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 Olympia X-Moto Pants
Olympia X-Moto Pants
Olympia X-Moto Pants Designed to coordinate with Olympia's X-Moto and GT jackets, this style can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as full over pant. Its Mega Vent Panel System allows it to transition from solid body, to adjustable airflow construction in seconds, while front thigh vent panels lay flat when placed into self storage pockets. An authentic Cordura shell with 2000 denier Cordura reinforcement insures maximum abrasion resistance. Two front zipper pockets and two rear snap pockets offer extra storage for personal items. Foul weather rides are never a problem as these pants are also equipped with a waterproof / breathable liner that can be worn as wearable stand alone pants. Adjustable knee armor positions, stretch waist panels and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit. Features Outer shell constructed in 500 and 2000 denier Dupont Cordura MVS Mega Vent Panel system transitions the X Moto pant from solid body to adjustable airflow Waterproof liner pant Full side leg to waist zippers Removable and adjustable height CE approved MotionFlex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compression foam at hips Custom Fit detailing at waist and bottom hem 3M Scotchlite reflective piping from waist to hem Relaxed tailored fit Four storage pockets 8 connecting zipper for jackets Leather reinforcement panels from inside thigh to hem bottom Comfort stretch knit at back of knees. Bottom hem cut to fit over street or off road boots
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Olympia Moto pants
PostedApril 18, 2012
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nobie381
From Sterling, VA
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
After only having a pair of Draggin Jeans to ride in and getting caught in a cold down pore for 2 hours I decided to invest in another pair of riding pants and fit my riding style.
I had a few friends say they loved their Olympia pants but I settled on the Moto model because it’s more of a year round season pant because of the zip up/down panels for increased air flow.
I have rode in them at 35 to 78 degrees and have no complaints (I will give another review when the VA temps hit 90+). I have also hit light to heavy ride and the water proof liner kept me dry and breathed nicely so I wasn't left soaked in my own sweat.
In other features the leg zippers going up to the hip for both the pants and waterproof lining is a god send. This makes jumping in and out of them quick and easy when boots on. I use these pants to commute as over pants and for long weekend ride just have shorts under them. My waist in jeans is a 33/34 so I jumped to a 36 in the Moto and have plenty of room with jeans or slacks under them (when the rain liner is also in it is “slightly” snug, Not sure what you would expect unless you wanted to wear a wind breaker). The extra 6 inches of hemming material is nice but at 6'5" I could use an extra inch or two. I have low cut boots and I will get taller boots this fall so that’s not a big deal.
I did take out the knee pads because when sitting on the bike the extra padding hit the tank and I didn’t like the feeling but when doing off road rides I will put them back in.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei Qwest Passage Helmet The Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet was built with a focus on minimizing helmet weight, optimizing fit for comfort and protection and lowering noise levels to bring a new level of comfort to touring helmets. Featuring a slightly round oval internal shape, the Qwest helmet is manufactured with 4 individual shell sizes to keep the helmet as low-profile as possible. The smaller the helmet shell, the lighter the helmet weight. The Shoei Qwest Helmet also uses the Shoei's CW-1 visor technology with the Q.R.S.A system. This system guarantees a tight seal at the faceshield by pulling the shield back to contact the opening seal evenly. The Qwest also touts an extra-wide viewport for additional peripheral vision so you can more easily take in the world around you. Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and feedback from professional riders Dual-Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Four shell and six EPS liner sizes increase fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift as well as diminishes weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation Rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain are included Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior 3D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass-compatible interior Standard chin strap clip neatly secures chin strap CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation Spring-loaded base plate pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available (sold separately) Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts (sold separately) The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Additional Features Construction AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber) Weight 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium) Standards Snell-M2010, DOT Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, the Qwest Passage Helmet and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great look and feel
PostedMarch 26, 2012
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nobie381
From Sterling, VA
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Befote this helmet I had a Scorpion EXO-700. I wanted a quieter helmet that when I had the vents closed I wouldn't hear whistling. I have heard great things from fellow riders with Shoei helmets so I wanted to look at a qwest. I was turned to this model because I wanted a matte black which does not leave figure prints. Also it is quiet for my communication device. The features on this helmet are great and too many to list in this review.
I was a large in my scorpion helmet and that size held true wih this helmet, I just found this helmet also fit nicer and felt nicer.
I have gotten many comments on the look because it is unlike anything out there. You can not go wrong wih this helmet.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sena SMH-10D Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack The SMH10 is a Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Class 1 Stereo Headset with long-range Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH10 on your helmet, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0+EDR and the advanced digital processing technology, the Sena SMH10 bluetooth helmet communication system offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH10 a perfect companion for motorcycles. System Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Ultra HD Voice Recording compatible with the Sena GP10 Bluetooth Back for GoPro and Sena Prism Bluetooth Action Camera Audio Booster Individual Volume Control Versatile Jog Dial Use while charging Upgradable firmware General Talk time 12 hours Standby time 10 days Working Distance (Intercom) up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain 4-way conference intercom Dimensions Headset 84.1 mm x 56.5 mm x 38.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.2 in x 1.5 in) Clamp unit 223.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 30.6mm (8.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.2 in) Headset weight 60g (2.11 oz) Clamp unit 84g (2.96 oz) Bluetooth Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Audio Advanced Noise Control Improved wind and engine noise reduction Sidetone Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom Built-in SBC Codec Voice prompts Conference phone call with intercom participant Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Auxiliary audio-in connection via 3.5mm jack Battery Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery In the Box 2 Headset Main Units 2 Speaker-Microphone Clamp Units 2 USB Power and Data Cables (Micro USB) 2 Cigarette Lighter Chargers (Micro USB) 2 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cables 2 Glued Surface Mounting Adaptors 2 Microphone Sponges 2 sets of Velcro Pads for Speakers 2 Allen Wrenches Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v5.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH10D-10
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sena SMH10 wowed us
PostedMarch 25, 2012
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nobie381
From Sterling
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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After doing weeks for comparisons between different bluetooth communication devices I decided on the Sena SMH10 dual pack for my wife and I.
We both ride and we wanted to be able to communicate as we commute to/from work and for our long weekend rides.
Installation was simple, just attach the base to the helmet which I installed on my Shoei Qwest and to my wife's older Scorpion 700. Charged the main unit, syncing to the iPhone 4S was a breeze, linked both Sena units and we were off.
Communication between Sena units was clear with the helmet visors up or down, I had her ride ahead to test the range and got stuck at a light, she rode head slower and we still kept talking... I couldn't ask for more.
Music quality is great, my only complaint would be the lower bass on some songs maxes the speakers so there is some distortion but sound is still top notch.
Phone communication is more than I can ask for. I actually got my order a day earlier than expected from Ravzilla so I left work early and called my wife. At 65mph I told her I called from my bike and she couldn't believe the sound quality. I am still having issues being able to call using Siri at speed (which is more of a test for me because phone conversations is least of my concerns while I enjoy riding but wanted to add that in).
This weekend I went on a 6hr ride, now the Sena booklet says the unit should be used in incremental weather. Well, I was in light to heavy rain the whole time. Once I got home I wiped off the helmet and unit and detached the main unit from the base and found NO water was close to the connections. I have had this unit for just over a week and still have yet to recharge it so battery life is great too.
With all this and the simple 2 button operation I have no problem saying I will stick with this model and company for a long time.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Givi PL532 Tubular Sidecase Racks for Suzuki DL650 V-Strom 2004-2011 Tubular sidecase racks designed to be used with Givi Monokey side cases.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Givi PL532 side racks
PostedMarch 21, 2012
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nobie381
From Sterling
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
After a lot of research I decided on this rack system, I believe for 20-30 dollars more I could have got racks that unlocked/removed from the bike for a clean look if you want but if I am not riding with the side cases this rack system also gives protection if I go down either on the road or in the dirt so they work for me.
I use these racks daily with Givi E41 Monokey Keyless Side Cases for commuting etc. I have had 30+ pounds in the cases with no problems or bending to the racks.
My only small issue is the finish could be better because this spring I cleaned off the surface rust and spot sprayed them and they are like new again.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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