Rjays Striker Calamity Helmet
by "Y.A." for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Editor's Note: webBikeWorld reader "Y.A."
from Kuala Lumpur sent this detailed report on his Rjays
"Striker" helmet in the "Calamity" graphics.
is an Australian company that may not be a familiar name
to some motorcyclists, so we thought our readers might
be interested in learning more.
I have been reading (or mostly ogling) webBikeWorld for
quite a few years now. I still remember that I was
really interested in the X-lite 902 helmet but didn’t
have any clue as to how it fits, weight, quality, and so
on and so on.
So a few Google-ings later I was directed
to this wonderful web archive of review for motorcycle
gear, and since then it has become my daily newspaper
replacing the tired old paper based mags (which I still
read monthly though).
But we're here to find out about
helmets right? So here's my take on Rjays new Striker
helmet in the Calamity matte black-red colour scheme.
I bet not many people know or have even heard of
Rjays, but they're a popular brand in Australia, and
gaining ground in Singapore due to their high quality,
very fashionable and trendy and most important of all,
relatively inexpensive pricing.
I just got hold of their
new Striker helmet in the Calamity matte black-red, and
I just can't believe that for Ringgit Malaysia RM750
(including delivery), which is roughly $231.00 USD or
$179.95 AUD, you get a Snell, DOT,
Australian and Singapore safety standards approved helmet.
As a side note, I did some research and found that the
helmet is made in China by MHR and is apparently the
same as the ZOX Supercomp R with the "Mechanicalamity"
graphics, which has a current list price of $199.99 but
can be found for around $150.00 USD, so I'd say this helmet falls
in the under $200.00 USD category.
only that, the quality is just so good that I've been
scratching my head as to why I would even want to think
about getting more expensive helmets. The fit, comfort
and looks just amaze me that the guys at Rjays can put
out a helmet at this quality and still make money. But
like it says on the box ”we put in features that others
only dream about." So lets get the review going!
Paint, Graphics and Overall Quality
The first thought when I opened the box was WOW -- this is
one outrageous looking helmet!! The matte black
surface has a
nice rubberised feel, but the weird thing is even
though the color is matte, it also has a glossy look to it!
The only way I can explain it is that it might be
similar to how a matte surface would feel after being touched with oily fingers;
very unique! The graphics are by Dion Design and
the robotic skulls do take a lot of stares during my
street rides, while the bright yellow flames really are
The quality of the paint is first
rate, with no peeling or blemishes. I took a really,
really, really close look and almost didn’t notice about
two very tiny rough spots on the shell, but nothing
bothersome or suspect. The liner seems to fit very well and so
do the visor rubber seals, and the
bottom rubber lining also has the same matte rubberised
look for uniformity.
The logos are the thick embossed
type of stickers which are stuck recessed into the
helmet shell to have a unique but aerodynamic look and
feel. I showed it to some friends and they were really
impressed with the looks and quality. In fact I own
several other "high end" Italian helmets and the Rjays
certainly holds its own.
Score: I have to give it an "Outstanding" for Paint
and Graphics, and "Excellent" for overall quality,
considering the price point of this helmet.
Helmet Shape and Fit
This Rjays Striker is a size medium and the fit is spot
on. I usually wear a size large but decided to get
because I had lost some weight in the past couple of months.
Rjays apparently offers the helmet in two shell
sizes with 7 different liner combination. The cheek
pad covers my cheeks all the way to the cheek bones and it stops
the helmet from rolling around on my face.
feels like it fits snugly and it doesn't have that
loose-space-in-some-areas feeling as in so many other
helmets I've tried. I would say that this helmet fits
similar to a Shark RSR.
The shape is very narrow side to side
and long-ish and low in the chin area. The liner is a
huge surprise -- it's made from Coolmax and lined with
Aegis anti bacterial treatment to keep all the rotten
and liner degrading microbes at bay.
How comfortable is
it? If the Shark RSR were to be used as a bench mark of
10, then I'd have to say the Rjays gets a 9! It really
is that comfortable with a nice feel to the skin. Another plus is how easy it is to detach the
liners. A variety
of snaps and hook-and-loop material are used to attach the liners and cheek pads,
and taking them out and putting them back in is a
straightforward and intuitive affair.
Ear pockets are
really generous and my ears are comfortably placed,
not squashed. The chin curtain is made up of two layers
of material and it does a good job of keeping only the
needed amount of air to seep through.
I was riding in
40C temperatures in the middle of jam-packed Kuala
Lumpur and to my surprise there was no sweat on my head
and face at all!. The Coolmax kept the heat away while
still keeping me dry.
What made me get another helmet is
my current one is impeding my vision through the corners
and a bit difficult to catch sight of competitors behind
me without fully turning my head during racing. My
report on the view from the inside of the Rjays Striker is this: really wide
from side to side and the top of the helmet doesn’t
obstruct my view.
Looking down also reveals more real estate -- I felt that I was moving slower than the 80mph I
was doing on the busy freeway at lunch time, due to the
bigger and wider viewport. Turning my head from side to
side reveals no buffeting and slapped-by-the-wind
problems, and in a tucked position the feel of stability
is really high.
Just one note: Putting on eyeglasses is a bit difficult
compared to a Shoei X-11 or X-lite 801, due to the cheek
pad running up so high on my cheeks, which interferes
with the frames. However once I have them on, they stay secured,
stopped by the cheek pads themselves. I guess that’s
For more information, visit the
Motorcycle Helmet FAQ for more information on choosing and fitting
a motorcycle helmet and for a discussion regarding human head shapes.
And don't forget that choosing the correct helmet shape
is crucial for both comfort and safety!
Score: For the shape it is "Outstanding", and for the
fit I have to give it "Outstanding", since it fit like a
glove as soon as I put it on without any breaking-in.
Another "Outstanding" for peripheral vision.
The vent mechanisms are very unique. The top offers a
very easy and original way of working the vents -- press
one time for slight opening and press one more time for
a bigger opening.
To close it, push back the little
button on top and a loud SNAP ensures that the vents are
shut -- how intuitive! I tried it with gloves and it was
just dead easy and I could feel and hear the mechanism
The chin vents feature the trend of sideways
moving sliders to open and close, and a little thin
slider slides all the way left and right to fully open,
while the middle position closes it. As I mentioned, I
was in the middle of Kuala Lumpur in a heavy traffic jam during
lunch hour but my head was cool and dry when I parked
and took off the helmet, so the vents really did their
I always have this way of testing the vents of
helmets that I try, where I would put on the helmets and
lace it up securely, pull the visor all the way down and
stand in front of a fan, with the vents closed and
opened at different intervals to feel if any air is
circulating in the helmet.
I have to say that the Rjays
really moves some air, as I could feel it on my face and
on the top front of my head, slightly above the temples. As for the rear diffuser and neck air passage, I could
not tell a difference but I guess they are doing their
job, because when I took of the helmet my head didn’t
smell of stale air!.
As for fogging, I took a ride at
about 11pm after a rainstorm and the only way for me to
fog the screen is if I literally blew on the shield. Looks like the fog-free screen does work, and work well
Score: Again an "Outstanding" for venting and I guess
"Very Good" for air flow.
I have been riding in town on jam-packed roads and some freeways and
here (hear) are my findings: In town the environment is
muffled out and all I could mostly hear is the sound of
my bike's engine and exhaust. The sound of the traffic is
still audible but not intrusive as the bike's sounds
On the freeway, I am very
appreciative that there are NO booming sounds, but
at anything above 50mph I can hear a low pitched
whistling sound. The funny thing is, once I reach
80mph the whistling disappears and it becomes relatively
quiet, just the normal wind noise.
I tried for a number
of times and it happened every time I reached these two
distinct speed zones. Not enough to annoy, but certainly
apparent to my attention. One thing I noticed was at
speeds of more than 80mph, a tucked-in position greatly
results in a quieter ride.
Bear in mind I am riding my souped-up racing CPI GTR scooter with a loud pipe and no
fairing or windshield so it must be a plus. I never wear
ear plugs because I want to be aware of all sounds
possible so the noise level is quite acceptable.
Be sure to visit to the
Motorcycle Helmet Noise page for more information. Also, note that we always wear high-quality, correctly
fitted ear plugs when riding. Please see the
Earplugs and Hearing
Protection page for more information on choosing and wearing earplugs.
Perceived noise levels may vary, depending upon type of
motorcycle, windscreens or fairings, weather conditions
or even riding clothing.
SCORE: "Excellent" until 50mph, "Good" from 50mph to
80mph, and "Very Good" above 80mph.
As I found out reading the webBikeWorld review of the
Azuma R (again another re-badged MHR product), the clarity
and optical correctness is second to none! When I put on
the helmet and pull the visor down, I am hard pressed to
try to SEE the visor, It's so clear and free of
I have compared this with some
Japanese and Italian brand helmets, and French too, and
in my books this is one of the clearest, if not THE
clearest that I've looked through to date.
are flaws. It's a bit flexy and the visor removal
system, even though easy, is a bit finicky to operate. Taking the visor out is easy, just rotate the visor all
the way to the top, pull the latch (again flexy) and out
pops the visor.
Putting it back though requires a tiny latch to be
lined up and it's a bit tricky to get it in. After a few tries I
can manage to get hold of it, but I wish
it could be simpler. The visor has 5 detents for
positioning, and the
lowest lets in just a small amount of air.
Score: "Outstanding" for visor clarity and optical
correctness; "Excellent" for positioning; "Good" for
removal; "Average" for installation and "Average" for
visor position movement (due to the flexy visor).
It's listed at 1430 grams, but I took out my sister's
ultra accurate digital cooking scale and it read
1677grams. Here the weird contrasting character of this
helmet comes out again. At first when you lift it, it
feels quite light until you compare it to some helmets
(high end Japanese and Italian), where you'd have to
oblige it feels heavier.
But once you put it on, I have
to fully agree with the webBikeWorld opinion that even
though the weight of a helmet is important, how that
weight is carried is more so. When I put on this
helmet, it seems lighter than some RM2700++ ($700.00 USD+)
top end helmets. I found it hard to believe but even
after an hour
of riding, my head and neck is still fresh and not
feeling any ill effects of the weight.
Motorcycle Helmet Weights page for the complete
chart, comparing the weights of all of the helmets we've
reviewed. Includes a list of internal shapes.
Score: "Average" for weight and "Outstanding" for
The Rjays Stricker uses the tried-and-true D-ring system, with a nice
touch -- the strap-liners have the "RJ" logos
embroidered on them. There’s also a snap on the long
strap to secure the loose end, very thoughtful on a
supposedly el-cheapo helmet. A good surprise is the
strap itself -- fastening the helmet will pull the
straps to the correct length, right to the snap, so there is no
By now it's obvious that I am impressed with the
Rjays Striker helmet. But I have to tell you that I didn’t have any way of
trying on the helmet or seeing a real one before I
bought it, so it was really a leap of faith just ordering one.
was ready to sell it immediately should it fail to
impress me, having been pampered so long with expensive
Italian and Japanese helmets. But after opening the box and
putting it on, I just fell in love with it!
Now I'm off for
the second round of the National Scooterprix
Championships and I'm sure I'll be in the mags for the
attention this helmet will draw!!
Report: Rjays Striker Calamity Motorcycle Helmet
Retail Price: Ringgit Malaysia RM750, approx. $231.00 USD or
|Colors: Gloss Black, Matt Black,
Gunmetal, Calamity Red/Black, Calamity Blue/Silver, Blaze Blue, Blaze
Red and Blaze Grey in XS-XXL. Wildflower Pink and Wildflower Powder Blue
Ratings Scale: For reference, our ratings scale
is subjective: Unacceptable, Poor, Average, Very Good, Excellent and
Notes: Meets DOT, Snell, Singapore and
safety standards. Review Date: May
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From "S" (9/08): "Nice review.
You already know how I feel about my Zox Genesis (gave
you my 2 cents under the
I think a lot of what 'Y.A.' says about fit and noise
levels and such may translate across the Zox lineup.
I think you should do a couple more review on the Zox
lineup, starting with the Zox SuperComp R, and give your
thoughts about the same helmet. Let's see if you
concur with 'Y.A.'!
I know I feel no fatigue with my Zox Genesis.
It feels very light and airy when I ride with it.
I am VERY tempted to buy a SuperComp R. I have
already found a great deal on them on EBay, which is
also where I found my Genesis a while back. Zox
has a very good price point.
By the way, because of your review I am awaiting
delivery of my
XPEED 705. I don't know what kind of review
I'll give it. I actually found them at one of my
local shops AFTER I ordered it.
To me it felt kinda flimsy in the padding, awkward
around my ears, but I will give it a go when it comes in
and see if it impresses me on the ride. For the
$75.00 I paid for it I can afford to hate it and toss it
in the trash. Or love it and keep it for a
secondary rider perhaps (What can I say? I still love my
Akuma Street Fighter!).
Also of note, I liked your article on the
I think you should make it mandatory in all your helmet
reviews to include a video review. It shows so
much more that static pictures do.
I also tried the Jiano on at my BMW dealership and it
was a very nice feel, just as you said, very solid.
MORE chin front room that the
Nolan 103 and
a nicer sun visor and balance as well.
Think I covered enough helmets for right now...lol.
Sorry to chew your ear off, but you have started a virus
in me... the quest for the holy grail of helmets!
Keep up the great work..."