Helmet Pr0n: Arai RX7 RC

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First shown in concept form two years ago, we’d forgotten all about the carbon shell RX7 until we saw Bruce Anstey wearing one at the TT last week. His is one of only 300 Arai RX7 RC’s that will ever be sold in Europe. The £2100 helmet is made using Formula One helmet technology that dramatically reduces the weight, but is incredibly labor intensive. 22 man hours go into each one.

The RC is certified to both the Snell M2010 and ECE 22.05 safety standards but, as far as we can tell, isn’t being sold in this country. The last time we asked about it, Arai Americas was annoyed to find that a publication was interested in covering its products.

The trick with the RC’s shell appears to be the large weave and a peripheral belt around the perimeter that retains shell strength even while weight is dropped “substantially” below the 1,650g non-carbon RX7. Arai claims the RC is the lightest Snell-approved helmet on the market, but doesn’t deign to quote an actual weight. Traditionally, American Snell certification makes a helmet heavier and harder than its lighter, safer European counterparts.

Don’t balk too terribly much at the price. The RC’s construction is based on that of the firm’s flagship GP-6 RC Formula One helmet, which retails for five large. We’d hazard a guess that being based on the RX-7’s off-the-shelf sizes and features helps reduce the cost over that bespoke F1 lid.

Want one? European Arai dealers are only getting three apiece.

Arai UK

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Spendy. Looks pretty trick, though. Glad to see Aria America doing such a bang up job.

  • Rick

    Whatever happened to the hilarious video about how to separate Arai customers from their wallets? It seemed like an in-house gag never intended for public viewing but it was SPOT-ON.

  • Gene

    A £2100 helmet and it’s still got shitty D-rings? Can we get rid of the Flintstones technology now, please?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a racing helmet for racers. D-rings are simple, foolproof and light. They also allow far finer degrees of adjustment and are quicker and easier to use.

    • Barry

      You can put all the gimmicky/clicky/breaky things you want on your helmet. As a racer and track junky, I’ll keep my helmet on my head thanks. D-Rings are still THE way to go. Last time I checked, the F1 boys were still rockin’ the “Flintstones” tech. I say: Yabba dabba doo!

    • Steven

      I’m not willing to trust something that is unfastened with the push of a button or 1996′s snowboard binding technology to save my brain.

    • Miles Prower

      Plus, D-rings are comfy, unlike hard buckles.

      • http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=305107 stickfigure

        I’m willing to bet all you folks raving about D-rings have never actually used the euro-style latch. I have one on my Airoh S4 and it is by far the best helmet-related invention since styrofoam. Clipping/unclipping is easily accomplished in 1.5 seconds with a single gloved hand.

        For those of you worried about the safety of latches: How are those D-ring seatbelts in your cars working out for you?

        • Steven

          how’s your eurosealer

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          I’ve tried everything and tried it in difficult conditions. Nothing beats the simplicity or functionality of a good ol’ D-ring.

        • Miles Prower

          I have several shelves of helmets in my basement for various activities that I feel require head protection — with several styles of buckles represented — and although D-rings are not the most convenient, they are the most comfortable for me.

          Speaking specifically about motorcycling, I found the strap/buckle on the Euro Schuberth C2 extremely uncomfortable — one of the reasons why I went with a D-ringed Schuberth R1 instead.

          But understandably, YMMV.

  • T Diver

    Too cheap. Do you know of any for around $5,000?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’ve got a lighter AGV that I’ll sell you for $6k :)

  • Taco

    Helmet “PrOn”? What’s that?

    • Miles Prower

      pr0n is l33t. Like n00b and warez.

      • Taco

        Oh, nerd-speak.

        • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

          aka “internet-filter diversion” speak.