Archive for November, 2008

Blue Strada Tours Expands Offerings for 2009

Nov 21, 2008 View Comments by

Blue Strada Tours announces its 2009 program with a newly expanded Tour schedule and the addition of Motorcycle Rentals and Self-Guided Tours. Specializing in Motorcycle Tours in and around the mountains and High Country of North Carolina, Blue Strada Tours is based in Charlotte and focuses on upscale lodging, restaurants, and a careful selection of routes that are the perfect combination of endless twisty roads and fantastic scenery.

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2008 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Electra Glide

Nov 13, 2008 View Comments by

How far is “too far?” Is 1,500 miles too long for a test ride? No, not if the bike is a Touring Model, and no again, if it’s a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic. In fact, for quite a few Ultra Classic riders 1,500 miles is just a good start.

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Amazon.com Kick-Starts Motorcycle and ATV Store

Nov 10, 2008 View Comments by

Amazon.com is now in the bike business. Their recently launched Motorcycle & ATV Store is touted as a single shopping destination for hundreds of thousands of motorcycle and ATV parts, accessories and protective gear.

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Riding on the Edge Book

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

If you’ve ever dreamed of being an outlaw, you might think each chapter of Riding on the Edge is a badass bedtime story for adults. But if anecdotes of beer drinking and womanizing don’t appeal to your inner rebel, then the thought-provoking reflections of author John Hall might interest you. A college professor and political […]

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25 Years of Buell Book

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

As 2008 draws to a close, so does the 25th year of production at Buell Motorcycles. And while the big hair and “Flashdance” styles have thankfully faded into oblivion, company founder Erik Buell’s concept of the V-twin sportbike is thumping along stronger than ever. In their new book 25 Years of Buell, Court Canfield and […]

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Why They Ride DVD

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

DVD producers often send work for us to preview, and quite frankly most of it crawls around in the crass, plastic-cracking “stunta” genre for but a few moments before we eject it and sling it toward the trash bin. Occasionally, however, a real gem we want to save sails in over the transom, and Why […]

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Gerbing’s Lite Heated Vest

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

Harnessed heating garments are wonderful, to be sure, but there are advantages to rechargeable lithium-battery-powered garments like the Lite heated vest from Gerbing’s. The Lite vest offers the versatility of functioning on or off the bike without the need for a harness attached to the motorcycle’s battery terminals. There is an output controller built into […]

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Collett Electronics MicroFONE2

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

Collett’s new MicroFONE 2 is a fully weatherproofed, next-generation communication system offered at a reasonable price with a three-year warranty. With 100 percent wireless Bluetooth capability, this rechargeable NI-MH battery-powered unit frees riders from the octopus of tethered components previously endured by talkative tourers. Impressively, this system delivers enormous functionality with a voice-activated duplex rider/passenger […]

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Sidi Discovery Rain Boots

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

I tested these boots on an off-road Shamrock Tour out of Coshocton, Ohio, and at KTM’s adventure weekend in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Using proper riding techniques, I didn’t sit while riding, but stood on the pegs for the most part. The Discovery Rain boots have a thick and sturdy sole, so the pegs won’t dig […]

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KTM Technical Enduro Jacket & Pants

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

Although their name is emblazoned on them, KTM’s Technical Enduro Jacket and matching Technical Enduro Pants are actually designed and manufactured by Thor, the well-known maker of off-road riding gear. These lightweight garments are made of breathable, 660-denier nylon and ventilated in all of the right places to help keep riders cool in hot weather. […]

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7-Eye Diablo CV Sunglasses

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

As a bona fide specialist at misplacing all things small and portable, I can vouch that sunglasses have suffered greatly from my errant whims. Because of this, off-the-rack drugstore specials often became regulars in my riding repertoire until a pair of 7-Eye Diablo CV specs joined the party. Now that I’ve seen the (well-filtered) light […]

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REV’IT Zenith Gloves

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

Before trying on REV’IT’s Zenith Gloves, I was already impressed by their appearance. Their design is sleek and stylish, without the bulk of some other gloves on the market. Immediately I question, can these really be protective and comfortable when they look this good? The answer is an overwhelming Yes! REV’IT didn’t sacrifice safety when […]

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Safeman Cable Lock

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

Unless you’re aboard a bike with an empty, lockable side case or two, securing the riding gear for a chow stop or a little roam about town can be problematic. But now, thanks to the German-made Safeman, those concerns are a thing of the past. This compact locking system consists of a 28-inch, plastic-coated, stainless […]

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Aerostich Roadcrafter

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

I have had a longstanding and irrational aversion to coveralls as riding gear. Maybe the perceived bulk, the spacesuit appearance or the general accessibility issues discouraged me from trying them. So understandably, I felt some trepidation when asked to give Aerostich’s Roadcrafter a test run. Though this particular model is the granddaddy, and as many […]

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Snap to It!

Nov 01, 2008 View Comments by

There was a time when you needed to know plenty about how a camera worked to take good pictures. Now, digital cameras with auto-focus and auto-program exposure have taken the guesswork out of the technical side of snapshots. They’ve made it ridiculously easy to get pretty good results in most lighting conditions and shooting situations. […]

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