The Arai Rapide is a throwback to the neon-tinted cool of the 80s, with a lightweight PB e-cLc shell, an aggressive, glance-off shape and VAS-VC shield.
The helmet has a stripped-back stylized design that harks back to the days, where looking cool was the most important thing - but Arai does not compromise protection. The actual shape of the Rapide is highly rounded, a signature from Arai, that is designed to glance-off during an impact and spread the energy of the impact so it does not concentrate on one part of your head. The outer shell of the helmet is made from Arai’s PB e-cLc, that is reinforced in specific impact areas to provide extra protection, but incredibly light to reduce strain on your neck.
Despite the retro styling, the Rapide has a bang-up-to-date ventilation system, that uses multiple intake vents on the front of the helmet that flushes air into the helmet through hidden multistage air channels, all to cool you down while you ride. But before the air in the helmet can become hot and stuffy, the air exhausts on the rear of the helmet funnel the air out.
*Please note: colour/dark tint visors are for display purposes only. This helmet is supplied with a clear visor as standard.
When you order a helmet online, we can only accept a return when the helmet is unworn and HAS NOT been used out on the motorcycle. When you receive your helmet, please try it on for around an hour in the comfort of your home, do not go out on the motorcycle with it. If the helmet is too loose or too tight, get in touch, and we will help to provide a return.
Circumference Measurement: Wrap a measuring tape around your head starting from the centre of your forehead. Measure about an inch above your eyebrows and hold the tape comfortably snug. Take the length and complete it again for good measure. Use the largest of the two readings.
At Infinity Motorcycles we pride ourselves on having the best selection of helmets at the best possible prices. Any collection of motorcycle helmets would be incomplete without Arai, a premium motorcycle helmet brand with a history of making quality helmets stretching back to the 1930s.
Since those early days they’ve come a long way. Today an Arai helmet is an impressive statement of your dedication to motorcycling as well as an essential piece of motorcycle gear.
The Arai Helmets Difference
You might be wondering why anyone would pay up to and over £500 for an Arai helmet when you could buy a £50 lid. It’s a question we are asked in our branches practically every day. The answer is simply that Arai helmets are designed, built and tested differently.
There are many helmets that are very good and meet all required standards. Arai helmets exceed the relevant standards and are extraordinarily well-built, providing superior protection and exceptional comfort.
Run By Riders
From their foundation Arai were different. They are not a corporation run by a board of directors who are only interested in profit. They are a family-run business spanning multiple generations of riders, all of whom have been dedicated to providing the very best gear possible.
Akhito Arai currently runs Arai, who took over from his father, Michio, who in turn took over from his father, Hirotake, the founder of Arai Helmets. That the Arai family name is still proudly emblazoned on every helmet makes a good indicator that there hasn’t been any corner cutting since the beginning!
We think that there is a real and distinct difference between the quality in products motivated by profit alone, and products motivated by honour, familial pride and the joy of skilled craftsmanship. This difference can be clearly seen in all Arai helmets.
Crafted With Care
An Arai helmet is constructed by hand, over a course of eighteen man-hours, by well trained and specialist craftsmen. This is more than a nice gesture or a gimmick.
Each shell takes twenty seven distinct steps to create, and everything from testing and standards to manufacture and design is based on rigorous and unique in-house craftsmanship. Earning the right to work on an Arai helmet can take five years or more.
This process means that quality is assured throughout the crafting process by a trained professional who understands the helmet completely. Arai helmets are not simply checking off a limited list of features, meaning that quality is consistently high.
The only automated part of the entire process is an automated laser beam used for cutting.
Ready For Any Challenge
In Europe crash helmets need only pass CE-2205 to be deemed safe enough to be sold as protection. All Arai helmets pass this test, and any other test, worldwide. It’s important to be clear that Arai helmets don’t just “meet” the required standards; they exceed these standards
Every Arai helmet is handmade and goes through five separate quality inspections. Whether it’s after the shell is made, or after paint and graphics, or even after final assembly, even the slightest imperfection will be eliminated. When you have finished with your Arai, before you through it away, take it apart and look inside the shell – there is a stamp in there signed by everyone who worked on your helmet, so that quality control can be tracked through every stem of manufacturing.
Note that this quality control applies to every Arai, not every tenth or hundredth. This is part of the reason why Arai has offered a 5 Year Limited Warranty for the last 15 years.
Arai were the first to offer comfort features like removable cheek pads, different interior shapes and liners in different thicknesses for a custom fit.
Arai are the only brand to have been ranked as number one in the J.D. Power Motorcycle Helmet Customer Satisfaction Survey for thirteen years in a row.
Arai are the only brand of motorcycle helmet trusted by the majority of Formula 1 drivers.
The bottom line is that wearing an Arai Helmet will make you feel more comfortable and safer, for hours on end, day after day, and long after a cheap helmet has got so uncomfortable and draughty that it has been replaced.
Why Infinity And Arai?
Why should you buy Arai helmets from Infinty? Well, if you’re buying online, there’s no reason other than the famous Infinity Motorcycles customer service, our 7 day helmet exchange policy, and our low prices.
We’d strongly encourage you to visit one of our stores wherever possible though, for all helmets and especially for Arai helmets. All branches of infinity motorcycles have staff who have been specially trained by Arai to help you buy the right helmet. This is over and above their personal riding experience and extensive knowledge of motorcycle gear!
We are also Arai Five Star dealers and service UK Supplied Arai helmets. We have a huge range of helmets in stock from other manufacturers so you can compare if you need to.
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Paint is too thin
The matt black version (frost black) has basically no lacquer and the paint is quite thin. The result is that the paint scratches very easily, much easier than the many other Arai helmets I've had. Not happy with that!
Great helmet from Arai. Looks great and fits perfectly. Typical Arai high quality. Very modern helmet with a retro twist. I have a number of different helmets from all the big brands, but this is definitely one of my favourites. If you're thinking about buying it, just do it. You won't be disappointed.
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