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Taking quick shakedown sorties about town to see what works and what does not:

-shiny black Gmax half helmet with sunvisor, fit is great (already dropped it)

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-half helmet too loud, ordered MC5 earphones
-half helmet too much wind on eyes, using Escort Safety sunglasses (over prescription)
-half helmet ok around town, gotta get a ventilated FF for high speed
-no storage, bought
T Bags Shuttle Pack (it's nylon - leather looks nicer)
-"training" peg scrapers hit too soon, coming off
-caught in rain already, taking a compact slicker
-torn about windcscreens - what I need would be huge, and turn my badass moto into a moto-scooter - but the smaller cool looking screens would direct high speed wind to my head, no good...

 

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I just finished my first longer ride, (about 2 hours each way), on my CTX 700 DCT with fairing. Here are the additions I will make.

1.) Already ordered an Air Hawk. After about an hour my ass was pretty sore. I think it was more my lack of riding than the bike, but the Air Hawk should help.

2.) I ordered some black Kuryakyn ISO grips with the Throttle Boss. The original grips seem small to me and for longer rides the Throttle Boss should help with cramping. They will also allow me to order a grip end helmet lock so I don't have to take the **** seat off to lock up my helmet.

3.) This was an overnight trip and the saddle bags are smallish and just weren't going to cut it. I used a cargo net and gym bag on the passenger seat. It worked ok, but I might order myself a nicer tail bag.

4.) I think I'm going to order a set of those mini boards boards too. The pegs were ok, but the boards look like they would be more comfortable.

Other than that the bike was awesome on the highway. I took a 2 lane there and the Interstate back. Great ride both ways.
 

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this hobby feels a lot like a high-school science project...

The T Bags Shuttle Pack, as is, does not fit the tank, any way any how - too many curves and crevices for the suction cups. Still I love the form/function so I will make it fit, double sided tape if necessary. The NC700 riders have it made with that huge trunk!

That underseat helmet lock is a headscratcher. I'd like one up by the gauges as my helmet fits there nicely.
 

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A full face helmet is much better than the half helmet on a naked bike
Just ordered a Puig windscreen (see the windscreen thread)
leaving the peg scrapers on for safety
hid a Stop & Go International CO2 Kit 1066 under the seat for flats
 

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They make all kinds of helmet locks that bolt up to a tube, like a frame tube or the handlebars. I've never used one as I've always had a trunk but I see them all over the place and they look pretty handy.

Try J&P Cycles. I think it's Aftermarket Motorcycle Parts | Motorcycle Accessories | J&P Cycles. Www.jpcycles.com

Or you could just loop the supplied helmet lock (or other loop of cable) and loop it around your backrest or luggage rack using a padlock. Maybe even skip the loop and padlock directly from helmet d-ring.
 

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A full face helmet is much better than the half helmet on a naked bike
Just ordered a Puig windscreen (see the windscreen thread)
leaving the peg scrapers on for safety
hid a Stop & Go International CO2 Kit 1066 under the seat for flats
Where did you order the puig from cause monster was out when I tried to order one ?
 

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I have used a Police Giveaway Gun Lock as a Helmet Lock and it works great. I just run the lock between the handlebar mounts and up and through the helmet face. it would work through the strap loops if you have an open face helmet.
 

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I ordered the Puig Rafale Universal Windscreen from Monster - I may be sorry if it's too small, will share all later
 

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Very curious as to what kind of iso grips with the throttle boss..went on a long ride yesterday and had cramping issue??
 

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J4a1,
How has the airhawk worked out for you longer term?
 

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I'm not a terribly experienced rider, so I've not tried all types of riding gear, but I just took ownership of a helmet that far exceeds anything I've owned, including a $330 Shoei Quest that is bad about fogging, and even though it comes in five shell sizes, it is still huge on my head creating neck strain and hard to be aware of my surroundings.

I've got a particularly specific problem that most riders don't have. I wear an x-small helmet with a 6 3/4 hat size. This creates a problem already for those with small noggins. Most manufacturers produce only one shell size, and that's the shell for an XXL head. As the helmets are sized down, the padding gets thicker, which means, relatively speaking, the shell is much larger in relation to my head than for most riders. I tried the Shoei Quest, because it came in five shell sizes, but it turned out only slightly smaller than my HJC with only one shell size.

I reasearched forever at a solution. It came down to two: A youth helmet, which are very limited for on-road users; and what they call a low-profile helmet, 3/4 helmet, which is basically a tough-man biker helmet. The two with the best reviews were the Bitwell and the 2014 Bell Custom 500. I chose the Bell. It's like a dream. I'm aware of my surroundings, the noise is no worse than the Shoei, which was the quietest I had worn by far, I can get off the bike and do things if I need to without being totally lost, and the neck strain is gone. MPG is even up by a full point. Best choice I've made so far. Very, very light. It's DOT approved and looks good too! Snap on a faceshield when it's raining. The x-small is still just a tad big with respect to the padding. I bought a baseball helmet chin strap; use the bottom snaps across my chin in addition to the d-ring and it snugs it up just right. $109 from Motorcycle SuperStore or Revzilla. Free shipping. Love it! Now I want to ride all the time.
 
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