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Do you like your recent bike gear?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by maxriddy, Sep 11, 2018.

  1. maxriddy

    maxriddy Adventurer

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    Hi;
    It's sound odd but I want to ask do you satisfied with your recently purchased bike gear or not? In online shopping, sometimes it happened that when we received item, we lose all of our excitement because the real image is not what we seen before. :dirtdog

    Did it happened to you ever?
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  2. NX4goyo

    NX4goyo This ain't my first rodeo

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    Nope. Not yet that is.


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  3. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    The most recent purchase was a Shoei Neo-Tech 2 and I tried them on before I bought it so I am satisfied.
    My other gear is all about 5 years old so yes I am satisfied with it. I only buy gear online if I am getting an exact replacement for what I have or something very similar of the same brand. Other than that I always try to see and try on gear in person.
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  4. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    I can't buy online stuff that needs to fit reasonably well. It just never fits. If I can't try it on, I usually don't buy it. That avoids all the "sending it back hassle". Often I can get as good a deal from local stores. I sometimes show them the online add, give them the chance to make the sale. They may not really like that, but better retailers will appreciate the opportunity. And I don't mind paying them a fair profit for keeping a brick and motor store open. Sometimes they just can't compete. I under stand that, and the store I shop at most, the owner also understands that. But I prefer to give them the opportunity, and I also prefer to handle the item before buying. MUCH less hassle.
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  5. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Also I'm in need of a new riding jacket. My Olympia is get pretty frayed. It's been good to me.
    I love the boots I recently bought. They are Alpinestars Belize. It's really hard for me to find shoes that fit, so doubly hard for boots, and these do.
    Bought riding gloves recently at Lowes, they have been really good as well for a fraction of the cost of moto-gloves.
    Bought a Helite Turtle vest last spring. It's well made, nice and all that, but I found myself not wearing it. It's just too heavy. Also hot to wear in the summer.
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  6. NurseBill

    NurseBill Been here awhile

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    I like most my gear I own now. Once I find a brand that fits, I stick with it. Firstgear jackets fit me best for a short jacket, so I have a mesh one that's my 2nd one. I have a Fly Terra Trek 3 jacket I love. As far as gloves, I generally wear just mechanix gloves and my current pair are almost 4 years old but I do have Astar Drystar winter gloves that no air gets through, bulky though. I'm stuck on Bell helmets though. My 2nd street one and will likely replace my Fly Trekker with one in about 2 years. Boots I have Firstgear street boots that fit my fat feet and Astar Tech 1's for dirt. I'm on the fence about the Tech 1's being an MX boot, it's tough to walk in.

    I do shop online. I work PT for a motorcycle accessory seller so I buy from us a lot.

    I found cheaper eBay generic gear just plain is cut wrong for me and sized goofy.
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  7. scratchypants

    scratchypants Loathes the impolite

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    Aerostich Competition Roper gloves. Love them. Did not love buying them. The sizing chart is out of whack - at least for me. I ordered size 10 - they fit like a pair of generic work gloves that were 2 sizes too big. I exchanged them for the next size down - they sent me regular ropers by mistake. And they were still too big. Sent them back and knocked the size down another notch. Finally got what I needed - it took from December until April for that to happen. The phone conversations were polite and they expressed regret for the trouble but I am still rather put off.
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  8. NurseBill

    NurseBill Been here awhile

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    I have found that if I don't like the gear, I won't be inclined to wear it. That's bad.
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  9. Wilde

    Wilde Adventurer

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    Good:
    - Rev'it Tornado 2 jacket. It's comfortable, nice in hot weather, and I think it looks pretty good as well.
    - Rev'it Dirt 2 gloves. Fit me well, also good in hot weather, and I think they have well above average protection

    Not So Good:
    - Klim Outrider pants. They keep riding up my boots while I'm riding and I think they're too baggy.
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  10. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    Good:
    - FirstGear Kilimanjaro jacket (previous version). Best jacket I've ever owned. Got it on closeout when the newer version was released a couple of years back.

    Not So Good:
    - Some extreme temp thermal underwear (or Base Layers as they call them now). I'm sure the quality is good and is a brand I've had much success with, but these things are really thick and won't compress much. The set is probably larger than my sleeping bag stuffed. I have no where to pack them on the bike.
    - Some cheap Chinese LED turn signals. Heavy, not waterproof and not very bright. Don't think I'll install them after all.
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  11. WindBlast

    WindBlast Jesus and Tequila

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    After many years of trying this and that I have learned that buying better quality is usually the smarter move (Astitch, Klim, Revit, Rukka). But there have been exceptions. My Caberg helmet for example. Very inexpensive but a fine piece if a bit noisy. I just bought a Neotech 2. Worth the money as well.
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  12. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    No.

    Just ordered a Nolan helmet. Measured my head and used their chart. Said I should buy an XL. Cross-checked it on a site that compares helmets from different brands against each other for size - that site indicated I should be fine with an XL.

    Ordered the helmet and it's too small. Not just marginally small, but headache after 20mins small.

    Not only that but, when I lowered the internal dark visor, it landed on my nose. A dremel solved that issue, but I wasn't happy.

    Other than that...I actually liked the helmet. Pretty quiet for a 3/4 type helmet, and looked well made.

    Unfortunately it's now listed in the flea market for 1/2 what I paid...

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  13. maxriddy

    maxriddy Adventurer

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    For helmet especially must have trial before ordering because sometimes even exact sizing not produce the comfort
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  14. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    Yup - and I even knew that when I ordered. So now I get to pay a stupid tax...
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  15. rtrider

    rtrider Lost

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    Two new purchases for me:

    Latest BMW Rallye Jacket to replace a 12 year old Rallye Jacket.
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    The Good:
    • I prefer the lighter material. Its cooler in very hot temps than my old rallye
    • I like the in or out option on the waterproof liner. Have ridden in heavy downpour with the liner on the outside and everything stayed perfectly dry.
    • In addition to the lighter material, there is better venting than my old rallye
    • Better & larger armor than the old rallye
    The Same:
    • I would have preferred a heavier duty main zipper. That's one of the things that started to fail on my old Rallye
    • The branding - I hate the huge BMW logos on the shoulders - on both the old and new.
    • Would have preferred some additional reflective panels it (and on the old as well). I definitely would have liked to see some big reflective panel on the liner - when you are in the rain, visibility is low and the liner is grey. I feel like it functions more like camouflage
    The Bad:
    • I preferred the pockets on my old rallye jacket - I Used the chest pockets extensively, and there were more pockets on the old one. The new jacket has what they call pockets in the chest area etc - but it is really just additional venting that uses the thin liner material - I wouldn't store anything in there for fear of it wearing a hole. I also find the old pockets were easier to access.
    Shoei Hornet X2
    The Good
    • Very comfortable for me
    • No peak vibration, nor does it seem to catch much wind
    • Not excessively loud (although I always wear earplugs)
    The Average
    • Its heavy - not excessively so, but its no featherweight
    The Bad/Disappointing
    • Venting - primary reason I got it was I thought it would have better airflow than my RF1200. It ends up being a little cooler feeling because the increased space in the front, but the airflow is disappointing
    • Rain - It fogs up like a mofo in the rain.
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  16. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    Do you have the Pinlock shield? I've has zero issues with mine?
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  17. rtrider

    rtrider Lost

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    No - when I got it I tried to look around for a pinlock for it but couldn't find the right one
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  18. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer Supporter

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    The CNS-2 will solve your problems with fog.
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  19. rtrider

    rtrider Lost

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    I have no idea why I gave up looking for the CNS-2 Liner. I think i was looking for a transitions shield and got distracted then forgot about it. :stupid
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  20. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur Supporter

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    My X2 (purchased about a year ago) came with the pinlock insert in the box.

    Also, my local ADV-type motorcycle shop matched the best online price and paid the sales tax. Cost me nothing extra to support a local business and tells you something about the markup.
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