Archive for March, 2007

Hein Gericke Tuareg Rallye GTX II Jacket and Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Well known for producing functional and stylish motorcycle gear, Hein Gericke has created an excellent option that addresses a woman’s needs in its Tuareg Rallye GTX II ensemble. Once on, this jacket and pants combination feels, quite simply, like a second skin. The designer’s commitment to quality and eye for detail show up in the […]

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Crystal-Glo

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Those warmer days are just over the horizon and the sun will be shining down on a new riding season. Why not make the most of those rays and have the surfaces of your precious ride reflect them for all to see? That’s a perfectly easy proposition if Crystal-Glo Acrylic Motorcycle Polish is part of […]

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Triumph Sympatex® Explorer II Boots

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

These extremely light, very durable boots feature nu-buck and leather construction with easy-on Velcro™ closures. I’ve worn them in all weather conditions and found them equal to all others, at any price, that I’ve tested. Very comfortable when worn with an average-weight sock, they also live up to the maker’s claims of being wind and […]

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Lookwell Woodland Jacket & Storm Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

No matter how well organized a tour may be, there’s no way to truly predict the weather. This was especially true on a recent tour in the Adirondacks. Though the forecasters promised clear skies during the planning stages, those rosy prognostications quickly went south as I ventured north. Thankfully, part of the trip’s strategy involved […]

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Royal Enfield The Legend Rides On “Celebrating 50 Years In India”

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

If motorcycle history interests you, then you’ll appreciate Gordon May’s Royal Enfield, The Legend Rides On. Tracing the history of the marque from its beginnings in Redditch, England, in the late 1800s, to the iconic Bullet model produced today in the modern, Chennai, India factory, this fine coffee-table book is packed with lush photography and […]

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Joe Rocket Speedmaster Back Protector

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

I guess the timing was perfect – Joe Rocket’s Speedmaster back protector arrived when I was doing a bit of soul searching about the level of protection I employ while riding. On a recent motorcycle trip in Europe, after noticing how many riders were including back protection as part of their normal routine, I decided […]

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British Motorcycle Gear Rapido Gloves

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

I always use BMG’s Rapido Gloves for my longer tours. Smooth on the inside, without any seams in the wrong places, they fit comfortably around my hands. BMG uses Grade-A semi-aniline leather with carbon leather molded knuckle protection. Strategically placed padding ensures good protection, and air vents at the fingertips provide suitable airflow. The thumb-and-forefinger […]

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BestRest Products Cycle Pump

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

You’re way off the beaten path and your tire goes flat, potentially a nightmare situation for the unprepared. Plugs and patches will fix the offending flaw, but playing the inflation game can be a whole new experience in frustration. Now, there’s no reason to be caught flat-footed and infuriated when BestRest Products Cycle Pump can […]

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Dowco Guardian® Ultralite™ Plus

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Being out on the road does not mean your bike needs relentless exposure to the elements. When you’re snug in your room or tent, why should your faithful ride have to rough it? The folks at Dowco have a perfectly valid answer to that question in their Guardian® Ultralite™ Plus motorcycle cover. Yeah, we’ve all […]

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First Gear Jaunt Jacket Kwik-Dry Sport Tour Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

As I spend months each year on the road, I’m always looking for the perfect three-season, waterproof, textile jacket. Recently, I think I found it. Made of 100-percent waterproof, 840-denier, Hypertex™ material, First Gear’s Jaunt jacket incorporates rain-beating features like fold-over, storm-proof pockets, and a rain gutter on the front flap. For warmer days, the […]

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Animal Crack-ups

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

I was still a good hundred yards away when the turkey started across the road. No problem, I thought: it’ll see me and scram. It saw me alright, but decided it would try to outrun me instead. Turkeys aren’t known for their swiftness, and it was up against 110 horsepower. By then it was too […]

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Is Motorcycle Camping For You?

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Step 1 – Start Out ModestlyYou’ve decided to try motorcycle camping, but please don’t go overboard by spending a lot of money on all of the latest camping equipment and planning a seven-day excursion for your first trip. On that first trip: (1) travel light – buy or borrow just enough equipment for a one-night […]

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