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  1. I haven't washed a Bilt jacket, but I do with my Olympia jackets and pants. I just take the armor out and put them in the washer. I use a full amount of soap in there, plus Oxi-Clean. It seems to do just as good as putting them in the laundry tub and hand washing them. I would run them through the wash cycle twice. Once to wash, and the second time to thoroughly get rid of the soap. Soap is designed to attract and hold dirt. If you have a hi-vis jacket, rinsing it might help keep it from looking dirty quite as quickly. Chris
  2. Even different profile tires that are new will have different characteristics. Some will fall into a corner more than others. I like to look at bikes, but usually walk away happy with what I have. I did an hour long test ride on a R1200RS, and liked it. But all the time I was thinking I'd have to change this and change that...just to get it to the place where my own bike was already. And I look at the difference of the money I'd get for selling my bike and how much the new bike is...plus those farkles...and realize I'd be spending a LOT of money and getting very little back in performance or comfort. Chris
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    BMW s 1000 XR

    Common Thread review. 2016 BMW S1000XR review - RevZilla A tightwad American runs an expensive German machine through the... Chris
  4. Just a couple thoughts... First, there's a weight limitation for loads on the rack. That weight limitation includes the weight of the top box. Buying the high end top boxes, will put you very near that weight limitation, leaving you very little capacity (in weight, not volume). That of course, depends on whether you'll pay attention to the load limitation. I've seen scooters in Asia with three generations of the family on them, or carrying huge loads that we would think crazy. And they do that daily. I've used the Bestem top boxes in the past. Light weight. Strong though. I've put a Costco sized box of bird seed in the back many times and it held up fine. Givi makes two different lines. The Monolock and the Monokey. The Monolock is lighter...and yet heavier than the Bestem boxes. Some shy away from the Monolock top boxes because...well, it isn't as robust, strong, etc. Well, it's a lot heavier than the Bestem top box and that worked extremely well. All you gain IMHO from a Monokey is the added weight that takes away from your load carrying capacity. And it costs more. The Givi E450NA is pretty decent. Streamlined. It'll hold two helmets. Looks good. Inexpensive too, compared to the Monokey boxes. I had the Givi E470 once. It leaked. The front of the box was tall, compared to the rear. From the rear, it looked great, but from the front, it was a barn door trying to cut through the wind. The previous owner of my bike installed a Givi E460N. It doesn't look good in pictures on websites, but looks good in real life. Again, it'll hold two helmets. I like how it doesn't have that barn door effect either. Chris
  5. I've dropped my Shoei Neotec and it hit the curb at a gas station on the top rear. All it did was to scuff the shell surface. The shell is still intact and the Styrofoam underneath looks perfect. That surprised me. My inner pads didn't smell at all, but they seemed very compressed. I was at the point where I was going to replace them and decided to take them out prior to a long ride and wash them. After they dried, they fit like new again. That surprised me too. I'm not sure when I'll replace my Neotec. I bought it on 2/19/16. That puts it a bit over three years old. It's seen temps in the 20's and over 100. It's used virtually every day. Right now, except for a couple scuffs, it seems perfect. But if you have an itch to buy a new helmet and have the $$$... Chris
  6. Batteries are "commodity" type items. In other words, there isn't any rocket science to them. One is about the same as the other. What I do is to find out what the model number and specs are (CCA) of the OEM battery. Then I do a search for a replacement. You'll find the model designation of the off-brands match the model designation of the OEM battery. Then check the CCA. Lastly, look at the user reviews. If it is a cheap lousy battery, it'll show up there. My last battery cost me $50 and is just fine. Chris
  7. I've used the Dunlop Roadsmart 3 tires on my bike twice now. I like them. Because of a recommendation from a friend, I just installed some Continental Road Attack 3 tires. They seem to be very good also. I haven't really encountered much for wet travel since installing them, but the reviews say they are good in wet conditions too. And I think there's still a $60 rebate on them. Chris
  8. I test rode both the FJ-09 and F800GT. One of the reasons I ended up with the F800GT was the belt drive. In reality, a belt drive doesn't add any more weight or complexity. It's a geared pulley in front and a geared pulley in the rear. Just like a chain and sprockets. With 41K on my F800GT, I'm still on the original belt. There's advantages and disadvantages to a belt. First, you don't have to think about it. There's no lubing or adjustment once installed. As a commuter, you park the bike in the garage dripping wet from the ride home. Go out the next morning and ride away. A belt drive though isn't a good idea for a bike that gets taken off-road a lot. I'll bet most FJ09/Tracers never go off road though. But the design allows for it. And Yamaha I'm sure, thought of that. If you go off road with a belt drive, you can get a rock stuck under the belt that will punch a hole in the belt. Usually that isn't disastrous, but it will shorten the life of the belt. Chris
  9. As I mentioned on your thread over on ADVRider, I have the Clearwater Darla lights on my bike. If the previous owner had not purchased and installed them, I would not have gone this route. As you said, they are expensive. I also found the black paint flaking off on one of the brackets and the light on the opposite side. Clearwater eventually replaced them, but I had to twist their arm to do so. If I'd been the original purchaser, I think there wouldn't have been the hassle. But still...when you pay this much, you don't expect the paint to flake off. And you'd think getting it rectified wouldn't be an issue. I've used ADVMonster Model 30 lights on two previous bikes. I like them in that they put out a 10 degree spot beam that you can keep focused in your lane...letting you use them in traffic. And to give you an idea of the profit margin on the Clearwater lights...the Model 30 sells for $30, the last time I looked. After @60,000 miles of use in Seattle's weather, they still looked like new. If I was to replace the Clearwater lights on my bike now, I'd probably look at the ADVMonster Model 55. It puts out 7 degree primary spot beam with the spill creating a bit of a flood light effect. 3000 lumens for these. And the cost is $75 per light. FWIW, I don't have any interest in ADVMonster other than being a satisfied customer. You can check them out on their vendor thread over on ADVRider. When I purchased my lights, I got a 10 percent discount by using the code "INMATE". Chris
  10. Unless you live in California or the rest of the Southwest USA, what's the point? Or, unless you have a toy that you ride only when it is dry outside. Living in Seattle, this just doesn't seem wise. Without a fender...all that gunk goes everywhere. Of course, if you have a pillion passenger, you won't have any problems...till she gets off the bike and finds out how much she's covered in road grime. Chris
  11. Give it about 10-15 years. Just because I don't need or want it today, doesn't mean I can't appreciate the opportunity it gives others who don't have the physical abilities I have at 66. I had a total knee replacement three years ago, and feel as fit (or better) now, than when I did in my 40's. At the same time, I'm looking around and seeing people who are ten years younger than me and who look far older, and act like it. Age catches up to each of us in our own time. The Nikken may have three wheels, but from the reviews it is the closest thing to being a full on motorcycle of any of them. And Yamaha is extremely smart about this. They know that those who are riding FJ's will eventually get older and will yearn for a way to extend their riding life just a few more years. The Nikken will be their best selling bike some day...and you may own one. Chris
  12. Umm...how old are you??? When your age gets into the 60s and 70s, you'll be looking at a three-wheeled bike with a different viewpoint, unless you gave up riding earlier. Around here in the Seattle area, Can-Ams are great for commuters on the ferry. They can ride in any kind of weather, and even in snow. For a ferry commuter, they get discounted tickets and board/unboard first. Chris
  13. I've been using it almost daily on my bike. Most of the time, the warnings are not LEOs. But recently, there have been a few. Would I have gotten a ticket? Hard to say. I generally stay within 5-10 mph of the speed limit, but if there's no other traffic to pace, then it is easy to find your speed has crept up to the performance award level. I was riding east of the mountains on Monday and as I'm coming into Twisp, I heard the detector go off. This time, the detector kept at it...till the local sheriff came around the turn. Sunday night, I was coming back from the prison and the Washington State Patrol had a speed trap set up. Sneaky the way they did it too. Right around a bend and in a break in the concrete middle barrier for emergency vehicles to turn around in...and just on the other side of a drop in the speed limit. And last night as I was heading to the prison, I was getting a constant warning as I pulled into Monroe. I'm looking all over for the LEO and presently see him coming toward me on a motorcycle. Monroe is famous for pulling speeders over. The speed limit is 25 mph. Again, would I have gotten a ticket in any of those situations? Not sure. But I also like the gadgets. Chris
  14. Amazon.com : Motorcycle Recording Camera System by HaloCam, 1080P Dual Lens Dash Cam Dvr, Rear View Sports Action Camera, Waterproof Lens, Video Driving Recorder with WiFi&GPS, 2.7" LCD, 155 Degree Angle, 256G Max : Gateway WWW.AMAZON.COM Amazon.com : Motorcycle Recording Camera System by HaloCam, 1080P Dual Lens Dash Cam Dvr, Rear View Sports Action Camera, Waterproof Lens, Video Driving Recorder with WiFi&GPS, 2.7"... Amos in their customer service said they were making some minor modifications and would be up again. Just checked and they are again for sale. Chris
  15. I've been using the Halocam M1 for awhile. I like it. It's not action camera quality, but does a decent job. I've also had the Sena 10C and now the Sena 10C Pro. They are excellent. Costly though. There is no other combination action camera and bluetooth headset made. And the Sena 10C (Pro too) can be used while charging...in the rain. I just saw a thread on ADVRider where someone is selling three Sena 10C cameras. Good price. For sale - Sena 10c | Adventure Rider ADVRIDER.COM I am getting rid of some spares. I have one Sena 10c left for sale in great shape. Includes instructions, Mount, and unit. It needs the speaker and... Chris
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