CaptTBird
 
 
 
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    April 10, 2012
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    October 20, 2014
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Olympia Switchback Jacket The Switchback jacket offers the perfect combination of modern styling and cutting edge design. Constructed in authentic Cordura fabric with ballistic mesh panels, it delivers maximum airflow with exceptional abrasion resistance. Switchback also includes a breathable wind and waterproof removable liner jacket for added comfort, function and style. 3M Scotchlite trim at the front, sides and back insures added visibility in low light situations. This versatile jacket represents the absolute best bang for your buck in the market. Features Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Cordura fabric with ballistic airflow mesh panels Removable 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 front, sides and back 8 connecting zipper for pants Three storage pockets plus interior cell phone pocket Waterproof liner jacket features Sturdy wind and waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon shell Side snap pockets Mandarin style knit trim collar Interior storage pocket
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great 2.5 season jacket-Exceptional Value
PostedOctober 20, 2014
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CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Been wearing this jacket for the last year-about 11,000 miles in temps from 70 to 105 and it's held up well. The eye blistering neon yellow is still bright after 2 washes in Nikwax Tekwash. Seems like others also have an AST Olympia which does suck above 80 so this one gets a lot of use. I sold my Motoport Kevlar Ultra mesh jacket as this one is so much more comfortable to wear and a lot cooler. Olympia is all the money you need to spend,
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Women's Fairlady Gloves A full gauntlet of decadent French cowhide, custom molded knuckles, and tailored for a womans hand. Governments have been toppled for less. The Icon Fairlady Gloves are the hand wear of an agent provocateur. Built for the rigors of hardcore motorcycle riding, but with the fierce silhouette defined by the ICON 1000 women's collection. Extensive use of laser detailing, TPU plate, integrated flex zones, and floating knuckle construction make this glove equally at home carving the canyons or on the urban streets. If your mission mixes equal parts couture and clandestine, the Icon Fairlady Glove will provide the upper hand. Features French cow leather chassis TPU injected knuckle Tactical black-oxide metal zipper Perforated backhand and fingers Hook loop closures Pre-curved palm
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Joe Rocket protection at Held prices
PostedSeptember 10, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Style 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
What a disappointment. These gloves are all about style not substance. I got them for my wife along with a pair of Rev'it Xena gloves and the difference in protection was quite stark. I'm not sure what these gloves are other than a fashion statement. The gauntlet is way too big. The knuckle protectors are weirdly shaped and have ridges. The fit is very big so if your between sizes go the smaller one. I could not see these gloves lasting very long. For this much money look at Rev'it or Rukka. Not worth the asking price. They remind me a lot of my $42 Icon Compoung mesh gloves in construction and protection just a lot more money.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Summit H2O Gloves Featuring the same technical specifications as the Summit glove, the REVIT Summit H2O offers the added functionality of total waterproofing. Thanks to the addition of hydratex Pro Touch membrane, which is fixed to the inside of the goatskin outer shell, your hands stay dry, no matter the weather, while offering an unsurpassed level of comfort and a perfect grip. The REVIT Summit H2O is a great choice as a fall/spring and summer waterproof glove. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell goatskin, PWRKevlar stretch, sure grip, suede leather with WR finish, hypalon Lining tri-fleece liner Waterproofing hydratex Pro Touch (5000mm H2O) Breathability hydratex Pro Touch (5000g/m2/24hrs) Composition outer shell 80 leather, 18 polyamide, 2 aramide lining 100 polyester membrane 100 polyurethane Protection PU injected finger knuckles, TPR hard shell knuckle, TPU hard-shell little finger protector, Dual-comp palm slider, schoeller-keprotec at palm, EVA foam at thumb and palm Visibility reflection at cuff, reflective logo at cuff ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit Adjustability adjustment strap at wrist, adjustment tab at cuff Features stretch lips at fingers and backhand, sure grip patches, elastic at wrist, visor wiper, regular cuff
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good successor to the Summit-my favorite fitting glove
PostedJuly 21, 2014
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CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I got 10,000 miles and about 2 years of hard riding on my Summit Gloves-the finger holes on the side started to stretch and the palms grew holes. I just wore them out.
I want to be able to wear Held Gloves but they just make my hands cramp so I go back to the Rev'it who seem to make gloves custom for me.
I find these very comfortable and pick up a dime from the countertop sensitive. They don't cramp my hands and I feel totally protected.
I asked the salesperson here what glove would you rather fall off you bike at 100mph wearing these or Held Steves. He said Helds-most likely both would give good protection. The little details of the palm and pinky sliders show some good design.
I like being water proof. I have seen a bunch of reviews that say neigh. They suck in the rain. I grabbed a handful of mink oil and rubbed my hands together for a while working that goo in the leather. Over that I sprayed silicone water proofing. Now total dry in Florida afternoon frog drowning rain showers (daily) Note-my bike has hand guards so I don't get full water blasting. Still have to say DRY as a bone.
Good advice to put your sleeves over your gauntlets in the rain.
I have about 1000 miles on these now and I guess I'm good for another 9000. They are the most comfortable gloves I have ever worn. If the Held Steves were this comfortable I would have gotten them as I know they are built better with the Kanga-roo leather and all.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Rox Anti Vibration Elite 2 Pivot Risers 2 Rise x 7/8 Stem Clamp x 7/8 or 1 1/8 Handlebar These versatile Risers allow you to use a 7/8 diameter handlebar or you can remove the 7/8 reducers and use a 1 1/8 aluminum fatbar. If you are thinking of swapping to a fatbar after you bend your stock set or just want the versatility and option to run any handlebar, this is the riser to go with. Reducers lock into risers to ensure no slippage between components. Anti-Vibration Risers may interfere with aftermarket large capacity fuel tanks and some steering stem clamp configurations. These risers use 8mm bolts. Features CNC machined from billet 6061 T-6 aluminum Dual rotation points allow rider to select optimum riding position for comfort and control Provides a slight shock damping effect to help protect rider and machine
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Cured my numb hands via position and less vibes
PostedJune 1, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
I'm using this in conjunction with a SW Motech 20mm riser. It really puts the bars in the correct position for me. Plus the anti vibe does work. Quick install on Tiger Explorer, just make sure your cables will take the extra height.
Use a torque wrench always.
Rides: 2014 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Yes, I recommend this product.
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National Cycle VStream Tall Touring Windscreen Triumph Tiger Explorer National Cycle revolutionizes windscreen performance with the VStream Windscreen! The patented V shape and advanced dimensional contours push the wind vortex away from the rider's head, resulting in a peaceful, quiet riding environment. The passenger's comfort is improved as well. Features Thick, sturdy 4.5mm FMR hardcoated Lexan polycarbonate Height 24.00 in. (61.0cm) Width 19.60 in. (49.8cm) DOT approved Covered by National Cycle's 3-Year Warranty
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good protection and smooth air flow Tiger Explorer
PostedMay 19, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I would rate this as good as the Madstad and better than the Clearview for the Explorer. I also have the OEM small shield and Batzen Bracket that I like for warmer weather. But for rain and cold this big mother is great. It big and high and in that it flutters when in the low angle position. It did not break on a 1000 mile run down I75 at speeds up to 80 so I guess I will give it 4 stars due to the fluttering at the tips. At high speeds it really does seem to stabilize the bike in crosswinds unlike a totally rounded shield. Looks like it has some serious wind tunnel testing and National Cycle is a big name in shields so I trust them more than Cee Bailey or Clearview. It works for me.
Rides: 2014 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail Tires The Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires represent the latest iteration and next generation of Pilot Road evolution. Designed to deliver maximum safety in most conditions especially on wet roads and in particular when braking, Michelin's goal is to cover all riders in all conditions. Touting both enhanced safety and extended tire life, the Pilot Road 4 tires are a tangible illustration of Michelins Total Performance strategy of constantly and simultaneously improving tire performance characteristics across the range. The Pilot Road 4 tires will be available in three versions, the standard PR4, PR4 Trail for enduro and ADV bikes that are primarily ridden on-road and the PR4 GT for heavier, touring bikes. The Pilot Road 4 GT tires are already the OEM choice for the new BMW R1200RT. Superior wet-weather performance Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires stop shorter in the wet vs. the leading competitive sport touring tires and Michelin Pilot Road 3 Longest tread life in its class Up to 20 longer tread life than Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires Dependable grip even in challenging conditions 2 Compound Technology with all new silica-charged rubber compounds for excellent grip from 23F to 113F New XST+ siping and enhanced tread patterns for optimum grip at all lean angles Three separate versions available Pilot Road 4 for all-around sport touring use Pilot Road 4 GT has a stiffer casing with a patented new technology for motorcycle tires that delivers the stability you need for heavier GT-class bikes while riding solo, two-up or with luggage, and the comfort you desire Pilot Road 4 Trail for adventure touring bikes ridden exclusively on the road
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tiger Explorer-best road tire I have ever experienced
PostedMay 14, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My TEX was a good bike but it had some huge tire noise and wallowed all over the road at high speeds. It was those sucky OEM Metzler Tourance EXP tires.
They lasted a measly 2000 miles before the back was flat and the front was cupped. Yanked off those #####$%^ and slapped on these Michelins.
Wow-what great tires. Quiet and grip like mad. Just did a 3000 mile trip that came back via the NC mountain roads like 276 and Georgia 60. Grips like glue. I felt glued to the road. It's the most fun you can have out of the bedroom. These tires make the bike a super bike. They are however not great off road but that's the price you pay for on road tire perfection. I have 6000 miles on them now and they still look new. Rear is real round and front has no cupping at all. There may be other tires as good or better but I ain't found it yet and would get another set for sure.
Rides: 2014 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Yes, I recommend this product.
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National Cycle VStream Sport Touring Windscreen Triumph Tiger Explorer National Cycle revolutionizes windscreen performance with the VStream Windscreen! The patented V shape and advanced dimensional contours push the wind vortex away from the rider's head, resulting in a peaceful, quiet riding environment. The passenger's comfort is improved as well. Features Thick, sturdy FMR hardcoated Lexan polycarbonate Height 20.40 in. (51.8cm) Width 18.60 in. (47.2cm) Uses existing mounting hardware for a direct replacement DOT approved Covered by National Cycle's 3-Year Warranty
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works great on Tiger Explorer 1200
PostedMay 14, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I freaked out with the Madstad because at high speeds I felt I was getting a lot of front end wobble. I went back to the small stock shield and just rode with it for 2000 miles on a 3000 mile trip. Much better stability but I got beat up from the wind. The small stocker is a clean flow for sure all the way down. I got this big well built shield and did 1000 miles on I75 a few days ago and it works really well. Better than the Cee Bailey. It seems to want to be higher than other shields so the Batzen Brackets help with that. Quality shield with good strong mounting bobbins for the Tiger. Just had the beast up to 95 for a quick spurt (of course closed track do not try it at home disclaimer) and there is some wobble but not real bad. Behaves nicely in a cross wind and the V seems to stabilize the ride a bit. I now have a real silent pocket of air and can ride with the face shield up at 75. Not a real good idea to ever ride with the face shield up this time of year as there are plenty of bees about. Good shield.
Rides: 2014 Victory Vegas 8-Ball
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Puig Touring Windscreen Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 / XC For long distance rides, PUIG introduces the Touring series to minimize wind-blast. These screens raise the wind-blast several centimeters allowing a more comfortable position. Most screens feature a shaded part on the lower section of the screen if cover cables behind the speedometer. Dimensions 56.5cm H x 51cm W. 10cm taller than OEM windscreen.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Flimsy ,narrow and can see defects-did not unwrap and test
PostedApril 15, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Opened the box and was amazed at how light this shield was. Bendy and flimsy. I could see a white line where the shield was bent for the curves so did not even bother to unwrap it. It is much narrower than the stock shield. I can't comment on it's function but it is about 4" taller than the stock windscreen.
I'm going to try the V-stream or Cal-sci or just better earplugs and a new helmet.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Sena SMH5 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack with Boom Mic The SMH5 is a Bluetooth v3.0 Stereo Headset with Bluetooth Intercom designed specically for motorcycles. With the SMH5, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have two-way intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0 and the advanced digital processing technology, the SMH5 offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH5 a perfect companion for motorcycles. General Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Bluetooth Specification v3.0 Bluetooth Intercom up to 400 meters (430 yards) (in open terrain) Multi-Pair Bluetooth intercom Bluetooth stereo headset by A2DP Bluetooth music playback control by AVRCP play, pause, track forward and track back Easy operation by versatile Jog Dial Sufficient sound level with integrated audio booster Bluetooth hands-free for Bluetooth mobile phones Bluetooth headset or stereo headset for Bluetooth Includes SMH5 Upgraded Speakers With Locking-Type Connector GPS navigation Water resistant for use in inclement weather Crystal clear and natural sound quality Up to 8 hours talk time, 7 days stand-by time Can be used while charging on road trips Individual volume control for each audio source CE, FCC, TELEC and IC Certified Firmware Upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the 2-year warranty Specifications Talk time 8 hours Standby time 7 days Working distance (Intercom) up to 700 meters (760 yards) in open terrain Operating temperature -10C 55 Headset Dimensions 69.9 mm x 45.0 mm x 30.6 mm Clamp unit Dimensions 49.2 mm x 38.9 mm x 22.1 mm Bluetooth Specifications Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0 Audio Specifications Advanced Noise Control Improved wind and engine noise reduction Sidetone Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom Built-in SBC Codec Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Battery Specifications Lithium polymer battery Charging time 2.5 hours Package Contents Communication unit x2 Clamp mount x2 Surface mount x2 Boom microphone x2 USB power cable x2 Microphone sponge x2 Velcro pads for speakers x2 Velcro pad for boom mic x2 Hex key Spacer x2 Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v2.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH5D-01
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Software update 2.0-static is gone-buy them
PostedApril 8, 2014
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sound Clarity 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have purchased 3 brands Scala, UClear and this one and sent the other 2 running home.
These are the easiest of all to use as basic comms. I would give it all 5 stars but listening to music is not hi fi but I'm one who says you should ride to ride and not listen to music but instead get to a Zen like here and now trance and focus on survival only.
Previous to software firmware update 2.0 there was excessive static but now gone. Yeah.
I had 2 units die and Sena gave me an RMA and sent new units in one day. I was not sure which of the pair was dead but they responded.
Firmware upgrades can go badly for some folks so go slowly and follow the directions. Restart your computer and take off all peripherals. Go to the Sena webpage and log in.
I have friends who have bricked their units on upgrades buy not following directions. If so start pushing the reset button on the back for 1 second, then wait 5 then try a 1.5 second push and wait. Not sure what will do it but soon you will see the dead unit come back to life.
I ride with a very slow rider and I worry a lot less as we can keep in touch about 1/2 mile. Why can't slow riders go first? Because they don't want to.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Tour Master Intake Air Gloves Features Comfortable, abrasion-resistant Armor-Link mesh backhand and fingers, with soft, perforated goatskin and stretch Lycra forchettes Protective, perforated goatskin knuckle and wrist panels, with Carbolex covered EVA foam knuckle padding and wrist armor Durable, reinforced, perforated goatskin palm, with light EVA foam padding to reduce shock and vibration Pre-curved palm and fingers with stretch Lycra expansion panels improve comfort, dexterity, and help to reduce hand fatigue Armor-Link mesh and perforated goatskin combine with a hook and loop wrist closure for a well ventilated and secure cuff
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Don't waste your money-
PostedSeptember 18, 2013
Customer avatar
CaptTBird
From High Springs
State:FL
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
Yes they are comfortable but they offer very little protection. NOT waterproof. Snag on every thing they touch and after a few hours will stretch out and become very saggy. They run Large order at least one size down. They were exchanged for Icon Pursuit goat skin perforated gloves for a lot more money but a lot more glove. Not reccommended at all.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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