Wednesday, March 26

Vance & Hines FuelPak 3: Revolutionizing Fuel Management for Harley

CK Zilla - ZLAmbassador

Sometimes it's the little things that count! Gone are the days of wiring your bike up to a PC, messing with endless spreadsheets and tuning maps, and wasted time when you should be riding. Catching up to the user friendly world of today's technology, the Vance & Hines FuelPak 3 for Harley allows you to flash tune on the go with little to no experience or tweak the details for those that care about every last drop.

The first thing you'll notice is the single connector coming out of the module. How do you install it? Plug it in. That's it. Just find your data port and "click", you're set. Once the Fuelpak 3 lights up, you'll be able to communicate with it via bluetooth from your iPhone or Android Smartphone. From there, you can download pre-configured maps and flash your ECM and be done with it, or you can turn on the auto-tune feature and track live data from your phone as you go.

Let Lemmy 'splain it to ya!

Vance and Hines Fuelpak 3 Review:

The beauty of the system lies in the flexibility it offers, you can tinker as much or as little as your heart desires. If you've got a Harley and haven't tweaked it, the FP3 will give you easy access to instant power and performance. If you've got a Harley and have swapped out exhaust, airbox, or anything else that would affect the Air/Fuel mix, the Vance & Hines FP3 will allow you to adjust your ECM to match the hardware changes so you don't run super lean. Give your bike the fuel it thirsts for!

Tuesday, March 25

Moose Racing Expedition Cases: Sticker Storage for Pros!

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Sticker shock is a serious problem in the motorcycle business. Sometimes you just have so many stickers, you don't know where to put them all! You've got your manufacturer stickers, your riding gear stickers, destination achievement stickers, any custom stickers specific to you and yours, plus a bit of reflective sticky tape to keep you visible. See what I mean? Sticker shock!

Thankfully, those of us that use touring cases have a solution to this common malady! The Moose Expedition Top Case and Side Cases have up to 46 liters of sticker space per box. Constructed from durable 1.5mm thick aluminum, this innovative display of real estate will keep your sticker canvas in top condition for many miles.

I suppose we should mention, that you can also store things inside? If you prefer (for some strange reason) to keep your stickers inside the box, you can secure them via the stainless steel latch, or lock them down with an option tumbler-style key insert. The Moose Expedition Side Cases mimic the sturdy construction of the top case and match perfectly, assuming you have choreographed your stickers correctly! Moose Racing offers these cases in Silver or Black; made in the US of A.

If you pick up a set of cases, don't forget to do your homework and snag the mounting hardware to go with it! The best part about this whole thing? When you order one, we'll send you more RevZilla stickers in the box!

Wednesday, March 12

New Held Gore-Tex Gear: Carese II and Torno II

Filip L. - Gear Geek
March is a pretty difficult time to be a motorcyclist in northeastern North America. The temperature may be climbing (thankfully!), but the temptation to pull the bike out for a ride is tempered by the disgusting amount of salt and gravel on the roads, the snowmelt waiting to dirty the bike and the suicidal woodland creatures coming out of the foliage after hibernation. Like most hibernating motorcyclists, I have been using this downtime to get my bike and my gear ready for the riding season, plus checking out all-weather jackets and pants that can get me through the variable conditions of spring, and do the same again in the fall.

New on my radar is the Carese II Jacket and Torno II Pants just released by Held for Spring 2014. If you are looking for a jacket and pants combo to get you through the daily temperature swings and often wet conditions of spring and fall, this might just be the do-it-all solution.

The Held Carese II Gore-Tex Jacket has a 500D Cordura shell and a proprietary Held CoolMax mesh lining that uses 3D mesh panels to increase air circulation. Neither the Carese II jacket nor the Torno II pants come with thermal liners. Held expects you to regulate your body temperature with moisture-wicking base layers and mid layers or heated riding gear. The waterproofing is handled by a removable Gore-Tex waterproof inner jacket,  so you can choose between Gore-Tex guaranteed waterproofness or direct-to-body venting.

With the removable liner zipped out, the Carese jacket uses air intakes in the chest and arms in conjunction with back exhaust vents to provide airflow. Protection is handled by CE-rated SAS-TEC shoulder and elbow protectors, and the back pocket will accept a SAS-TEC back protector, as well.

The Held Torno II Gore-Tex Pants may differ in name, but are similar in style. Just like the Carese II Jacket, the Torno II pants are made from 500D Cordura and use a series of zippered vents for airflow. The waterproofing is taken care of by a removable Gore-Tex liner that can be worn separately off the bike as a destination liner. The seat of the pants uses Pittards leather for excellent grip and Nomex heat resistant fabric on the inner legs protects against exhaust temperatures. The knee armor is CE-rated SAS-TEC and there are pockets for hip armor and a tailbone protector.

Held is offering the Carese II Jacket in classic black, grey/black, grey and orange for the KTM crowd, as well as a grey and blue option for BMW aficionados.  The matching Torno II pants are available in straight black or grey and black.

Spring has sprung, and hopefully it is here to stay. But if you need an all-weather, multi-season garment to deal with the season’s uncertain forecasts, Held has got you covered.

Monday, March 10

Waiting for Spring? Don’t! Held Gloves for riding now!

It goes without saying that motorcyclists get VERY anxious during the early spring. Unfortunately, we here at RevZilla are not immune to that feeling, as we anticipate the warmer days that are supposedly coming. Have no fear, there is a way to get your riding fix during these cold winter/early spring days. What is the trick? Actually, as it turns out, it’s not a trick, just proper cold-weather gear! The new Held Freezer II  and Arctic gloves are great examples.

If you are thinking about riding to Alaska right now, you will need the Held Freezer II Gloves! The new Freezer II gloves are the latest rendition of the previously popular Held Freezer gloves. They feature a water-repellent aniline cowhide outer shell combined with a Primaloft lining to keep your precious hands nice and warm. Even though these gloves are lined, you do not have to worry about your hands getting clammy because they have a Gore-Tex waterproof, windproof, and breathable membrane. In addition to protecting you from frostbite, these gloves also protect you from impact with foam on the knuckles, fingers, palm and wrist.

The new Held Arctic Gore-Tex gloves are an amazing mix of great tactile feel, protection and winter warmth. These gloves feature a goatskin palm along with 3M Thinsulate lining and the amazing Gore-Tex waterproof, windproof, and breathable membrane. The Arctic’s protection is top-notch and consists of leather-covered hard knuckle protection, a double layer of leather for the vulnerable pinky finger and the incredible superfabric on the palm. Lastly, due to the great tactile feel of these gloves, they should work perfectly for those fortunate riders with heated grips!

Instead of wishing it was 80 degrees so you could go ride, put on either the Held Arctic or the Freezer II gloves and hit the open road. Just watch out for the black ice!

- Matt B.
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Spring 2014 Held Gloves: Four More High-Fives!

Hold on to your butts!  We’ve recently imported four new gloves from Held, the world’s most conveniently named purveyor of hand-shoes!  It turns out they make other stuff too, but my wit doesn’t extend beyond cheap puns, so I’ll ignore the other stuff.  For those with hyperhidrosis, the Airstream II.  For all-weather all-stars with a penchant for fantasy, the Wizzard Gore-Tex X-Trafit.  Hands still wet, but not a nerd?  Check out the Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves.  And finally, for those who love clicking sounds, the Kashiro - all wound up with Held’s BOA closure system.

Sweaty palms are not a man’s (or woman’s) best friend.  If summer riding is your thing, but you don’t want a cheap pair of mesh gloves exploding as soon as they contact asphalt, you’ll dig the new Held Airstream II Gloves.  Just as the name suggests (Held, you’re so clever), the Air Stream IIs will flow a lot of (you guessed it) air.  In addition to the obligatory perforated leather and knuckle vents, the Air Stream II has something not many other gloves have - finger web venting.  Strategically placed mesh panels between your fingers will make sure your digits stay nice and comfy in the hot, hot heat.  Perforated finger panels and a kangaroo palm will help out too, as will the DuPont CoolMax lining on the back. Seeking top-notch protection and comfort made by a company whose name practically screams glove? The Held Airstream II.

For those entrepreneurial witches and warlocks who like their transportation to have two wheels and their wand-wielding hand to be free from road rash and acid rain, Held brings you the Wizzard.  Gore-Tex X-Trafit (one layer takes the place of three layers in ordinary mortals’ waterproof gloves) and a flat-seam construction ensure pin-point accuracy for vanquishing ghouls and goblins, while a Superfabric palm slider comes in handy should you need to open-hand slap your arch-nemesis.  If he be a particularly nasty foe, foam knuckle and finger protection will give you the means to escape unscathed.  There aren’t many evil spirits on the highway, so it’s best to keep the Held Wizzard Gloves in an urban environment where they can do the most damage.  A lightweight push-pull lining means these won’t be your first choice for winter excursions, but a visor wiper will keep your vision clear in the rain.  A goatskin outer shell means the undead kangaroos won’t come after you - and who wants that?

For all your rainy track day shenanigans (or Tuesday through Friday, for those of you in the U.K.), there’s the Held Race-Tex Gore-Tex Gloves.  Foregoing X-Trafit for a normal Gore-Tex lining, the Race-Tex still has a surprising amount of tactile feel.  The kangaroo palm will give you throttle feel equal to that of the MotoGP gods (unless you’re not a MotoGP god). The cowhide leather back is perforated and, along with knuckle and finger vents, will let you wear this waterproof glove even during humid, East Coast summers.  Hard plastic knuckles and a Superfabric palm slider keep you safe should you lay ‘er down in the rain.  A Kevlar-lined back will give you bullet deflection capabilities à la Wonder Woman (no it won’t).

Click click BOOM.  No boom?  Okay, just click click click.  For those with an irrational fear of Velcro, the Held Kashiro Gloves will put your mind at ease.  No longer will the sound of hooks and loops haunt your dreams!  Finally, a race-level gauntlet that won’t wear out after one season of heavy use. These gloves snug down with Held’s BOA adjusters.  Held’s signature kangaroo palm will provide that famous tactile feel, while generous helpings of Superfabric will keep your skin where it’s supposed to be. Some perforated leather thrown into the mix will keep you from overheating, as will a CoolMax lined back.  And if by chance you happen to ride your bike above the speed limit (no, say it ain’t so), a visor wiper will help you clean off the inevitable smorgasbord of bug guts.  Yum, protein!

Hold on!  We’re not quite finished.  You have to come to grips with what’s going on here.  Get a handle on the situation.  Held is no joke.  They’re awfully punny, though.  After some drama with Held USA, we’re very happy to have some new Held products back in the States once again.  If you’re in the market for some of the most comfortable, feature-rich and well-made gloves out there,  you won’t go wrong with Held.  Get a grip, man - and buy some new gloves.

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