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Arai XD-4 Helmet - Solid Colors . Notable improvements for the Arai XD4 are improved ventilation with redesigned face vents and a venturi vent at the brow, adjustable cheek pads, a new visor system for improved visibility and a new locking shield for aerodynamics. New comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads Fully removable/replaceable/washable Interior Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers Dry-Cool technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort Patent pending, New FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature New shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds New exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents New chin vent with more intake ports Larger sculpted side cowl vents improve ventilation Snell M2010 approved
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Typical Arai helmet -- great fit & protection, slightly loud
PostedFebruary 3, 2014
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Glenn07
From Princeton
State:NJ
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I'm a dedicated user of the Arai Signet-Q helmet for the fit and weight. When I started going off-road I needed an off-road helmet that had wider vision and more ventilation without sacrificing fit or protection. The Arai XD-4 has the same fit and provides the typical off-road features.
The brim is long enough to provide shade without catching when I fall (often). My Sena intercom was easy to install and works well. The helmet is loud enough that ear plugs are a good idea at highway speeds but not needed in the woods.
Air-flow is as good or better than the Signet-Q. I have not ridden this helmet in the dead of summer but it was comfortable for 70 degree fall riding in the Pine Barrens.
Visor did not fog in the rain (we had a lot) or in the 40 degree late fall riding. A combination of low temperature and rain (50 degree foggy drizzle) caused fogging but cracking open the visor resolved it.
Like all Arai helmets it is pricy. If your head is not worth protecting get something else.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Dainese Veleta X-Trafit Gore-Tex Gloves Dedicated to touring riders who crave adventure, who are in search of dirt roads and boundless spaces like the bends of mountain passes, and who are not afraid of changing weather conditions. Veleta offers an unparalleled feel on the handlebar through the use of X-TRAFIT technology with a waterproof breathable GORE-TEX membrane glued directly to the outside of the glove to prevent it from slipping in relation to the inside of the palm when the hand is rotated. With Techno inserts, metal mesh on the knuckles / fingers, and Distortion Control on the little finger, this glove offers a high level of protection even for the most demanding touring riders in terms of comfort. Protection Techno inserts on the knuckles and the joints of the fingers Distortion Control on little finger Certified as PPE to EN 13594 Standard cat. II level 1 Main Materials Elasticated fabric Palm in Amica Suede Digital Suede leather reinforcement on thumb, index and middle finger on right hand Reinforced palm Ergonomics and Comfort Pre-curved fingers Microelastic elasticated inserts Adjustable cuff strap Silicon print on the palm on left hand Breathable waterproof GORE-TEX membrane with X-TRAFIT product technology Other Features Soft inserts
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfortable dry gloves slightly long in fingers
PostedJuly 22, 2013
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Glenn07
From Princeton
State:NJ
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
These are my go-to gloves for damp or wet riding. They are comfortable and kept my hands dry and comfortable during a several hour ride through fog and rain in the NC mountains. The fingers are long for my hands but are better then most gloves. I could still operate my Garmin with the gloves on although helmet straps are a problem. The liner is bonded to the outer glove. This keeps the liner from coming out when taking the glove off and makes it easier to get the glove on. They are a vast improvement on my other pair where the leather outer get soaked and holds water so your hand eventually is wet and cold.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Garmin Zumo 665LM Widescreen Motorcycle GPS The Garmin Zmo 665LM comes standard with Garmin's GXM 40 XM antenna. Simply add an optional XM subscription and receive real-time XM radio with 170 digital channels of commercial-free music, news, sports, talk and entertainment when you travel in the U.S. With the addition of NavWeather, you can access weather data and NEXRAD radar graphics from your map screen to stay ahead of the storm. Plus, when you add on NavTraffic, you can find out where the trouble spots are and route around them. Featuring a bright 4.3 touchscreen color display, the Garmin Zmo 665LM puts all the information you need in an easy-to-read format as you travel down the road. The zmo 665LM also has a glove-friendly intuitive interface that makes entering information as easy as shifting gears. In addition, the wide sunlight-readable display makes for easy navigation whether youre riding during a bright day or a moonless night. And with a rugged waterproof (to IPX7) case that resists fuel sprays and UV rays, the zmo 665LM was built for life on the road. The Zumo 665LM also features an on-board MP3 player and advanced Bluetooth A2DP technology, you'll enjoy crisp and clean stereo sound with your compatible headset (sold separately). The motorcycle mount also comes standard with a headphone jack so you can connect to your headphones or helmet headset and microphone. Features XM Satellite Radio, traffic and weather radar display (with subscription) Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling and Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) for XM satellite radio, MP3 player and audio books Advanced 3-D navigation allows you to see 3-D buildings on the map for enhanced situational awareness as you drive Lane assist with junction view directs you to the preferred lane while driving and shows realistic images of upcoming junctions High-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix - the Zumo has faster satellite acquisition times High-resolution 4.3 480 x 272 pixels WQVGA TFT display is glove-friendly touchscreen display with white backlight Rugged, waterproof design (IPX7) is resistant to fuel spills and UV rays Turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names - Turn right on Main Street Motorcycle console for trip information, including fuel gauge to warn you when it's time to fill up Advanced route preview with up to 20 saved routes and 10 saved track logs automatically arrange via points to minimize trip distance Preloaded street maps includes detailed maps for the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico Where Am I feature finds the closest hospitals, police stations, gas stations, nearest address and intersection and shows your exact latitude and longitude coordinates Speed limit indicator unit displays speed limits for highways and interstates Auto time zone - Zumo will automatically adjust your time zone while navigating Garmin Connect Photos associates your favorite images with saved locations and visit Garmin Connect to download new images Removable lithium-ion battery - up to three hours typical, could be less with options Trip computer records mileage, max speed, total time and more Built-in travel kit includes features such as picture viewer, world clock, currency and measurement converters and calculator Includes Garmin Lock anti-theft feature Simplified PC connectivity using USB mass storage With the POI loader program, users can set up proximity alerts for school zones, safety cameras, create custom POIs and more Configurable vehicle icons - select fun, customized icons Standard headphone and microphone jacks MicroSD card slot for optional mapping and data storage (sold separately) Battery Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery Up to 3 hours (less with full backlight and options) on a single charge Dimensions 5.3W x 3.3H x 0.9D Weight - 9.5 oz (270g) Included in the Box zmo 665LM Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America Motorcycle mount with integrated power cable and mounting hardware GXM 40 antenna and magnetic base Battery pack Automotive suction cup mount Automotive power cable USB cable Dashboard disk Quick start manual Compatible with Windows XP or newer and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. Note XM Satellite Weather and XM Satellite Radio subscriptions sold separately.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Easy to see and use with gloves. Real time weather is great.
PostedJune 10, 2013
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Glenn07
From Princeton
State:NJ
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
I use the 665 in both the car and motorcycle. It comes with two mounts so you just move the unit. I purchased the 665 for the weather channel. If you don't need weather get a less expensive unit. The display can be read in bright sun but shade helps. The controls are easy to work wearing gloves. The menus are simple to navigate but sometimes things you use often, like fuel tracking, are buried too deep to be convenient.
The weather radar has helped avoid both major rain and snow storms. It is very useful to know if the storm is local or part of a large system. The feed shows a current view and some history so you have a sense of storm movement. You need a sat radio subscription with the weather added on.
Traffic, which is also available, does not seem worth the extra cost. My experience is the reports are out of date. When you arrive at a location you are more likely to find the announced problem has cleared or discover an unanticipated problem than you are to actually avoid a blockage.
Satellite radio is spotty. Comes and goes with a pattern I have yet to figure out. Very susceptible to blockage by trees and buildings. If you mostly ride interstates and highways it might be better but not so good where I usually ride. You need the basic subscription to get the weather.
I listen to the directions and music through a SENA SMH-10 headset using bluetooth. Volume is fine at lower speeds even with ear plugs. At higher speeds wind noise is a problem. I connect my phone to the Garmin so that it will interrupt (and pause) music. You can connect the phone and the Garmin directly to the headset.
The device looks like any other memory stick to a PC so you can drag-and-drop photos, music and videos. Route and navigation info is managed by Garmin's Base Camp software. Install a memory card for your digital content. If you put much on the internal memory there will not be enough free space to load and process map updates.
On a more general note, the 665 navigation is usually accurate but can be wrong. In many cases it does not have the location of the specific address and directs you to a range of addresses so your destination is near but not at the point selected. Another occasional problem is that it will direct you off and then back onto an interstate because the exit/entry is shorter than taking the road.
Installing the 665 is simple. Cord length is ample to reach from the bars to the battery. There are also cables for the satellite antenna, audio in for an MP3 player, microphone in. I actually wish these cables were shorter because I route them to my tank bag.
My unit was stolen. The Garmin security features will prevent it from being useful to the crook. I'm planning to get a locking mount but don't have one to recommend at present.
The Base Camp software is Garmin's mapping application. You can identify points-of-interest, create, load and process routes and download them to the device. You can also upload track (where you actually went) information from the device. The software is somewhat primitive but adequate to the job.
Overall I'm happy with the feature set and performance.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Sena SMH-10D Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack The SMH10 is a Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Class 1 Stereo Headset with long-range Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH10 on your helmet, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0+EDR and the advanced digital processing technology, the Sena SMH10 bluetooth helmet communication system 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 SMH10 a perfect companion for motorcycles. System Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Ultra HD Voice Recording compatible with the Sena GP10 Bluetooth Back for GoPro and Sena Prism Bluetooth Action Camera Audio Booster Individual Volume Control Versatile Jog Dial Use while charging Upgradable firmware General Talk time 12 hours Standby time 10 days Working Distance (Intercom) up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain 4-way conference intercom Dimensions Headset 84.1 mm x 56.5 mm x 38.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.2 in x 1.5 in) Clamp unit 223.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 30.6mm (8.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.2 in) Headset weight 60g (2.11 oz) Clamp unit 84g (2.96 oz) Bluetooth Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Audio 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 Voice prompts Conference phone call with intercom participant Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Auxiliary audio-in connection via 3.5mm jack Battery Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery In the Box 2 Headset Main Units 2 Speaker-Microphone Clamp Units 2 USB Power and Data Cables (Micro USB) 2 Cigarette Lighter Chargers (Micro USB) 2 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cables 2 Glued Surface Mounting Adaptors 2 Microphone Sponges 2 sets of Velcro Pads for Speakers 2 Allen Wrenches Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v5.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH10D-10
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Generally good intercom
PostedJune 3, 2013
Customer avatar
Glenn07
From Princeton
State:NJ
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've owned several different intercom systems and the Sena provides the best sound quality and overall reliability of any that I have used. Good connectivity for about 1/2 mile in various conditions, longer on interstates and long, straight roads. The controls are extremely simple and easy to manage with gloves.
Connection to multiple riders is slightly awkward as contacting a specific rider depends on the order in which you paired with them and is likely different from ride to ride. Other products have more robust contact schemes but the underlying Sena Bluetooth technology is solid. Customer support is generally not available in real time but they answer email promptly and effectively.
I wish the volume was louder. I wear ear plugs while riding and the intercom is barely loud enough to overcome the plugs. I understand that this is both a health (ear damage from loud noise) and safety (you don't hear the car horn) issue but a little louder would be great.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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