BenRussoUSA
 
 
 
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    May 21, 2012
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    April 9, 2014
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Gerbing 12V Heated Jacket Liner Gerbing's world renowned, award winning, coreheat12 motorcycle jacket liner uses microwire heating pads with thermostats for even heat performance and safety. Their liners are designed to fit close to the body and easily under your outerwear so you can roll in your favorite riding gear, longer and in more conditions than ever before. The Coreheat12 Thermovelocity System is powered by a simple connection to your motorcycle's DC power system. A combination of Gerbing's patented microwire heating technologies in conjunction with the 12 volt electrical system on your motorcycle keeps you warm at speed. Optional Gerbing 12V Core Heat Flex Pack Kit avaliable and inserts directly into back pocket poviding mobile power to your Gerbing's jacket liner, pant liner and gloves (Sold Separately). Features Heating pads on the chest, back, collar, and sleeves Improved ribbing at waist and cuffs YKK Zippers Thermal resistors installed on each individiual heading pad act as a solenoid to eliminate hot spots and overheating Includes battery harness Max Heat 135F 77W Power 12V DC 6.4 Amp Minirip shell Taffeta lining Made in USA
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Gerbing was great, and is getting even better.
PostedApril 9, 2014
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good people at Gerbing!
Back in 2005 I bought a Gerbing jacket. 40,000 miles later it still works like new. Can go for a multi-hour ride in 38 degree weather and stay TOASTY warm if I want (the controller has multiple levels). I have the gloves too. They are great.
Just bought one for my wife this year (2014), she just got a bike last fall. The gerbing jacket my wife got is even nicer than my old one. Seems like Gerbing isn't satisfied with making an awesome product, they need to make it better!
Rides: 2005 BMW F650CS ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Schuberth C3 Pro / C3 / C3W / S2 Pinlock Ready Faceshield Replacement pinlock-ready face shield for Schuberth C3, C3 Pro, C3W and S2 Helmets. Guaranteed condensation-free thanks to its double glazing technology. Note Clear face shield image shows pinlock lens inserted. C3 / S2 Pinlock lens available separately.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good, but could be better.
PostedMarch 25, 2014
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
On/Off easiness is GREAT.
The price is pretty darn HIGH for a single piece of plastic.
The pinlock is perfect for stopping fog, however mine has a problem. Either the holes are not close enough together, or the pinlock shield is too small. One or the other has a manufacturing defect. It keeps flopping around, Yes I did rotate the pins to tighten it as much as possible, didn't help much.
I have had many expensive helmets.
The Schuberth C3 I have is the most expensive and the best.
However it could be better.
The visor will not stay "cracked" open. the wind will either slam it closed or flip it all the way up. The indexing on my Nolan helmet was better, and my friends Shoei has a little lock that can crack the shield and hold it there.
Would really like a little custom fit rubber-maid or tupperware container for keeping spare shields. That way I could carry a dark tint for the daytime, and a clear for night-time. and maybe a spare old one, just in case I have an unplanned get-off or get hit by a rock off a truck ahead of me. I could zip-tie the container to the bike somewhere.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sargent World Sport Performance Seat Ducati Monster 620/750/900 2000-2004 Features Precision-engineered, lightweight, tough, PVC/acrylic alloy polymer CarbonTec Seat Base Pan with handy built-in under seat storage. Super Cell Atomic Foam suspension and enhanced shape for incredible driver comfort Improved seat angle which eliminates forward slope and provides a more neutral seating angle for the driver. Widened and slightly concave shape to increase contact area and better distribution of pressure over a greater area Fully assembled and ready to install right out of the box Offered with CarbonFX vinyl seating inserts Four retractable cargo hooks Seat accommodates rear cowl
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I love my Sargent seat on my BMW R1200RT
PostedFebruary 17, 2014
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Although I do not have a Ducati Monster, I do have a Sargent seat on my BMW R1200RT. I can ride a 12 hour day in my Sargent seat without feeling discomfort.
I had a Corbin saddle on a Kawasaki Concourse. And, of course, all of my many bikes have started with the OEM seat from the factory.
The best seat BY FAR has been my Sargent seat. The foam is firm, but not as hard as the Corbin (which was more like wood than foam). The material on my Sargent seat still looks like new, even 4 years and 25,000 miles later.
The first Sargent seat I had on my bike developed a crack in the seat pan at a stress point after just one year. I sent it back to Sargent and they sent me a replacement for free. The replacement has lasted for 3 years with no issues.
The Sargent seat fits on the bike perfectly, no issues with fitting or installation.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Power Front Tires You don't have to be world champion to get your hands on Michelin racing tire technology. Pilot Power tires use a rubber mix that was originally developed for MotoGP racing, and a tread pattern that covers less than 12 of the tire's surface. The result is a maximum lean angle of 50.6 degrees on dry pavement and 41.9 degrees in the wet, achieved with a stock sportbike. Features MotoGPderived rubber compound requires minimal warmup time The softest rubber mix in its class for remarkable grip, yet maintains tire performance even at advanced stages of wear Unprecedented lean angles 50.6 degrees in the dry, 41.9 degrees in the wet Rubber mix remains soft even at lower temperatures providing excellent grip from the start of your ride Grooved area that's less than 12 of the tread pattern for phenomenal cornering adhesion These are the best street tires I've ever ridden in my life. Steve Atlas, Roadracing World
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great tire, AWESOME SALE PRICE
PostedFebruary 17, 2014
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sale price $94, free shipping, and applied some revzilla store credit that I had. Can't go wrong with Michelin Pilot tires. I have been using them for years, been through about 4 or 5 sets now. I have never had a problem with Michelin Pilot tires. They work fine.
I use the multi-compound pilot road ones on my sport touring bikes. These pilot power ones are not multi-compound, and are a little stickier. which means they wouldn't last as long with all things the same.
I bought these for a BMW 650CS Scarver.
I see a lot of reviews, many different make/models of tires, talking about tread life, and/or scalloping of the tread. I think that both of those are usually caused by the riders style and usually not caused by the tire. I have been on long tours where I have put 11,000 miles on a set of tires that was ridden gently and smoothly. I have used the same bike, with the same model of tires that I have worn out (to the steel belt showing) in 7,000 miles of hard sport riding in the twisties.
When I am doing a lot of trail braking into a turn, and getting on the throttle hard on the way out, I tend to scallop tires. If I ride more smoothly and less aggressively, I wear the tires more smoothly.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Power Rear Tires You don't have to be world champion to get your hands on Michelin racing tire technology. Michelin Pilot Power tires use a rubber mix that was originally developed for MotoGP racing, and a tread pattern that covers less than 12 of the tire's surface. The result is a maximum lean angle of 50.6 degrees on dry pavement and 41.9 degrees in the wet, achieved with a stock sportbike. Features MotoGPderived rubber compound requires minimal warmup time The softest rubber mix in its class for remarkable grip, yet maintains tire performance even at advanced stages of wear Unprecedented lean angles 50.6 degrees in the dry, 41.9 degrees in the wet Rubber mix remains soft even at lower temperatures providing excellent grip from the start of your ride Grooved area that's less than 12 of the tread pattern for phenomenal cornering adhesion These are the best street tires I've ever ridden in my life. Steve Atlas, Roadracing World
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good street-sport bike "sticky" tire.
PostedDecember 10, 2013
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Wet Traction 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The Revzilla sale price was GREAT.
Michelin tires have always worked well for me.
On my touring bike I use the Pilot Road (dual compound) series tires and like them a lot, but they are pricey.
I bought these for my wife's BMW 650CS, which needed new tires. She doesn't put a lot of miles on the bike, so wasn't worried so much about tread life.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Wolfman Rainier Tank Bag The Rainier Tank Bag is the result of combining the ever-popular Explorer and Denali tank bags into one. By doing this Wolfman has created the ultimate universal tank bag. Now one tank bag fits even more bikes than the Explorer or Denali. The mounting system allows the rider to adjust the fore-aft placement on the tank. Features Yellow cord main opening zippers Heavy Duty #10 YKK main zipper, and Ykk zippers used through out the bag Heavy Duty 1680 Denier ballistic nylon construction Non-slip, non-scratch bottom Envelope side and rear pockets for increased handle bar clearance Wolfman Signature Crescent rider pocket Large expansion wedge shaped gusset Zippered interior mesh pocket Key clip outside elastic pen/tire pressure guage sleeve Removeable map pocket with interior divider Reflective side pocket trim and handle foam Dimensions Length 11 Width 8 Height front 6 rear 10 (facing rider) 14 Expanded Capacity Closed 17 Liters 1037cu.in. (Includes Side and Front pockets -each approx .3liters 18cu.in.) Expands to 20 Liters 1220 cu.in. Map Pocket Size Overall 8 3/4 W x 10 5/8 L Visible 7 5/8 W x 9 L
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
As tank bags go, this one is very good.
PostedSeptember 3, 2013
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Compared to alternatives, this is a very good tank bag.
I have had many tank bags on many bikes. Without considering price, this is an EXCELLENT tank bag.
Large tank bags for bikes without steel tanks (magnets) are expensive. This tank bag has a multitude of nice features for the price. It is a specialty item, for a small number of motorcycle models, so the economy of scale must be low.
This bag has a good design, it could be better, but for large tankbags that fit my bike, there isn't much to choose from.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Wolfman Rainier Tank Bag Rain Cover Designed specifically to fit Wolfman's Rainier Tank Bag and to help shed water to keep moisture out of your luggage. Covers the bag and secures with a cord-and-lock at the bottom, made of highly coated rip-stop nylon.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Perfect fit, high price
PostedSeptember 3, 2013
Customer avatar
BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Since I just received this, I don't know about the durability.
The rain-cover for the Wolfman Rainier tank bag is a *Perfect* fit. It has no other special qualities.
It does have some drawbacks. The first one is that it is gray, the tank bag is black and yellow, why not make the rain-cover black and/or yellow?
It is merely a small, oddly shaped, synthetic fabric bag with a waterproof coating on the inside and a drawstring. It should be less expensive. I would have expected some added features, such as a built in pocket/zipper so that it could be inverted, tucked in and zipped closed. Also, a lanyard that could be attached to the straps of the bag so that in the wind if it comes loose it won't fly away. I guess I will have to add that myself.
I don't mind paying a premium price for a premium product that shows careful attention to detail and a passion for quality. This product is very simple, which can be a grace in itself if the price is to match. However when the price is higher, would expect more.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Hard Shorts Designed as a base layer to be worn under casual attire, kevlar jeans, or off road gear, the Dainese Hard Shorts provide impact protection where it counts. The mesh chassis keeps you cool, while the armor on the Hard Shorts gives you coverage across the hips, buttox, and coccyx. Features Perforated plates in Astronmemory and polypropylene sandwich on the thigh Polypropylene and polyethylene sandwich plate on the coccyx Soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1/97 at sides Coarse mesh elasticated trousers Elasticated inserts in silicone rubber on the thighs Perforated plates Soft inserts on the sides and buttocks. PCT Patent Pending
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Slightly large, very very breathable, good protection.
PostedJune 18, 2012
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
This is my first pair of armored shorts. So I don't have a lot to compare them to. But I have had un-planned get offs on my dual-sport bike, and I wish I had been wearing these!
They are VERY breathable. You could feel the breeze from an insect flying close to your skin if you were only wearing these shorts.
I wear XL sized shorts, but I should have ordered these in a large. They are pretty stretchy. They are just right on the thigh bands and the waist band. I ordered XL and they are a little bit baggy around the crotch. Could it be that I need some of those internet advertised solutions? ;-)
My tagline says I ride a BMW R1200RT. But I would wear these when riding my Yamaha WR250R off road. I have street riding gear that is different for street riding.
These shorts protect your tailbone when you land on your rear end, and they protect your hip bones from bruises and to some extent your glutes and quads from some muscle bruises. They are for when you fall down on rocks and sticks and stuff when riding off road.
I guess if you are a practicing stunt rider or a cautious race rider with leathers on the outside then they might help too. They are not intended for people touring on a motorcycle.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Airwave Jacket Let the air in on those hot summer days, when the heat of the tarmac seems to burn right through the soles of your feet. There's just no excuse not to get on your bike when you have the REV'IT Airwave jacket. It allows for maximum airflow to keep you cool, whilst keeping you well protected with a combination of durable PWR shell fabric at the impact zones and strong mesh fabric at the chest, back, and arms. Available in 5 striking color combinations, to match either the black or silver Airwave trousers. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell polyester 600D , PWRshell mesh , Lorica reg, polyester rib , polyester 600D EN471 Visibility laminated reflection at upper arms and back Protection Knox Flexiform CE protection at shoulders and elbows Back Protector (sold separately) Seesoft Back Protector -Type KN Type KN / Size 105 fits SM Type KN / Size 106 fits MD-4XL ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit , regular Adjustability adjustment straps at hips, adjustment tabs at collar, upper arms and cuffs Ventilation ventilation panels at chest, back and arms Features jeans loop, short connection zipper Pockets inner pockets, slit pockets Please Note The size small Airwave jacket only accepts the Ladies Knox TP2 back protector . All other sizes of the Airwave take the standard Knox TP2 back protector . Additional Note The shoulders and side accent panels on the Silver/Neon colorways are black, not dark grey as shown in product image.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great jacket for the price and purpose.
PostedJune 18, 2012
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Overall I really like the fit of this jacket, just wish the collar and elbows were a little less tight. I wear a 46R jacket and ordered an XL, it fits like a glove with those two slightly tight areas.
The quality of Rev'it stitching and materials is (as always) top notch! It looks and feels like something hand stitched by the Ferrari leather team. However the zipper is a little stiff and tight at the bottom clasp portion. definitely can't do it with gloves on, and once or twice I have had to take my helmet off so that I could look down at it to get it right. I think they should have used a zipper with bigger teeth. Maybe I'll get used to it?
The breath ability of the jacket is great. I have worn it on 85 degree days with lot's of sunshine and humidity and it is not uncomfortable, it has wind flow through it. I think that they could have added zippered vents on the sides of the torso. to catch air like a scoop and direct it around and up your back.
I have a pair of BMW riding pants that have a really cool mechanism for adjusting the waist band. I think they could do the same for wrist cuffs on jackets. It has a thick/wide and stiff zip tie with big ratchet teeth, the dangling end of the zip tie strap is concealed inside a tunnel around the waist band so that you can't see it. There is a thumb tab to release the ratchet strap. Because the zip tie is stiff and wants to be straight when you hit the thumb tab it pops loose. To cinch it tighter you just squeeze on either side of the clasp and it clicks down. This would be better than velcro on wrist cuffs because it doesn't wear out (as fast) and it doesn't get stuck to everything else with velcro or sharp edges, and doesn't get fuzzy. Also I want my jacket wrist cuffs tight so that I can put gloves on over them, but I also hate trying to get the jacket on/off with them tight. Having something that could repeatably and dependably cinch and release with no issues would be nice.
-Ben.
Rides: 2007 BMW R1200RT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Klim Mojave Jersey
Klim Mojave Jersey
Klim Mojave Jersey The Mojave Jersey is our most ventilated jersey, designed with just the right balance of protection and airflow. Flat seams, raglan sleeves and articulated patterning all contribute to a perfect, non-restrictive fit. Two ventilation-maximizing meshes are strategically placed to ensure efficient airflow, while their moisture-wicking properties draw moisture away from your body helping you to maintain the highest possible comfort level, even in the hottest weather. Features Padded shoulders and elbows Silicone pattern on tail keeps jersey tucked in 2 ventilation-maximizing mesh materials Moisture-wicking materials Comfort mapped ventilation Non-interfering seam construction Non-restrictive cuffs Raglan sleeve design Mesh collar Neck seam cover Articulated patterning
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very Good MX Jersey for HOT weather.
PostedJune 4, 2012
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BenRussoUSA
From Herndon
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent breath-ability.
I wear an XL, ordered 2XL to fit over armor, good fit this way.
Material could be made of american football jersey type material for additional "toughness".
I took a spill on a rocky downhill slope and put a few rips and snags in this jersey already, so although the jersey is quite tough, it could be tougher still.
Just a suggestion....
Could use some small velcro patches on the chest area, and have some durable clear waterproof pouches that stick on those velcro patches. That way you could put some medical info there and keep it safe, might also benefit from other strategic placement of velcro fuzzy patches and some extra clear ziplock patches where you might keep maps or notes. (like on the forearms?)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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