Ken65
 
 
 
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    March 20, 2013
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    March 26, 2013
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Firstgear's no one left behind policy ensures that riders of any model motorcycle can take advantage of the warming effects of heated apparel by choosing between either the 65- or 90-watt versions. Good for low-amperage bikes or passengers not requiring as much heat as the rider, the 65-watt units minimizes the draw on the bike's charging system. Efficient warming is dependent upon close proximity to the body. Firstgear reduced the amount of sizes while ensuring a good fit by incorporating stretch panels into the liner's design. The long-sleeve liner cocoons its wearer in warmth by incorporating heating elements across the upper and lower back, down the sleeves, around the neck and, to combat the effects of windchill, the liner concentrates heat in the front of the jacket.3 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 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
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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
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
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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 
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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