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Old 12-09-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Arai XD-4 helmet whistling.

Hey everyone

I just brought a arai XD-4 adventure helmet, anyway I get it home take it for a ride and find that any speed over 40 it whistles like a vortex throwing ball thing. Rang arai got some recommendations and he said check for leaks around the visor and just locate the noise. The noise comes from the sun visor/peak of the helmet. I took it back after a week to shop I brought it off and I was told it was normal for a arai helmet to whistle. And she said to get use to it.
The thing that annoys me is the fact I brought a $800 dollar helmet that is worse than my old $200 dirt bike helmet.

So my question is does anyone else have a arai XD-4 and do they find they whistle? Not just wind noise, but whistle like one of those vortex throwing balls
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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MIne doesn't whistle, but apparenlty on some bikes the intake vents on the visor can whistle if left open . If closing them improves the whistle you cold consider using one of the xd 3 or older visors which didn't have the vents?
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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Hey everyone

I just brought a arai XD-4 adventure helmet, anyway I get it home take it for a ride and find that any speed over 40 it whistles like a vortex throwing ball thing. Rang arai got some recommendations and he said check for leaks around the visor and just locate the noise. The noise comes from the sun visor/peak of the helmet. I took it back after a week to shop I brought it off and I was told it was normal for a arai helmet to whistle. And she said to get use to it.
The thing that annoys me is the fact I brought a $800 dollar helmet that is worse than my old $200 dirt bike helmet.

So my question is does anyone else have a arai XD-4 and do they find they whistle? Not just wind noise, but whistle like one of those vortex throwing balls
I've got one and can't report hearing any defined whistling noise. You do get your normal wind noise but that's about it. Overall I'm very happy with my Arai XD4. Any chance you can get it exchanged as defective? Would be happy to vouch for you that the whistling noise is not normal.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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No whistling from outside, only from me inside because I am happy :) best helmet yet.
I'm sure you've tried placing your hands up around the visor to try & pin point the area making the noise?
I would also try another bike to check its not turbulence related from bike????

After that take it back and request trying another helmet.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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I would also try another bike to check its not turbulence related from bike????

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+1 on this, if you have a fairing of some sort, it might be directing air at the peak causing the whistle.
You could even just try standing up and get into some clean air.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Had the same problem. For me it was generated at the back of the peak (or tailing edge). I stuck a bit of foam (about 2-3mm thick) on the underside of the peak at the back to disturb the airflow and that has worked. When I get a chance I'll post a pic.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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Ps - mIne did it standing, sitting and everything in between so I concluded it wasn't bike related
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #8
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Mines heaps quieter than my Old XD3. Is the airflow coming off your bike causing it perhaps?
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:12 PM   #9
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Had the same problem. For me it was generated at the back of the peak (or tailing edge). I stuck a bit of foam (about 2-3mm thick) on the underside of the peak at the back to disturb the airflow and that has worked. When I get a chance I'll post a pic.
Did you try this yet? Here's a photo of what i have done.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:50 PM   #10
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Did you try this yet? Here's a photo of what i have done.

i will try that next. thanks for the photo!

no all the vents were still open the same.. it was only drizzeling...
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:53 PM   #11
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I've got one and it doesn't whistle. Like someione else has said, it may depend on air flow over the front of your bike and the direction it hits your helmet from. Mine's a lot quieter then the previous model.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #12
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Mines not whisling but found if i closed the brow vents in the visor the wind noise is alot less.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #13
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Mine does not whistle either, but it did when I broke one of the pinlock pins. Now has a piece of tape over the pinlock hole and problem gone.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:46 PM   #14
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why do lady parachutists wear parachute pants?
so they dont whistle on the way down
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #15
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What tune is the helmet whistling? This is important, as different tunes signify different things.

For instance, if it's whistling Dixie you need to join the Rebels and get the confederate rockers on your jacket. If it's whistling I Should Be So Lucky, then wear a little skirt and go acting. If it's whistling like a kettle, bring a tea bag......you get the idea.






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