jdh1978
 
 
 
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    May 31, 2011
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Protection Autonomous knee protector with support straps Homologation Knee and shin EN 1621-1 Sold as a pair Patent Chest and neck protector (Community Designs n 000528153) Biomechanical protector (PCT Patent Peding)
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Solid protection
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 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
I had these for a couple of years and would wear them under my jeans. They're bulky so if you like to ride in tighter jeans these won't work for you if you choose to wear them underneath your jeans. I wore them under my jeans since I'd wear them when going out for the night and didn't really have a place to keep them if I took them off. Offered solid protection and the straps held them to my legs securely. They were a bit uncomfortable when worn for longer periods of time; the material on the back was irritating especially if my legs started to sweat. They extend down into my riding boots which also smashed them up against my shins causing further discomfort.
Overall, the protection the offered for the price was good enough that I would still recommend them to anyone looking for leg armor.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 2 Front Tires The ideal balance Independent tests confirm the Pilot Road 2 offers better wet grip and longer tread life than any of its competitors. How did Michelin incorporate these two contradictory traits in one tire MotoGP-derived 2CT technology makes it possible, using two distinct rubber compounds to achieve what was once thought impossible Innovative front and rear tread designs Winner, 2009 Motorrad and Moto Revue sport touring tire tests
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good for the commuter who enjoys spirited rides
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
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
So far I have a few thousand miles on this tire and it still barely shows any wear. I'm primarily a commuter who goes out for weekend rides on twisty back roads, far from a kneedragger so I know this tire gives me more grip than I'll ever need short of taking it to the track.
I avoid wet-weather riding so I can't comment to how it performs in the rain.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 2 Rear Tires The ideal balance Independent tests confirm the Pilot Road 2 offers better wet grip and longer tread life than any of its competitors How did Michelin incorporate these two contradictory traits in one tire MotoGP-derived 2CT technology makes it possible, using two distinct rubber compounds to achieve what was once thought impossible Innovative front and rear tread designs Winner, 2009 Motorrad and Moto Revue sport touring tire tests 180/55 ZR 17 rear also available in a 'B' version, specifically designed for loaded sport touring or riding two-up
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great for commuters who enjoy spirited riding
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
3 / 5
3 / 5
So far I have a few thousand miles on this tire and it still barely shows any wear. I'm primarily a commuter who goes out for weekend rides on twisty back roads, far from a kneedragger so I know this tire gives me more grip than I'll ever need short of taking it to the track.
I avoid wet-weather riding so I can't comment to how it performs in the rain.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese TRQ Race Out Boots
Dainese TRQ Race Out Boots
Dainese TRQ-Race Out Boots D-Axial jointed anti-ankle twist back system in TPU Nylon toe TPU rear shinguard's TPU heelcounter Nylon heel Shock absorption insert on the heel Lorica uppers D-Stone fabric Elasticated bellows Internal regulation with Velcro closing with the zipper at the back Double jersey airgap liner High grip TPU inserts Padded insert for gear shifter guard Soft inserts Setscrew wrench supplied Non-slip sole with differentiated design Replaceable plastic slider (1999885 Stainless Steel Boot Slider Kit, 1996252 Plastic Slider Kit. 08)
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good protection
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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I've had these boots for about 9 months and after a bit of a long break-in process they are pretty comfortable. I have wider feet so they hurt after longer rides but it's my fault for sticking with a boot designed for a narrower foot. I'm a size US 8.5 (or 9 depending on manufacturer) and the 42 was a bit too big and the size 41 fit a bit snug but it stretched a bit and fits great now.
I purchased these because I like the brand and the bang-for-the-buck ratio was pretty good. It was the cheapest boot to offer any sort of protection for lateral ankle movement.
Since I got these on closeout I was limited in color options; I was aiming for the black perforated model but it was too big so I my only other option was the white, non-perforated model. It's grown on me a bit.
I wouldn't want to walk in these boots all day long but for short walks here and there they're comfortable enough. My feet definitely bake in warmer weather since there's no airflow to speak of in these boots. No fault of the boot since they're non-perforated.
The only issue I have with the boots, and this may be common with other manufacturers, but the dried glue on the boot was fairly obvious from the moment I un-boxed them. The boots have got quite a bit of wear on them now so it's not as noticeable but I had higher expectations for a Dainese product.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 RevZilla Face Shield / Visor Bag
RevZilla Face Shield / Visor Bag
RevZilla Faceshield / Visor Bag Oversized banana pouch Smile holder Maybe. Visor tote Definitely. Don't scratch up your faceshield! Carry it along in RevZilla's handy visor tote. How many times have you put a nick in your tinted or clear shield from letting it float around in your backpack, saddlebag, or stuffed inside your jacket Never again shall your visor suffer such ignominy! Made from 600D Maxtura and padded to keep your shield snuggled up safely, this visor bag is just the ticket for keeping your shield clean, clear, and unblemished. If you have an anti-fog coating (many shields do), protecting it is the first step in having it work correctly. Rep some ZLA style with the highly-reflective logo emblazoned on the tote. A handy carry strap is included for lashing to the tippy- top of the stack of gear you take on your next trip! Note Face shield and/or banana sold separately.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Cheap and effective.
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I can actually barely squeeze 2 visors in this bag - my Arai SAI and Shoei CWR-1 will fit and I just can't quite get the velcro closed.
Thick padding, soft interior and a sturdy zipper for such a low price make this visor bag a no-brainer if you're looking for a way to store your spare visor.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Tech Neck Warmer Features Super soft 4 way stretch reversed micro-fleece Seam free collar edge Embroidery logo
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
It works
PostedApril 24, 2014
Customer avatar
jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Works as intended in keeping my neck warm in cold weather. I still have problems with fogging up the shield when it's pulled up over my mouth and nose though.
Very comfortable, no irritation at all. Straight out of the package it was soft and warm.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Battery Tender USB Charger Charge your iPhone, iPad, iPod, GPS, camera or any smartphone or device that can be charged via USB. Designed for use on any 12v battery. Requires Battery Tender SAE Quick Disconnect Harness (sold separately). Output 5V/2.1Amp
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Keeps my phone charged, 'nough said.
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Picked this up to keep my phone charged on those day-long rides. It works flawlessly; doesn't charge as quickly as using a cable plugged into a power outlet but I didn't expect it to.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TPRO Forcefield Limb Tube Knee / Elbow Guards Whatever the sport the moulded lightweight CE approved Nitrex armour housed in a Tube constructed from Cordura and Lycra create the perfect knee or elbow protector. Dual retaining straps can be removed for increased comfort if worn with tight outer garments and the Nitrex armour is removable leaving the Tube easy to machine wash for prolonged freshness. Features Cordura and Lycra outer for exceptional comfort and abrasion resistance Removable moulded CE approved Nitrex armour Dual detachable retaining straps Machine washable (with armour removed) Vented panels for increased breathability Lightweight RPT (Repeat Performance Technology) Ergonomic design for increased comfort Limb Tube Sizing Small for elbows Medium for larger elbows and smaller knees Large for knees
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfortable as long as you're not standing up.
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Previously had a pair of Dainese Knee V Guards which I bought to wear whenever I was riding in jeans. After awhile the bulkiness and cumbersome nature of putting them on and taking them off had me using them less and less. Additionally, since they extended down into my riding boot were uncomfortable at times. What's the point of safety gear if you're not wearing it. I bought these since they were seemed lower profile and didn't go down into my boot.
By comparison, I wish I would've kept the Dainese if only for the fact they seem the better deal in terms of price and protection. I hope I don't have to test the protection of the limb tubes but the armor is not any less bulky than the Dainese but doesn't seem to cover as much of the knee. Additionally, I fear they might shift around in the event of a crash and not protect the knee as intended. The Knee V guards were solidly in place. I'll give kudos to the Limb Tubes for the fact they're more comfortable to wear while riding or lounging around but the moment I'm off the bike and walking the bottom of the armor digs into my shin just below the knee and is painful to deal with. They go on and come off much easier than the Knee V guards which is another plus and you can remove the armor and wash the tube itself which is an added benefit of the Limb Tubes.
All in all, I think the Knee V guards were a better bang-for-the-buck purchase.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
No, I do not recommend this product.
 
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Shoei CWR-1 Pinlock Ready Faceshield for RF-1200 Helmets The CWR-1 Pinlock Face Shield provides a vast field of vision that rivals other face shields. In addition to protecting against 99 of the suns damaging UV rays, the CWR-1 face shield offers a distortion-free view throughout the entire range thanks to Shoei's 3D injection-molding process. Additionally, innovative new ribs on the top and bottom edge of the shield improve rigidity and eliminate the bending that may occur from wind pressure and during the opening and closing process, and an improved shield locking mechanism rounds out Shoei's most advanced shield system to date. Optional Shoei CWR-1 Pinlock Lens available . Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Pricey for a shield but it looks good
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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I picked up the Spectra Gold shield simply because I was tired of the same ol' dark smoke ones I'd purchased for my other helmets. I think it goes well with my Marquez Black Ant graphic.
I was concerned about how transparent the gold mirror was since the stock photo made it seem pretty clear; as you can see by the photos I included, it's not nearly as transparent as the stock photo makes it out to be.
Night time riding isn't a big deal, I'd put it on par with the lighter smoked shields in terms of reduced visibility. During the day, it gives everything a blue tint instead of just darkening everything like traditional smoked shields.
Biggest gripe, the same as many others have, is the price. I thought about waiting for the photochromatic shield but didn't want to wait around for it to eventually get released plus since the shield swaps so easily it didn't seem worth it.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Shoei RF-1200 Marquez Black Ant Helmet Celebrate the youngest MotoGP rookie-champion since Kenny Roberts with the Shoei RF-1200 Marquez Black Ant Helmet. Rock it like Marc. The Shoei RF 1200 represents years of development and evolution of the Shoei RF Helmet series, distilled into one of the most advanced sport helmets available. The RF1200 has evolved through both wind tunnel testing and on-track rider feedback into a helmet that is light-weight, quiet and most of all extremely safe. Please Note Wearing the Shoei RF-1200 Maquez Black Ant Helmet does not guarantee pole position performance on the track. Slim And Light Weight Design One of the most important features of a quality helmet is that you hardly know its there protecting your head. Shoei has reduced the weight of the RF-1200 by using a slimmer design and building a distinct line into the side of the helmet that also serves as an accent. As a result, the new Shoei RF-1200 is lighter than any other Snell certified helmet in the current Shoei lineup. Shell Construction The new slim design of the Shoei RF-1200 , with its distinct accent cut line, widens the bottom of the helmet to help ease the process of putting the helmet on or taking it off. Further advancing the comfort of the AIM+ shell is the industry leading four shell sizes that the Shoei RF-1200 comes in. The impact-absorbing dual liner consists of two layers incorporating different densities, helping to effectively balance the potential impact applied to the more rigid shell. Quietness Through advancements in the aerodynamic shape, improved interior linings and a new and improved shield system the rider will experience a very quiet and comfortable riding experience. The interior of the RF-1200 has achieved a balance of a comfortably soft fit and a firm, stable hold. The new design of the cheek pads also improves the motion of the neck, thus helping the rider to check traffic behind him/her for example. Shield System The new CWR-1 Pinlock shield features ribs on top and bottom of the shield to improve rigidity and eliminate bending of the shield caused by wind pressure or the opening and closing of the shield. Independent beading in the top and sides of the helmet help to keep the seal of the shield tight and eliminate any excess air. In addition to the CWR-1 shield, Shoei has developed a new base plate for the RF-1200. The Quick-Release Self-Adjusting base plate is spring-loaded and pulls the shield back onto the helmet, sealing it tightly against wind and rain. The addition of a new five-stage rotating dial allows for fine tuning of the base place for easy shield adjustments. Ventilation A large lower three position vent, three upper air vent intakes and four uniquely positioned upper exhaust outlet vents combine with the Dual Density EPS liner to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS liner. Features Four shell sizes Dual density EPS liner Superior ventilation 3D Max-Dry System II Liner E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) CWR-1 Shield System Neatly secure chin strap Includes Pinlock pins and lens insert Includes breath guard and chin curtain Snell M2010 and DOT Certified Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great helmet!
PostedApril 24, 2014
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jdh1978
From Imperial
State:MO
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
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Vision
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Wasn't in the market for a new helmet but saw this Marquez graphic and made the impulse buy. Graphics look great in person; clean edges and colors look good. This helmet is sharing duties with an Arai Vector 2 so most of my comparisons are drawn between the RF-1200 and the Vector 2.
The RF-1200 is about the same weight as the Vector 2; I believe the Shoei is a few grams lighter officially. The interior of the Arai is nicer (IMHO) with regard to comfort and plushness than the RF-1200 but not by much. I hate visor swaps on the Arai (I've watched the Revzilla video numerous times and just can't get it); but with the Shoei it doesn't get much easier. The venting on the RF-1200 is good, and is quieter than the Vector 2; part of the quietness I attribute to the added chin skirt on the Shoei. The emergency removable cheek pads are nice extra feature and hopefully never get used. I've noticed with the RF-1200 the opening is narrower (again, IMHO) than the Arai so I find myself having to tug it a bit more to get it over my head. I haven't used the included pinlock insert yet and don't intend to until Fall rolls around. Aerodynamically, it's great, the only time I feel any buffeting is if I'm next to an 18-wheeler and hitting some turbulent airflow off the truck.
The issues I have with the RF-1200 are all minor ones: with the chin vent fully opened air is directed right into my eyes causing them to dry out if I'm at highway speeds. The interior is a bit itchy on my face. Since it's still new I'm hoping the irritation goes away with more wear. For lack of a better term, the 'comfort strap' which accompanies the chin strap doesn't stay aligned at all when cinching the chin strap through the D-ring. This allows the strap to chafe against my neck a little if I don't re-align it. A couple of loops on the 'comfort strap' to feed the actual strap through to keep them together would be nice.
Other random information... my head circumference is exactly 23" which puts me between the medium and large on the chart. The medium fit me perfectly.
No need to really comment or compare build quality between the 2 brands of helmets, they're both top notch.
Picked up the spectra gold mirror shield to go with it and it looks great together.
Rides: 2006 Honda CBR600RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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