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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 5 300 300
Great Helmet!!! Fast ship. Item came nicely packaged as expected from a company of quality. Fit and finish were right on. As far as road noise I did not notice more noise than other helmets I've purchased in the past. Very happy with helmet. November 17, 2014
Great helmet - some minor issues I agree with the reviewers here this is really a great helmet. The issues I have had are with the chin vent. It is made from brittle plastic and the housing is very thin in places. One day I went to flip up the shield and my glove snagged on the vent - this happened very easily - and 'pop' the vent housing broke. The plastic housing is incredibly thin, made from very brittle plastic. That's OK I'll just order a new part and pop it in but you can't replace this part on your own the helmet must go to Arai for service. Thats OK too but a couple issues - first I raised an on line ticket. It took a few days to get a response so while waiting I called them and got a return # and sent the helmet in. I was assured the helmet would be in one day and out the next but that is not the case - it has been there for three days without yet being looked at let alone fixed. Turns out Arai USA support is a small operation - they probably get few service calls due to the quality of the helmets. The chin vent part could be better designed with better materials and could be owner replaceable. If I had not had this issue I would never have known and my score would be across the board 5*. Service could be better and plastic components could be sturdier. November 16, 2014
Fantastic quality There's no reason to go on and on and be really specific. Simply put the workmanship and quality of materials are obvious. The attention to all the little details that were put into crafting the helmet really speaks to the care that Arai takes in their manufacturing. The price is the only negative but you will not be let down by feeling you didn't get your money's worth. Easily recommended with no hesitation. November 12, 2014
Comfortable and well made I've been using my helmet a little over a week - just took a long ride yesterday and felt no pressure points or other issues. Great airflow too. November 8, 2014
Excellent fit and visibility. The saying of, "you get what you pay for", holds true for the RX-Q helmet by Arai. Sizing per Revzilla's website chart was exact, I ordered a medium and it's more comfortable than any other helmet I've worn or owned! Noise levels are fine, I have a Fat Bob with Cobra Slip On Mufflers and the helmet tones it down just enough that I can still hear surrounding traffic etc. in summary, if light weight, extreme comfort and DOT + SNELL ratings are your requirements then this helmet is a perfect choice. October 27, 2014
Great Helmet, versatile, excellent internal airflow and external aerodynamics. High Quality and Highly Recommended. Quality: Arai helmets are of very good or excellent quality. Fit: I bought the RX-Q model to fit my Intermediate Oval to Long Oval Head Shape. I tried the Signet Q but it was a just a tiny bit too long for me. Airflow: The Airflow features are excellent and manageable. Top of helmet flow, face shield flow and around the mouth/chin level can be opened or closed. Rear of helmet outflow can be open or closed. Rear outflow open enhances overall flow over the top of the head. Padding: Interior padding is snug and fit well for me. There are different padding sizes if you need it. I have not experienced any discomfort from the padding or the strap. Fogging: The helmet has not fogged internally while riding except one time when we had 100% humidity and I was riding through the clouds on a rainy, cloudy, 100% humidity afternoon on the BlueRidge Parkway. Face shield choices: There are a variety of face shield choices from clear to dark smoke and grey, amber, blue and purple mirror shields as well. I ride with the light smoke face shield during the day and carry a clear shield in my hard bags in case I am riding after dark. I find the light smoke fully adequate to dampen the effect of bright sun though others may prefer different colors. This may be more of a preference point. The clear is for night or for cloudy grey days. Switching the face shield is very easy. The Revzilla video instruction is great. Watch that once and it is quick and easy to change shields thereafter. Face Shield Field of View or Visibility. Visibility side to side and top to bottom is excellent. This is appreciated when in a full crouch position in the fast and tight twisty corners. Wind Buffet/Aerodynamics. Riding behind a touring wind shield there is no buffet even when your head is up in the wind. Behind a sport windshield the air hits your body and the helmet unless in a tight tuck. The helmet is very aerodynamic and when your head is in normal straight ahead or cornering position, the helmet feels very smooth in the air. I only feel the pressure of the air on the helmet when changing lanes at high speed on a freeway and looking hard left or right to check for cars. Value: I find the Value is good +, but it is tough to give a higher end helmet a 5 on the bang for the buck score. Overall: I think Arai makes an excellent product and I highly recommend the line. The RX-Q and Signet Q line seem ideal for the Sport, Sport Tourer to Tourer rider and works well in a traditional sport crouch position. I like the versatility of the helmet. I ride both a 2007 Honda VFR 800 and a 2009 Harley Davidson Road King. Two very different rides, but both very fun in there own way. October 13, 2014
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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
David Ryan S: My Girlfriend bought this for me on my birthday Nov 3, 2014
eddie: Style, size, Arai owner for years! Oct 29, 2014
Rick H: I have always used shoei and loved them but had the opportunity to try on the rx-q series and found it fit me better with no gap around the crown which I experienced with other manufacturers. Also the helmets are simply beautiful Oct 14, 2014
S W: helmet for my brother who just bought a bike. Oct 9, 2014
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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Chuck 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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Syed Idham Fariz S: No issue. I wear prescription glasses. Oct 7, 2014
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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Embed Video 165 / Arai Fit Guide

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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Black / XS 783269 817500/A21311 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / SM 783270 817501/A21312 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / MD 783271 817502/A21313 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Black / LG 783272 817503/A21314 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Black / XL 783273 817504/A21315 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / 2XL 783274 817505/A21316 Out of Stock
White / XS 783275 817490/A21321 Out of Stock
White / SM 783276 817491/A21322 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / MD 783277 817492/A21323 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White / LG 783278 817493/A21324 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
White / XL 783279 817494/A21325 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
White / 2XL 783280 817495/A21326 In Stock: Usually ships in 1-2 business days