TopherD
 
 
 
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    August 5, 2013
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Sena SMH-10 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 on your helmet, 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 Sena SMH10 bluetooth helmet communication system 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. System Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Ultra HD Voice Recording compatible with the Sena GP10 Bluetooth Back for GoPro and Sena Prism Bluetooth Action Camera Audio Booster Individual Volume Control Versatile Jog Dial Use while charging Upgradable firmware General Talk time 12 hours Standby time 10 days Working Distance (Intercom) up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain 4-way conference intercom Dimensions Headset 84.1 mm x 56.5 mm x 38.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.2 in x 1.5 in) Clamp unit 223.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 30.6mm (8.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.2 in) Headset weight 60g (2.11 oz) Clamp unit 84g (2.96 oz) Bluetooth Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Audio 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 Voice prompts Conference phone call with intercom participant Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Auxiliary audio-in connection via 3.5mm jack Battery Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery In the Box 2 Headset Main Units 2 Speaker-Microphone Clamp Units 2 USB Power and Data Cables (Micro USB) 2 Cigarette Lighter Chargers (Micro USB) 2 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cables 2 Glued Surface Mounting Adaptors 2 Microphone Sponges 2 sets of Velcro Pads for Speakers 2 Allen Wrenches Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v5.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH10D-11
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Living with the SMH10
PostedJune 9, 2014
Customer avatar
TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
SENA makes a great product, this unit is designed to work with up to 4 other units, but you will need to disable all other Bluetooth devises if you intend to keep the units connected(phone, GPS) (If any of the units detect another Bluetooth devise it will drop the current connection to try and pick up the new one). I have four of these units and can keep all four connected in remote areas if we stay with in range, once the connection is lost it is difficult to bring all 4 units back on to the same connection.
We also found that if we passed a car that had Bluetooth enabled our connection would drop, this is tiresome.
On our last trip there were 6 of these units, we decided to connect as groups of no more than three and two seemed to work the best as the third rider would seem to get lost more often than not.
For two riders connecting, it would be hard to beat this unit as of today (June 2014) for larger groups the firmware needs some work to make this unit the best. (They do update the firmware from time to time) Sound quality is excelent, and fit and finish is excelent as well.
This unit has made multiple long distant trips in all weather conditions (Alaska, CA, OR, AZ, UT) my original unit sounds just as good as the last unit I bought.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Olympia Horizon Rain Jacket Unlike standard straight cut or bat wing shaped rain jackets, the Olympia Horizon offers a truly ergonomic fit for added comfort and reduced wind drag at speed. A stow away stretch knit rain hood with rubberized waterproof aqua barrier and neck gator plus an interior stow away jacket compartment makes this style the perfect traveling companion for any destination. Features Outer shell constructed in sturdy light weight waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon Back overhang detail with hidden mesh panel insert for improved breathability Stretch knit hood with rubberized aqua barrier and neck gator concealed under collar EZ-Pack Storage System - jacket can be stowed away in a self contained storage pocket located in the interior of the jacket Double storm placket front closure Adjustable velcro closure straps at elbows and wrists Slide buckles at waist plus shock cord bottom detail offer maximum adjustability Two exterior waterproof pockets plus inside storage pocket Micro fiber lined collar for added comfort 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front and back plus oversized reflective screen print at side arms for enhanced visibility in low light situations Cool mesh airflow lining
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent rain jacket
PostedMay 12, 2014
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TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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
I bought this with the paint to replace my revit rain suite, this suite is MUCH higher quality and a better fit. Great quality zippers, Better quality matereales and reinforced stitching where needed. This is an excellent jacket, I where this every day for commuting and it has never let me down nor has it let me get wet! Love it , same with the paint!
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Olympia Horizon Rain Pants Designed to coordinate with the Olympia Horizon Rain Jacket , the Horizon pant offers a light weight waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon shell to ensure all day riding comfort. Generous leg openings with an adjustable velcro closure system makes standing boot entry a breeze. Extra velcro at the lower pant legs offer three inseam length options should an alteration be necessary. An elasticized waist plus side waist slide buckles help riders achieve a customized fit. This pant also offers a built in self storage compartment for small convenient self packing. Authentic Nomex heat shields at the inside lower legs help prevent damage from hot exhaust pipes. Features Outer shell constructed in sturdy light weight waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon EZ-Pack Storage System - pant can be stowed away in a self contained storage pocket located in the interior of the pant Intake velcro closure panels at lower legs for easy boot on entry and bottom leg opening adjustment Slide waist buckles plus stretch waist detail offer maximum adjustability Authentic Nomex heat shields located at inside lower legs Cool mesh airflow lining
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent rain pant
PostedMay 12, 2014
Customer avatar
TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I bought this with the jacket to replace my revit rain suite, this suite is MUCH higher quality and a better fit. Great quality zippers, Better quality matereales and reinforced stitching where needed. This is an excellent paint, I where this every day for commuting and it has never let me down nor has it let me get wet! Love it , same with the jacket even better!
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Pacific H2O Rain Suit In developing the Pacific H20 rain suit, one of REV'IT!'s main goals was to make it easy to put on in just a few seconds about the time it takes you to get soaked during a heavy shower. Mission accomplished. The solution lies not only in the long, diagonal front closure, but especially in the newly developed, non-stick, PVC-free coating on the inside of the Power Nylon outer shell. The result is a 100 waterproof, breathable, and very practical all-weather companion that will meet the demands of any rider. Convenient features include a storage pocket on the upper leg. For safety, reflection panels on the shoulders and lower legs ensure great visibility. If you need to stand out in traffic even more, the Pacific H2O comes in a high-visibility neon yellow option. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell PVC-free PWROxford with PU coating, PVC-free PWROxford EN471 with PU coating (in Neon Yellow color only) Waterproofing 100 waterproof Composition 100 polyester (100 polyurethane coating) Visibility reflection at shoulders and legs, reflective logo at chest and back ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit, regular Adjustability adjustment tabs at upper arm, cuffs and ankles Features PVC-free XL front zipper Elastic at waistline Includes transport bag Stash pocket on left leg EN343 certified
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good suit poor stitching
PostedFebruary 3, 2014
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TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I use this suit 5 days a week commuting , for size I bought an extra large, I'm 6' and 180 so it's quite long but I needed the extra room for my business suit and ofer jacket under the rain suit, this works well. And after taking my boots off its easy to step in and out of the rain suit. I have been using the suit for Six five months, the stitching in the zipper started coming out after about 30 days of use, and just keeps coming out. The rain suit also has Velcro along the seem so I'm am just using that for now unfortunately this makes for a not so rain tight fit. For the money they could have stitched in the zipper with a higher quality stitch. For an extra 30 cents they could have made tis a great rain suit. I will eventually bring mine to a talor and have them stitch it correctly. If you buy one just take it to the talor before you use it so you don't get stuck out in the rain with a wide open rain suit.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 REV'IT! Monster Gloves
REV'IT! Monster Gloves
REV'IT! Monster Gloves The perfect blend of style and function this short, fully perforated leather summer glove incorporates a variety of protective features. Made from supple yet durable goatskin, the MONSTER features PU injected protective panels on the fingers as well as a leather wrapped composite knuckle. Additional Temperfoam padding on the palm provides adequate impact protection while silicon painted Clarino patches on the fingers provide extra grip for the precision feel that every rider demands. PROTECTION FEATURES Outershell goatskin, Clarino Insulation tri-fleece lining Protection carbon hard shell knuckle, Temperfoam padding at thepalm ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit pre-shaped ergonomic fit Adjustability draw flap on cuff Features stretch lips at the fingers, short cuff
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Mixed feelings
PostedDecember 2, 2013
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TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
A great glove with one bad design element in the palm of yor had they put a pad with ridges in it, this forces you had in to an aquard position, expect some time and sore hands to get used to it. I considered taking a gamer to it, this would probably do the trick. After about 3k miles of riding they now feel fine.
The rest of the glove is top rate! Vary comfortable great fit and the flow air well, if they removed the pad put in a small pice of Kevlar this would be my favorate glove, as it stands I would look for a better design. I'm an aggressive GS rider
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Sena SMH-10 Helmet Clamp Kit - Attachable Boom and Wired Microphone SMH-A302
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A great upgrade to my older unit
PostedNovember 11, 2013
Customer avatar
TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sound Clarity 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This was a great upgrade from the boom only mic! It's any where and is now totally out of the way! I was always grabbing hold of the old mic when I was carring my helmet around now it's tucked away in the cheek pad and cuts down on wind noise ! And it's cheep wow total bang for the buck
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Rox 2 Pivot Risers for 1 1/8 Handlebars 2 Rise x 1 1/8 Stem Clamp x 1 1/8 Handlebar These Rox Risers feature a 2 center to center rise and are very popular for KTM 690 Enduro, Triumph Tiger 800XC, BMW R1200 GS and GSA owners. Great for many other bikes that come with 1 1/8 handlebars, and may work with stock cables. Features Can be pivoted to desire fore and aft location for ideal riding position CNC machined from billet 6061 T6 aluminum
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
For off road use
PostedNovember 11, 2013
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TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A great addition for a 6' rider and off road use, I felt I needed a little taller bar on the GS for longer standing position comfort I notised mostley on long downhill sections. Adding a 2" rise was perfect, they look great and add a great deal of adjustability.
NOTE: I would not need them if I did not ride off road
Simple to add to the triple clamp but tough to tighten because of access to the forward bolts, just remember to tighten the forward bolts of the triple clamp first ( so you can still move the bars with effort, then position the bars where you want them and tighten the rear (closest to the tank) bolts, works great!
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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AltRider BMW R1200GS Side Stand Foot Your big BMW engine commands respect off road and on, but you can help it retain that dignity by providing it with a side stand foot that reflects its size. The AltRider Side Stand Foot for the BMW R 1200 GS provides your bike with a larger footprint, so it can easily keep it from sinking into soft ground. Made from hefty 1/8 inch stainless steel, this foot features a 3D tread that echoes the aggressive AltRider Oil Cooler Guard design, while providing traction for your boots. It is the most ergonomic design on the market, allowing easy deployment of the side stand while still on the bike. The AltRider foot also clamps down on the actual foot of the side stand with Torx fasteners, which means the piece will remain tight even after months of use. No more rattling or stripped fasteners. Specifications Made from 1/8 inch stainless steel Torx fasteners (requires T-25 Torx driver) Compatible with BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Height 1 inch Width 4 inches Depth 4 inches Weight 0.5 lbs
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A must have for the GS
PostedNovember 11, 2013
Customer avatar
TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The stock kick stand foot is so small you just can't trust it as I have found it even sinks in to black top, this foot is MUCH larger looks good and adds an edge that will keep it put in the dirt. I can now get on the bike fully loaded in soft dirt relying on the foot rest not to sink, it's great!
I must also not it does hit the pavement just before the pegs do under hard cornering, vary hard cornering with a fully loded bike, you are likely never to have this happen, so I highly recommend adding this to your GS
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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AltRider BMW R1200GS Skid Plate Kicked-up debris can endanger your BMW engine, but the AltRider skid plate for the R 1200 GS has it covered. Made of sturdy 4.75 mm anodized aluminum, the AltRider skid plate features a corrugated design that multiplies its strength. The 1 3/8 inch radii flanges mirror the profile of the headers, which creates a unique shape that tightly conforms to the underside of the bike. Close turns, brush, and other off road dangers wont pose a threat to your vulnerable header pipes, because this product gives them substantial coverage. And when the front wheel spits back rocks and dirt, the AltRider skid plate will protect your headers cross pipe. Features Easy installation 4.75 mm (3/16 inch) anodized aluminum Mounts using OEM fasteners with supplied bolt/spacer Length 18 inches Height 3.3 inches Width 14 inches Weight 4.5 lbs
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A must have for off road
PostedNovember 4, 2013
Customer avatar
TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Looks great and build quality is excellent, it has taken the full 500+ lbs of the bike at speed multiple times and still shows no sign of abuse, love it
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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AltRider BMW R1200GS Potentiometer Guard Made from 3.175 mm anodized aluminum, the potentiometer guard has three mounting positions to anchor it in place. The unique third (bottom) mounting position creates a firm hold on the throttle body, which means the guard wont ever shift or snap off. The AltRider Potentiometer Guard provides strong protection, sleek profile and no interference with leg position. Anodized aluminum construction 3 mount points for superior strength Includes Loctite (except on international orders) Height 1 inch Width 4 inches Depth 4 inches Weight 0.17 lbs
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Could be better
PostedOctober 28, 2013
Customer avatar
TopherD
From Livermore
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Finish 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Looks nice! It will help protect but it should have been made a bit smaller, as it does interfere with my boot when shifting (adventure boot has protection at the shin and that hits the guard) it could have simply been made one inch smaller and there woul be no issue. If you ride without tall boots I would be a little consered about hitting you shin in it ouch!
Better design would have the rider side of this brace with a moe rounded edge. I'm just dealing with it for mow but will likely make a new one to replace it
Rides: 2011 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
No, I do not recommend this product.
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