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Arai RX-Q Helmet
The Arai RX-Q (the round-oval shaped cousin to the Signet-Q) is the product of a racing lineage going back to the late 1970’s. Since Arai’s inception, their RX Line of helmets has set an international standard for rider comfort and safety. The RX-Q is perfection incarnate, blending modern materials and safety features with decades of knowledge and racing heritage. The result are features like an eyeport designed to maximize peripheral vision, an aerodynamically tuned outer shell and a beautifully crafted and ultra comfortable liner. All these features, combined with industry-leading protection, provide riders with an unmatched level of safety and comfort.
- 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, SM, MD/LG, XL, 2XL)
- Snell M2015 and DOT
NOTES: The Pearl Black color listed for this product has a very subtle metallic flake whereas the Diamond Black color has a more pronounced metallic. Also, helmet does not ship with the Pinlock face shield as shown. Pinlock face shield sold separately.
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Reviews & Questions
This may be a question many of you ask yourselves when trying to select a helmet. Previously I was in a similar position. I ended up buying the Corsair V, partly due to wanting the best helmet I could buy (within reason), especially since I had just purchased my first ever motorcycle.
The Corsair had many things that appealed to me. It was light, protected well, fit my head, and least importantly it also came in green.
It was a great purchase (a bit pricey), but I didn't regret it. I found however, that the visor was a little higher up on the helmet than other helmets I had tried. This wasn't much of an issue, but I noticed it due to the fact that my Ninja 250r doesn't have a full leaning forward position as some other Superbikes may have.
Recently I was offered a new RX-Q for a good price locally, so I jumped on it. Having ridden with it for several weeks, I now feel that I can give a good comparison.
Both helmets are constructed wonderfully. The finish is identical, and the comfort is about the same. Based on what Revzilla explained in their review, and I have read on Arai’s website, safety is the same throughout the Arai line up, features such as vents and other design aspects account for the price difference.
I found that the RX-Q flows air much better than the Corsair. The chin vent appears to have two different open positions, whereas the Corsair only has one (which flows air best when leaning forward, rather than semi-upright.
If you find yourself in a full tuck 60% or more of the time you are on your bike, then Corsair may be your helmet, the same goes for track day riders.
If however, you commute a lot, and don't necessarily tuck very often, then save yourself some money and go with the RX-Q. Both are excellent helmets, and I don’t regret owning either. Be honest with yourself with regard to how you ride, your needs, and decide based on this. I hope this may help some of you out.
I would recommend this helmet to anyone who values safety,quality and comfort.
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.
over 2 years ago
Lighter than I expected. There was no mistaking the quality feel however, and the liner is beautiful. Wow, felt really tight ( size large, 59.5 cm according to the noggin chart - yep, you can trust it ) the videos prepared me for this, watch them! I have several hundred miles on this helmet, and after removing the 5mm layer of cheekpiece foams to fine tune the fit , it is the most comfortable helmet yet by far. I feel safer (and can hear my tunes at any speed - even with louder pipes). Quiet, perfect fit and finish , comfy washable liner, paint is amazing, venting is very good ( I can feel the cool air as it travels through my thinning hair toward the exhaust vents). Get you a pin visor to control fogging on cooler nights/mornings. I would recommend you buy THIS helmet - you can't afford not to - your head, and the people that care about you deserve the ARAI quality, and the extra degree of peace of mind. Plus it looks great too! Keep the shined side up!
Background: the Airmada is famous for being one of the best bang-for-your-buck helmets as well providing tremendous air flow. The S2 is famous for being very quiet and having top-notch build quality. Unfortunately, neither of those helmets fit my round head shape. I developed hot spots after 90 minutes of riding in them - which was fine for most trips. Still, I needed a helmet for all-day riding.
My head shape is round as is common in Asia. However, in North America and Europe, long oval and intermediate oval are more common thus Arai, Shoei, and others specifically distribute helmets for head shapes according to each region. The Arai Quantum II was perfect for my head shape (I tried on my friend's). Sadly, it was discontinued and its indirect replacement is the RX-Q which is in between a Round and Intermediate Oval. I had a choice: see if the RX-Q was round enough for my head, or buying an Arai from Japan which has several Round-shape models for her market. I chose the former option because I love Revzilla.
How it feels: The fit of the helmet was slightly less comfortable than the Quantum II, but much better than the S2 and Airmada which are intermediate oval. No hot spots after several hours. The quality and vibrant Hi Viz paint-job on this is easily apparent, and motorists kept glancing at me. I appreciated that it came with silicone to lubricate the visor. Finally, the high airflow made riding on a warm day glorious given the numerous vents.
At this price, some things bothered me like: a rough and scratchy chin strap, flimsy helmet bag, changing visors took too long, 3 massive logos which can't be removed, no retro-reflective materials anywhere, matte black vents and accents detract from the helmet's lines instead of being all solid Hi Viz like the other RX-Qs, and average quietness. The Schuberth addressed all of the above. Were it not for accommodating my round head shape, the S2 would be my favorite helmet, and I would have returned this one. With the Schuberth, I didn't need to wear ear plugs. With the Arai and Icon, I have to spend another minute or two dealing with them which is a hassle.
The RX-Q is extremely light and the interior is very plush and comfortable. I sold motorcycle helmets for six years, and I had the opportunity to wear many brands and styles. Very few helmet manufacturers put as much thought into their products as Arai (Schuberth comes to mind). I have seen photos of an Arai after a 140 mph impact; I almost never ride that fast, but it's nice to know my helmet is up to the task. The overall quality of the build is another plus. Every piece fits together with no rattling. In the five years I wore the first helmet, I had one upper intake vent replaced under warranty, and that was handled quickly and professionally by Arai's customer service.
I don't know if the RX-Q will still be available when the time comes to replace my helmet, but you can be sure I'll be looking at Arai offerings first.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not entirely sold on the idea that a "premium" brand offers more crash protection than any other DOT certified helmet. Features and quality materials yes, but actual meaningful structural superiority? Not so sure.
The fit and finish is excellent. I love the frost finish on the black, and I've grown to like the cat ear vents! My eyes line up perfectly center in the eye port, but the chin seems a little close. Lots of breath condensation occurs there. It's been cold, so I haven't opened the top vents much. I have just for testing, and they seem to really channel air well. However; there is a price to pay, and that comes with significantly increased wind noise. I wear ear plugs so it doesn't really bother me much though. The chin curtain is kind of a gimmick. You will still get a lot of wind coming up under your chin an into your face. Probably will be grateful in the summer, but absolutely not in the winter. Scarf or balaclava is a must in the 30's. Wind buffeting seems to be at a minimum. Hard for me to really be a judge because I do ride with a windscreen though.
At this price I wish it came with pinlock visor, and a ratchet style chin strap. It sucks that you have to spend more money to have to purchase a face shield to get the same features of pinlock and drop down visor at this price. If you have a rounder head like I do, then this is hands down the most comfortable helmet you will ever wear. I do 5 hours in the saddle on weekends as my commute. My Schuberth (which I desperately wanted to love) gives me migraines, and excruciating pain behind the ears at around the hour mark. Bell crushes my temples Immediately, and can be tolerated for about 30 minutes. Shoei, pretty much the same. I have an extensive collection of unworn helmets thanks to Arai. I just think it's over priced, but I've been called a cheap SOB more than once. I'm slightly bitter because I feel like I don't have a choice, but I'm grateful that my head's helmet of choice is a fantastic all around lid.
Thank you so much :)
That being said, in brutal honesty, if I had the opportunity to spend that much on a helmet again I probably would buy a really nice modular. I'm a big guy and probably take up more than my fair share of oxygen. I have a huge problem with my visor fogging up. In cold weather, it fogs then freezes. Full face gets so warm and smothering too that I never wear mine anymore. I always wear my skid lid (half helmet).
This is probably the safest helmet you can buy, but it ended up dangerous for me as I never wear it. Before I had the skid lid, I would just go helmet-less. Not good!
If you're used to wearing full face and you don't fog up too bad, this is THE BEST of the BEST!!! Great ventilation too with no whistling. Only full face helmet I could find that when all vents are open, you can actually feel the wind in your hair.
Thanks in dance for your help.
Mine came with the standard cheek pads. However, the stock pads are easily made thinner by removing different thicknesses of foam from them. The cheed pads are made so that this is an easy adjustment. The first thing I did was disassemble the helmet. I believe the first section of foam that can be removed is 5 mm thick.
For what it's worth, I initially thought my pads might be too tight. I left them as delivered. Don't know if I just got use to them or what, but almost 2000 miles later, they are still stock.
Great helmet, but I will be buying pinlock shield with insert to handle fogging in this cold weather riding.
The clamp on the side easily will fit the Arai helmet and pretty much any other helmet you can think of. There is a slight 1-2mm gap at the top of the headset where the helmet starts to curve in but that doesn't affect wind resistance, noise, or anything else. Attaching the earbuds inside of the Arai helmet required the supplied sticky velcro pads that came with the Sena because the material the helmet is made from doesn't work that good with velcro. The Shoei material worked fine with velco and I could attach the headphones anywhere without a stickypad.
I don't reckon it to be "glaring"...but it is a pure white
hope that's of some help..cheers