Arai RX-7 RR5 new for 2008

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Arai_RX-7_RR5.jpgThis new Arai RX-7 RR5 replaces the flagship RX-7 RR4 Corsair. The most obvious difference is the addition of a five-position spoiler between the top vents, but there are also new exhaust vents low down on the back and new tabs on the outside top edge of the visor, which claim to reduce turbulence and therefore wind noise. Other changes: a new Super Fiber shell that has 40 percent more tensile and compression strength; a composite interior that better adheres to the shell for even more strength; and a 10mm wider visor aperture for improved peripheral vision — all changes that will serve to make a helmet that was already arguably the best on sale even better. The RR5 will retail for ¥55,600, which puts it in line with the outgoing model. The usual range of solid colors and race replicas will be available. We’ll be taking ours in black.

More pictures and a video follow the jump.


  • Des Morgan

    Hey Guys.
    I have just returned to Ireland after living in Japan for a couple of years. While in Japan I travelled exclusivley by motorcycle and my ols rx7 was getting battered. As a treat i bought the new rx7 rr5 as above for use at home in Ireland. I have been told that this helmet will not meet irish safety standrds (not by a pro)and is not of the same quality as an Irish Arai. Surely all helmets are manufactured to the same standards and certified in the different regions by the respective authority.
    Any feedback would be appreciated.
    Des Morgan

  • Wes

    Des: It might be best to check with Arai directly. But, to the best of my knowledge, all Arai helmets are manufactured to the same standards, which probably far outstrip the ECE 22.05 minimum safety standards for helmets sold in the EU.

    The only differences between your helmet and the RR5 that will eventually be sold in europe are the ECE 22.05 sticker and the shell shape.

    Arai manufactures its helmets in different shapes for different continents. But, if yours fits you, then that shouldn’t be a concern.

    Legally, you’re meant to have a helmet fitted with an ECE 22.05 compliance sticker (which the helmet’s european importers will add when they’re officially brough in), but since your helmet has an enormous “Arai” sticker on it, I’m sure that won’t be a problem.