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Arai wins gold medal for safety

Japanese company Arai is the first helmet manufacturer to win a gold safety medal from the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme.

In fact, no other gear manufacturer has received the prestigious Nicolas Rodil del Valle gold medal since the awards began in 1983.

The gold medal is awarded to individuals who make significant contributions to “two-wheel racing activities and management of businesses”.

The awards were announced last week and Australian safety and comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing, MotoCAP, won the road safety section.

Arai awardArai Rapide Neo retro helmet

Arai says the award was vindication of their “achievement in contributions to the safety of many riders and numerous advancements to motorcycle sports over many years”.

“Understanding the reason for this award, Arai Helmet continues to make helmets without compromise for the sake of rider protection since the company’s founding as the first motorcycle helmet manufacturer in Japan,” their official press release states.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say these contributions are recognised around the world by the granting of this award.”

The company began was formed in 1926 by Hirotake Arai as a hat making company and was the first Japanese company to make motorcycle helmets in 1950.

The annual Australian Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey usually rates Arai fairly highly, but it was missing from this year’s survey.

The survey doesn’t include safety as a criterion, but judges on customer satisfaction, durability, vision, comfort, cleaning, features, design and value.

Most of their helmets are fairly expensive.

In the latest round of safety and comfort ratings by the NSW Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH), Arai’s open-face helmets scored just one star for safety, but its Renegade-V scored three out of five stars.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Arai Regent-X easier to pull on/off

The next-generation Arai Regent-X helmet will address the problem of tight-fitting helmets being difficult to pull on and off.

It will be released late this year with the latest version of Arai’s Facial Contour System.

This system includes a 5mm adjustment in the jawline and cheek pads that “articulate up and down” as you pull on and take off the helmet.Arai Regent-X motorcycle helmet

They say this makes it easier to pull on and take off.

When the helmet is on, Arai claim the cheek pads will wrap around your face for a snug fit.

This is important as brain injuries can occur if your helmet does not fit tightly around your head.

Although it has a snug fit, the cheek pads have bigger speaker recesses and they say it is now easier to fit an intercom.

And, as usual, the cheek pads are adjustable and come in multiple sizes to fit your head.

It also comes with their usual multi-density one-piece liner.

However, some people with round heads (like me) can’t wear Arai helmets as they have an oval shell shape.

Arai Regent-X

Arai has also fitted a lighter weight neck roll, although they don’t say how much lighter it makes the helmet.

But Arai does claim it reduces wind noise seeping in from the bottom of the helmet.Arai Regent-X motorcycle helmet

Protection is claimed to be the same as their race helmets even though it uses a new less-expensive resin.

We don’t have confirmation yet of its arrival time or prices in Australia.

Aussie prices for Arai helmets range from about $550  for the Acces-III to $1339.95 for the RX-7V graphic.

It will be available in sizes XS-XXL in solid colours and graphics.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Arai Rapide Neo joins retro trend

Most motorcycle helmet manufacturers have now released retro designs over the past few years and now the Arai Rapide Neo joins the trend.

Arai is better known for its racing helmets, but the sports bike category is on the slide and the retro trend is continuing to rise, so it was only a matter of time before Arai joined in.

There is no word yet on when the 1980s-style Rapide Neo will come to Australia.

It will depend on when it receives Euro approval which is expected soon.

The helmet will be available in M (57-58), L (59-60), XL (61-62) sizes and we estimate it will cost around $800-$900.

What is a retro helmet?

A retro helmet is usually distinguished by its simplistic design, round shell, limited vents and lack of aero scoops and race graphics.

Rapide Neo follows this trend with a dome-shaped Special Fibre Laminate shell available in five solid colours only.Arai Rapide Neo retro helmet

Most of the retro helmets we have tested have been low-tech as befitting the old-school design.

While they may have modern protection and materials such as antibacterial lining to “wick away” the sweat, etc, they do have a few design flaws.

A minimalistic retro helmet usually has visors that don’t seal properly and little ventilation or at least no way to switch the ventilation on and off.

Arai Rapide

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The Arai Rapide Neo may be a little more hi-tech than most other retro helmets.

For a start, it seems to have a better visor seal with a rubber gasket around the face aperture.

There is also a rather sophisticated hinge mechanism and doesn’t have the typical Aria covers side covers which should make it a little quieter.Arai Rapide Neo retro helmet

It also features a neat device to “crack” the visor open for more air.

Otherwise, ventilation is a bit hit and miss.

The big chin vents look like they would provide plenty of air and are adjustable, but the control is inside the chin bar which may be difficult to access.

To keep the dome design clean and simple there are no forehead vents.

Arai Rapide Neo retro helmet
Chin vents, hinge mechanism, visor “crack” tool, rear vent

While there are small vents in the visor, it looks like they will just squirt air straight into your eyes and dry them out. It should also increase noise levels.

The two very discrete slits at the rear three-quarters and rear neck vent are the exhaust outlets.

Being down low instead of at the top of the head, we would expect it would draw air down, rather than over your hair.

However, Arai says it has “Air Flora Ina” ventilation that channels air throughout the liner.

We will advise when they arrive in Australia.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Suzuki offer Katana-themed Arai helmet

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.

Click here for our full Katana review and watch and listen to the bike in action in this video.

Katana Arai helmet specsSuzuki KATANA Arai helmet

  • 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 includedKATANA Arai helmet
  • 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 SystemSuzuki KATANA Arai helmet
  • Double D ring closure
  • ECE 22.05 approved
  • Penetration tested
  • Available sizes: small, medium and large.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Arai Ram-X Open-Face Helmet First Look

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.

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com