Archive for July, 2008

RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend 2008 Was A Great Success

Jul 18, 2008 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER Magazine’s 2008 Touring Weekend and Christian Neuhauser Memorial Ride and Dinner were a big success this past weekend. Over 100 riders participated, some from as far away as Ontario, Canada. With the exception of a little morning fog, weather both Saturday and Sunday were perfect for the scenic tours through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and into “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia. The routes traveled had plenty of curves and very little traffic, prompting big grins from riders and passengers alike.

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Cortech Sport Saddlebags and Tail Bag

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

The Cortech Sport Saddlebags, coupled with the Cortech Sport Tail Bag, constitute versatile and capacious traveling companions – 17 liters per side for the saddlebags, 16 (expandable to 18) liters for the tail bag. The saddlebags straddle the pillion and have separate straps which easily loop around a part of the frame and buckle into […]

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Troy’s Story DVD

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Almost every motorcyclist appreciates a fast-paced tale, and few of them move faster than Troy’s Story. This DVD chronicles the life and racing career of two-time World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss. Narrated by Long Way Round’s Ewan McGregor, this award-winning documentary reveals all of this Australian working-class champion’s gritty determination. From his early days winning […]

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Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Beyond

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Exploring Europe’s Alpine twists and hairpins is the dream of nearly every motorcyclist, and with a little help from John Hermann’s latest edition of Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Beyond, planning that once-in-a-lifetime ride may not be as difficult as imagined. Packed with great color photographs and new maps (with mountain relief backgrounds), this […]

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Ride Atlas of North America

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

If a bite from the journey bug has you itching to hit the road, then you may want to check out the new Harley-Davidson® Ride Atlas of North America® by Rand McNally. This special anniversary edition road atlas, commemorating the motorcycle maker’s 105th anniversary, is filled (336 pages) with information any motorcyclist will appreciate. This […]

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Shoei X-Eleven Helmet

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Shoei’s top of the line motorcycle helmet reflects the culmination of the many technological advances the company has made over the years to its line. With an intricately designed system of intake and exhaust vents and airflow channels through the helmet liner, the X-11 produces a high rate of air circulation and rider comfort. But, […]

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Bell Apex Helmet

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Years ago, my first helmet, a 1970s super-deluxe, sparkle special from a Hecht’s Department Store was replaced by a real helmet. It was a Bell Moto III, an honest to goodness racing helmet. Back then, it seemed that the Bell logo could be seen in every racing photo. During a recent press event, I had […]

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KBC FFR Modular Helmet

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

The added convenience of open-face access combined with full-face safety is truly a winning combination. Until recently though, modulars only seemed to be appearing in solid colors. That is until I saw KBC’s website, which revealed a variety of colors and several graphic options. And when the FFR helmet with the Envy graphics arrived, I […]

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Sidi Women’s Jasmine Rain Boots

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Jasmine Rain Boots are lined with Tepor membrane, a water-resistant yet breathable barrier to keep the elements from a rider’s feet, and go on and off easily with a zipper and Velcro® closure system. They have elastic material at the calf for a comfortable, snug fit, and come with a removable arch support to accommodate […]

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Victory Platinum Jacket & Pants

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Victory is competing aggressively for the disposable income of cruiser riders with both their hardware and software products. Of particular note on the software front is the Platinum Jacket and Pants touring duo. The jacket outer shell is constructed of 500-Denier Cordura and contains both elbow and shoulder armor. Reflective piping underscores the jacket’s stylish […]

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Rev’It! Allure Jacket and Marryl Pants

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

As soon as you touch Rev’It!’s Allure jacket and Marryl pants you’ll be pleased to learn that they feel as soft as they look. The lightweight jacket, made of leather and SPICA fabric (super-flexible, elastic yarn), is quite durable, abrasion resistant, water repellent and breathable. It features two small pockets in the front and one […]

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Rev’It! Pearl Jacket

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

This is a fashionable and functional four-season touring jacket designed for women riders. And with all of the high-quality construction and protection specifications of the men’s Shade jacket, the Pearl represents the best of both worlds. The outer layer, with double zippers, sports two large front pockets, one inside chest pocket, and one pocket located […]

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Triumph Sympatex Pantha Jacket and Riding Pants

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

My last two rides have involved rain, and I’m glad they also involved Triumph’s Sympatex® Pantha Jacket and Riding Pants. At a recent press event intermittent heavy showers did their best to test the rain-proofing ability of the German-engineered Sympatex® polyester-based inner membrane and, thankfully, Triumph’s claims about its water-shedding properties are true – this […]

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Triumph Hard Carbon Gloves

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Before pulling on Triumph’s Hard Carbon Gloves, I expected the solid carbon-fiber protectors to bind and irritate my knuckles. At first there was a bit of pressure, but by the end of the day, the supple leather had broken in and that concern was a dead issue. Once the gloves mold to your hands, the […]

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Gettin Started in Motorcycling

Jul 01, 2008 View Comments by

Motorcycling used to be just another way of getting around, but now it’s one of a growing number of “powersports” that may also lay claim to major portions of your discretionary spending: ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and any number of four-wheeled and water-based diversions. However, for me, motorcycle touring is still much closer to bicycle […]

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