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Old 02-16-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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One more helmet question?

I decide to buy a Arai helmet but new to all this motorcycle stuff. Just want to educate myself on helmets. I saw some Arai helmets that say Arai Corsair V Helmets and others that say Arai RX-7 Corsair Helmets. Are these helmets the same and just one is the newer model then the other. Thanks again for everybody that helps.
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They are just different models of the same brand, all company's have different models stick them on your head and buy the one that fits better
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:18 PM   #4
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The Corsair V replaces the RX-7 Corsair. From what all I can remember, the V has one more vent up front, another small piece on the 'top/back' of the helmet, and 7% more viewing angle on each side. Both are nice helmets, and with the 'old' RX-7 selling so cheap now, I'll be picking up another soon.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:58 PM   #5
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Helmet shape

Most important thing about helmet comfort - weight and shape. Most important to save your head is the force transmission in an accident.

Arai has four different headshapes - Vector, Corsair, Quantum and Profile (I think). I'm a Profile head - long oval, front to back. The others are rounder, to varying degrees. See the Arai website. Quality of the liners is good, too. Three of these four have removable liners - one (the Vector?) does not. Arai has hand-laid fiberglass shells, with reinforced eyeports, and a good dealer will swap out liners and / or order cheekpads to fit it exactly to your head. As in, wear it ten hours and still like it. Arai has The Best safety data in the market for off-the-shelf helmets.

Shoei is good too, but never fit my head. Well made, almost Arai level of quality.

Suomy is in my opinion the best helmet for the dollar in the "premium" helmet world. Super plush liner, outstanding graphics. Meet CE (European) standards for safety (some argue, with merit, those are better standards than teh current Snell standard. The new Snell standard coming out is a lot more like the EUropean standard). But too round for my head.

Shark helmets are truly excellent protection, but I don't know enough people to speak to their comfort. Looked good in the shop, though.

For the price, the Scorpion helmets are excellent. They designed their headforms aroung US Military headform data, so they fit the "average" american male really well. And $220 for a new, removable-liner, Snell approved helmet is great. On top of that, their fogproofing on the faceshield is best-in-class.

Whatever you buy - I strongly suggest buying it from a shop who will swap liners and / or order cheekpads and whatever is needed to make it fit you Just Right. The shop needs to know how to do this, too. Mail order is too risky - it won't be custom fit, and frankly I don't trust the fleabay sellers are not selling counterfeit helmets.

Last spring, I helped a guy open a store in San Antonio - MotoLiberty (www.motoliberty.com) - and that's where I formed these opinions. I touched hundreds of helmets, swapped dozens of liners, fit helmets (and gloves, boots, wtc.) to lots of people. They have a store in Dallas, too - good people, riders, enthusiasts, and will work with you to get you what you need.

Summary: Get the best - fit and safety - helmet you can possibly afford. You will enjoy it every time you ride, you'll ride more, and be safer while doing it.

Stay safe,

Neil
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Most important thing about helmet comfort - weight and shape. Most important to save your head is the force transmission in an accident.

Arai has four different headshapes - Vector, Corsair, Quantum and Profile (I think). I'm a Profile head - long oval, front to back. The others are rounder, to varying degrees. See the Arai website. Quality of the liners is good, too. Three of these four have removable liners - one (the Vector?) does not. Arai has hand-laid fiberglass shells, with reinforced eyeports, and a good dealer will swap out liners and / or order cheekpads to fit it exactly to your head. As in, wear it ten hours and still like it. Arai has The Best safety data in the market for off-the-shelf helmets.

Shoei is good too, but never fit my head. Well made, almost Arai level of quality.

Suomy is in my opinion the best helmet for the dollar in the "premium" helmet world. Super plush liner, outstanding graphics. Meet CE (European) standards for safety (some argue, with merit, those are better standards than teh current Snell standard. The new Snell standard coming out is a lot more like the EUropean standard). But too round for my head.

Shark helmets are truly excellent protection, but I don't know enough people to speak to their comfort. Looked good in the shop, though.

For the price, the Scorpion helmets are excellent. They designed their headforms aroung US Military headform data, so they fit the "average" american male really well. And $220 for a new, removable-liner, Snell approved helmet is great. On top of that, their fogproofing on the faceshield is best-in-class.

Whatever you buy - I strongly suggest buying it from a shop who will swap liners and / or order cheekpads and whatever is needed to make it fit you Just Right. The shop needs to know how to do this, too. Mail order is too risky - it won't be custom fit, and frankly I don't trust the fleabay sellers are not selling counterfeit helmets.

Last spring, I helped a guy open a store in San Antonio - MotoLiberty (www.motoliberty.com) - and that's where I formed these opinions. I touched hundreds of helmets, swapped dozens of liners, fit helmets (and gloves, boots, wtc.) to lots of people. They have a store in Dallas, too - good people, riders, enthusiasts, and will work with you to get you what you need.

Summary: Get the best - fit and safety - helmet you can possibly afford. You will enjoy it every time you ride, you'll ride more, and be safer while doing it.

Stay safe,

Neil
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To prove his point, Arai doesn't fit my head, shoei fits better. So you might want to try a few of them on, feel the one that fits better and get that one.
You can't go wrong with any of those brands, it all comes down to which one fits your head better.
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:38 PM   #7
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Thanks that is some good advice. Safety is the number one concern for me. As a firemen i have seen a lot of motorcycle accidents and i know how a helmet saves people lives all the time.
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