Archive for May, 2008

Throttle Days Dual Sport Adventure DVD

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

The Stosh Brothers, two regular guys, both likely spinning the scale up to the 300-pound mark, grab their cameras, load up their Kawasaki and BMW dual sport singles, and attempt to tackle the nearly 4,800 miles of off-road riding known as the Trans-America Trail. And though the promotional material for this duo of rotund rovers […]

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Touratech DVD Africa

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

In May 2007 when the world still speculated about whether or not BMW would launch the new F 800 GS, Herbert Schwarz was already on a secret mission in Africa with a preproduction bike. Accompanying him to photograph and film the adventure, Ramona Eichhorn rode a BMW G 650 Xchallenge. Herbert, the director of Touratech, […]

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BMW Motorcycles: The Evolution of Excellence by Kevin Ash

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

The BMW marque has won legions of faithful adherents, especially among the touring community, and for good reason. The company’s obsession with reliability and quality workmanship has fostered a stellar reputation built around the production of virtually bulletproof machines that can go the distance and then some. In BMW Motorcycles: The Evolution of Excellence, motojournalist […]

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101 Road Tales by Clement Salvadori

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Of the sage pronouncements issuing forth from the very select society of motorcycle travel gurus, we always pay heed to the words of the guy wearing the beret. Clement Salvadori has been regaling readers of Cycle magazine with commentary and musings from the road for over 20 years, and along the way he’s made his […]

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The History of Choppers by R. Louis Wieland

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Whether you’re a fan of choppers or not, there’s no denying their ability to turn heads and ignite emotional responses. In The History of Choppers, R. Louis Wieland explores the bloodline of the machines that today are often referred to as “rolling art.” He touches on many of the pop-culture cues of the ’50s through […]

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Rain-Off Waterproof Oer-Gloves

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

When the weather takes a turn for the worse, my hands are the first to suffer. No matter what I’ve tried, keeping them warm and dry in adverse conditions has largely remained a challenge unanswered – that is, until now. New Zealand-based Rain-Off recently sent us a pair of their waterproof over-gloves that really do […]

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REV’IT! Monster Gloves

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Thus far, I’ve been quite happy with all of my gear from the Dutch company Rev’It!, and the Monster Gloves are no exception. At first I was a little worried that I may have gotten a size too small, but after a couple of rides, the tough yet pliant goatskin broke in perfectly and now […]

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Scorpion VX17 Burnout

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Today’s dirt lids actually rival their road-going cousins in comfort and quality. Case in point, Scorpion’s VX17. From the moment this lid slid on my head, it’s been nothing but smiles. Company specs claim that the Fiberglass/Kevlar™ Matrix shell is tough, and I can certainly vouch for that after doing my best lawn dart impersonation […]

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Triumph Westbourne Jacket and Denim Jeans

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Even before I noticed the sharp styling detailing Triumph’s Westbourne Jacket, I couldn’t help being taken aback by its sheer weight. This is one stout garment, a definite positive in a motorcycle-apparel world filled with “protective” gear that is far more style than substance. No worries on that count with the Westbourne. Constructed of 1.2mm […]

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Condor PS 1500 Pit Stop / Trailer Stop

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

A good wheel chock is one of those items I’d always wanted, but never got around to procuring. But having recently gotten a Condor® PS1500, I’m wondering how I managed so long without one. The first thing noticed during the simple assembly was the unit’s adjustability. According to the company specs, the PS1500 can accommodate […]

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BMW Comfort Shell Suit

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Touring the Alps for nine days with RoadRUNNER as chase rider and photographer, I knew the correct motorcycle gear was going to be very important. Though I knew I would need a rain suit, I really didn’t want to take up precious saddlebag space carrying one along. After explaining my needs to Anja Kuechler at […]

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Outdoor Kitchenware

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Snow Peak GIGA Power White Gas When you are hungry and tired, there is nothing more unpleasant than having to fiddle around with a cheap, smutted stove for ages before you get the fire going. I have tested the Snow Peak GIGA Power WG on many motorcycle trips and have never been disappointed. What I […]

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2007 Tour de Pink

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

Inspired by the exploits of Tour de France legend Greg Lemond and other Americans racing in Europe, I was a rabid, but not very rapid, cyclist in the 1980s. It was exotic stuff to me – wiry cyclists battling over impossibly brutal Alpine passes, the frenzied crowds threatening to swallow them whole, and then in […]

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Sport Bike Track Time

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

You don’t have to be someone like Nicky Hayden to enjoy the racetrack experience. In fact, competition is not even on the agenda with Sportbike Track Time. The enterprise isn’t a racing school, or even a venue for racing preparation. The goal of this Ohio-based organization is to allow individuals the opportunity to participate in […]

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Say what?

May 01, 2008 View Comments by

It was a beautiful late spring day. I had just crossed the border from California into Arizona, piloting a big, bad cruiser: Yamaha’s Road Star Silverado. Riding toward me, a bunch of bikers, all bandanas, dark glasses, leather vests and chaps. Arizona has no helmet law, so I thought I’d give their look a try […]

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