Davesax36
 
 
 
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    May 1, 2013
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Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring Heated Grips The Oxford Heaterz Premium Touring heated handlebar grips are made especially for touring bikes. The grips have ergonomically engineered surface structures to optimize riding performance. Thicker rubber in areas of maximum wear rhombus tread patterns for high levels of grip and feel diamond tread pattern where maximum grip is required. Overall grip length is 4.72 and can be trimmed to a minimum length of 4.33 without damaging the heating elements. What really sets the Oxford Heaterz apart The answer is many tried and tested features such as the silicon cables which provide flexibility in the coldest weathers and the winter grade wiring prevents cracking and short circuits. The bonded grip design has been in use for many years and is well proven. The grip compound and thermo plastic rubber construction is designed to absorb vibration making them extremely comfortable and durable, often outlasting standard grips. The silicone wires that come from the grip are angled to eliminate water ingress and resulting corrosion/ice damage and have special unique internal supports which are heat shrunk together to prevent damage if the wires are snagged. In addition, five carefully chosen heat settings allow the perfect temperature to be selected in ALL weathers and most importantly, the switch will switch off if the voltage drops to 10.5V to ensure that the battery is not damaged to the point that it cannot be recharged to full capacity. Easier than ever to install due to the new intelligent heat controller eliminating any need to wire the positive to a live ignition feed simply connect the 2 ring connectors to the battery. You'll find everything supplied by Oxford to fit your Heaterz from a wiring loom with ring connectors to the battery with simple plug and play connectors to attach to the switch and grips, smart mounting bracket and switch right down to the glue and cable ties all neatly packaged in one box. Features: Fits most 7/8 handlebars Sealed for life 5 heat settings give the perfect operating temperature with LED lights to indicate the level Up to 122F (50C) Rainproof switch Draws under 4A Miniaturized electronics Simpler wiring Sonically welded 2 year warranty
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works for me
PostedJanuary 26, 2016
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Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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
When it's 50-60 degrees and the sun goes down, I just ride them at 30-45% with my held air 'n dry gloves. They will get blazing hot if you turn them all the way up. If your gloves have good insulation, or you have a way to keep wind off your hands, you'll be happy. Thick gloves decrease the amount of heat you feel, of course. I have used them with my thicker gloves and they help, but when it's really cold I put on my bar muffs and run them on 30%. It's ugly, but it works.
Install: Easy for me, but I wish I had a better way to hide the wires. I think I only glued the left grip. The right one went on tight enough on the thottle tube.
Heat: Too hot on full if you're wearing thin gloves.
Controller: I bent it a bit to make it fit on one of my RAM mount bolts. Now it's face up for easy access, and I can see the level indicator light just fine.
Overall: If you're even considering these, you should get them. I got the touring, and they are the perfect length for me. They are very firm, so be aware of that.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Overland Jacket Klim's Overland Jacket is the perfect evolution of dual-sport riding gear. With roots firmly planted in the off-road credibility of the Traverse line, the Overland Jacket incorporates simple updates in armor, fit and visibility that bring maximum performance for the light and fast adventure crowd. D3O T5 EVO XT range elbow and shoulder armor pieces and D3O BP XT Level 1 back armor are included to make this a complete, multi-use offering. All-weather comfort is guaranteed with Gore-Tex Performance Shell main body construction, and nothing says durability more than Klim's off-road engineered 840D Cordura overlays. If you're taking your first steps into Adventure and Adventure Touring, the Klim Overland series is a tremendous value. Exterior Features: Gore-Tex 2-layer Performance Shell laminate technology Guaranteed To Keep You Dry 840D Cordura overlays in high wear areas: elbow, forearm and shoulders 3M Scotchlite industrial grade reflective material placement for increased dark visibility Integrated Armor System: D3O T5 EVO XT range elbow and shoulder armor included (meets or exceeds Level 1 limb protector certification PREN1621-1:2011) D3O BP XT Back Protector (CE Certified to Level 1 EN1621-2) Additional Features: Max flow ventilation system features 4 vents 2 vertical zippered front torso intake vents 2 vertical zippered rear torso exhaust vents 3 external pockets (2 zippered hand pockets, 1 zippered left chest pocket) 1 zippered internal chest pocket with headphone port Adjustable forearm sleeve strap Adjustable VELCRO brand closure at wrist cuffs Inner wrist cuff gasket blocks weather from infiltrating up sleeve Articulated sleeve fit for increased riding comfort Adjustable top collar via shock cord and lock Adjustable bottom jacket hem via shock cord and lock Headphone loops on inner collar Glove-friendly zipper pulls Wicking mesh liner YKK Zippers used throughout with water resistant zippers used in exposed areas Note: External cargo pockets on the Klim Overland Jacket are water resistant, not waterproof. Klim recommends use of waterproof, internal pockets for items that must remain dry.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Does what's needed -- Can't complain
PostedOctober 19, 2015
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Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Long version first -- short version second. I bought the gray one.
I purchased this jacket partly because of the price point and partly for the armor and Gore-Tex. I bought it to use on my trip from DC to Newfoundland this summer. It served me well from 104F down to 30F. Was I hot? Yes. But I use other products to combat that. Was I cold? Sure, but again... There are ways to fix that. Was I wet (even though it rained on me every day at some point)? NOT AT ALL!! If you're using this jacket, and you get wet, it's your own fault. I rode in some pretty stupid downpours as well as the Rain Drizzle and Fog that is so common in Newfoundland. I was never wet. I only got cold because it was cold. I start getting cold at about 50 degrees at highway speeds, I guess. I got super hot at a couple points, but I was stuck in traffic in Connecticut where it was 95 degrees.
Here's the quick version:
Fit -- works for me because I'm bigger in the middle than I should be. That two-way zipper is great on the road. I have reasonably long arms and torso and short legs, so the length isn't a problem. The arms would fit better is they were probably an inch shorter, but they're fine and the armor is pretty much where it should be. The cuffs wrap down tight enough, but my Held Air 'n Dry gloves don't have huge gauntlet openings so they're pretty tight.
I had room for my heated vest, a thin down jacket, and a sweatshirt when needed.
Protection -- D3O... Nuff said. It wasn't hot, stayed flexible enough when cold, and did not get used except as insurance.
The Gore-Tex shell kept me dry and kept the wind at bay.
Ventilation -- Meh. The riding position on my V-max is pretty upright, but I have a fairly tall and wide windscreen for touring (Givi Airflow puchased here). It blocks the flow of air from getting into those opened front side zippers. It's almost like having no vents at all sometimes unless I raise my elbows a lot. This is (for Klim) a price-point jacket, so I wasn't expecting bells and whistles, but even a short arm vent would have helped a lot. It would have given the rain a way in, though, so there's a trade-off there somewhere.
Value -- $425ish for a Gore-Tex shell with D3O armor is worth it to me. I could spend that much on just a rain jacket at any major camping store. This jacket performed fantastically well for me. I'll probably be sticking with Klim jackets from here on out whether I use their pants or not.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 3 Rear Tires Building on the tremendous reputation Michelin has built over the years, the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tire is the successor to the award winning Pilot Road 2. With the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Motorcycle Tire you are really getting 2 tires in 1, by integrating a soft rubber compound on the tread shoulders with a wear-resistant compound down the middle, Michelin gives you the best of both worlds. The Pilot Road 3 is a dual compound sport-touring radial tire. Revolutionary X-Sipes technology maximizes wet traction Michelins newest technology delivers all-weather performance without compromising tread life or handling Patented innovation resulting from years of research and development Sipes increase the tread's drainage capacity Sipes generate pressure at the edges of the sipe blade, which helps to break through water film Two compound technology combines tread life and cornering grip 2CT incorporated into all tire sizes, front and rear Wider soft-compound shoulders on the front tire, compared to its predecessor High performance and environmentally sound 100 non-aromatic-oil rubber compound Note: Sizes denoted by B are designed specifically for loaded sport touring bikes, or for riding two-up.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great wet or dry
PostedSeptember 20, 2015
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Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
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
I ran the PR3 for a 4k mile trip from DC to Newfoundland. I got rained on every day, and rode in temps ranging from 34-100F. No issues at all from these tires, even in cold rain in the mountains of the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. Plenty of slab and back roads along the way, and they wore well, even with an improperly aligned rear wheel on my '01 V-Max. With all those miles, the rear was beginning to show a little flattening in the middle, but my bike weighs 570, and I weigh 230...Add luggage and an extra fuel cell, and the tires had their work cut out for them.
They were great. There's not much else to say.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Held Twin GTX Gloves The Held Twin Gore-Tex gloves feature dual-chamber technology for your choice of two compartments - one provides an extra layer of insulation while the second allows better tactile feel. Outer Shell: Goatskin palm Stretch fabric (75 polyamide, 15 polyurethane, 10 others), leather detailed back Lining: Warmth compartment with Pique- Push-Pull lining and Thinsulate insulation Perfect grip compartment with Pique- Push-Pull and Outlast lining Membrane: Gore-Tex membrane (100 polyester with 100 polyurethane coating) is waterproof, windproof and breathable Fit and Features: VELCRO brand closures adjustment at cuffs Tunnel strap Visor wipe Stretch fabric panels (100 polyamide) on back Gore-Tex 2-in-1 technology (1 side warm, 1 side tactile ) Protection: Ball of thumb underlaid with Schoeller Ceraspace ceramic polymer matrix Double leather at palm Foam protection on side of hand 3M Scotchlite reflective piping
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
When in Rome.... Or northern latitudes.
PostedAugust 3, 2015
Customer avatar
Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought these as I use the Air 'n' Dry as my everyday glove when the temps are reasonable for me (60+ F). I purchased them after trying them on at the shop. I ended up using a size smaller than my other Held gloves, but they fit great. I've worn them in the rain, drizzle, and fog that is characteristic to Newfoundland during this especially cold "summer". I've had them on in steady rain and 50 degrees and stayed perfectly comfortable. Cold and sunny, they work even better. The evaporation of the fabric of the glove seems to wick the warmth out, though, when I'm using just the gore-tex chamber. My hands were cold by the time I'd completed my two hour ride. Switching to the monkey fur chamber cleared that up, though. I was DRY and remained comfortable when using the appropriate chamber.
I don't really know why the 8 fits me better in the more wintery gloves than my 9 air 'n' dry. I tried them on in the store for just this reason.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei GT Air Cheekpads The Shoei GT Air Cheek Pads are perfect to replace worn out pads or adjust the fit of your helmet by changing the size. All cheek pads are interchangeable between all helmet sizes. OEM Sizing: XS: 39MM SM: 35MM MD: 35MM LG: 35MM XL: 35MM 2XL: 31MM Note : Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
You're gonna need them
PostedJuly 31, 2015
Customer avatar
Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Buy these if you fit in a medium helmet, but that tight neck roll and super-thick pads are smashing your face. I think these should be offered as a swap at the time of purchase since we're spending a lot on this helmet. I'm happy I bought them. They're a little more comfortable than the stock medium pads, which are the 35mm ones as opposed to these 31mm ones.
Just get them.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fiddly, but worth it in the end.
PostedJuly 31, 2015
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Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
If you want a plug and play application for your bike, find something else. This universal mount shield has design flaws, but works if you are patient. I relocated my turn signals to get it close enough so that I didn't have to deal with some really weird air, but it does provide some pretty serious wind protection due to the 20" width.
Pros--
Major coverage
EASY adjustment of upper screen height
Rigid mounting
Cons--
Design issues- These, I'm sure apply to the universal mount shield only, as the OEM fitment versions of this screen get great reviews on Youtube.
-- Lots of mounting points are a necessary evil here, as it needs to attach to forks and bars. This means eight multi-axis adjustment points. Have a friend/spouse/parent/random stranger around to help with holding things while you're tightening the bolts.
-- Decidedly ODD bracketry. You will understand this when you take the parts out of the bag. The range of adjustment and configuration is such that some bolts face up, and some face down. It's impossible to have a symetrical install due to the way the receivers for the rods are molded. They also bump into their stops a few degrees short of where I'd like them to go.
There are probably more things both pro and con for this, but I'll stop there. I happily gave this a 4-star rating, but it was barely so due to the amount of time I've spent getting it into a tolerable position on my V-Max. This might work way better on a 919, Bonneville, SV, or some other more standard position bike. It's strange looking but functional. I think I would probably purchase it again, but I'm not sure it's worth almost double the price of one of my other screens that actually works fine.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dowco Ultralite Plus Motorcycle Cover Full-size travel cover with compact design and small size Rip-stop polyester for tear and abrasion resistance UV and water repellent coating protects against dirt, pollution, harsh sunlight and light rain or moisture Dries faster than heavier polyester covers Two sewn-in vent flaps lets moisture escape A sewn-in storage bag provides convenient outside storage for gloves, sunglasses and other items Elastic cord sewn along bottom with under-belly straps Interior lining protects windshield Three-year limited warranty Sizing: Adventure Touring - developed to fit Adventure Touring / Sport Touring motorcycles MD - developed to fit Sportsters, Dynas, and older CB-series motorcycles LG - developed to fit 1983 Goldwing Interstate, a bike with fairly slim panniers and very small top box XL - developed to fit 1984 Goldwing interstate and Yamaha Venture, with full-size top boxes Note: Sizes listed are for stock motorcycles without additions such as panniers, windshields, high handlebars or sissy bars. Addition of those options will typically require a jump of one to two sizes.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Does what it's supposed to
PostedJuly 31, 2015
Customer avatar
Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought this as a travel cover. I've only used it a couple nights, but it does what it needs to... keeps the bike a mystery. My '01 v-max isn't exactly a hot bike to steal and strip, so I'm not too worried about stuff disappearing, but it's nice to have a little extra peace of mind when staying at a hotel. This cover is thin, light, and packs smaller than my rain gear. Great purchase for me as a supplement to my usual heavier duty Guardian cover.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack The SMH10R is a Bluetooth 3.0 stereo headset with long-range Bluetooth intercom designed specifically for sportbike riders who prefer smaller form factor for maximizing their riding performance, yet maintaining rich features of Bluetooth intercom. With the SMH10R, you can call handsfree on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with other riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth and the advanced digital signal processing technology inherited from the SMH10, the SMH10R offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, its super thin and compact form factor contribute higher performance for sports bike riding and it makes the SMH10R a perfect companion of sports bike riders. Features: Universal Intercom: Allows allows pairing to other brands of Bluetooth headsets Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth intercom up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain Ultra slim & feather light Four-way conference intercom Conference phone call with intercom participant Multipoint for mobile phone+GPS Voice prompts Bluetooth stereo headset for Bluetooth audio devices such as MP3 players Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP: Play, pause, track forward and track back Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster Bluetooth handsfree for Bluetooth mobile phones Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth GPS navigation Water resistant for use in inclement weather Crystal clear and natural sound quality Can be used while charging on road trip Individual volume control for each audio source Firmware upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the two-year warranty General Specifications: Talk time: 8 hours Stand-by time: 7 days Intercom working distance up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain Operating temperature: -10C 55C (14F 131F) Dimensions: 70.7 mm x 36.6 mm x 15.5 mm (2.8 in x 1.4 in x 0.6 in) Charging time: 2.5 hours Type: Lithium polymer battery Audio Specifications: Advanced Noise Control: Improved wind and engine noise reduction Sidetone: Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom Built-in SBC Codec Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate: 48kHz (DAC) Bluetooth Specifications: Profiles: Headset Profile, Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth 3.0 CE, FCC and IC Certificates Includes: 2 - Headset Main Units 2 - Speakers 2 - Attachable Boom Microphones 2 - Wired Microphones 2 - Replaceable Battery Packs USB Power & Data Cable Cigarette Charger Users Guide Please Note: Some of the above features require updating to the latest firmware version. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies. SMH10RD-01
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Seems to be just what I need
PostedJune 22, 2015
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Davesax36
From Arlington
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I don't ride in big groups. I need something that fits with my NOJ Quiet Rider Deluxe. I have to be able to have a clear conversation with my wife...
This thing has done all of that for me so far. We're in separate states right now, so we haven't gotten to use the intercom, but I've taken and made several phone calls to her, and it sounds better than the bluetooth connection in my car. My tunes come through clearly from my phone. I still need to memorize some of the button orders and menu options, but I think this will do exactly what I need. It helped that I made a trip up to the showroom and got help looking at exactly how the install was going to go for me. So far I've only charged it once, and ridden with it powered on for 8-10 hours with probably 3 hours of music and 40 minutes of phone calls.
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei GT Air Journey Helmet Enjoying the ride is what motorcycling is all about and having a helmet that is comfortable and safe is just facilitates that enjoyment. The Shoei GT-Air has been designed from the ground up to be the ultimate all-rounder. With a fully adjustable ventilation system, drop-down internal sun visor, fog-free Pinlock CNS-1 face shield and Shoeis legendary comfort and quality, the GT-Air has all of the features you need to keep your focus on the road instead of on the discomforts a lesser helmet can cause. The Shoei GT-Air was developed using wind-tunnel testing at Shoeis state-of-the-art facility in Japan which lead to an aerodynamically tuned tri-composite shell that mitigates buffeting, as well as wind and road noise. The plush removable liner is comfortable, quiet and removable when you need to wash it. Light, safe and comfortable, the Shoei GT-Air meets and exceeds the needs of contemporary riders, allowing them to enjoy what they love mostthe ride. Aerodynamic Shell Design: Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel testing and professional riders feedback Multi-Piece EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Three shell and four EPS liner sizes provide increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift, as well as diminishes pressure on the riders neck while riding at speed Sun Shield Visor System: Built-in QSV-1 sun shield gives riders instant relief from sun glare in one quick motion Visor meets ANSI Z80.3-2010 standard for non-prescription eyeglasses Large and easy to reach switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner sun shield Distortion-free shield blocks 99 of harmful UV rays Forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, allowing the integrity of the GT-Airs inner EPS liner to remain intact Ventilation System: Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance behind wind screens Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation The rear/neck vents allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM): High performance fiber materials are combined with elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra-lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior System: 3-D Max-Dry center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Chin curtain prevents wind entry and reduces noise Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass compatible interior E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from the helmet of a rider involved in an accident, in turn making the Shoei GT-Air more easily removable Standard Chin-Strap Clip: Neatly secures chin strap CNS-1 Shield System: The CNS-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Includes Pinlock Anti-Fog Lens for more coverage of the CNS-1 shield Dual-Ridge window bead increases contact with the shield to reduce wind noise Scratch-resistant shield coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A&B rays Safety Certification: DOT Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Shoei me a better helmet for the price....
PostedMay 1, 2013
Customer avatar
Davesax36
From Fort Worth
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I have to admit, I'm a Shoei guy. I loved my X-11, which the GT-air is replacing. This review will compare features and pro/con between the X-11 and GT-Air.
Fit: The neck area of my X-11 went onto my head easier than the GT does. However, the insides of the GT are far more inviting. I have to wiggle it around to unfold my ears after it's on, but once that's done it fits like a glove. I do get a sort of helmet "butt print" on my forehead when I take it off, but it's never uncomfortable when I'm wearing it. I feel like there's almost a bit more room vertically in the GT and the top really fits my head well. The X-11 was great, but it was more harsh feeling. My glasses fit inside this helmet without issue. They're pretty wide, stiff frames, too. If I had slimmer or more flexible frames it would be even easier.
Noise Level: I wear custom ear plugs every time I ride. The GT is pretty quiet. I can hear the air flow, vehicles around me, and the wind. At highway speeds, my pipes are barely part of the soundscape. I'm sure the thicker neck roll and built in chin guard are what does this, but I wore a Wind Jammer on my X-11 all the time. It was probably quieter than it was designed to be. I do find that I can change the sound with a bit of head tilt if I want to, but I'm still experimenting with that and windshield height.
Weight: It's a well-made helmet... with a visor... and plenty of padding. It weighs about what I thought it would. My neck didn't get tired after four hours of riding. I think it'll be fine.
Shape: Who doesn't think this thing was engineered to death? The shape is awesome. Head checks are like nothing's even changing. I like the little duck tail. It's great.
Vision: Holding this up next to my X-11 and my Scorpion, I can tell that the shield is bigger. I had a pinlock visor on my X-11 when I rode from Houston to DC. I swore I'd never have another helmet without that system. It's fantabulous. I didn't realize (maybe it's new) that the pinlock visor only lets in 80% of available light. It says not to use it at night right on the packaging. I think this is ridiculous. If you sell me a helmet with a visor that's not supposed to be used at night, what am I supposed to do? I don't notice any diminished vision at night anyway, but I have to ask why either company (PL or Shoei) would make this situation the default. i will continue to ride late into the night with the pinlock shield on there, and not think about it. It really makes no difference. If you're worried about it, stop worrying. I just thought it was odd that the safety manual says don't use this in the dark. The flip-down tinted shield, however, is AWESOME!!!!! It may not be the darkest smoke available, but it was great in the Texas sunshine last weekend for hours. I got to wear my normal glasses (better setup than my prescription sunglasses), and didn't have to worry about carrying anything extra for that.
Overall: You can see my rating. I've been waiting to buy a new helmet and was going to get a scorpion EXO-1100 for the visor. I'm sure I could have been happy with that Scorpion, and will probably get one for my wife, but I'm glad I went with the Shoei. The optics in the flip-down are great, the pinlock system is great. It's got a noticeably larger field of view. PLUS when I showed my wife the red/white/blue graphic, she said, "There's something cool about that one. Is that what you're gonna get?" ..... It feels sort of throw-back theme colors to me. I was going to just get silver like my X-11. Everyone that sees it wants to touch it. The paint looks great. I wish the little silver stickers were really reflective, but I'm sure I'll find a way to do something about that.
I love this helmet. If you have the cash, fit a Shoei, and want enough air flow to feel your hair blowing around inside your helmet (seriously, I could feel it moving). Get this thing!
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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