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    June 10, 2013
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Shoei GT Air Helmet Enjoying the ride is what motorcycling is all about and having a helmet that is comfortable and safe just facilitates that joy. 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 GT-Air was developed using wind-tunnel testing at Shoeis state-of-the-art facility in Japan which led to an aerodynamically-tuned tri-composite shell that mitigates buffeting, as well as wind and road noise. The plush liner is comfortable, quiet and removable when you need to wash it. Light, safe and comfortable, the Shoei GT-Air Helmet meets and exceeds the needs of contemporary riders, allowing them to enjoy what they love most: the ride. Aerodynamic Shell Design: Aerodynamic properties 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 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 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 Rear/neck vents allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM): High performance fiber materials 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: 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 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not impressed
PostedSeptember 14, 2015
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slipstream
From Fox Island
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
This is my third Shoei, and I expected better. I'm replacing my aging X-11. I loved everything about the X-11, aside from the wind noise, which I'd hoped to lessen with this GT-Air.
Wind noise: The GT-Air isn't too bad with noise, but oddly enough, the chin vent being open increases the low-frequency roar substantially, so much so that once I isolated it as the problem, I pretty much had to keep it closed all the time. The upper vent only adds a minimal amount of noise.
About the "Air" part. Not so good. The chin vent doesn't seem to provide cooling to my lower face the way my X-11 did. All the venting seems to go up along the face shield. And the "air mohawk" they brag about really just seems to be a bit of a cool spot right on the top of my head. All in all, I'd rate the venting as mediocre.
Turbulence: There is some lift to this helmet, and with that lift, a bit more burbling than I like. Though the GT-Air looks to have the right aerodynamic spoilers integrated into the design of the shell, they just don't work as well as the racing-style spoilers fitted to my old helmet.
Finally, a word about the integrated sun visor: Some people may love this feature. I *wanted* to; it's the reason I bought this helmet, really -- To stop switching back and forth between my tinted shield and clear shield at night. Thing is, the tinted shield did a perfect all-around job of protecting my eyes, while the integrated sun shield has a one-inch gap at the bottom. The means my line of sight to my gauges is clear, and frequently reflecting sunlight back into my eyes. This became so annoying that I stopped using the integrated sun shield for most riding. It works well in dusky light, where switching back and forth is helpful. Aside from that, it's back to sunglasses. Also, with the sun shield down, airflow to the upper face is restricted. Oh, and there's NO option for a tinted main shield with this helmet, since Shoei must have felt it superfluous.
I do not recommend this helmet. I'm going to try and dump mine and get an X-12, or perhaps wait for whatever's next.
Rides: 2003 BMW K1200RS
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Givi Tank Lock Bike Specific Flange For use with Givi Tanklock Tank Bags. Attaches around the gas tank filler on your bike to allow you to mount a quick-disconnect Givi Tank Lock tankbag. The Givi Tank Lock system comes as two separate pieces. The bottom ring is bike specific and sold separately, and the top ring will come with your Givi Tanklock Tank Bag. Note: Please refer to PDF for bike compatibility, schematic shows complete tank ring, but only the bottom portion will ship as part of the Bike Specific Flange.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great system!
PostedAugust 11, 2014
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slipstream
From Fox Island
State:WA
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
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Givi's tank lock system is very easy to install and use.
Rides: 2003 BMW K1200RS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Givi E55 Tech Monokey Top Case
Givi E55 Tech Monokey Top Case
Givi E55 Tech Monokey Top Case The E55 Tech Monokey Top Case is Givi's largest top case with a whopping 55 liters of storage capacity. A rugged plastic construction and Givi's innovative Monokey opening/locking mechanism makes the E55 a solid addition to any bike in need of storage. The E55 accommodates two full face helmets and can carry a maximum load of 22 lbs. Features: Optional lid colors available (sold separately) Smoke lenses Holds 2 full face helmets Plastic construction Dimensions: 23.2 W x 12.3 T x 18.9 D Capacity: 55 liters Max load: 22 lbs Empty weight: 11.11 lbs Note: Adapter plate and/or bike specific mounting hardware sold separately. Internal document holder no longer included.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Gorgeous topcase!
PostedJune 10, 2013
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slipstream
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I needed the biggest case I could find, while trying to maintain the good looks of my bike. Enter the Givi E55, which is one really great-looking case.
Pros: Integrated lights look awesome, and work well. Laser cut key is nifty, though kind of overkill considering my bike's ignition isn't nearly so sophisticated. Fit and finish are perfect. Attention to little details is great, like the little arms that keep the lid open while loading. Shad's SH50 doesn't have this, so the lid likes to drop down on your fingers when you least expect it.
Cons: Givi is a bit expensive, and the case doesn't come with a mount plate, so that has to be bought separately.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1200RS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Givi E112 LED Brake Light Kit for E55 Top Cases LED brake light kit for the Givi E55 Maxia 3 top cases. Significantly increase safety by raising and increasing your bike's brake light visibility. Simple installation using pre-molded cutouts on the E55. Requires some disassembly of the E55 accent panels using a screwdriver. Requires tapping existing brake light wires.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice-looking brake lights
PostedJune 10, 2013
Customer avatar
slipstream
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I love how these brake lights look, and add safety to my commute. Installation was a hassle at times, and I had to make some changes.
I like how the contacts on the Monorack make reliable connection to the contacts on the bottom of my E55 case. Great system!
My changes: From the brake light wiring to the Monokey plate, there is no way to remove plate without cutting wires. I added a two-pole trailer plug, which is hidden under the seat.
I didn't like how the wiring ran from the taillights, through another set of contacts at the lock end of the case, and then to the bottom of the case where the contacts meet the Monokey plate. I felt it was overly-complicated, and took up too much room. So I simply ran wires along the top lid, down by the hinges, and over to the contact on the bottom of the case. I secured the wiring with hot glue every couple of inches.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1200RS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Givi M3 Monokey Top Plate Kit For F Series Topcase Racks Designed to be used in conjunction with F series Monorack Sidearms to complete a bike specific mounting solution for Monokey top cases. Features: Monorack Sidearms sold separately Necessary mounting hardware included Compatible with all Monokey top cases
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great-looking plate, if it matters...
PostedJune 10, 2013
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slipstream
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Buying a Givi case requires you to also buy the mount plate that goes with it.
Pros: It looks great, if anyone's ever going to see it .. ? It's also very adjustable. The optional electrical setup for brake lights seems well-though-out, and makes reliable contact.
Cons: Shad cases come with the plate as a package deal. Givi should take note of this.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1200RS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Givi 680F Monorack Sidearms for BMW K1200RS / K1200GT Givi 639F Monorack Support Brackets attach directly to your bikes sub frame and then to a Givi top case mounting plate, providing a secure and stable platform for a Monokey or Monolock top case. Features: M3 Monokey top plate sold separately / MM Monolock top plate sold separately Necessary mounting hardware included Note: Top and side cases are sold separately.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great-looking, secure system
PostedJune 10, 2013
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slipstream
State:WA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I was torn between the Givi E55 vs the Shad SH50, so I tried them both. While I liked the Shad system better, I had to go with the Givi for the extra capacity.
Both systems required me to mount their proprietary system on my bike. The Givi Monorack is slightly more expensive, and better-looking than the Shad. The Monorack arms really blend in nicely with the flow of the bike's bodywork. Installation is a bit of hassle, however, requiring the removal of my sidecase mount arms, and the fairings underneath. The instructions were not very clear, so I pretty much had to go with the grainy black-and-white pictures. The system is very adjustable, perhaps too adjustable. You can get it just right, but it'll take extra time to do so. By comparison, the Shad welded mount comes as a single unit -- Three bolts and you're done with the rack. It's because of my experience with Shad that I had to give the Givi system "average" scores for "Bang For The Buck" and "Ease Of Installation" categories.
Rides: 2009 BMW K1200RS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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