Arai RX-Q Oriental Helmet
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
Love the design on this helmet. Fairly light, good noise reduction however wind noise is average. Helmet is extremely round. Faceshield easy to install/remove once get use to, however aftermarket Faceshields are very difficult to install, would suggest OEM sheilds only. Great helmet.
June 8, 2015
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
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
Arai is top of the world
Look.... It's an Arai and it's just great ...... Period
If you are Asian like me.... Buy this !
RxQ oriental matte graphic
My head measures 58cm.... I went with size M... I always downsize and they will break in and be perfect
Every rider should have an Arai helmet , this is my third
May 6, 2015