I have a pile of balaclavas in the closet. The warmest is the Schampa WarmSkin but I don't wear it because the fleece neck is too thick for the tight-fitting collar of my Motoport jacket's liner. If you wear a more open-collared jacket, check out Schampa. I was attracted to the mantle (the bit draping around the shoulders) of the Zan because I thought it would add another layer of warmth. If you're standing still without a jacket, the mantle sits just like in the pictures. But when you put on your jacket, the material can easily get pushed around & bunched up on your back. However, the extra material does ensure a greater seal between jacket and balaclava. You don't have to worry about the 'clava popping free when you turn your head or cinch your chin strap. I have an Aeroflow windscreen on my '05 R1200GS which blocks a significant amount of wind. When the temp was in the teens during my commute this week the Zan kept me comfortable, and sealed the bottom of my helmet nicely. Still, I haven't used any of the other balaclavas in my closet since I got this one. Also, it worked great for my wife when we went snowboarding in Utah when the temp was in single digits!
Nelson-Rigg UV-2000 Half Cover Features Specially treated UV Protected nylon Blocks out 99+ of sun's harmful UV rays and protects against all natural elements All seams electronically heat sealed to be completely 100 waterproof Snug elastic bottom allows for snug fit on all shapes Sewn in elastic bungees for universal mounting Packed in its own fanny pack When folded, it's small enough to fit in almost any storage compartment 1 year No Hassle warranty Sizes M/L/XL to fit every bike
I have a '05 R1200gs with Aeroflow windscreen, Jesse Odyssey bags and large Shad topcase. The XL cover fits my bike great. The non-sidestand bag is a bit a of a stretch, but all the other vitals are covered. I would appreciate a felt interior panel for the windscreen, though. Like any cover, stuffing it into the included bag is always a challenge, but I've had better luck with this one than the full-size covers I've owned in the past. Plus, it doesn't take up as much space in panniers or trunk as a full-size. If what you want to do is protect your seat, gauges and windshield from sun & rain, this is the cover for you. Plus, prying eyes are likely to move on to the next uncovered machine.
Metzeler Tourance Rear Tire The Tourance Reat Tire lets you take your touring-configured enduro bike for longer rides Radial tires feature twin layer, 4-ply diagonal tire carcass construction Radial front and rear tires feature Metzeler's 0 steel belt technology Tourance Rear Tire compound provides long mileage, stable handling and touring comfort on road tread design also handles light off-road riding Metzeler rear tire optimized tread design reduces rolling noise
Transfers power from drivetrain to road surface well
PostedJune 26, 2012
From New York City
Bang for the Buck
I wasn't sure if I should get this or the EXP. The Revzilla video helped me by stating this tire will last longer, even though the EXP provides better street traction. My 05 R1200GS is mostly a commuter bike, but since I commute in New York City I feel I need the better off-roadiness this tire gives for all the potholes and rough roads. Even as worn down as the previous tire was, it still gave great grip, though leaning was a little hairy since the old tire was basically shaped like this: |_| I never felt nervous because of this tire in any of the conditions in which I ride.