JoelD
 
 
 
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    April 23, 2012
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Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants Drake pants will surely interest anyone who loves to ride his or her bike especially in the warmer months without wearing a suit or leather pants in order to obtain the protection required. These previously contrasting needs have now been perfectly reconciled by Drake fabric pants. Ample air vents in fretted fabric with closing on the thighs permit fresh air to enter during riding for cooling relief on even the hottest days. When temperatures begin to drop, the air vents can be closed. Safety is guaranteed by removable composite protections in the knee and shins, while extra-strength Cordura 750 fabric offers protection in case of fall. The elastic inserts in the knee optimise the wearability of the article, which is equally suited to metropolitan motorcycle use. Features Removable composite protectors. Cordura fabric 750. Suretta fabric. Perforated fabric. Insert in elasticated fabric. Soft inserts. Calf zip. Jacket-trousers fastening system. Adjustable waist. Sanityzed lining.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Euro-pants: high quality, but fit is a little weird on the american build
PostedMay 29, 2013
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JoelD
From Washington
State:DC
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I'm 5'11 175 lbs, more muscle than fat, and I get by in 32x32 Levi's. I'm rocking the size 48 Drake, which I think the size chart is right for me. I can get in them, but there's not a lot of wiggle room. Also, I guess I've got my mom's legs, but there isn't quite enough butt room for me and a little too much waist. I guess they aren't made for dudes with curves --this is feeling a bit too intimate...
Anyhow, despite not fitting perfect the tight fit is nice because you know where the armor is going to be if you decide to test it, which is preferable to some sloppy pants that could twist all around you in a slide.
I do still get warm in them when it's in the 80s if I'm not moving, but I feel like they'll stretch into the colder months pretty well (Maybe down to the 40s with longjohns on).
Styling wise, they aren't too showy and kind of look like agressive paramilitary pants (think Laura Croft or something). They go well enough with my olive drab cotton jacket, so you can stretch the style from sporty to cruzey pretty easily.
The legs are pretty short. They only come down to mid shin, so it's a bit ambiguous if they are meant to go inside or outside my boots.
One final plus is that the knee armor extends down the shin a bit giving you a bit more coverage.
One final minus is that the red anodized metal adjuster D-rings on the waste have a tendency to dig into your legs, abdomen when you're leaned forward --really pretty annoying.
Overall, if you want knee and hip armor in a decently cool understated pant these are the way to go. Beware, however, the fit isn't for everyone and the knee armor isn't adjustable, so you probably won't get a cinderella fit.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Fox Racing Comp 5 Shorty Boots The Comp 5 Shorty has the comfort of a skate shoe with the coverage of a full-on motocross boot built right in. High flex and feel with solid ankle armor means you'll spend more time riding and less time icing those ankle bones.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Seem sturdy and easy on/off
PostedMay 6, 2013
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JoelD
From Washington
State:DC
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Goods:
• Seem very sturdy --I don't have much basis for comparison, but it feels like these would go a lot farther in protecting you from ankle sprains than other shorty/road boots out there. Tons of Toe/heal/sole protection --but wouldn't slide like a road boot, so that could be an issue.
• Not bad to walk in. Wouldn't want to do it all day, but I walked all over my campus and only felt a little bit like I was wearing ski boots.
• Easy on/off. This is probably the best feature. Two clasps and a buckle and you're ready to rock. If you're planning on changing shoes or pants when you get to your office, this is so much better than dealing with a full lace of a more fashion oriented or full-length boot.
Bads:
• They look like moon boots...cool moon boots...but without a matching lazer rifle you feel a little stupid sometimes.
• The Velcro strap is a joke. I don't have huge calfs by any means, but the velcro strap is straining to keep the top of the boot closed which is kind of annoying.
Other:
• They will fit under even pretty skinny jeans.
• With regard to the toe box, the advice I've got is pretend you're riding a dirt bike... because you're wearing dirt boots. That means
1: raise your shifter until it seems ridiculous,
2: Ride with the balls of your feet on the pegs and kick/stomp the shifter to change gears --don't just hang out with your toe on the shifter.
3: If your shifter still seems ridiculous lower it a notch.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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For straight slot timing covers Designed for hard-to-reach timing plugs 3 blade sizes 16, 22, and 38mm
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Destroyed my Timing plug cover---BE CAREFUL WITH THIS THING
PostedOctober 29, 2012
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JoelD
From Washington
State:IA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Ease of Install 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Performance 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bought to remove timing plug on Suzuki TU250x. The middle size blade was the largest that would fit and it totally stripped out the plug slot but the plug would not budge. In the end, I had to use a cold chisel to beat the plug out.
If you use this thing, check if the slot on your bike has a rounded bottom, or a flat bottom. The tool is made for rounded bottom slots, and my bike had a flat bottom ---hence the terrible destruction of my timing plug.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Alpinestars Corso Drystar Gloves
Alpinestars Corso Drystar Gloves
Alpinestars Corso Drystar Gloves Features Flock PU upper and palm construction Embedded, over-molded knuckle protector Waterproof and breathable Drystar membrane Leather trimmed thumb and pull tab Reinforced landing zone on the palm Dual zone Thinsulate insulation thicker on top of the hand, thinner on the palm for better feel Knitted inner cuff Adjustable snap closure and Lycra gusset on outer cuff
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
functional but a little clunky
PostedOctober 29, 2012
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JoelD
From Washington
State:DC
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
GOOD---Waterproof, comfy and pretty warm (haven't been below 50 degrees yet through)
BAD---The knuckles look kind of weird for a glove that's supposed to look fairly stealth.
---The liner and shell aren't bonded together so sometimes it's tricky to get the two layers all the way on your hand.
Overall, if you need cold weather waterproof glove and want to pay less than $100 this is your best bet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Kryptonite KryptoFlex Double Looped Cable Features Available in multiple cable lengths Braided steel cable provides increased cut resistance Double looped cable for use with all Kryptonite U-locks, disc locks and padlocks Protective vinyl cover 2.5' Cable Perfect for accessory lock-up such as helmets when used with another Kryptonite lock 5mm cable diameter 4' / 7' / 30' Cable 4 ' or 7' cable is perfect for accessory security when combined with another Kryptonite lock 30' cable is perfect for locking two or more motorcycles or scooters together when combined with another Kryptonite lock 10mm braided steel cable provides increased cut resistance
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
It's easy on your bike
PostedApril 23, 2012
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JoelD
From Washington
State:IA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Biggest plus is the high quality coating on the cable. I feel very confident this thing won't scratch my paint unlike chain locks I've used in the past. You might sacrifice a bit on security compared to a purpose built chain, but it's plenty for my purposes and a lot of security for $30.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Scorpion EXO-750 Vintage Helmet
Scorpion EXO-750 Vintage Helmet
Scorpion EXO-750 Vintage Helmet The Scorpion EXO-750 is an upgraded version of the award winning EXO-700 which includes the AirFit air pump system, ECE approval and a locking face shield Features Fiberglass/Kevlar Matrix Shell Quiet, aero-tuned design for wind-tunnel tested comfort. EPS-lined chin bar for additional protection. SpeedShift quick-change shield system (patent pending) Easy, secure tool-less faceshield changes in ten seconds or less. EverClear no-fog faceshield Optically-correct shield with state-of-the art fog-free technology and anti-scratch hardened coating. KwikWick moisture-wicking helmet liner and cheek pads Breathable, easily removable and washable. Ventilation system Adjustable, indexed front and rear vents with aero-tuned rear spoiler reduce lift, create vacuum and maximize airflow through helmet. Breath-deflector Enhanced fog-free performance. AirFit air pump system ECE / DOT Approval Locking Face-Shield Clear face shield included, tinted shield sold separately
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great first helmet
PostedApril 23, 2012
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JoelD
From Washington
State:DC
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
As a note, this is my first non-dirt full face, so I don't have much of a basis for comparison. Generally, I really like the helmet, it looks the way I want it to, doesn't fog too much (even on rainy days), and is really quite comfy --even with glasses and headphones on.
I will say that I never use the air fit system. Maybe I will when the padding packs out a bit more, but right now it's not really worth the trouble.
It is a bit tough to get glasses on underneath, but once you figure out a way to get them tucked in on each side, it's not too bad.
All in all, it's all you need in a helmet for a really good price.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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