thmisawa
 
 
 
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    April 8, 2013
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    July 18, 2014
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Vance Hines Limited Edition Widow 2-1-2 Exhaust For Harley XR 1200 2009-2012 Its time to get out of the grandstands and onto the track. Quickly becoming a favorite among club racers in Europe, the performance of the flat-track inspired Harley-Davidson XR1200 can now be truly unleashed with the Vance Hines Widow XR Limited Edition Stainless Exhaust System. Utilizing the same performance tuned headers, Power Chamber crossover and twin high flow mufflers as the standard Widow XR exhaust, the Limited Edition Stainless version also yields massive weight savings. At 15.4 lbs, its less than half the weight of the 34 lbs stock exhaust. With a brushed finish and contrasting black end-caps, the Widow XR Limited Edition Stainless Exhaust System is the must-have bolt-on for your XR1200 track weapon. Features High Performance 2-1-2 Design Optional Quiet Baffle Available (sold separately) Made in the USA
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
not so good
PostedJuly 18, 2014
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thmisawa
From Eagle River
State:AK
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
First the good: the sound is deep and certainly louder but not too loud. The headers are higher up and tucked in if cornering is what you are into and this is a distinct improvement over the OEM. Easy to install.
Now to the bad: The finish is turned by the exhaust heat pretty quickly. The header pipes get a brownish/grayish hue but certainly NOT black. I combined these pipes with the Fuel Pack and did not like the result. Ran too lean and had to really keep the revs higher to access the grunt. Low speed character is rougher, just not as smooth as stock.
These are coming off after one year and the Basani's are going on. Let you know.
Rides: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
No, I do not recommend this product.
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National Cycle VStream Sport Touring Windscreen Kawasaki Ninja 1000 National Cycle revolutionizes windscreen performance with the VStream Windscreen! The patented V shape and advanced dimensional contours push the wind vortex away from the rider's head, resulting in a peaceful, quiet riding environment. The passenger's comfort is improved as well. Features Thick, sturdy FMR hardcoated Lexan polycarbonate Height 19.5 in. (49.5 cm) Width 16.0 in. (40.6 cm) Uses existing mounting hardware for a direct replacement Retains full use of original windscreen height adjustment. DOT approved Covered by National Cycle's 3-Year Warranty
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Smokin!
PostedOctober 8, 2013
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thmisawa
From Eagle River
State:AK
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Install is super easy, takes about five whole minutes. The look is outstanding in dark smoke; the V stream logo is a nice touch and fits the accents on the 2011 ninja 1000. The shield is polycarbinate and thick. Feels indestructable. The optics through the shield are better than the stock clear lexan shield. Performance is as expected; little buffeting but enough cool air to the helmet vents. I was not too sure on the looks based on the product pics alone but on the bike this shield is amazing. Well designed with perfect fit. BFTB is a four because this shiled is $40 to $50 more than Puig or zero gravity but those are not polycarbinate shields. If it lasts with same function and looks then that will be a five.
Rides: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Fieldsheer Mercury 2.0 Pants
Fieldsheer Mercury 2.0 Pants
Fieldsheer Mercury 2.0 Pants 600D Carbolex outer shell with 1680D ballistic overlay in high impact areas CE approved armor in knees SP Memory Foam hip pads Front thigh vents 3-step adjustable knee armor pocket Phoslite reflective piping for increased nighttime visibility Rainguard 100 waterproof, breathable barrier Adjustable Velcro waist tabs Elasticized stretch panel at waistband 2-way full side leg zip for easy wearing Zip-out quilted liner with 100g polyfill insulation Two front hand pockets and two back pockets 8 zipper jacket connection
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fantastic for the price
PostedSeptember 4, 2013
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thmisawa
From Eagle River
State:AK
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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 Large
Large
I have used these pants at least twice a week for two full riding seasons now (2012-13). They have held up through all day rides in the rain and the worst Alaska has had to throw at them. They are starting to show a little wear now. These are very warm with the liner in and over jeans. I have also used these riding in Korea in 90% humidity and temps above 90 degrees. With the vents fully open and going commando, these are still hot. The best I can say is that these pants are durable and waterproof. I have no experienced any quality issues. The zippers work, the pockets are few but work well. The vents work and the knee armor is adjustable. The only problem I have had is that the suspender loops need to be bulked up as the left one broke about the mid-point of the second riding season.
Rides: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Cortech Scarab Winter Gloves Features Aniline drum-dyed cowhide leather construction with a HiPora waterproof and breathable barrier Aniline drum-dyed goatskin palm with abrasion-resistant, titanium/carbon protection panels Schoeller Dry Skin Keprotech in the palm patch with titanium/carbon covered padding 3MThinsulate100gm insulation Molded titanium/carbon knuckle, finger and wrist protection panels Pre-curved palm and fingers for form-fitting comfort Large gauntlet cuff with a leather closure flap that incorporates a titanium/carbon protection patch Soft brushed fleece interior lining
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Can't miss
PostedJune 8, 2013
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thmisawa
From Eagle River
State:AK
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have had these gloves going on four years now. Ridden in Japan, Korea, Texas, North Caroline and Alaska. No problems with keeping my hands dry. They do that. They work in cold weather but not very cold weather. Hard to give a temp range that they are effective as speed/hand guards/glove liners all make a difference. However, you may ride long distances in the low 40s without much concern. A bit stiff initially but they break in very nicely. Great protection. Very durable. I have owned a lot of different gloves and many are more expensive but I keep coming back to these. They are tried, true and dependable. Also, as a previous reviewer has noted, forego liners and they can still be worn in warmer weather. What more can I say? These are can't miss gloves at this price.
Rides: 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Powerlet RapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner - No Temperature Controller A temperature controller (not an on/off switch) is REQUIRED (and sold separately) for these glove liners. The liners have the potential to get hot enough to cause burns if they are used without a temperature controller. With over 18 watts of heat in each glove, cold hands are a thing of the past. Using Far Infrared technology, these ultra thin liners provide pleasing penetrating heat around the fingers as well as over the back of the hand. Must be used with a controller. Stay Warm While Riding Designed for commuting, touring and extending your riding season, Powerlet heated gloves will provide years of pleasure. Style, comfort, protection, and warmth. Perfect. Performance Guarantee Every heated glove goes through our multi-point inspection process before earning the privilege of carrying the Powerlet name. We inspect internal wiring, connectors, bench meter amperage and resistance testing before labeling and packaging our gloves. Details matter we believe in delivering you the highest quality product for your hard-earned money. Low Power Alternative Perfect for all motorcycles, even those without much excess electrical capacity to power appliances. Glove liners are rated at 36 watts per pair. Stay warm and stay safe while minimizing your electrical consumption.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Extended COLD weather riding now a real consideration
PostedApril 8, 2013
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thmisawa
From Eagle River
State:AK
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
OK, I have done quite a bit of cold weather riding and have become acquainted with limiting trip distance and the pain of numb finders, then toes and finally know hypothermia is on its way when the core gets cold. Wearing layers, putting hands under the fairing or on the engine/radiator was a way to extend rides early/late in the season. Not any longer. I got a 60 mile ride in last week (5 April 2013) the day before a new dump of fresh snow blessed us in Alaska. Being that I have never used heated gear before, I wanted to compare its effectiveness to my normal layering and heavy winter gear. I used the powerlet jacket liner and glove liners as base layers and intentionally did not turn them on to see how far I could go before the cold set in. Per usual in normal gear (Tour Master winter elite II gloves with liner, Firstgear Jaunt Jacket with liner and layers under) it took about 40 minutes or 30 miles to get uncomfortable and to seek a stop to warm up. This is when I turned on the heat to the gloves and jacket liners with the remote troller. All I can say is WOW. Initially, I turned the heat up to 3/4 of full as a place to start. I felt warmth almost instantly and within 30 seconds my fingers went from numb to hot. I had to keep dialing back the heat and found comfort at about 1/3 power to the gloves and at 1/2 for the body. I was riding a HD XR1200X with only a small sportshield for wind protection. In-other-words, my gear has been my only protection from the elements. Once the heat was on I found total comfort and although I ended my ride after another 30 miles, I could have continued to go on as the temperature was no longer a factor impacting my ride. Also consider that for this ride in temperatures at 30 degrees and speeds at a steady 75 mph for most the ride, i had the Jaunts liner removed and only used the powerlet liner and a cotton shirt. All that to speak to the function of the product. I cannot as yet speak to durability; however, the system with the two dial remote troller could not be easier to set up/install and to use. If you can read and have even limited familiarity with your bike you can put this together with no worries. As for features I have two comments and both regard fit and comfort. As for fit, I wear size 2x in gloves in nearly all brands and measured out the same for the glove liners. The fit was very good with the exception of the length of the fingers. They are a bit long in comparison to most gloves and there was empty space in the 5th finger of each hand which is an unusual experience for me and somewhat annoying in a liner that should fit snug to the skin. Also, there is a stitch line that spans the back (dorsal/posterior) side of the glove that I did not feel at all ... until the heat was turned on! this line got SUPER HOT and resulted in an immediate need to adjust the temperature on the hands. The heat to the fingers comes on the sides (between the fingers) and not from the top or bottom. I found this interesting and desirable as the distribution of warmth from this technique is very good. Also keep in mind that I left the ride side jacket connectors connected so the entire system was set up for 105 watts vs. the 60 watt maximum that comes when you disconnect the wires on the right side (as shown in the video). Overall this is a worthy product and works very well. It will certainly keep you riding when conditions would normally not permit and, I believe, will result in more physical dexterity on the bike as I will no longer have to use so many layers for warmth.
Rides: 2011 Harley Davidson XR1200
Yes, I recommend this product.
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