He was the head guy over at Motorcycle Consumer News up until a couple of years ago. I used to subscribe to that overprices rag but got tired of their Harley bashing. If it was foreign it was the greatest. For instance, just because they were used to the way the turn signal work on all jap bikes when they test road the Harleys they bashed Harley's turn signal switches because they were different. Depends what you get accustomed to. Least ways, that the way I see it. Parks was and probably still is a braggart buttwipe and he can keep his overpriced gloves. I can get a pair of deer hide gloves at the tractor supply store for under $20 and that is good enough for me.
Let me know how much of a difference the air cleaner and pipes make. Don't forget the ECU remap or Power Commander. I assume it's injected? I haven't done a thing yet, but I am thinking of pipes and cleaner. Contrary to Harley lore, I don't want mine too loud.
I never had a problem with gloves fitting until I got a pair of these. I bought them through their website after reading a review in one of the moto-mags. They suck. The thumb is out of proportion to the rest of the fingers. I called them up and the only thing they had to say was that since they are made from deerskin they will eventually stretch!
Let me understand this....you are in the market for a ~$100 pair of gloves, and you are gonna quibble over +- $10 on the price?
I have no opinion as to whether these are worth more or less than the Held gloves, but 10 bucks one way or the other probably ain't gonna be the deciding factor. Comfort and protection are too important, and considering how much I have invested in the rest of my gear (not to mention the motorcycle), why should I scrimp here?
Style is in the eye of the beholder, but what is it that you find ugly?
I think the air cleaner/chip upgrade is the most bang for the buck (based on my father's Ultra vs. my now sold Ultra). The one issue with it was that there was a dramatic increase in intake noise. The extra power was nice however.
I never thought the slip-ons made a huge difference in usable power. I, like longride, preferred to keep mine a little socially acceptable.
Helds are nice. I really like the built-in squeegie (sp). Comes in real handy at times. Bad thing about Held is their support network. Basically, there is none. I scuffed my pair last year and wanted to get them repaired (like Vanson, Z and other swill do), but no dice. Also, Parks gloves are made in the good old US of A.
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