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Mar 22nd 2018, 04:27 PM   #16
 Chrishil54's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
Quote:
Originally Posted by Didley
For the anti-fog stuff... my new Bilt helmet doesn’t have the pin locks so I need to spray the inside visor with something.
You can get a stick on pinlock style system or you can use some cheap liquid dish soap smeared on the inside. Once that dries, rub it off with a soft cloth and you're good for a few days.
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Mar 22nd 2018, 05:25 PM   #17
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chrishil54
You can get a stick on pinlock style system or you can use some cheap liquid dish soap smeared on the inside. Once that dries, rub it off with a soft cloth and you're good for a few days.
Shaving cream works in a pinch also. Put it on and buff it off don't rinse. But nothing works as well as a pinlock.
Mar 22nd 2018, 05:44 PM   #18
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2003 VROD 100th Anniversary
I got a Bilt Techno 2.0 with Bluetooth.

The visor looks like it might be predrilled for a pinlock visor, but I don't see anywhere that actually says it.

They didn't have these the last time I rode, so it's all new to me.
Mar 23rd 2018, 03:51 PM   #19
 Chrishil54's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland

  2009 V-Star 1100 Custom
I'd be surprised if BiLT supported the pinlock system in their helmets right now. They try to keep costs down and licensing fees are probably higher than they want to pay.

Amazon stick on visor sample

Another one, no cost shown but you can request a free sample.

Edited by Chrishil54 on Mar 23rd 2018 at 03:54 PM
Mar 23rd 2018, 05:41 PM   #20
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
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Originally Posted by Didley
I just picked up a 2003 VROD 100th anniversary with 8500 miles. Good for Pilot Road 4?
Look into the Dunlop RoadSmart III. Excellent wet traction and longer life than the more sport oriented tires.
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Mar 23rd 2018, 06:03 PM   #21
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Here

  R1200ST, CB350
I get year-round use out of an Olympia Moto Sports 3-stage mesh jacket and pants. The shell on mine has big mesh panels to let air through, there's a zip-in lining for rain and a further insulated one for when it's damn cold. I don't usually need to resort that until the ambient temp gets down the mid-forties, and I only have partial windscreen and fairing cover; the waterproof lining traps a fair amount of warm air and if I'm wearing more than a t-shirt underneath I'm good. I also like the low-key branding: not big on wearing advertising.

I've their X-Moto and a hi-viz semi-mesh onesie but I've gone the last 5 or so years almost always using their Airglide 3 jacket and pants, a model that isn't made anymore so I can't attest to whatever is their equivalent now. Still looks brand new except perhaps for the scotchlite bands and piping: asphalt dust eventually darkens that stuff a bit although it still works. Other than that, every now and then hang it in the yard and hit it with a spritz of quick-detailer followed by a thorough blasting with a garden hose and it's clean, dry and vivid in a half hour.

P.S. Oh yeah, full side zips on the pants mean you can step in and out of them at work without taking off your boots. Speaking of which, some nice motorcycle-specific leather engineer boots and you won't need to change them at work. Though they might eventually get too beat up for some office environments.

Edited by WarpShatner7 on Mar 23rd 2018 at 06:11 PM
Mar 23rd 2018, 08:19 PM   #22
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2003 VROD 100th Anniversary
I grabbed some anti fog stuff while at Cycle Gear in Auburn today. Put it on when I got home and buffed it off as well as I could (2-3 minutes).

Went for a 30 second ride and that thing rigged up so bad I had to stop. I’ll try it again to make sure I shook it well enough and buffed it on well enough.

Also, the bike had new tires put on right before it was traded in to the dealer. Anyone have experience with Bridgestone Exedra tires?

Good? Bad? Replace immediately? Replace before winter? Ride em til they die?
Mar 24th 2018, 07:46 AM   #23
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Revzilla review.
Check the comments. A few HD guys give their reviews. Sound like a Decent tire!



I'm finding that there are somewhat limited choices for cruiser tires.
I can get the RoadSmart 3's for my Octane but have to run a slighty smaller front as they dont make my exact size.
Same problem with my heavyweight Cruiser. Only a few choices that match exactly and will again have to run a slightly smaller front to go with the Michelins I want.
I read a lot of reviews and go to forums for my specific bikes and get opinions and experience from other owners of my bikes.
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Edited by Skiffman on Mar 24th 2018 at 07:53 AM
Mar 24th 2018, 08:04 AM   #24
 Skiffman's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
As far as Riding gear goes I do alot of shopping and review reading at revzilla. I was just shopping gear last fall and was all set to buy a new set of First Gear riding jacket and pants as I have put on a little weight in the ten years since I last bought gear. But then I tried on the old stuff and it still fits!! My first gear stuff has held up through 10 years of commuting and touring. Quality stuff. I use two piece suits as I dont always want to wear the pants if the weather is decent. My A Star boots also are 10+ years old and still are waterproof! Velcro is giving it up but still a very comfortable, warm boot.
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Mar 24th 2018, 08:58 AM   #25
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  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
My problem is that I need a wide boot and those are not easy to come by. Right now I'm wearing my old military boots because I can't find any.
Now the Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket that I wear is perfect for the PNW. I have been caught out in some monsoon rains and stayed dry. The zipper vents and the zip out lining make it a (almost) year round jacket. I have a mesh jacket for the one summer month.
Mar 25th 2018, 10:35 PM   #26
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2003 VROD 100th Anniversary
I also have wide feet. I'm usually in a 12 Wide or a 13 if I can't find a wide. I went by Cycle Gear Friday and had to settle for a pair of waterproof 12.5s.

They could have ordered something larger, but I'm already using the motorcycle for my daily commute and I didn't have anything waterproof. That first ride last week was not fun... rained all morning.

They're a little snug, but I think they will be ok for a while once I've broken them in a bit.
Mar 26th 2018, 04:28 PM   #27
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2003 VROD 100th Anniversary
I picked up a pair of Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar gloves.

They keep my hands dry, but they feel so stiff and cumbersome that I'm wondering if I should try to take them back. It's fairly difficult to lift my thumb far enough to hit the blinker.

Do I need to give these some time to break in? I'm coming from a sportbike background in Florida/Louisiana, so I understand that I'm used to much thinner gloves that didn't need to do as much to protect you from the elements (just the asphalt).

I got some Bilt Thermal liner gloves to go under them. They help a bit, but hands are still pretty cold after 10-20 minutes.

Keep em? Exchange them? And what gloves do you guys recommend?

I'm also thinking about putting in heated grips to help, but I don't want to gadget my way to a solution if there are better/cheaper options.
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