JAFO
 
 
 
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    October 20, 2011
  • Last review
    August 18, 2014
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Spidi S-1 Gloves A light, comfortable vented leather glove for warm weather conditions. With its 'all black' style, it is able to match almost any kind of bike design and style. Features Perforated cowhide leather Powertech knuckle protection Keramide reinforced palm Palm padding
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfortable warm weather glove
PostedAugust 18, 2014
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JAFO
From San Diego, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
It's been so hot in Southern California this summer. I wanted a pair of warm weather gloves that still offered some protection. These seem to fit the bill. They are comfortable, true to size, and offer what appears to be decent knuckle protection. I'm not sure how long the palm would last dragging across asphalt and hope to not find out! Ventilation is ok. This definitely strikes me as a true three season glove. I'm happy with it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Bell Vortex, Bell Star, Bell Revolver, Bell RS-1 and Bell Qualifier Faceshield Replacement face shield for Bell Vortex, Star, Revolver, RS-1, and Qualifier Helmets. Note The Gradient shield flows from yellow to clear.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice looking shield
PostedJuly 30, 2014
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JAFO
From San Diego, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I went with the dark silver iridium which looks very much like what you see in mirrored sunglasses. It's all subjective but I think it looks great with my solid white Bell Vortex. I haven't used it at night yet but it offers really good protection from the sun. From the darkness of it, I imagine it's not a good choice for night riding. I already have the transitions shield on my RS-1 helmet and love the fact that it fits this helmet too. I didn't really need this shield - got it just because I think it looks cool - but I'm glad I bought it. Hmmm ... that dark blue iridium is looking pretty cool too.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Bell Vortex Helmet Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. The Bell Vortex is available in a choice of gloss black, matte black, white or silver four classic color choices in the riding spectrum. Developed in Bells state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother the Star. With a solid compliment of features the Bell Vortex is a great choice as a primary helmet for everyday use that can also transition to the occasional track day. A killer price rounds out the package and gives you a big bang for your buck. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut) Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Padded Wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately Five-year warranty Weight 1600g Certification Snell M2010, DOT Note Helmets ship with clear faceshield only. Replacement shields can be purchased separately HERE Bell Vortex Shield . Note Bell Vortex Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps RevZilla's Opinion of the The Bell Vortex Helmet The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to be one of the top selling and more ubiquitous 200 sport helmets in the RevZilla family. The light weight, Snell Rating and ability to use the Bell Photochromic shield allow the Bell Vortex Helmet to cover a lot of the bases the typical sport or track day rider is looking for in a reasonably priced helmet. Many times we see this type of functionality only available in helmets over the 300 mark. In the 3/4 or tuck position the Bell Vortex Helmet will provide a great solution in just about any spirited or sport riding scenario. If you find a graphic or color that suits your taste and you have an intermediate oval head shape, the Bell Vortex is a great option.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great helmet for the price!
PostedJuly 30, 2014
Customer avatar
JAFO
From San Diego, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I knew from other reviews that the helmet was going to be loud but I decided to find out for myself before resorting to ear plugs. Sure enough, it's loud. Any time you're going to have as much airflow as this helmet provides, you're going to have increased wind noise. That's something I can accept - and compensate for - with all the other features this helmet offers. Sizing is normal. Fit is comfortable. Vision is good. A bit heavier than my RS-1 but manageable. I like the styling and features. I wish it came with the magnetic chin strap - got spoiled - but using the traditional snap is no big deal. Get yourself some ear plugs and you'll be very happy with this helmet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Pro Multiset
Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Pro Multiset
Cardo Systems Scala Rider Q2 Pro Multiset The Q2 Pro Multiset is a package of two pre-paired Q2 Pro single units . The scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO offers bikers top quality intercom communication between two pre-paired headsets for a distance of up to 700 m / 2,300 ft. The scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO features technological advances for smooth and effortless communication. Embedded PLC (Packet Loss Concealment) technology allows real-time compensation of audio losses in challenging environments and makes your conversations sound clearer than ever. Thanks to MDC (Multiple Device Connection) technology, the scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO allows bikers to receive GPS voice instructions, communicate with other bikers or with a passenger on the back seat via intercom, conduct calls on their mobile phones and listen to music and radio. Entertainment features now include wireless A2DP stereo music or MP3 player connection via cable as well as built-in FM radio with RDS. Key Q2 Mutiset Pro Features Bike-to-Bike Intercom Alternate between 2 other riders within a range of 700m / 2,300 ft Rider-to-Passenger communications Both Rider andPassenger can communicate via intercom as well as independently conduct mobile phone calls, listen to MP3 music in stereo or to the built-in FM radio Full Duplex No longer the walkie-talkie syndrome where one party can only speak when the other is silent. The scala rider Q2 MultiSet pro allows bikers and passengers to talk and listen simultaneously The scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO is also available with corded microphones to fit the tightest full-faced helmets Multiple Device Connectivity (MDC) Thanks to MDC technology the scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO offers parallel connectivity as follows Two additional scala rider Q2 headsets for motorcycle communication on intercom mode and one of the following Bluetooth devices Alternate between two additional scala rider headsets on intercom mode and one of the following Bluetooth devices Mobile Phone (either directly orvia a GPS device) GPS device A2DP enabled MP3 Player orAdapter Other Features Priority Management No need to manually disconnect from intercom or music to receive incoming phone calls or GPS instructions Built-In FM Radio with RDS Connection to an MP3 Player (cable included) Results may vary according to terrain Tech Specs Talk time up to 8 hours Standby time 7 days Charging time 3 hours Intercom Features(Full Duplex) Bike-to-Bike intercom communication up to 700 m /2,300 ft Rider-to-Passenger communications with all scala rider models (full compatibility) Audio Features Noise cancellation Microphone AGC technology Automatic Volume Control according to speed and ambient noise VOX technology Accept or Reject calls by voice commands Speaker Booster PLC (Packet Loss Concealment) Real-Time compensation of audio losses in challenging environments Functional Features Fits all full-faced and 3/4 Helmets Quick-release mechanism for headset Two ultra-slim speakers - 5.7 mm (less than ) thickness 4 large control buttons Headset and HandsFree Profiles support Voice dial Last-number redial Call reject A2DP/AVRCP profile for wireless streaming stereo from MP3 player or other A2DP device FM Radio Features 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz receiver RDS functionality (Automatic selection of strongestFM radio signal while on the go) 6 Station memory with Search and Store functions Automatic radio muting during incoming calls Radio On time typical on avg. 8-10 hours MP3 Wireless MP3 music (A2DP) or through cable connected MP3 player GPS GPS voice instructions override phone calls Charger 110/240V 50/60Hz Universal Travel Charger Environmental Specifications Waterproof and dustproof (certified as IP 67) Chip and Battery Bluetooth version 2.1, class 1 Chip manufacturer CSR Battery type Rechargeable Li-Po
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Sadly Disappointed.
PostedNovember 7, 2011
Customer avatar
JAFO
From San Diego, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Ease of Use 
2 / 5
2 / 5
I had high expectations after having read a number of positive reviews on the Scala Rider communication set. Unfortunately, the unit has not lived up to the hype. I've used it for rider/passenger communication and clarity is hit and miss. I wear a full face helmet and have to keep mouth vent closed otherwise the microphone picks up the air as if I'm trying to speak and turns off the radio. There's also a somewhat annoying gap between speaking and actual transmission that means you either end up repeating what you said or blowing into the mic then waiting a few seconds for the transmission to start. Also, the radio is barely audible at highway speeds even at full volume (can't imagine what it would be like in with a half helmet) and the iPod wants to cut out because the mic picks up the air flow and thinks I'm trying to say something. It's rather expensive for the level of performance.
Rides: 2007 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromatic Faceshield for Bell Qualifier, Bell Star, Bell Vortex, Bell Revolver, and Bell RS-1 Helmets Transitions Photochromatic shields automatically adjusts to light conditions, darkening when exposed to sunlight and clearing in low light. It eliminates the need change between tinted and clear shields when riding in the light of day, the darkness of night and anything in between. Features Shield tint automatically adjusts to lighting conditions Bell NutraFog II anti-fog coating reduces fogging Anti-scratch and UV-protected coatings block 99 percent of UV rays Compatible only with Bell ClickRelease shield system (featured on Star, RS-1 and Vortex full-face helmets)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Skeptic Turned Believer
PostedOctober 20, 2011
Customer avatar
JAFO
From San Diego, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Does anyone really need one more review on this amazing faceshield? I doubt it. But here's mine anyway. The hardest part is convincing yourself that you're not a fool for dropping over a $100.00 on a faceshield. Once you take a deep breath and hit that purchase button, take some comfort in the knowledge that if the thing didn't work, people would be lining up with flaming torches and pitch forks demanding refunds and crying fraud! This shield is pretty darn cool.
It supposedly has an anti-scratch (haven't had to test that yet) and nutra-fog coatings. I noticed on this cool morning's ride into work, while stopped at a light, the shield started to blur ever so slightly but nothing close to the fogging and "sweating" I've experienced on other shields. You can, of course, use the notched tab on the shield to crack it open if needed and it firmly snaps into place leaving you with about a quarter-inch of air flow. But there's also a lever on the left side where the shield connects to the helmet that allows you to crack open just a hair at the bottom left side of the shield (pretty fancy) or "lock" the shield closed. This isn't unique to the Transition shield but still a cool feature. I can already see that coming in handy when riding in the rain.
Of course, the real reason anyone buys this shield is the Transitions lens technology. It truly works as described. Today's ride was completely overcast but the lens still tinted to a level where my face was somewhat difficult to see while looking at myself in my mirrors. The view out was clear and I would have sworn the lens had no tint at all. I actually checked twice during the ride because I thought there's no way there's any tint. There was. I'm looking forward to seeing how dark it will get in direct, cloudless sunlight.
I park in an underground parking structure. Whereas with my other helmet's dark smoke shield I would have to flip it up for clear view, I was able to keep this shield closed and had no trouble seeing as the lens slowly began to clear. It's definitely not an instantaneous clearing but it worked well and I'm definitely sold on this shield. If you really want the look of a mirrored or super dark shield, then this probably isn't the shield for you. But if you want to do away with the hassle of changing out shields whether as a result of a change in weather, a late night at the office, or a long weekend ride that takes you past sunset, this is a great investment.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Helmet
Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Helmet
Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Helmet The Bell RS-1 RSD Flash Helmet is a limited edition helmet designed by Roland Sands. The combination of a matte black background and gold flecked striations along the side of this helmet truly deliver on the Flash promise. The Bell RS-1 also delivers on technicality. Bell engineers took a lot of the functionality of the top-of-the-line Star and packed it into the RS-1 to create a helmet that is perfect for the aggressive sport rider. On the street or on track day this helmet has what you need including Bells vaunted Velocity Flow Ventilation system providing cool comfort, a super stable aerodynamic profile keeping the helmet still at speed, and the versatile Click Release shield system for fast, easy shield swapsnot to mention an amazing variety of tint and coating choices. This helmet is a super value. Features Snell M2010 Certification Super Stable Aerodynamic Signature Velocity Flow Ventilation NutraFog II Anti Fog Coating 3Mode Shield - Lock, Ratchet, Crack ClickRelease Shield Mechanism Kevlar/Fiberglass Shell Contour Cut Cheekpads Agion (R) Antibacterial Liner Removable/Washable Liner MagnaFusion Strap Keeper Five-year Warranty Helmet comes with clear face shield
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Helmet at Decent Price
PostedOctober 20, 2011
Customer avatar
JAFO
From San Diego, CA
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I received my Bell RS-1 RSD Flash helmet yesterday and wore it for the first time this morning on my ride into work. Looks-wise, I'm not sure if I made the right choice going with the "Flash" design. All of my helmets before this have been solid colors. The graphics definitely have a sparkle to them. When I took it out of its helmet bag (more on that below) I said to my girlfriend, "I think my helmet is bedazzled." Still, I think it's growing on me.
The helmet bag was really unexpected. It's top notch. It's kind of a cross between a bowling ball bag and a small gym bag. It has a zipper that runs from one side, across the top, and down the other side, carrying straps that velcro together, an exterior pocket about 4" x 4" and the inside is lined with a soft red felt-like material. All my other helmets have come in a cotton-type bag with drawstrings. I know, I know, it's just a helmet bag but believe me, you too will be impressed when you see it. Nice touch Bell.
Now for what really matters - fit and function. In most helmets I've worn a large and this was no different. It was immediately comfortable; a snug, secure, but really good fit. I really like the cutouts in the area for the ears. Can't wait to put in speakers. Airflow was really good and the helmet felt light with no noticeable buffeting at 85+ mph. It was cool outside and when stopped at a light, I noticed the shield blurring just a bit but not fogging or "sweating" nearly as much as other shields I have used. I'm interested to see how long this nutra-fog coating lasts.
Bottom line - this is a super comfortable, lightweight helmet with some pretty cool features. I bought the Transitions SolFX faceshield and shield changes really are as easy as all the other reviews on Bell helmets suggest. Hopefully, I won't be changing out shields as much anymore. The faceshield is awesome!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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