Mikeyforgets
 
 
 
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    February 10, 2012
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OGIO No Drag Mach 5 Backpack Aerodynamic molded exterior design for unmatched Air Flow reducing drag while riding Weather resistant molded exterior shell with molded graphic design Laptop protective compartment fits most 15 laptops iPad tablet protective compartment Fleece lined smartphone and personal electronics protective pockets Helmet visor padded protective compartment Shoe storage dedicated compartment Helmet carry strap with soft nubuck leather Removable hip belt with off-center attachment to prevent gas tank scratches Deluxe organization panel with secure valuables pocket and adjustable load divider to evenly distribute weight Expansion zippered gusset to increase main compartment capacity Ergonomic and deluxe padded back panel for ultimate comfort Fully adjustable and ergonomic padded shoulder straps with quick exit buckles and no slip sternum straps for comfortable and secure fit Body conforming shoulder gasket for increase comfort and fit Hydration ready Reflective safety piping and logo for 360 degree visibility Concealed aerodynamic carry handle 1475 cu. in. / 24.17L expanded 20.5H x 14.5W x 7D 3.7 lbs. / 1.67 kg. Carbon weave PU shell, 840D Jr. Ballistic Nylon, 420D poly
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
It's pretty but...
PostedMarch 15, 2012
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Mikeyforgets
From Milwaukee
State:WI
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I didn't purchase this from Revzilla, but I wanted to put my review here because this is my favorite site to purchase all things bike related from.
First of all I listed Bang for the Buck as fair. Why? For all practical purposes this is a limited use backpack. What do I mean by that? When I purchased this backpack, I was thinking "Well, I'm a student & I ride my motorcycle to school so I can use it to haul my books, laptop and other such things." Wrong, but let me get back to that in a moment & talk about what's good about the bag.
First the exterior. The bag looks sharp. The outer shell has a sort of carbon fiber look and I've had people come up to me & say how cool the bag looks & want to feel the shell. The back of the bag that touches your back is nice & padded as are the shoulder straps. There's that nice off center waist strap that won't mess up your bike tank, the chest level strap that is adjustable & a helmet holder belt that you can use to keep your helmet attached to your backpack when you're walking. At the top of the back there's a zipper pocket that could hold a large smartphone or other such device. There's also reflective stripping on the left & right side so you'll be seen at night.
The interior of the bag has various pockets for pens, a phone, a laptop, a tablet size device and other such things. There isn't an elaborate setup, but it's sufficient. The space is decent with special shoe slots that work well. There's also a compartment to hold an extra helmet face-shield which I've tried out & it works. There's a zipper that goes around the length of the bag to expand the capacity of the backpack which is very nice. The interior of the bag has a decent setup with an acceptable amount of space.
Now the not so good stuff. If you're the kind of rider that's only going to need to haul clothes or extra shoes this bag has you covered. If you're like me & also want to haul around books...It better be comics or paperback. The exterior of the bag is single stitched and at the top front of the bag(what people would see if you were wearing the bag) there's a slit of sorts. It's a leather or suede slit you can slide your hand into to pick up the bag. Due to the single stitching it tears easily as my bag did. What it revealed was a piece of hard plastic underneath the leather or suede material. That single stitch equals poor quality & a short life span. It only took two of my daughters school books, her shoes & her lunch to cause my bag to rip when I picked it up. My daughter is nine so I'm not talking encyclopedia britannica here either. The bag is not designed to carry anything more than a light load. Also the bag is sexy, there's no denying that, but because it's good looking you almost have to treat it like a piece of art. You won't want to scratch this thing, get it scuffed or let anyone man handle it. The bag won't stand on it's own so you're going to have to either hold this thing or set it on the ground/floor when you're not wearing it. That means it'll get dirty easy or something might fall on it or scratch it. Yes, there is a waist strap, but if you have a gut, the strap isn't going to fit around your waist. I have a 32" waist with a slim stomach & with my leather jacket on it was a snug fit. Do your dieting before you strap this bad boy on.
While the interior will fit a decent amount of clothes don't expect to fit much else. Due to the unusual shape of the backpack, it's difficult to fit books. Even with the expansion zipper feature there's not a lot of room to work with. I was able to fit my 15" Asus Zenbook, an external dvd writer, an assortment of pens, my smart phone, my camera, various cords, my external hard drive & jump drive, but after that only 2 decent sized books. So it's not very practical for a student. Oh yes & that helmet shield holder. Good in theory but not in practice. If you want to put books in your bag you can't use the helmet shield feature. With all the things I just listed inside the bag the face shield wouldn't fit properly in the bag. I couldn't close the bag until I either bent the face shield( which would have broken it) or removed the shield. I chose the ladder. And the belt thingy that can be used to hold your helmet on the exterior of the bag? Well, it does what is says, but when you start walking you get this sort of swinging helmet motion which just isn't good so another nice idea but it needs some work.
In all fairness to the mfg, when I called OGIO to complain about the rip that happened 10 days after I had the bag they were extremely helpful, understanding & allowed me to send the bag back for a replacement bag free of charge. They paid to have it shipped back & are sending the replacement bag free of charge as well. So OGIO clearly stands behind their products. Even though this review on the Mach 5 is harsh I'm still going to continue to buy OGIO products. I'm just going to make sure I physically inspect the product before I drop the cash next time.
So in conclusion for $160 + I'm recommending the bag only to people that will use it to hold clothes, their laptop & other light things. For a student I'm saying it's not worth it.
Hey though...it's sexy.
Rides: 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
Yes, I recommend this product.
+10points
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Shoei CW-1 Faceshield The new Shoei CW-1 Visor / face shield fits Shoei Qwest, RF-1100 and X-12 Helmets 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 into contact with the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional racing shields with tear-off posts are available 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 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 Note Mellow Smoke refers to a tint that is lighter than the Light Smoke shield. Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Dark Smoke FTW!
PostedMarch 3, 2012
Customer avatar
Mikeyforgets
From Milwaukee
State:WI
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
This face shield has a wide viewing range. I purchased the Dark Smoke & it blocks out the sun on those sunny days. I wouldn't use the Dark shield at night unless you stay on a well lit road or highway.
This bad boy fogs pretty easily though. I do a lot of riding in temperatures from 20-30F & you almost have to keep opening & shutting the shield. My old CL-Max wasn't like that.
I'm hoping the pin lock shield will be made with one solid color vs the way it's made now which just looks silly to me.
Anyway, I like the shield & I would be lying if I said I didn't think it was high quality.
Rides: 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
Yes, I recommend this product.
0points
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Shoei RF-1100 Helmet - Solid Colors SHOEI is proud to introduce the all-new RF-1100 Helmet, which is built on the strongest pedigree in the motorcycle helmet business. The Shoei RF-1000 Helmet has enjoyed great success since its 2003 inception, but that didnt stop SHOEIs world-class development team from throwing out the molds to build a brand-new helmet from scratch. Combining dealer and customer requests with advanced technology, modern testing practices, and fifty years of helmet-building experience, SHOEI delivers the finest sport-touring helmet that money can buy. The all-new, groundbreaking Shoei RF-1100 - where aggressive styling meets SHOEIs unrivaled attention to detail, and the evolution of perfection is once again met. AIM+ Shell Construction Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient 5 Shell Sizes and six EPS liner configurations present increased fit options that comfortably fit most head sizes A third generation Tail Fin, integrated into the bottom rear beading in combination with the Shell-Integrated Spoiler, allows smooth airflow that reduces drag and lift CW-1 Face Shield The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Q.R.S.A. (Quick Release Self-Adjusting) Base Plate System Q.R.S.A. base plate allows for tool-less face shield removal and installation. Every time the shield is lowered, the spring-loaded base plate (U.S. patent pending 11/799935) pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly, ensuring a wind and waterproof seal between shield and helmet Variable Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Top outlet vent is separate from the Shell- Integrated Spoiler, allowing it to be positioned for optimum flow-through ventilation Four rear outlet vents allow for adjustment of airflow based on riding position Enlarged 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 Interior System The entire interior lining (cheek pads, crown liner and chin strap covers) is easily removed to allow cleaning Each component of the inner liner is ergonomically designed to offer the ultimate in safety, fit and comfort Eyeglass compatible Tech Specs 5 shell sizes Weight 3.54 Pounds / 1604grams (based on size medium / solid color) DOT and Snell M2010 approved Need help with sizing Check out our sizing video or read our Shoei Size Chart for more help. And don't forget our Gear Geeks are always available to help you out if you need advice. setTimeout(function()var adocument.createElement(script) var bdocument.getElementsByTagName('script')[0] a.srcdocument.location.protocol+//dnn506yrbagrg.cloudfront.net/pages/scripts/0010/2527.js a.asynctruea.typetext/javascriptb.parentNode.insertBefore(a,b), 1) Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
A quality product
PostedMarch 3, 2012
Customer avatar
Mikeyforgets
From Milwaukee
State:WI
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
It's a long review so I'll spare you the pain if you don't want to read all of it.
Pros: Stylish, comfortable, awesome air flow, the face shield provides a wide viewing range & is very easy to put on & take off. You can change the cheek pads for a custom fit, awesome neck guard that blocks air flow & an overall high quality feel.
Cons: It whistles while you work...which can make it noisy without ear plugs. If the stock cheeks pads are too tight, be prepared to shell out more cash for the another set. It fogs easily in cold weather(below 40F).
I bought the RF-1100 to replace my CL-Max that was falling apart after 5 years of abuse. I'm very happy so far.
I'll do my review in the order of the categories I was asked to rate the helmet: Bang for your buck(I'll do this one last), style, comfort, protection & durability, air flow & features.
Style - I purchased the Black & I like it. Something tells me in the future I'll wish I picked the matte black as the regular gloss black is going to show every little scratch on the helmet. It looks like a race helmet to me & even though I don't do track days that's fine. The finish is very well done & it looks like a high quality helmet. The little spoiler thingy on the back looks pretty cool too.
Comfort - The helmet is very comfortable & you can tell Shoei put a lot of thought on the interior of this helmet. Not only is the interior removable, but there are different sizes of padding you can buy. The helmet also feels very light. My old CL-Max was a tank compared to this helmet. Although that may not be fair as the CL-Max is a modular helmet so I'm pretty sure that's going to make it heavier anyway.
Protection & Durability - I don't know. I'm assuming this will protect my head if I crash, but I don't plan on doing that anytime soon so I'll leave that to the people who have been in an accident with this helmet. As far as durability goes, I have no reason to believe this won't be a long lasting product as Shoei has one of the best reputations in the industry.
Air Flow - Outstanding. When you have the two front vents open & the four rear vents open you can REALLY feel it. It's very impressive as I always kinda felt that feature in helmets was a sham of sorts because you can never really tell if the air is flowing. That's not a problem here. I'm willing to bet in the summer the great air flow this helmet has will really be one of my favorite features.
Features - I like how easy it is to change the face shield on this helmet. Shoei says you can do it with gloves on & I believe that, but I'm not about to practice. Either way the shield comes off & goes on extremely well.
There's a breath guard that comes with the helmet, but I don't notice a difference with or without it.
One thing that does make a difference however is the neck guard. It works extremely well. I frequently ride in temperatures around 20-30F(Wisconsin is brutal) & the neck guard prevents air from flowing into your helmet. With a scarf & the neck guard I was a happy camper on the highway at 30F.
The face shield gives you a wide range of vision without any distortion. I purchased the Dark Smoke & am very happy with it.
Now that I've written about all the wonderful things about this helmet there are a few things I'd like to complain about.
Yes, it is wonderful that you can buy cheek-pads in different sizes to custom fit your face. Having said that, however I think it's unacceptable that Shoei makes you buy another pair if the stock ones don't fit. When I purchased my medium helmet I got the fish face because the cheek-pads were squishing my cheeks. I had to purchase the 31mm pads & for a helmet that is around $400 dollars ... that's just not cool
It whistles. Now I've read plenty of forums that state "Adjust your helmet & the whistling will go away" or "If it's whistling the shield is not properly set in the helmet." After trying to adjust it about 5 or so times I still got the whistling so I brought it to the local bike shop which was also an official Shoei dealer. I had a salesman put the shield on for me the "proper" way & it still whistles. This isn't a deal breaker for me as I use ear plugs anyway, but I just wanted to mention it.
If fogs easily. I've read the pin lock face shield works miracles for fogging, but the standard face shield fogs very easily. I didn't buy the pin lock face shield because you can't get one entirely in one color. The middle can be one color, but then the outer part of the shield is clear, which frankly doesn't make any sense to me. There's a feature where you can have the shield open just a touch, but that doesn't help the fogging issue either. Not a deal breaker again because I'm driving in very cold weather, but I'm hoping it won't be so bad when it warms up around here.
So overall I'm extremely happy with the helmet so far. There's a lot to love here & I'm sure as time goes on it'll grow on me more. I gave the bang for the buck 4 out of 5 stars because I'm still a little butt-hurt about having to buy an extra set of cheek-pads after spending close to $400 on the helmet. Call me cheap but I can't seem to let that one go. Otherwise, I'm very impressed.
Rides: 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
Yes, I recommend this product.
+6points
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Replacement Cheek Pads for Shoei RF-1100 and Qwest Helmets 31MM Stock in XXXL 33MM Optional 35MM Stock in XS-XXL 37MM Optional 39MM Stock in XXS 41MM Optional Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Got the fish face? These should help.
PostedFebruary 10, 2012
Customer avatar
Mikeyforgets
State:WI
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I ordered the RF-1100 black in color and medium in size. The stock cheek-pads are 35mm and were giving me the in-famous fish face.
I immediately ordered the 31mm cheek-pads and what a difference. The helmet fits perfectly now so I'm wondering what it will feel like when it actually breaks in a little, but I don't imagine it will get worse.
I'm a little upset about having to order additional cheek-pads because the stock pads didn't fit properly. After spending close to $400.00 on a helmet it would be nice if there were some kind of exchange policy. In no way shape or form do I blame Revzilla for this shortcoming. Shoei should step up to the plate and do something for their customers that were shafted by the set of cheek-pads that don't fit. I suppose I'll save them just in case I decide to lose 40lbs or my face starts sinking.
Overall, I'm extremely happy with the RF-1100's 31mm cheek-pads. It's nice to be able to customize the fit. I've read Shoei makes a top notch product and so far I can't argue with that.
So to summarize. Two thumbs up for:
- the 31mm cheek-pads that make my RF-1100 fit perfectly.
- Shoei for making the excellent RF-1100.
- Revzilla for their excellent service.
The middle finger to...
Shoei for making me shell out an additional $30 some odd dollars to replace the stock cheek-pads that didn't fit & not giving me an option to exchange them for the right ones.
Rides: 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
Yes, I recommend this product.
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