Arai XD-4 Hi-Viz Neon Helmet
The Best So Far
I have owned more than my share of helmets over the years, and the Arai XD4 Pro is far and away the best of them. I think it offers more comfort and performance than helmets that are substantially more expensive. It feels snug but comfortable, offers more frontal protection than a standard street helmet, and has much better airflow than other helmets. Since I commute to work on my motorcycle, I also appreciate the high-vis color.
Of course, you can buy a helmet for far less than this. However, you won't get the features or the security that this helmet offers. As a motorcycle instructor of mine once said "Never pay more for a helmet than you'd pay to replace your head!"
June 30, 2014
Amazing helmet, light, comfy and sharp looking
It's all it's worked up to be, is very light, comfortable and looks really good on. It's has great features, removable washable padding, lots of vents, bolts that sheer off the visor in case of a crash, it's also very quiet. It is very expensive! That's my only issue with it, not sure I would fork out that much a second time even though I really love it.
June 23, 2014
Well worth the price
How much is your head worth? That's the question asked myself when looking for a helmet. I knew I wanted a dual sport helmet and I wanted the best one available. My head means that much to me.
I've been extremely happy with this purchase. It fits great and feels great. I don't have regrets with purchasing at all.
The bill is removable for extended highway riding, which is nice as it really does act like a sail. I've used it while riding dirt and the bill did a great job of keeping branches out of my face. It fits goggles under the visor too!! I typically take off the visor when only riding off-road, and the process is super quick.
Long story short, the best dual sport helmet on the market and well worth the price.
June 23, 2014
I like it But!
I really like the helmet but from the time it came out of the box the face shield will barely stay open and every time you hit a bump, or I hit a bump it falls down halfway right across my line of sight. I've tried everything I can think of doing to tighten up the friction on the face shield to make it stay open when you put it up and no matter what I do it will still fall down. for that kind of money that you pay for this helmet you would think the face shield would stay open when you put it up. $560 and coming out of Las Vegas Nevada had 107° I had to zip tie the face shield up.
June 15, 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
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
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