RX-Q Dawn Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet
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- Adequate Ventilation
- Comfortable fit
- Comfortable Padding
- Fits Snug
- Good Visibility
- Void Of Pressure Points
- Shield design
- Aggresive riding
- Everyday Rides
Comments about ARAI RX-Q Dawn Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet:
I bought the Arai RX-Q in search of a more quite helmet than Shoei X-Twelve. My head size is 55-56 cm and after talking and having been measured by a Arai vendor at the recent Superbike race in Salt Lake City, I tried the XS size of the helmet. It fit my head perfectly with no pressure points. I urge the potential buyers to make sure of the fit before buying online. The reason for buying from CycleGear was the possibility of easy return at one of their stores in SLC.
The Helmet has been designed as a more street riding friendly version of their racing helmet. This results in a more quiet helmet than the Shoei X-Twelve that I also own. While I prefer the face shield solutions on Shoei, the Arai RX-Q had some advantages of its own as well. What I find annoying on my X-Twelve helmet while riding in a slightly up-right position (Honda VFR 1200) is that the helmet is extremely noisy and that the flowing air is hitting me right in my eyes when the chin vent is open (a necessity to prevent fogging on colder days) . The latter problem is less pronounced when you tilt your head forward as on sport bikes. The air flow from the chin vent on the Arai helmet is far better managed when riding in up-right position. Talking about the ventilation, I find it somewhat disappointing that the RX-Q top vents on the helmet don't really permit flowing of the air unless you tilt your head forward as when riding a sport bike. Another curiosity is the excess of air flowing over your face when you turn your head to the sides while riding. Not sure if this is due to having the 'ear flap' design on the sides of the helmet where you attach the shield that catches the air or if there is another explanation. While totally comfortable during hot summer months this could be quite chilly when the days get colder. The Arai shields are more flimsy than the Shoei. The fastening mechanism is hidden behind the 'ear flaps' and makes it harder to switch out the shields. Also, the small hook on the bottom edge of the shield that locks the shield tight and minimizes airflow is very small and tough to open once in locked position. Even when the hook is moved to the 'open' position It feels like the shield will break when you try to open it again. The large grip on the shield of Shoei helmets works much better for closing and opening the lid that additionally has a more robust step-wise closing adjustment. Because of the absence of a good grip I also find myself pulling down the Arai shield with my hand over the shield risking smudging of the shield or impairing my vision albeit momentarily. The wide eye port is providing enough of visibility although I sometimes wish that the upper edge of the visor was placed somewhat lower to block out the direct sun during afternoon riding. The Dawn Graphics are are quite impressive with the greys having somewhat sparkly finish as the silver detailing. The spider web-like touches give the helmet quite menacing look and the red detailing are really bright red while the whites are solid.
In conclusion, the RX-Q is an expansive helmet with great comfortable fit and good quality despite the flimsy face shield. Good ventilation and definitely more quiet than the racing helmets. (Un)fortunately, I was not able to test the helmet on cold days yet. I think, it's advisable to also try the Shoei RF-1100 or the Schuberth S2 helmets if you are looking for a comfortable, quite helmet for sporty street riding.
- Feels true to size
- Casual Rider, Motorcycle Enthusiast