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Shark Race-R Pro Guintoli Replica Helmet The new, high-end SHARK Race-R Pro is constructed from carbon/aramid fibers, was initially developed for Shark's top level racers: Moto GP, WSBK, Moto 2. Can you imagine the level of requirement these riders have Shark therefore had to ensure top level performance, giving the utmost importance to functionality and ergonomics: lightness, stability, comfort, precision and aerodynamics. Because the requirement from top racers is two-fold: safety and leading-edge technology. Shark must protect in critical situations, and must also contribute to their riding performance. The Shark Race-R Pro Carbon gives you the same level of excellence as it does to elite riders. Shark's mantra is simple, Just race! We care about the rest. The Race Pro-R is Shark's new high end composite fiber helmet. Totally designed through a reverse engineering process, the Race-R Pro Carbon has been developed from technical data as close as possible from human head specifications. Shark has therefore taken into account your own constraints before considering its own. From the very first track tests, riders have acknowledged its stability, even above 300 km/h, its comfort and the precision of the wide angle vision field as well as its optical distortion-free shield. The Race R PRO concentrates all what I am looking for in a helmet when riding my bike. In fact, it contributes to my riding performance. Randy de Puniet, June 22nd, 2012. Thanks to wind tunnel testing, Shark has minimized unpleasant cyclonic airflows on the Race R Pro by adding a double blade spoiler. Result Stability. The Race R Pro ventilation system is a synthesis of the most efficient ventilation: 4 air scoops: chin (with integrated anti-pollution air filter) + front + 2 top vents 7 extractors 3 possible positions: closed, intermediate, fully open Optimization of venturi effect thanks to Formula1 wind tunnel testing Features: Carbon/Aramid Fiber shell Sharktooth-ready Shark Easy Fit glasses system offers wearers a comfort lining which has a pre-tted system to accommodate all types of glasses Spoiler CFD 2 shell sizes Double D chin strap Magnetic chin strap end 4 anchor points for main shield 4 air flow points with optimized venturi efficiency Shield has variable density: minimum thickness 3mm, maximum thickness 4.25mm, with new anti-scratch/anti-fog coating Thermo shaped comfort lining Removable and washable antibacterial liner Cheek pads are interchangeable for custom fit Neck roll with neoprene sections for elasticity and water resistance Breath guard with new attachment system Chin curtain ECE 22.05 and DOT approved
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Top 2 Helmets I've ever owned
PostedJuly 14, 2016
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
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
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
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So let me begin by saying I'm no rookie when it comes to super premium helmets. I've own an AGV Pista, Arai Corsair V, and Shoei X-12. I have primarily been wearing the AGV Pista but was looking for something versatile enough for cooler riding (the AGV Pista has removable plugs for vents not actual closing/opening vents).
I've had Sharks in the past and they have always been very comfortable. The Race-R pro is no different. Super premium, yes slightly bulkier than the ever tiny AGV Pista, but that really does not bother me. The vision is amazing and of course the shield is in my opinion the best in the industry in terms of thickness and overall feel.
The shield as I mentioned is sturdy, and the quick change mechanism is pretty stellar. You may have to change the tension on those posts initially, but that's about it. No distortion, and fog free and scratch resistant.
I will have to say that the one thing people may complain about is the magnetic D-ring strap. yes it is a little flimsy but 90% of the time you will have to issue with it. I do wish the magnet was a bit stronger but heck, I don't see it as a deal breaker. My first ride it came loose a couple times but once got more familiar with it, it was completely fine. I will say that if you've noticed the Moto GP riders wearing the Race-R Pro, none of them have a magnetic D-Ring strap (they have the traditional button). That being said it's a nice effort to make a standard item more practical. They'll get it right next go round.
In terms of noise which most people very much take into consideration when buying a helmet, I will say it is probably the quietest helmet I've ever worn. I will put it to you this way. My first ride with it, I accidentally forgot my ear plus. I kept saying to myself man this thing is loud, how could this be. Turns out that without ear plugs, this bad boy is about as loud as an Arai Corsair V with ear plugs lol. I think that says it all. Wear earplugs and this thing will be stone quiet.
Stability wise, his thing down't really move and mind you I'm riding on a bike with no windscreen/fairing protection.
I would recommend it to anyone especially when you take advantage of the closeout as I did. One of the best helmets in the world at a great price. Can't go wrong.
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shark Race-R Pro and Speed-R Faceshield Replacement face shields for Shark Race-R Pro and Speed-R helmets.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bomb proof shield
PostedJuly 5, 2016
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
As Anthony says in the video this is a pretty bomb proof shield. Quiet as any shield I've ridden with, and optically correct. Shield swap is a breeze as well. Only down side is the shield are the some of he priciest around.
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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GB Racing Water Pump Cover Ducati 848 / EVO / 1198 Features: Revolutionary new tough, high-impact composite material made from 60 Long Glass Fibered Nylon Bolt on product, allowing fast and easy removal and/or replacement Designed with aesthetics in mind, and priced to be competitive with the existing products on the market
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good insurance for a vulnerable part of the bike
PostedDecember 6, 2015
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Honestly I hope I never have to use it but like any crash, you never plan to go down. I bought this piece for my 2014 Duvati 848 Streetfighter as the water pump is pretty vulnerable on naked/streetfighters, and actually most Ducatis. I hope I never have to test it but so far it was fairly easy to install (had to mess with the spacer provided to get the right fit) and has not budged over the riding season (installed it this past spring). Price is fair, and it adds that piece of mind. I'm hoping to pick up a few other engine protection pieces from GB Racing in the near future.
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V2 Rear Tire Original Equipment on the Ducati Panigale, the new SP Version 2 Diablo Supercorsa features the same tread design used in the 2012 World Superstock 1000 championship. High modulus fiber carcass offers a lower deformation ratio and makes the entire structure stiffer to allow a better synergy between compounds and tire carcass. Single Element Tread Pattern permits a 24 larger slick shoulder area (vs. previous Diablo Supercorsa), increasing contact area and grip and wear regularity. New compounds offer great balance of mileage and grip in an ultra-high-performance product. Rear tire uses Pirelli's patented EPT (enhanced patch technology) matched with a tri-zone compound that helps optimize the contact patch for improved grip and handling. Features: Single Groove Technology greatly improves wear Bi-Compound rear tire with slick shoulder for racing-like performance WSBK derived materials and structure for increased agility and intuitive handling Innovating and exclusive Pirelli-patented high-modulus carcass Lyocel fiber Tire profile features variable geometry from the center to the shoulders for an increase in contact patch and quicker entry into turns Tire carcass has variable density from center to the shoulders to provide maximum linearity and stability through turns and to maintain optimal trajectory TL (tubeless) (W)-rated for speeds of 168+ MPH 200/55-17 is OE for Ducati 1199 Panigale
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Hope to ride with these soon. I hear great things!!!!!
PostedMarch 20, 2015
Customer avatar
midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Wet Traction 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Bought these for my 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848 which comes with a 180/60 rear. Apparently putting a different size rear (ie: 180/55) can screw with the traction control. Although I wouldn't mind shutting off the traction control, I like keeping the bike as it came. I was happy with the Pirellis that came with the bike Diablo Rosso Corsa and honestly from the reviews I'v read and my Dad giving them 2 thumbs up while he had them on 1199R, I had to try them. I don't expect insanely good tread life because it is essentially a race tire for the street. In terms of price they were a bit cheaper than the also highly recommended Michelin Supersports. It was a toss up except for the tire size issue. Pirelli is the only manufacturer I found to carry a 180/60. That pretty much did it for me. This day in age it is pretty had to go wrong with a tire, considering how good all the top offerings from the big brands are.
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V2 Front Tire Original Equipment on the Ducati Panigale, the new SP Version 2 Diablo Supercorsa features the same tread design used in the 2012 World Superstock 1000 championship. High modulus fiber carcass offers a lower deformation ratio and makes the entire structure stiffer to allow a better synergy between compounds and tire carcass. Single Element Tread Pattern permits a 24 larger slick shoulder area (vs. previous Diablo Supercorsa), increasing contact area and grip and wear regularity. New compounds offer great balance of mileage and grip in an ultra-high-performance product. Features: Single Groove Technology greatly improves wear WSBK derived materials and structure for increased agility and intuitive handling Innovating and exclusive Pirelli-patented high-modulus carcass Lyocel fiber Tire profile features variable geometry from the center to the shoulders for an increase in contact patch and quicker entry into turns Tire carcass has variable density from center to the shoulders to provide maximum linearity and stability through turns and to maintain optimal trajectory TL (tubeless) 58 (W)-rated for speeds of 168+ MPH OE for Ducati 1199 Panigale
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Hope to ride one these soon. I hear great things!!!!
PostedMarch 20, 2015
Customer avatar
midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Wet Traction 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Bought these for my 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848 which comes with a 180/60 rear. Apparently putting a different size rear (ie: 180/55) can screw with the traction control. Although I wouldn't mind shutting off the traction control, I like keeping the bike as it came. I was happy with the Pirellis that came with the bike Diablo Rosso Corsa and honestly from the reviews I'v read and my Dad giving them 2 thumbs up while he had them on 1199R, I had to try them. I don't expect insanely good tread life because it is essentially a race tire for the street. In terms of price they were a bit cheaper than the also highly recommended Michelin Supersports. It was a toss up except for the tire size issue. Pirelli is the only manufacturer I found to carry a 180/60. That pretty much did it for me. This day in age it is pretty had to go wrong with a tire, considering how good all the top offerings from the big brands are.
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shark Raw Side Covers Replacement side covers for the Shark Raw helmets. Sold as a pair.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice replacement for my broken ones
PostedMarch 20, 2015
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
So taking off the original side covers on my Shark Raw actually beat them up (broken clips and a small crack in one). So I had a perfect excuse to buy a new pair. At 20 bucks for the set they really are reasonable. I chose to go with matte black which added some nice contrast to my gloss black helmet. In addition it matches the plastic goggles and face mask. Can't go wrong with a set of extras cause lets face it if you do mess around with the side covers once in a while, there will come a time where you break one.
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Wave D1 G Back Protector The Dainese Wave D1 G Back Protector adds comfortable CE Level 1 back protection to your favorite Women's (G1) or Men's (G2) Dainese jacket. Protection: Back protector certified to EN 1621.2/2014 standard (Lev. 1) Ergonomics and Comfort: External perforated pads Liner in double jersey Specifications: Choose G1 for Women's Jackets Choose G2 for Men's Jackets Measurements: G1 measures 10.25 x 16 at widest points G2 measures 10.25 x 17.5 at widest points
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another stellar product from Dainese
PostedMarch 20, 2015
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
So I've long considered one of these for my commute instead of a long separate back protector that tends to get cumbersome when fitted with jeans and a jacket. Don't get me wrong I wear a full back protector on my Sunday ride in full leathers, but commute wise I don't really want to lug around a ton of gear. I do have the full versions (one with and one without scapula protection) and naturally am familiar with the back protector design and level of protection.
This was the perfect fit for my Dainese R-Twin. I bought the G2 recommended for men of course. Fits beautifully inside the back protector pocket. For reference, I'm 5'9, 167 lbs, with a 42-34 inch chest wearing size Dainese 50-52 depending on the garment. My R-Twin jacket is a size 50. It sits nicely without shifting, and provides pretty good protection while keeping it all in one small package.
Buy this baby with confidence! Dainese's got you back (pun intended)!!!
Rides: 2014 Ducati Streetfighter 848
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese Easy Fit Knee Guards
Dainese Easy Fit Knee Guards
Dainese Easy Fit Knee Guards Features: Pro-Shape knee soft protectors certified to CE - Cat. II - EN 1621.1 Rear strap closure Soft inserts Silicone inserts Size Knee Circumference (cm) SM 36 MD 39 LG 43 XL 47
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another great product from Dainese
PostedOctober 1, 2014
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Alright so I have to start off by saying I own the full pants version in addition to the knee guards. I first bought the pants which have tailbone and hip pads in addition to just knees but the pants just were not convenient for work. I don't change when I get to work and wearing them all day/night just was not the most comfortable thing (mostly cause of heat buildup).
So I bought the knee guards and it is the perfect solution. Fit is great and no to minimal pinching depending on the material pants you'er wearing. Keep in mind this is not a hard plastic knee protector but I'm confident it would do a fairly good job during a crash on the street. Also like the added reflective Dainese logo on the lateral side of each guard. Overall a great product. Adds a good amount of protection to a pair of pants on a commute and isn't bulky.
Size wise I'm 5'9 and 165 with a slightly bigger thighs and calves. The pants version I ordered a size L. For the knee guards however, the size M is spot on. You also have a little leeway because the frabirc stretches slightly and they are after all velcro attachments.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Arai SAI Faceshield The Arai SAI Face Shield fits the Arai Corsair V, Defiant, RX-Q, Signet-Q and Vector 2 Helmets, and are designed for the Arai AdSis system which allows for easy removal and installation of SAI shields. Note: Will not fit Vector helmets. Vector helmets use the SAQ face shield.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Arai SAI Dark Smoke Shield
PostedAugust 14, 2014
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midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Not much to say here other than it looks the business on my Corsair V and does a great job filtering UV rays. The shield change is not as cumbersome as I remembered it to be on Arai helmets.
In terms of noise I think that has to do with the hole package. The Arai Corsair five is like a wind tunnel compared o my AGV Pista or even my Shoei X-Twelve.
The brow vents do provide a little extra ventilation, and the visual field is pretty wide which is extremely important on the street where I do all my riding. Bottom line is if you're looking for a tinted shield for your Arai helmet and are currently wearing sunglasses in your helmet, ditch 'em and grab yourself one of these.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Arai Corsair V Rea 2 Helmet
Arai Corsair V Rea 2 Helmet
Arai Corsair V Rea 2 Helmet The Corsair is Arais flagship model. An Arai helmet is not the product of compromise, of a profit point, or a board of directors. An Arai helmet is the product of obsession, an ongoing obsession to design and build the best helmets possible. This year Arai took the Corsair V Replica helmets to a new level. With several new features, youll see why the worlds best wear the Arai Corsair V Helmet. Arais exclusive, adjustable new AirWing is designed to greatly reduce drag, turbulence and buffeting resulting in more comfort and additional top-speed. The new wider eyeport required a new, wider faceshield. Called the Series I faceshield, it is exclusive to the Corsair-V. The new shield fits even more flush against the shell than the previous Corsairs. Newly equipped with Air In Stabilizer, an additional air intake between the front and rear intake in the diffuser and large toggles. The Air-In ports help accelerate air out the back, increasing airflow without increasing the size of the holes in the shell. The biggest difference between the newest generation of Arais Hyper-Ridge feature and its predecessors sticks right out at you Whereas the previous ridge curved in, this one flares out. This results in a larger opening at the helmets bottom, making the helmet easier to get on and off. Both cheek pads and the neck roll can be removed in seconds thanks to the advanced Emergency Release System. Rescue and medical workers can easily remove the newly designed removable neck roll and the cheek pads by just pulling the pad release tabs. This offers extra room within the helmet, making removal of the helmet much easier and minimizing the risk of additional injury. The Corsair-Vs neckroll is now removable and replaceable, and adds an additional exhaust vent through its bottom via shallow channels in the EPS liner, adding yet another ventilation outlet for the removal of interior air. Snell M2010
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Top shelf from Arai
PostedApril 14, 2014
Customer avatar
midnightmethane
From Yonkers
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
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
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Ok so let me begin by sayin I picked this bag up on closeout from Revzilla at a steal $650 on a helmet that's over 900 smackers at any dealer. I was looking for a perfect match for my blue and white '13 GSXR 750 as well as custom Dainese Laguna Seca suit and man this was this ever.
I've had a lot of top shelf helmets in the past including Arai (Arai RX-7 Corsair, Shoei X-12, etc...). I migrated from Arai to try different more modern/aerodynamic shapes. I've always been a fan of Arai graphics and this just one makes me an even bigger fan.
Fit and comfort is like most super premium race helmets, and that is high! Field of vision is excellent and improved from what I remember the RX-7 Corsair having. Noise is where this guy is from the winner. yes it is loud even with ear plugs, something I could not say about my Shoei X-12 which was stone quiet. The noise is much better if the shield is kept locked down. However, the vent diffusers on the top of the helmet are the likely culprit. I cannot imagine riding in this helmet without ear plugs.
In terms of functionality, it has great venting which I experienced for the first time yesterday. Very stable at speed even when not in the tuck (granted I had some great wind deflection thanks to a full fairing and dabble bubble windscreen but still). Not the lightest helmet out there but still fairly light. As expected, the small fit me just as other brand helmets in small. Bottom line, no the most aerodynamic, not the lightest, not the most cutting edge design, but it's still a world class Arai. That can't be ignored.
In terms of colors, the Rea 2 is definitely more orange than it is red which worked out for me. The red is only present in small parts but quickly fades into a nice orange (a perfect match for GSXR graphics). The blue is also spot on.
Like I said for the closeout price I couldn't pass it up.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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