The chin bar. Quite literally, it’s what defines a full-face helmet. However, in the case of the Arai Defiant-X that we have here, it’s a bit of a departure from the rest of Arai’s full-face lineup. We’ll get into the specifics in a minute, but let’s take a step back and look at where the Defiant falls into line.
We’re not going to assume that everyone enjoys wearing a helmet when they ride, and while we are of the mindset that safety is always a top priority, we realize not everyone shares our opinion about helmets. For a lot of riders, the decision is made for you based on the particular laws of that state but if given complete freedom to choose, what’s your position on wearing a helmet?
Use to be helmets with internal sun visors were not only expensive but ponderously large. Fitting the shield and its retractable mechanics beneath the helmet’s shell, while innovative, gave its wearer a severe case of Charlie Brown head. Nowadays, many helmet manufacturers have managed to offer helmets with internal sun visors equal in size to those without. HJC’s done exactly that with the IS-17, but even more amazing is the retail price of the helmet: $180-$200.
Playful barbs about Power Ranger suits notwithstanding, it may come as a surprise to some readers of Motorcycle.com to find that not all motorcyclists enjoy graphics-laden, logo-ridden riding gear. That stuff may be fine for some, but many of us prefer simple, comfortable protective gear for everyday riding.
So, I’ve received a lot of flak for my sardonically caustic “ Top 10 Hipster Motorcycles” post, and I admit that I’m deserving of the heaps of scorn that have been tossed in my direction. Was it dated? Likely. Was it loathsome? Probably. Was it mean-spirited? Hell no! Just making fun of all my friends who wear trendy clothes and ride trendy machines. Heck, I’m one of ‘em – or, the closest to one the Motorcycle.com staff can boast, anyway. I love vintage motorcycles, and anything vintage, really (particularly shirts). Moreover, I’m from Brooklyn and own, like, two pairs of skinny-ish pants.