Mskembo
 
 
 
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    November 12, 2012
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UCLEAR HBC200 Dual Force Bluetooth Communicator Featuring Boomless ABF Technology, the U-CLEAR HBC200 Force introduces Super Group Intercom and Multi-Hop technology, specifically designed for group communications with full duplex intercom. Multi-hop technology, used in military tactical communications provides superior sound quality and connection stability over Bluetooth intercom systems that suffer from interference and are line of sight dependent. By incorporating Multi-hop technology, each Uclear HBC200 control unit works as a repeater or relay station, enabling the network to grow as more control units/riders are added to the group. Depending on riding conditions, the intercom range between two riders is up to 700 meters. Adding a third unit/rider increases the intercom range up to an additional 700 meters. Add a fourth rider and the entire group can communicate up to 2100 meters (1.3 miles) and so forth, in full duplex intercom mode. With the latest firmware, the HBC200 adds connectivity with other brands of Bluetooth communicators, Multipoint Bluetooth connections for syncing multiple phones, iPods or GPS units and Advanced Private Intercom. Features Boomless microphone (an industry first) Music, Calls, GPS (Bluetooth devices) Multipoint Bluetooth service supports dual device connections Connect to two smartphones at the same time, or a smartphone and an iPad, iPod, GPS etc Super Group Intercom (Full Duplex for up to 10 riders) Open intercom with other brands of Bluetooth communicators Cross-band intercom enables you to connect with other riders, even if they have another brand of communicator Multi-Hop Communication Extender With 10 users connected, Multi-Hop Technology extends maximum range to nearly 4 miles and allows non-line-of-sight connections (range will vary on environmental conditions) Voice command for hands-free call pickup Hi-Fi stereo audio (AVRCP, A2DP) Patented ABF / DSP technology isolates your voice and eliminates all background noise Auto loudness adjustments GPS device compatible (Bluetooth HS/HFP profile required) One USB/Wall charger, two USB cables (Dual pack only) Easy installation on any helmet including full face or 3/4 helmets Speaker diameter 40mm depth approx 7mm Firmware upgrades available One year manufactures warranty Note Some of the features listed above require updating the firmware to the latest version. Download the latest version firmware here.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finally, No BOOM!
PostedNovember 14, 2012
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Mskembo
From Dallas
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
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
This is my first in helmet communications system, so I really wanted to do it right. Back before bluetooth was even a dream I'd looked at the Chatterbox, but never bought one. These days there seem to be a dozen different systems out on the market, with very similar features/price points. I was lucky to have a indy shop owner I know let me borrow his helmet with a Scala unit in it to try. I loved the concept, and the sound, but that boom brushing against my lips was annoying (and then I thought about the fact that it had been brushing against my friends lips and felt like acting out a scene from "The Crying Game")
Since it would be in my helmet I wouldn't feel violated with the boom brushing my lips, but it definitely wouldn't be ideal. So I started to read/watch reviews on the U-Clear systems. Anthony/Revzilla please do an indepth review on the HBC200 before I do it for you!
A friend and I went in on the two-pack together (essentially saving $20 each). We ride together all the time, so it made a lot of sense. So let me break the performance review into two parts; Audio/phone, and Comms
Audio/Phone:
Pairing your phone (iPhone 5 in my case) with the unit is about as simple as it gets. It's just like pairing any other Bluetooth headset. Control is good, you double click the main button to start music and again to pause. Double tap up to skip to the next track and down does the reverse. single tap up or down adjusts volume (I'm not going to spell out the rest).
Music sounds good, not amazing. Audiophiles will be upset that it sounds a LOT worse than their McIntosh amplifiers playing through their Martin Logan speakers, but for a normal person they sound fine. What do you really expect from this size of speaker? Audiobooks are iffy at best, if it's a soft spoken narrator, you'll have trouble understanding what's being said above 60mph.
If you want to make a call you have to first pause the music, then initiate the call. You can do this by holding down the home and up button (call last person dialed) or holding down the home and down button (activate Siri).
The first person I spoke to with my UBC200 was, of course, my wife. Her first statement was something along the lines of, "When are you going to leave work." to which I replied, 'I'm going 70mph down 80 right now". She was impressed and has said that they sound much better then the hands free in my Mercedes.
For me the U-Clear UBC200 is a clear winner. Battery life is exceptional. I listen to music on my commute (@45 minutes each way) and have to re-charge it about once a week.I have noticed some wind noise on the side of my helmet that the UClear is mounted on, so I'm considering doing the sticky mount instead of the clip on. Honestly I'm never taking this out of my helmet, so why not?
Rides: 2000 KTM 400 SXC
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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HJC RPS-10 Mugello Helmet
4.9 out of 5(16)
 
 
 
 
 
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 HJC RPS-10 Mugello Helmet
HJC RPS-10 Mugello Helmet
HJC RPS-10 Mugello Helmet Advanced P.I.M. (Premium Integrated Matrix) Fiberglass Shell Super lightweight shell is designed for superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology Max Airflow Top Vent 6-Stage variable airflow is adjusted by glove-friendly dials on each intake vent ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System Full front-to-back airflow flushes heat and humidity out of the interior SilverCool Plus Interior Soft, moisture-wicking and odor-free interior with Ginko Extract and advanced silver antibacterial fabric. Crown and cheek pads are fully removable and washable Built-In Communication Speaker Pockets Rapidfire Shield Replacement System Simple and secure shield ratchet system provides ultra-quick, tool-less removal and installation for efficient operation Optically Superior Pinlock Prepared 2D Flat Racing Shield Clear Pinlock Lens Included Innovative center one-touch open/close locking system is designed for an extremely secure seal SNELL M2010, DOT Approved 3.39 lbs / 1,540 grams (approx, based on Size Medium Solid Color)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Helmet, Great Price!
PostedNovember 14, 2012
Customer avatar
Mskembo
From Dallas
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
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
Very Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
You look at this helmet, and can understand it's style being a little "loud", but I like it. It was offered to me by a local shop for even less than it is here on Revzilla (even though this is an AMAZING price for this helmet), and I snapped it up. The fit is excellent for my head, and it is a very quiet helmet, almost disconcertingly so when I first put it on. After @2500 miles in this helmet, I can say it is a winner! (that's 2500 miles in less than two months).
Stability at highway speeds is very good, head checks are smooth, with very limited buffeting. Ventilation is very good on hot days, but on cold days you can't completely shut everything down. This may or may not be an issue for you. I've ridden in 35 F weather so far and with a face gaiter I was fine.
The Pinlock shield, that it comes with, is the best system I've ever seen at keeping your windscreen fog free on a cold morning. There is a very slight visual distortion at night (lights seem to reflect between the two shields at certain head angles), however seeing the shield around the pinlock completely fogged up and still having perfect vision in the middle is a great thing. The chin curtain comes with it at no extra cost (unlike Shoei, Arai, ect.). The locking shield mechanism works so well that you will be wondering why nobody thought of this before! It is positive and you never have to worry about it popping up. Additionally, since it's in the middle, you can use it with either hand. Sure at speed you do everything with your left hand, but when you're stopped at a light (you know, when you want the shield up) typically you have your left hand holding the clutch in, so it's really nice to be able to easily raise your shield with your right hand.
One downside, there are not cut-outs for speakers. All this means is that if you install a speaker system it will make the helmet more snug at your ears. That's the only downside I've encountered. Buying the RPS-10 at this price is a no-brainer, I'll be getting the Patriot Graphic one soon too.
Anthony made a statement about the chin vent in the video that I don't fully agree with. Honestly I got this helmet when the temperatures here in Dallas were knocking on 100, and at speed I didn't have an issue with the chin vent. I've considered buying the chin vent for the RHPA-10 and seeing if it flows better (it's close to $10), but I just don't feel the need to do so.
Rides: 2000 KTM 400 SXC
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Speed and Strength SS1500 Seven Sins Helmet Features A.T.P.A. ADVANCED THERMO-POLY ALLOY SHELL MEETS OR EXCEEDS DOT AND ECE 22-05 STANDARDS COOLMAX REMOVABLE, WASHABLE AND MOISTURE WICKING LINER AIRSTRIKE DIRECT COURSE VENTILATION SYSTEM LOCK 'N LOAD RAPID CONVERSION SHIELD REPLACEMENT SYSTEM ALL CLEAR! SIGHT SYSTEM OPTICALLY CORRECT, ANTI-SCRATCH, ANTI-FOG AND UV RESISTANT FACESHIELD QUICK RELEASE CHIN STRAP DVD! DROP VISOR DESIGN PUMP-IT! AIR FIT SYSTEM Note Helmet ships with clear faceshield only.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Horribly overpriced helmet
PostedNovember 14, 2012
Customer avatar
Mskembo
From Dallas
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Let me get this out of the way. I understand that S/S is style oriented, and are in the market so that the Squids can wear cool looking gear (think ICON) on the cheap, but still this is ridiculous.
I bought my first street bike in 10yrs a couple of months ago, and the dealer threw in this helmet with it. I thought that was nice of him, since I only have motocross helmets at home. The first thing I noticed is that it was REALLY noisy! When I got home I went for a ride wearing my HJC CL-X6 motocross helmet. It was quieter...
I still wore it on my daily commute, but when I got home some nights my ears would be ringing, and my eyes were dry from the wind that seems to blow right through the visor gasket. After a week of this I was looking for a new helmet. I talked to a friend of mine, who had the exact same helmet in black (given to him when he bought his bike at the same dealership), and he had noticed the wind, but this was his first motorcycle ever so he didn't know that it was a loud helmet.
Lastly, the shell is about as flexible as they come.I would NOT trust this helmet to fulfill it's role in a crash.
Basically you are paying $79 for protection, and the rest for fashion. I believe my head is worth more.
Rides: 2000 KTM 400 SXC
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Bell Vortex Monarch Helmet Developed in Bells state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the Bell Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother the Star. With a solid compliment of features the Bell Vortex is a great choice as a primary helmet for everyday use that can also transition to the occasional track day. A killer price rounds out the package and gives you a big bang for your buck. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut) Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Padded Wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately Five year warranty Weight 1600g Certification Snell M2010, DOT Note Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps RevZilla's Opinion of the The Bell Vortex Helmet The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to be one of the top selling and more ubiquitous 200 sport helmets in the RevZilla family. The light weight, Snell Rating and ability to use the Bell Photochromic shield allow the Bell Vortex Helmet to cover a lot of the bases the typical sport or track day rider is looking for in a reasonably priced helmet. Many times we see this type of functionality only available in helmets over the 300 mark. In the 3/4 or tuck position the Bell Vortex Helmet will provide a great solution in just about any spirited or sport riding scenario. If you find a graphic or color that suits your taste and you have an intermediate oval head shape, the Bell Vortex is a great option.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Decent helmet for the money
PostedNovember 14, 2012
Customer avatar
Mskembo
From Dallas
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 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
Average
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Bought this helmet for my wife to go on rides for me. The pictures do not do it justice, it's very "sparkly" in person. which means my 4yr old daughters LOVE it, and so does my wife.
Fit was good right off, and her only complaint was the cheek pads being tight (hmmmm, isn't that the same for everybody?), now she says they are perfect. Venting is great, and so is visability. When the vents are closed it makes it nice on a cold day. The speaker pockets worked great with the uClear UBC200, and when the visor is pulled down tight communication is great.
Which brings up my one issue with it, The shield is hard to pull all the way down. Once down the seal is good, and reduces road noise by a significant margin. Sure it's a little heavy, but it's also less than $200.
BTW, it says "Rides 2001 KTM 400 SXC" which I do off road. But I bought this helmet so we could go on rides on my 2012 Kawasaki Z1000.
Rides: 2000 KTM 400 SXC
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Icon 29er Gloves Announcing the latest in Icons line of MX inspired street-specific, lightweight riding gloves. All of Icon's standard performance amenities are here such as a pre-curved palm and finger design, thermoplastic rubber knuckle armor, and a secure wrist closure system. Of course a street motorcycle glove isnt really a glove without a leather palm. The Twenty-Niner glove features an abrasion resistant premium grade goatskin palm capable of hand to hand combat with gravel choked asphalt. With its hi-flow mesh backhand the Twenty-Niner glove is perfect for spring and summer riding. Features Abrasion resistant premium grade goatskin palm Synthetic leather finger gussets Hi-flow backhand mesh Hook and loop wrist closure Pre-curved palm and finger design
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Inexpensive, but you get what you pay for
PostedNovember 12, 2012
Customer avatar
Mskembo
From Dallas
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not a bad glove, just kinda so-so. Here is my problem with this glove, I bought it at the dealership when I bought my motorcycle, they convinced me that I needed a street glove to wear and that these gloves have significantly better protection than my motocross gloves.
They were full of it. These gloves are essentially motocross gloves with a little padding on the knuckles (some of my motocross gloves have padding there too), for $15 more. I wore them for about the first 500 miles, until I bought the Alpinestars Atlas glove, and they started to get pretty loose. They aren't bad gloves, I just don't see them being better than a good pair of Motocross gloves that are going to cost a lot less.
Rides: 2000 KTM 400 SXC
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Atlas Gloves An innovative, unobtrusive, low profile glove that has been designed to be ultra lightweight and provide the rider with a real feeling of freedom. Integrating supreme levels of protection with cutting edge styling and unsurpassed levels of grip, this glove provides real flexibility for the offroad/enduro rider. Features The glove provides excellent levels of protection through the use of foam backed Polyurethane knuckle protection which provides a solid structure protecting a critical part of your hand in the event of an incident External foam padding also provides additional protection Mesh panels over the first three fingers assist with freedom of movement and ventilation, whilst the low cut Motocross style wrist and secure closure ensures total user comfort Clarino padded palm reinforcement provide the ultimate in comfort and vibration absorption while silicone print on the fingers and palm provide the ultimate in grip and performance Pre-curved fingers aid in the assistance of grip and reduced fatigue NOTE The orange option is more like a KTM orange
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Summer Weight Glove
PostedNovember 12, 2012
Customer avatar
Mskembo
From Dallas
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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First off, the only reason I didn't give it perfect reviews across the board is that I haven't tested the durability/protection of these gloves in a crash (and really would prefer not to).
I bought these gloves after buying my first sportbike ever, I wanted something that had the tactile feel of a motocross glove, but streetike performance and protective features. It didn't hurt that this glove comes in orange.
I've been wearing these daily for over two months now, and they are great in warm to cool weather (above 60) anything lower and they start to get pretty chilly. Tactile feel is great, but the thumb is a little stiff for the first hundred miles or so.
After 2500+ miles in them I can say that they are holding up really well, I'm very pleased with my purchase and would buy them again.
Rides: 2000 KTM 400 SXC
Yes, I recommend this product.
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