Donald R.
 
 
 
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    July 15, 2010
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    May 12, 2016
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Tour Master Transition Series 4 Jacket A proper touring jacket must serve multiple purposes as no two days or roads are alike. Transitioning from one climate to another demands different features and the Transition Series 4 delivers. From a cold early morning ride to a humid afternoon ride, opening up the Pipeline vents on the chest, underarms, and back maximize airflow. Should your ride go from warm to downright wet and cold, the jacket's Rainguard barrier, along with the waterproof zippers on the Pipeline vents, and the removable insulated liner will keep you dry and cozy. For further weather protection, the Transition 4 jacket also features Tour Master's patented Aqua-Barrier Under-The-Helmet Hood deploys from the collar. Worn over your head and under the helmet the Aqua-Barrier hood will prevent rain from seeping down the back of your neck. Features: Carbolex 600 denier outer shell material 1680 denier Ballistic in the elbows Pipeline venting with pinch vents provides excellent ventilation when open and waterproofing when closed Aqua-Barrier under-the-helmet hood to help eliminate seepage in the collar area (US patents #8,156,573 and #7,779,485) and hides under collar Action back rear panel for extra comfort Phoslite 360 reflective piping and Tour Masters signature reflective rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility The microfiber lined collar and cuffs are soft yet durable Adjustable, elastic and snap sleeve takeup straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor and material Updated CE-Approved shoulder and elbow armor with an articulated triple-density back protector Waterproof, breathable Rainguard barrier Removable thermal liner Zippered chest map pocket, fleece-lined hand hand warmer pockets, internal pouch pockets and mobile media pocket, dual zippered fanny pack Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help fine-tune the fit Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment Waterproof front pockets Collar anchor
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Another winner from Tourmaster
PostedMay 12, 2016
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I'm replacing a 6 year old Transition 2 with this.
The T2 did everything I ever asked of it and kept me comfortable in the process. I expect the same from the T4.
First, I am 6' tall 190 lbs, 44" chest and the large fits me perfectly. I have thin arms but the jacket does not flap around in the breeze.
The armor is much more comfortable than the hard plastic stuff in the T2. I upgraded the back protector with a KLIM D3O piece that I cut down to fit in the pocket of my T2. It fits just as well in the T4's pocket.
I have been wearing the T4 for about a month now, for commuting and longish (weekend) trips, including a day in the rain. It has kept me warm in temps down into the 40s without the liner. (I'm a bit of a polar bear, so your mileage may vary).
It is MOSTLY water proof, but I had seepage through the shoulder vents after several hours in the rain. It's fine for short showers, but having experienced the same thing on the T2, I carry a rain jacket with me whenever I travel long distance. Which brings me to the small gripes I have.
Because I carry a rain jacket with a built in hood, I don't see the need for the hood in this jacket. It makes the collar a bit bulky and I may end up cutting it out. Also, there is one less pocket inside the jacket compared to the T2. It's a small thing, but I miss that pocket.
Over all, I'm very happy with my purchase, and for the money I don't think you can beat it.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Scorpion EXO-T510 Nexus Helmet The Scorpion EXO-510 is a helmet that will teach you to not judge a book by its cover. Utilizing such features as KwikWick II liner for extreme moisture control, AirFit cheek pad system for a custom snug fit, drop down SpeedView sun visor, and Aero-Tuned Ventilation with 4 intakes vents and 1 mega exhaust vent for maximum breathability. The EXO-T510 is the industry standard for technology and style. From the daily commuter to the seasoned touring rider, the EXO-T510 is a feature packed helmet at an uncompromising price. Features: Premium polycarbonate shell is engineered to minimize weight and disperse impact EverClear No Fog face shield optically-clear with anti-scratch hardened coating and 100 UV protection SpeedView SunVisor with 3 positions setting also features EverClear anti-fog coating on all surfaces AirFit Liner Inflation System inflatable cheek pad system for superior personalized fit. KwikWick II Liner Fabric anti-microbial fabric keeps you cool and dry in warm weather, warm in cool weather and easily removable and washable Kwikfit cheek pads allow easy on and off of the most common styles of eye glasses Emergency Release System tabs located on the neck roll allow easy removal of the cheek pads by trained emergency medical personnel Ellip-Tec Ratchet System is the easy, Secure, tool-less face shield that changes in seconds and also pulls the shield back against the eyeport gasket during closing to ensure a proper seal Aero-Tuned Ventilation with four intake ports across the front of helmet force cool air in while one MEGA exhaust vents maximize movement of hot air out Face Shield Lock/Vent System securely locks shield in place or turn down the lever to allow light airflow into the helmet DOT 5 year warranty Note: Helmet ships with clear face shield.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Use the size chart!
PostedApril 29, 2016
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Average
Wide
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Got two of these for the wife and myself.
I replaced an EXO 500 with the T510. The head shape is definitely more oval than the 500.
The venting is quite good, but I've noticed that when I turn my head, the pop up vents allow air in even while closed. No extra noise, but I can feel the air flow. This had me worried about water getting in through these vents while in the rain...
I'm happy to report that after spending a day riding in the rain, my helmet stayed perfectly dry inside.
Fit and finish appear to be high quality (usual Scorpion). The drop down sun visor is such a great feature! The 500 came with a light smoke visor, so I went ahead and ordered a dark smoke for the 510. Turns out I could have saved the money because it came with the dark smoke installed... Oh well, I have a spare.
One thing to note:
The sizing is MUCH different than with the EXO 500. I wore a size XL in the 500. With the 510, I was in between medium and large according to the size chart. I decided to go large, but it was too big and sat down on the top of my head causing pain over time. Had to go for the medium. A bit tight at first, but it's breaking in just fine.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 REV'IT! Airwave Jacket
REV'IT! Airwave Jacket
REV'IT! Airwave Jacket The REV'IT! Airwave is a staple summer jacket. Packed with features that make this jacket a hit with riders in warmer climates, the Airwave includes large ventilated mesh panels on the arms, chest and back, CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows, a pocket for a REV'IT! Seesoft Back Protector, zippered connections for the Airwave Pants, as well as a jeans loop and adjustments at the sleeves and waist. When rising temperatures have you looking at your leather or textile jackets like they are some sort of medieval torture device, the REV'IT! Airwave will allow you to ride with comfort and protection. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell polyester 600D, PWRshell mesh, Lorica reg, polyester rib, polyester 600D EN471 Visibility laminated reflection at upper arms and back Protection Knox Flexiform CE protection at shoulders and elbows Back Protector (sold separately) Seesoft Back Protector -Type KN Type KN / Size 105 fits SM Type KN / Size 106 fits MD-4XL ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit , regular Adjustability adjustment straps at hips, adjustment tabs at collar, upper arms and cuffs Ventilation ventilation panels at chest, back and arms Features jeans loop, short connection zipper Pockets inner pockets, slit pockets Additional Note The shoulders and side accent panels on the Silver/Neon colorways are black, not dark grey as shown in product image.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great air flow, but...
PostedSeptember 2, 2014
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
...That zipper...
I bought this on sale and couldn't pass up the deal. The jacket flows lots of air as long as you are moving (even walking). I am 6' tall, 195 lbs, and went with a large after watching the review video. It feels a bit restrictive after the XL Cortech I've been wearing for 7 years. That's OK though because unlike the Cortech, this one feels like the armor will stay in place in the event of a get-off. The collar was annoyingly snug at first, but now that the material has softened up a bit it's fine... I also ordered the Knox TP2 Advance X CE Back Protector which fits in the pocket perfectly and doesn't affect the fit much
But the zipper... It's small and it is on the opposite side from what I'm used to in men's jackets. After a month, I still have trouble getting it started, and when it's dark it can be VERY frustrating. Rev'it needs to do something about this. A larger gauge zipper would make this jacket really great... And stop putting it on the women's side!
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Knox TP2 Advance X CE Back Protector
4.4 out of 5(108)
 
 
 
 
 
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Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT Tires The Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires represent the latest iteration and next generation of Pilot Road evolution. Designed to deliver maximum safety in most conditions especially on wet roads and in particular when braking, Michelin's goal is to cover all riders in all conditions. Touting both enhanced safety and extended tire life, the Pilot Road 4 tires are a tangible illustration of Michelins Total Performance strategy of constantly and simultaneously improving tire performance characteristics across the range. The Pilot Road 4 GT tires are for heavier, touring bikes and has a stiffer casing with a patented new technology for motorcycle tires that delivers the stability you need for heavier GT-class bikes while riding solo, two-up or with luggage, and the comfort you desire. The Pilot Road 4 GT tires are already the OEM choice for the new BMW R1200RT. Superior wet-weather performance Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires stop shorter in the wet vs. the leading competitive sport touring tires and Michelin Pilot Road 3 Longest tread life in its class Up to 20 longer tread life than Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires Dependable grip even in challenging conditions 2 Compound Technology with all new silica-charged rubber compounds for excellent grip from 23F to 113F New XST+ siping and enhanced tread patterns for optimum grip at all lean angles
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Pilot Road so far
PostedJuly 14, 2014
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
3 / 5
3 / 5
This is my first Pilot Road 4. I got the GT for use on my 600lb R1200RT. I'm a big fan of Michelin tires having previously used PR2s and 3s. As far as front tires go, this may be the best so far. For me, it's quieter than the 2, and wears better than the 3. I tend to be hard on the sides of my tires and in this respect, the 3 disappointed... Only have about 5,000 miles on this one so far, but it looks like I'll get in the neighborhood of 10k.
As far as wet traction... Someone who lives where it rains would have better info on that. I live in Southern California. I think it might have rained here 20 years or so ago, but my memory is a bit foggy...
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Tour Master Custom Midweight Gloves A great cruising glove, the Tour Master Custom Midweight Glove is made of supple cowhide leather with light foam insulation to keep you warm in mild climates. Features: Soft, supple cowhide leather backhand, gauntlet and fourchettes Durable, cowhide leather palm with double-reinforced, padded leather panels to reduce wear and dampen vibration Comfortable, pre-curved boxed fingers and palm improve comfort, dexterity and help to reduce hand fatigue Light foam insulation helps to keep hands warm in cooler temperatures Slip-on leather cuff with a secure hook and loop wrist closure Soft brushed fleece interior lining
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Decent value
PostedMay 5, 2014
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Got these for the wife. She wanted "a simple, leather, middleweight" glove... These fit the bill perfectly. I mean, look at what they are called!
She is very pleased. Wore them in the rain with temps in the 40s(F) and she said her hands were not cold. Keep in mind that she is a passenger and so able to tuck her hands between us, thus keeping them out of the airflow. For a rider, they would probably be comfortable into the 60s though, depending of course on your tolerance to cold.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon D30 Replacement Knee Pads An advanced, patented polymer, CE-rated D3O impact protectors are the latest advancement in protective armor. D3O impact protectors utilize intelligent molecules that lock together on impact. Because of this, the impact protector can be made thinner and lighter, making a jacket more comfortable and easier to wear. However, this decreased size does not come at the expense of impact protection. Will fit any ICON Pants that were originally equipped with ICON Field Armor Knee Pads. Sold as a pair. Dimensions: 143mm X 227mm (approx. 5.6 x 8.9) 109 grams each (3.8 oz) 10mm thick
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Re-purposed these
PostedDecember 10, 2013
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I picked up the whole set of D3O armor from Icon for my Tourmaster Transition 2 jacket and Venture overpants.
What I found was, the shoulder armor fit very well, but the knee and elbow armor was too small for the pockets in both garments.
What I ended up doing was swapping the knee armor into the jacket sleeves. They fit quite well!
Now I just need to figure out what to do with this elbow armor...
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon D30 Replacement Elbow Pads An advanced, patented polymer, CE-rated D3O impact protectors are the latest advancement in protective armor. D3O impact protectors utilize intelligent molecules that lock together on impact. Because of this, the impact protector can be made thinner and lighter, making a jacket more comfortable and easier to wear. However, this decreased size does not come at the expense of impact protection. Will fit any ICON Jacket that was originally equipped with ICON Field Armor Elbow Pads. Sold as a pair. Dimensions: 130mm X 222mm (approx. 5.1 X 8.7) 96 grams each (3.4 oz) 10mm thick
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
They don't work in a Transition 2 jacket
PostedDecember 10, 2013
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
Tried these in my Transition 2 jacket and found them to be too small for the armor pockets. The flopped around like a couple dead fish in my sleeves.
They probably work just fine in Icon jackets, but I do not recomend them for Tourmaster jackets
However, since I also go the Icon D3O knee armor, and they are slightly larger, I tried those in the jacket sleeves and... Success!.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Icon D30 Replacement Shoulder Pads An advanced, patented polymer, CE-rated D3O impact protectors are the latest advancement in protective armor. D3O impact protectors utilize intelligent molecules that lock together on impact. Because of this, the impact protector can be made thinner and lighter, making a jacket more comfortable and easier to wear. However, this decreased size does not come at the expense of impact protection. Will fit any ICON Jacket that was originally equipped with ICON Field Armor Shoulder Pads. Sold as a pair. Dimensions: 140mm X 185mm (approx. 5.5 X 7.3) 95 grams each (3.4 oz) 10mm thick
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works in my Transition 2 Jacket
PostedDecember 10, 2013
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:55-64
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I picked these up as an upgrade for my Tourmaster Transition 2 Jacket. They fit in the shoulder armor pockets perfectly and are very comfortable.
Are they as protective as the original plastic on padding armor?
I expect so, but since I never had a get-off with the original armor, I'll never know...
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shinko 009 Raven Front Tires The Shinko 009 Raven high performance radial tire was specifically designed for long life and performance. Raven radials provide superior riding comfort, while the tread compound gives high grip on both wet and dry roads. Features: Specifically designed to meet the demands of high performance tires Provides superior riding comfort and high grip W speed rated (168 mph) Aramid belted Highest tread life of Shinko sport performance radials DOT approved
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
You can't beat it for the price!
PostedJuly 26, 2013
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Now that I'm back from a 4,000 mile trip, I'm ready to review this tire. First impression: Twitchy. By which I mean that when I first pulled out of my driveway after installing it, I felt like my BMW R1200RT was going to fall over on it's side. This tire really "falls" into a turn and it took a couple weeks to get used to it. Now I know what you're thinking... I've put many new tires on my bikes and I've never had one dive into turns like this one. I usually have to put pressure on the outside bar to keep the bike from turning too tightly. Now that I have become accustomed to it, I don't even notice. Grip is very good for my 600 lb bike. I have experienced no slippage on wet or dry pavement, even when riding less than "sedately" (which is a frequent thing). After over 4,000 miles on everything from interstate to twisty roads in the Rockies to even a bit of gravel, the tire looks barely used. My one nit that I have to pick is the center groove which tends to "track" on rain grooves and catches on pavement irregularities. It hasn't upset the bike at all, but it can be disconcerting if you're not prepared for it. I will buy these again. Having said all that, I hope these tires don't get too popular... I'd hate to see the price go up!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 REV'IT! Comet Gloves
REV'IT! Comet Gloves
The lightweight COMET glove is designed for touring and off-road use, offering an ideal mix of protection, ventilation, and comfort. The stretch areas allow a precise fit and the short cuff allows mobility at the wrist. The leather-wrapped, hard-shell carbon knuckle, as well as padding on the palm and thumb, offer the level of protection and convenience that off-road and city riders alike demand. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer Shell cowhide, goatskin, PWRshell 500D stretch, heavy Spandex, Automan stretch Lining tri-fleece liner Composition outer shell 51 leather, 34 polyamide, 11 polyester, 4 other fibers lining 100 polyester Protection cowhide, hard-shell knuckle, EVA foam at fingers, thumb and palm ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit Adjustability adjustment tab at cuff Ventilation ventilation panels at fingers and palm Features short cuff length
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Glove. Order a size up!
PostedJune 10, 2013
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
This is a really nice warm weather glove. Comfortable right out of the box (bag) and flows plenty of air, even behind my RT's fairing. Just be sure you order 1 size up from what you normally wear... For me this was easy since I know (from watching video reviews!) that I wear 1 size larger than Anthony does... ;-)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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