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Arai RX-Q DNA Helmet

Designed for the street without giving up the benefits of a racing helmet.

  • Completely new helmet based on Corsair V shell
  • Same wider eyeport opening as Corsair V
  • Same face shield as the Corsair V
  • Intermediate Oval Fit (same head shape  as Quantum 2)
    • Slightly different feel due to new cheek pads.
    • New cheek pads come down further and cradle the head better.
    • Made of a different density material which results in an extremely comfortable and quiet helmet
  • Advanced ventilation
  • Smaller, More Aerodynamic shell shape
  • Hyper-Ridge circles lower shell to improve strength and aerodynamics
  • Retractable chin spoiler
  • Emergency Cheek Pad Removal system along with removable neck roll
  • One piece bottom edge trim
  • Race helmet for the street
  • 5 unique size shells (XS, S, M/L, XL, XXL).
  • Weight :1597 grams (3 lbs. 8-1/4 oz)
  • The Arai RX-Q DNA Meets or exceeds SNELL 2010 and DOT specifications
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Arai RX-Q DNA Helmet 4.9 5 294 294
I love this thing After not having ridden for 40 years I don't have a lot of helmets with which to make comparisons, but I love this thing. I opted for an Arai RX-Q black DNA to complement the red '12 Triumph Speed Triple I now ride. ...an excellent choice. Some years ago I when to watch a race at Barber in Alabama and an Arai rep was there and fitted me with the helmet shape that is now the RX-Q. But that was a few years ago. I used a tape measure to measure my head size and then bought the recommended size for my measurement (large). When I got it, it was so difficult to put on that I thought I had made a terrible mistake. It was so tight it was almost painful when I did get it on. However; I did remove the 5mm from the cheek pads in accordance with the instructions and that helped....a little. I've been wearing it (7,400 miles on the bike since mid March) and this thing fits like a glove right now. It's had time to mold to the exact size and features of my head and it just couldn't fit any better. It's comfortably snug and no amount of wind, no position of my head in the wind, causes it to wobble or shift. There is no buffeting at all...even when I'm looking left and right at the country side. It does have significantly more wind noise than I thought it would, or should, have....but then, I have nothing to compare it to. I had been advised to wear ear plugs and that turned out to be excellent advice. Wearing the simple, squeezable, earplugs in this helmet makes the bike much more comfortable to ride. I love this helmet. Great style, great protection, no buffeting. I highly recommend the RX-Q. August 24, 2014
Arai RX-Q Got this helmet for my wife after getting Arai's Signet-Q for myself. Both have been excellent purchases and a huge improvement over previous helmets, particularly in terms of comfort over multiple 8-10 hour days on the road. The RX-Q has excellent ventilation, and the smaller overall shell size (for the same helmet size) and light weight mean less fatigue at the end of a long day battling head and cross winds. Overall, very glad to have selected this helmet. The hi-viz color is a big plus, too. September 29, 2014
protection, viability, comfortable, light weight and style important in choosing a perfect helmet for me. I love this helmet that I have chosen. I call it perfect. I love that the visibility with the helmet on is like not having a helmet on but you are protected and comfortable all at the same time. There will always be a better one, one day but right now this is perfect. September 9, 2014
Fantastic Helmet This is my first helmet and I chose well. I got the Blue Diamond Large sized helmet and it fits my head perfectly. There are no pressure points and I did not have to adjust any cheek pads on the inside. It is very lightweight and the features seem very well thought out and executed. The protection is typical Arai, top of the line. The viewing angle is excellent - much wider on the periphery than any other brand I have tried. I highly recommend this helmet. September 9, 2014
Great piece of gear This helmet sets the benchmark for me. I live in Florida and the weather is pretty hot and/or humid most of the year.I wanted a helmet that vents efficently and doesn't create any weird forces on my neck when doing blind spot checks at speed. It fits me perfectly but i wouldn't trust the manufacturer's sizing chart or get all caught up in head shape definitions. Use your head (pun intended). In other helmets i wear a medium and according to the Arai charts i should as well, when i got a medium there was just a little too much give. Trust in the excellent customer service for brand insights and free returns if needed but above all try moving the helmet when wearing it, IMHO that's the best method to know it fits you. Visibility is great as with any Arai and the helmet is quiet enough for me at all speeds. It will fool you into thinking it's lighter than it actually is when wearing it. I won'even try to describe the graphics; it has been described by people in the know as possibly the most visually stunning helmet ever made by Arai yet i'm sure some guys are going to second guess sporting a helmet that has some pink accents on it. To that i've got only four things to say: 1- If you worry that much about what people say about you, you've got bigger problems. 2- If it makes you happy get it and man up to your choice. 3- Notice next time you're at a bike hang out; you won't see 5 of these on other people's heads or bikes, it's exotic looking. 4- Most important of all is that motorist will probably only see the highest point on your bike, to maximize your appearance it's better to be reflective and catchy. I don't ride my Ducati in the rain so i can't intelligently speak about rain induced fog in the visor or about the combination of pinlock pocket and silicon seal remedies some other have needed with the brand. Overall a solid helmet, one of the safest rated (DOT and SNELL 2010) albeit a little on the pricey side, but for the admission price you get the whole package fit, drudi performance design w/ excellent finish, quality and above all world class protection. I highly recommend the RX-Q September 8, 2014
11,000 Mile Experiment. Bought this helmet for two reasons. First, to have the best protection and comfort. Second, the styling and paint. After riding for more than 11,000 miles with this helmet on, overall I am pleased. It is a bit pricey, but performs well. Tends to be a little noisy around the pucks, and the face shield removal is a bit quirky. Very resistant to buffeting when head is turned at speed. Good control of air flow. Peripheral vision is superb. High quality. My head is worth it. September 5, 2014
My First Arai This first Arai, I have always been a Shoei guy, this is my first Arai. The quality and feature is great, it is more comfortable than my Shoei, and I guess it is about how my head fits. I had to purchase a separate pinlock face shield, since unlike Shoei, it doesn't come with one. The face shield locking mechanism is not great, I consider that a poor design. Shoei got it right on that. Over all it is a good product, but at that price, I think it should be perfect in all areas. September 2, 2014
Great Quality This is my first helmet purchase and I don't think I would go with any other helmet for future purchases. The style and comfort is second to none. I've been using this helmet to commute everyday for 3 months and it still looks like the day it came out of the box. When it comes to protecting your head, there is no reason to go with something cheap. I can wear this helmet for hours with no issues. Had to have an Arai helmet once I tried on my brothers. Everything else I tried on just didn't feel for fit the same. The comfort of the helmet is enough for me to justify the cost. You can't go wrong with an Arai. August 18, 2014
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Arai RX-Q DNA Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Mark w: I have only hear great things about Aria and wanted to try it out for myself (its worth every penny) Thanks Revzilla Jun 8, 2014
Jeremy F: Arai is the best. Now I adventure tour. No longer tucked in on a track. The perfect helmet. May 12, 2014
Steven B: Best helmet manufacture out there, enough said. May 10, 2014
Brian B: Shiny Black Red White Arai May 3, 2014
James H: I needed a new helmet. I have two cheapo helmets already, but I did not want to make that mistake again. I needed an excellent helmet for street use on a liter sport bike. Lightweight, secure fit, air flow, noise levels, safety, and durability were my search criteria. Loads of research led me to the Arai RX-Q. Apr 14, 2014
bhaktivedanta c: this is one of the best of the best helmets in the game safety first!!!!!! Apr 4, 2014
Miguel M: This is my second one. The best helmet by far on the market Mar 21, 2014
William W: I bought this helmet because I liked the graphics and aria is known to be one of the best but it was on the expensive side.I like my shoei qwuest helmets better and they cost less.Just ordered A RF1200 which I like the best so far. Jan 29, 2014
Cesar G: After reviewing every premium helmet in the market, for touring purposes, the RX-Q seems to be the best choice for safety and all around features. Dec 27, 2013
Casey B: had a shoei for several years put pressure on the front of my ear and thought thats just what helmets due found out aria uses a shaved like pad around the ears to stop that irritation of pressure Dec 5, 2013
brandon s: trying different helmets.
like the design, colors, etc.
good Revzilla review
well known brand
Oct 26, 2013
Anthony Y: Looks awesome! Fits my cbr 2012 pearl white. Oct 25, 2013
Aaron R: Its an Arai helmet... need I say more? Oct 3, 2013
Chris C: I found this helmet wonderful and for me Arai is the best helmet in the world, its look, its safety and design is incomparable. Sep 17, 2013
A shopper asked: Hello, I would love a Corsair V but unfortunately, the budget doesn't stretch that far. I was wondering if you would be able to tell me if Arai's RX-Q would be stable at track speeds? Bike is a cbr954

Cheers
Sep 5, 2013
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Marco S: I think it would be stable no problem. It's the 3rd helmet of this kind that I purchased, I used to have a Quantum E before and really liked them too.

The only problem I have with this RX-Q is that when riding I think it's a little noisy due to the wind that comes in from the back of my neck or side. When I lower my chin the noise disappears.

I suggest to weat some jacket or protection around the neck that stops the air flow and seals you neck a little more making less noisy. In the winter it would be ok but in the summer may be it's too hot.

The Helmet overall is great.

Marco
Sep 6, 2013
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Juan Pablo P: Hi, i had this helmet since may2012, i think that the corsair v is designed for the high speeds of a track, when im on my bike at 200km/h it doesnt feels so stable, the wind at that speed is pretty strong, i havent tried the corsair v, but reading about the helmet properties i think is much better at high speeds, maybe you can wait for a sale on corsair v models. Cheers Sep 5, 2013
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Dave D: IMO, yes. The helmet is good about not wavering too much at high speed and head checks don't leave you feeling like your dome is about to rip off. Visibility is great and it's pretty comfortable when in a full tuck. Recommend getting a Pinlock shield if you're riding in anything but nice weather. Sep 6, 2013
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John C: I have a Daytona 675R . My RXQ has been stable at speeds over 100mph. Great helmet.

Sep 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: I'm looking at getting the black version of this helmet. Do you have one on hand that you can look at and let me know if the paint is a matte finish or gloss? Thanks! Oct 5, 2011
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FiFTyFooTFoX: I just got the RX-Q DNA Black, and it has a glossy clear coat with lots of metal flake. The video review of the DNA helmet on RevzillaTV YouTube channel shows how nice the finish is on this Arai product. I think giving that a watch will let you see exactly what you'll be getting. Jun 14, 2012
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SpeedyTres: they have both gloss (diamond black and pearl black) and a matte version (frost black). I believe the diamond black has metallic flakes and they really come out in the sun (thats the one I own). Jun 8, 2012
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AtomAnt: Hi Kahlil,

The finish on the RX-Q is gloss and the finish is flawless. The colors have a micro metallic fleck in them, which is very subtle and is perfectly done.
Apr 2, 2012
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AliB: The finish of the Arai RX-Q DNA helmet is gloss black. The finish is more akin to the Arai "diamond" finish you find on the RX-Q Solid helmet in Diamond Black. Oct 5, 2011
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Charles D asked: Can I wear prescription eyeglasses with the RX-Q? Does the RX-Q have specific adjustments for eyeglasses? Aug 15, 2014
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Demitrious A: D,
Charles, I have two of these helmets, one with a dark visor and the other with a clear visor. I have not had any trouble wearing glasses of any kind with this model of helmet. Glasses worn were both aviator style to Large Oakley Gas models. I also use the ear and mouth pieces of a Senna Bluetooth system on both these helmets as well, and still am comfortable. I've only ever worn Arai helmets over the last 20 years of riding bikes, due to their fit and comfort, RX-Q7's for sport bikes, and these RX-Q's for both sport and more upright fitting street bikes.
Aug 15, 2014
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JASON B: I routinely wear sunglasses with mine and have no problem, so I would expect eyeglasses would fit fine as well. Aug 15, 2014
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A shopper asked: Differend Spec Feb 23, 2012
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RevZilla: The RX-Q is a top of the line street helmet that is designed for a more upright riding position while the RX-7 and the new Corsair V are better suited to track and aggressive street riding. The only thing the Arai RX-Q and the RX-7 have in common is their internal shapes (although the RX-7 is a little rounder), besides that similarity they are totally different. Both the Corsair V and the RX-Q vent very well and have greater outward visibility compared to RX-7. May 2, 2012
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AtomAnt: Different application, ie: riding style. Apr 2, 2012
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A shopper asked: Hi, I am currently using a Scorpion EXO 1000 on my BMW K1200S. At higher speeds (and medium) I find it very noisy. I have been looking at AGV's GP-Tech, Arai's Q and also Schubert. I am wearing fitted earplugs but they start hurting after a few hours of riding. What would you recommend?
Thanks, Hans.
Jun 8, 2011
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Chris L.: Hans,
If you ride a K1200S then you ride in a more tucked position, right? Like a sport bike style of riding? The RX-Q is a great helmet and is very quiet when the vents are not open, but there is something you should consider here...the RX-Q is designed for an upright riding position, aka touring position. The vent is located further back on the top of the helmet and won't be of much use to you in a tucked position. The Schubert is the same style...for touring. Look for helmets designed for your type of riding, where the vents are forward.

As for ear plugs. I stopped wearing the expensive fitted plugs for the same reason you site. Instead, I use a an ear plug made of natural fibers and bees wax (yes, bees wax) which easily molds to the shape of my ears, and I can wear them for 10 hours without any problem with discomfort at all.
Jun 9, 2011
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GilOliveira: Completely... it is a beatiful helmet and very security. Jun 15, 2011
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A shopper asked: How is the venting on this helmet? Mar 20, 2013
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RevZilla: While they are both awesome helmets that will perform very well in the tuck position, the RX-Q is a bit more round than the X-11 (and the new X12). Mar 22, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi really keen to buy the Arai RX-Q DNA Black. When selecting it says you have none in stock. How much longer you guys think it will take to re-stock? COuld you please let me know asap when it arrives as I would definately like to place an order for size-Medium.

Cheers!!
Oct 26, 2011
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Chris K: We will send you a notification when these are back in stock in your size. Oct 28, 2011
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Arai Helmet Sizing

Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows. Pull the tape comfortably snug, and read the length.

Size Head (in) Head (cm)
2XS 20 - 20 1/2 51 - 52
XS 20 7/8 - 21 1/4 53 - 54
SM 21 5/8 - 22 55 - 56
MD 22 1/2 - 22 7/8 57 - 58
LG 23 1/4 - 23 5/8 59 - 60
XL 24 - 24 3/8 61 - 62
2XL 24 3/4 - 25 1/8 63 - 64
3XL 25 1/2 - 26 65 - 66

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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