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Givi E45 Economy Monokey Luggage Case The E45 cases are classic in style. They have a durable finish which makes them ideal for use on dual sport bikes whilst the conventional style would also compliment any older model bike. The E45 cases are great for use as side cases or as a top case. As with all the cases in the Monokey range 1 key can be used to lock/unlock the case or remove the case from the mount. The E45 case is available in flat black only no painted finishes are available. Accessories for this case include a choice of back pad, and an inner liner. The Economic version does not include document holder, elastic retaining, or reflective exterior sticker Dimensions 22L x 16.3W x 12D (56.0 x 41.3 x 30.3 cm). Capacity 45 liters. Max. load 22 lbs
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Givi E45 - BANG FOR YOUR BUCK hard cases
PostedNovember 6, 2013
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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These puppies get the job done. They're not pretty, but they're functional.
I have E21 hard cases on my B1200N for day-to-day commuting, etc. But doing two-state jaunts regularly without significant cargo space was getting to me.
They snap onto my already existing Givi side racks specific to the Bandit (http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/givi-pl523-tubular-sidecase-racks-gsf1200-bandit-00-05), so installation literally took 3s.
As I mentioned, you're paying for functionality rather than a nice rack...
They do their job and well. I pack a spare helmet (Nolan N90 XL), spare riding shoes, and a hoodie in one side. In the other, clothing and toiletries for 5 days travel. For longer stints, the N90 goes under a web and more clothes go into the case.
4500mi on them and they're rock solid. They keep my stuff dry, clean, safe, and secure.
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Nova takes the classification of hi-vis safetyvest to a whole new level by combining enhanced visibility with riderspecific function and fit. Cut in authentic DuPont Cordura withballistic airflow mesh panels, Nova offers maximum cooling with major abrasion resistance. Engineered to be worn over any motorcycle jacket,a custom fit can be achieved by utilizing adjuster straps located atthe side body and waist panels. Safely stowing extra gear is no problemas Nova also offers four zippered front pockets, a see through chest pocket for an ID or toll pass and a zippered waterproof back pocket.Five oversized 3M Scotchlite panels qualify this vest for use by US military personnel. Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels Designed to military specifications with authentic 3M Scotchlite reflective panels Four zippered front storage pockets Zippered waterproof back storage pocket See through vinyl ID chest pocket Custom fit side body and waist straps Comfort micro fiber lined collar Cool mesh airflow lining Drop back detailing
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finally a good-fitting, durable, hi vis vest!
PostedOctober 13, 2011
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ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I ride everyday. My car hasn't moved from its parking space in over three weeks. So I hit every kind of traffic and run across every stupid driver out there who's just not paying attention. When I commute in rush-hour traffic, I'm wearing this vest and I can literally notice the heads turning when I come by. You WILL be seen wearing this vest no matter if it's day or night. You'd hope for that in a hi-vis vest, right? So why THIS vest??
Because Olympia is the most intuitive manufacturer of motorcycle apparel I've run across. I'm a big guy, so I got the 3XL-4XL model to go over my riding jackets...and it's still big enough I needed to use the SIX (yes 6) cinching straps to custom fit it to my body. Pockets: this vest has them in so many places, I don't even use my jacket pockets (even a waterproof pocket in the back!!). Durability: it feels like if I went down on my back or side while wearing it, the torso of my jacket would never touch the road...this puppy can take a beating.
The ONLY con is airflow. The front is mesh, but the back isn't really, so it ends up being far more of a shell than I expected it to be, so it gets hot in the 100F+ KC summers over even a mesh jacket.
I've already recommended my dad and a couple friends pick this up for their commutes. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
Sidenote: "neon red" is orange. I'm not sure who sees it as "red."
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Overlord Textile Overpants Designed to be functional and versatile, the Overlord textile overpant is fully loaded with removable CE approved knee armor inside its nylon shell. Mechanical stretch panels allow articulation without binding. Icon's Loose Fit pattern gives plenty of room to comfortably layer up underneath. If you're in the market for a general purpose nylon overpant the Overlord textile has the qualities you'll need. ICON loose overpant fit pattern Removable CE knee impact protectors Durable nylon chassis Adjustable waist straps Breathable panels for venting Ribbed flex panels on knees Zippered side pockets for secure storage Ratchet waist closure
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Stellar overpants that fit anyone.
PostedOctober 13, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
I did a bunch of research before making a purchase on an overpant mostly because I'm an awkward size to fit: 46" waist, 34" inseam. As a big guy, buying pants online is extremely difficult, but everyone said the fit on these were a full size larger than the specified size so they could actually work as an overpant, and they were 100% CORRECT.
I bought the largest size (44") and not only do they fit fabulously without pants underneath, but they're surprisingly large enough to fit a pair of gym shorts or track pants on underneath and still latch on the last couple notches (ratchet waist). The knee protection sits exactly where I want them WHEN ON THE BIKE (Suzuki GSFn1200S) in a slightly tucked position. When riding, the length is perfect as well: all the way to the boot. That being said, one of the two cons is that they are awkward to walk in because they are cut for riding, not walking, and therefore are extremely long while standing and walking.
The only other con is the width of the bottom of the leg...it's wide enough to drive a truck through. If you wear riding shoes (I wear TCX mostly which are closer to a shoe and not a boot), the pants will flap pretty significantly which can get a little annoying. I've figured out that putting my heels down (like riding a horse) creates more natural airflow and cuts down the flapping. Sooner or later I'll try and rig a way to cinch them tight.
These pants are warm. Very nice for cold/cool weather with pants underneath. If you're riding in warm to hot weather, wear shorts or no pants underneath...or just buy the Hooligan overpants.
Comfortable over long distances, intuitively cut with stretch panels, and overall a great buy. I feel even safer knowing that I've got quality abrasion resistance all over my legs as well. ...now if they'd only include hip and tailbone padding/armor they'd be near perfect.
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Olympia Mens Bonneville Jacket
Olympia Mens Bonneville Jacket
The Olympia mens Bonneville jacket is the perfect combination of retro-cool styling and cutting edge design. Constructed in authentic DuPont Cordura with ballistic mesh panels, it offers maximum airflow with exceptional abrasion resistance. To round out the package, its equipped with a wind and water-proof / breathable liner jacket for added comfort, function and style. 3M Scotchlite trim at the sides and back insures added visibility in low light situations. Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels Waterproof liner jacket Removable CE approved Motion Flex armor at elbows. and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist Comfort neoprene framed collar 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at sides and back 8 connecting zipper for pants Four storage pockets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Brilliant jacket for ANY size person!! (I'm a BIG guy)
PostedSeptember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I LOVE this jacket. The boys at Olympia know their stuff. It's a great stylistic fusion of a textile/mesh jacket with oldschool flare. I get turned heads, compliments from women about how "bad-a**" I look, and I feel completely safe in it. Now the key points.
Airflow: Without the liner, this jacket breathes like it's meant for heavy heat and humidity. I have the sand/pewter and the sleeves are light enough that in KC 100F+ summer heat, I don't feel like I'm baking in the Sun when stopped at a red light like I do with other summer jackets (Icon Hooligan, etc). When it's cool out, throw in the weatherproof - liner that was expertly designed to pair with the shell - and suddenly you can handle 40F with no problem.
Comfort/Fit: I'm 6'1" and 285lbs, with a suit coat size of 52". I have the 4XL in this jacket and even with the liner in, I have room for a hoodie underneath! Anyone my size who tries to buy motorcycle apparel knows how invaluable this is. This is made for standard or cruiser style riding. If I decide to tuck on my Bandit at highway speeds, it will ride up a little in the back...but it has an awesome pair of loops that unsnap, go around your belt, and snap back into the jacket so it will never ride more than an inch or so above your pants line. Also due to riding style cut, the sleeves are a touch short (1" tops) for me when my arms are fully extended. If I'm riding aggressively with short gloves on, sometimes skin will show a little. I blame that on my crazy wide shoulders, not the cut of the jacket.
Features: here's another high-five to Olympia. Finally there are accessible yet secure pockets in a jacket! Outside left breast zipper, inside left breast zipper, inside left breast velcro cell phone pocket, and two side zipper pockets outside. The weatherproof liner jacket also has several pockets. The reflective piping is nice and visible. Armor sits well for my frame and is comfortable (though don't expect and aggressive back protector like a race jacket). Lastly, there are fit straps to make the jacket hug your body on the waist, sides, and arms so it will never flap in the wind.
Features, style, fit, price...they're all stellar.
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nelson-Rigg Deluxe All Season Cover Features The Nelson-Rigg Deluxe All Season Cover made from high-density treated polyester to withstand today's elements and be water-resistant Treated with exclusive UVEX to block out harmful UV rays that are the leading cause of color fading Air ventilators to prevent condensation and heat shield lower panels Four oversized grommets with bungees at front wheel and middle of bike for security Soft windshield liner and snug fully-elasticized hem Packed into its own attractive carry all Not intended for trailering Size Guidelines Medium fits 125-600cc Standards without windshield or accessories, and Sport Bikes Large fits 250-600cc Standards with windshield and accessories, and larger Sport Bikes X-Large fits 650-1100cc Standards and Touring Bikes with windshields and accessories XX-Large fits 1200-1500cc Standards and Touring bikes with windshield and accessories Note Model Numbers Are MC-902. 903 904
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great cover at great price.
PostedSeptember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This cover fits my naked Bandit 1200S like a glove. The two bungee straps are well placed, and the coverage for my bike goes from end to end securely about 3"-4" off the ground. It has stayed solidly in place during heavy winds and during a storm when I was not in a location where a garage was available.
Two CONS: 1) not 100% waterPROOF (but at this price bracket, I'm not complaining). 2) Doesn't have heat shielding, so you really need to wait till a naked bike cools before putting it on. But to get rid of these two cons, you have to hop up pretty significantly in price.
PROS way outweigh the cons on this purchase...I'm very pleased.
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Cortech Sport Tail Bag
Cortech Sport Tail Bag
8.5H x 15W x 13L (16 liter) Use Tailbag or Saddlebag separately or as a single unit 1680 Denier ballistic nylon construction for durability Soft tricot interior lining Builtin bungee cord hooks hide away when not in use Bottom Velcro flap and quickrelease buckles for Cortech Sport Saddlebag attachment Easy access, top loading main compartment Accommodates laptop computers with displays up to 17 Top flap, internal organizer pocket Scotchlite 3M reflective striping and logo Comfortable rubberized carrying handle TourMaster Jacquard shoulder strap Rain Cover included TPR zipper pulls
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good all-around sport tail bag.
PostedSeptember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I wanted a decent tail bag for commuting daily, just big enough to hold lunch, some books or paperwork, or an extra face shield and hoodie for those unpredictable days.
The unzipping side extenders are a great feature. If I decide to take take-out for my girlfriend and I on the way home, I can fit some pretty large to-go containers in here and beverages. It also fits oversized manuscripts without crunching them. When in its smallest form it's great for the hoodie/face shield/extra gloves combo. It seems to be pretty tough material and will be durable for the long haul. The four hook straps work nicely on my naked Bandit 1200S' luggage pegs and back grip and it stays secure at highway speeds. Harrying handle and shoulder strap are also a nice perk.
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Abus Granit Victory X-Plus 68 Brake Disc Lock For very narrow brake discs Abus X-Plus locking system for extremely high protection against unlawful opening Disc memory reminds you to detach lock before starting Includes lighted key
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finally something that fits my bike!
PostedSeptember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My naked Bandit 1200s has those brakes that come out at an angle making brake lock fitting atrocious, but I often park my bike on the street right in front of my apartment building so I wanted a little extra security. I hate chains because they're bulky, and I wanted something I could throw under the seat while riding.
I originally bought a Xena that I was stoked about but it too wouldn't fit due to the brake design so I was at a loss. I emailed Revzilla CS and they recommended the Abus Granite Victory. The return process was made extremely simple by the RZ crew and the Abus arrived in no time. The fit was perfect!
PROS: If it fits my Bandit, it's going fit just about anything out there. Construction is solid as a rock, and the lock housing SPINS so getting a tool grip on it would be next to impossible. I got the black lock with the yellow accent which is a nice visual deterrent if I don't have the cover over the bike.
CONS: The only con is that it's smaller than I expected, but the fit would DEFINITELY do the job, so it's not that big of a con.
Thanks RZ CS for the stellar recommendation once again.
Rides: 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Lightweight, protective, comfortable - the mesh jacket that redefined warm weather riding gear returns. The latest model Hooligan 2 sports improved materials, patterns, and construction all combining to up the ante in this classic Icon garment. Padded ballistic nylon elbow overlays provide improved abrasion protection while integrated spandex flex panels allow increased mobility. Beneath the Fighter mesh chassis lies the newest generation of Icon's CE approved Field Armor elbow and shoulder impact protectors. For even greater protection, the included dual density Field Armor back protector can be replaced with the CE approved Field Armor Stryker back protector (available separately). The Hooligan 2 mesh jacket-your ideal choice when the mercury rises. Durable fighter mesh chassis for maximum venting Heavyweight ballistic impact panels Stretch panels for increased mobility Removable CE field armor impact protector elbow Removable CE field armor impact protector shoulder Custom molded dual-density foam back pad Removable insulated liner Lined collar for comfort Internal zippered pocket for secure storage Relaxed Icon fit Imported
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic Hot/Temperate-Weather Jacket!!
PostedMay 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 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
I'm a big guy, so I emailed the crew at Revzilla about how true to size the Icon jackets were, as they are described as having an aggressive fit. At 6'1” and 270lb (suit size 52”) the 4XL was recommended and the fit is perfect.
Across the chest and stomach it is snug as a sport jacket is expected to be, but does not limit movement, nor sacrifice in style and look. Sleeve length is ideal for riding, whether cruiser or sport. Waist length is long, which I love. It goes past the waist of my jeans and even covers part of my back pockets. When tucked in a sport position, this is fabulous and you don't have to worry about flapping, or showing off your back or boxers.
This jacket breathes! In 92F heat, it's comfortable for hours without the liner, so long as there's a breeze or you're moving. This will get a LOT of summer use on my commutes. What surprised me was that in 50F chill with light rain, I was still toasty warm after 30min with the liner zipped in. This jacket is a fine mesh, so I had to dry out the liner after the rain, but I was warm nonetheless.
Armor is adequate. It shifts slightly but never enough that I fear it would not do its job. I will be upgrading to the Stryker back protector soon.
Style – it looks WAY better in person than in the pic. I have stealth black and it is subtle yet cool. I've had several riders ask where they could buy one as well, especially now that it's getting warmer here in KC.
I strongly recommend this jacket to others. You will NOT be disappointed.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nolan N90 N-Com Modular Helmet The new Nolan N90 Helmet has both full face and jet-helmet style capability. The chin bar can be opened or closed with the external shell made from polycarbon. The visor part has a rapid release function, and features solar tinting and anti-scratch material. The internal lining of the Nolan N90 can be removed and washed, and is made from Clima-Comfort material with antibacterial treatment. VPS (Vision Protection System) Short dark shield mounted on the inside of the shell and moving independently from the clear shield. As thick as a regular faceshield, it provides real eye protection when used independently from the clear shield. Also available in Light Blue, Smoke, and Amber. Easily operated by a slider on the side of the helmet. Ready for NCOM Communication System Aerodynamic polycarbonate shell with built-in spoiler for improved stability Safety dual-action Centromatic release system Fully removable and washable Clima-Comfort liner on snaps with extra neck roll for wind-noise reduction Reflective panels on the back of the liner and the chin curtain Dual top vent with exhaust grid in the rear spoiler and chinbar vents Optically correct, push-button quick-change Lexan faceshield, offers UV 400 protection Multi-position anti-scratch shield accepts NFR antifog insert Chin curtain included Microlock (adjustable) retention system Sanitized anti-microbial hypoallergenic interior Velour chin-strap padding DOT Approved Antifog Insert Included Read more about the Nolan N-COM Bluetooth Communication System
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Modular for the Dollar!
PostedMay 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I did a lot of research about helmet sizing and about 6 or 7 emails back and forth with Revzilla's extremely helpful staff before ordering. No one near me carries the Nolan N90, so I ordered it based on RevCS recommendation and I could not be more pleased! I got this helmet about 2 weeks before I took my motorcycle training course, knowing I'd put about 14hrs of use into it in 3 days. I wore it around a bit before taking it on the road and it felt great.
On the course for 3 straight days of nonstop use, I was extremely impressed with this helmet. It was comfortable, fit ideally, and all the features really stood out:
Modular use – easy one-hand operation, but secure, solid, and locks in the raised position which was fantastic when sitting around listening to an instructor.
Ventilation – I was impressed with how well this breathed even at low speeds. 92F on the course, and in second gear with all 4 vents open and the faceshield open one notch I was comfortable. At highway speeds, it breathes plenty with the faceshield closed and 4 vents open. The only time I had fog issues were on a 30min commute at 50F with light rain and opening the shield a notch took care of that.
Drop-Down Sun Visor – Awesome. I wear glasses, so I don't usually have sunglasses. Even on the brightest days, the TopGun style visor provides plenty of shade for the eyes.
Noise Level – I don't have a ton of experience in this realm in mods, but it's quieter than the HJCs modulars, and even quieter than a couple Icon fullfaces I've worn.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX X-Square Boots This boot wears like a shoe Great malleolus protection, light weight, and Italian styling make this a great choice for the casual rider, whether you're riding a Vespa or Ducati Monster. Upper composed of suede leather and Air Tech material Malleolous protection, back counter reinforcement and shift pad Double closure system with laces and Velcro for a better fit Anatomic and replaceable footbed Wear-resistant all uses sole
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect Riding Shoe
PostedMay 26, 2011
Customer avatar
ambientboy
From Kansas City
State:MO
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
Better than I expected. They are heavier than sneakers, but lighter than boots. I've put about 18hrs riding into them and countless hours of just wearing them around. Under my jeans they look like European style sneakers. On or off the bike, they're fantastic, true to size, and comfortable for consecutive hours of riding time.
I have recommended them to several friends who have purchased them and love them as well.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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