To mark the fourteenth anniversary of the death of racing great Joey Dunlop, Arai have released a limited edition replica crash helmet. Before that fateful day in Estonia, Joey had just delighted fans by winning the Formula One and Senior races in the 2000 TT on his Honda SP-1. In the 1985 season, to which the ‘85’ refers, he raced to victory in two races at the North West 200, three races at the Ulster GP, and the Junior, Senior, and Formula One TTs on the Isle of Man.
And he did it all wearing the same design that he’d worn throughout his remarkable career. The helmet is instantly recognisable to aficionados of road racing, because Joey always wore his distinctive yellow lid, with the ‘85 season helmet also showing the Downtown Radio logo of his Northern Irish sponsor and the ‘Joey’ logo that he wore on his lid at the time. The vibrancy of his talent is well represented in the bright yellow colouring and, like Arai’s standard RX-7 GP helmets, it scores highly in all the essential areas – in terms of safety and performance. We particularly praised the great build quality, the good ventilation, the all-day comfort and the quietness.
This is the first replica crash helmet that’s been released since the one year anniversary version after Joey’s death. It has been approved by his widow, Linda Dunlop, who has signed a certificate of authenticity to be included with each sale. The run is a strictly limited edition with only 305 helmets manufactured. Each purchase will also include a numbered sticker, and they are available (for now) in sizes XXS-XXL through Northern Ireland dealer Crossan Motorcycles.
If you’re looking for a new crash helmet or simply want to join in the tributes to the most successful TT racer ever with a truly exclusive and limited edition helmet, then you won’t go far wrong with a Joey 85.
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