Today's sports bikes all have roots in Japanese sports bikes which, between the end of the 70s and the first half of the 80s, marked the birth of that American championship whose heirs still race in World Superbike. Powerful (for the time) and almost without fairing, they baptized riders such as Wes Cooley, Kenny Roberts, Kevin Schwantz, Freddie Spencer, Mike Baldwin, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Dave Aldana. Many of these have also become famous in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Some of them have also made the Arai brand famous.
To celebrate the style of yore, the bikes of that time and those that remember it today, Arai has created the new Concept-X. A helmet that combines a retro look, simple by current standards, with Arai's production and protective technology, which is constantly verified through internal tests with far more demanding standards than those of the homologations currently in force.
The shell, resistant, light and with a smooth and rounded shape to reduce the chances for the helmet to get stuck while sliding, even if the shape is slightly different from the R75 that distinguishes the more sporty and contemporary proposals in the look, is made of PB e-cLc and further reinforced with the Peripheral Belt (patented by Arai) that allows the helmet to divert the energy of an impact (glance off) without sticking to any obstacles.
The VAS-VC visor system, despite its nostalgic design, is designed to increase the protective surface of the shell while maintaining its resistance even in areas where the homologation tests do not affect the helmet. It is a variant of that VAS system introduced with the RX-7V a few years ago, which through a roto-translation movement causes the frontal area of the helmet to maintain incompatible surfaces and profiles with a simple rotation.
The ventilation system is another feature of the Concept-X, which, in order to maintain the purity of lines typical of the style of those years uses a simple but sufficiently effective scheme for a helmet clearly not designed for extreme use. The air intake on the chin works in collaboration with the brow vents on the visor (and not on the shell, which can therefore remain more rigid and robust) generating an air flow in the internal circuit which is then speeded up and extracted from the side exhaust ports and neckroll vent.
Unveiled last year at EICMA, and arrived on the market the following spring, Concept-X is available in solid color versions (including red, which was added later) for € 599, while the three design versions (two of which with the historic logo " HA "on the front) cost 699 euros.
Arai RX-7V Racing is the FIM FRHPHE-01 approved racing helmet of the Ohmiya-based brand. The version used by the official MotoGP and Superbike riders of the RX-7, with some small adjustments to make it even more effective in extreme use on track.
Much of the technical substance - the foundation, so to speak - remains that of the RX-7V introduced five years ago by Arai. R75 shaped shell in PB-SNC2, one-piece inner shell with different densities, double ECE-SNELL homologation, VAS visor system, completely detachable and customizable interior.
Aerodynamics and ventilation have been evolved and optimized, with the arrival of an FIM approved spoiler kit that smoothes the passage of air between the back of the helmet and the hump on the suit, maximizing aerodynamics on the straight. And then the new ventilation system, designed for the new fixed airwing, developed by Arai riders in the MotoGP and SBK World Championships, improving the efficiency of the system as speed increases.
The new RX-7V Racing is available in the single-color versions (at 959 euros) and in the American Eagle or Tatsuki Suzuki, Takumi Takahashi, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Takaaki Nakagami replica graphics, which you see below, for 1,139 euros. The new replica colors will also be available on the standard Arai RX-7V.