Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet
Good for round'er' heads with great peripheral view access
This is my 2nd Arai helmet. Pay the extra $$ to get a good helmet. My first one was retired 2.5 years ago after a delivery truck made an illegal turn in front of me. I woke up in the ER and spent a few day in the ICU. It was an earlier version of the XD model (don't remember which one) and it was worth it's weight in gold. The XD4 has good room for wider heads, and you can remove/replace some padding for extra space. The visor has the ability to hold in a slightly open position to vent fog (has enough tension to be opened to pretty much any position) and I feel safe in the helmet. We just put in the Sena 20 headset and there is plenty of room for the boomless mic and speakers, although the velcro does not hold well. The helmet also provides great visibility to the sides and you can remove the top shield if you plan on doing tarmac riding. Universal, great fit, great visibility, highly recommend the XD4.
July 8, 2014
wanna get 'all eyes on you'? get this helmet!
-true to size
-very comfortable and snug fit
-plenty of airflow to keep you cool (esp humid countries, e.g-singapore)
-to cut it short, Anthony explains it all in the video
-the chin strap is somewhat or rather pressing hard against my adam's apple even though I've adjusted to the best length but it's not so bad that I'm 'choking'
July 1, 2014
Overall, great helmet
My first Arai after many Schuberth helmets. For a new BMW 1200 GS.
Great for adventure riding. Fogs a bit, but the pinlok system is great.
A little buffeting that can get annoying with the stock screen after hours on the highway, but the peak pops off in a minute, so I remove it and ride in clean, quiet air.
I would prefer NOT having the large ARAI stickers everywhere, but the helmet does look good.
Easy to install speakers in the side cutouts.
June 30, 2014
Great helmet but not quiet on highway.
Was hoping for somewhat less wind noise at highway speed, otherwise a great helmet
June 23, 2014
The best helmet I have ever owned
I waited for months, watched every video, read every review and finally purchased one...This helmet looks amazing, fits perfect and the air vents work way better that I expected. A flick of the switch on the top air dams and you feel instant airflow. Graffix and paint are amazing with the metal flake in the black, online pictures do not give this justice.
This is not a cheap helmet but worth every penny.
Ten dollar brain ten dollar helmet. If you can afford the difference you won't regret it.
June 9, 2014
Know what you are buying
This is a beautifully crafted helmet. Pictures simply can not do justice to the graphics in the Explore model. There are subtle textures and metal flake sparkles that make you go “Wow” when you open the box. That said, I wish I knew more of what I was getting into before I dropped $700+ on the helmet and accessories.
The fit is not long oval. If a large Arai Profile is a perfect fit, you’ll probably get a forehead hotspot in a large XD-4. I did not pick this up in a 5 minute test fit.
The visor sets up an annoying low-level drone (at least with my current windscreen setup). Hold the visor with one hand to stop vibration, and the drone stops totally. I see this as a design defect.
The shield is not a quick change shield. Takes 4 screws to change the shield. Took me 15 minutes sitting at a coffee shop table to go from dark to clear. I also suggest getting a spare set of screws, drop one of the clear plastic screws and you are… well… screwed.
The shield is a compound curve. Expect some unusual distortion in some parts of the field of view. No, you are not hangover, it’s just your face shield playing tricks on your eyes.
The shield fogs more than other Aria helmets, even though there is better flow, and more space in the front of the helmet. Not sure why.
The complete kit would include a dark shield, a pinlock shield, and a pinlock insert. Big extra expenditure. If you like using a clear shield and using sunglasses to manage bright conditions, this slow-change shield set up probably is not a concern for you.
People say this is a loud helmet. But, with the visor off and properly fitted cheek pads I think it is my most quiet helmet. Even with all vents open, there few whistles and little droning.
The visor is extremely effective at reducing glare. Makes riding in mid-day sun much more pleasurable.
The visor does not rip your head off its spindle when doing lane change checks. Not sure why. Seems like it would.
The eye port is huge. Noticeably better peripheral vision.
Great air flow.
June 4, 2014
Still a geat helmet!
I finally retired my original Aria XD from 2005. This one has several noticeable improvements. The shield stays up much better and the visor is more solid. The adjustable cheek pads was also a great improvement!
July 17, 2014
Since this is one of those "dual sport" type of helmets with a visor, those riding are at some point going to get on a highway and get up to highway speeds.
With that said...when riding down the freeway at 55-60 there is understandable wind noise. So to protect my hearing during sustained freeway riding, I run custom ear plugs. That cuts down the wind noise to almost nothing.
What was interesting is that without the wind noise I started noticing a low frequency hum...somewhat a throbbing hum. Could not figure out where that was coming from. I would bend over behind the windscreen and it would go away, get back in the airstream and it would return.
Eventually I realized that it was the visor that was vibrating and causing that throbbing hum. Reach up and grab the visor, the noise goes away. Then I started looking and you could actually see the visor vibrating. I then started reaching up and squeezing both sides of the visor with my hand and the vibration went away.
So, long story short...I started putting a fat rubber band around the visor to give it a bit of an "arc" and the problem goes away. Weird having a rubber band up there, but it works. Thought about getting a piece of aluminum, bending it in a slight arc and pop riveting that to the visor. Still might go that way.
I contacted Arai on their website...never heard a thing. All it would take to fix the problem would be to make the visor a little more beefy in that area and the vibration would stop.
Once lost, hearing usually does not return so it's important to protect that hearing at all costs. Constant wind noise will damage your hearing. At the very least wear disposable foam if traveling over an hour.
Hey Arai...fix this please.
July 9, 2014