2021 Arai Quantic currently undergoing ECE 22.06 testing

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Earlier this week, Arai announced a new Quantic sports touring helmet, which according to a statement, was said to be 'the first Arai full-face to go through the new, more rigorous ECE 22.06 standard.'

However, the helmet company have now added a second release, stating the Quantic is actually planned to meet the new criteria, however has not yet made the grade. The new lid, which begins at £499.99 and will be available in 2021, is undergoing the testing process as we speak and it is hoped will pass soon. You can read more about the helmet below.

New lid on the block: 2021 Quantic is first full-face Arai to meet ECE 22.06 standard

First published on 15 December, 2020 by Dan Sutherland

A rear view of the Arai Quantic

Meet the all-new Arai Quantic: A fresh sports touring helmet for 2021 and the first full-face option from the luxury lid manufacturer to pass new stringent ECE 22.06 safety regulations.

Where the existing ECE 22.05 test involves impacts on to a flat anvil, the new system will also measure rotational acceleration inside the helmet when dropped onto an anvil at a 45-degree angle. This is because research has suggested the twisting motion of a glancing impact can cause significant damage to brain tissue without any obvious external trauma.

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Released alongside the rest of the Japanese firm’s 2021 range, the Quantic will be available next year and sit between their sportiest RX-7V and more basic Profile-V as a helmet designed for 'the enthusiastic, sports-touring long-distance rider.' Plain white retails at £499.99, with colourful designs are available for £599.99.

Cornering whilst wearing an Arai Quantic

Aiming to provide all-day comfort, the new design boasts frontal venting in the forehead, integrated behind the Arai logo, plus slots within the chin and visor. There’s also a racing-inspired one-piece rear spoiler/exhaust for increased airflow. In total there are 12 ventilation ports: six intakes and six exhausts. 

An intercom system is also said to be easily attached and graphic designs are provided by Aldo Drudi. Although Arai don’t produce any intercoms in-house, the more stringent ECE testing means all official accessories like intercoms, which may impact on a helmet’s safety, are now also included in the crash-testing the process.

One extra not currently meeting the new standard is Arai's VAS Pro Shade external sun visor. The firm say they have prioritised other components for the new rules first and will test the sun screen at a later date.

Equipped with a laminate shell and multi-density EPS liner, the Quantic has also passed a number of in-house tests, including those for impact and penetration against a hemispherical anvil. Although not required by law, the process sees a 3kg test cone strike from a height of three metres.

Also looked at more thoroughly is the visor, which comes with a Pinlock insert. To ensure it passes 22.06 and doesn’t shatter upon impact with a foreign body, a steel ball is now fired at the visor at 60m/s – impacting where the right and left eye would normally be.

Away from regulations, the Quantic also features an integrated wire pocket, allowing you to store excess cable in the neck roll, without compromising comfort or safety. Cheek pads can also be removed easily for cleaning and/or adjustment.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade