Arai’s best gets better!
Those old sayings ring true: you get what you pay for and if you’ve got a tuppence ’appeny ’ead, get a cheap lid. Now, there’s a reason why the likes of Freddie Spencer, Kevin Schwantz, Mick Doohan and even Barry Sheene wore Arai – and it’s nowt to do with sponsorship (the Japs apparently were notoriously tight in that regard) it is down to safety and technology. Now, Arai may have issues with the UK’S arguably-flawed SHARP system (which takes impact points on the lid where Arai traditionally have their sidepods) but you can’t argue with history – an Arai has always been thought of as the top of the technological lid-tree. And here’s the latest version. The new Arai RX-7V follows on from the RX-7S of yore and the outgoing RX-7GP – the RX7 range has been around for the last 20 years. The lid has a completely new PBSNC² outer shell along with the revolutionary VAS (Variable Axis System) visor, with a new and ‘better’ locking system and the new Eco Pure liner, improved ‘diffuser’ (we think that’s the rear spoiler). The big change from what we can gather is more room for a rider’s face. Sounds daft, we know, but often people claimed to have ‘Shoei’ or ‘Arai’ heads – never both. With the 7V you have 3mm of extra face and chin room. Handy if you’re Brucie or Jimmy Hill. Ventilation has always been an Arai’s strong point, and the new top duct provides 11% more airflow along with bigger switches for gloved hands. The new chin vent offers a dual pivot design, allowing you to shield defogging or increase rider comfort (we will see as the top Arai always seemed a bit too ‘venty’ as a wet-weather lid, even if visors rarely leaked on the inside). Finally, for sweaty Bettys like editor Bertie, the new fully removable interior liner system has been improved with ‘EcoPure’ material. While this sounds like a loo paper your nan uses, apparently it maintains a balanced ph and has antibacterial and deodorising properties. It’s probably thoroughly absorbent too!
Price is from a chokingly high £599.99 (blame the exchange rate) but this Freddie Spencer replica is to die for! Go to: www.whyarai.co.uk for more.