Quackerback
 
 
 
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    August 29, 2012
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    September 24, 2012
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Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires Sport-touring riders constitute a very experienced and savvy sector of the motorcycling scene, and they continue to place a premium on multiple tire expectations Outstanding wet-weather performance, linear and responsive handling traits, traction characteristics on par with sport tires and extended tread life - all in one tire. All of these qualities were present in the popular first-generation Roadsmart, and now these virtues have been elevated in the new Roadsmart II to create a higher level of performance for the long-haul crowd. Immediately evident is the new tread pattern on both front and rear Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Tires. The front tire still incorporates Dunlops readily recognized cosecant-curve groove pattern. The shape and placement of these grooves are newly designed to promote even tire wear up front, and they also stiffen the pattern for reduced tire squirm and extended tire life. Additional grooves also help improve wet-weather performance thanks to a greater sea-to-land ratio that helps promote water dispersion. Features New tread rubber compounds include silica to help deliver impressive performance in wet conditions while also extending wear New cosecant-curve tread pattern helps promote even tire wear and stiffens the pattern for reduced tire squirm and extended tire longevity Increased tread depth further promotes water channeling while also extending tire mileage MT Multi-Tread rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire tread and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder to enhance cornering performance and provide class-leading grip and feel Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) intuitively allows greater latitude in line choice while cornering and provides remarkably linear steering at various lean angles, and puts down a bigger footprint at extreme lean angles, for enhanced grip and handling
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great all weather tire
PostedSeptember 24, 2012
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Quackerback
From Eugene
State:OR
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bought this tire because I live in Oregon and wanted something that handles wet roads well. We haven't had much rain yet but so far I am very pleased. The first thing I noticed was how smooth my ride was. May be more of a reflection with how badly worn the old tire was, but still, it feels like riding on a soft cushion. Love it!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nolan N104 Helmet - Solid Colors Nolan N104 Helmets represent an evolutionary step for Nolan as they replace the much touted N103 Helmet. When compared the older N103, the Nolan N104 Helmet offers a helmet which is much lighter (7oz), features a lower profile through the use of multiple shell sizes, better aerodynamics, as well as a much larger viewport for increased visibility. The (patented) chin guard rotation movement with elliptical trajectory makes it possible to keep the total size of the helmet's front section to a minimum when the chin guard is open. The sail effect is consequently highly reduced, and riding comfort is still guaranteed, even when the chin guard is lifted. The new ultrawide eyeport is the largest of any Nolan helmet, both vertically and laterally, for maximum field of view. The AIRBOOSTER ventilation system is equipped with an air intake in the chin bar, another intake in the brow, and two rear extractors at the rear. The inner comfort lining includes removable cheekpads, inner liner, neckroll and chin curtain and is easily removable and washable as well as antifungal and antibacterial. New, redesigned comfort liner also accommodates eyeglasses much more easily than before. All Nolan N104 helmets are also N-COM B4 ready ( N-COM B4 is designed expressly for the N104 and is sold separately). Shell Features Injected polycarbonate GE Lexan shell 7oz lighter than the Nolan N103 Two Shell engineering allows Nolan N104 to offer sizes from 2XS to 3XL (2XS-LG and XL-3XL) Dimensionally correct sizing allows ample cubic volume in chin/nose area Faceshield Features Face shields are now sized to fit the two different shell sizes (2XS-LG and XL-3XL) Ultra wide eye port opening is the largest on any Nolan helmet for superior visibility Shield is changed by a simple push button mechanism Pinlock shield included with each helmet VPS (Vision Protection System) is new slider bar to lower, push button release for instant retraction VPS lens is scratch and fog resistant Chin Bar Features Centromatic chin guard opening mechanism requires dual action, simultaneous action to prevent accidental opening Dual action opening mechanism is positioned in the centre of the chin guard and allows for easy, one-handed opening Ventilation N104 has new AIRBOOSTER ventilation system, ensures optimal ventilation where is is most required Air intake in the chin guard draws air in and onto the inside of the faceshield 3 position top vent (closed, crown vent, crown/brow vent) 2 venturi exhaust ports at rear of helmet New plastic vent tube channels in EPS disperse cool air throughout the helmet interior Inner Liner Features removable cheek pads, inner liner, neck roll and wind protector The inner padding of the new N104 is easily removable and washable and antibacterial The shape of the inner comfort padding facilitates eyeglass wearing Reflective insert at the centre of the roll neck further improves the rider's visibility at night Neck roll can be removed easily, for more comfort in the warmer months Other Features N-Com Communication System compatible (sold separately) Features new Microlock2 quick-release retention system Microlock2 consists of a plastic ergonomic opening lever, and of a second aluminium toothed and holding lever Microlock2 minimizes the possibility of unintentional opening while still making it ergonomic and easy to use Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great helmet
PostedAugust 29, 2012
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Quackerback
From Eugene
State:OR
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I really like this helmet, especially when paired with the Ncom unit. After reading some reviews about the tight fit, I decided to get a size larger than my 3/4 Nolan helmet and am glad I did. Even with the larger size, the fit around the jaw is very tight, but I've gotten used to it. the built in sun visor works very well. The fog prevention system (a second visor that fits inside the main visor) also works very well. It takes a little effort to install it but well worth it. I've always liked the Nolan strap system, much better than the D rings on other helmets. Air flow is good. Only complaint is the locking mechanism for the chin bar--about 10% of the time it locks on its own, or somehow I am locking it when I take the helmet off without knowing that I have done so. This is a little troublesome when moving down the road and you go to lower the chin piece and it is locked in place. Takes a little practice to find the release mechanism when you are moving! But the best feature is the Ncom unit so if you are looking for a helmet with a built-in com system, this is the one to get. (Com unit is extra.)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Nolan N-Com B4 Bluetooth Kit for N104/N44 Helmets
Nolan N-Com B4 Bluetooth Kit for N104/N44 Helmets
Nolan N-Com B4 Bluetooth Kit for N104 and N44 Helmets The N-Com B4 is the revolutionary new N-Com communication system, specifically designed for the N104 and N44 helmet. The innovative installation system mounts between the helmet shell and EPS liner by simply releasing the shell sealing edge and inserting the n-com B4 ( see updated installation notes from Nolan here ). Traveling by motorbike is now all the more pleasant with B4 it is possible to communicate with 4 motorbikes up to 500 meters (in open terrain, with no obstacles), listen to the integrated FM radio, and set up the system easily with your PC from home. General Features Management from PC via micro USB wire (included). N-Com Wizard program downloadable from the Download section. Adjustment of audio parameters, firmware update, FM radio stations pre-setting. FM radio integrated with RDS Search for radio stations, 6 pre-settings Telephone via Bluetooth answering, hanging up, voice commands, redialing the last number (for telephones that allow it), intercom/phone automatic management Automatic exclusion of intercom and of the connected audio source during a telephone conversation. Automatic reconnection at the end of the phone call Conference Call function 3-way telephone call between Pilot, Passenger and caller Pilot/Passenger intercom via Bluetooth BIKE-TO-BIKE intercom via Bluetooth up to 800 meters (in open field, with no obstacles) Intercom 4 bikes one-to-one communication. Bike to Bike Call Function Bluetooth connection to A2DP Mp3 players Play, Pause, Stop, Skip directly from the helmet (AVRCP profile) Connection via Bluetooth to compatible satellite navigators directions, MP3 music, mobile phone (for models that allow it) GPS Conference function Pilot/Passenger intercom active while the GPS is giving instructions Compatible via Bluetooth with all Bluetooth communication systems of the N-Com, X-Series and MULTI lines Upgradable firmware Technical Features Bluetooth profiles Headset, Handsfree, A2DP, AVRCP, Intercom Full duplex intercom High quality audio hi-fi stereo Perfectly integrated in the helmet Noise-dampening microphone 3.5mm Aux. Input for cable connection to multimedia devices Mp3, GPS, PMR/GMRS radio, audio systems of motorcycles (cable not included) Micro USB connection cable for PC management included in the packaging Weight 110 grams Lithium battery, rechargeable and removable Battery low indication with acoustic and visual signal, auto-off function Battery charger 100/240V 50/60 Hz Certificates Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, class 1 Type-approvals FCC, IC, CE, C-tick Please see special installation notes here.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Love it!
PostedAugust 29, 2012
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Quackerback
From Eugene
State:OR
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is just what I was looking for and more. Great FM radio reception. Interface with my iPhone is fabulous. I was thrilled to discover that I could not only send a text message by using Siri through my helmet, I could also have Siri read the response to me. I have not yet had the opportunity to use the intercom or bike to bike feature so can't comment on those. I've seen some complaints about volume level but I find it more than adequate. Any louder could be a serious safety issue. I have two minor complaints. 1. The on/off function could be done better. Having to hold the button for 4 seconds is a bit of a pain. I'd rather have a separate on/off switch. 2. The mini-USB port is so tiny that it is hard to see which way the plug needs to go so it is sometimes hard to plug in. Other than that, it is a great unit. I was shipped a faulty unit but once I called the service number, they were quick to trouble shoot it and had me send it in for a replacement. Turn around was quick. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants communication ability built into their helmet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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