Friday, December 31

AGV Sport Telluride Gloves Review

Designed to combat all weather elements in Spring-Summer-Fall, the AGV Sport Telluride Gloves will perform extremely well in sport touring riding under those conditions. Like all AGV Sport products, these gloves offer great bang for the buck, with excellent design and engineering elements. These gloves pair up well with the AGV Sport Telluride Jacket and the AGV Sport Telluride Pants to form a multi-season all weather outfit.

Check out our AGV Sport Telluride Gloves Review:



A hybrid construction of premium cowhide leather with Schoeller Keprotec textile fabric, the Telluride Gloves offer excellent resistance to tears and abrasion. Bonded to the shell is a Hipora waterproof breathable element designed as your weapon against precipitation. The plush interior of these gloves is highly insulated and will provide solid levels of warmth on cold days. The palm of the Tellurides is reinforced with Clarino synthetic leather, as are the index finger and thumb, for resistance to abrasion and wear in high use and impact zones. At the backhand, hard metal armor backed by shock absorbing foam protects the main knuckles and the finger knuckles, while leather reinforcement panels provide added protection to the fingers.

As with all AGV Sport gear, high tensile strength nylon thread is used with double stitching in high impact areas for excellent tear resistance. The pre-curved fingers prevent any fatigue in the hand while the dual panel backhand allows the armor to move freely to also combat discomfort. There is a large reflective panel on the backhand for safety and visibility. The long cuff has an elastic band at the wrist for snugness, a single velcro closure, and the wrist area has shock absorbing foam padding for added safety.

Another great product from AGV Sport at an extraordinarily reasonable price. To check out similar options, visit our Waterproof Motorcycle Gloves section.

-RetroZilla

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Thursday, December 30

AGV Sport Solare Jacket & Solare Pants Review

Primed to tackle the most scorching summertime conditions, the AGV Sport Solare Jacket and AGV Sport Solare Pants provide excellent bang for the buck, offering levels of functionality unseen at their price points in hot weather textile gear. As with all AGV Sport gear, there isn't a great deal of flash associated with what they produce; they simply produce high quality gear that consistently comes neck-and-neck in performance with other high-end manufacturers when third-party tests are conducted. The AGV Sport Solare combo stays true to these roots and is sure to be a big hit in the sport riding crowd this upcoming summer.

First, check out our AGV Sport Solare Jacket Review:



The first thing you'll notice in this review is the eye-popping neon yellow colorway of the Solare. Hi-viz has become extremely popular option for commuters and sport tourers, and this provides an affordable way for motorists to see you on the road. The Solare is a full mesh construction to flow air in the summer with ballistic nylon panels in impact areas for reinforcement. It features CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows with an upgradeable foam back pad. For comfort, there is a moisture-wicking microfleece comfort collar, and multiple areas of adjustability (hips, cuffs, forearm). YKK zippers with extra long pulls are used throughout, the seams utilize heavy duty stitching for tear resistance, and there are reflective panels for safety and visibility.
The Solare Jacket is packed with features at an extremely reasonable price.


Next, our AGV Sport Solare Pants Review:



The AGV Sport Solare Pants zip together with the Solare jacket to form the ultimate summertime sport touring combination. Built on a 600D chassis, the Solare pants feature huge durable mesh panels down the front and back of the legs with reinforcements in impact areas. For protection, there is CE rated knee armor and large foam hip and lower back padding. The Solare Pants also have YKK zippers with extra long pulls, heavy duty seam stitching for tear resistance, a breathable mesh lining, and adjustability at the waist. Two front handwarmer pockets, zippered leg opening, reflective piping, and a velcro secured flap closure system at the waist rounds out the features of these pants.

If you're looking for an affordable sport and street riding summertime option without sacrificing style elements, this outfit could be a good choice for you. To see more choices, check out Hi-Viz Motorcycle Jackets, Summer Motorcycle Gear, and Summer Motorcycle Pants sections over at RevZilla.com.

-RetroZilla

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Wednesday, December 29

Dainese Quito Riding Shoes Review

One of the top-selling motorcycle riding shoes at RevZilla, the Dainese Quito Leather Shoes give you the necessary on-bike protection but don't scream MotoGP when you're not on the bike. Constructed with all the components that distinguish Dainese gear from the competition, the Quitos give you the confidence to ride in style without sacrificing safety.

Check out our Dainese Quito Leather Shoes Review:



Constructed with premium cowhide and top grain leather, the Dainese Quitos are designed with city touring and commuting in mind, and it is in these applications that they shine. On the lateral region of the ankle, there is a hard part composite insert for protection and the sole features reinforcement for protection but is flexible enough to allow you to walk around all day and be comfortable. The speed lacing system is protected by a velcro closing leather panel that protects the laces from getting caught on the bike at all. Atop the toe box of the Quito shoes is a reinforced rubberized shifter guard for grip which can be found on both boots. Finally, the insides of these riding boots are made from a Honeycomb fabric, which is very similar to Dainese's
3D bubble liner, creating a microclimate within the boot and
providing maximum comfort.

As I said before, these are by far one of our bestselling riding shoes at RevZilla, as Dainese consistently offers some of the best protective and style elements available in the industry. To see more options, visit our Dainese Boots page, and if you want to see our full range, check out our Motorcycle Boots section.

-RetroZilla

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Dainese Torque Pro Out Boots Review

Tuesday, December 28

Dainese Torque Pro Out Boots Review

One of the bestselling motorcycle race boots at RevZilla.com, the Dainese Torque Pro Out Boots feature all the classic Italian style that goes into Dainese products plus all the race-level protective elements necessary for aggressive trackday riding and racing. Also available as the Dainese Torque Pro Out Air Boots, a fully perforated version built for extreme hot weather days on the tarmac. These boots do a lot of things extremely well, including advanced protection and ergonomic comfort for the best interfacing with your bike.

Check out our Dainese Torque Pro Out Boots Review:



The Torque Pro Outs are a full Lorica upper construction. They utilize D-Stone fabric in both the inner at outer leg near the opening of the boot. D-Stone, a fabric proprietary to Dainese, is a high-tensile strength nylon extremely resistant to abrasion and backed by elastic for protection and comfort. The jointed D-Axial anti-twist-back ankle protection system is a major element of the safety in these boots. Constructed of thermoplastic polyurethane, the D-Axial system allows a full range of front and back flexibility but extremely limits side-to-side movement to prevent any injury to the ankle. The same TPU that forms this system wraps up to provide shin protection and also forms a cockpit around the ankle. There is also reinforced protection in the boot behind the external plate.

Stainless steel sliders exist on the outer ankle and back of the heel in addition to a stainless steel toe slider that is fully replaceable. The toe box is internally reinforced with TPU and externally features a shifter interface panel that is textured and double stitched. The ankle cockpit is fully reinforced internally with a nylon ankle guard. At the inside of each of the ankles is a rubberized TPU panel that provides high grip for interfacing with the bike. The liner system of the Torque Pro Out Boots is double jersey mesh airgap material. This fabric is very similar to 3D mesh in that it creates a microclimate within the boot while allowing your foot to breathe and sweat and hot air to escape from the skin. Finally, the sole features differentiated densities for non-slip and high-grip with a strong nylon shank for impact protection.

These boots wouldn't be a bestseller if they weren't a highly technical piece of performance race apparel. Dainese's attention to detail and design cannot be overlooked and these boots represent an upper-echelon of what they've done. The only boots more technical than these in the Dainese Motorcycle Boots lineup are the Dainese Axial Pro In Boots worn by Valentino Rossi.

-RetroZilla

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Monday, December 27

Shark Evoline 2 ST Helmet Review

Shark Evoline 2 ST Wayer Helmet
After it came out and revolutionized the modular helmet industry a few years back, the Shark Evoline has continued to improve and evolve with each new iteration. Now on its third version, the Shark Evoline 2 ST Helmet is the pinnacle of modular helmets built for versatility. The Evoline's claim to fame lies in being the first flip-up helmet that could be ridden in as full-face or true open face with the simple click of a button. And we're not talking about doing 20mph on residential streets; you can comfortably ride at highway speeds with the Evoline 2 ST in open-face configuration. As I said, improvements have been made since the first version, and they'll be detailed after the video.

Check out our Shark Evoline 2 ST Helmet Review:



Shark Evoline 2 ST Moovit Helmet
The Shark Evoline 2 ST Helmet is built from injected thermoplastic resin with a shock-absorbing differentiated-density EPS liner system. The external visor is anti-scratch and demisting, constructed from high density material for maximum safety. Internally, the top-gun style sun visor is retractable via a slider at the crown of the helmet, easily operated with a glove on. This sun visor over itself has been lengthened over previous iterations to address issues with it not extending down enough. The chin bar itself operates using a stainless steel mechanism that is extremely strong and allows this helmet to be both DOT & ECE 22.05 certified. The interior of the Evoline 2 ST is Meryl, which is moisture-wicking and antimicrobial, easily adjustable, removable and washable.

Shark Helmets Evoline 2 ST E-Tec Lumi Helmet
The big upgrade here is the integration of cutouts into the EPS and liner for the battery and speakers for the Sharktooth Bluetooth communication system. It also allows enough room in the chin area for the microphone as well. Over the course of multiple evolutions, the face shield has been upgraded for better sealing against wind and water, the scratch resistance is improved, and the ratcheting system now features nine detents rather than being basic open and close. The neck and side covers are each 1cm wider to reduce wind noise and protect from the elements. This helmet has been a big hit amongst touring riders and the cruiser crowd and it's pretty easy to see why. The upgrades in the newest version should only further its popularity.

Check out our full selection by visiting our Modular Motorcycle Helmets section.

-RetroZilla

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Thursday, December 23

Bell Moto-9 Helmet: Bell Secret 2011 Helmet #3

Bell Moto 9 Legacy Helmet
The last of the secret new Bell Helmets for 2011 is the Bell Moto-9 Helmet, a lid poised to make serious noise in the dirt and motocross riding worlds.

We've received very little information on this helmet so far, but the buzz swirling out of Bell HQ is that the Bell Moto9 Helmet is going to feature much of the innovative qualities that went into the last round of game-changers (Vortex, Star). It will feature Snell 2010 certification and upgrades across the board over any dirt helmet that Bell has put out to date.

And it's Bell. So you can expect some wild graphic styles suitable for every MX rider's taste.
Bell Moto-9 Stunt Helmet

This rounds out our sneak preview of the Bell Secret 2011 Helmets. Consider these an extreme sneak preview and stay tuned for all the information on February 1, 2011.

We know it's far off. Hang in there.. it'll be worth it!

Dainese Delta Pro Leather Pants Review

We're embarrassed that it took us so long to shoot a video review of such an immensely popular sport and track riding leather pant. As far as race-level leather pants are concerned, the Dainese Delta Pro Leather Pants are THE bestselling pair at RevZilla. Classic premium Italian leather construction combines with innovative materials and high levels of protection to make a premier leather race and track day pant, the quality of which matches what we've come to expect from Dainese.

Check out our Dainese Delta Pro Leather Pants Review below:



Starting out, the Delta Pro Pants use premium 1.2-1.4mm Italian cowhide leather for a soft finish and superior abrasion resistance. Proprietary S1 stretch fabric is used at the crotch and inner thigh as well at the backs of the knees through the inner calves. This adds comfort and mobility in addition to letting some airflow get into the pants. The Dainese Delta Pro Perforated Leather Pants feature a large perforation scheme and are good for riders who generally do trackdays in hotter weather while the non-perf option excels with the rider in milder climates. Internally, Dainese's proprietary CE rated knee/shin armor protects from impact while the outside of the knee features replaceable dual compound knee sliders. The foam padding at the hip adds
another protective element to these pants.

For comfort, there are velcro straps on each side of the waist that allow for adjustability and cinching. Above the knees is accordion stretch paneling that allows for ergonomic movement when getting in and out of the tuck position. The calf features a double zipper system: one zip for the actual closing of the pant leg and another zip which operates as an expansion panel. This allows for boots to be worn that can fit either inside or outside of the pants. The liner is completely sanitized, there is strategic reflective paneling, two front outside pockets, leather reinforcement in impact areas and a full 360º for connection to a race jacket and track-day legality.

The numbers speak for themselves. These bestselling leather race pants offer great style combined with exemplary performance characteristics; a match for their quality and attention to detail will be difficult to find. However, be sure to check out our full selection of Motorcycle Race Pants and Leather Motorcycle Pants to see if there is a pair that'd be a better fit for you application.

Two Wheels Down,
-RetroZilla

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Wednesday, December 22

Bell RS-1 Helmet: Bell Secret 2011 Helmet #2



Bell 2011 Secret Helmet #2..

Bell RS-1 Victory Helmet
This helmet is slated to be positioned as the one that splits the difference between the Vortex and the Star, fitting squarely between the two in terms of performance and price point. We think the Bell RS-1 Helmet is going to be an absolute home run as it competes head-to-head with those very few helmets that can tout a mid-level price point yet pack premium-level helmet features (Shoei RF-1100, the RS-1 has you in its sights!).

We can't go into too many details here, but we can say that it will be an aggressive street and sport helmet, designed for spirited road riding with a feature set that can easily translate to track day riding.
Bell RS-1 Helmet

Did I mention that it's Snell 2010 certified? This is going to be an absolute home run from Bell Helmets.

Stay tuned for the last in our installment of Bell's 2011 Secret Helmets coming soon.

And of course, many more details on the Bell RS1 Helmet as we are able to release them.

Bell RS-1 Panic Zone Helmet
Bell RS-1 Shattered Helmet

Shift Vertex Race Suit Review

All of the style and performance elements native to Shift Racing gear go into the construction of their pro-level race suit. The Shift Vertex Race Suit will perform head-to-head with any similarly priced suit as it is loaded with features and functionality. Sacrificing nothing on the style side of the things, Shift is able to combine aggressive on-track performance and protection with flashy style and slick looks.

Check out our Shift Vertex Race Suit Review:



First and foremost, protection is obviously the most crucial element of any race suit, and the Shift Vertex Suit has that covered. Premium grain 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather is used throughout the suit with double layer reinforcements in key areas. Shift's proprietary CE rated armor is used in the shoulders, elbows and knees, and it extends to the forearm and shin. There are replaceable TPU knee sliders and pocket in the back to upgrade to a CE rated back protector. The ventilated and aerodynamic back hump also provides additional protection. The wrist and ankle cuffs feature autolocking zippers that maintain closure and stay strong in the event of a get-off. And of course, the entirety of the suit is safety stitched.

Comfort and airflow are both important when it is 130º F on track and race days. With punctuated leather at the top of the chest and side of the torso, air scoops on the shoulders, and perforation all down the front and back of the suit, a nice current of air will flow through this suit when you're riding. Along the insides of each of arm, and in the crotch and inner thighs is Schoeller stretch Kevlar, a flexible abrasion-resistant fabric that will also flow air. The articulated race fit coupled with accordion stretch paneling above the knees, above the elbows, at the lower back and wrapped from the back of the shoulders under the armpits, allows for excellent movement and ergonomics in the racing position. The mesh liner in this suit is also removable and
washable. The suit also features a vented moisture-wicking Airprene comfort collar.

It's Shift, so of course there is a wildly stylized graphic version, the green-yellow featured in the video above, and the suit is also available in black-white and white-black options. Another great piece of gear from Shift Racing, who consistently put enormous attention to detail and functionality in their products.

To see similar products, visit our Motorcycle Race Suits section at RevZilla.com.

-RetroZilla

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Tuesday, December 21

Bell Revolver Helmet: Bell Secret 2011 Helmet #1

Bell Revolver Helmet - Rally Black
We've recently caught wind that there are a few new Bell Helmets slated for release in early 2011 that we think are going to make an enormous splash in the industry. While we don't have many details right now, we've got a few notes to share that we think already make these helmets game-changers. We'll be releasing

The first of the new guys is going to be called the Bell Revolver Helmet. From what we understand, it is going to be a sport-focused modular helmet built for performance on the street. Modular helmets are generally designed for the sport and adventure touring markets and even for commuters, so to catch wind that the Bell Revolver Helmet is going to be a modular designed for sport and
Bell Revolver Helmet - Solid
street performance is a pretty big deal. There's also some buzz that it's going to come in at an extremely reasonable price point which is another huge plus.

More news as it comes, stay tuned for tomorrow's installment of Bell's Secret 2011 Helmets...

Update: Two colorways are available: the Bell Revolver Helmet - Solid and the Bell Revolver Helmet - Rally Black.

AGV Sport Telluride Jacket & Pants Review

AGV Sport doesn't just do racing, sport and street gear. They also produce high-quality multi-season all-weather waterproof gear designed for long-distance touring and adventure at very reasonable prices. The AGV Sport Telluride Jacket and AGV Sport Telluride Pants represent the pinnacle of their achievements in this realm. If you don't know the AGV Sport story yet, the long and short of it is that they're a company who has been producing high-performance yet affordable motorcycle gear built by riders for riders for over a quarter of a century. The quality in design and construction speaks for itself as they consistently go head-to-head with much higher-priced brands and perform at the same level as those brands in third-party tests.

First is our AGV Sport Telluride Jacket Review:



The AGV Sport Telluride Jacket is a 3/4 length touring and adventure jacket designed to get you through every sort of weather condition during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. The exterior shell is an abrasion resistant 600D ballistic nylon with a waterproof breathable membrane sandwiched between the shell and the liner. In addition, there is a removable washable quilted thermal liner that will keep you warm in the cold, but can be taken out and extend this jacket into the hotter temperature ranges. The zip open vents at the chest provide air intake and the rear exhaust vents suck the hot air through and away from your body. The Telluride features CE rated dual density armor in the shoulders and elbows with an 8mm foam back bad that can
be upgraded to a CE rated back protector. As with all AGV Sport gear, the main seams are multiple stitched for the highest degree of tear resistance and all zippers used are YKK. To protect the main connection and maintain waterproofing, there is a double storm flap that channels water away from the garment. The moisture wicking microfleece comfort collar also features a spring-loaded snap at the collar to lock it down when riding with the neck open. Pockets abound in this jacket, with four waterproof front cargo pockets, two chest pockets, a pocket on the left sleeve, and a large game pouch that can house the quilted liner when not in use. The jacket also features loads of adjustability to make sure you're cinched down properly: the wrist, forearm, bicep and waist all feature adjusters for the perfect fit. Finally, reflective piping keeps you visible and the waist connection zipper allows for attachment to all-weather pants. Simply put, a feature-loaded all-weather jacket at an extraordinarily reasonable price point.


Next is our AGV Sport Telluride Pants Review:



A true four-season all-weather pant option to complement any AGV Sport textile jacket, the AGV Sport Telluride Pants are a 600D exterior shell with a removable double liner system offering loads of versatility. The removable waterproof breathable liner and removable quilted thermal liner can both be used independently of one another, so for the hot days, they're both out and the intake/exhaust vents zip open for solid airflow, but on cold wet rides, they stay in and protect you from both the temperature and precipitation. The pants feature ballistic nylon reinforcements in impact areas with CE rated knee armor and memory foam hip and lower back padding. Again, as with the entire AGV Sport
line, heavy duty stitching is used in all seams to resist tearing and protect from abrasion. Elasticated stretch panels are utilized above the knees and at the small of the back to allow for unrestricted movement. YKK zippers are used throughout this pant with a double reinforced metal slide closure at the waist. The adjustable velcro and zippered cuff closure is backed by a gaiter to maintain waterproofing. Finally, adjustable velcro at the hips allows for the most snug and proper fit while reflective piping in strategic locations lets you be seen for safety during night time rides.

To see all similar gear, visit our All Weather Motorcycle Pants page and All Weather Motorcycle Jackets page.

-RetroZilla

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Monday, December 20

AGV Sport Laguna, Monza, Willow Race Suit Review

AGV Sport has been manufacturing high quality track, race and sport riding gear since 1985. In these past 25 years, AGV Sport has developed a reputation as a high-quality gear producer that provides a high level of bang for the buck while utilizing premium materials and innovative design. Designed by riders for riders, all AGV Sport gear is developed in-house and maintains a close adherence to the marriage between performance on the bike and visual aesthetics. AGV Sport race suits use materials and technologies that are rarely seen at their price points and consistently perform at the level of much higher-costing gear when third party tests are conducted.

First up, the top-line AGV Sport Laguna Race Suit Review:



The AGV Sport Laguna Race Suit is their top end suit that packs in loads of features right at the $999 price point. It is a premium 1.2-1.4mm top-grain leather construction with dual-density CE Rated shoulder, elbow/forearm and knee/shin armor. Atop that, there are titanium shoulder sliders (something never seen at this price point) in addition to replaceable knee pucks. The entire suit is safety stitched with multiple stitching in high-use/impact areas. Perforation, critical to a race suit, is seen in bounds, at the chest, belly, upper and lower legs and upper arms. This perf scheme is complemented by intake scoops at the shoulders and side of the torso plus the vented qualities of the aerodynamic speed hump that create excellent venturi effect airflow.
Creature comforts include the teramid kevlar inside the arms and at the crotch for comfort and airflow, the added protection of injected foam padding, the moisture wicking neoprene comfort collar and cuffs, aggressive race pre-curving, accordion stretch panels for ease of movement, YKK zippers with extra long zipper pulls, and the completely removable and washable mesh liner. Taking a look at other race suits coming in at this price point makes it clear that this is an excellent choice for the money.


Next, our mid-range AGV Sport Monza Race Suit Review:



The AGV Sport Monza Race Suit might just be the best value of the three AGV Sport one-piece race suits.  Featuring external titanium shoulder sliders, replaceable knee pucks, dual density CE rated shoulder, elbow/forearm and knee/shin armor, and premium 1.2-1.4mm top-grain cowhide, the Monza is a lot of suit for $799. The Monza has strategic accordion stretch panels, perforation in the chest, belly and upper legs, air intake through the aerodynamic speed hump with zippered exhaust vents at the back, and tactical injected foam padding for added safety and style. The moisture wicking neoprene comfort collar keeps the neck from chafing while the teramid kevlar panels in the crotch and inner arms allow for airflow and comfort.
Safety stitching is used throughout the suit with multiple stitching in all impact areas. The Monza utilizes exclusively YKK zippers with ergonomic pulls and we love the fact that the main zipper is two way in the event that you need to use the bathroom in the paddock. The mesh liner of the Monza is completely removable and washable to keep it from getting funky. Race pre-curving and reflective paneling round out the top-notch feature set of the AGV Sport Monza Race Suit.


Finally, the entry-level AGV Sport Willow Race Suit Review:



Coming in at $599, the AGV Sport Willow Race Suit puts comparably priced race suits to shame. Premium 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather, CE rated shoulder, knee/shin and elbow/forearm armor, safety stitching, replaceable knee pucks, strategic leather reinforcements, and injected foam paneling provides the protection in the Willow. A huge perforated leather scheme in addition to air scoops on the shoulders will ensure that the air is flowing through this suit when it is 140º on the tarmac. For comfort, Teramid Kevlar is used in the crotch through the knee and under the arms for flexibility, expansion, and additional air flow. Moisture wicking neoprene lines the collar and the cuffs and provides maximum levels of comfort. The speed hump is aerodynamic
and protective, the fit is a medium aggressive race fit, and reflective piping is used for safety and visibility. Every zipper is YKK with an ergonomic pull, and the main connection zipper is two-way to allow for using the bathroom in between trackday rides. Accordion stretch paneling is where it needs to be to allow for proper ergonomics and movement and the interior is a fully breathable mesh liner. We're extremely impressed with what they've done at this extremely reasonable price point with the AGV Sport Willow Race Suit.

Check out our full selection by visiting our Motorcycle Race Suits section.

-RetroZilla

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Friday, December 17

Arai Vector 2 Helmet Review: Brand New for 2011!

Arai Vector 2 Thrill Helmet
We recently offered a sneak peak at two new Arai Helmets (check out the post here) in which we briefly discussed the brand new for 2011 Arai Vector 2 Helmet. Though the Vector 2 is slated for release on January 31, 2011, we got our hands on a production-level lid and were able to take a look at all the new features. To say we're impressed is an understatement. The changes that Arai made over the original Arai Vector Helmet, though extremely subtle at first glance, are significant steps forward in performance, fit and overall comfort of the helmet.

Check out our Arai Vector 2 Helmet Review below and don't miss the details after that along with some photos of the new look lid.



Arai Vector 2 Hi-Viz Helmet
The first major upgrade in the Arai Vector 2 Helmet is the interior. This is the first complete redesign of a liner that Arai has done and for this new interior (that will be gradually making its way into all Arai lids), the focus was on comfort and micro-fitting. Arai stripped off the hard plastic frame that used to surround the entirety of the liner, and repositioned a soft plastic piece to the back of the head. They also utilize one piece of soft foam that wraps in an uninterrupted pattern around the entire circumference for uniform levels of comfort. The big news here is the ability to micro-fit this helmet and accommodate a range of head shapes. Arai has used 5mm peel-away temple pads on either side of the liner. So, out of the box, the Vector 2
Arai Vector 2 ID Helmet
Helmet will be an intermediate oval fit; but if you have a rounder crown, the temple pads can be completely removed, transforming this helmet into a round oval shape. Add to this that they also integrated the cheek pads from the Arai RX-Q Helmet that feature 5mm peel-away pads and you've got a helmet that accommodate an enormous range of head shapes. The guts (excluding the neck roll) are removable and washable, another improvement over the Vector's fixed interior.

Checking blind spots, head checks, and being able to see as much of what's around you when riding is of critical importance. For this reason, Arai is now using the SAI face shield, the same shield seen in the RX-Q and the
Arai Vector 2 Helmet Solid
race-level Arai Corsair V Helmet, which offers 5mm extra periphery on each side of the shield. While 10mm total may seem insignificant, anyone who has worn an RX-Q or Corsair V will tell you that even that 1cm makes a huge difference when you're on the road. The SAI shield has also integrated slider pucks that shorten the gap between the shield and the helmet, causing a reduction in wind noise and an improvement in aerodynamics. The slider pucks essentially aid in creating a tighter seal at the gasket around the eyeport.
All of the ventilation and aerodynamic properties have been improved as well. The chin vent has been expanded and repositioned for a more streamlined look and upgraded performance. The front chimney vent now features a dual
Arai Vector 2 Launch Helmet
closure system; a tab that slides over the 10mm port and a garage door that covers the entire intake region to eliminate the possibility of wind or precipitation entering. The rear wing now includes vents built into the wing and serves multiple purposes. The front vent sucks air and splits it through the rear V-vents, creating a better vacuum and also improving the overall stability of the helmet. When these vents are closed, turbulence is kept at extremely low levels and stability remains exceptional. The rear winglet vents have been slightly expanded and operate passively to continue the vacuum effect of pulling hot air out of the helmet. Finally, the rear diffuser that is built into the neck roll has also been finely tuned to now flow more air.

Arai Vector 2 Marker Helmet
The brand new Advanced Hyper-Ridge Band that sweeps around the lower rear of the helmet serves multiple purposes. First is safety. In any impact situation, the helmet's main duty is to disperse energy across the surface area of the shell to prevent any direct impact from one area. However, this also creates a shock wave across the shell which, if it quickly reached any edge of the helmet, would cause the helmet to crack and energy to transfer to the body. The advanced hyper-ridge essentially acts as a speed bump, a barrier, that slows the speed of the traveling energy helping to keep it within the shell of the helmet. Beyond that, it also widens the opening of the helmet for easier ingress and egress. The Hyper-Ridge also acts to lower the center of gravity, making the helmet
Arai Vector 2 Neevesey Helmet
more lightweight and stable in active riding conditions.

I know that's a lot. And those are just the improvements. For the sake of brevity, I will bullet-point the rest of the features.

  • CLC (Complex Laminate Construction) Shell Design
  • Multi-Density, Single-Piece Hybrid EPS Liner
  • Brow Vent System Channels Air to Upper Face and through EPS
  • Snell 2010 and DOT Certification

Arai Vector 2 Schwantz Helmet
There's a lot here for sure. And that's simply because they make the best helmets on the market in my opinion, and if the investment is in the safety of my brain box, this is the best money can buy. If you're having any trouble digesting this mountain of information, please don't hesitate to give us a ring (877.792.9455) or shoot us an email (cs@revzilla.com).

Check out our full selection by visiting the Motorcycle Helmets page at RevZilla.com.

-RetroZilla

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Thursday, December 16

AGV Sport Brand Guide & Overview: 2011 Gear!

AGV Sport 2011 Gear is now shipping from RevZilla.com and we're extremely impressed with the new line. AGV Sport is a brand that flies under the radar to a large degree. You don't see their name emblazoned on the back of Moto GP racers' suits, they don't spend millions of dollars sponsoring F1 racers. Instead, they focus on producing extremely high quality sport, street and race gear that comes in at very reasonable price points. From their all-season textile gear to their high-performance leather race suits and everything in between, 2011 AGV Sport gear has us very impressed with the level of quality and detail that goes into their gear.

Check out our AGV Sport Brand Overview and Guide below:



AGV Sport Tempest Jacket
AGV Sport produces high quality textile gear that is built for both street riding and sport touring. The AGV Sport Solare Jacket is a great example of a hot weather street and sport riding jacket that will flow a ton of air yet be protective for summertime motorcycling. On the sport touring side of things, the AGV Sport Tempest Jacket is a great choice with its all-season all-weather versatility thanks to a removable quilted thermal liner and waterproof breathable membrane. The aggressive street riding focus of the AGV Sport Laguna Textile Jacket mirrors its leather jacket and race suit counterparts in design and offers the highest degree of active street riding performance. For pants, the AGV Sport Telluride Pants match the Tempest's all-season all-weather performance while the AGV Sport Solare Pants are a great hot-weather option with their full mesh and ballistic nylon construction.

AGV Sport Monza Leather Jacket 

For leathers, AGV Sport designs gear for the track, the street, and the universal rider. The AGV Sport Laguna Race Suit is the one of two suits we've seen (the other being the AGV Sport Monza Race Suit) that features external titanium shoulder sliders at the $999 or lower price point. The feature set of the Laguna is on par with race suits from other manufacturers that are in the $1500+ price range. For leather jackets, the AGV Sport Laguna Leather Jacket and the AGV Sport Monza Leather Jacket are built for high-level track performance and aggressive street riding. On the more casual side of things, the AGV Sport Pella Leather Jacket is available in perf and non-perf versions and has a universal styling that will work for a Harley guy all the way through to a Ducati rider. The AGV Sport Willow Leather Pants are a great summer sport and track riding option as well. Many third-party tests have been conducted that pit AGV Sport leather and track gear against some of the premium European manufacturers. In those tests, AGV Sport consistently scores as high if not higher in safety and performance than brands that are producing gear that costs nearly double what AGV Sport gear does. Talk about bang for the buck.

We've done a ton of reviews of the AGV Sport Gear in the last week or so, all of which will be available in the very near future on RevZillaTV and at individual AGV Sport product pages at RevZilla.com. Stay tuned for all of these as we are extremely excited to be featuring AGV Sport gear at RevZilla.

-RetroZilla

Wednesday, December 15

Dainese Ricochet Gloves Review

A brand new street option from Dainese for Spring 2011, the Dainese Ricochet Gloves are a motard-inspired glove that will perform extremely well in hot weather spirited street and sport riding. With everything that goes into a pair of Dainese Gloves, from style to protection to overall performance, the Ricochets will shine in warm to hot weather riding on the road.

Check out our full Dainese Ricochet Gloves Review here:



The Dainese Ricochet Gloves feature a full premium cowhide leather construction with textile stretch fabric in strategic areas. Protection comes in multiple forms: carbon fiber main knuckle backed by temperfoam reinforcements, foam padding across the knuckles, and a TPU slider along the side of the pinky to assist in a get-off-and-slide scenario. Double leather reinforcement is found along the side of the hand that wraps all the way up to the pinky and there is also double leather at the heel of the hand with foam padding for vibration dampening. A large Stone PU patch on the palm that wraps up the inside of the palm is for durability and grip; this helps to prevent the palm from wearing out prematurely. There is foam padding on the back of the thumb in addition to stretch textile for flex.

Let's get into the creature comforts on this glove. You've got elasticated stretch paneling across the backhand and across the fingers to allow the armor to move with your hand while you're working the controls and stay where it needs to be to remain protective. There is perforation in between each of the fingers and at the top of the hand to help the air circulate through the glove. These are built for summertime- it's going to be hot and this ventilation will help cool the hands in a major way. This glove has a single velcro cuff closure and of course it has all the Dainese style elements, with strategic logos in all the right places and just an overall great line to it.

Check out more by visiting our Short Cuff Motorcycle Gloves section at RevZilla.com. Stay tuned for new product from Dainese as we begin to review the rest of their new Spring 2011 line!

-RetroZilla

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Planet of the Bizarre Road Names by 2 Wheels 2 ... Everywhere

 We all know that riding is one of our favorite multi-sensory experiences. The smells, the feels, the sounds and sights combine in a tasty stew of inputs. Especially the sights. But it’s not always those mountain vistas or desert sunsets that capture our imagination. Sometimes it’s something way more basic. Like when we see signs with bizarre and unexplainable road names. The potential for weirdness lurks around every corner!

The majority of roadways in this country bear names culled from a precious few categories.
They can bear monikers that reflect some geographic feature…..”take Valley Road until you reach the Ridge Pike, then go left….” As a counterpoint to geographic names, there are the byways that take their names from manmade objects or places.

I can think of no less than 4 “Airport Roads” within 25 miles of where I sit. Not to mention bridges, dams, mills, railways, mines, forges, or ferries. Roads are also often named for some famous person, usually (but not always!) dead. Virtually every major metropolitan area in the US has a Martin Luther King Avenue, Boulevard, Street, or Parkway. Likewise John F. Kennedy. Local guys and gals who have done big things often get streets named for them too. In this category athletic heroes, politicians, military and civil servants get a lot of play. Then, a great number of roads are named based on where they lead. In the 19th Century we had the Oregon and California Trails.

Now we have (in my part of the world, at least) the Phoenixville Pike. Flora and fauna are the last big category. Trees get seem to get tribute almost everywhere – There are Pine Streets, Spruce Streets, Chestnut Streets, Walnut Streets, and of course that icon of nightmares, Elm Street liberally scattered throughout America. (Geez…almost forgot Wisteria Lane!) On the fauna front, I regularly tour on a couple of local roads named Buck Run and Doe Run. Equality of the sexes I suppose. In any case, I’d wager that you can bin 80% of the road names in this country in these half a dozen or so categories. But then, every so often, you run into a road name that you can’t really explain.

Many years ago, I went to school at Penn State University. If memory serves me correctly, that local area was dotted with street names that reflected the importance of the University in the life of the local community. College Avenue. University Drive, and such. Other big college towns like Ann Arbor and Lincoln, NE seem to generally mimic that pattern with University Boulevards of their own. But that can’t explain my discovery of Groundhog College Rd in a pleasant rural area of southeastern Pennsylvania, not 10 miles from my home. I can tell you that I’ve ridden the modest length (less than a mile – all paved) of Groundhog College Rd. I could find no college and frankly, precious few groundhogs. Still thinking there must actually be a college, I checked on the website of this country’s highest authority on Colleges and Universities, the NCAA. Guess what? No Groundhog College. It’s too bad, too. Can you imagine the excitement…”Tonight at 9pm, on ESPN, the Fighting Groundhogs of Groundhog College take on the Number 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils in NCAA Basketball…..” I would be only too happy to hear from anyone who can explain to me the naming of Groundhog College Road near West Chester, PA. .

Groundhogs, at least, do occasionally get snippets of respect from the world at large. While neither the most noble nor most ferocious of beasts (see Lions, Tigers, and Bears) they did earn a major movie credit (Groundhog Day, 1993.) That is clearly not the case with my next example of a road name that gives tribute to a living creature. Tapeworm Rd. Really. It’s a pleasant enough little country lane that I’ve discovered along one of my favorite ride routes. It kinda winds around in some low rolling hills and its sinuous character might possibly account for the name. But really, a tapeworm? A parasite that lives in your digestive system, can grow to 12 feet in length, and is passed out through your stool? Seriously? Wouldn’t something like Serpentine Trail or Winding Lane have been a better option and presented a prettier mental picture?

Last, but certainly not least, among my local favorites is Butt Lane. Suffice to say, it’s real, it exists, I’ve ridden on it, and I cannot possibly comment further. Self explanatory I suppose.

These local favorites of mine do, however, pale in comparison to a legendary (and mega creepy!) highway not 100 miles from home. That would be Shades of Death Rd. in Hope, NJ. I’ve never been there but supposedly there are stories of paranormal activity at the adjacent Ghost Lake, not to mention beheadings and lynchings, that might partially explain this macabre street name. I definitely think that Shades of Death Road deserves a road trip come springtime. Don’t you?

Got your own favorite weird/bizarre/creepy/unexplainable street names? I’d invite you to share them with us so we can all enjoy!

Jack Broomall is a lifelong motorcyclist and a friend of RevZilla. His motorcycle adventures have taken him across the North American continent several times, to Alaska, the Alps, the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. He is a member of the Iron Butt Association and also owns a number of Land Speed Records set on motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats where he is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. He has been known to do occasional restorations of his favorite bikes from the 1970s and enjoys track days as well. Jack writes his “2 Wheels 2..Everywhere!” stories about the motorcycling life on a monthly basis or whenever the mood strikes.
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