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Old Aug 8th 2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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Arai Corsair X-Schwantz

I recently purchased from Moto Liberty a new 2017 Arai Corsair X-Schwantz replica. I will compare the new Arai Corsair X to my 2 Arai Corsair V helmets. The two Corsair V helmets are a Takahashi 3 version and the other is a Haslam Track version.

The new X version is extremely light. When I received it, I tried it on and thought "oh no," I've ordered the wrong size. I wear a size L and I've owned probably 6 Arai Corsair helmets. With the older V model, in size L, it always pushes my cheek bones and the skin on my face to the point I would use my finger tips to smooth my skin down. With the new X model, it fits properly, now that I've worn it "at speed" and there is no wiggle. The new X model does not squeeze my face in a death grip. So, if you get an X, order the same size you've always worn but note that at first you will think you ordered the wrong size because it doesn't squeeze the dickens out of your face.

The vision area is larger. It is very noticeable. I wear glasses and usually I have to wiggle my glasses in to the helmet to get them on my ears. Not so with the new X. The glasses slid right in with no problem. In the picture I attached, where the X model is upside down, you will see my finger pointing at the chin guard. This is new on the X compared to the V. The X feels longer down my face and not short like the V. With the V, sometimes at speed when racing, I would push my chin out against the chin bar to keep the helmet from sliding just a tad. This would happen at Roebling Road and Road Atlanta when you are really carrying the mail down some of the high speed straights. This is no longer a problem with the X. I have not worn the X at the track except for a couple of laps in practice. But today, I'm in the Hiawassee mountains area and I rode my 2016 Ducati Monster R. I'm 6'3" so I look like a giraffe on the Monster. There is really no wind protection with my height on this bike and several times I had the bike over 100 and the new X helmet did not budge.

On the old V models, I never had a problem changing to a new visor. Let me tell you, changing the visor on the new X model is not an easy task. If you are going out to race in the new X, you better have the visor on that you want to wear and not wait until the last minute. You have to push a black small tab on each bottom side of the visor. This releases the ear pod covering on the outside which will hang down by a small thread like attachment. You then rotate the visor to the full open position and it releases from the tracks. Whatever you do, do not lose the instruction booklet until you've done this procedure about 697 times.

The new X model is extremely comfortable on your head. I had zero hot spots and wore the helmet 3 hours. Never once did I have to reach up and push the chin bar to wiggle the helmet because of a hot spot. I usually start aching where your jaw bone connects directly under your ears. When I race, the old V model was not a problem in a sprint race. But, when I brought one of my V models to the mountains to ride, it always hurt my jaw at the connection point because I would ride for extended periods of time.

Positives: The new Arai Corsair X is super light. It fits like a silk glove. There are no hot spots. The vision area has been increased. The air flows like crazy through the helmet when the vents are open. The chin bar is just a touch/tad longer. Be sure to order the same size you've always worn. Initially, you will think the cheek pads are not thick enough because they don't push your face up. Don't be fooled. The helmet has this slick new shape called R75 and it causes the helmet to feel different on your head and the new design DOES NOT buffet in the wind like the V model.

Negative: Changing the visor was a job. Not that bad but as I was doing it, I kept thinking, I'm going to need an engineer from Georgia Tech to help me with this. But, if you are patient, it will get easier and easier.

I hope this helps you guys if you are thinking about the new Arai Corsair X. Helmets are so expensive and sometimes just standing in a store for a few minutes doesn't give the full picture of how a helmet will or will not perform.

Peace my friends. Happy riding. Highside49
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Old Aug 8th 2017, 05:00 PM   #2
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very helpful. About to pull the trigger on the X as well. Coming from V, this review is very timely.

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Old Aug 8th 2017, 05:11 PM   #3
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I have one of these as well, its a great helmet. The only thing I occasionally have a problem with the visor catch, just practice I guess.

The visor change is much more involved than previous models but there are plenty of YouTube videos if you get stuck.
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Old Aug 8th 2017, 05:16 PM   #4
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Any idea if the visual field on the new X is as big as the one on the AGV corsa/pista?

I used to be an Arai only owner but the ginormous field of vision and the stability (lack of wind buffeting) on the AGVs really won me over even though the Arai seemed to fit me better


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Old Aug 8th 2017, 05:21 PM   #5
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If you like Arai helmets, you will not regret the purchase of the new X model. I really cannot believe the difference between the V versus the X. I got stupid lucky because I had not read any reviews and I simply bought the helmet because I wanted the Schwantz replica. The new Guigliano replica also looks awesome but I went with the Schwantz because he was a stud of a racer and based upon most articles I've read, he is a decent dude. Silly reasons, I know, but just telling the truth.
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I've never worn an AGV so I could not even venture a guess about comparing the vision to the new Arai Corsair X. But, as I previously wrote, there is a noticeable difference between the Corsair V versus the Corsair X.
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Originally Posted by highside49 View Post
I've never worn an AGV so I could not even venture a guess about comparing the vision to the new Arai Corsair X. But, as I previously wrote, there is a noticeable difference between the Corsair V versus the Corsair X.
I have a Bell Carbon and an AGV K5, I can't use the AGV on the Ducati because the top of the visor is too low and I can't see the road ahead, not a problem for the Bell or if I'm on a situp bike.

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Do the visors from the Haslam "track" fit the new shape helmet?
I will probably be buying a new model soon and it will be handy to know if
I should be looking for deals with extra visors as part of the overall price.

Would be good to just find the cheapest supplier and be able to use my current
stock of spare visors.
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Originally Posted by Cosmik de Bris View Post
I have a Bell Carbon and an AGV K5, I can't use the AGV on the Ducati because the top of the visor is too low and I can't see the road ahead, not a problem for the Bell or if I'm on a situp bike.

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Leagues of difference between an AGV Corsa/Pista and a K5. The Corsa/Pista has a wider viewport than even their old top of the line GP Tech. I went from an Arai Corsair to the AGV for precisely that reason. Well, that and the fiddly visor change on Arais.
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I just picked up a New Corsair RX7V. That is what they call the X in Australia. Real improvement over my Ducati Corsair. Comes with pin lock visor. You just need to buy the insert. The sales guy showed me how to change the visor and it is super easy compared to before. No tool needed. I already changed to a tinted visor and it took me 2 mins. Fit in the medium seemed a touch tighter for me. Great helmet IMHO. First big ride will be to Phillip Island very soon.
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