Arai XD-4 Helmet - Solid
Spend the money!
I have 3 months in with this helmet, no regrets on spending the extra cash.
July 28, 2014
Perfect helmet for adventure/general touring
I had the Arai XD-4 helmet in mind after watching the Long Way Round/Long Way Down motorcycle documentaries, because Ewan and Charlie used Arai helmets (an earlier version of the XD-4, maybe an XD-3.) The high price was off-putting at first, but after doing some research and watching Anthony's Revzilla TV review I decided to pop for a new Arai XD-4. It shipped very quick. When I pulled it out of the box it had a premium look and feel. When I first put it on the fit was near perfect. After peeling off the five millimeter adjustable cheek pads, as suggested for a roomier face fit, it was perfect. Positives include excellent venting, wide field of view, comfortable customizable fit, aerodynamic design, useful removable visor, reasonably quiet, looks great. Negatives - could be a bit quieter, but with the huge amount of venting options this is understandable.
Also thanks for the sizing advice on Revzilla TV. I thought I was a large, but I found out I'm really a medium. I had a great buying experience and am completely satisfied with my Arai XD-4.
Thank you, Kris
July 28, 2014
Love the look and feel of my new XD4
Put 10k miles on my last Arai XD3. It was two sizes to big for me. Finally got the XD4 properly fit, and I love it. Can't believe I waited so long to pull the trigger. Showed up the day after I ordered it.
July 24, 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
XD-3 to XD-4 Upgrade
I love this helmet. I was sized and fitted with a small XD-3 from a store that didn't except returns. After an hour of riding it felt like a vice on my head. I looked up Arai's size chart and I should have been a medium. I also read reviews that you have to have a certain head shape for the XD-3 and that the XD-4's were shaped less narrow. The XD-4 fit is great and is very comfortable. I just rode for two full days without any discomfort. The only downside for the XD-4, which has been pointed out in other reviews is the low frequency vibration from the visor. It's disappointing coming from such a pricey helmet. I haven't done any research into how to fix this issue yet but taping a quarter underneath it seemed to help a little so maybe some more weight in the corners would do the trick.
July 7, 2014
Wow what a *helmet*! Best I've ever owned.
Although this helmet is aimed primarily at the off-road/dual-sport market, I still rate it as one of the top helmets for *any* purpose. It's the best helmet I've ever owned, even though I've had ones that are more expensive. The construction quality is superb and the styling is second to none. Even though I chose to buy the solid-color, high-vis model, it's available in a wide-variety of solid colors and attractive graphics.
Best of all, the air flow is much better than anything I've used. Even in hot weather, I'm getting superb cooling from the variety of vents.
I also have to say that this helmet is much better set up for protecting your mouth and chin, so if you *are* riding on the dirt and rocks, it's far superior to a regular street helmet.
As for the price: It's well worth it. As I said, I've had far more expensive helmets that weren't nearly as good. As a former instructor once told me: "Never spend more on a motorcycle helmet than you'd be willing to spend to replace your head."
June 19, 2014
Expensive, but great quality!
Revzilla video description is accurate. Great looking helmet! Peak does great and does not catch much wind at all. Very little drag. Seems to be very aerodynamically sound. Look into the research and development that Arai puts into its helmets, specificity this one, and you can't help but be impressed. No doubt, that safety is there number one goal. Fit is true. Definite intermediate oval. Air flow is good. Sound level for a DS helmet is good. Optics are very good, very little distortion. Not enough said about the color! The color is more of a yellow, needles to say, than a high-viz green. When I first saw the color, I was a little disappointed, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw it in the daylight. In the daylight this helmet is completely different IMO. One of the only descriptions I read that mentioned the color called it "eye searing yellow", and I have to say that I fully agree! In the daylight it is absolutely eye searing, and even difficult to look at, if it's bright out!! It is expensive, but the quality is great and you do feel like you get your money's worth. Feels like it should last for a long time. Only problem is, that when you pay $557 for a helmet, you're way too afraid to even put a small scratch on it. Therfore, off-road, you tend to really watch it, more so then you really want to. Over all great helmet. Happy with my purchase.
July 28, 2014