This is my fourth RX-7GP and I have nothing but praise for it. It’s essentially the same lid as used by racers such as Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, Jonny Rea, Leon Haslam and it shows – the attention to detail is exquisite and it oozes quality. This my everyday lid, and it’s performed faultlessly on numerous bike tests, trackdays, European tours and the daily commute to work. It’s truly all-day comfortable, and the powerful venting and the non-itch lining do a good job of keeping my scalp dry and sweat free. The brilliant combination of visor vents and Pinlock means you’ll never suffer with misting and the visor change mechanism is easy to master once you’ve got the knack – but you will have a few nervous moments getting used to the sound of plastic scraping against plastic the first few times you change visor. The retractable chin spoiler is another neat, well-thought out touch and makes a massive difference to rider comfort. This lid’s done some 45,000 miles in the past two years and, although it’s probably due for retirement, its performed faultlessly throughout its time with me, on all kinds of bikes. And I know that if the worst came to the worst that it would look after me – I’ve crashed in one at some 120mph, slid for more than 110m and didn’t even get a headache. That lid, a stunning ‘Fast’ Freddie Spencer rep, took a battering – the helmet took three massive impacts to its side and top, one of the sidepods snapped off, as did a vent – but the structure remained intact and everything worked exactly as it was designed to do. Seems the data Arai takes from the racetrack is paying dividends in creating a very strong and safe lid. This is very much a top of the range lid, and the price tag reflects that, but as Scott Redding says later in the issue ‘you only have one head, you should buy the best helmet you can afford’. I know first hand that Arai’s technology is proven and for me that makes this helmet worth every penny of its hefty price tag.