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  1. Hi - in the registration it says helmet must be DOT or Snell approved. Does the school take the (some say more stringent) ECE 22.05 approved helmets if a student brings one ? If travelling from Europe, you will have an ECE 22.05 approved helmet because DOT/Snell don't approve the European helmets ? Don't want to show up in my Eurospec helmet and be told I can't use it. Thanks
  2. I attach my ContourHD 1080 to the bike (suction cup mount type) when I doing the filming. I turned the cam on/off for each session to avoid running out of battery. There is a taken with a helmetcam when doing the lean bike drill, so it's possible to use a true helmetcam. Kai Hey Kai - what kind of suction cup mount did you use on the BMW S1000RR when you were there ? If's probably optimal there, but you probably don't want something that might get in the way of whatever drill they are having you working on (at least I wouldn't want that to happen). Xiamen, eh ? I haven't been to Xiamen in about 15 years. . . Had to take one of the worse overnight ferry rides ever to go to HK from there back then. Then ferry turned around in the middle of the night and had to take a small van about 8 hours through some really bumpy roads to get to Shenzhen. . . This was back in the early-90's when the roads were still dirt roads back then. . .
  3. Hi - I've read the previous response to operating a camera during the school. That it can't distract and bother you. Has anyone actually operated one of those contour camera's attached to your helmet during the camps/class ? I don't want to detract of distract me from riding as I have no intention of worrying about it or reviewing it. But I do find that I learn quite a bit from watching past footage later on (where I looked, why looked or why i didn't look). It kind of reminds me of things what I didn't do or did do (not for posting on youtube as I've never posted anything on youtube). Anyhow, I just want to turn it on when I go out and not bother with it. Then turn it off when the helmet comes off. I know I can get 8 hours on a big SD card, so storage isn't an issue. Power might need a couple batteries for a day. So has anyone done it, was it a hassle ? don't want to mess around too much as I'm there for the class, but figure having some helmet footage afterward might be helpful for me to look at as well.
  4. Vendramini has two US distributors. Daytona just one (helimot - who are excellent to deal with). Both are pretty much a step above anything from Sidi/Dainese/A* has to offer in terms of touring. . . I own several in both. Both give you pretty decent protection but not lateral ankle protection. I don't believe any touring boot will give you twisting/lateral ankle protection until you go to a race boot. And as I mentioned earlier, race boots have other issues (namely walking comfort). Vendramini size 44 equates to an US 11. Daytona 44 is just a hair tighter and about a 10.5. Not your size but at least a reference. I will preface that to say that the Dainese Axial Pro's (Dainese race boot) which have almost as good protection as the Daytona Security Evo's, is one of the most comfortable boots I've worn and it has carbon fiber innner sole in it. The only drawback is that its sole is more a racing sole and for a touring boot, you would prefer more a boot with tread to talk around with. It's also not waterproof. Thats the only shoe I own outside of Daytona and Vendramini. I try to wear the most protection that I can get away with. Good luck with your choice.
  5. Daytona Road Stars/transOpen GTX are excellent boots. If you want waterproof, you have to get the GTX version of each boot. Very very comfortable and good for all day walking. A step up in protection would be the Vendramini Marathon Steel - waterproof, better ankle support (steel bars interlaced in there to prevent twisting) and good for all day walking. You only get better protection when you get to the true race boots. The problem with the race boots is that they a) aren't comfortable to walk around in and most aren't water proof.
  6. If you are tall and lanky, the Japanese suits will probably not be a good fit unless you get custom. They tend to fit smaller people. Both Kushitani and RS Taichi generally go this way. If you have 700/800lb to spend, you have a lot of options. I think hideout leather is located there as well. Though they might be more geared toward high quality road suits than racing suits. Might want to check with them.
  7. How much protection do you want ? That is the real question. Most of the really good touring boots have good protection but not great ankle support (then again, a lot of the race boots don't have great ankle support either). . . If you want a good touring boot, I would definitely look at the Daytona Road stars GTX as a good option that is fairly widely available. I personally have the Vendramini Marathon Steels which have what I consider to be very good support. Both are waterproof and comfortable to wear all day. . . Some of the race boots can also be comfortable and provide excellent protection (The dainese Axial pro's are amazingly comfortable). The big downsides to race boots for touring are two fold - A) they are stiff and generally /very/ uncomfortable to walk around in (especially the ones with a forward cant), and they generally aren't waterproof. . .
  8. at 700-800 pounds, you probably have quite a few options available to you. I think hideout leathers is also out of the UK though not sure if they are primary road based. But being as lanky as you are - you're definitely better off looking at custom. . . The japanese suits generally favor thinner/smaller frames but definitely not someone your height. Although RS Taichi and Kushitani both make excellent suits. . . The majority of RS Taichi are off the rack now (though I /think/ they still do custom), whereas the majority of Kushitani's are pure custom.
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