Donald R.
 
 
 
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    July 15, 2010
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    December 10, 2013
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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 Raven high performance radial was specifically designed for long life. 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 demand for long life, high performance radial tires Provides superior riding comfort, while the tread compound gives high grip on both wet and dry roads 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
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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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Shinko 009 Raven Rear Tires The Raven high performance radial was specifically designed for long life. 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 demand for long life, high performance radial tires Provides superior riding comfort, while the tread compound gives high grip on both wet and dry roads W speed rated (168 mph) Aramid belted Highest tread life of Shinko sport performance radials DOT approved
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Worth every penny... And then some!
PostedApril 22, 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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Wet Traction 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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I've been running Michelins on my RT ever since I got it in '07, and I've always been very happy with them. So when I found myself in need of a rear tire without the money to pay for my usual, I did some research. Looked at the Shinko Raven, read reviews, and talked to a couple guys I know who have used them. What I found was, nobody had anything bad to say about them. So I decided to give em a try. I don't do track days on my RT, but I do ride pretty "spiritedly" on local mountain roads. I have only 1100 miles on it so far, but I've found it to be just as good for my needs as anything I've used before. I ride two up about 30% of the time with an extra 150 - 200 lbs (including my wife) on the bike. We just did 1000 miles this past weekend and the 009 Raven performed very well, wet, dry, or sandy. Put me down as not having one bad thing to say about them too!
I put Tread Life at "average", but I'm nowhere near the end of life for this tire. I'll have to revisit once it's used up.
To be clear, I only have the rear. I cannot speak for the front...
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Compound Mesh Short Gloves The Compound Mesh Shorty is all businessin a wrist-length package. Built of a durable mesh chassis and neoprene flex panels, both the fit and function of the Compound is beyond reproach. Add in dual compound main knuckle armor, finger armor and a Battlehide goatskin palm and the results are clear. Compound your expectations from a mesh riding glove. ABRASION RESISTANT PREMIUM GRADE BATTLEHIDE TM GOATSKIN PALM AND FINGER GUSSETS PADDED DOUBLE LAYER ABRASION ZONE PALM CONSTRUCTION PRE-CURVED PALM AND FINGER DESIGN THERMOPLASTIC KNUCKLE EMBOSSED NEOPRENE FLEX PANELS IN CRITICAL AREAS HI-FLOW BACKHAND MESH FOR VENTILATION
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
They're "ok"
PostedFebruary 25, 2013
Customer avatar
Donald R.
From SOUTH PASADENA
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I was torn between these and another short "mesh" style glove, but I like the styling of these better, so I pulled the trigger on them. My hand measured a perfect Large according to the size chart, but when the gloves arrived (in only two days!) they seemed a bit tight. I wore them around the house for about 15 minutes before my fingers started going numb. Exchanged for XL and now my hands are happier... Except, the "pinky" finger is about 1/2" too long and the thumb 1/4" too long. Maybe I have wierd hands? Had to do some "surgery" to remove excess material that was causing "hot spots" on a couple of my fingers... Anyway, I wore them on a 300+ mile ride to test them out. They're not bad, but what I found is that my hands got clammy even though it wasn't particularly warm (60s F) and there doesn't seem to be much air flowing through them for mesh gloves. Maybe I'll revisit this after I've worn them in the heat... Too late to return them now, but next time I'm looking for summer gloves I will try something else... I still like the way they look though.
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 Tour Master Women's Transition II Jacket
Tour Master Women's Transition II Jacket
The three quarter length 600 Denier Carbolex and 600 Denier ballistic polyester shell incorporates reflective Phoslite material panels for strength and increased nighttime visibility A waterproof and breathable Rainguard barrier allows dryness without perspiration buildup Collar anchor snap eliminates flapping while collar is open Waterproof zippered 3-position shoulder vents combine with chest vents, sleeve vents, rear exit vents and the pipeline ventilation system to provide flow-through ventilation Durable 2-way main zipper closure with dual wind flap seals out the elements Wide reflective strip across the back and chest reflective sleeve piping, Phoslite material panels and Tour Masters signature reflective rear triangle increase nighttime visibility Microfiber lined collar and cuffs are soft yet durable Adjustable sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep help to secure elbow armor and material Removable CE approved armor at the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple density back protector Tour Masters Z.O.Q (zip-out quilted) liner features warming 100gm polyfill insulation Vertical zippered chest map pockets, zippered hand pockets with flap closure, internal media pocket, dual zippered fanny pack and sleeve key pocket Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help to fine tune the fit Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side included
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
She's very happy
PostedFebruary 11, 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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I got this jacket for my wife. I've had one for a couple of years now and am happy with the features and styling for the price. So when my wife decided she wanted a 3/4 jacket, this was her first choice. Luckily we got it while they are still available... And for a closeout price! This jacket is a good four season jacket. Nice and warm with the liner or when the weather really gets cold, a heated liner . It's a bit warm when temps hit 85 +. Above 90 you'll want a cooling vest. I rode through Baker, CA in 116F heat and was pretty comfortable with a cooling vest and the shoulder vents open. (as long as I kept moving!) The new Transition 3s are out now, so if you want one of these, you best act fast!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector Replacement CE Level 2 D30 Back Pad for Klim Jackets. D3O's Viper back protector benefits from Airwave Technology and is extremely flexible, low profile and lightweight, whilst offering incredible protection. Measures 17 Tall by 11 at widest point.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
It CAN be cut!
PostedJanuary 30, 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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I've been pretty unhappy with the wimpy back protector in my Transition 2 jacket, so after researching this D3O armor and reading that it can be trimmed to fit, I decided to give it a try. What I found is, that it is actually quite easy to trim if you have a good set of shears. I used kitchen shears and they worked fine, so now the armor fits the pocket in my jacket.
One thing I was not expecting is how heavy this is. I haven't actually weighed the thing, but it feels like at least a couple pounds added when carrying the jacket. Once the jacket is on and I'm on the bike, I don't really notice the weight.
Is it effective? I hope I never find out!
No, i have not asked my wife to hit me in the back with a hammer...
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex Boots A fresh perspective on TCX's global best-selling boot. Major styling improvements for 2011 make this a solid pick for the touring purist. Italian styled and manufactured of full grain leather with a full Gore-Tex membrane. The X-Five Plus Gore-Tex offers excellent shin and malleolus protection with unmatched fit and finish for 2011. Full grain leather upper GoreTex lining Inner thermo contoured shin plate AntiImpact malleolus protection Shift pad integrated in the sole Rear padded calf area Rear flex bellow Touring sole, with specific grip area, oil and petroleum resistant TCX X-5 GTX Boot
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A step up
PostedJanuary 3, 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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I finally got my TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex Boots after a couple years of wanting them. I wanted them for sport touring. They look and feel very solid. They measure 12.5 inches form the floor to the top of the boot. I gave them a 4 in comfort, and they're not even broken in! I've only been able to take one ride with them (100 miles), and I must say they are a step up from my 4 year old boots. The foot bed is quite a bit stiffer and I missed a couple of shifts, but after I got used to them that wasn't a problem anymore. I was wearing them in 40F temps (dry) and my feet stayed quite warm wearing only a pair of cotton socks. I have not (thankfully) tested their waterproofness, but I don't think you can beat the price for REAL GORE-TEX, and I highly recomend these for for the (sport) touring crowd.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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