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We are adding a thread which will be a place to provide Product Reviews for interested parties. This area is to be threated as in accordance to what we all know to be acceptable by the standards for the GWOF.

This is not a place for attacks on specific manufactures or vendors. If there is a product that is not to expectation it is to reviewed with respectful criticism.

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Drink Holders

I decided I would break down and add drink holders to our trike. I am not one that wants to clean a mug or to be sipping through a straw when I'm riding so in lieu of Butler Cups or such these are what I got. The 1st one for me, the 2nd one for her.

http://wingstuff.com/products/33242-cool-rider-beverage-holder?context=gold_wing_gl1500-drink_holders

And my review:

I like that it is small in size and not clunky in the cockpit. I also like that it is about the perfect size for a bottle of water. The cozy that comes with it is a bit small for the holder and as such probably will require some modification.

If you read some of the Wingstuff reviews the people talk about the plastic mount breaking after a bit. I will keep an eye on mine for fatigue however it could be that they overtightened the screws in the handlebar control when installing.

Overall for price and function on a scale of 1-10 I would give this an 8.
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http://wingstuff.com/products/33240-quick-release-drink-holder?context=gold_wing_gl1500-drink_holders

And my review:

Again much of the above review in the way this item functions but in addition I really like that it is easily detached when jaNICE isn't riding with me. That makes it one less thing to keep an eye on. Again holds a bottle of water really well.

She has not used it yet so I will yield a strong review only on that point.

Overall for a Fossil - a 7 but that is because of no feedback from J.
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Thanks fossil. Now I have to go out and buy something for my wing so I can give a review.
What better way is there to find out about products quality and usage than the forum.
 

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I just received my Powerlet jacket and glove liner kits.
1st impression I like both. It got jacket in XL and gloves in small-medium size. Jacket seems well made, fits really good not skin tight and not baggy. Neck zips way up high and is fleece lined. Glove liners are made out a material like spandex not really thin, nor thick. Jacket kit came with the wireless dual control. Sync with the jacket no problem. Put the jacket and glove liners on with the jacket set at the 105watt setting. Turned on the jacket and in 2 seconds I could feel the heat, same for the glove liners.

I will give a more detailed report after my 450+ mile ride in the morning when I is leave should be low 30's.

But right now happy with everything I saw.

Ok here is my review.
Already had the bike wired for my Sedici Hotwired gloves. 18 gauge wire to the battery from sedici.

I did not change over to the PowerLet cable and it was 16 gauge to the battery.

Left my house at 0500 Friday morning for the run down south to the Texas meet and greet. Temps was 42 and winds out of the south about 20+ . I got the jacket with the dual wireless controller, took about 5 seconds to sync up with the jacket. Easy peasy to do. I also got the powerlet glove liners. They are very thin and feel like spandex and come with a stand alone controller for them. I put the liners in my regular riding gloves which are just leather and turned them on after about 10 miles, hands started getting cold. Ran them at about 20 percent setting and they kept my hands warm. Cranked them up one time to make and a minute later had them off as they were cooking me. Gets hot fast. Love the glove liners no doubt they are gonna be great. Ran the gloves off the wireless dual controller.

Now for the jacket, if I would have went by the sizing chart on Powerlet website I would have ordered a large, but when I talked to a powerlet rep he said the jacket need to be one size larger than what there website says, so I ordered x-large. The jacket fit perfect was not spandex tight and was not loose fitting just right. I left the jacket set on the 105watt setting and about 30 miles into the ride I started getting chilled, so on came the jacket I started out at max setting and about 3 seconds I could feel the heat. Quickly I cranked the knob down to around 20-30 percent, and that kept me very comfortable through out the ride. Jacket seems very well made and the fleece neck keeps your neck warm and comes up high enough that you don't get that draft down the back of the neck.

Overall impression, I think it is very good heated gear, and love the wireless controller to run it with.

I was wearing a Sedici jacket waterproof and pants same brand. I was wearing a cool comfort thin long sleeve shirt and the Powerlet heated jacket and the sedici jacket. Helmet was a Nolan -104 .
I am not knocking any other heated gear brand, whatever your happy with , go for it.

I am very happy with my purchase of powerlet.
 
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Okay, this section seems like a GREAT idea!! I'll throw my hat in the ring...

I just received my Joe Rocket Skyline 2.0 Goldwing Edition mesh jacket. I've been suffering with a too-hot/too-cold/non-breathable jacket for years, and I finally pulled the trigger on this one.

I was pleased with the construction and features, which are in keeping with the high quality of the previous JR equipment that I've owned (gloves, pants, jackets, helmet).

When I put the jacket on, on a HOT (for here, anyway!) day, around 90 degrees F, I was amazed. The slightest breeze passes through the jacket instantly, cooling the skin. It felt like I had air conditioning! Finally, I can wear my protective, armored jacket, even in the hottest weather!! It also comes with a (purportedly, at least) 100% waterproof liner, which doubles as a nice looking jacket on its own - handy while traveling, if the weather turns cool in the evening.

Of course, the gold-thread-embroidered GoldWing emblem across the back, the "Honda" emblems on the sleeves, and the small GoldWing emblem on the chest don't hurt any, either. After all, I'm PROUD to own a 'Wing!!

Anyway, the jacket is well made, seems to do its job admirably, has full "CE" rated armor, and is very reasonably priced. I can recommend them!
 

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Okay, this section seems like a GREAT idea!! I'll throw my hat in the ring...

I just received my Joe Rocket Skyline 2.0 Goldwing Edition mesh jacket. I've been suffering with a too-hot/too-cold/non-breathable jacket for years, and I finally pulled the trigger on this one.

I was pleased with the construction and features, which are in keeping with the high quality of the previous JR equipment that I've owned (gloves, pants, jackets, helmet).

When I put the jacket on, on a HOT (for here, anyway!) day, around 90 degrees F, I was amazed. The slightest breeze passes through the jacket instantly, cooling the skin. It felt like I had air conditioning! Finally, I can wear my protective, armored jacket, even in the hottest weather!! It also comes with a (purportedly, at least) 100% waterproof liner, which doubles as a nice looking jacket on its own - handy while traveling, if the weather turns cool in the evening.

Of course, the gold-thread-embroidered GoldWing emblem across the back, the "Honda" emblems on the sleeves, and the small GoldWing emblem on the chest don't hurt any, either. After all, I'm PROUD to own a 'Wing!!

Anyway, the jacket is well made, seems to do its job admirably, has full "CE" rated armor, and is very reasonably priced. I can recommend them!
What did it set you back and where did you buy it? The mice took a toll on my Joe Rocket jacket last winter (Should have kept it in the house instead of my shop, and will from now on.)
 

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What did it set you back and where did you buy it? The mice took a toll on my Joe Rocket jacket last winter (Should have kept it in the house instead of my shop, and will from now on.)
I got mine from Motosport.com. Of course, everything coming to Canada costs a premium, but even so, my total price was about $250CDN, taxes, shipping etc. all in. I see that leatherup.com has them for as low as $170.99USD right now, with free shipping.

They can be had in various color combinations, including black, gray, and wine. As I have loooong arms, I bought the size large/tall and, lo and behold!!! Sleeves long enough for ME!!

Honestly, this jacket exceeded my expectations, by quite a margin.
 

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This is a review of the Veskimo Cooling Vest I bought myself and the wife last summer.

http://www.veskimo.com/body-cooling-vest-products.php

Very Lightweight and fits great. It is a mesh vest with lots of little tubes running throughout the vest. The research I did said the concept was for the Nasa Astronauts.
The vest uses a 12Volt DC power cord or you can purchase a rechargeable battery that will run the vest about 6 hours until a charge is needed. I have both.

I test rode the vest in the upper 90’s a couple days and really could feel the difference. It’s made for wearing under a jacket or a vest to block the wind and that is how it keeps you cool.

I first tried the vest using frozen water bottles, but that worked but not great. I then made my own ice blocks using Tupperware molds, which would fit into the ice chest. You then put about 20 Oz of water in the chest flip the switch on, and the 12 volt pump circulates the water over the ice and then through the vest. When you first turn it on you swear someone just poured ice water down your spine. You feel wet but are not.

The water connection is leak proof and spill proof and can be undone one handed.


The wife and I rode to Tulsa Ok last summer and both wore the vest and she loved it, around 95F during the trip. We were both wearing our waterproof riding gear and we would have cooked with them on without some type of cooling.

Simple setup, great customer service. The owner called me twice to see how the vest worked and how we liked them

Not cheap, but well worth the money.
 

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Ist Gear Pants and Socks (Heated)
I bought these during the winter to give them a try. Warwagon had the socks and told me about them.

I bought the socks and pants as a set, and got to try them out on a very long trip. I just used one controller to run both and they both work great. Makes a big difference if you ride in some really cold weather.

I bought mine at Cycle Gear because its close to me and they have a great warranty program on what they sell.

For the price you can't beat them. Still not knocking any other brands of heated gear, they all have good stuff, its just the cost that drove me they way i went.
 

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Hit-Air inflatable riding vests. http://www.safermoto.com/air-bag-vests/jv-b/ The wife and I have been wearing them for about 4 months now and love them. They are mesh so the are good to wear in 90-95 degree weather. They get a little uncomfortable any hotter than that. I'm a big guy so the 4X fits snug, but not to bad. Feel a little paranoid when I don 't wear it.

I've seen videos of a racer crashing at over 100 mph and he walked away without a scratch. Do we expect that? Probably not, but protection for our upper body can't hurt. At $350 per vest they seem a little expensive, but we feel our life is worth a little more than that. Overall we would purchase again in a heartbeat.
 

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Tru-HID 4300lm conversion kit for GL1500 from Cyclemax. Purchase this 4 wks ago for price $150. Since then put many happy commuting and weekend rides with it. Morning commute is 5:30am so pretty dark.


http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_35_watt_hid_headlight_kit/83/143554

Pro's:
-increased visibility to other driver's.
-increased lighting for driving at nite.
-lower power uses than stock halogens.
-easy DIY kit has everything needed. And there is video's of installation on youtube.

Con's:
-light can dazzle oncoming traffic if you aim HID's too high.
-a bit pricey but its a complete kit.
-light tends to go everywhere and isn't focused
-would have been nice to have option to buy delay relay that plugs in somehow.

Comments:
I really like these and for me they were worth price. I had headlight modulator to improve visibility but there were problems. Sometimes people thought I was cop or worse sometime they glance real quick and see lights flash and think this is signal for them to pullout. Using HID's is proving to be much better.

From safety side other drivers see and notice HID's more reliably. From a night driving point of view these lights provide much more light that improves your view. The bulbs tend to shine everywhere so care must be taken to aim lights well or you could blind other drivers. The bulbs are a bit longer than halogens so that could add to problem. But really halogen bulbs didnt focus light well either. I think it just nature of headlight design and focus limitations. This can make driving on a foggy morning the big adventure.

HID kits come in 6000 ot 4300 temps. 6000 is more bluish. And Cyclemax sells LED position light bulbs that match with these. The difference from OEM is a big increase in visibility.

Conclusion:
Overall give this HID kit 2 thumbs up for making such easy upgrade to install. The only suggestion I could make is to offer a delay relay that could be added to save HID bulb life. Every time I would turn ignition on Goldwing the lights come on and when press starter button lights go out and come back on after let go button. This shortens HID bulb life. I end up install delay relay myself. It keeps lights from coming on for 10sec.
 

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LActrical 85 Amp Alternator GL1500

Purchased this Alternator as opposed to spending the extra money required for the Compufire package.

Alternator was ordered on a Wed. arrived on Sat. - great shipping. The directions are fairly generic however the alternator is plug/play so they aren't really necessary. They do not mention the alternator dampers so I purchased them separately from another vendor (If you're changing an alternator change these-they are cheap).

It also fit well in the space, this is not a remanufactured or built to more capacity in the stock case. This is a larger new case alternator but it fits (just have to find the right combination). There is a note on the alternator that the 1 year warranty is only honored for those that have the LActrical sticker so keep that in mind. Immediately upon starting the bike I observed charging at about 14.2 or so volts at idle. Also see the charging increase as needed.

I bought this alternator because due to some health issues my wife has to ride with heated gear many times. This weekend was the 1st big test when we rode to Ky. with our GWOF pals, which is why I held off on review until now.

The alternator performed flawlessly and my battery check light held in 14.2 and above at all times. I usually do not look for a cheaper way out of a purchase but I am very happy with the LActrical 85 amp.

As far as any cons, I really can't think of anything other than if you aren't exactly sure what to do than maybe they could have specific detailed instructions, however that is not a Con to me.

In closing if you are looking for an upgraded alternator to run heated gear or additional lighting/electric doodads at a less than half the cost of a Compufire package DO NOT hesitate. The LActrical 85 Amp Alternator is a great purchase.

As always this is just one Ole Fossil's opinion.

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We are adding a thread which will be a place to provide Product Reviews for interested parties. This area is to be threated as in accordance to what we all know to be acceptable by the standards for the GWOF.

This is not a place for attacks on specific manufactures or vendors. If there is a product that is not to expectation it is to reviewed with respectful criticism.

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Let's make this a productive Thread as was the intent of the Member who suggested it. This thread will also become a Sticky and thereby at the top of the discussion page.

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We want to say that this is a great idea! Not only do we invite any and all F4 Customers to share their reviews (good or bad, we use the customer feedback to make a better product) but we are constantly looking for the best products for OUR bikes! We all ride and will be reading and evaluating.....thanks for the great suggestion!
 

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Russell Day Long seat. I have been struggling with the stock seat on my ST and lucked into a trade with a nice fella from New Jersey. I have to say that the RDL is head and shoulders above the Saddleman I had on my Wing. Now I'm itching to take a long ride. The width of the seat and support is incredible. This was by far the best money I've spent on any of the my bikes. ImageUploadedByMO Free1414008375.169707.jpg


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I decided I would break down and add drink holders to our trike. I am not one that wants to clean a mug or to be sipping through a straw when I'm riding so in lieu of Butler Cups or such these are what I got. The 1st one for me, the 2nd one for her.

http://wingstuff.com/products/33242-cool-rider-beverage-holder?context=gold_wing_gl1500-drink_holders

And my review:

I like that it is small in size and not clunky in the cockpit. I also like that it is about the perfect size for a bottle of water. The cozy that comes with it is a bit small for the holder and as such probably will require some modification.

If you read some of the Wingstuff reviews the people talk about the plastic mount breaking after a bit. I will keep an eye on mine for fatigue however it could be that they overtightened the screws in the handlebar control when installing.

Overall for price and function on a scale of 1-10 I would give this an 8.
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http://wingstuff.com/products/33240-quick-release-drink-holder?context=gold_wing_gl1500-drink_holders

And my review:

Again much of the above review in the way this item functions but in addition I really like that it is easily detached when jaNICE isn't riding with me. That makes it one less thing to keep an eye on. Again holds a bottle of water really well.

She has not used it yet so I will yield a strong review only on that point.

Overall for a Fossil - a 7 but that is because of no feedback from J.
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This is the drink holder I bought for my wife to use, it works great and like the one Old Fossil got, it attaches easy and removes easy.
http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-To-Go-Clip-Beverage/dp/B000YZI6SY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414079578&sr=8-1&keywords=bike+drink+holder

I like Wing Stuff, I've bought a number of stuff from them, however, sometime it pays to shop around.

As far as the alternator goes, I couldn't agree more with you, I've installed a number of these alternators on GL 1500 for member in our Chapter, none of them have had any problems.
 

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This is the drink holder I bought for my wife to use, it works great and like the one Old Fossil got, it attaches easy and removes easy.
Where do you mount it?
 

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They mount on the passenger seat hand rail.

Thanks, My shallow mind was looking for something round. That's where my wife is usually "white knuckling" it. :shocked:
 

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Going ATTGAT a piece at a time. This is my new Bilt (CycleGear) jacket. Got all the protective armor plus warm (zip out quilted liner) and waterproof! I'm sure there are others who have spent more. But this was half price and only $99. I love it. And it makes Terry (Hallct) feel better too. ImageUploadedByMO Free1418613690.439545.jpg


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Freeze Out insulated gear from CycleGear. In preparation of the Florida Day Ride last weekend, I purchased some long johns, glove and boot liners and face mask.

Face mask was too tight so I traded for the complete Balaclava. Love the full head cover and neck dickie. ImageUploadedByMO Free1418614725.216756.jpg

Boot liners definitely beat extra socks. Wore socks under them (makes it much easier to get my foot in them. Kept the toes warmer even in my old boots. ImageUploadedByMO Free1418614787.364901.jpg

Bilt StormGuard waterproof leather m/c boots $39.99 ($100 OFF regular price). Get a size larger than normally wear. And "leather" stretches. These boots are awesome! Sturdy but very flexible and comfortable. Extra warmed in the freezing temps. But should be fine in summer as well. Extra ankle bone protection plates and heavy duty zipper with leather over-flaps to keep out the wet stuff. ImageUploadedByMO Free1418614584.663149.jpg

Long johns. These do the trick under my jeans. (I wore Monsoon Rain pants over my jeans) but these helped me avoid the excessive bundles of layers I wore to Florida in February. I think these give a nice feeling underneath without being bulky at all. ImageUploadedByMO Free1418614958.659801.jpg .
SO.. Overall I am very pleased with the products and overwhelmingly pleased with the price. Retail was $315 and my cost, delivered, $102.
Good warranties. Excellent customer service and return policy as well. And retail outlets scattered all over the country.
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