Used and Abused
Roadtech H3 Tool Set
A great kit with many high-quality tools for the money, the H3 includes five different combination wrenches, an 5-inch adjustable wrench, locking pliers, flashlight, tire gauge, hex and Torx keys, all wrapped up in a double-panel 600-denier polyester pouch. The kit is actually a combination of Cruztools’ EconoKIT H1 and its MiniSet. After having a roadside breakdown and actually using this kit to its full potential, I can say that it is made up of quality tools that got the job done. From now on either if I’m on my Shovelhead or my brand new bagger, I don’t leave home without my H3 kit.
$99.95 // cruztools.com
K-4 Evo Helmet
When you think about Italian design, many things come to mind, such as smooth lines with purposeful attributes and just a tiny bit of sexy flare added in for good measure. The AGV K-4 EVO embodies this in a full-face design, but it is also one hell of a great helmet to boot. The K-4 EVO is the 2012 update of the AGV K-3, but the K-4 EVO has a nicer liner and padding system that uses a more skin-friendly fabric. The weight has also been reduced by 100 grams over the old K-3 and the quality has been improved with the usage of a higher-end “ACF” Advanced Composite Fiber, which is nicer than most helmets at this price range that are usually made of polycarbonate. The styling of this helmet has a sleek “evil race” look to it and the fit was good on my rather large 7-5/8-inch head size. When riding with the K-4 EVO it was apparent that all of the product testing AGV does with multi-time Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi has indeed trickled down to the company’s street helmets, especially the K-4 EVO. The helmet never really buffeted at any speed and it had scads of peripheral vision. After a few months of testing this skid lid, I feel that the K4 EVO is a real bargain and it just may be one of the best values in its price range.
$239.99 // agv.com
Five Drawer Tool Cart
This all-steel 120-pound tool cart is a great place to store a myriad of tools for not a lot of money. This bright-red powdercoated rollaway is constructed 14-gauge steel and can hold up to 700 pounds worth of stuff. Sure, that is all well and good, but for a cabinet such as this with a rather low price tag, I was worried about things like the drawers opening smoothly and other quality-related issues. Once I freed it from its shipping box, I assembled it (it took less than a half hour) and loaded it full of my wayward tools and was able to put it to the test. The ball-bearing rails on each of the drawers worked smoothly and they even had a locking lever per drawer like only the carts costing three times the price usually possess. The key-controlled locking mechanism on the top of the cart also worked flawlessly, which is truly a feat for something of this price. When fully loaded, this cart rolled around freely due to the two fixed and two swiveling locking casters. It even did so on chunky asphalt. After throwing tools in and out of this cart for almost a year now, I have been pretty impressed with the quality construction and ease of use. The only problem I am currently having with it is that I am running out of room and I’ll need to switch to a larger tool storage system. If you are looking for a rolling workstation such as this, don’t let the low price keep you away, buy this one and save a couple hundred dollars over the competition.
$169.99 with coupon // harborfrieght.com
XD 1080 Video Camera
We have used all sorts of video recording devises including the small, but not HD Replay XD and keep coming back to the slightly larger XD 1080. Is it the water-resistant, hard anodized, rugged aluminum housing design or the custom-designed wide-angle 135-degree f/3.1 lens and anti-glare coating? Nope. It’s the simple, two-button on/off and start/stop buttons, which make the Replay XD 1080 camera easy to operate. Unlike some other manufacturers’ cameras, which can be confusing, with the XD 1080 all you do is push one button and it’s on, then push another one and it starts recording. It also has a built-in LED and vibration to tell you when you are powered up and rolling. The Replay XD 1080 records in 1080p @ 30fps, 960p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, 720 @ 30fps, and can take time-lapse photos in 1-, 5-, 10-, and 15-second intervals. The XD 1080 can also stream full 1080 HD through the built-in HDMI-out connector, so can record and stream your video simultaneously or just stream your video straight to an external HD recorder.
Replay also has a myriad of plastic and hardcore billet aluminum mounts so you can securely place it anywhere on your bike or yourself. If you are looking to record you and your riding buddies’ two-wheeled hijinks, check out the XD 1080. It just may be what you are looking for.
$299 // replayxd.com