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Old 07-20-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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Peak on XD-4 vs. FX-39

I'm hoping to find someone who has ridden with both an Arai XD-4 and an AFX FX-39 DS helmet. I just rode my GS/LC today with my old FX-39 for the first time and at 60 mph and above the peak lifts up and moves around... annoying. I'd like to get an XD-4 but not if it behaves like the AFX. Anyone tried both?
(I know, bit of a longshot, but thought I'd try)
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:20 PM   #2
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I have both.


The AFX is junk. Unfortunately, I didn't know this for the three years that I wore it. It fit great for the first week. After that, I had a pressure spot on the top of my head and the cheek pads were crap. Anything over 55mph, I was pulling the helmet down every 3-5 minutes.

I picked up an XD4 last year. It's still a great helmet. Fit is still excellent, but the cheek pads loosened up and I have to adjust them every time I put on my helmet. Nonetheless, it's worth every penny compared to the POS AFX.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:31 PM   #3
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I also have both helmets and had the exact same experience as viperjustin. Although, I didn't wait three years. I put the FX back in the box after a year. I felt great off the shelf and then just became unbearable to wear for any length of time. I have repeatedly thought about selling it, but I would have reservations about selling a fellow rider such a POS.

I have had the XD for just over a year and love it. Fit and comfort are great. As for the visor it will blow around a bit with a strong cross wind, but I can stand on the bike in full wind at 80 mph and move my head side to side without issue.

I have had a numberof helmets and the XD is my by far my favorite to date.

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Old 07-20-2014, 05:19 PM   #4
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I just got an XD4, and did a ride on my hexhead. Pretty quiet, and I had no buffeting issues with the peak at speeds above 140kmh.

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Old 07-20-2014, 06:01 PM   #5
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I had the AFX for ATV use but have since sold off the ATVs. I've been using my Shoei Qwest on the GS and it works fine, but I'm attracted to the wider vision opening and sun shade of the peak on the XD. I was all set to order one today prior to taking my ride with the AFX. The AFX peak definitely catches and releases the airstream when I'm seated from the airflow over the windscreen, do your XDs do that?
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #6
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I would be happy to buy any of those terrible afx 39 helmets.

My old 37 is getting long in the tooth, but I have really enjoyed it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:07 PM   #7
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I would be happy to buy any of those terrible afx 39 helmets.

My old 37 is getting long in the tooth, but I have really enjoyed it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:22 PM   #8
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I have both, and in most ways the XD-4 is ten times the helmet the FX-39 is, but I find the peak is much more sensitive on the XD-4. While I haven't experienced lift on either, the XD-4 has low frequency beating when exposed to turbulence of a windscreen.

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:57 AM   #9
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I have both, and in most ways the XD-4 is ten times the helmet the FX-39 is, but I find the peak is much more sensitive on the XD-4. While I haven't experienced lift on either, the XD-4 has low frequency beating when exposed to turbulence of a windscreen.

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Aha, thanks Geoff, that's what I was looking for.

I know the XD is a way better helmet which is why I'm looking at it, but if the peak causes the helmet to get jerked around from the wind off the windscreen then I'll stick with my Qwest, at least for now.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:06 PM   #10
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Aha, thanks Geoff, that's what I was looking for.

I know the XD is a way better helmet which is why I'm looking at it, but if the peak causes the helmet to get jerked around from the wind off the windscreen then I'll stick with my Qwest, at least for now.
I will say that in clean air, the XD-4 is perfect. So when I stand on the bike, it is very nice. I think the buffeting sensitivity has been an issue since the original XD.
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Just to add, I just rode 2700 miles a week ago on my MegaMoto. I have a little windscreen, but the air hits my chest and head constantly. Ive never had any peak issues and I have no vibration issues ever in the last 10k miles that Ive worn it. I will never wear anything from AFX again. Cheap crap! I can still wear my Arai all day long, never taking it off. Its very comfortable.
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I can definitely recommend the XD4, my last (cheap) helmet (RJay) used to try and yank my head off once out from behind the windshield or turning head left/right but the XD4 doesn't give you that feeling although you still get some buffeting. Super comfortable and worth the $$$$
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