Archive for May, 2010

US GS Adventure Trophy Team Selected

May 21, 2010 View Comments by

The world-famous biennial International GS Trophy returns in November, with three riders selected from each of several countries around the world. Riders will compete on new R 1200 GS bikes for victory in a vicious series of off-road competitions and challenges in exotic and faraway South Africa.

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Better Living Through Saucepans?

May 09, 2010 View Comments by

Sometimes technology for a Digital Rider ends up in unexpected places…

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Marsee 6-Liter Ciao Borsa Tankbag

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

This tidy tankbag is a small, yet efficient piece of equipment that is an attractive and exceptionally convenient addition to the sport touring repertoire. The Ciao Borsa zips to a magnetic mount that also functions as a map pocket, when used without the bag. If your fuel tank isn’t magnet friendly – not to worry […]

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Marsee 20-Liter Rear Bag

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

With the significant other having nixed your racy machine’s spatially challenged pillion, bulky saddlebags for two are an easily avoided option. Enter Marsee’s 20-Liter Rear Bag, a compact tail pack that boasts an impressive list of cool features. Beneath two of the four zippered, external pockets, nifty Velcro® enclosures conceal extra-long, adjustable mounting straps that […]

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Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide Trunk Luggage

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

I like fitted luggage as it takes the hassle out of trying to squeeze a 50-lb-package into a 30-lb-box! If it doesn’t fit in the bag with the zipper closed, it’s not going to fit in the tour pack or the saddlebags, or in this case, the trunk. In essence, fitted luggage forces you to […]

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Harley-Davidson Classic Cruiser Jacket

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

Looking cool and being seen don’t always go together, but that’s not the case with the HD Classic Cruiser jacket. Glove-soft leather, high contrast black, orange, and white, allow for stand out visibility, especially against deep green pine forests and a shimmering blue lake. Body armor at both elbows and shoulders, zip out lining, inner […]

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Harley-Davidson Ultra Jet Helmet

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

Helmets, skidlids, or brain buckets, whatever you call them, are cheap insurance. For me, the ride and the weather determine which type: either a full face or three-quarter are my choice. For this ride I took both, mostly because I had the room in the trunk and I faced the very likely possibility of frosty […]

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Harley-Davidson FXRG®-3 Boots

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

When it comes to boots, the need for safety and durability are an obvious given. But in addition, there are a couple of must-haves that I look for in a motorcycle boot. Being waterproof is not optional and neither is comfort. Of course many a boot provides a good riding experience when on the bike, […]

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Shift Riding Gear

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

Constructed from tough, 600-denier polyester fabric, Shift’s Triton SS Jacket with a seam-sealed waterproof mid-liner did quite well thwarting this past spring’s pop-up thunderstorms. Two short, waterproof zippered vents at the chest join two longer but equally slim openings at the back to provide a modicum of breathability. For protection, the Triton SS sports unobtrusive, […]

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Tour Master Sonora Air Jacket

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

Fall weather in Texas is notoriously unpredictable. For that reason, Tour Master’s Sonora Air jacket was an obvious choice for an October journey in the Lone Star State. Chilly, blustery mornings that gave way to surprisingly warm afternoons, made the Sonora’s three-quarter length, all-season design a welcome addition to the ride. The outer shell is […]

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Back to Scotland

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

In August 2009, Herbert and Ramona Schwarz journeyed to Scotland on the new BMW R 1200 RT, retracing the tracks of Herbert’s first motorcycle tour thirty years earlier. Watch them enjoy the spectacular Glenfinnan Highland Games, the freak weather conditions, the Eilean Donan Castle, the Glen Ord distillery and its fine whisky, the historic National […]

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Buyers’ Guide – Riding Jeans

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

Good motorcycle gear has three essential elements: comfort, style, and protection (the latter of the three being the most important, of course). In the past, wearing safe gear sometimes meant sacrificing a desired look or feel. But with advancements in technology, inspired by real-life riders, there are apparel options to suit any individual’s preference and […]

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Tents for Staying Warm, Dry, and Bite-Free

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

A well-designed tent is the single most important piece of camping equipment you’ll own. Think about it – the best sleeping bag in the world is of little value if it’s floating inside a wet tent, and no amount of bug spray works as well as a good screen. Still, there’s no tent that’s perfect […]

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Sport Touring Makeover

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

With my plans of purchasing a brand new, five-figure Sport Touring bike officially under “reevaluation” (OK, terminated) by the household CFO, I quickly realized that “new” really is a relative term. Why not hit the aftermarket, I thought, and do a cost conscious sprucing-up of my perfectly good, but slightly tired, 2002 Suzuki 1200 Bandit? […]

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Jim Ford’s Rider’s Workshop

May 01, 2010 View Comments by

A blissful state of transcendental mastery occurs when your motorcycle ride suddenly becomes effortlessly smooth and graceful. You’re living in a timeless moment, focused on the road and not conscious of shifting your weight in curves, changing gears, counter-steering, or any of the other myriad physical acts required to make a motorcycle obey your intensions. […]

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