Archive for July, 2010

The iPods are Coming

Jul 30, 2010 View Comments by

I’ve recently been riding and evaluating a 2010 Kawasaki Voyager – 1700ccs of twin-piston thrust slathered in nearly a half-ton of metal, rubber, and plastic.

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MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURER Carl Stearns Clancy: First Motorcyclist to Ride Around the World 1912-1913

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

Well-known moto-journalist and author Dr. Gregory Frazier is no stranger to two-wheeled adventures. With more than 25 years of riding experience, and having traveled more than a million miles, five times around the world by motorcycle, who better than Frazier to reintroduce and edit Carl Stearns Clancy’s fascinating travelogue?! After sixteen years of compiling the […]

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Evaporative Cooling 6529 HyperKewl™ Standard Sport Vest

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

Even with the best all-weather gear available, when summer hits riding can sometimes feel unbearable. So when the temps recently soared during a particularly hot tour in South Carolina, it was the perfect opportunity to try out the HyperKewl™ Sport Vest. Designed to gradually release water through evaporation, the V-neck vest with zipper closure keeps […]

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Twisted Throttle’s Denali LED Lights

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

These 10-watt LED auxiliary lights draw little power, generate little heat, and have no filament to break under harsh road conditions. Yet, they are nearly as powerful as low beams (900 lumens), at a distance. The units are sturdy die-cast aluminum, about the size of standard issue turn signals. Twisted Throttle claims they can be […]

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Scala Rider G4TM PowerSet

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

Cardo’s Scala Rider G4TM PowerSet is the company’s third-generation communication system for motorcycles, and this new one has a lot going for it. Range has been increased to almost a mile and you can communicate with more headsets. The combinations now include you and a passenger, you and up to two other riders on separate […]

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Shoei X-Twelve Helmet

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

Shoei’s all-new premium X-Twelve combines 50 years of expertise, plus integrated feedback from riders and racers – the results, a helmet that’s quiet, comfortable, and designed to pretty much fit all. A tough outer shell and dual-layer EPS liner allow it to be both DOT- and Snell M2010-approved. It comes in five shell sizes, and […]

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BMW GORE-TEX® ProTouring Boots

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

The main features I look for in a motorcycle boot are watertight resistance and breathability, as well as comfort, both on and off-road. The BMW ProTouring boots more than meet those requirements with a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® liner, reinforcements at the toe, heel, shin, and ankles, and a strip of reflective material on the heel. […]

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BMW Comfortshell Suit

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

The temperatures in winter between Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada can vary 40 to 60 degrees within ten miles – and the landscape can change from desert to deep snow just as fast. As a die-hard fan of the BMW Santiago jacket and its versatility, it was a difficult task to convince myself to […]

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Buyers’ Guide – Tankbags

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

Motorcycle tankbags have evolved tremendously to keep up with our high-tech mobile lifestyles. There are compartments for practically everything from cell phones, GPS units, and MP3 players, to cameras, netbooks, and hydration bladders. Features like expandable panels and clear map holders are common, and some tankbags even convert into shoulder bags or backpacks. Motorcycle design […]

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The Joys of Camping: Basic Equipment Needs

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

With limited space available, motorcyclists who camp when touring must be very selective in choosing gear. Compact and lightweight are the concepts to keep in mind. In addition to a good quality tent (covered in May ’10, “Tents for Staying Warm, Dry, and Bug-Free”), there are four additional items you’ll need: a sleeping bag, sleeping […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

On September 11, 1935, ground was broken on a public works project in Appalachia, on the start of a road then known as the “Appalachian Scenic Highway.” The United States was in the throes of the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR’s) New Deal policies helped to provide work for many of the […]

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Motorcycles at Monterey

Jul 01, 2010 View Comments by

It only took 59 years, but on August 16, 2009, motorcycles finally received due recognition with their own class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Indeed, motorcycles have been featured at other car shows, and bikes have had their own venues, including The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Legend of the Motorcycle (which took the year off), […]

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