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Old July 21st, 2010   #1
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I've been looking to upgrade from my first cheepo helmet. The local Honda dealer has quite a selection of better helmets (higher priced, anyways) and I've found that the Arai Vector fits my head shape very well. The problem is that they only have a black one in my size (XL). I don't want black. I want to be seen.
I found that Motorcyclecloseouts.com has a really good prices on the Vector. Does anybody have experience, good or bad, dealing with these folks?
Any other helmet recommendations for a round-oval head shape similar to the Arai Vector?

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Old July 22nd, 2010   #2
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I love my white XXL Arai Vector. Arais are the only lids to wear for hours-long rides and the Vector fits my noggin best. I've put a lot of miles on mine and decided to replace it last winter with a new Shoei RF1100. The Shoei ventilates a little better, and may be just a dB quieter, but the shell is huge, compared to the Vector. It won't fit in the side cases of my FJR or in my Bestem top case either. The Vector wins for 6-hour comfort, too. For now I'm switching back and forth. For a trip I'd definitely take the Arai.

Your local dealer should be able to order a Vector for you but if you want to go internet there are lots of choices. I've had good luck with Competition Accessories <compacc.com> (although I got my new Shoei from my local shop with a discount coupon they were offering).

Enjoy the comfort and quality of the new lid.

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Pete:

Thanks for your response. I appreciate it.

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Old July 27th, 2010   #4
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Default Re: Arai Vector Helmet

Hi Bill,

Can't comment on the Arai as they don't fit me well. I'm more of a Shoei head.

The Schuberth Concepts fit me well and recent news has their C3 Flip-up coming back to the states in the next couple months.

Not sure if you can wait (or want to) but, the C3 has a lot of nice claims to fame like being the lightest and quietest helmet on the planet (not just among flip-ups but any helmets).

Not totally sure what the pricing will be but, it will be expensive, I'm sure.
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I've got a 5 year old C2, and I'd buy a C3 in a heartbeat if they were in the US now. I plan on using the C2 till the end of the riding season, and then looking for a new lid. If all else fails, I can use my Shoei RF1000 for a spell...
Whatever helmet I buy, I'll be sure to get a spare visor as well.

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Hi Bill,

Can't comment on the Arai as they don't fit me well. I'm more of a Shoei head.

The Schuberth Concepts fit me well and recent news has their C3 Flip-up coming back to the states in the next couple months.

Not sure if you can wait (or want to) but, the C3 has a lot of nice claims to fame like being the lightest and quietest helmet on the planet (not just among flip-ups but any helmets).

Not totally sure what the pricing will be but, it will be expensive, I'm sure.
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Old July 28th, 2010   #6
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Can't comment on the Arai as they don't fit me well. I'm more of a Shoei head.
I used to be the same, but the newer Arai models are coming with 3 different shapes for different melons. Some good reading on this page, scroll down for graphic representation of the different shapes and lists of models. It's worth going to try some on, trust me! My melon is a long oval, the Profile fits me better than anything I have tried. Now to find out if they are as supportive of RC's as Shoei :-)

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Right you are, GRN. I believe Arai is the only mfr to make different helmet shapes so a proper fit can be had by probably 99% of heads. Cheek pads are available in different thicknesses for fine-tuning, if you need it. Their website, araiamericas.com , has the full story. I have found the Vector to fit just a tad more narrow than the Shoei RF1100. The Vector is a little less expensive than the Profile and Quantum, and a lot less expensive than the new RXQ and Corsair-V. None of these guys are inexpensive but deep discounts are available on discontinued models and graphics.

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I bought a Schuberth C3 a few months ago and I am a little DISAPPOINTED!! The C3 has a different fit than the original Concept. As a result the new one fits much larger and is not as quiet as I was led to believe. The inner visor also unhooks on one side very easily. I have been unable to get any warranty info from Schuberth as they DO NOT respond to any e-mail messages. I was told maybe they don't read English!! I bought mine from a store in England and they also are not helpfull. I won't buy a helmet again from a foreign company unless they communicate better about exchange and warranty.
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Um, Ralph: I think they are all foreign companies. Even Bell, an originator and pioneer in motorcycle helmets, is off-shore. Still, some companies are customer-friendly and some aren't. Hard to know until you need them. I guess your situation reinforces buying from your local dealer who may, or may not, be willing to deal with the mfr.

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I used to be the same, but the newer Arai models are coming with 3 different shapes for different melons. Some good reading on this page, scroll down for graphic representation of the different shapes and lists of models. It's worth going to try some on, trust me! My melon is a long oval, the Profile fits me better than anything I have tried. Now to find out if they are as supportive of RC's as Shoei :-)
Spaced the link... sorry!

http://www.araiamericas.com/default.aspx?pageid=132
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