Six months of use with the Airoh ST 701 has impressed and here are my thoughts after 3,500 miles.
This one’s been my lid of choice all summer – and I’ve been impressed with its performance. Pretty much all my riding is done on a naked bike and the wind-tunnel-tested Airoh has performed well with no fatigue-inducing buffeting issues. Comfort was fine from the off and I’ve been impressed with the drop-down sun visor, which does a great job against low-angle sunshine and has a more pleasing mechanism than some I have tried. The main visor is equipped to take a Pinlock so there’s no fogging and visor changes don’t demand any sort of knack, which is good news. The vents are easy to use with gloved hands and work fine. Plus, Airoh use two shell sizes so people with small heads won’t look like MCE British Superbike mascot Big Ed. Weight is claimed 1400g (+50g) and the lid is approved for track use – although my riding tends to be commuting and weekend outings.
While the visor mechanism is easy to get on with and locks down, I have suffered from whistling when riding at motorway speeds. The super-bright graphics may not be to everyone’s taste but it does come in a range of options and at a penny under £400, it is quite costly.