Here it is. Little cheese factor is always my style. Went with the Arai Defiant Josh Hayes Jolly Roger replica. Skulls and a sprocket. Why the fuck not? I was gonna go with an X-14 Kagayama replica, but I needed something for my Magna and eventual Z1000. 2nd consideration is a Bell Race Star. That X-14 will be my track day reward once I get fairly proficient. I'm retiring my Shoei X-11 because it's 12 years old. Never been down, but it's way past it's supposed safe, useful life. I've replaced all pads, and those are worn anyway. Although it buffets and moves around on my head, I truly love that helmet. I'm used to the obscene wind sound, summer air flow and particular view.
On to the Arai. I have not tested, but I'll throw my thoughts up in this thread when I do. Box opening...Lots of gadgetry. Light helmet. Beautiful finish. Arai doesn't finish/paint the drilled holes for venting, if you look real close. Padding is SUPER cushy. Almost to cushy. Shoei lets you know you've got a tight helmet on. Arai tricks you a bit. I feel like I could probably go Signet for long-oval shape, but I'm happy with intermediate oval. That's Shoei's MO. I always thought the RF-1200 was a tight fit. Again, a lot has got to do with Shoei's padding. I can't go small in any helmet, I'm stuck in this cunt hair under medium category. Defiant has publicly shield standard. I'm gonna forgo for now because I just don't face that much inclement and cold weather here in Phoenix. Plus, the Defiant has this little slide lock that allows one little sliver of an opening to de-fog, slide it back to lock in. Also, Arai shield doesn't ratchet. Pretty cool but it will take getting used to. I love throwing a shield down and hearing ratcheting. Anyway, lock down is solid. Comes with silicone live for shield gasket. Has a pull down chin shield to extend wind protection. Nice neck roll. I'll be getting either a dark smoke or a blue mirror shield.
I figured if I didn't want it for some reason, I could resell. I'll be keeping it. $325 is dirt cheap to pay to get into a helmet of this quality. Hopefully it pays off. Oh. And you get a bunch of cool Arai stickers. Fuck yes!!
Bye bye, sweet sweet Shoei