Where to get Arai lids?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HarveyMushman, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. andmoon

    andmoon Long timer

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    If you know model and size...can't beat ebay. quantum and signets for 200.
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  2. Waco

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    Be careful, though, I remember reading about someone getting a counterfeit Arai on ebay.
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  3. HarveyMushman

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    Yeah, I'm not 100%-comfortable buying one from eBay. A pair of gloves or pants is one thing, but a helmet is another. Besides, the one eBay seller I found is selling the old Quantum/f model, not the updated Quantum/2 model that I'll find at the Service Pavillion Thursday.
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  4. HarveyMushman

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    Purchased yesterday from The Service Pavillion, a very charming little joint buried in the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. Once in town I had to call for directions because I couldn't find the place, so unassuming it is from the outside. Turns out I was right next doort when I called . . . :lol2 Anyway, the Arai sign overlooking the gravel lot marked the spot and in I went to find a modest independent motorcycle repair business on one end of the space (populated by assorted supermoto and dual-sport bikes, plus a bunch of cool street and track bikes) and the Arai showroom on the other. Be forewarned: Most of their sales come from their traveling showroom, which is on the road constantly, year-round. Consequently, their on-site selection is not as large as you might expect. They had a bunch of XD's though. You might want to call ahead if you are looking for a particular model, size, or color.

    Good folks, attentive service (I suppose it helped being the only customer in sight), and they even have a set of Nick Hayden's Repsol leathers on display, complete with scuffed knee pucks and bug guts from a far away land. In short, the buying experience beat the snot out of what I would have found at the local stealer. Thanks, Jabba. :thumb

    The only downside was having to ride 200 miles of southern Pennsylvania. :baldy
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  5. Zanotti

    Zanotti Been here awhile

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    I have been following this thread with interest, as I just bought exactly this helmet in size M and my wife went ballistic since I have four others. I am about to put it on ebay, never worn, in the box, all paperwork, new.

    Any takers? It list for $500, I'm thinking $325 plus postage?

    Z
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  6. Queen

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    Hey Harv, I wear a Nolen so I'm not too familiar with Arai's...since you've been researching them would you happen to know what kind of Arai's they're wearing in the Long Way Round show???? :ear
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  7. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    XD's
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  8. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    Thanks Sweetie!
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  9. cap

    cap Vice of Reason

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    I followed this advice. Steve hooked me up with no hassle. I give a strong endorsement.

    I could not find another Arai dealer that would mail-order the helmets. Arai's policy forbids this. Also, the best discount I could find from other dealers was about 20% off list price. Steve's price was another $100 cheaper than that - $375 for the Storm-graphics helmets, plus a few bucks for shipping.

    The second best interaction I had with a dealer came from my call to The Service Pavillion, mentioned earlier in this thread. They would not sell me the helmets over the phone, but they have a road show that hits major metro areas periodically. They offer a fitting service in which they exchange the cheek pads to get the right fit. But, their best price was higher than Steve's by more than the cost of a replacement cheek pad. Still, they seemed honest and professional.

    YMMV, Cap
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  10. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    Hi,
    It appears that some Arai dealers have access to some xd's that are being closed out. I ordered a silver storm through Steve at Supersports and Ski in Ft. Myers. I have a feeling Arai is closing out the '04 storm graphics or something. Somebody else got two red xds in yesterday.
    I'm stopping by Supersports after work today to pick it up.
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  11. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Steve at SS XD's are "Not in stock".
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  12. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    I know that, I ordered it last week. While I was there he called some one that located one in IL and a couple in CA. Took about 4 days.
    He is basically a one man shop with maybe one other guy for repairs, a small bay for repairs, looks like he works his ass off, open till 7PM every night.

    Cheers!
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  13. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    I picked up my xd, an xxl. The head part fits great, but I had constriction in my cheek area. Not suprising, since I had the same thing with my 97 Arai DS and I do have massive cheeks. They do make different size pads, so I could probably order the next size down ( 12mm versus 15mm). Instead I did a 'cheek-pad-ectomy' by removing them from the helmet (EZ to do) , taking off the outside fabic covers (also EZ, they are designed to come off) and removed one layer of foam. They were glued together pretty good, but I was able to trim it down with a good pair of sizzors, and reassembled. I''m glad to say that my helmet fits like a glove!
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  14. deepcdiver

    deepcdiver Nobody Special

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    I picked my white Quantum f from Helmet City in Oakland,Ca.... they have a website and will ship...$250
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  15. LoneStrom

    LoneStrom Been here awhile

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    I'll bump this one up from the dead.

    Just bought an XD4 from Steve for $100 below MSRP, this is the third Arai I've bought from him in 10+ years. Best deal going...
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