Archive for January, 2009

Thrillers in the Mist

Jan 31, 2009 View Comments by

Mountains make their own weather, it’s said. And as we approach the crest of the 8,232-ft Passo del Rombo, a bank of cloud drifts across the summit, obscuring the sunlight. We drift in and out of the white blanket, and each time we emerge the motorcycles in front of me reappear like so many illusionists’ rabbits from a top hat.

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Breakfast to Feature Renowned Racers

Jan 26, 2009 View Comments by

Racing legends Scott Parker and Jay Springsteen will be the guests of honor at the 21st Annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum “Friendraising” Breakfast on Friday, March 6, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Wing Ding is On

Jan 24, 2009 View Comments by

The GWRRA’s Wing Ding 31 will go on as planned! Despite the present economic uncertainties, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association remains committed to providing a fun and enjoyable rider’s event this summer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 2-5, 2009, at the Expo Square Fairgrounds.

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US Elects Not to Impose Increased Tariffs on European Motorcycles

Jan 23, 2009 View Comments by

The MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) has announced that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will not include motorcycles on the list of European products facing increased tariffs in connection with a dispute regarding the European Union ban on imports of hormone-fed beef and beef products.

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Harley, Buell and AMA Partner to Celebrate Women Riders

Jan 11, 2009 View Comments by

The American Motorcyclist Association recently announced that Harley-Davidson and Buell will be the Presenting Sponsors of the 2009 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference, August 19-22, 2009.

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The Art of the Basket Case by Andrew C. Bauer

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

Do you have that vintage gene? Does your radar hone in on motorcycle swap meets like a bat to mosquitoes? Well, if your inner gear-head has a penchant for replacing the word ‘junk’ with ‘project’, then Andrew C. Bauer’s Art of the Basket Case deserves a place on your coffee table. Though the words are […]

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Adaptiv TPX™ Radar and Laser Detector

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

I’ve never been one to advocate excessive speed on motorcycles, and I won’t start now. But as someone who has made several small-town lawyers’ boat payments, I’m sick and tired of being victimized by ridiculous speed traps and overzealous law enforcement officials. It’s time to start watching my own back, and the folks at Adaptiv […]

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Scorpion EXO-1000

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

Since their inception, Scorpion has been known for providing helmets with top-shelf features at a reasonable price. And with their new EXO-1000 model, that concept has not changed. Though this model does ring the register a little louder than their other lids, it’s packing a few unique features that justify the extra outlay. Perhaps the […]

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Dainese Panama D-Dry® Jacket

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a riding jacket that screams “motorcycle,” it is nice to have a more subtle option on hand. This is especially true when the ride takes you places other than the racetrack or the clubhouse. The minute I pulled Dainese’s Panama D-Dry® Jacket out of the box, I wondered if […]

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Therm-ic Footwarmer Li-ion Remote with Heat Ready Insoles

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

Fingers and toes are our most vulnerable extremities, and nothing reminds us of this fact more than cold-weather riding. Of course someday in the distant future we’ll all have insoles in our boots with built-in heating elements offering variable temperature output from 99 to 158 degrees, controlled by a wireless remote the size of the […]

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Shad SH-46 Topcase

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

There’s a new brand of topcases on the market, and it’s a winner. The Shad line of motorcycle and scooter luggage, only recently available in the United States, showed up in our office in the form of their SH-46 topcase model just as I was preparing to leave on a five-day scooter tour. While there’s […]

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TCX Pro 2 Off-road Boots

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

I had a chance to break in a new pair of TCX Pro 2 Off-road boots during a recent four-day off-road tour, and I was pleasantly surprised by how light and comfortable they felt when I first started walking around in them, which is partially due to the boot’s gel-padded, removable bootie. The aluminum adjustable […]

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Tour Master Transition Series 2 Jacket

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

Tour Master’s new three-quarter-length Transition Series 2 Jacket has a number of innovations many riders may find attractive. Constructed of 600-denier Carbolex® and a 600-denier ballistic polyester shell, this sturdy, breathable jacket was worn in a variety of conditions, although it never did rain enough to fully determine how waterproof it is. Phoslite® reflective material […]

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Black Diamond Lighthouse Tent

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

Black Diamond’s Lighthouse is a two-person tent that packs down to a smaller size than the single-person tent I had been using – just the thing for the minimalist adventurer. The interior dome shape affords ample headroom for map reading or working on a laptop out of the elements, and the massive door grants effortless […]

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TCI Sequoia Luggage Rack for ’86 -’07 KLR 650

Jan 01, 2009 View Comments by

The Sequoia one-piece luggage rack is built specifically for mounting Cortech’s popular Sport Tail and Sport Saddlebags on Kawasaki KLR 650 dual-sport motorcycles (1986-2007 models). The rack is ruggedly constructed of tubular steel and powder coated a light gray. The big advantage of soft luggage on dual-sport motorcycle is its lighter weight and, as a […]

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