Yadba
 
 
 
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    July 18, 2011
  • Last review
    January 28, 2014
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    4.2
 
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Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback Dual Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Five shell and six EPS liner sizes present increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler to reduce drag and lift as well as diminish weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation The rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior System 3-D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass compatible interior Standard Chin-Strap Clip Neatly secures chin strap CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. The spring-loaded base plate (U.S. patent pending 11/799935) pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Additional Specs Construction AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber) Weight 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium Solid Color) Standards Snell-M2010, DOT Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sure glad I didn't pay full price for this helmet.
PostedJanuary 28, 2014
Customer avatar
Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
PROS
Comfortable.
Protective (Snell AND D.O.T. rated).
Highly visible in this color.
CONS
Impossible to keep shield from fogging up. Had no choice but to spend ANOTHER $75 for Pinlock shield and inserts in order to ride in anything below 60 degree weather.
Lots of wind noise (hoped it would be quieter than my previous helmet, an Arai RX-Q with its pod-mounted shield, but if anything, it's noiser).
The only thing removable on the inside are the cheekpads.
Can't remove neck roll or liner for cleaning or routing speaker wires.
Had I paid full price for this helmet, I would have deeply regretted the purchase. CONS outweigh the PROS.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Maxima Chain Wax Care Kit Features Maxima Clean-Up degreaser is excellent for chains and/or sprockets and easily washes out with water Maxima MPPL is a superior, all-purpose spray-on penetrating lubricant that provides a barrier against rust and corrosion and great for displacing moisture Maxima Chain Wax sprays on as a liquid, penetrates and then sets up as a soft waxy film, to create an excellent lube that protects chain from the elements
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
The "wax" leaves a greasy/sticky residue.
PostedJuly 15, 2013
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Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
I regularly use chain wax instead of chain oil on my bicycle chains, and it leaves a very dry, slick coating on the chain that does not attract dust or dirt.
Was hoping this "system" would provide a similar coating (and have a similar effect) on my internally-lubricated X-ring motorcycle chain.
However, after going through the 3-step process (clean/lube/wax), the chain came out somewhat "sticky." Not quite the result I was after.
But, on re-reading the product features, I notice that it claims to "set up as a soft waxy film," not a "dry wax film" like my bicycle chain lube.
Haven't ridden the bike enough to know how this will work in the long-term, though.
I also haven't had a chance to see how well the cleaner works on a really dirty chain (after spending three days riding back trails in Arkansas, for example). My chain was brand-new when I first used this kit.
The 2nd step (lube) is effectively an overpriced can of WD-40.
The whole kit seems a bit overpriced as well, but $25 seems to be the going rate for it.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Pro Grip 714 Dual Sport Grips Special GEL compound for maximum vibration absorption Extremely comfortable for street, dirt or dual sport riding Black only
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great upgrade from stock grips, especially for the price.
PostedApril 29, 2013
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Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
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
Put new ProTaper handlebars on my DR-Z400S, so figured I might as well replaced the grips while I was at it. I never liked the stock grips anyway.
These are a huge improvement.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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MSR D3O Hip Pad D3O Hip pads are compatible with all MSR Pants. D3O intelligent shock absorption is a patented shock absorbing material engineered with intelligent molecules. D3O is a rate-sensitive material. Meaning when moved slowly the molecules flow freely, making it soft and flexible. At high speeds (Like an impact) the molecules lock together making the material an excellent shock absorber. The whole process is repeatable occurs instantly and returns to its original state as soon as the impact is over.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great upgrade from standard foam hip pads
PostedFebruary 4, 2013
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Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have four pairs of riding pants for different situations: MotoBoss AirSpeed4 mesh for street; Answer Syncron and Fox 180 for off-road; Klim Dakar for dual-sporting. Note that none are the MSR brand that these pads are said to be compatible with.
However, these pads work great with all of them, whether they attach with Velcro or slip into a pocket.
I never thought the thin foam pads that came with all of the different pants offered much in the way of actual protection.
These, however, look like they actually might prevent some injury.
And the price was too good to pass up!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Progrip 717 GP Duo Density Grips Firm on the inside and gel on the outside make the 717 one of the most comfortable street grips Proprietary GONT compound in 2 densities, one for extra grip on the bars to minimize movement and the outside layer to provide maximum comfort and vibration absorbtion
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Don't appear to reduce vibration much
PostedMay 9, 2012
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Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Replaced my stock grips in hopes of reducing vibration transmitted to my hands.
My '09 Versys vibrates quite a bit at freeway speeds, and I haven't broken down and purchased MotoWerk's $127 anti-vibration handlebar risers yet (think I'll put them on my birthday wishlist this summer).
This was certainly a cheaper way to try to reduce the vibes. If only it had worked.
I like the "feel" of these better than the stock grips, though, so it's not a total loss.
Rides: 2009 Kawasaki KLE650 Versys
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Roland Sands Design CE Armor - Elbow Features Nitrex Evo patented technology gives protection evenly across surface Repeat performance for multiple impacts Lightweight and flexible Grid pattern reduces weight Fits all RSD jackets with armor ready pockets CE rated 1621-11997 Sold as a pair 7.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches tall and .5 inches thick One size
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
So much better than the original pads
PostedMay 9, 2012
Customer avatar
Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Even though these are listed as "elbow pads," they happen to be the same size and shape as the knee pads that came in my MotoBoss AirSpeed4 mesh riding pants.
The original pads were thin foam that didn't offer much protection even when they were brand new. Once they started compressing and tearing, I started looking for a replacement.
These were perfect.
Cooler: these allow airflow and the originals did not.
Tougher: much better protection against injury.
Flexible.
I'd say they're worth every penny, but that would be an understatement.
Rides: 2009 Kawasaki KLE650 Versys
Yes, I recommend this product.
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MSR Base Layer Long Skins The same great qualities as the Base Layer Short in full length for cooler temperatures Reactive moisture transport system keeps the body cooler and dryer than cotton Comfortable elastic waist Made with stretch lycra for greater mobility in the fabric for stretch and fabric recovery Compression garment that will hold your muscles in place longer and reduce body fatigue. Less chance for pulled and sore muscle tissue Fabric is spun with wicking and antibacterial treatments
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ankles a bit baggy, but otherwise fit great
PostedOctober 17, 2011
Customer avatar
Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I tried another brand of base layer pants first, but they were a bit baggy in the ankles, knees, and seat. Exchange them for this pair, which fit almost perfect. Ankles are still a *bit* loose, but not a deal breaker.
I got size large both times. I am 6'3", about 220 pounds, with a 34" waist and 34" inseam.
Very comfortable. Looking forward to seeing if they help me feel cooler next summer. By the time I exchanged the original pair, the hottest weather here had passed.
They still feel good under my mesh riding pants, though.
Rides: 2009 Kawasaki KLE650 Versys
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
*So* much better than the thin piece of foam that came with my jacket!
PostedSeptember 26, 2011
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Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I wear a Fieldsheer High Flow II mesh jacket, which came with a 3/8" thick piece of foam as it's back protection. Better than nothing, but I have been looking for an upgrade ever since I got the jacket. And, on hot days, it blocked a large area of my back from ventilation.
This looked like it would fit (shape-wise), and the stated measurements sounded about right, so I gave it a try.
It fit the pocket of my jacket almost perfectly. It's quite a bit heavier than the foam was, but feels as if it would protect my back 10 times better than the foam would have.
Well worth $40.
Now if I could only find something similar for the knees of my mesh riding pants...
Rides: 2009 Kawasaki KLE650 Versys
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Designed for the street without giving up the benefits of a racing helmet. Completely new helmet based on Corsair V shell Same wider eyeport opening as Corsair V Same face shield as the Corsair V Intermediate Oval Fit (same head shape as Quantum 2) Slightly different feel due to new cheek pads. New cheek pads come down further and cradle the head better. Made of a different density material which results in an extremely comfortable and quiet helmet Advanced ventilation Smaller, More Aerodynamic shell shape Hyper-Ridge circles lower shell to improve strength and aerodynamics Retractable chin spoiler Emergency Cheek Pad Removal system along with removable neck roll One piece bottom edge trim Race helmet for the street 5 unique size shells (XS, S, M/L, XL, XXL). Meets or exceeds SNELL 2010 and DOT specifications 2010 Model NOTE The pearl black listed for this product is a standard gloss black helmet, there is no metallic in it
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Exceptionally comfortable, but not as quiet as I had hoped...
PostedJuly 18, 2011
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Yadba
From Blue Springs
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
This is my second Arai helmet. My first was their dual-sport XD3, which I've had for about a year.
I think I am now officially a “Lifetime Arai-Wearer.”
One of the main reasons I chose another Arai is because of how extremely comfortable my first one was. From the moment I tried on my first Arai, I was SOLD, even though I had no intention of spending over $500 for a helmet at the time. I now assume I will be spending at least that much every time.
So, I bought the RX-Q with the confidence that it would fit as well, and be as comfortable as the XD3.
I was not disappointed.
I was disappointed, though, to find that the RX-Q was not all that much quieter than the XD3. It is much more aerodynamic (looking), so I expected wind noise to be greatly reduced. It was a little bit quieter, but not much. Maybe there is no such thing as a helmet with little or no wind noise.
Ventilation is superb, though, even with the shield fully closed on a hot day (it’s been breaking 100 here for the past 2 weeks). As long as you are moving, of course. Once stopped, the shield has to come up.
Speaking of shields, I STILL have not gotten the hang of removing/installing the “Super Ad.Sis LRS” (Advanced Shield Installation System). A CD containing an “animation” of the process is included with the helmet, and the Arai web site has videos of veteran riders popping the shield off and on in a matter of seconds, but it is NOT EASY. For example, when removing the shield, you lift up levers that are supposed to click into place. But they don’t stay up – they fall back down if you look at them cross-eyed. I’m sure I will eventually get the hang of it, it just doesn’t come easy. Last Saturday, I talked to two other Arai-wearers that had the same experience.
That being said, I understand and respect Arai’s philosophy when it comes to side pods versus pod-less mounting (see http://www.araiamericas.com/default.aspx?pageid=130). I’ll gladly trade a mounting system that is a little less convenient for one that is a lot safer.
Another minor disappointment was the color of the helmet. I picked “Hi-Viz” fluorescent yellow to match my hi-viz mesh riding jacket. But next to the jacket, the Arai just looks yellow, rather than fluorescent yellow, which has a greenish tint to it (see picture). Same thing when compared to the “Speed & Strength SS2000 Twist of Fate Hi-Viz Helmet” that Revzilla carries (http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/speed-strength-ss2000-twist-of-fate-hi-viz-helmet). The Arai is SOMEWHAT hi-viz, but not TRULY hi-viz. Even my wife, who has little or no interest in motorcycles, commented that “your helmet and jacket don’t match”.
The helmet has great balance, by the way, and excellent stability.
In summary, I think the RX-Q is the most comfortable, cool, and safe helmet money can buy. If I had to rank the most important features in a helmet, those would be my top three. So what if it’s not quite the right yellow, or is not “whisper-quiet?”
Rides: 2009 Kawasaki KLE650 Versys
Yes, I recommend this product.
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