Suzuki Australia must have over-estimated demand for its new Katana as they are now selling the themed Arai helmet that was included with advanced orders.
All customers who ordered the new Katana online before the delivery date of 8 September 2019 also received a Katana-themed Arai QV-Pro helmet, valued at $995, with their bike delivery.
They say about 60 Katanas were sold before the first delivery of about 90.
We are not sure how many of these limited-edition Katana themed helmets are available through the Suzuki dealer network, but it seems they fell short of their demand in orders for the bike.
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Katana Arai helmet specs
- Price: $995
- Based on Arai QV-Pro helmet
- Hand crafted in Japan and inspected five times by an Arai engineer
- PB-CLC outer shell in multiple sizes
- Optimised Free Flow System ventilation
- Variable Axis System visor
- PinLock insert included
- Shield latch visor lock system
- Antimicrobial liner material
- Replaceable, washable interior
- 5mm “Peel Away” ear cups, cheek pads and temple pad
- Speaker pockets
- Breath guard and chin curtain included
- Emergency Release System
- Double D ring closure
- ECE 22.05 approved
- Penetration tested
- Available sizes: small, medium and large.
Arai has announced an innovative new open-face helmet in the Ram-X. It’s made to be ultra light, highly protective, and comfortable, becoming the most sophisticated open-face helmet from Arai to date.
The Japanese brand took cues from some of its top-of-the-line helmets to devise the Ram-X. Its ventilation diffusers are borrowed from the Corsair-X, providing heightened airflow through the intake vents and channels. Arai changed the aero stabilizer design to optimize stabilizing performance on the new lid.
The shell of the Ram-X is based on the construction of the Quantum-X and Signet-X. It’s made from a PB-cLc2 material (which stands for peripherally belted complex laminate construction square). It’s a technique that was created in-house by Arai and which makes use of a number of different impact-resistant materials.
The shell also makes use of the newly designed Z-Compound resin, which provides better adhesion between layers while allowing engineers to use less resin than before. That results in a lighter-weight lid that is both DOT and Snell approved. There’s no specific weight number listed by Arai however.
There are four shell sizes used to construct the XS–XXL size run for the Ram-X, improving the accuracy of the fit. Arai has given the Ram-X an intermediate oval shape in an effort to make the helmet comfortable for a wide range of riders.
Each shell size comes with its own multi-density EPS liner and comfort padding.
Riders can choose to ride with the Pro Shade System up and utilize the shade as a peak, or ride with it down to reduce the amount of light entering the helmet. A newly developed VAS-Z shield system provides a lower pivot point which allowed engineers to create a smoother design in the temple area. All of these elements were also designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind, with the aim of creating a helmet that cuts through air as best as possible.
The shield is Pinlock ready also. There are a number of color options available, and the Ram-X starts at $679.95.