Nicky Hayden sadly lost his life in 2017 in a cycling accident during a training ride, so it is a bittersweet experience seeing his face in the lower half of this incredible Arai Corsair helmet.
This design was created by Starline Designers and it was first worn by Hayden when he was racing for the factory Ducati team in MotoGP. Hayden revealed the design for the first time at the 2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP.
The design is based on ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and it is mostly painted to look like a camouflaged army helmet, with straps running down to the chin where Nicky Hayden’s lower face can be seen. Bullets are painted on to the side of the helmet making it look they are strapped to it, and ‘Born To Ride‘ is written on the sides echoing ‘Joker’s’ helmet in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ film. The helmet also has the ‘Peace’ symbol painted on the upper side near the top.
The rear of the helmet features a cartoon Nicky Hayden firing flowers out of a gun that has ‘America’ written on the sides of it.
This is a clever design and it remains one of the most famous of Hayden’s custom one-off designs.
The good news is that it is available in the Arai Corsair V range, the bad news is that this is a limited edition so when stock has gone, then it really has gone. I guess there is a chance that Arai might revisit this design in honour of Hayden in the future, but for now the only way that you will get your hands on this is in the limited edition Corsair V model.
The Arai Corsair V is not cheap, this is a premium helmet that has had a lot of R&D dollars pumped into it. Think of it as the natural evolution of Arai’s highly popular RX-7 helmet but with a few extra features. As with most Arai’s the fit leans towards the oval/rounded head shape, and the build quality is sturdy, if a little on the heavy side.
The face shield feels thick and string and comes in at a thickness of 2.1 mm and Arai claim that they have increased the aperture on the eye port by an extra 10mm. I am sure it is true, but to be honest when we tried it we didn’t notice anything much different to the experience of wearing the (admittedly excellent) RX-7.
The ventilation on the Corsair V is decent and it comes with a two-position chin vent. In total the helmet has three vents at the top and a scoop under the visor for sucking in gulps of air. The rear of the helmet feature two exhaust vents. All vents are easy to operate with a simple switch that can be operated easily in motorcycle gloves.
This is a solid helmet that doesn’t really break any new ground from the RX-7, so consider it more of a minor evolution of the RX-7 and you won’t be too disppointed. The RX-7 was an excellent helemt that sold by the bucketload for Arai, and the Corsair V will probably do the same. If you are an RX-7 rider, then the Corsair will be perfect, if you are new to Arai then this is an excellent choice if you are looking for a premium flagship helmet that will last you years.
- Hyper-Ridge around the bottom enhances shell strength while providing a larger bottom opening
- Larger bottom opening promotes ease of putting on and taking off the helmet
- Peripheral belting across the forehead area of the shell enhances structural integrity while maintaining flexibility, low weight and minimal shell size
- Larger upper vent tabs make operating the vents easier even with thick winter gloves
- Arai ‘SAI’ shield with Super AdSis shield system
- ‘SAI’ shield is 5mm longer on each side and provides wider field of view
- ‘SAI’ shield and base plates exclusive to Corsair V
- Latest generation of Dry Cool liner has a silver-grey color
- Rear mounting snaps are slightly re-positioned for exclusivity to the Corsair V
- Neck roll is removable and has additional exhaust channels to remove interior heat
- Cheek pads have the exclusive Emergency Release Tab feature
- Side exhaust cowls exhaust heat as well as add lateral stability at speed
- Enhanced air inlets of the DF10 diffuser increase airflow efficiency
- Brow vents now duct air into the temple area and out the side vents for maximum cooling
- Exclusive Airwing provides unprecedented aerodynamic performance with five distinct positions
Check out the Revzilla video review of it:
360 degree video view of the Nicky Hayden Camo helmet:
Pricing & Availability:
Stock is very hard to find now, and your best route for securing one is probably eBay (link below). Check the links below to find out where to order it online:
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden Camo helmet at Chaparral-Motorsports.com who still have some limited stock. USA based but ship globally.|
|Check out the Arai Nicky Hayden Camo helmet at eBay. Bargains available.|