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    In another part of the forum a member said he wanted to start reviewing gear. Here's a thread starter.

    I have to say that I'm happy so far with my GPS, a lowrance Iway 500C. I look forward to having it delivering audio to my stereo, at which point I can dispense with mp3 CDs.
    "Mathematics are the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty's sake and pulls it down to earth."

    Marston Morse

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    Alpinestars GP Plus gloves: Crap. My latest pair is still less than a year old and they're completely falling apart. Seams ripping, leather abraided. Crap.

    Scorpion EXO-400: Not bad for summer riding. Reasonable pricing. CRAP for winter riding. The visor fogs up (it's anti-fog!) and there's a leak in the top vents which causes a nice blurry stream of water to come down inside the visor. Fantastic for 'splitting in the rain.

    First Gear Kilimanjaro IV: Good jacket. Comfortable though the zipper can be a pain. Built in camelback pouch FTW.
    Update: Zipper snapped in half. Lame

    First Gear Kilimanjaro air: Jacket itself isnt bad, but it doesnt have any good armor. You'll need to buy armor if you want to wear one of these.

    Givi rack and topcase: Oh givi topcase, were we in canada I would make you my bride. How i've ridden for so long without any kind of decent luggage I really don't know.
    Update: Stupid rack broke. Shitty italian welds.
    Last edited by epim; 07-15-2008, 10:18 AM.
    "I love Satan and speedmetal" - Dylan

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    • #3
      Originally posted by epim View Post
      Oh givi topcase, were we in canada I would make you my bride.

      Back off bitch. She's mine. :P
      Ride More. Bitch Less.

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      • #4
        I'll second both the Lowrance iWay GPS, and Givi top cases. I went 6 years without a car with a 50L and 35L Givi case.

        My other favorite piece of kit is my Amplirider, which lets me mix the inputs of my iPod, iWay GPS, and Valentine One Radar Detector. And output them through one set of earphones.

        http://www.electric-avenues.com/amplirider.html
        --
        Keith Seric Maynard
        http://www.seric.com

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        • #5
          Alpinestars SMX Plus (boots): Good, but they dont have much in the way of longevity. I probably didn't get more than about 20K miles out of mine. The ankle guards on the sides pull away from the stretch panel in the boot, and the weird compound zipper is kind of a bitch to deal with. Can lead to early zipper death. (did on both of mine.)

          Alpinestars SMX-4 (boots): Not bad. I've put about 3K miles on them so far. They're comfortable, dexterous enough, and fairly rugged. Not raceboots, but they're ok. Cons: The toe sliders try and pop off whenever a stray foot whacks something at just the right angle. Easy to clip back on, but i'd rather not have it happen in a get-off. Zippers: Zippers on both boots have a couple teeth that wont quite line up right. I'm worried that one of these days the zippers will fail entirely.
          Update: Lost a zipper on one of the boots in exactly the way I predicted. Lame.
          Last edited by epim; 07-15-2008, 10:18 AM.
          "I love Satan and speedmetal" - Dylan

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          • #6
            racer gloves are the bomb! i will buy them until they stop making them
            "We want to be free. We want to be free to do what we want to do. We want to be free to ride. And we want to be free to ride our machines without getting hassled by The Man. And we want to get loaded."

            "I can't promise you sticking your dick in a diamondback's mouth and zapping it with a cattle prod *will* get your pecker bitten, but I can promise you it's a BAD FUCKING IDEA" -Rotten

            "Guns, stolen motorcycles, and dead hookers tend to attract a lot of attention"

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            • #7
              I have been looking for bar end mirrors for a while. i have been told that most of these vibrate so bad that you can not see out of them.

              i was visiting my newest cycle gear, just opened this last weekend, and talking with brad who just purchased a pair for his buell lightning. this bike is very loud and vibrates the screws loose on the shifter. LOL, its a good thing its a twin, it can take off in 3rd gear. but i am getting away from myself.

              so to my point, he tells me that the mirrors did not vibrate on the buell, so i had to try them on my bike. these mirrors are great. they don't vibrate, and they have a very slight tint to them that cuts on the glare. i was joking with my wife and told her i can see so much better with these mirrors, i could check out my OWN ass! LOL

              the stock mirrors are in a bad location for me, i have a 52 in chest and the shoulders to go with them, so all i can see in my stockers were shoulders. i wanted to share, hope it helps someone else out.

              purchased from Cycle Gear, $60, Motrax mini barend mirrors. i saw them in black and silver.
              If the lights are timed at 35 mph, can we assume they are timed at 70 mph as well???

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                At nite they do not work, IMHO.
                Die trying,trying to Die.

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                • #9
                  on the contrary, they work even better then the stock mirrors i have on my bike. no glare, and i can see behind me.

                  this is of course, my opinion. take it for what its worth.
                  If the lights are timed at 35 mph, can we assume they are timed at 70 mph as well???

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rallyrodent View Post
                    on the contrary, they work even better then the stock mirrors i have on my bike. no glare, and i can see behind me.

                    this is of course, my opinion. take it for what its worth.
                    I am only talking about the Fish Eye type and not flat glass.
                    Die trying,trying to Die.

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                    • #11
                      yeah... those "fish-eyes" are useless, as are the pig spotters.

                      i took my stockers off this weekend... looks so good!
                      If the lights are timed at 35 mph, can we assume they are timed at 70 mph as well???

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                      • #12
                        Yes, i have to say that these bar end mirrors that i bought at cycle gear are awesome. I orginally had some cheapies and well, they vibrated something fierce. But these look good and i can see just fine behind me even at night.
                        Zuerst der Spaß, dann das Vergnügen.

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                        • #13
                          sidi force mx boots

                          oh yeah!, they rock harder than if you took the DNA from every metal band ever, and combined them to make one super hard rocking metal band, and then took it to super hard metal band camp, and then had it mate with Dethklok to create the most mind bending super awesome metal band ever


                          and the Sidi Force boots would totally out rock that band,

                          totally
                          "We want to be free. We want to be free to do what we want to do. We want to be free to ride. And we want to be free to ride our machines without getting hassled by The Man. And we want to get loaded."

                          "I can't promise you sticking your dick in a diamondback's mouth and zapping it with a cattle prod *will* get your pecker bitten, but I can promise you it's a BAD FUCKING IDEA" -Rotten

                          "Guns, stolen motorcycles, and dead hookers tend to attract a lot of attention"

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                          • #14
                            and Arai helmets are an ABBA cover band from Canada
                            "We want to be free. We want to be free to do what we want to do. We want to be free to ride. And we want to be free to ride our machines without getting hassled by The Man. And we want to get loaded."

                            "I can't promise you sticking your dick in a diamondback's mouth and zapping it with a cattle prod *will* get your pecker bitten, but I can promise you it's a BAD FUCKING IDEA" -Rotten

                            "Guns, stolen motorcycles, and dead hookers tend to attract a lot of attention"

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                            • #15
                              I W A N T PICS..
                              Die trying,trying to Die.

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