Arai RX-Q Oriental Helmet - 2010
Wanted a quiet, high quality helmet
For the most part this helmet satisfied my requirement for a high quality helmet, quiet, good vision. I have a roundish head, 22" exactly, high cheekbones, a square jaw. While I have broken this size Small helmet in, it is still a small shell, and it squeezes my temples when I put it on. I removed the extra foam on the cheek pads, not a lot of difference. Also, the strap is short and I have to fiddle with it to get the flap snapped. It seems to be made for a tiny person. Once it is on, it envelopes my head firmly, without squeezing, and I no longer notice it. Good ventilation, shield doesn't fog much. I read somewhere that the velcro on the Sena speakers doesn't stick very well. This is true, I had to stick them on with the adhesive that came with the Sena kit. I have small ears, and sometimes they get folded against the speakers, ouch! So, from the classic head size fitment advice, Small should have been the one - but I wish I had tried the medium.
July 20, 2015
RX-Q matches the Corsair
At the end of the day it's really quite simple. We are RX-Q matches the performance of the Corsair the difference being that you're riding in a much more upright position. If you never owned an Arai helmet, you should know that while it's the most expensive but it is quite simply the best helmet if the fit is right for you. My first ride with it was around Lake Superior in Canada with varying conditions in terms of heat and cold and rain and during the entire trip of 2400 miles, I never once experienced an issue with fogging
Taking off and putting on the face shield does require a little bit of practice. I have seen more intuitive systems for taking off and replacing a shield, but the extra work is definitely worth it. If your unconvinced look at the other helmets over the last several years many of their improvements are based off of Arai including vent in the shield its self.
July 20, 2015
Fits Round shapes well
I bought this helmet primarily because this was the only helmet I could find that was shaped for round heads (Asians commonly have rounder heads). I can't really comment on noise level because I had tinnitus to begin with (so take this with a grain of salt), but while wearing this helmet noise just kind of seems to get amplified, so earplugs of some kind is mandatory for me. In short, this helmet is LOUD.
As far as range of vision goes, there was still maybe 5% of my vision range obscured, but that shouldn't really matter. For the most part I can see very clearly. The faceshield will fog up sometimes, but as soon as I get going it disappears. This mostly occurs in the morning though. I never figured out how to use the locking mechanism that they showed in the booklet that tells you how to crack open the shield WHILE it is locked in, and iirc it was supposed to help with the fogging though I might be wrong.
Just a little trivia regarding the graphic for this helmet, in case you guys didn't know: it is depicting the story of the Dragon Gate in Chinese Mythology, where if a Koi (or Carp) could jump over the waterfall (the Dragon Gate) they would transform into a Dragon.
July 19, 2015
Beautiful, Comfortable Helmet
Love this helmet! I purchased with the SAI purple mirror face sheild. The helmet looks fantastic. The helmet is light, comfortable and provides a reasonable amound of airflow and noise reduction. My only trouble is that at high speeds/or windy/windy days the helmet pushes back abit into my nose. (its not too big, its just the way it fits my head/face). I also own a ARAI Cosair and this doesn't happen.
May 25, 2015
Great touring helmet, not for sport bikes.
I bought this because of it being marketed as a touring/sport helmet and the "street version of the Corsair V". The helmet is super comfortable and stable at all speeds. It looks great and would be the perfect helmet if not for one issue...
The helmet is very loud over 65 mph unless you are sitting straight up. If you like riding sport bikes your ears are going to bleed without proper ear plugs.
June 29, 2015
Great looking helmet
Looks good and feels good with great vision. Would recommend.
June 29, 2015
Very comfortable right out of the box. Great visibilty. Surprised how loud it is compared to my old Bell Vortex.
June 28, 2015
You get what you pay for
After researching helmets for a few months, my search was narrowed, thanks to Revzilla's exceptional detailed product breakdown videos, to the Arai RX-Q and the Shoei RF1200. I like the shape and look of the Shoei, and the price is reasonable, as are the safety ratings. However, after watching all the detailed breakdowns of the Arai RX-Q, and watching the Isle of Man YouTube videos and seeing Arai as the primary helmet on the riders, and the price being a bit more steep, which can lend itself to appeal to less of a crowd than the Shoei, I found the Arai to be most desirable helmet.
My father, whom I admire and miss dearly, rode in an Arai Helmet. And I just like the look of the Arai helmets better.
As for the quality of the helmet: the paint/powder coat is fantastic. So much so, in fact, I could put it in a glass case in my foyer and display it as art. The materials have a high-end feel, and we're very carefully crafted. It's a very round helmet shell.
As for fitment: Revzilla has made it almost too easy to find the correct size. I measured my head, and learned that my head measures to require a size Small helmet. (I'd been wearing a size Large Shoei RF-800... Quite a difference) The size Small fits my head perfectly. It is snug on my cheeks, but not too much that I can't chew gum or speak. Trust the size chart!!!
As for while I ride: Road noise can be loud at times, no question. It's not a very sound-deadening helmet, but it's considerably quieter than the helmet I was used to (see above)
At highway speeds it sounds windy, because it is windy. You'll really feel in tune with the weather, which in many ways is a gift.
Head checks: when looking behind you the helmet doesn't feel like it's parachute has deployed, it is so round and uniform that it's almost no different from looking straight on! What a blessing!
Visibility: is very good. Only limitations are my natural periphery, the helmet exceeds my periphery.
Style: you're gonna look cool. You will likely be the minority, wearing such an expensive helmet, so that's cool. People who are in the know will see you wearing an Arai helmet and think, "whoa that's a sick helmet, they must really be into riding." That's pretty cool.
Safety: it's got the highest ratings possible. Another feature that is cool. If you take a tumble, your head is going to be as safe as possible in this helmet.
I trust this helmet and recommend it.
I have the diamond black color with a gold mirror visor. And I've really come to enjoy both.
June 17, 2015