Copperstate
 
 
 
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    May 20, 2012
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    August 24, 2013
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Alpinestars SMX-3 Air Gloves Features Goatskin leather and mesh upper construction Suede micro-fiber palm with synthetic suede reinforcements EVA foam knuckle protection TPR reinforcement details on top of the hand and fingers for additional protection High absorption foam padding on landing zone Wrist flap closure with non-aggressive micro-velcro fastener
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good, but go with the SMX-2
PostedAugust 24, 2013
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Copperstate
From Phoenix
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 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
I bought these to replace my aging SMX-2 gloves which I loved. I went with the SMX-3 this time instead of the 2 because it came in a mostly white (I got White/Black/Yellow) in an attempt to cut down on some of the heat from the sun while I am sitting still in traffic. To that end it does help, however one huge disappointment is that in between the fingers on my old 2’s was an open mesh material (I don’t know for sure that the new 2's still do), the 3’s are solid leather – not even perforated. In 115+ that makes a huge difference. I also like that the 2 has carbon fiber rather than foam but I made that concession going in as a trade for a light color. I would consider these gloves to be the bare minimum when it comes to protection.
I wish gear designers would think about the climates people deal with when they design these products, black is simply the worst color for a hot sunny climate, yet it seems that is all there is available.
Bottom Line:
I would have rated this “yes I recommend this product” because it is a good glove, except that I know that there is a better glove: the SMX-2. My recommendation is to spend the extra bucks now and get the 2; I’m probably going to replace these with a pair of 2’s shortly (read before they wear out) because the 2 is that much better.
If you do buy this (or the 2) when you first try them on you want them to be snug, verging on tight. If it feels too tight for comfort but does not cut of your circulation it is the right size because after about 2-3 rides everything will loosen up. If it fits comfortably at first it will be all loose and floppy when it breaks in.
Rides: 2000 BMW R1200C
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Tour Master Transition Series 3 Jacket Features 3/4 length 600D Carbolex and 1680D Ballistic polyester shell incorporates reflective Phoslite material panels for increased nighttime visibility Waterproof, breathable Rainguard barrier allows dryness without perspiration buildup Collar anchor prevents flapping when collar is open Waterproof zippered three-position shoulder vents, chest vents, sleeve vents, rear exit vents and Pipeline Ventilation System for flow-through ventilation Durable two-way main zipper closure with dual wind flap seals out the elements Wide reflective strip across back and chest, reflective sleeve piping, reflective lower takeup strap panel, Phoslite material panels and reflective rear triangle increase nighttime visibility Microfiber-lined collar and cuffs are soft, yet durable Adjustable sleeve takeup straps at the forearm and bicep help to secure elbow armor and material Removable, CE-approved armor at the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple- density back protector Tour Masters Z.O.Q. (Zip-Out Quilted) liner features warming 100g poly fill insulation Vertical zippered chest map pockets, pockets with a flap closure, internal media pocket, dual-zippered fanny pack and sleeve key pocket Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help fine-tune the fit Jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side included
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great Jacket Except for 1 Thing..
PostedNovember 6, 2012
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Copperstate
From Phoenix
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pros: Tourmaster is one of the few that make a tall size for those of us with long arms. The fit is nice, and the jacket has good ventilation. I live in AZ so I'll probably never know how well it handles rain. I especially like the key pocket in the left sleeve. I rode it on a 700 mile ride where temperatures ranged from the mid 90's to the low 30's and I was able to keep comfortable at all temps between the vents and zip-out liner. The fit is nice and can be adjusted with all the snaps and adjustments to get everything just right.
Con: Only 1 – the Velcro closure for the neck is too small to allow for any adjustment, and it is positioned perfectly so that if you have a D-ring closure on your helmet with a snap to hold the excess, the loop created hooks on to the Velcro neck tab frequently when turning to look right. I ride a Shoei RF1100 so it may just be the combination between the two, but the Transition 2 had a different neck fastener tab (a snap instead of Velcro) and it attaches more on the side of your neck so there is no helmet interference. My Velcro is almost completely worn out after less than 1 month of ownership due to this constant interference leaving me looking for a solution for a problem that didn’t exist on the Transition 2.
I hope they fix this 1 little hiccup, if they do I will be buying a Transition 4 as that is the only problem, if I could still get a Transition 2 I would. In case Tourmaster reads this - my wish list is for a vent or two on the forearms.
Rides: 2000 BMW R1200C
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Shoei RF-1100 Helmet - Solid (2XL Only)
Shoei RF-1100 Helmet - Solid (2XL Only)
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 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, the Shoei RF-1100 and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good in hot weather
PostedJuly 5, 2012
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Copperstate
From Phoenix
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
Sound Levels: Debated for months over the RF-1100 or the Quest, finally decided on the RF-1100. The reason I debated myself is because Revzilla support and Shoei both told me the RF-1100 was noisy compared to the Quest, but that the airflow was a little better. I opted for airflow in the hot AZ summers, perhaps my old helmet was just terrible, but I do not find the RF-1100 to be 'loud'. At highway speeds you can certainly hear the rush of air through the helmet bringing cooling to your head, but my old helmet was deafening. Still I would probably consider ear plugs for a long ride, at least for some portions of it.
Comfort: The cheek pads are too thick and put a serious squeeze on your cheeks, but I have been riding it daily for almost a month now and they have given way a little, but still give me a good pucker. I might consider getting a set of thinner cheek pads in the future. Otherwise the comfort is good, no pressure points after about the first hour of breaking it in, accommodates my glasses nicely, and cleaning is easy.
I think if I had unlimited funds I would have gone with an Arai RX-Q or maybe even a Schuberth C3, however I find this helmet suits the needs I have for a daily commuting helmet: Snell 2010 rating, excellent airflow even at low speeds for all that stop-and-crawl, and moderately quiet at high speeds. I would like to invest in a Quest also for highway trips just for the noise level since the shields are interchangeable, but for now this ones works just fine, with a windshield it is as quiet as I need it to be.
Ride:
BMW R1200C (naked daily commuter)
BMW K1200LT (long distance weekender)
Rides: 2000 BMW R1200C
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Powerlet Socket Complete Now a complete socket solution. Includes our most popular socket PSO-001 with rubber boot, white T connector, and terminals to simplify wiring. 18mm ss jam nut. Rated at 15 amps, snap-fit and vibration proof. Requires .6875 (11/16) hole and 2.00 behind the panel. Lid measures 1.075 in diam.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice Alternative to BMW OEM
PostedMay 20, 2012
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Copperstate
From Phoenix
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Needed to replace a socket on my BMW and got this instead of the BMW OEM part for 1/2 the price. I got two and added an additional outlet just in case I ever wanted it.
Installation was straight forward and simple with no surprises. It is summer now so I haven't used it yet but it looks like the BMW OEM part it replaced when installed and plugs fit in the same so I don't see any problems.
Rides: 2000 BMW R1200C
Yes, I recommend this product.
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