Michelin Pilot Road 3 Rear Tires Building on the tremendous reputation Michelin has built over the years, the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tire is the successor to the award winning Pilot Road 2. With the Michelin Pilot Road 3 Motorcycle Tire you are really getting 2 tires in 1, by integrating a soft rubber compound on the tread shoulders with a wear-resistant compound down the middle, Michelin gives you the best of both worlds. The Pilot Road 3 is a dual compound sport-touring radial tire. Revolutionary X-Sipes technology maximizes wet traction Michelins newest technology delivers all-weather performance without compromising tread life or handling Patented innovation resulting from years of research and development Two compound technology combines tread life and cornering grip 2CT incorporated into all tire sizes, front and rear Wider soft-compound shoulders on the front tire, compared to its predecessor High performance and environmentally sound 100 non-aromatic-oil rubber compound All tires listed are Z rated tires Note The size denoted by B is designed for loaded touring or two-up riding
Hard for me to comment on the tread life or wet traction on these tires yet as they have only been on for a week. But, I think their dry road grip has been great and RevZilla had them at a great price, with free shipping. They have a reputation for good tread life and wet traction, which is why I bought them. Looking forward to having them on my ST1300.
Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset The SMH10 is a Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Class 1 Stereo Headset with long-range Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH10, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0+EDR and the advanced digital processing technology, the Sena SMH10 bluetooth 3.0 offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH10 a perfect companion for motorcycles. Features Audio Booster Individual Volume Control Versatile Jog Dial Use while charging Upgradable firmware General Talk time 12 hours Standby time 10 days Working Distance (Intercom) up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain 4-way conference intercom Dimensions Headset 84.1 mm x 56.5 mm x 38.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.2 in x 1.5 in) Clamp unit 223.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 30.6mm (8.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.2 in) Headset weight 60g (2.11 oz) Clamp unit 84g (2.96 oz) Bluetooth Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Audio Built-in SBC Codec Voice prompts Conference phone call with intercom participant Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Auxiliary audio-in connection via 3.5mm jack Battery Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v4.1. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies .
Bought this as a result of recommendations from WebBikeWorld, RevZilla, and from various MC forums and personal recommendations from friends. Plus, the bang for the buck seemed to be better than other bluetooth options.
Had used Chatterbox FRS/GMRS in the past, but the units were heavy and bulky and sound volume was not sufficient to hear over foam ear plugs. Plus, they weren't bluetooth and I got tired of cords. I love not having cords and still able to get tunes or phone calls or intercom with my riding buddies.
My wife loves the fact she can call me when I am on trips on the bike. I have even called her using voice dialing, which works surprisingly well. Sound quality is pretty good. When doing intercom with riding buddies it is excellent. Phone calls are not quite as good, but pretty darned good. Wife said I sounded like I was in a phone booth or inside of a drum or something. Could hear me well, but it just sounded a little funny. Sound quality is good when listening to MP3 player and can even be heard at 70mph with foam ear plugs in. I installed the helmet speakers in an Arai RXQ. I may use the spacers that come with the kit to move the speakers a little closer to my ear. I imagine that will help with the volume. I usually have to have my MP3 player/phone at full volume and full volume on the Sena unit in order to hear it over the foam ear plugs. But, I can hear it and hear it well enough to enjoy the tunes.
Operation is pretty straightforward, but I do admit I am still pulling the manual out from time to time, but that is mostly just when I need to pair the unit to something. It paired very easily to my Android smartphone, and to my friends' Sena units, but you do need to be careful in what order you do your pairing. In one instance, we couldn't get two Sena units to pair together and realized that a friend (who wasn't using a Sena) had his Garmin GPS on his bike turned on, which was parked a few feet away. Our units were trying to pair with his GPS instead of with each other. Turning off his GPS enabled us to pair.
Operation while on the bike is fairly simple. Tap or turn the jog dial or tap the phone button. Pretty easy to use even with gloved hands. As mentioned earlier, I didn't like the weight of the old Chatterbox FRS/GMRS units we used in the past. On long rides it felt like the left side of the helmet was heavy where it was mounted. Not a problem with the Sena. It is very lightweight and I don't notice it being there. The microphone boom worked well in my full-face helmet. I thought I would need to get the wired mic for a full-face helmet, but no need. The boom is flexible and contours to follow the bottom edge of the helmet and then bends upward in front of my mouth. I didn't put the included wind cover on the mic on my initial ride as I thought that was only needed in an open face application. But, it still picked up on a lot of the wind noise even though it was in a full face and supposedly protected from the wind. So, I highly recommend putting that little plastic piece on the mic, no matter what application you use it in.
I was a little disappointed that the wall plug recharge option was not available when I ordered, but I went ahead and ordered the USB charger cord option since RevZilla had the best price I found. So far, that has not been a problem as I am around computers often enough to charge it that way and on the road I can charge it using the included cigar plug charging cord which will enable me to plug into my bike's cigar plug outlet. But, if your bike does not have a cigar plug power outlet, you would need a wall charger (AC plug) for when you travel or are away from a USB power source. No more expensive than those wall chargers are, I think Sena should include them in all of their units. Just a minor annoyance to me though. A full charge lasts me many days worth of commuting and occasional use. I always charge it before day long rides and it has plenty of power to last all day. Not sure how many back to back all day uses it could do without a charge yet.
Overall, I am very pleased with the unit and may buy another one for pillion use.
GMAX GM69 Helmet - Solid Colors GMAX follows-up their award winning GM68 helmet with the newly designed GM69 Full Face Street Helmet Lightweight, multiple shells and styros for GMAX premium fit and maximum comfort. Large eye port for a wide range of vision New sleek wedge design State of the art venting with functional intake and exhaust vents to get fresh air in while evacuating unwanted hot air and moisture High air flow top intake vents feature larger controls for easy use with gloved hands. Molded front air dam directs hot breath away from the shield to reduce fogging and the adjustable chin vent directs fresh air upward across the inside of the shield to help reduce fogging. Plush, removable, washable Coolmax interior allows for custom fit and comfort that is second to none. Removable cheek pads for custom fitting with optional sized cheek pads available for purchase. Interior designed for noise reduction and comfort with noise reduction cheek pad shape, vented chin curtain and rear neck roll shape. Padded chin strap with D-ring closure and retention snap secures excess chin strap. Anti-scratch optically correct shield with easy tool-less removal DOT approved lightweight thermo-poly alloy shell.