SwissFreek
 
 
 
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 Midland BT Next Intercom - Dual Pack
Midland BT Next Intercom - Dual Pack
Midland BT Next Headset - Dual Pack The Midland BT NEXT intercom system enables groups of up to four bikers to speak to each other over large distances. The latest device in the BT series has a range of up to 1.6 kilometres, connects Bluetooth-enabled devices such as mobile phones and GPS sat navs, and keeps you informed via FM radio and RDS/AF alternative frequency search. A new Bluetooth stereo intercom system that supports rider-to-passenger or bike-to-bike communications for up to four people Long-range power capable of communication with another rider up to one mile away (in clear terrain) Standard Bluetooth connections for cell phones, stereo MP3 players and GPS navigation systems Built-in FM radio with RDS, six storable stations Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 technology with DSP (Digital Signal Processing) AGC feature to automatically control the volume in function of background noise Vox to enable intercom communications and reply to calls Voice messages providing information on the device status and battery charge Manual control one button to enable the cell phone, intercom and wire connection Built-in foldable aerial Compatible with all types of helmets and easy to install Waterproof Compact, ultra-flat and streamlined Audio kit with two ultra-flat stereo speakers and two interchangeable microphones with wired or bracket connection Includes jack and stereo connection cable for wired mode MP3 readers that do not support Bluetooth or portable PMR446 transceivers that support group conversations up to maximum distances of 3.1 miles USB programming interface for fast downloads of updates from the Web and system configuration Lithium-ion polymer battery with a maximum talk time of 10 hours Two type of fixtures for helmet (screw-type clamp and bioadhesive strip) BT Next Twin includes two complete packages with intercoms, mounts and audio kits Compatible with all Midland BT intercom device
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Not bad, needs a little more debugging
PostedJune 4, 2013
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SwissFreek
From Olympia
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have a love-hate relationship with this thing. On the one hand it does everything I want. I can listen to music, I can activate Siri, I can talk to my buddy (who got the other set in the kit). On the other hand, I think the great price comes at the cost of a little attention to detail or R&D spending. I had one headset die on me. It was replaced without much issue (good job to them for that), and updated to the new 2.0 version, which has some pretty substantial features to boot. But it still crashes occasionally, or freezes up for a few seconds. Just seems like buggy software.
I really like the form factor. It's nice and slim and light and the buttons pretty easy to find with gloves on.
I wish that it had a dedicated "Phone" button so I could activate Siri without first pausing the music, then waiting for the audio channel to close out (about five to ten seconds), then hitting the button that activates Siri, because when music is playing, that button is the skip forward button, so if you don't wait long enough it skips the song instead of activating. Sort of a minor issue, but I know other headsets did it differently.
I love that it can do something no other headset I've looked at can do: I can be on BT talking to my buddy, and have my phone plugged in to the wired jack, and get music playing in the background while I'm talking. This would be useful for a GPS, too, if I didn't use my phone for that already. That feature right there makes it worthwhile for me to put up with all the little issues that might exist.
You can be a safety obsessive if you want, but to me, having music in my headset makes every ride more enjoyable, keeps me from droining out, and keeps me actively riding, and doesn't block out any more sound than you'd lose by wearing regular ear plugs to keep from being deafened by your bike.
Rides: 2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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RAM Mounts U-Bolt Self Leveling Cupholder Kit The RAM-B-132R consists of a zinc coated u-bolt base, double socket arm and self-leveling drink cup holder with cozy. Designed into the mount is a 1 diameter patented rubber ball and socket system with adjustment points at both ends of the double socket arm. With a twist of the arm knob, you can move the mount to your optimum viewing position. Included in this package is hardware that will accommodate rails from 0.50 to 1.25 in diameter. The drink cup holder has two pivot points, allowing for your drink to always stay upright and never spill. Material High Strength Composite Powder Coated Marine Grade Aluminum Ball Size 1 Rubber Ball B Size
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I don't care what people think when they see it
PostedJune 4, 2013
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SwissFreek
From Olympia
State:WA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I haven't bought a ton of farkles (yet), but of all the ones I have bought, this is one of my favorites. No BS, I use it all the time. I've got it mounted on one of my crash bars, and it just sits right there, out of the way, ready for me to put it to use. I don't know if you've heard how we are about coffee up here in the PNW, but yeah, this thing comes in handy.
As an added side benefit, when that day comes that I get an action camera, that ball is perfectly positioned, and I just need to pull off the cup holder and mount the cam.
Rides: 2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sidi Adventure Rain Boots The ultimate Adventure boot combines Sidis best touring and off road features into an effective adventure boot design Sole Soft lugged sole for maximum grip. Composite inner sole. Protection Rigid, shock resistant, anatomically shaped heel for maximum protection. Malleolus external guard to enhance protection of those tender small foot bones. Split grain leather inner anti-wear/heat panel. Fit Function Membrane equipped to add a water resistant yet breathable barrier between the elements and the rider's feet. Single Flex System upper. Exclusive cam-lock buckle system. Replaceable strap / buckle system. Removable arch support. Top grain leather and Lorica construction. Slim, cool non-bootie design. Cambrelle lining
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding Boots
PostedJune 4, 2013
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SwissFreek
From Olympia
State:WA
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
These are the first and only pair of dedicated motorcycle boots that I've owned. Before this I rode in combat or hiking boots, and occasionally in sneakers (I know, tsk tsk#. I love this things. When they say they are waterproof, they tell no lie. I haven't gotten any water in them that I can prove wasn't just sweat, except maybe once after a three-hour ride in driving rain, and even then, it was just my socks that were a little damp in the toe. They fit great, I think they look great. The calf and ankle protection is great, but does make it a little hard to slide street pants over them if that's what you intend to do #but for the most part it can be done unless you wear skinny jeans). It definitely takes some getting used to shifting with these beasts on if you're used to riding in street shoes or boots, as they are stiff and the toe box is big. But even with my gargantuan 13s I can ride and shift fine once I got acclimated.
As for the squeak, yeah mine squeaked like crazy, and I do wear them around off the bike once I get where I'm going so I felt like a little bit of a schmuck walking down the aisle at the mall going squeak squeak squeak, and got a lot of funny looks. Was my only gripe. Then I grabbed a can of mink oil at Rite Aid, put it on the boots, and the squeak was cured, plus the boots looked nice and clean. Problem solved.
Rides: 2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Olympia AST 2 Jacket
Olympia AST 2 Jacket
Olympia AST 2 Jacket The Olympia All Seasons Touring jacket functions year round in all weather conditions. Wet and stormy rides are no match for the ASTS coated Cordura shell and waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane. For added weather protection, this jacket also includes five waterproof exterior pockets. For warm weather rides the AST offers our exclusive AVS shoulder to forearm and torso venting system. This system offers special water-tight zippers that when open, create major air flow directly to a riders body. For maximum comfort during cold weather rides the AST is also equipped with a stylish Thermolite insulated liner jacket. Features Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura fabric Waterproof/breathable membrane adds double waterproof protection Thermolite insulated liner jacket Airflow Ventilation System at chest arms and back Slide buckle straps at chest pocket vents create adjustable air flow Double storm placket front closure Removable CE Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist Full circumference neoprene collar insert 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front, sides and back Six storage pockets AVS Venting System Fold up pocket flaps with lock down slide buckle straps create adjustable air flow Shoulder to forearm venting system creates maximum airflow
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fits huge, good protection
PostedJune 4, 2013
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SwissFreek
From Olympia
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
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Large
This jacket fits pretty big. I bought this jacket as a person who wears a solid 2XL in everything. My intent was to wear it through winter, with the liners in, with clothes underneath. Given that, the jacket still fit big. Now I've lost a little weight and I'm on the cusp of an XL in everything else, and it's warm so I'm wearing a tshirt underneath with no liner, and I'm just swimming in this thing. Hindsight being 20/20 I'd have bought an XL from the beginning, and I might even be able to get away with a L now with just a shirt.
That said, the jacket is definitely very visible, lots of pockets. Haven't had a leak and I've been wearing it every day here in the PNW which is the opposite of Philadelphia. It's NEVER sunny here. Anyway, that aspect works. Now it's starting to get warmer and I've worn it with all the vents and zips open and yeah, it'll flow some air but you're still going to be warm at anything over 75 degrees, so I'd consider this to be a three-season jacket in reality, and down in the warmer climes it'd even be a two season. On the flip side, I've ridden to work in 23-degree weather (to the great chagrin of my commander), and the jacket did its part. My hands were really the limiting factor at that point.
Heavy duty jacket. I'm not a huge fan of the adventure/bush jacket look, but that's personal taste, and having that extra coverage for protection during the commute or off-road is nice and will help keep you dry. The material is pretty stiff and hasn't broken in like I expected it to, but again, that was definitely a plus in the colder wet weather. I haven't been down other than during a slow-speed off-roading course, but I have fait that it would keep me safe in a fall on-road or off-.
Keep the sizing and warm weather limitations in mind, but for the price I'd say this is a pretty good jacket. It's not a substitute for some of the fancy adventure jackets, but it's also half the price, and it's better than the other stuff in its class, in my opinion.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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