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Steve and the Tiger Riding the Americas
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8.0
Reviewed by Steve1129
"Anyone planning the same or similar trip I am happy to answer questions and advise if required."
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9.3
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Lads Spanish Adventure
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9.0
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HI GEAR PROTON 3,from GO OUTDOORS
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8.7
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"I would like to add my thoughts to the previous review of this budget tent - High Gear's proton 3..."
Vango Venom 200 square
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8.3
Reviewed by DocClog
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AGV AX8 DUAL EVO
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7.8
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BMW F 650 GS Dakar
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7.9
Reviewed by DocClog
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Winton Massif - Outer Limits Tour
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10.0
Reviewed by yodagoat
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Alpinstarts Tech 3 Motocross boots
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8.8
Reviewed by Discoed
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KLIM Badlands Pro
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9.2
Reviewed by KTM Junkie
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Lois On The Loose
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10.0
Reviewed by GlosBoy45
"Fun fantastic read, recommend it, also try her 2nd book Red Tape"
Old Man On a Bike
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5.0
Reviewed by GlosBoy45
"Well written, but just not my cup of tea, too indepth about politics/country history rather than ..."
the long ride home
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10.0
Reviewed by GlosBoy45
"A great book, well written, you feel like you are on the jouney with him, what an experience, wel..."
BMW F 800 GS
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8.8
Reviewed by Barcs1
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Yamaha XT 1200Z Super Tenere
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8.6
Reviewed by londonwelsh
"Coming from a TDM900 [x2]I was looking for something with a little more Adventure capability. Wa..."
Cape to Dar
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4.0
Reviewed by gbags
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military issue gore-tex over trousers
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6.0
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Yamaha XT 1200Z Super Tenere
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8.8
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STELLA ALPINA RALLY OH YES!
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3.0
Reviewed by Zintxo
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Ride around Western Europe
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6.0
Reviewed by Zintxo
"Brilliant ride with my mate and so much to see whilst meeting great people."
Airdrieonians do Morrocco
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8.0
Reviewed by 8848
"John, Fantastic read about your trip to Morrocco, it sound like you had a good trip with the boy..."
Aprilia Pegaso Strada
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7.3
Reviewed by Chidgey
"Good points handles well , feels like a super motard you sit over the front, great under seat s..."
2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer ABS
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8.8
Reviewed by ExplorerRob
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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer ABS
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8.9
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"This bike is an out and out mile muncher, well planted on the tarmac and able to hustle in twisti..."
Bum bag for bikers ( 3um3ag43ikers )
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2.3
Reviewed by bikenav
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2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer ABS
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8.3
Reviewed by slowhand
"THE TALK I bought this bike in September 2012 as a replacement for my Aprilia Pegaso Trail (revi..."
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
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8.8
Reviewed by BigBashBonanza
"I've always had sports bikes (Fireblades mainly!) and although I'd heard lots of positive vibs ab..."
Honda NC700X - What's not to like
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8.1
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"This is listed as a adventure bike by Honda but it is obviously a road going bike However i have ..."
Rukka Armas Gortex Pro Shell
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8.8
Reviewed by adieboy
"On first inspection the Jacket is, as you would expect of very high quality. All the zips and clo..."
Triumph Tiger 1050
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7.6
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Kenya with Fredlink
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5.0
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"Check out the website, amazing value for an outstanding service and experience 5 Star :)"
Triumph Tiger 800 XC
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8.9
Reviewed by sexysi
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Yamaha TDM900
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8.1
Reviewed by Pippobug
"I am very happy with it even after all these years. I have looked around for a substitute but not..."
MRA VARIO TOURING SCREEN
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6.0
Reviewed by Throttled
"Mine came with my Versys Touring. I have tried all the settings whilst running up and down a stre..."
Honda Transalp XL650V
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8.4
Reviewed by wimj
"I bought this bike in 2004, 3 years after it was sold the 1st time. It had done 7000 km at that t..."
Triumph Tiger 800 XC
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9.6
Reviewed by Arran22
"I may be jumping the gun here, however its made a decent first impression! I'm only 19 and yet I'..."
Yamaha XT 1200Z Super Tenere
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5.8
Reviewed by jonno
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Frank thomas force aqua trousers
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8.6
Reviewed by inkyjim92
"Perfect for commuting, not so much for touring or heavy rain."
RST Paragon
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8.2
Reviewed by Mike101
"I bought a set of Paragon 3's and have done 2k on them. The jacket has some great points but som..."
Bum bag for bikers ( 3um3ag43ikers )
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10.0
Reviewed by Throttled
"I have used this seat pad for a year. It is the cheapest product on the market, easy to fit, it l..."
MRA VARIO TOURING SCREEN
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8.7
Reviewed by vintry
"Recently bought the MRA vario X-creen for the Tiger. This has got the larger spoiler and is recom..."

Scala Rider G4 Hot

Scala Rider G4
Scala Rider G4
Scala Rider G4
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Manufacturer Cardo
Product Name Scala Rider G4
Price 180
The scala rider G4 PowerSet redefines the notion of high-end Motorcycle Intercom communication for bikers. For riding with other bikers or between couples riding together, the scala rider G4 PowerSet offers two factory paired scala rider G4 headsets in one package for immediate Motorcycle Intercom use.

Encased in a rugged yet streamlined body, the scala rider G4 PowerSet offers Bike-to-Bike Intercom at a remarkable range of up to 1 MILE/1.6 KILOMETERS!*

The scala rider G4 PowerSet also features a unique 4-way Intercom between two bikers and two passengers or 3-way Intercom among three separate bikers. And since several hundred thousand bikers are already using the scala rider G4 Powerset, a new and exciting feature was added to allow for spontaneous intercom connections with any G4 biker within intercom range: Click-to-Link™. No need for advance pairing or any preparation. Just “Click-to-Link” and create your own roadside social network.


Features

General

* Talk time: up to 13 hours
* Standby time: 7 days
* Charging time: 3 hours
* Certificates: FCC, IC,CE, Bluetooth®
* Bluetooth® version 2.1 class 1
* Chip manufacturer: Cambridge Silicone Radio (CSR)
* Battery type: Rechargeable Li-Polymer
* Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for advanced audio
* Compatible with entire scala rider product line**

Intercom (up to 1.6 km in Full Duplex)*

* 4-Way (2 drivers and 2 passengers)
* 3-Way (3 separate bikers)
* 2-Way (rider-to-rider or rider-to-passenger)
* Click-to-Link: for spontaneous intercom connections with any G4 user
* Mobile Phone Conference Mode (rider, passenger, outside caller)

GPS (requires headset profile)

* Compatible with most major Bluetooth GPS devices
* GPS voice instructions override music, FM Radio and Intercom calls

Supported Mobile Phone Profiles and Functions

* Handsfree profile
* A2DP/AVRCP profile for wireless streaming stereo from your MP3 player, iPhone™ or other smartphone
* Voice Dial
* Redial
* Call Reject
* Conference mode between outside caller, Driver and Passenger

Built-in FM Radio

* 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz FM receiver
* RDS functionality for automatic selection of the strongest Radio signal while on the go
* 6-station memory with Search and Store functions
* Automatic radio muting for incoming calls
* Radio on time: 8-10 hours

Software Update

* Software update-ready directly from PC (requires PC running Windows® XP™, Vista™ or Windows 7)

MP3 / Music

* Connect wirelessly to A2DP / AVRCP enabled MP3 players for Bluetooth stereo music (Cable option also provided)

Mechanical / Functional Features

* Fits virtually all full-face and 3⁄4 helmets (also available in corded microphone version for full-face helmets)
* Quick-release mechanism to detach scala rider G4 from audio kit
* Glue-on option included (instead of clamp attachment)
* Two slim speakers to fit even the tightest helmets
* Multiple control buttons
o Mobile phone
o Channel to Rider A
o Channel to Rider B
o Volume Up
o Volume Down
o FM Radio
o MP3 Player

Audio Features

* The G4 is equipped with AGC technology (Automatic Gain Control), allowing the automatic increase or reduction of volume according to ambient noise and driving speed. You can also control the volume level manually.

AGC sensitivity levels can be customized to suit your personal preferences:
Low AGC Sensitivity will require less ambient noise in order for the AGC to be activated, causing AGC to increase the volume on the headset at lesser speeds than usual.
High AGC Sensitivity will require more ambient noise in order for the AGC to be activated, causing AGC to increase the volume on the headset at greater speeds than usual.
* VOX technology: The G4 offers VOX technology for safe and hands-free operation of some key functions (Voice Dial, Answer Call, Reject Call). The VOX feature can be turned ON or OFF according to your preference. Voice-control for receiving / rejecting incoming mobile or intercom calls. Customizable sensitivity levels for enhanced experience.

VOX sensitivity levels can be customized to suit your personal preferences:
Low VOX Sensitivity will require more noise in order for the VOX to be activated, making it more difficult to trigger.
High VOX Sensitivity will require less noise in order for the VOX to be activated, making it easier to trigger.
* Noise cancellation microphone
* Multi-Lingual Spoken Status Announcements

Design

* Flip-Up Antenna for extended range of up to 1 mile/1.6 km
* Waterproof and dustproof – certified to meet IP67 standards
* Rugged and streamlined design

Charger

* 110/240V 50/60Hz Universal Travel Charger
Charger unit uses USB cable that also serves as software download cable.

Editor review

Scala Rider powerset

Overall rating: 
 
9.7
Durability:
 
9.0
Features:
 
10.0
Value for money:
 
10.0
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
To save some cash after shopping round we managed to grab a powerset for £260 and that comes with two of everything so if your considering getting one try and convince a friend that its the way forward they wont regret it.
Its a strange thing to be able to chat to your riding buddy's but it is awesome we have a great laugh now.
All those times you see something and point to it only to find out your mate had no idea what the hell you were pointing at are now gone. You can simply say look at that and chat about it while its still fresh in the gray matter.

Bad points.

1.Learning all the instructions is tricky, it doesn't have a screen so all the functions are set up buy pressing 1 of 5 buttons and listening for different beeps.
However you will soon get used to which buttons you need to know about.

2. the music quality has to much treble for my liking, so I have done away with the standard headphones and rigged up some bigger ones for more bass.

Would I recommend them? hell yes! they add a whole new dimension to biking.



 
 


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9.3
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9.5   (2)
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9.5   (2)
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9.0   (2)
 
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Even Better Than Expected

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9.7
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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Reviewed by Andy Clift
November 26, 2011
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For the last few years my wife and I have used Autocoms with PMR radios for bike to bike and satnav audio. Then my wife bought a new BMW 650 GS and finding somewhere to put everything was near on impossible. That convinced me to look at alternatives but having used one of the first Scala Rider's on my satnav and been disappointed I was loath to spend lots of cash on this set.

Eventually good reviews convinced me to try it and I am not disappointed. We used them on a three week trip to Croatia and Bosnia and they performed brilliantly. We could have natural conversations at three figure speeds on autobahns, the satnav voice was clear and MP3s were OK. Not hi-fi but why be that fussy when the music is competing with a boxer engine and wind noise.

Now for my daily commuting being able to listen to the radio while negotiating the M25 is wonderful, much better than the small radios I have tried plugged in to the Autocom.

Downsides. Only two. First is that they cannot be updated via a Mac. That make this the only kit I use that has no Mac software. come on Scala, I am not asking for a rewrite of a major piece of software, it's just a small utility and a Mac is no longer a niche product. Secondly it would be nice to be able to edit the input priorities. These units have inputs for satnav, voice, MP3 plus built in radio but can only handle one input at a time. They automatically prioritise the satnav voice so bike to bike and MP3 cuts out when the satnav sends an instruction. This seems to make sense and would be OK if use for rider to pillion but when used bike to bike and both have satnavs it a real pain.

As we approach a junction my satnav sends a message so the bike to bike stops sending but by the time my satnav has finished my wife's starts so we still can't talk. As I pass the junction my satnav gives the next instruction. As it finishes I try to talk to my wife but by then hers is giving the next instruction so we still can't talk. Not a major problem with the occasional motorway turn but a real pain with frequent turns through towns. This problem is compounded by not being able to tell whether my wife is ignoring me because (a) her satnav is talking (b) her Scala has turned off (c) she is fed up with talking to me. Driving through Belgium we could hardly ever talk as the satnavs continually beeped speed camera warnings which we only solved by turning the warnings off.

Despite the priority problem I would still highly recommend this kit - but not from a bike dealer. They were over a £100 cheaper on Amazon than the best discount dealer price we could find.

 

Scala G4 Powerset - fiddly to set up but wiorth th

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9.0
Durability:
 
9.0
Features:
 
9.0
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I bought these last year so the missus and I could chat whilst riding two-up. Wasn't overly impressed at first as the volume seemed a bit low, the bluetooth link to my Garmin Zumo 550 meant the MP3 sound volume and quality was poor (too trebly as per previous review). Also seemed to have an issue over battery duration. It was giving us about 2 hours and we weren't chatting THAT much.
It also seemed a bit hit an miss as to whether we could hook up quickly and reliably every time we went to use them. It was enough to make me think of going for a hard-wired system.
I then got myself some custom earplugs with speakers. This seemed to make the problem even worse with a sound like someone was blowing air into one ear and out the other !
I then tried (and initially failed at the first several attempts) to download the latest software. Eventually did this, checked speaker locations relative to ear and made sure the mics were between the top lip and bottom of nose. Everything seemed to come right. Much higher volumes. Clearer sound quality (yet to test mp3 though). Turned down the VOX sensitivity and fitted teh original earplugs into my helmet and dispensed with the custom ones. Now everything is great. Sond had to be turned down and i can use the standard speakers with custom non-speakered plugs and hear really clearly. Don't have VOX seemingly on all the time so battery life has gone to makers claims now. Speech is clearer too.
So, great system but make sure you take the time to get it sorted and place speakers and mics perfectly and download the software upgrades.
Only gripe is a bit of extra wind noise in left ear due to unit sitting outside helmet. If I used a full face rahter than a flip front, I'd opt for the wired mic and try to fit the unit further to the back of the helmet to reduce wind noise.
A big plus is being able to loan the second unit to a mate when we go riding together.

 
 
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Scala G4 Powerset - fiddly to set up but worth the effort
Suffolk_Snail
I bought these last year so the missus and I could chat whilst riding two-up. Wasn't overly impressed at first as the volume seemed a bit low, the bluetooth link to my Garmin Zumo 550 meant the MP3 sound volume and quality was poor (too trebly as per previous review). Also seemed to have an issue over battery duration. It was giving us about 2 hours and we weren't chatting THAT much.
It also seemed a bit hit an miss as to whether we could hook up quickly and reliably every time we went to use them. It was enough to make me think of going for a hard-wired system.
I then got myself some custom earplugs with speakers. This seemed to make the problem even worse with a sound like someone was blowing air into one ear and out the other !
I then tried (and initially failed at the first several attempts) to download the latest software. Eventually did this, checked speaker locations relative to ear and made sure the mics were between the top lip and bottom of nose. Everything seemed to come right. Much higher volumes. Clearer sound quality (yet to test mp3 though). Turned down the VOX sensitivity and fitted teh original earplugs into my helmet and dispensed with the custom ones. Now everything is great. Sond had to be turned down and i can use the standard speakers with custom non-speakered plugs and hear really clearly. Don't have VOX seemingly on all the time so battery life has gone to makers claims now. Speech is clearer too.
So, great system but make sure you take the time to get it sorted and place speakers and mics perfectly and download the software upgrades.
Only gripe is a bit of extra wind noise in left ear due to unit sitting outside helmet. If I used a full face rahter than a flip front, I'd opt for the wired mic and try to fit the unit further to the back of the helmet to reduce wind noise.
A big plus is being able to loan the second unit to a mate when we go riding together.
Suffolk_Snail , April 27, 2011
unreliable
AustinW
My second pair of these is now back with Cardo for repairs. The battery went on one of the units of the first set. This was lost in the post being returned. With the insurance I bought a second set and have had the following problems with them: poor battery life, especially using the A2DP Bluetooth to MP3 player, Sticky switches, interference and crackles, one speaker stopped working.

The software upgrade is essential else they dont work properly. They are fiddly to use with too many button combo's to remember. Radio reception is crap. VOX is to slow - you will miss the first 5-6 words of the first sentence.

On the plus side rider to rider is excellent if the channel is left open, and is good for about 3/4 mile before interference gets too apparent. Batteries last 10+ hours even with a permenantly open channel. This is a better system than autocom plus PIR radios.
AustinW , November 17, 2011
Not what it's cracked up to be...
El Dudeness
The ratings do not reflect on the quality I received from the hardware in my box.
On the first trip I used it we buddy and I found it EXTERMELY difficult to start the voice activation. As a resul we simply gave up many times.
Another feature that irritated me very much was the disturbance I had in both ears, in particular my left. There was a lot of static noise and often I couldn't hear what he was saying. Again we had to abort the message / communication / conversation.
The noise was also present when I was riding on my own listening to the radio. It always started after around 60 km/h.

After this weekend trip I handed it in to the retailer. It received "a software update" (I already checked before hand that it was up to speed) and was handed it back to me 3 weeks after.
I testet it on another weekend trip and little had changed so I handed it back AGAIN.

It has now been almost 2 months and I still haven't received it back yet. I've phoned them a couple of times to hear what the heck ewas going on and they replied very vaguely. I've even visited them in the shop but I still can't get any respons.

So you see me experience with the Scala Rider G4 isn't that great - to say the least.
Maybe I was just unlucky....
El Dudeness , December 15, 2011

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