Reevu RV MSX1: world first rearview helmet finally goes on sale

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You know what the Reevu RV MSX1 is. It’s that helmet with a rearview mirror built in that you’ve been hearing about for the last seven years. The product of an independent company, it’s taken that long to fully realize the concept, make it production ready and homologate it for world sale. But, finally, here it is. For $399 you can own a helmet that’s lighter than an Arai Corsair V, meets ECE 22.05 safety standards and lets you see what’s behind you.

The concept here is relatively simple. A hollow channel in the top of the helmet’s shell is lined with lightweight, bulletproof, mirrored polycarbonate. Light travels in an open port at the rear, is sent through that channel and displayed on an adjustable mirror that sits at the top of the rider’s peripheral vision, inside the view port. It’s like adding that central rearview mirror in a car to a motorcycle.

The trick has been making that an affordable production reality that will work for all, or at least most, riders. Since the original concept, the mirror inside the viewport, the one you look at, has been made adjustable to accommodate variable in individual riders’ head shapes and eye locations in relation to the helmet.

Because the reflective elements are made from bullet-proof polycarbonate, they won’t impact helmet safety and don’t add an appreciable amount of weight. Despite the addition of them, the channel they sit in, the viewport mirror and the need to mount an additional visor at the rear, the Reevu RV MSX1 only weighs 1600 grams for a size medium. In comparison, WebBikeWorld found that an XL Arai Corsair V — considered the industry standard for high-end helmets — weighs 1758 grams. Where that Arai retails for $740 in plain colors, the Reevu will be just $399 when it goes on sale in America.

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For general helmet specs, the RV MSX1 uses a tricomposite carbon/fiberglass/Kevlar shell and uses three shell sizes across its six head sizes. The mirror cavity doubles as a massive wind tunnel; ventilation is reportedly excellent. Part of the reason for the relatively light weight is that Reevu uses the light, soft and safe ECE 22.05 safety standard as opposed to the harder and heavier Snell M2010. The RV MSX1 carries the ACU Gold stamp of approval for competition use in Europe.

The RV MSX1 has yet to go on sale in the US while Reevu explores distributors here, but it is currently available in England from Just Helmets.

One neat feature is that dark visors for the RV MSX1 aren’t just made to fit the front view port, but the rear optic port too, eliminating glare if the sun is directly behind you.

A racer who’s worn the RV MSX1 on track described the experience for us, “After the first ten minutes or so using the Reevu system is like second nature. You know it’s there but don’t think about it, yet when someone is behind you, you can see them. It’s like having an extra sense.”

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  • kidchampion

    An elegant design solution to real problem. I will buy this.

  • nick2ny

    I have wanted something like this for years. I always envisioned having the sides of the helmets scooped out and then looking backward through them–this looks more like a reverse periscope–very cool!

  • randry

    Awesome advantage for racing, knowing what’s knocking on your door. I ride bicycles quite a bit and use a mirror on my glasses, sometimes looking too long can affect focus when looking back down the road. I wonder if it’s the same. This innovation has been a long time coming and I can see copies in the pipe. What’s next? Heads up display on the shield ?

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      My money is on in-helmet heads up display (via bluetooth i guess) by 2013~2014, i bet bmw is working on it as we speak.

      • SamuraiMark

        Agreed. A spy cam with a HUD should be far less intrusive on the structure of the helmet. We’ll get infra-red in there soon enough too.

        • HammSammich

          I’d guess that HUD’s have fizzled in motorcycle helmets because of the effect on night vision, given the proximity of the display the rider’s eyes. An HUD in aircraft or even on a car’s windshield is generally a couple of feet from your eyes so it’s not likely to have the same effect.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I like it. I also need to watch out for question marks chasing me around.

    • Randall

      If you let them catch up, you’ll immediately get confused!

  • Plotts

    So cool and about time.

    Though I would think that might be an unwelcome distraction on the track for people like me. There’s enough to focus on ahead of you without worrying what’s happening behind you (on the track).

    Yep, I’ll take one!

    • Sean Smith

      I’m pretty worried about what’s going on behind me. A helmet that makes blocking easier is good in my book :)

  • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

    I originally dismissed this helmet because I assumed it would be heavy and use an electronic camera.

    Mirrors & light (dependable) and lighter than Corsair? Seems hard to pass up.

  • HammSammich

    Wow!!! Totally want one, but I can’t buy a helmet without trying it on. Maybe Zappos will sell them? ;)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Check out RevZilla. They’ve got a no BS return policy. Don’t know if they plan to stock these, but for helmets in general.

      • HammSammich

        Thanks for the tip!

  • ike6116

    Looks great. Why hasn’t this been done sooner?

    I would think a brand like BMW would want to talk to these guys about licensing their stuff and slapping the roundel on it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

    would wearing this get out of tickets for not having mirrors?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      No.

    • aristurtle

      Probably not. I don’t know what the hell the laws are in your screwed-up hippie state, but here on the correct coast (in MD, at least):

      “Every motorcycle shall be equipped with two rearview mirrors, one each attached to the right and left handlebars, which shall meet applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.” – MD vehicle code 22-403(c)

      Hmm, my rearview mirrors are attached to the front fairing, not the handlebars. Nobody tell anybody.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub the (unfortunate) roomate

        ya, but they only enforce you having one….and they barely enforce that.

        • Randall

          I actually rode around for a year with no mirrors around LA. In 16k miles, no one ever bothered me

        • aristurtle

          It’s really just an extra thing they can ding you for when they pull you over for “riding like a jackass”.

          • Gene

            +1000. Or when they pull you over for “cop hates bikes”

            OTOH, A Japanese friend and I got pulled over near Orlando Int’l airport and the cop spoke fluent Japanese. We both were shocked.

  • Adrian

    I’ve had one of these for about a year now. Worked great with my 1125R. Way better than looking at my shoulders in the bike’s mirrors.

    Only gripe is that works best on sportbike where you are slightly canted forward. On my BMW R100S I have to tilt my head down to get a good look at what is behind me.

    The helmet is pretty quiet and not too heavy.

  • aristurtle

    Why, I think I just found my next helmet!

  • cadillacjack

    Are we talking 22 bulletproof or something more like 357 bulletproof? I like the idea or having a bulletproof head however, and the rearview thing is very cool as well.

    • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

      Neither. Not sure why Wes felt the need to mention it not once but twice. That glass at the bank that’s half an inch thick, that’s bulletproof polycarbonate aka Lexan ™, aka Plexiglass ™. Not so bulletproof at 1-2mm, which this must be given that PC is one of the most dense plastics available. I get it as a marketing scheme. People are probably concerned about sharp bits of plastic entering their skulls in an impact, but it’s pure hyperbole.

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

        “People are probably concerned about sharp bits of plastic entering their skulls” Well sure, but at least you’ll have a good angle on watching the approaching shards.

        I want one of these, bad.

      • ursus

        With Snell, the helmet stops the bullet on the inside after it goes through your brain. With ECE, the helmet stops the bullet on the outside *before* it goes through your brain.

  • Coreyvwc

    How long before the AMA/FIM/whatever make it illegal for racing use?

  • Vincent

    Sold. Amazing price.

    This will add more protection against something I am terrified of. Being hit from behind.

    Hopefully there is no “focus time” needed when switching gaze from front and the mirror.

  • Earl

    I would buy this helmet—I have been hit from behind–I listen a lot more now–hope the ventilation is good as we need it here in Sacramento–keep us posted about availability

  • robotribe

    That’s a fair price. Bring it and I’ll buy.

  • Eric

    Would it work with glasses?

    • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

      Yes, but you have to wear them over your helmet. And backwards.

      • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

        this!

  • FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

    I wish their logo wasn’t uggo, since they feel the need to paste it everywhere.
    What head shape is this thing supposed to be?

  • valen

    “Reevu RV MSX1 only weighs 1600 grams for a size medium. In comparison, WebBikeWorld found that an XL Arai Corsair V — considered the industry standard for high-end helmets — weighs 1758″

    So in the same size helmet is the Reevu actually lighter than the arai?

    That’s unclear here.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Helmet weights are a nebulous thing. Arai Americas hates quoting weights, so we’re working off the sketchy data available. It’s just a point if comparison, despite the mirror, the reevu is at least as light as a nice helmet most people have heard of.

  • guest

    Corsair is Snell in US which equates to heavy due to the requirements of the test. ECE helmets can be made lighter sans Snell. ECE testing tends to still be more realistic than Snell. Manufacturers pay for Snell ECE or DOT are required. The funny thing is FIM and AMA already allow ECE helmets for racing. So check your local club and find out you may be surprised. Also gram weight can vary plus or minus 50 or so grams depending of the factors of the finished helmet.

    • Archer

      My two Japanese Corsair V’s are JIS compliant and use a completely different shell size than my two USA market Corsair V’s. Both helmets are size L but the Japanese ones are built with the next down size shell. Fit is tighter (but still good) even though it is spec’d at the same interior circumfrerence. It is much, much lighter and quieter than the USA ones, too.

      Interestingly, both the Japanese and USA market helmets have the same specific flaw in the main chin vents- they’re all cracking in the same spot after a couple of years use. No such problem on my older Corsairs and RX-7 RR-IV’s.

  • Adam

    Make it carbon and add self dimming visor. This would make it a perfect helmet.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    can we talk about the fact that the guy has a massively strange accent?

  • http://krtong.com KR Tong

    I really don’t like the idea of another mirror. I don’t have mirrors on my bikes to begin with. I’d rather find a fullface that gives a better field of vision and doesn’t deafen vehicle sounds.

  • always_go_big

    Anyone know why the rear opening has to be so massive? Decent quality pinhole type, wide angle camera’s are a dime-a-dozen aren’t they. I thought they would have been able to get the same result without it being so gigantic.

    • aristurtle

      It’s not a camera, it’s a mirror and periscope-type setup. A camera would require a battery.

  • Ben

    How about this set-up in a dual-sport/ADV/mx style helmet?

    Would be nice not having to worry about snapping mirrors off the bars and being able to see behind you while standing on the pegs.

  • Scott-jay

    This helmet haunts me.
    Standing by in the USA.

  • J C

    I’ve had the Reevu MSX1 back in 2004. I’m surprised to see that the “new” version looks exactly the same as my old one 7 years which is probably ages for a motorcycle helmet.

    In my opinion, the rear view idea is innovative but not that necessary. By the way, I have nothing against the product and I’m speaking my mind as a consumer.

    First, the mirror is too small and at higher speeds or bumpy roads, looking at the rear view mirror can be a bit dizzying. Also, the helmet shell is quite big so aesthetically, somewhat unpleasant.

    Having a rear view mirror can be nice but sorry, the most practical helmet innovation for me in the last 10 years is probably the inner sun visor.