What can I say? You get what you pay for. But more importantly, you get to know your skull is being taken care of by, in my opinion, the very best protection offered by a top quality manufacturer when it counts the most...and without a brain, how can you experience your best riding adventure?
Needed a smaller helmet,my two year old Aria was slumping down into my field of view and I was constantly pushing it back up. So this was just a new replacement. Also matches my bike with Red/wht/Blu HRC plastics
I have been needing to get a new helmet as my old Shoei is 20 years old and in need of replacement though it has served me well. I have never owned an Arai but have always wanted to try one. Have been a big Nicky Hayden Fan and loved the paint scheme on this lid. So pried my wallet apart and shelled out the money for one. While the cost made me choke I am happy to report that it is one of the very best helmets I have ever had the opportunity to wear on my noggin ( while I have not owned many street helmets I sled and dirt-bike and have owned several helmets over the years shoei, tld, bell etc.) . Comfortable as all get out and all the vents / features work, function, and are easy to use even with gloves on. Also I might add this helmet is stable and quiet even at speed on my RC-51. So while I was apprehensive at first I am more than pleased with the fit, finish, function, and quality of this helmet from Arai. They put out one amazing product!!! I hope this one lasts a long time but will not hesitate in the future to buy another.
I bought one of these as a street helmet a few months ago, and when it came time to get anothet helmet for racing it was a no brainer. The fit is unbelievable, and it doesn't lift up at ovet 140 mph. Its very comfortable and compared to my other helmets very light.
Ths only negatives are it's so well vented that it gets loud, and the visor fogs up a fair amount at a stand still in certain conditions. The visor acccepts Arais pinlock system to stop the fogging issue so its not even that big of a deal.
Fit is excellent. Ventilation is excellent. Appearance supercool. Deflection at speed is minimal while looking to side or rear. Seal around neck dam is very close. Sound damping is fair, a bit louder than expected probably due to high ventilation.
Best fitting helmet I've owned in 35 years of road, track, and salt flat riding.