JeffOnAVStrom
 
 
 
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    March 10, 2013
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Replacement Cheek Pads for Shoei RF-1100 and Qwest Helmets 31MM Stock in XXXL 33MM Optional 35MM Stock in XS-XXL 37MM Optional 39MM Stock in XXS 41MM Optional Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Just remove your own foam!!
PostedMay 7, 2013
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JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
I just recieved my Qwest with OE 35mm pads. They were extremely tight on my cheeks, horrible fish face. I immediately placed an order for the 31mm hoping it would help.
In the meantime, I removed my 35mm pads and opened them up and pulled out the foam inserts. They are made of several foam layers glued together. I slowly peeled off the outermost layer and reinserted the foam. It made a big difference and my cheeks weren't as squished. I did notice that there was just a little bit of slack in the cheek coverings now, as the foam was smaller.
I had hoped that the 31mm would give me a little bit more room than my modified pads, and also the covering would be taken in a bit so there wasn't as much loose fabric. IT WAS NOT BETTER. I was totally disappointed. The foam inside was identical to my modified foam, with just the last layer peeled off. And the covering still had excess fabric! They hadn't tightened it up at all.
For $40 I expected a little more than just not gluing on that last layer of foam. The only consolation is that now I have two sets of pads, and can modify one of them to my heart's content without worrying about ruining it.
Save your money and do your own foam peeling...
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Shoei Qwest Solid Helmet Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback Dual Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Five shell and six EPS liner sizes present increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler to reduce drag and lift as well as diminish weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation The rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior System 3-D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass compatible interior Standard Chin-Strap Clip Neatly secures chin strap CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. The spring-loaded base plate (U.S. patent pending 11/799935) pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Additional Specs Construction AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber) Weight 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium Solid Color) Standards Snell-M2010, DOT Please Note The vents on the Brilliant Yellow helmet are black, not yellow as shown in product photo. Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Incredibly solid, good looking, tight cheeks.
PostedMay 7, 2013
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JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I've been riding for a year now, and finally upgraded from my first helmet; HJC CS-R2, a very budget friendly helmet. Moving up to a Shoei, albeit it one of the cheaper ones, was an amazing upgrade.
The crown fits true to size, right on the dot. My head measure 23.5" and the Large is perfect. I feel it all around my head, snug, but not tight. It does not get uncomfortable at all.
My only gripe are the cheek pads. They are INCREDIBLY tight. I'm an adult and have a pretty full face, and these cheek pads squeezed my cheeks like crazy, pushing them up into my eyes. I'm hoping they'll break in a bit. It doesn't hurt, thankfully my cheeks are squishy, and it puts no pressure on my jaw, it just isn't optimal.
As a side, I was able to remove the cheek pads, unhook the buttons, and remove the foam inserts. They are layered and glued together. I was able to slowly peel away one layer and that made a world of difference. So much more comfortable. I have ordered the 31mm cheek pads, and will write up a review for those too, but in short they are NO DIFFERENT than peeling a layer of foam off the OE 35mm pads.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei CW-1 Pinlock Faceshield Specially designed shield and lens work together ( lenses sold separately ) Built-in pins on the shield along with the Pinlock Anti-Fog Lens transforms your single shield into a dual shield that will resist fog buildup Colored lenses use ProSeal technology Easily cleaned Compatible with Shoei Qwest , Shoei RF1100 and Shoei X-12 Helmets Read more about Pinlock Shield Technology Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great shield, fits identical to OE.
PostedMay 7, 2013
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JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I ordered the dark smoke, and it fits identical to the clear shield that shipped with my Shoei Qwest. It does a great job of blocking light, yet isn't so dark to see out of. Dark Smoke makes any helmet look tons better.
The shield does fog up somewhat easy (that's more a function of helmet geometry) but it also clears up incredibly fast. I'll be getting a pinlock lens in the near future.
I've only had my Qwest for a week, but something I was reminded of as I replaced the shield is how thick Shoei's shields are. I came from an HJC CS-RD (budget helmet) and looking back now that shield was incredibly thin compared to this.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sport bike tire combines narrow and wide grooves to provide flexibletread surface for superior road handling and wet road traction Stronger casing construction provides better straight-line stability Tubeless
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good OE tire for Ninjette
PostedMarch 29, 2013
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JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I rode a Ninja 250 up until a month ago. I bought it with 2500 miles on it and sold it with 12000 miles. At 10500 I finally replaced the stock IRC Roadwinner rear tire that was getting flat. Front tire still looked brand new.
95% of those miles were 70MPH highway commuting, so obviously they were prone to getting flat. But I was very pleased they lasted as long as they did.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Large contact patch for excellent grip at all lean angles V Speed rated (149mph/240kmh) across the entire range Interrupted center groove to resist tracking Wide range of sizes and matching tread design front and rear Special compound formulated for incredible grip Bias-ply construction
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great bike for a Ninjette
PostedMarch 29, 2013
Customer avatar
JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Replaced my stock IRC Roadwinner on a 2010 Ninja 250 (before I sold it a while back). Obviously a brand new tire always feels better than a wore out tire, but after a few thousand miles it still felt way better than the OE tire ever did.
Grips well through corners, felt more stable and softer on the highway during my commutes, and a very good looking tire as well. Unfortunately I never got to see how long it was going to last as I sold the bike, but my IRC lasted 10,000 miles and the Avon was a harder compound that should have lasted longer. For 250s I say this tire is a no brainer.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Powerlet Rapidfire Heated Glove Liner Kit Powerlet's RapidFIRe Heated Glove Liner Kit is the surefire solution for cold hands. A complete package with everything you need to hook up to your vehicle, Glove Liners, 5 Position Digital Controller with glove leads, and Powerlet Lanyard. 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
Extreme value
PostedMarch 29, 2013
Customer avatar
JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
User submitted photo
User submitted photo
This package has incredible bang for the buck value. Sure, we'd all love a $300+ Gerbings setup, but this is more in line with the "every day working man."
My thoughts:
1) Thumb is much shorter than the fingers. It doesn't hurt, you can just feel that it is at its end.
2) Very soft, comfortable, well made gloves. Stitching is great.
3) Having only 5 settings is limited. (if there was a 2.5 it would be perfect for me)
4) Incredibly easy to install/set up. Maybe 5 minutes???
5) This kit is best used with some gloves that are waterproof (thus providing some type of wind protection). I use them under a summer glove (race style gauntlet) that offers pretty much no wind protection. As such, I'm sure I have to turn it up higher than I would normally need to, which leads into my final point.
6) *****BACK OF HAND IS RIDICULOUSLY HOTTER THAN FINGERS****** This one totally baffles me. When have you ever taken a long ride on a cold morning, and gotten off the bike and thought "Man! The backs of my hands are freezing!" NEVER! Because it is so out of whack, I would prefer not even having the back of the hands heated on these liners, then I could crank my fingers up and not worry about burning the back of my hand.
I am attaching some photos of the burns these liners caused to the back of my hands. This was on a very cold morning commute to work, 14 degrees F to be exact. The rest of me was rather warm, but at those temps it was hard to keep the hands warm. At Level 3 heat my finger tips were still getting quite cold, and the back of my hand was already on the edge of being uncomfortable. But I wanted my fingers to warm up so I kicked it up to Level 4. Excruciating pain! It took a few seconds to register, then a few more seconds to kick it back down a level. After only ~10 seconds at Level 4 I burned the back of my hands. A small blister even formed later that morning.
So why do I still recommend this product? If you know its limitations it is still an incredible value. The next few times I road in temps that low, I wore an old pair of very thin glove liners, fingers cut off, underneath the Powerlet Glove Liners. This dissipated the heat going into the back of the hand, and it was never uncomfortable again. I hate taking that extra step and adding a layer, but I suppose that is my own fault for not having some kind of wind resistant glove.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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HJC CS-R2 Thunder Helmet Features Advanced Polycarbonate Composite Shell Lightweight, superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology Aerodynamic shell with large eyeport for greater visibility Advanced Ventilation System Adjustable forehead and chin vents Two rear exhaust vents Chin bar helps to diminish shield fogging Comfortable Interior Plush, brushed Nylex interior Removable and washable Rapidfire Shield Replacement System Quick, secure, tool-less shield removal/installation system Aerodynamic, flush-mounted shield fit for reduced turbulence HJ-09 Anti-Fog Face Shield Anti-fog, scratch-resistant hard coating Optically correct 3D design Rated to block 95 of harmful UV radiation Built-in Communication Speaker Pockets 3.48 lbs / 1580 grams based on size medium
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Entry level helmet
PostedMarch 29, 2013
Customer avatar
JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
This was my first helmet. I don't have anything to compare it to, but it is very basic and no frills. My first bike was a Ninja 250, and I thought the ventilation was okay at that point. I now ride a V-Strom with very good wind protection, and even at 80 MPH there will always be fog at the bottom of my visor on cold mornings, chin vent open or closed.
It can be very loud at highway speeds, which is why I always wear earbuds or earplugs. For $100 it does the job, I'm sure just as well as the other $100 lids. Now, however, I wish I had spent a little bit more so that I wouldn't already be wanting to buy a new helmet.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Cortech Latigo Waterproof RR Boot Mycro Tech upper HiPora waterproof, breathable membrane Vented contour TPU heel protection Padded front and rear ankle area Molded plastic replaceable toe slider VR two-colored sole for reliable grip Autolock zipper covered with adjustable Velcro flap Leather stretch panels for better comfort and durability Molded TPU shin guard backed with shock absorbing material Shock absorbing latex foam on flex panels TPU shift pad Pre-formed orthopedic vibration-absorbing foot bed TecnoGI Thermoplastic toe cap
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good bang for the buck
PostedMarch 10, 2013
Customer avatar
JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I wear a size 14 in every major shoe brand. I ordered a 14 and was at first very unsure the boot would work out; it was pretty tight and narrow. However, as someone else noted, this boot has a LOT of break in to do. I wore them around the house for about two days and that made a big difference. After several more hours of riding they felt great and I had all the room I needed (I want them to feel at least a little bit snug).
I haven't tested the fuller waterproof functionality of them, but I can tell you that the little vent on the side does allow a very minute amount of air to vent in. I don't believe that will allow water in, but it will help for people like me that only have one boot for both winter and summer, so at least my feet won't roast in July.
I've put about 8000 miles on these boots so far and they've held up great. Zippers are fine, velcro and stitching is fine, the rubber sole is still like new as I don't walk much in them. For the price I was extremely happy.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Teknic Chicane Gloves Shell Material Super supple drum dyed cowhide construction materials Goatskin Construction Inner materials Kevlar concealed palm and pinkie reinforcement Protection Steel Threaded reinforced knuckle protector for abrasion resistance Safety-Wrap pinkie system Additional Features Low profile and light weight Racing glove with pre-curved fingers and palm
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent bang-for-the-buck gloves.
PostedMarch 10, 2013
Customer avatar
JeffOnAVStrom
From Kingman
State:AZ
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have put over 10,000 miles on these gloves in the last year as I commute daily to work.
The gloves took a day or two to break in. At first the knuckle protection was very "noticeable" and a little unpleasant. After a few hours though I wasn't even able to feel them any more.
After 10,000 miles all velcro is intact. One thread came out of a finger after just a few weeks and I thought "dang, well it won't be long before they all fall apart." To my surprise though they have held together since, and are still rock solid.
They are definitely not winter gloves. I tried for about a month with some liners, but anything in the 40's had my fingers numb after just 10 minutes. I finally added some heated glove liners and even though this isn't a winter glove, it still blocks enough wind/cold to keep my hands nice and toasty with the heated liners on medium heat.
I love the gauntlet look, and all black is an awesome look. I'm just very pleasantly surprised that they've held up so well after so long. I plan on putting another 10,000 miles on them and will probably only replace next winter with something wind/waterproof.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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