Taking the plunge on Arai helmet


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Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby made2care » Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:40 pm



An intricate part of my trip planning is making certain I am wearing the correct helmet and helmet size. My current helmet is a cheapo, as I spend more time fixing up bikes than I do actual riding (sad isn't it) and had no clue as to what I was buying, just liked the price!
I did not realize that choosing the correct helmet for not only your head shape and size, but also riding style and bike preference could be so crucial. From what I have researched, over 90% of those that choose to wear helmets are actually wearing the incorrect size( more choose bigger than needed) and shape to have what appears to them, a true fit. One out of ten riders actually wear two full sizes too big.
With all this new knowledge I have opted for the Arai, and still am looking for the correct model. I have measured and also checked for my head shape (intermediate oval).
I guess my question is this: If you own an Arai, did you find that the sizing was true to your measurements, or did you need to go up or down a size.
I probably need to go to an actual store , then maybe I could decide.



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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby NVSB4 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:51 pm

Probably the best thing to do is go into a shop that has some and try them on to find the size that fits right.
Then you have the ammunition to go online and see what is available.
Quite often, you can go back into the store, show them the internet deal and see if they will match.
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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:06 pm

Ditto on what NVSB4 said.

I have worn Arai for years, but they don't fit everyone as comfortable as they do me. Make sure it fits with no pressure points before buying. But the helmet should be tight enough that a tug on the helmet is like a tug on the head. I have found Arai does run true to its stated sizes, and remember they also have different size cheek pads and so forth to make the helmet fit better.
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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:31 pm

I had always worn a large helmet - I had to, in order to have something that didnt' feel like it was driving spikes into my forehead and the back of my head (I have a "long oval" head shape).

When I saw the Arai rep at a motorcycle show, I told him I was in the market for a new helmet, and liked that they had a long oval shaped helmet that might fit my head. I told him I wore a large. He took one look at me, and said "you're a medium." I protested, but he said "your head is xx inches" - and then took measuring tape out and measured, and he was dead on. I guess he has been doing this for years.

He then said, I was definitely a medium with that circumference head. So I tried on a medium, and it felt like my head was in a vice - it felt so tight compared to what I was used to! He told me that this was the correct fit, and that most people wear helmets that are far too big for them. After a minute or two I realized that it wasn't uncomfortably tight, just solid, and didn't flop around.

He was right. I bought the medium, and I'm now on my second medium Arai. When I try on one of my old large Shoei helmets, I feel like the thing is 10 times too big for me, it flops and slops all over the place.

So in my experience, the Arai sizing is right on (measure your head like they say to, and their chart will be correct). My wife has large cheekbones, and required changing out a couple pads to make it fit comfortably, but that was relatively inexpensive, and they have many different sizes of all the different pads inside.

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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby maintainer » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:34 pm

Of all the premium helmet's I strongly prefer Shoei comfort and design over Aria but that's for another thread.
I recommend you go to an accessory dealer like Cyclegear or even a big bike dealer and try on different sizes etc.
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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby brettchallenger » Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:15 am

I am on my third Arai helmet, I find them the most comfortable for me.

My last purchase was in a motorcycle store as they were having a sale. However, what I normally do is go to a store, try on helmets and get the right size, then look on line for the same helmet make and size and buy from there, as it is normally substantially cheaper. If you do this, then you should A) make sure that the helmet you are ordering online is the exact same as the one you tried on in the store, B) buy from an online distributor which is based in the same country as you - Arai make different head shapes according to world geographical location. Clearly, if you are say, Japanese and living in the USA, you will need to make specific enquiries.

Be aware that when trying on a new helmet, it will appear a very tight fit, and you might feel that you are having to eat the inside of your cheeks. Don't be tempted to get a size bigger for a more comfortable fit. The helmet will settle to your unique headshape when worn for a period.

My Arai is now about 5 years old and feels part of me but really should be due for a change soon. This is not something to which I am looking forward. In addition to the cost, and Arai helmets are not cheap items, there is the above mentioned wearing in period, and then of course doing the necessary surgery to make my in-helmet speakers fit.

A helmet is one of the few bits of kit a motorcyclist really does not want to use/test to its full extent.
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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby billbob » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:59 am

Great helmet along with Shoei,i did wear 3/4 style helmet ever since the seventies but now I wear a half helmet for the comfort . :!:

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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby made2care » Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:23 pm

Went ahead and purchased the Arai Vector 2 solid. $449, should get in a couple of days. I spent a ton of hrs researching, so hopefully all that research will pay off. BTW, Revzilla had the lowest prices, just in case someone is in the market for a new lid.

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Re: Taking the plunge on Arai helmet

Postby Happytrails » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:40 pm

Arai helmets are worth every penny :D


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