Skully AR-1 :: First Impression
We recently got the opportunity to spend a little time with the Skully AR-1 HUD helmet. No, we’re not one of the lucky first few who are taking delivery of their new lids this week, but nevertheless, we jumped at the opportunity to play around with the smart helmet and see what all the fuss is about.

We didn’t get a ton of seat time with the helmet but we did get to take a few laps with the navigation on to get a feel for it. With Spotify – connected via Bluetooth – playing clean and clear through the integrated audio system, the navigation would jump in politely and speak turn by turn directions. 
That being said, clean audio is not what makes the Skully stand out from the crowd. What does make the Skully AR-1 so unique is its proprietary Heads Up Display. Positioned below your right eye, the transparent HUD is adjustable forward and backwards as well as up and down to allow each rider to tailor the positioning to get it just right. Skully’s HUD display appears to be floating in your field of view but isn’t obtrusive and offers an impressive 180° ‘Blind Spot’ view. Take a minute to let that sink in…180° rear view.
[Image above via Skully]

Overall fit and finish is nice with the unit. An often overlooked piece yet nice touch from Skully is their quick release chin strap. It’s a simple and functional design that was easier to use than just about any other helmet strap I’ve used before. The visor is fog, scratch & glare resistant and just feels quality. The helmet is DOT/ECE certified and while there’s one shell, its shell fits sizes S-XXL with interchangeable padding inserts.
While the price tag for the AR-1 is on the high side ($1,499 USD), there’s no question that with this helmet you get a lot of bang for your buck. We’re big fans of new technology, especially when it comes to rider safety. All we can say is we want a Skully and we want one now.

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Jacket: Dainese Harrison Jacket Pelle

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  • altimategear 12/17/2015 at 1:16 pm

    Who is the actual person that has ridden with this helmet to write this. C'mon stick your head out of the sand! The leather on the jacket is too new. The fact is, this is nothing more than the same stuff written by the company. VERBATTOM! Shameful!

  • The Bullitt 12/17/2015 at 4:01 pm

    First off, thanks for reading, and thanks for the note. As mentioned in the beginning of the post, we didn't get much time to ride with the helmet. This was simply a first impression, as noted in the title of the post. Not sure what the jacket has to do with anything but thanks for noticing. It IS new. It's a Dainese "Harrison" jacket from their 36060 collection and we love it!


  • Al Hicks 12/17/2015 at 8:26 pm

    I like it

  • The Guzzi Project 12/18/2015 at 11:07 pm

    The word is "verbatim" and it's from the Latin, for "exactly the same words uttered".
    If you're going to slag off the writer, at least get your own comments right.

  • Karl Steinmeyer 12/24/2015 at 9:49 pm

    What's the wind noise like at 100mph?

  • The Bullitt 12/25/2015 at 8:45 pm

    Hey Karl – I only got it for a short ride and didn't get it up to 100. Hopefully I'll get another shot at it soon. Cheers,

  • LiveandLetDrive 01/04/2016 at 10:41 am

    So, how fast DID you go? What was having 180* rear view like? Distracting? Natural? Is it clear and easy to see traffic? Was the UI reposnive? Did you try the electrochromatic visor? Where is the actual content of this article beyond "clear audio" and "nice chin strap"? Are you sure you actually rode with it?

    We get that you only got a quick first impression but it would be nice if you'd actually share it with us…

  • BornToRide 01/13/2016 at 12:44 pm

    I just love the AR-1 one of the best looking helmets on the market, but I would have to save for a while to get one! I just opted for the Shoei RF-1200 which is good because its around $400!

  • Anonymous 04/28/2016 at 5:58 am

    So this guy just sits on his Ducati looking down at his bike? Dafuq? What a poser. Ducati people are pretty much the naked bike equivalent of the 50 year old rich guys who buy Harleys are ride around town just to be seen on their bikes because they think it makes them look "cool."

  • The Bullitt 05/04/2016 at 12:10 am

    "This guy" owns 4 motorcycles and no car and rides virtually every day, rain or shine.

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