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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HarveyMushman, Nov 6, 2004.
If you know model and size...can't beat ebay. quantum and signets for 200.
Be careful, though, I remember reading about someone getting a counterfeit Arai on ebay.
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.
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 . . . 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.
The only downside was having to ride 200 miles of southern Pennsylvania.
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?
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????
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.
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.
Steve at SS XD's are "Not in stock".
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.
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!
I picked my white Quantum f from Helmet City in Oakland,Ca.... they have a website and will ship...$250
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...