Product with Great Features
I am generally a 7 1/2 in fitted ball caps. I ordered a size Large. I am extremely happy with the fitment and quality of this helmet. I bought it in Frost Black. For riding at night I use the Clear SAI shield that comes with the helmet. I bought the Purple Mirror Arai SAI Face Shield and would not want to use anything but a tinted shield for day time riding in Sunny conditions. I plan to purchase more tinted shields. Swapping the shield is somewhat tricky at first, but not unbearable after you've got the hang of it.
May 30, 2015
What I don't like
There's 80+ positive reviews so cutting out all the praises here is what I don't like after 3 months use.
- Definitely for oval shaped heads. Of course I'm not, so my chin touches the chin bar at higher speeds when force of wind presses against frontal area of helmet.
- chin curtain is built in and slides in and out of chin bar. Does not cover well to block out cold and is difficult to use with gloves on. It also must be retracted before putting helmet on.
- Visor system is horrible for a $800 lid. This is a common compliant for a reason with users. I feel it's always going to break from using too much force and it's simply to cumbersome to have to pull and pry visors off and on. I know it's causing wear and tear on the visors and the helmets visor retaining mechanism. Makes me want to not change visors at all.
- it's LOUD...really loud. Also when not in a tuck position, I sometimes hear the "beer bottle" effect or whistling from top vents. Stops when you tuck. Definitely a race/track lid
With all these problems it still looks incredibly cool. Color me squid, I'm keeping it.
January 27, 2015
Incredible Helmet. If it fits your head shape, it is the ultimate
There is no better helmet, except maybe the 3500$ carbon fiber version--but that is 3500 bucks.
January 26, 2015
Another fine product from Arai
Not much to say,this helmet was purchased to replace one of four Arai helmets already in the family . In my humble opinion Arai are the best out there for the price.
January 5, 2015
Amazing helmet for superbikes
Since I bought this helmet I am sorprised because it reached all my spectations. I really do not have words to describe this amazing helmet. It is very light to use, its wind entrances refresh your head when the climate is hot.
October 14, 2014
Fogging is a bummer
Best helmet I ever bought, worst shield fogging wise. I love this helmet. The colors pop and Nicky Hayden is the MAN!!! Yeah 69! However the shield fogs like a nightmare. I bought a Gold Mirror for 80 bucks and it still fogs. Contacted Arai and they told me some high tech feature which basically meant cracking the shield open. They also recommended a pinlock but for another 65 dollars they can keep it. Other than the bummer shield its worth every penny.
July 31, 2014
Finally Got one. Corsair V
After owning and trying other helmet brands, I finally scored an Arai. First of all, these are hand made, and everything Anthony says about this product is true. There is a reason why they dont have any dramatic changes. It is because it works and there is an Arai difference. The Corsair V is good because it has a good shape and it also offers optional liners to really tweak the fit. What I like about it: Good comfort like my AGV Gp Tech. Feels small and light like my HJC RPHA 10. And great vision like my Shoei X-11. I have a 57cm head, and that just perfectly, even after the break in process. Don't be intemidated by the shield system. I like it and is very easy. Lastly, Arai and Revzilla have awesome customer service. Easily call or email them, you will get a person on the other side. Not a robot.
July 24, 2014