LeeM
 
 
 
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    March 25, 2013
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    November 1, 2013
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Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
A very nice, versatile helmet.
PostedNovember 1, 2013
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LeeM
From New Jersey
State:NJ
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Been looking for a helmet to replace an HJC FS-15 Carbon, which was getting a bit old in the tooth, but was a great helmet, as far as I'm concerned (except for the cheap plastic on the vents#. I've also owned a Nolan N102 and a Akuma GhostRider full-face helmet in the past. I was tempted by the N43, but when I heard the N44 was coming out, I decided to wait and try it out. For reference, I'm currently riding a Tiger 800 w/ a Madstad windscreen, and have had the helmet for about 2 weeks / 300 miles. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it, but do have a few nitpicks.
Out of the box, the M-sized helmet #same size as my HJC# fit well. There is a bit more material around the ear pockets, which is weird at first, but not really uncomfortable. The fit and finish are much improved over my N102, and I like the graphics #which, of course, are a personal preference#. The chin guard does feel a bit close to my lips/chin, but not it's not that much closer than my other full-face helmets. If you have a more pronounced chin or jaw, I can see it being an issue for you, though.
The giant shield is great #mostly...#! Visibility is awesome, but it does tend to fog up easily in cooler weather without the Pinlock in. With the Pinlock, there's a huge area of non-fogged shield to look through, but at night there's a bit more glare off of lights. When inserting the Pinlock, be careful, though... I had one of the pins pop out and go flying off, so I had to call Nolan USA and get a replacement #they were great and sent me some new pins free of charge, btw!#. The sun shield, which I sort of considered a novelty, seems to work OK and comes down far enough, IMO, to not be distracting. One thing about the shield, though, is that there's no 'half-way' stop. If you want to scratch your nose while on the bike, if you don't push it all the way up #a relatively long throw with this shield# to where it is no longer protecting your eyes, it will drop down on your hand as you reach under.
Like on my Nolan N201, I do like the ratcheting chin strap, though the one on the N44 is narrower. Others have said this style strap feels like they're being garroted, but no problem as far as rubbing my neck for me.
On the bike, the helmet feels well balanced and the weight isn't noticeable #comparing to my carbon fiber FS-15#. The chin guard, because of the way it angles down a bit, tends to bump my shoulders when turning my head and catch on my jacket, but with the peripheral view I don't need to turn my head quite as much. Hopefully, I'll develop a 'technique' to minimize this.
Sound - I was hoping this helmet would be quieter than my current helmet, though I wasn't holding my breath. I would say it's about the same as my FS-15, though the tone of the wind noise is a bit deeper. There's a slight gap in the padding at the base of the neck in the back that seems to let in a lot of noise. Noise is also worse on the left side, possibly from a gadget I have mounted on my handlebars, but with my FS-15, I never noticed a difference from left to right. I guess I'll be continuing to wear plugs on anything longer than a short ride.
Ventilation - This is something I'm pretty disappointed with so far, as I was hoping for something better given all the big scoops on the helmet. The chin vent on the shield lets in a minimal amount of air, and I think it's pretty useless with the vent position of the shield letting in a good amount of air. The top vents don't seem to work much at all #maybe a bit as I tilt my head down?#, though hopefully that will improve as I break in the padding. I'll experiment more with the vents in conjunction with my windscreen in the spring. There is also a lot of air coming through the chin curtain, which may be OK in warmer weather, but I wish the material of the curtain was more solid now in the cooler months. A balaclava would probably solve this and the gap at the base of the neck mentioned earlier, though I didn't usually wear one with my other helmets unless it was really cold. BTW, out of all my helmets, I think my Akuma GhostRider vented the best.
I haven't tried mounting my SENA headset yet, but there are small 'pockets' carved-out of the foam liner under the padding for speakers. I don't know if the SENA speakers will fit, though... The clamp base might not work, though, and I will probably need to use the stick-on base option. I plan on using the wired mic, as I don't ever really plan on removing the chin guard and just wearing this as a FF helmet.
So basically, I was hoping for a 'better' helmet than my FS-15 in at least some ways. Though I'm generally happy with the N44, what I think I got was just a 'different' helmet. It's not any quieter, it doesn't #so far# seem to have better ventilation, but the view out the shield is definitely better, and the color is much more visible.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Powerlet Rapidfire Jacket Liner With Dual Wireless Controller Package Powerlet's RapidFIRe Heated Jacket Liner packaged with includes the Dual Wireless Remote Heat Controller. Controller receiver is pre-installed and Pre-synced for your convenience. Powerlet's new RapidFIRe Heated Jacket Liner with CNC (Carbon Nano Core) heating uses Far Infrared technology to provide fast, deep, soothing warmth. Now the warmest liner on the market at 105 watts! Built in stuff sack and no annoying heating wires of any kind! Stay Warm While Riding Powerlet's 105 watt RapidFIRe heated jacket liners pack down to a very small size to fit on the bike when not in use. Not only the warmest heated clothing available, but ProForm stretch panels also make them the most comfortable. We recommend using a temperature controller with the RapidFIRe 105 watt jacket liners. The RapidFIRe Advantage The most unique feature is the heating system that we incorporate into every liner. Using the latest in Carbon Nanotube technology, Powerlet's Carbon Nano Core panels heat quickly and evenly without the hot spots or long heat times other conventional wired garments require. Additionally, Powerlet is the ONLY manufacturer to offer a dual heat setting that permits you to switch the total consumption to not exceed 60 watts. This means those of you who have bikes or vehicles that do not have the electrical output capacity to power a traditional or competitors liner can rest assured that the RapidFIRe line will get powered without draining your battery and leaving you stranded. Additionally, Powerlet once again incorporated the ProForm stretch panels that provide three key advantages non-binding movement, maximum heat transfer and simple sizing. While all three are very important, maximum heat transfer is perhaps the most important. For maximum heat transfer the heated garments must be close to the body. A long sleeve T-Shirt is recommended under the heated liners. A heavier layer can be worm over the garment. Other heated clothing manufacturers provided many sizes to attempt to create a snug fit. This often leads to a more complicated purchase and the potential improper fit if your weight changes. RapidFIRe 105 Watt Jacket Liner Features Dual Heat 105 / 60 Watt convertibility by a simple cable disconnect Wind and water resistant Polyurethane coated nylon outer shell ProForm stretch panels provide comfort and simple standard sizing Ultra thin design provides comfort and small storage Comfortable heated Polartec fleece collar wicks moisture Zippered pockets manage power cables Handy built in stuff sack allows for storage on the vehicle Unique sleeve finishing reduces bulk around wrists Glove connectors are located at the ends of the sleeves Heated on the front, back arms and collar - Full heat coverage Quick heat time of 20 seconds or less on the jacket liners Designed For A Lifestyle Powerlet designs heated garments for people who rely on their heated clothing for both comfort and safety. Like our customers, we enjoy a lifestyle utilizing convenient modern electronics and wear our heated gear for commutes to work and trips across the country. Built For A Lifetime Powerlet seeks the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. All of our heated clothing products are developed and tested in the USA by people who ride regularly. Quality components and attention to detail ensure Powerlet products resist wear and corrosion to last a lifetime. All Powerlet RapidFIRe heated clothing carries a lifetime warranty on the electrics and a lifetime warranty on manufacturing defects.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Toasty!
PostedApril 1, 2013
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LeeM
From New Jersey
State:NJ
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I ordered this jacket for 2 reasons - The Gerbings in my size was on perpetual backorder, and the wireless controller included with this package seemed like a great deal!
I'm about an average build, and I'll ususally wear an XL, but ordered a L based on the sizing info. It's a bit snug across the shoulders, but the sleeves are a good length, though a bit loose around the biceps. I think a M might have been too small, though. For comaprison, I tried on a Gerbings M/L size once at a MC show, and I think it actually fit a bit better. Overall, though, I'm OK with the fit. Collar is very comfy when zipped all the way up.
Heating works great, though I can feel it across my shoulders more than my chest or arms. Not sure if this is because of the fit or the way the jacket is made. But, it kept me toasty all day on a 200 mile ride that probably averaged just about 40 with an Under Armor base layer without ever turning it up more than about 40%. (I wore it under a JR Ballistic 2.0 jacket, which doesn't have the best thermal layer on its own.) I tried it on a shorter ride with just a long sleeve T-shirt, and was convinced I could probably do without the thermal layer for all but the coldest rides.
Love the wireless controller! Easy to mount on my instrument cluster with a bit of Dual Lock (using the supplied lanyard as a 'safety' strap).
Just a note on my lower star ratiings - This jacket obviously isn't meant for protection, but the quality seems like it should last a good while with normal use. It also doesn't flow air much at all, which is a good thing in my opinion, as it adds an extra layer of windproofing in the cold.
Rides: 2008 Suzuki SV650
Yes, I recommend this product.
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SIDI Armada Gore-Tex Boots The SIDI Armada Gore Tex Boot is two boots in one! Featuring a wrap-around upper with ankle support beams can be removed to transform the Armada from an adventure boot to a touring boot. Equipped with the world famous Gore Tex highly breathable and waterproof membrane to add a waterproof yet highly breathable barrier between the elements and the riders feet. The Gore-Tex membrane breathes more than any other membrane, thus the riders feet will stay cooler in warm weather with a Gore Tex equipped boot. The Armada is lined throughout with a lightweight, perforated, Teflon-treated fabric in order to allow moisture to breath. This moisture is quickly transferred to the top grain leather outer, which causes it to dry quickly with no mold build up. Features Top grain leather construction Double stitched in all high stress areas Secure Velcro over full length zipper entry/closure system Dual position zipper closure points to adapt to any calf size An elastic panel adjacent to the entry zipper allows a bind free zip and improved fit Full length inner gaiter Nylon inner sole with removable arch support pad Honeycomb elastic panels above the arch area makes for a very comfortable boot! Exterior high impact heel protection External and internal anti twist ankle protection Internal toe protection Cambrelle lining High grip toe shift-brake pad Padded shin plates Double stitched in all high stress areas Stitched non-slip lug type sole Reflective points above the heel
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
A very nice boot with a little fitament issue.
PostedMarch 25, 2013
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LeeM
From New Jersey
State:NJ
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought these as an all-around riding boot. I ride mostly pavement, though I may get into some fire & dirt-road riding this year with my Tiger 800. I was looking at the Adventure GoreTex at first because I wanted a waterproof boot with more protection than my 'street' boots, but didn't really want all the buckles and straps so as not to stand out as much off the bike when out in social situations, so I thought I'd try this new model. Note - I didn't buy these for the 'removable' outer cuff, which I thought was kind of gimmicky, and don't ever really plan on taking it off. I don't think they have the same level of protection as the Adventure or Crossfire boots, though, which is why I'm docking them a point in that category. Not really a minus, per se, but a boot geared toward a different purpose.
I've owned a pair of Sidi Doha boots that were a great fit and ordered these in the same size. The front of the foot pocket is a great fit. Not too long, not too narrow or wide (though I tend to prefer wider shoes / boots). There does seem to be a lot of extra room in the heel, though, and my heel lifts a bit. I don't have large feet, but never remembered having this issue with any other boot (including ski boots) that I've previously owned. I mitigated this somewhat with a $10 insole (which I may switch out for a 'heel cup'), but really wish the boot had a snugger fit in the heel out of the box. I don't have skinny legs, but these boots also have plenty of room in the calf, to the point I almost wish they could be adjusted snugger. They work great with pants tucked in, though.
I've ridden a few times with these, putting on about 200 miles while in the 40-50 degree range. They were a little cold at first, mostly a seeping cold through the sole, which the insole I added to adjust the fit (non insulated) seemed to help with. Now they're perfect in this temperature range with a pair of polypro ski socks. I actually hope they'll stay a bit on the cool side as the weather warms, allowing me to just change my socks to a lighter weight. I haven't had them in the rain yet, but looking at their construction I don't think I'll have any problem with water getting in.
Off the bike, the boots are comfortable and not too stiff. Fine for casual wear if you're not going to do any significant walking hiking. They're still relatively new, but do squeak alot. They're also very easy to get on / off.
Overall, I'm very happy with them, and hope they'll last me many years.
Rides: 2008 Suzuki SV650
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Tour Master Select Visor Bag 600 denier Carbolex outer shell and 300 denier Carbolex inner shell Adjustable waist strap allows rider to conveniently carry an extra shield Soft, brushed fleece lining Fits most motorcycle helmet shields 20 L x 6
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice bag at a good price.
PostedMarch 25, 2013
Customer avatar
LeeM
From New Jersey
State:NJ
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
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
This is a nice way to protect and carry an extra shield, either when using it as a 'sling' with the strap, or just as protection in a saddle bag. Fit the extra shield for my HJC helmet perfectly.
Rides: 2008 Suzuki SV650
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Wolfman Side Racks Triumph Tiger 800 XC The tough steel and chromoly Wolfman Side Racks are specifically designed to fit the Wolfman Expedition Dry Saddlebags, Teton Saddlebags, and Large Rolie Bags (when used as saddle bags). The proprietary oval-shape allows Wolfman to have 4 attachment points for luggagefor the most secure mounting around. High grade rack-to-motorcycle mounting nuts and bolts are included. The racks can double as utility racks in a pinch - lash on a gas or water can, or a case of your favorite beverage. Or add full liquid-carrying capability with the Wolfman Side Plate and RotoPax kit. Features Easy and secure luggage mounting Durable construction Slotted bolt holes for simple, painless rack installation Appropriate for the most aggressive offroad conditions or for an urban commute The racks are designed to work seamlessly with Wolfman's Expedition Dry Saddle Bags Teton Saddle Bags Large Rolie Bags Wolfman Side Plate and RotoPax Mount
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice rack!
PostedMarch 25, 2013
Customer avatar
LeeM
From New Jersey
State:NJ
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
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
Bought these for my Tiger 800. The instructions almost made it seem more difficult to install than they actually were. Once I figured out the first mounting location, the rest was a breeze. The racks are solid, and I'm sure will serve me well.
Rides: 2008 Suzuki SV650
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Wolfman The Hoop Bag The Wolfman Hoops are a great option when you only need to carry the necessities. The Hoop Bag fits neatly inside Wolfman's Side Rack Hoop, similar to crash bar bags. These micro saddlebags are great for carrying tools, tubes or lunch and stable 6 point mounting make them ultra-secure. Sold as a pair. Features Easy zip opening Reflective webbing Total ballistic construction Easy on / off hook and loop mounting Dimensions 10 1/2L x 5 3/8W x 2 3/8D Approximately 1.5 liter capacity each Note Not intended to be used with saddle bags.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great to keep on the bike for daily riding.
PostedMarch 25, 2013
Customer avatar
LeeM
From New Jersey
State:NJ
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought these along with my Wolfman racks with the intention to keep them on for daily rides on my Tiger 800 where I don't have larger saddle bags mounted, as I'm trying to get away from using a tank bag. They give the racks a nice 'finished' look when you don't need the full-size saddle bags mounted. They're the perfect size for a couple of rags, cell phone, wallet, small tool roll or other small accessories that you may carry while out for a day.
They mount and unmount from the rack easily, but the velcro straps tend to catch on each other while feeding them through the narrow slots, so that's a bit tricky. -1 for "Ease of Installation".
Performance gets a -1 just because they're not 100% waterproof. I may get a small dry bag or Otterbox to keep in the bag. Otherwise, they'll work fine. Could also be $10 cheaper, so -1 for "Bang for the Buck".
Rides: 2008 Suzuki SV650
Yes, I recommend this product.
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