Ken65
 
 
 
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    March 20, 2013
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Shoei RF-1200 Helmet The pinnacle of perfection, the Shoei RF-1200 Helmet represents the culmination of 56 years of helmet heritage and was designed from its inception to be an industry leader in comfort, performance and protection. The wind tunnel-tested shell is optimized to provide a compact and aerodynamic shape, reducing wind-noise, buffeting and weight. Shoei not only designed the RF-1200 to be one of the most comfortable helmets on the market, but also one of the safest, meeting both DOT and SNELL M2015 safety standards. Whether you are a track day enthusiast or cross-country cruiser, the RF-1200 will allow you to ride with confidence, freeing you to concentrate on the road and, most importantly, enjoy the ride. 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 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 RF-1200 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 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 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 Shoei RF-1200 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 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 M2015 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
Easy to live with
PostedApril 22, 2016
Customer avatar
Ken65
From Ventura
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:Over 65
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I've been enjoying hair by Shoei for more than two decades now. I have a round head and a size large Shoei fits perfectly. My last three helmets were X-12s. I opted for the RF-1200 over the X-14 because my riding has changed from track days and higher speeds to more sport touring. The X series are racing helmets and sacrifice ease of off and on and a little quietness for more stability at high speeds. The RF is much easier to put on and take off...your ears can actually stay in place. It is also slightly less noisy but flows a little less air than the X-12. Like the X series, the RF is plush and comfortable and can be custom sized by changing cheek pads. The eye opening is cut a bit higher than the X-12 and I added some tape on the shield as a sun visor. Unfortunately my spare CW-1 face shields will not fit the RF-1200...same issue with the X-14. I'm happy with my chose and looking forward to some years of easy living with the RF-1200.
Rides: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Firstgear 90W Heated Jacket Liner The Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner ensures a good fit by integrating stretch panels into the liner's design. The long-sleeve liner envelopes its wearer in warmth by organizing heating elements across the upper and lower back, down the sleeves and around the neck Battling the effects of windchill, the liner concentrates heat in the front of the jacket. Features: Form-fitted to be worn close to the body for optimal heat transfer Liners built to be temperature neutral to allow wearing when active heating isn't necessary Integrated wiring connections for gloves Packs into its own zippered pouch Note: Heat controller sold separately. Make sure to check out our Firstgear Heated Gear Buyers Guide
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This liner is well thought out.
PostedMarch 26, 2013
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Ken65
From Ventura
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:Over 65
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've been wearing heated gear since the '70s. I have four heated vests in the closet now plus this liner. Blame my wife for number five. She got the ladies version a couple of months ago and has been bugging me to get one ever since. I'm glad she did...always listen to your wife. I have the 90 watt version and it does everything I hoped. It is thin with no insulation so it fits under my tight armoured leather jacket. I'm a size medium, but I ordered a small to get a snug fit to eliminate any bunching and to increase the heat. There are stretch panels to aid a tight fit and they are at their max when I'm in the riding position...perfect. The heat output is great and having heated sleeves is a real improvement over just a vest. I'll never need any more heat and yet it never threathens to burn me. I use a simple on off switch and don't see the need for a controller. Both my wife's 750 Gixer and my R1 power our 90 watt liners at idle with juice to spare. I've repaired and modified plenty of electric garments over the years and like how the wiring is easily accessed via a zipper. Another nice touch is the main power cord is adjustable for length. I also like the elastic in the cuffs. It holds the sleeves down well and isn't as bulky as knit material. Plus the liner is attractive enough to double as a windbreaker when you are off the bike. There are just three things I would change: 1) Eliminate the collar. Any collar just serves to push your helmet down over your eyes if you are in the sport bike crouch with your headed tilted back. 2) Change from traditional coiled heating wire to the new micro heating wire for even less bulk and more durability. 3) Improve the fastening of the heat wiring in the heating pads so it is no longer capable of coming in contact with an adjacent coil. If they touch, the extra heat can melt the insulation and short out the wiring leaving everything dead beyond that point...don't ask.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki GSX-R750
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dunlop Sportmax Q2 Front Tire
Dunlop Sportmax Q2 Front Tire
Dunlop Sportmax Q2 Front Tire The new Q2 incorporates race-tested advancements that add up to a vastly superior tire equally at home on the street or the track. Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) technology in the rear tire intuitively allows the rider greater latitude in line choice while cornering and provides amazingly linear steering no matter what shape, speed or camber the corner, and at all lean angles Radical new profile puts down a bigger footprint at extreme lean angles while also allowing greater lean angles and higher corner speeds to provide substantially better grip and handling New carcass construction in both the front and rear tires includes newly designed continuous hex beads that are both lighter and stronger to enhance steering response in the front tire and increase cornering stability in both tires Q2 rear tire features a newly developed, stiffer version of Dunlops Jointless Band (JLB) construction that utilizes a continuously wound aramid belt for reduced carcass distortion, plus stiffer overall construction to meet high-performance demands and provide a more consistent contact patch Dunlop Tire Tips Guide (pdf)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This is a great sport tire.
PostedMarch 25, 2013
Customer avatar
Ken65
From Ventura
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:Over 65
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I retired a year ago and have gone through 3 sets of Q2s on an R1 since. I was using sport touring tires while I was still working, but I no longer have a commute and my riding is now almost all twisties. I really like the Q2 front. It weighs much less than the Roadsmart front and is more nimble. Plus it lasts just as long for me (2000-3000 miles). I get the same life from a set of Roadsmarts as I do the Q2s. The Q2s are softer of course but hold the front profile (shape of the contact patch) better. The Roadsmarts don't wear as evenly and become pointed as the sides of the front disappear quicker then the center. The result is not just the usual heavier steering as the curve of the profile flattens in the center, but also unpredictable steering when the front finally agrees to roll in and then suddenly falls on its side because the shoulders are gone. With the Roadsmarts the front would be toast and riding an exercise in herding while the rear was only 2/3rds gone. With the Q2s both tires wear out together and even though the steering becomes heavier it remains precise to the bitter end. Thankfully, I have no rain experience with the Q2. This is a great sport tire and it is cheap too boot. As an aside, if you are interested in a more nimble bike, try a 60 series aspect ratio on the front instead of the ubiguitous 70 series. The change will lower the axle 1/2 inch and have much more effect than raising the fork tubes a few mm.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki GSX-R750
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Gerbing 12V Lighted On/Off Switch The Gerbing coreheat12 Lighted On/Off Switch acts as a budget alternative to a temp-controller. 1 year warranty.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This switch works well.
PostedMarch 20, 2013
Customer avatar
Ken65
From Ventura
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:Over 65
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought this switch to use in making my own cord for an electric jacket liner. I didn't want the extra connections of just plugging the switch to the cord using the provided coaxal plugs. So I removed the plugs and wired the switch directly into the cord. The switch uses soldiered connnections so you need to be handy with a soldiering iron to do this. I like the results. The switch is rugged, looks great, and lights up to let you know it is on. The only negative is it takes some practice to learn to operate the switch with heavy gloves.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki GSX-R750
Yes, I recommend this product.
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