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Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet Evolving on previous designs, Shoei has revamped its modular helmet style with a streamlined and attractively sculpted shape that conveys the feel of freely moving through the outdoors in the Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet. Overall shell size is kept compact by incorporating the internal sun visors open/close mechanism inside all ventilation mechanisms are shaped and positioned in such a way as to reduce any possible drag. A redesigned aerodynamic spoiler also helps to cut lift, reducing neck strain on long, cross country rides. In the Shoei Neotec all these features combine to create a premium helmet that excels in appearance, protection, comfort and performance. The Shoei Neotec Helmets chin bar is connected to the same axis point and mechanism as its shield, minimizing extra parts. This also enables simultaneous closing of the shield with the chin bar, which is then held in place with an easy-open lock release button. The shield lock system offers secure closure or the ability to keep the shield slightly open to allow for increased airflow. With the Shoei Neotec Helmet, Shoei now includes a built-in sun shield, the QSV-1. The visor tucks neatly away beneath a non-intrusive shell built into the helmets liner, and can be lowered with the easy control of a sliding button. Shoei Neotec Helmet Features Face Shield Features Easily operable lever mechanism Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99 UV blocking New Pinlock-ready CNS-1 faceshield Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces Includes Pinlock insert 3D injection molding process ensures a distortion-free view Improved Ventilation and Aerodynamics Newly designed vortex generators pull air through helmet 276 more airflow than Multitec Added inlets and outlets Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics 5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell 3 shell sizes AIM Multi-Composite construction Lightweight yet strong Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding Dual EPS Liner Multi-density EPS for optimal protection Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet EPS liner in chin bar All new interior Fully removable 3D interior liner Top center pad is removable and washable Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise All Neotec Helmets sold in the US have a double D-ring closure Be sure to check out our Shoei Neotec Review above, in which we detail and break down all of the features and functionality of the brand new Shoei Neotec Helmet. Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic
PostedJuly 2, 2012
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DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Shoei Neotec
Shoei, Neotec, White, Medium
I’m a year around commuter so I really enjoy the comfort of a premium helmet. The modular ones work especially nice in all types of condition freezing to burning hot. I had a multitec helmet 2010 - 2011 but sadly it was stolen off my bike last year. That was the best helmet I ever owned and I’m still sore about losing it. However the sting has slightly lifted in 2012 with the arrival of my new Shoei Neotec.
My old multitec was a medium and even though I’m told the new Neotec is a slightly different shape the medium still fits me perfectly. My head shape is a medium oval, 58 centimeters I believe. I do notice the Neotec sets tighter on my neck and has required some break in time to I can turn my neck with ease, but it’s also more quiet. In fact after many hours at faster than highway speeds I don’t feel discomfort from the noise. I should wear ear plugs but never do. The liner is fully removable to wash or change for a different size. Shoei and Arai seem to have the most comfortable liners that still wear well after years of everyday use.
Even though this helmet has more features than my old multitec and more room for my chin the outside dimensions are smaller. It fits in my motorcycle helmet bay where the older multitec would not fit. If my old one had fit it would never have been stolen.
The drop down visor works great and comes down far enough to make a difference. The glasses slits work well so you can wear eye or sunglasses with ease. I do find it best to put the helmet on then slide the glasses on after, strait temples work best. The chin curtain works well just like the multitec. The breath guard works well and does not rub my the end of my nose as some of them do.
The ventilation is amazing compared to the older model and most full helmets I have worn. So much air flows through the helmet it’s almost always cool enough so far this summer. I have a full head of hair and full beard so I take all the cold I can get. I’ve only noticed a bit of fogging during steamy rainy weather and have not coated the visor with DEFOGiT yet nor have I tried the pin-lock visor. Thought it was really nice for Shoei to include it with the helmet. The vents all work very well and are easy to operate with gloves on, summer or winter. The visor is very large and gives excellent viewing.
Of course the helmet bag is fantastic like all Shoei bags and can make carrying another helmet over your shoulder on the bike a breeze. The lever release is slightly larger than my old model and works better with thick winter gloves.
I only have two complaints and not all of them are Shoei’s fault. It really would be nice to have a better color selection and maybe some designs to pick from for the helmet. I believe this helmet in spite of it’s high price is selling like gangbusters. I had to wait until more arrived to order mine this spring. So a few more colors and some designs would certainly sell so get on the ball Shoei for F’s sake. Second the American model does not come with a quick release chin strap and this is a joke. Tons of Nolan and AGV helmets sell in the US market and have a fantastic quick release strap, my Nolan has never failed and I have never met someone who has had a failure. I cut the double D rings off my helmet and replaced it with a quick release from Stryker Helmets in California. Actually had the release before the helmet arrived. This replacement looks exactly like the AGV quick release and only cost $11. Work very slowly in cutting the d’s off so as not to heat them up and degrade the webbing and be careful to tape up the helmet so metal shaving don’t get in the liner. Both of these problems could be a deal breaker for adding the quick release.
Once again can’t say enough about Revzilla, the helmet arrived from Philadelphia, PA to Richmond, VA in like 18 hours and change. Yes that was the free shipping as well. Order at the end of my work day on Monday and have the product on my desk Tuesday, man you just can’t beat that no matter how big your stick it.
In conclusion I believe this will become the best helmet I have ever owned. If you are one of those fair weather only riders around town then the cost of a Shoei is most likely not worth it. But if you are dedicated to two wheels then a helmet like the Neotec is a dream for comfort and ease of use. Spend the cash you won’t regret it.
Doug
2010 Aprilia Mana 850 GT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Scorpion's Cool Hand premium nylon mesh glove flows lots of air, provides excellent protection and fits great too Four-box panel precurved fingers are expensive but worth it Powerstretch knuckles and an articulated back make for a great-fitting, comfortable glove, and silicon traction pads in the palm help you keep your grip
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great summer glove, worth the cash.
PostedJuly 2, 2012
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DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Scorpion Cool Hand Glove
It’s difficult to be disciplined and always wear a riding glove in the sweltering humid heat of summer. But with a mesh glove like the cool hand it’s a little easier.
I wanted a bare minimum glove for the summer and this fits my bill. It’s easy on and off, nicely curved fingers so the break in time is short, and has a nifty pull tab on the glove to make the on easier (although I have not used the included snaps to hook the gloves together they don’t seem to get in the way so no harm done). The cut is european so I’m an extra large, for most American gloves I wear a large. I can work all the controls on the the bike, zippers on the gear and dig change out of my pocket for tolls although the dimes are tricky.
At such a inexpensive price it’s not a tragedy if you lose the gloves, this pair is replacing a pair of A-stars that I lost a few months ago. The white glove match my summer jacket and are about as cool as I hope to find. I don’t think they will be super durable but my main goal is comfort so I’m not tempted to go with out. Well worth the money and of course Revzilla service is always the best in the business.
Doug
2010 Aprilia Mana 850 GT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex Boots A fresh perspective on TCX's global best-selling boot. Major styling improvements for 2011 make this a solid pick for the touring purist. Italian styled and manufactured of full grain leather with a full Gore-Tex membrane. The X-Five Plus Gore-Tex offers excellent shin and malleolus protection with unmatched fit and finish for 2011. Full grain leather upper GoreTex lining Inner thermo contoured shin plate AntiImpact malleolus protection Shift pad integrated in the sole Rear padded calf area Rear flex bellow Touring sole, with specific grip area, oil and petroleum resistant TCX X-5 GTX Boot
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect for wide feet!
PostedJanuary 19, 2012
Customer avatar
DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
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
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TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tec Boots
Size 11/45
I'm not going through another winter with out a good boot! I ride year around in Richmond, Virginia so while we don't get real winter weather we often have below freezing temperatures when it's dry and just above freezing when it rains. My feet are 11EEE so the Dainese and most Astars boots won't work for me. I really wanted a dress looking all day comfort boot like the Nighthawk but no deal. Next choice was TCX since I've had great luck with them in the past and they fit wide feet.
The Good
Wow, excellent craftsmanship, leather, Gore-Tex, smooth zipper with pull tab, and a insole you can easily replace with something different if desired. I wore them in my office on carpet for few hours and that is all the break in I needed. I've even worn them with out socks for a short ride / walk and no worries, still felt fine. Solid boots, not like a track boot but serious protection from weather and crashes. Three of the first four times I wore them on the bike was in a cold December downpour, longest ride of the group was 38 miles at night in the rain. I'm really impressed for this quality, Gore-Tex, and price. I've also made numerous rides of 20-40 miles in the 25-35 degree range and with only a pair of smartwool socks in the boots. My feet were not even cold during the trip but the boots are not to warm walking around when the temperature hits the 60's. I can shift around on the pegs and still feel the bike under my feet. Solid traction at the stops in traffic or parking.
The OK
Slightly heavy boot and sole, a few hours of walking off the bike is cool but all day might not be great. The top of the boot / shin protection area is a little large under dress pants or even jeans when you also put on a pair of riding pants with a Gore-Tex liner. On the other hand I won't be crying about this if I even go down and walk away with clean shins.
The Bad
Nothing.
Conclusion
If you have wide feet, encounter wet weather, commute or tour on your bike then this is highly worth considering. So far it's been a great purchase far exceeding my expectations and I believe they will last for years. TCX deserves to be ranked among the best motorcycle footwear available in the U.S.A. No one would be disappointed with this boot for quality.
Another Note
Once again, Revzilla pulls out all the stops and must be speed shifting. I ordered these boots on the web and they made it to RVA in 18 hours and 49 minutes, how is that possible for free shipping! These guys deserve to be taken to Paddy's Pub in South Philly for drinks with "The Gang" (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). Sadly this bar only exist on a sound stage in LA.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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SAS-TEC Back Protector Cutting edge SAS-TEC material is intelligent armor constructed from visco elastic soft foam smart molecules. It has earned the highest CE rating available (CE level 2), during an impact, the armor freezes and hardens, absorbing the shock and distributing its force over a large area to reduce the risk of fractures. The protector is not destroyed by impact, but reverts back to its original state and maintains its capability to protect from multiple impacts. SAS-TEC Armor has a soft and pliable exterior (as opposed to rigid KNOX armor) which offers a great deal of comfort and mobility. This protector is anatomically designed and fitted to provide superior spine and back protection as well as the base of the neck /between the shoulder blades. SC-1/11 fits Women's Turbine Jacket SC-1/12 fits REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Jacket and Turbine Jacket REV'IT Gore-Tex Jackets have different shaped back protector pockets depending on the size of jacket, see the size chart for fitment information SC-1/16 should only be used for XYL or larger Gore-Tex Jackets SC-1/11 Measurements (approximate) Height 15 3/4 Width (at widest point) 13 Thickness 3/4 SC-1/12 Measurements (approximate) Height 19 Width (at widest point) 13 Thickness 3/4 SC-1/16 Measurements (approximate) Height 21 3/8 Width (at widest point) 13 3/8 Thickness 3/4
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great, should have gotten it sooner.
PostedDecember 7, 2011
Customer avatar
DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
SAS-TEC Back Protector
Size - SC 1/12
I'm a year around commuter and wanted to get some more protection for my back. I'm 5'11'' tall, weigh 175, and wear a large jacket for most brands. I have two Scorpion jackets (summer mesh and winter). Both came with CE armor in the elbows and shoulders but only P.E. foam padding in the back.
I took both foam pads and put them in the summer jacket, cut the SAS-TEC pad and placed it in the Fall/Winter/Spring jacket. After only a few days I was accustomed to the added weight and stiffness and now don't notice it. Surprising how the pad becomes more flexible as your body heats it up.
Call Revzilla to help you with the proper size if you wish (I did). Watch the video on how to cut the pad to match your jacket, I used chalk to mark the pad before cutting, and I used a super sharp long kitchen slicing knife (smooth edge not serrated) in place of a box cutter as shown in the video. And go for it, once you make the first cut you will see how easy it is.
Conclusion
Fantastic replacement back pad, really inspires a new level of confidence in your jacket. Worth every penny. I have not gone down in it yet and am going to do my best never to test it. But just in case . . .
Again Revzilla customer service is king.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX X-Square Boots This boot wears like a shoe Great malleolus protection, light weight, and Italian styling make this a great choice for the casual rider, whether you're riding a Vespa or Ducati Monster. Upper composed of suede leather and Air Tech material Malleolous protection, back counter reinforcement and shift pad Double closure system with laces and Velcro for a better fit Anatomic and replaceable footbed Wear-resistant all uses sole
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Summer boot for wide feet.
PostedDecember 7, 2011
Customer avatar
DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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TCX X-Square Boots
Size 45
I'm a year round commuter and was looking for a warm weather riding shoe to keep me from riding in tennis shoes and I wanted to still be comfortable walking around all day. Things are complicated by the fact that I have an 11 EEE foot so many companies are out form the start.
The X-Square boot is fantastic (size 45 Euro for me = 11 EEE US), it's great for a wide foot and I suspect OK for a medium foot. If you are a narrow then look elsewhere TCX is not your company. The quality is top notch, and it feels like a boot costing much more. I've walked in this for months now with complete comfort and no break in time. Gotten lots of compliments on the look as well if you like the euro style.
The sole is grippy but does not stick or catch on the pegs. It's supportive enough, yet slightly bends around the pegs to give you great feedback on the bike. The top is just high enough to cover the ankles and has nice protection for the malleolous. Not track boot protection but far better than the running shoes I might be wearing on the street. Never felt my feet to hot all summer long, either riding, walking, or at the office. It's also comfortable with short socks either at or below the ankle.
I you want more ankle protection the X-Cubed (higher version + water proof ) would be a better choice, but for me the cooler boot was the ticket.
The laces never caught on anything and I actually left them tied loosely at the top, just slipping the boots on and off only using the top strap to secure the boot in place. It stays on fine even if I run a few blocks. This makes them supper fast on and off. I can see where some folks might want a little more reinforcement where you contact the shift lever, particularly if your transmission is one of the stiffer shifting ones.
I can feel the wind through them very well and it great for the summer, even a 300-400 mile day. For highway speeds when the thermometer hits about 50-55 degrees you start to get cold fast so thats the end of the X-Square season. The reinforced panels on the shoes have barely even shown any wear and the material does not slip or grip the bike to much.
Conclusion
Fantastic warm weather riding boot. I can't fix my big feet into Dainese boots so this is for me. Only improvements I can think of is more padding for the shift lever and using the same laces system from the X-Cube (lower profile).
As always Revzilla is the king for customer service.
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 Nolan N43 Trilogy Helmet (Wine size small only)
Nolan N43 Trilogy Helmet (Wine size small only)
Ready for N-COM communication system 6-in-1 crossover helmet design with quick-change accessories allows for customized look and fuctions for every ride Includes clear shield, integrated sun shield, peak and removable chinbar GE Lexan chinbar is EPS lined mounted with strong stainless-steel latches, it passes the tests for full face helmets of the European standard ECE-2205 Removable and washable liner is antibacterial, antifungal, and wicking Quick-change shield is optically correct and fitted in an exceptionally large eyeport. It accepts the Pinlock antifog insert (sold separately) Microlock (adjustable quick-release) retention chinstrap system (Microlock chinstrap helmet lock extension available (sold separately)) Top vent with rear exhaust grid, and shield vent DOT approved Helmet Weight 3 lbs. 7-3/4 oz. (1579g) ( View Motorcycle Helmet Weights ) Read more about the Nolan N-COM Bluetooth Communication System
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Helmet
PostedSeptember 8, 2011
Customer avatar
DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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Slightly Large
Large
Noise Level
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Average
Loud
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I purchased the Nolan N43 Trilogy Helmet in Metallic White, medium (DOT model sold in America, not the european model with the large vents on top). I'm a year around commuter (size medium in most 3/4 and full helmets, small in half helmets) and was looking for a summer 3/4 helmet as a replacement for my Scorpion EXO-100. I wanted a higher quality helmet for mostly around town riding plus some freeway, that was glasses friendly, had a retractable sun visor, cool in the summer, and did not have to much road noise. The EXO-100 is great for all that except it's not comfortable at highway speeds, my winter helmet was a Shoei Multitec.
I strongly considered the Arai XC RAM but based on the excellent advice of one of the Revzilla guys who wears glasses and wears XC RAM decided against it. He said it was OK with glasses but not great. For the Arai price I would need to have a great with glasses function to purchase it.
I tried a Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer in both medium and medium with large cheek pads I just could not get it to work with glasses. I've owned Scorpion helmets and have been pleased with them but the glasses problem could not be solved for me.
About the N43 Trilogy. I've had it about five weeks, used it every day, and put in about 1500 miles. One 400 mile trip and the rest in 65 mile days or less.
THE GOOD.
The fit is actually a little larger on my head than most medium helmets (I'm a round oval). The lining has a seam in the padding by my temple that just happens to give my glasses stem extra clearance. This works great and is almost as comfortable as helmets made with specific glasses cuts. The padding feels very good is almost as good as a Shoei or Arai but not quite. The chin strap is great with lots of room to adjust the webbing for the quick release system. The webbing does not slip once you have the plastic tri-glide adjusted. This is a nice change for me since I cut the D-Ring systems off all my helmets and replace it with a similar quick release system I buy from a dealer out west. The neck liner seems to seal out some noise but not give me a hot or closed up feeling around my neck. The small tabs that fill the holes left by the removal of the chin bar keep bug splatter our to the locking area. The peak visor and vents work well, not to large of small for either. The chin bar is a little tricky to put on while wearing the helmet but you learn the trick to this fast enough. The chin bar also makes the helmet much more rigid and adds lots of support. The release for the chin bar is easy to use with bare hands or regular gloves but I would guess full on winter gloves would be difficult (not going to be a problem since this helmet will not be worn in the winter). The lever control of the sun visor works great and even pushing the visor up with your hand works fine with out the clear shield on. The sun visor stays in what ever position you leave it, does not creep up or down even with aggressive riding. The clear face shield is very large and really covers your chin area (either with or without the chin bar installed). Really nice seal on the edge of the helmet where it hits the clear face shield. I did not weigh the helmet but it feels very light on my head and sometimes I forget it's there. The helmet bag that comes standard is rather nice, almost the quality of Shoei.
The helmet in all the different configurations still fits in the helmet bay of my bike, Aprilia Mana 850 GT. The nose must be tilted down slightly with the peak visor on to allow the top to shut.
THE OK
The attaching system for the peak visor and clear face shield works OK. But since their are pieces to lose and it's not real stream lined I would rate it inferior the Shoei system (truly the best) and the Scorpion system (very clean also). In it's defense it is very secure attaching system, you can even carry the helmet by the visor or shield and it won't come apart. For shorter trips, 100 miles or so I don't really mind the wind noise no matter what configuration of the helmet. But for longer days, like 400 miles the noise really wears on you. If you were behind a big cruiser windshield it would be fine but anything less you will want a quieter helmet. Large open areas of no padding by the ears add to the noise so if you don't wish to install the Nolan N-Com system these can be filled with some foam padding bought from a craft store. The chin bar is a little close to my chin but this is a minor point. My Shoei Multitec was the same way so I might have a big chin.
THE BAD
The sun visor lens is just barely acceptable, not good. First it's to small and the large cut out by the nose lets in to much reflected light sneak in. Second the optical clarity is not great. You don't really see distortions but it's like looking through cheap sunglasses. The drop down visor in the Scorpion EXO-100 is far, far superior. Better coverage and better optical clarity, I was really disappointed with the Nolan in this area. To help things some you can set the Nolan helmet a little forward on your head and this helps the visor cover lower down but be careful as the chin strap now starts to dig into your neck when you look down. The clear face shield only being able to hold two positions, either all the way up or down is rather disappointing.
IN CONCLUSION
This is a great helmet and I would buy it again for similar riding requirements. It's super fast to get on and off around town, the quick release chin strap is a must for me and it was nice not having to add one myself. I usually leave the house with only the helmet and none of the extra set up parts but by throwing the chin bar in a bag to carry along I had a nice open ride out to the mountains (east coast hills that pass for mountains) and then the extra protection / feeling of security of a full helmet for the aggressive part of the day. The N-43 is not a super premium helmet but it does not have the super premium price either. It's worth every dime you pay for it. Currently in America not many 3/4 helmets exist with all these features and this type of quality. The only real fault of the helmet is the small sun visor and if Nolan would increase this by 10-15 mm and reduce the gap in front the difference would be dramatic. Who knows if I have not been riding with the Scorpion visor for several years I might not be so critical of this one.
I'll say it again, this is a great helmet for it's intended use and I would gladly buy it again.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Givi E55 Tech Monokey Topcase Innovation, Italian design and production meet in order to discover again the pleasure of quality and originality. Innovative assisted Monokey opening/closing system actionable with only one hand, possibility to open with a remote control (optional), big capacity of 55 litres (accommodates 2 full face helmets). Features 23.2 wide x 12.3 tall x 18.9 front-to-back 55 liters Optional lid colors available Smoke lenses
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent case, well worth it!
PostedAugust 2, 2011
Customer avatar
DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Givi E55 Tech Monokey Topcase
Black 2011 model bought in May 2011. Excellent case, stylish, sturdy, weather resistant, easy to operate, holds weight and volume. I'm a year around commuter so this case carries everything from groceries to a 100 foot garden hose. I've even had items to large to close the lid, like a new helmet in the shipping box that rode home yesterday. Nothing has fallen out or blown out when the lid is not completely shut.
The case locks, unlocks, goes on and off the bike with ease. The pop out handle / opening lever is very clever. Read the manual first and the little tricks to using the case / mounting / removing will be much quicker learned. The monokey line is far above the monolock line, the latter are less expensive and won't hold nearly the weight. I don't think I would want to take this off road with that type of abuse but for on the road this has been excellent. I've gotten a few nicks from rocks on the highway and one scratch where I got to close to a picket fence when parking but I still feel like it can take much more and keep working well. I have not used the interior document holder and don't think I will. If it starts to get in the way I believe it can be removed and set aside. If you are wearing a riding jacket the back rest pad is not really needed. I've not seen the pad in person but it seem pricey.
One option I would like is to have it keyed to match my Aprilia ignition key, in commuting efficiency is king. I'm considering the tail light kit for the future, I don't know how easy it is to see the existing tail light with the case mounted. I'll have to switch bikes with a friend and ride behind under a variety of conditions. So far no close calls with drivers from behind not seeing me stop. The case is large but seems to keep the bike slim for the city streets, alley's, and parking adventures I encounter.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent rack, well worth it.
PostedAugust 1, 2011
Customer avatar
DougC
From Richmond
State:VA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
The Givi rack that I purchased was specific for a mono-key top-case and my bike, Aprilia, Mana 850 GT. As expected the fit was seamless and it should be for the money spent. Directions were clear and a set of allen wrenches and some loctite make all the difference for an easy install. Very sturdy and smooth to use with the Givi mono-key top-case. I have even strapped a 50 pound duffel bag to it with ease. Often I will strap smaller items (boxes, 12 packs, Pit Bull stand) to it when I don't have the top-case with me. I'm a year round commuter and expect this to last for years. The rack looks proper with the bike and could pass for a factory option.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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