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Heads up Motorbike helmet review: Quantic range expands Arai’s offering for premium head protection

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New Arai Quantic helmets in Fluor Yellow, Face Red and Modern Grey colours

New Arai Quantic helmets in Fluor Yellow, Face Red and Modern Grey colours

New Arai Quantic helmets in Fluor Yellow, Face Red and Modern Grey colours

How much is your head worth?

For as long as I’ve been riding bikes, the RX-7 from Arai has been the standard by which I’ve judged all other helmets.

I have to admit to having a serious bias when it comes to these lids. They are expensive – starting at €700 – and even as a spoiled journo I’ve put my hand in my own pocket several times to buy one with my own money.

The RX-7 is the one worn by racers, Gardaí and a host of professional riders. But it is a very specific piece of kit and doesn’t suit every head.

Now Arai has taken all the ‘learnings’ with the best helmet in the world and applied them to a new lid, one that is designed not for the track but for the road.

As with every Arai, the new Quantic is formed with protection in mind, first and foremost.

It’s manufactured by hand in Japan. The outer shell maintains its core strength but with a substantial weight reduction. The smooth, round shape is a key Arai signature and one primarily designed to ‘glance-off’ kerbs, bits of cars or whatever might come the rider's way in an ‘off’ and spread those impact forces.

The real clever bit here is where the company has reinvented the wheel with no compromise. The new model benefits from years of aerodynamic and protective research by Arai.  The Quantic slips through

the air neatly and efficiently, all the time wrapping the wearer in a cocoon of luxury.

It offers a fresh choice for riders who want the very best performance from a helmet with just that bit more comfort.

That same comfort is evident in how easy it is to take the helmet on and off. This is down to the fact that it has a 5mm flare around the base.

As a road rider’s helmet, it comes with a Pinlock insert ready to use in its max vision visor. The interior is brushed nylon and is removable for cleaning. It even features the company’s Facial Contour System, as well as a neck roll wire pocket for your comms set along with a set of pockets for the speakers.

As with all other Arai helmets, it features an emergency-release system.

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The vents work incredibly well, with no fewer than 12 intakes and exhausts throughout the helmet.

The front one looks particularly good. For the first time ever, the company has used its logo as an adjustable vent cover which can be opened and closed, even when wearing motorcycle gloves, with remarkable ease.

Other features that make a long day on the road so much more enjoyable are the chin curtain that directs the air on to the rider’s chest rather than their neck. There is even a small piece of adjustability

in the forehead lining for that absolutely perfect fit. And w e really like the RX-7-derived spoiler on the back of the helmet.

The Arai Quantic starts at €650, comes with a five-year warranty and can be found at www.megabikes.ie

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