Ignacio
 
 
 
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    October 28, 2013
  • Last review
    February 7, 2014
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best AltRider Bargain for Protection
PostedFebruary 7, 2014
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
AltRider makes some beautiful and well-engineered products...and they're proud of them as their prices reflect. This guard is the cheapest of the three (rear brake reservoir and ignition cover) and probably the most need in my opinion as there isn't any protection to begin with. It helps protect the master cylinder and hopefully will never use it. But, if I do--I hope to see a big scratch in the beautiful anodizing after an adventure ride rather than a broken master cylinder on the side of the trail.
Rides: 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Powerlet Right Angle Plug Low profile plug. NOTE When replacing an existing cigarette plug, verify that the cigarette plug does not contain a voltage reduction circuit.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Plug Powerlet Makes
PostedFebruary 7, 2014
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have a variety of Powerlet products on my FJR1300 and Husqvarna with a many electronic device ends to match. The right angle male plug is my go to plug for powered tank bags on both bikes, battery tenders in the garage, and portable inflators. The right angle plug is better than the straight-on because it provides power wire relief as well as reduce obstruction with bits of motorcycle like the handlebars.
The only niggly bit is if you run 12 gauge premium nautical wire with thick insulation--there's a bit of interference with with assembly and either have to dremel out a little material or go with 14 gauge wires. I had one wire come unhooked once and found myself a bit frustrated at 4 a.m. with a flashlight and pocket knife trying to screw the terminals back together. But, that's niggly.
Powerlet products are FAR superior to cigarette lighters for positive contact power needs.
Rides: 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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GoPro HD Hero Seatpost and Handlebar Mount Kit Attach your GoPro camera to handlebars, seatposts, ski poles and more. Fits 0.75 to 1.4 (1.9cm 3.5cm) diameter tubes. You can also clamp to chainstays, small roll bars, bolt-heads, windsurfing and kitesurfing control bars, or even use to create a handheld boom any pole that is in the size range above. Comes with pivoting orientation arms allowing for 3-way adjustability, ensuring you can get the angle you want. Compatible with ALL HD HERO Original, HD HERO2 and HD HERO3 Professional Cameras Included 1 Bicycle Handlebar / Seatpost Clamp 1 Three-way Adjustable Pivot Arm
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Gets All the Angles
PostedNovember 18, 2013
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I added this to crash bars on my bike and it contains the critical pieces to mount, offset, and align for taking decent pictures of the wheel and road ahead.
Rides: 2005 Yamaha FJR1300
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Well Designed, Reasonably Light
PostedNovember 11, 2013
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've never been a crash bars kinda guy as I don't mind the idea of adding some character to a motorcycle via scratched plastics. But, once you ride your Husqvarna Terra/Strada for a while you realize the radiator is bit vulnerable in a tip over..mainly when I tipped over for my first time and missed a rock by only a few inches. I *could* have been seriously stranded in the back country spewing coolant and cursing to myself.
So, I went the Altrider and not only impressed with the design I saw--was even more impressed with the relative lightness of the stainless steel bars. Installation was easy, made sense, and added a large degree of rigidity, without compromising too much on the looks of the bike. *If* I tip over I feel much more confident the radiator won't crack or mounts get torn up.
Bonus was I know have some extra real estate to mount my Go Pro and/or other farkles.
Rides: 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Best Design, The Highest Price
PostedOctober 30, 2013
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
When I bought my Husqvarna TR650 I quickly figured out that a skid plate was a must. There were no less than 7 options out there from $100 bash plates that would certainly do the basic job, but with marginal attachment systems and have to be removed for oil changes.
It took some time for AltRider to deliver on their design, but when it did come it was clearly the best design out there--and the most expensive. The attachment system is superior, coverage is exactly the right amount in the front and the sides, and the touch of an oblong oil drain hole anticipates draining oil with your motorcycle leaned over on the kick stand. Nice touch.
Anodizing is top notch and the aesthetics match the Husqvarna in styling.
It was worth the wait.
Rides: 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires Sport-touring riders constitute a very experienced and savvy sector of the motorcycling scene, and they continue to place a premium on multiple tire expectations Outstanding wet-weather performance, linear and responsive handling traits, traction characteristics on par with sport tires and extended tread life - all in one tire. All of these qualities were present in the popular first-generation Roadsmart, and now these virtues have been elevated in the new Roadsmart II to create a higher level of performance for the long-haul crowd. Immediately evident is the new tread pattern on both front and rear Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Tires. The front tire still incorporates Dunlops readily recognized cosecant-curve groove pattern. The shape and placement of these grooves are newly designed to promote even tire wear up front, and they also stiffen the pattern for reduced tire squirm and extended tire life. Additional grooves also help improve wet-weather performance thanks to a greater sea-to-land ratio that helps promote water dispersion. Features New tread rubber compounds include silica to help deliver impressive performance in wet conditions while also extending wear New cosecant-curve tread pattern helps promote even tire wear and stiffens the pattern for reduced tire squirm and extended tire longevity Increased tread depth further promotes water channeling while also extending tire mileage MT Multi-Tread rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire tread and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder to enhance cornering performance and provide class-leading grip and feel Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) intuitively allows greater latitude in line choice while cornering and provides remarkably linear steering at various lean angles, and puts down a bigger footprint at extreme lean angles, for enhanced grip and handling
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Better than PR3 for Longevity and Grip
PostedOctober 30, 2013
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
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
It's hard to beat the Michelin PR3 or PR2 for longevity and grip, but I *think* the Roadsmart 2 did just that! After an unfortunate experience with a PR3 rear tire wandering Nevada deserts at assertive speeds I was a bit surprised they way it behaved towards the very end of its life. Spooked and about to ride the Iron Butt Rally (at far less assertive speed) I opted for the nearest competitor and was pleasantly surprised the Roadsmart held out longer than I expected, as well as being more predictable. I'd also had several PRx product wear very oddly in the zone between the different compounds.
My riding is probably atypical with fast straight lines through deserts with occasional twisties to get there...all while loaded down with extra fuel and rally gear, but I plan on getting another one next time.
Rides: 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada
Yes, I recommend this product.
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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
Great Evolution to Multitec
PostedOctober 28, 2013
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
I've owned two previous Shoeis including the previous generation Multitec and am VERY impressed with this evolutionary design. It's quieter than before and flows air MUCH better than the last generation as well as stop air in colder weather. This helmet is the best I've found from 20 degrees to 120 degrees.
That said, you will get a serious case of helmet head and look like a Transformer after wearing it for multiple days. http://mattwatkins.org/ibr09/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IMG_0601.jpg
The flip shield is phenomenal and means I don't have to carry a spare tinted shield everywhere...plus you look like a fighter jock when waiting at stop lights.
Stuffing wires in the recesses was a bit easier than previous helmets..although one of the side pieces wants to come loose on the right rear. And the checkpads were tight for me--I ordered the smaller set for $40 as well as the helmet broke in after several months of riding.
The paint and finish on Shoei's have always been great and the Borealis treatment seems even better than a solid color.
My personal review of Shoei modular history is at http://mattwatkins.org/ibr09/?p=2408
Rides: 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sena SMH10-11 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack The SMH10 is a Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Class 1 Stereo Headset with long-range Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH10, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0+EDR and the advanced digital processing technology, the SMH10 offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH10 a perfect companion for motorcycles. Bluetooth 3.0 Includes Universal Microphone Kit Bluetooth intercom up to 900 meters (980 yards) 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 Easy operation by versatile Jog Dial (Patent pending) Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster Bluetooth handsfree for Bluetooth mobile phones Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth GPS navigations Stereo music by 3.5mm audio cable Water resistant for use in inclement weather Crystal clear and natural sound quality Up to 12 hours talk time, 10 days stand-by time Can be used while charging on road trips Individual volume control for each audio source Firmware upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the two-year warranty Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v4.1. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies .
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bluetooth Is The Way To Go!
PostedOctober 28, 2013
Customer avatar
Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I'd used both the wired Starcom and a Mix-It unit for audio only over the years and grown used to a wire connected to my helmet, but after reviews of the Sena unit I tried it myself for the first time riding the Iron Butt Rally. My requirements were probably atypical in that mixing of various audio transmitting sources (i.e. a GPS unit for directions, XM radio or iPhone for music, and radar detector for situational awareness) was critical. Being able to talk on my cell phone while riding was a nice to have and being able to talk to another rider was tertiary.
I'm not sure it was a limit of the Sena or Bluetooth stereo channels, but I never could get my iPhone to work with the unit while using the SM10 as a mixer for two of the sources. I did get XM Radio & GPS to work at the same as a radar detector and just bailed on my iPhone.
Or I can ride with my iPhone as the sole device all day and listen to MP3 files.
I chose the earbud with boom mic model for my modular Shoei Neotec and found it a bit difficult to keep the mic located correctly as I flipped my helmet back and forth. A zip tie helped, but eventually fatigued the metal and broke off about Day 8. Fortunately, the audio mixing still functioned and finished the rally.
Listening to music all the time I found the battery to last about 8-10 hours and would replace with a second brain unit charging in my tank bag. For two units made sense...and I can loan one to a friend when we go adventure riding next year.
Updates went well on the unit as they patched things. I have heard of units dying, but both mine are working after one season with 30,000 miles of riding.
Still haven't found the perfect audio system, but Sena has been the best yet.
Rides: 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires 40 on-road and 60 offroad Compound and wide block tread pattern deliver optimal on and offroad grip and performance Excellent braking and traction on a wide range of surfaces from loose to hard pack High cornering stability on soft terrain Good self-cleaning properties TLTubeless TTTube Type Tires OE Replacement tire for BMW F650 GS 110/80B-19 BMW R850/1100/1150/1200GS 110/80B-19 KTM 950 Adventure 90/90S-21 TL
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good Traction, Marginal Tire Life
PostedOctober 28, 2013
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Ignacio
From Pasco
State:WA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Wet Traction 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finding that combination of an adventure tire that offers decent traction off-road with good tire life is always elusive and I gave the TKC-80 rear a try on my Husqvarna TR650. Off-road performance was good and better than most of the stock offerings on adventure bikes--especially when paired with a front tire that's a bit more knobby like (in my case a D606).
On the road I found the TKC 80 to wander a bit at 70+, but decent overall. It seemed fairly well planted in the rain as well.
My only real complaint is the on road mileage was far below what I was expecting (or hoping). The first 1000 miles wore the tread down to about half--which surprised me. The last half seemed to wear a bit better at about 2000 miles, but in the end I'm faced with a tire that only gets about 3000 miles before it's toast.
A competent tire I can recommend with a big qualification on road mileage, but my next try will be a Heidenau K60 Scout rear.
Rides: 2013 Husqvarna TR650 Strada
Yes, I recommend this product.
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