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Old 11-16-2011, 10:17 AM   #31
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As posted above Revzilla has them on close out !

The lid I wanted "XD3 Adventure in red" was $460 something, no tax or shipping. The best deal I have sound on them before this was $700.

The solid colors are $399. Putting a normally premium helmet into just the higher end prices
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:03 PM   #32
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As posted above Revzilla has them on close out !

The lid I wanted "XD3 Adventure in red" was $460 something, no tax or shipping. The best deal I have sound on them before this was $700.

The solid colors are $399. Putting a normally premium helmet into just the higher end prices
Dang, I can't freaking read. I thought your post said you bought one for $250.

My XD3 is getting old, I have been tempted to pick another one up. Not sure the extra features of the XD4 are worth another $200..
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:09 PM   #33
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Dang, I can't freaking read. I thought your post said you bought one for $250.

My XD3 is getting old, I have been tempted to pick another one up. Not sure the extra features of the XD4 are worth another $200..

Yeah, I went back and read those features too. Did not seem like enough to make the difference for $200-250 more. There is always the possibility the xd4 peak/visor whatever the hell they want to call it might bolt up to the xd3 too
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:13 AM   #34
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Yeah, I went back and read those features too. Did not seem like enough to make the difference for $200-250 more. There is always the possibility the xd4 peak/visor whatever the hell they want to call it might bolt up to the xd3 too
The problems I see with buying an old style helmet are parts. Will I be able to get parts for it? When you need a new face shield will it be available?
I have had this happen with perfectly good helmets but couldn’t get parts for them.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:45 AM   #35
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Not sure this will be a problem...

The XD3 is still a very well regarded GS/touring helmet, and there are lots of key users of these helmets that swear by them. I don't know that Arai's going to walk away from the product that quickly...

I second the previous poster about getting the two helmets side-by-side. The differences don't look that significant, whcih does mean that there's the possibility that visor/peak options can be swapped...

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The problems I see with buying an old style helmet are parts. Will I be able to get parts for it? When you need a new face shield will it be available?
I have had this happen with perfectly good helmets but couldn’t get parts for them.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:11 AM   #36
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The problems I see with buying an old style helmet are parts. Will I be able to get parts for it? When you need a new face shield will it be available?
I have had this happen with perfectly good helmets but couldn’t get parts for them.

I would imagine that for the reasonable service life of the helmet (5 years) you should be able to get parts. I can't imagne that these OEM and Aftermarket would abandon any platform that they know people lust paid $700 for this last year.

I put nearly 200k miles on a Rf200 Shoei and was burning through shields. I was surprised at how long I could get parts for that thing.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:24 AM   #37
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I would imagine that for the reasonable service life of the helmet (5 years) you should be able to get parts. I can't imagne that these OEM and Aftermarket would abandon any platform that they know people lust paid $700 for this last year.
I put nearly 200k miles on a Rf200 Shoei and was burning through shields. I was surprised at how long I could get parts for that thing.
I hope you are correct because I do not want to replace my XD. I really love that helmet. It fits so good and allows me to see the road surface much clear then a traditional road riding helmet.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:12 PM   #38
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That's handsome...

But I've got a Shoei head!
Not an issue. I like mine much more than an Arai.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:10 PM   #39
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I wish I could fit the Shoei as comfortably as the Arai. I think it's probably at least an equal quality lid for a better price.
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the fit isn't the thing for me...

well, it's part fit and part feel.
  • Fit: the earpockets are pretty small, so when I ride with earspeakers or earplugs I'm feeling this light pressure on my ears that eventually gets pretty sickening.
  • Feel: on the third day of a longer DS trip, the roughness of the interior lining starts to be a little harsh on my face over and over again as the helmet is worn/removed.

For me, after a couple years and a couple longer trips, this was enough for me to start looking (and luckily I started looking about the same time people were discounting the XD3). Worked out for me; I have a new XD3 and it's lovely. Seems a little quieter too, although that might be just the locking visor vs. the snapshut visor on the Hornet.

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I wish I could fit the Shoei as comfortably as the Arai. I think it's probably at least an equal quality lid for a better price.
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I wish I could fit the Shoei as comfortably as the Arai. I think it's probably at least an equal quality lid for a better price.
The Shoei Hornet doesn’t have a useful visor/peak. It’s a decorating and little more
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:30 PM   #42
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The Shoei Hornet doesn’t have a useful visor/peak. It’s a decorating and little more
This. For me, this was the deal-breaker with the Hornet. The visor/peak needs to be adjustable so it won't vibrate.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:53 AM   #43
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The Shoei Hornet doesn’t have a useful visor/peak. It’s a decorating and little more
Ditto. Shame since the Shoei had no optical distortion in the face shield and was more comfortable for my fat head. Bought the XD3 and like it overall but found the distortion, shrieking visor and fogging disappointing for such an expensive helmet.

The only benefit I've found to the XD3 has been the longer and more useful visor which is a necessity IMO. Beautiful helmets for sure though.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:38 AM   #44
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Bought the XD3 and like it overall but found the distortion, shrieking visor and fogging disappointing for such an expensive helmet..
I’ll say. That why I don’t want to buy another one. I don’t have any real problems with what I have.

My Pinlock arrived yesterday, very fast service from The Service Pavilion . The thing is, I don’t think I’ll use it. I think it will be more trouble then what I have

I should have bought the Pinlock for my Shoei, I have more trouble with fogging with it or maybe it's just more annoying.
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This. For me, this was the deal-breaker with the Hornet. The visor/peak needs to be adjustable so it won't vibrate.
Yup. The Shoei Hornet's peak/shade/visor-thingy is little more than a styling element.
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