Arai RX-Q Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
Superior Quality, Design, Function, Protection, and Style!
I chose the RX-Q Dawn style and found that I am in between a medium and large according to the size chart. I had the benefit of trying on both at a local dealership so I went with the large because the medium was just too snug and felt like it would continue to restrict blood flow after broke in. The large felt very snug for about 3-4 weeks and broke in perfectly. I could have probably went with the medium as well but the break in period would have been longer. The good thing about this helmet is that the large is the same shell size as the medium so I have the option to buy the medium liner and thicker cheek pads which I may consider doing when I go to my first track day. However, the large is still snug, as it is supposed to be, and fits perfectly after thousands of miles and a year of riding with it.
The noise level is not overbearing and is less prominent when all 3 vent options (Face Shied, Chin Bar, Top) are closed. I love the sound of my bike anyway... Air flow design is spot on and circulates air to the proper places to keep you cool and reduce sweat on hot days. This helmet is light and has a proper amount of peripheral vision so you do not have to turn your head that much to see a car to the left/right of you. Shoulder checks, before changing lanes, are easy and quick so you can stay focused on what is in front of you.
This helmet works well in the tuck position. I am a little over 6 feet tall, so I am unable to really look through the stock windscreen/bubble. The RX-Q design, and field of vision, does allow me to see well while tucked. With the top of the helmet just above the windscreen, while in the tuck position, the RX-Q aerodynamics compensates and I feel no wind resistance at all.
I did a lot of research before investing in the Arai RX-Q and found that this is the helmet that fit my needs the best. This helmet gives me the confidence and peace of mind that I will be protected in the event of a crash. Worth the investment!
Rides: 2008 Honda CBR600RR
May 22, 2013
I've never bought one of the high end helmets before. Wasn't easy to part with that much dough! No regrets tho-this is an awesome helmet! My noggin is somewhat oval (I suppose you could call it intermediate), and that has presented a problem with other full helmets I have purchased. Not this one-fits great! Don't panic when you first receive and try on the RX-Q. It is definitely snug! But it doesn"t take long to for it to break in. Pay close attention to the videos on how to measure your head and how to determine the shape of your head. Revzilla rocks with all the info videos available.
May 20, 2013
I LOVE THIS HELMET!!!
Got the RWB Fast Freddy helmet. I love the style of this helmet a lot with my RWB VFR800. The fit and airflow is incredible here in FL you can really fit the vent working soon as you start going... Really spoils you. Well worth the money. Now my wife wants an Arai.
May 19, 2013
This is an awesome helmet. The view out of the visor is very wide and the air flow is good enough for Texas heat.
Overall this is a great helmet. It took a few days to break in the cheek pads that feel a little obtrusive at first, but once broke in fit snug. The high viz color is so bright one can't help but see it! The only issue I have found so far is the snap on the chin strap is so close to the helmet you can't snap it with gloves on. This is my first Arai helmet and I'm not sure I'll ever buy anything else. After 17 years of riding and helmets I haven't owned a more comfortable helmet.
April 3, 2013
I bought it for my girlfriend. She is initiating herself on big bikes as a pilot and we look for some 1st class helmet.
She tried the size in Brazil, where it cost 1600$, and then we ordered it from Revzilla. Edward, from CS, was very helpful and patient both at the phone and by email.
Now she is in love with Arai. She stares at it and says "look how beautiful is my helmet!"...I guess we live in different Worlds because I only say that when look at my bike :)
For those from Brazil, galera, não hesita e tira as dúvidas como o pessoal da revzilla. eles conheçem mesmo do que falam. não senti em momento algum que eles queriam me empurrar nenhum produto, de fato eu começei procurando um shoei e olha como terminei!
Thanks, obrigado, gracias Edward
May 17, 2013
Arai RX-Q vs Shoei RF-1100
I purchased the Arai RX-Q (Spencer graphics) on a Revzilla clearout so I had to jump at the opportunity to get an Arai helmet at over 30% off and I'm very glad I did. I haven't had a chance to ride with it yet so I can't say much about noise or airflow but compared to my RF-1100 for fit and features they are both very close. Both are high quality helmets with good shields, great styling and light weight, but I give Arai the edge in fit and finish. Although I consider the RF-1100 excellent in these areas as well. I have an intermediate oval head shape and I thought my RF-1100 was the perfect fit for me, until I tried the Arai which fits better. Alternating between the 2 confirms this. It doesn't feel like a round fit even though some have said the RX-Q replaces the round fit Quantum. I haven't tried the Quantum so can't comment on the fit differences. The outter shape of RX-Q is rounder than my RF-1100 which might lead some to beleive it's a round fit, but I think this has more to do with the elongated outter profile of the RF-1100, and the rounder RX-Q shell probably provides better aerodynamics when shoulder checking. I wear a large in both brands but I find the Arai a snugger fit and I don't attribute that to padding compression alone in the Shoei, I think it has more to do with their different shell sizes. Both brands use 5 shell sizes however Shoei has to cover a wdier range of sizes 3XS thru 3XL with those 5 shell sizes while Arai only offers XS thru 2XL. So I think the large Arai is the same shell for medium and large sizes, while the large Shoei shell is shared between large and XL. Both helmets feel about the same in weight and both are light and well balanced. The RF-1100 is a quiet hemet but I expect the same or better from the Arai given its precise fit. Finally I like the more conservative shell design from the Arai as I think this will age better than some of the more agreesive lines found in helmets today.
April 29, 2013
Great helmet for wide range of riding
The RX-Q has done very well for riding both on my Honda VFR 800 and Suzuki DR 650. Whether riding a two-track trail or the interstate, the comfort and quiet are excellent and the ventilation works well at all speeds. The graphics are sharp and the fit has settled in now after a couple thousand miles. What was initially a tight fit has become a perfect match.
April 29, 2013
Track Day Ride
First go was on my first track day. Fits very well, I've worn a large scorpion exo 750 before and this fits much better although very close to my nose.
You can feel the quality in the pads, the weight, and the smooth operation of the face shield and the vents.
Fantastic helmet. I will not buy anything less than an Arai again.
April 17, 2013