I have tried various lower body garments including leather trousers and jeans, as well as gortex, and up to now, Sartso have won me over! It’s not just the super slick design and really great fit, but also the peace of mind I receive whilst wearing them. Being a stunt rider, I want to feel as safe and comfortable as I can whist performing and indeed training, Sartso gives me just that!
Finding a premium quality helmet at a reasonable price can be a daunting task. Premium helmets usually carry a premium price tag. In these tough times dropping $500 - $700 on a helmet may simply not be possible for most people. However, putting your head in a substandard shell is just not a good idea. What if I told you that you can purchase a helmet that matches the safety performance of the top-tier helmets at a sub $200 price point? Read on.
SIDI Cobra Boots
The Sidi Cobra Boots are new for 2011 and offer most of the advanced features of the Sidi Vortice Boots and Sidi Vertigo Boots, but at a much lower price point. The Sidi Cobra Boots come in a couple colors to they can match either your bike or your motorcycle gear. Sidi motorcycle boots are know for quality, function and sometimes a steep price, but not here. The Sidi Cobra boots retail from $250 to $275.( not bad for the quality ). Overall the boots get a 4.5 our of 5 rating by Comp-A and if the price was lower they would get all 5 points in our book.
Now for the Guts…
SIDI Cobra Rain Boots
Sidi Cobra Boots come in 3 styles. The Sidi Cobra Boot, the Sidi Cobra Air Boots ( perforated ) and the Sidi Cobra Rain Boot ( waterproof ). All of these motorcylce boots share the following:
Lorica construction is a material that has been used in Racing boots for many year by Italian companies. The benefits are the cost is lower and they are lighter than leather boots. It also wears better and is more resistant to moisture. However, lorica typically does not have the same resistance to abrasion as leather so that is why you see more molding on the boots. The moldings are designed to offer stabililty and also are positioned to take the hit in a get off.
SIDI Cobra Air Boots
The moldings on the boots are meant to absorb the impact and also slide on the ashphalt without compromising the integrity of the boot. All the critical seems are double stitched for safety. The Sidi Cobra open up with a zipper and hook&loop closure, with stretch panels to help easily get in to them when you have your other gear already on. The Cobra Boots have Sidi’s pantented Vertebra System, which offers protection for the achilles tendon and it covers most of the back of the boot up to the top of the calf. The Sidi Cobra feature a shock absorbing heel cup and thermoplastic resin molding to protect the ankle and heel. The hardware on the boots are replaceable, including the toe slider and the vertebra system. The molding at the top of the boots and the shift pad on the top of the boots are not replaceable, but are not likely to need replacing any time soon. The boots have a removable arch support and a dual compound flexible sole that is fairly easy to walk in, but also offers regidity for protection.
Brand: Sidi Boots
To see our other boots, please visit our Motorcycle Boots section on compacc.com
Who's Watchin Your Butt? is the real question when you are looking for pants to ride in. At Sliders we have spent a great deal of time and money to design pants that look good, but most importantly function when you need them to.
The best selling motorcycle for the legendary German company BMW is the R1200GS. The GS sports an engine design that has been BMW’s mainstay for decades. That classic engine design, called the flat-twin, places the cylinders out in the cooling air
However it also places them out in a fairly vulnerable position where a lay-down or a rogue rock can do serious damage. Most GS models come from the dealer with only small plastic guards that offer minimal cylinder head protection.
Let’s face it, most giant dual-sport motorcycles spend much more time on the tarmac than on the tundra. With that in mind, Metzeler developed the Tourance dual-sport tire. The Tourance is the answer for big enduro riders who want a long wearing tire for duty that is geared toward touring.
The tire is of a radial construction that features a twin layer, 4-ply diagonal tire carcass. Both the front and rear Tourance incorporate Metzeler's impressive 0° steel belt technology. The tire compound provides substantially enhanced mileage, especially when compared to dual-sport tires that are more geared to a larger percentage of dirt duty.
I have always liked the idea of a modular helmet. For clarification, modular helmets are also known as “flip-up” helmets. As much as the style has intrigued me, I have never actually owned one. Part of the reason is that they are usually a bit ugly.
Traditional modular helmets are often overly wide in the face, with closure systems that are a bit unsightly. I think I’d like to have a helmet that allows me to lift the face to pay for gas or talk to a riding buddy. However, I still want a helmet that is safe and attractive.
The Aegis back protector is one of the latest innovations from a leading manufacturer in body protection, Knox.
This is the one of the most technically advanced back protectors available, and accommodates riders with 7 different sizes. This light and extremly flexible product is a very low profile, and fits nicely underneath garments. It has added coccyx protection as well as a freely moving spine section that moves with the rider but still maintains maximum protection.
Seems like it never gets old, get up bright and early on Christmas morning and get ready to open up the presents. Those boxes have been sitting there for more than a week just screaming to be to be opened. They have been shaken in every possible direction to try to figure out what may be in the box.
While many well-known companies opted for un-manned group displays, Randy Norman and the folks from GPR Stabilizer were on hand in their own booth to answer questions about the company’s popular steering stabilizers and triple clamps.
Norman is holding the low-profile V4 damper. When combined with a GPR top triple clamp, the damper fits under the handlebar. The handlebar position is raised only 3/8ths of an inch over stock. GPR dampers are available for street and sport bikes, dirt bikes and ATVs. GPR products are CNC machined in the u.S.A. from Alcoa aluminum. Learn more at www.gprstabilizer.com.
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