Arai Signet-Q Motorcycle HelmetArai’s Signet-Q model is called “The American Helmet” because it was specifically designed for American heads and the American market. It’s the result of the latest rider research done by Arai in measuring hundreds of American heads. The research showed that a plurality of us have longer, narrower head shapes.
Are you a Signet head? One way to tell is if you get those sometimes painful red forehead marks—or “hot spots”—from helmets with rounder interior shapes. The Signet-Q’s interior fit, by contrast, is more elongated front to back, giving more room in the forehead area; the fit is also more narrow side to side.Visually, the Arai Signet-Q is almost identical to its stable mate, the RX-Q, except for their interior shapes, the RX-Q having a somewhat rounder Intermediate Oval shape.Creating a model whose major feature is its interior shape comes from Arai’s long-held credo that head shape is as important as head size in getting the “perfect” fit. Arai says this is why it’s the only helmet company that “goes to the added effort and expense of creating models with different interior shapes.”However, Arai advises that, regardless of what head shape you “think” you have, they encourage everyone to take the opportunity to test fit both the RX-Q and Signet-Q models side-by-side to make sure you get the best fit possible – because only you can decide which fits you best.The Signet-Q’s other features are highlighted by Arai’s patent-pending FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheekpad design that Arai says delivers “an unbelievable level of support and comfort.” The design utilizes an innovative and exclusive spring support in the cheekpads that not only creates a soft, easy pressure around the ears to enhance noise reduction and to support and cradle the head from below, but easily gets out the way when taking the helmet off.FCS cheek pads have Arai’s exclusive 5mm peel-away custom fit layer to micro-tune the fit, as well as Arai’s now-copied Emergency Cheekpad Release System. The Signet-Q’s crown area also sports 5mm Peel-Away Temple/Side Pads to provide the same micro-tune benefit as the cheek pads. The liner and neck roll are fully removable and washable.On the exterior, the upper and side exhaust vent cowlings are more aerodynamic, sculpted to enhance stability while increasing exhaust efficiency, the side vent cowls tailored to the needs, and the speeds, of the street. A clear Pinlock Max-Vision anti-fog face shield is also included (both FCS and the Pinlock shield can be retrofit on the RX-Q model).The Arai Signet-Q is available in sizes XS to XXL, with 24 different colors and graphics to choose from. MSRP ranges from $619.95 to $759.95.For additional information, visit your authorized Arai retailer or AraiAmericas.com, where you’ll also find a complete dealer list.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!