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Review: Aerostich Darien Light Pants

Jan 15, 2014 View Comments by

This is the second pair of Aerostich Darien Light Pants that I’ve had. The first set was purchased at the end of the last century (or thereabouts) and withstood well over a decade of regular use. They were (and are) great pants to wear over a pair of slacks, and they’re cut quite conservatively. From […]

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NUVIZ Ride:HUD is a Heads Up Display That You Can Use with Your Own Helmet

Dec 17, 2013 View Comments by

There must be something in the water, because 2014 is already shaping up to be the year of the Heads Up Display, and we’re not even there yet. Hot on the heels of the Skully P-1 comes the NUVIZ Ride:HUD, a HUD that you can add to your existing helmet (as long as that helmet […]

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Nikon 1 AW1: Could THIS be the Ultimate Motorcycle Touring Camera?

Dec 12, 2013 View Comments by

A couple of weeks ago I posited that the Sony RX10 was the perfect motorcycle travel camera. I’ve changed my mind; the Nikon 1 AW1 is the ultimate motorcycle travel camera. And no, Nikon didn’t pay me to say that. Let me explain… For the past year I’ve been doing a lot of shooting with […]

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Sony RX10: Could This Be the Perfect Motorcycle Travel Camera?

Nov 27, 2013 View Comments by

Sony has recently introduced the DSC-RX10, a super zoom camera that may well be the perfect motorcycle travel camera. Just what does it take to be the ideal image- capturing device for motorcycle touring? Excellent image quality during the day. Very good performance when the sun starts going down. A nice lens that is wide […]

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You Can Take it With You. All of it, With the Skully P-1 Helmet with Heads Up Display

Nov 09, 2013 View Comments by

There used to be a time when we thought of motorcycles as escape vehicles from the hum drum of the same old everyday. And indeed, some of us still view them that way. But modern life is finding ever more insidious ways to embed itself into our escapes, from Bluetooth headsets and GPS navigation to […]

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Just Ride

Oct 15, 2013 View Comments by

It’s 7:00 a.m. and we’re heading down Route 9 in eastern Kentucky. There’s a morning chill in the air, fifty-something degrees, tempered by the raised windshield and heated grips of the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the closed vents of the Aerostich. Sandy’s on my six with his FJR. Directly ahead of us is a scene […]

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Is That a Shorai Lithium Iron Battery in Your Pocket?

Oct 02, 2013 View Comments by

I’m going to out on a limb here and say that pound for pound and dollar for dollar there’s no more cost effective way to reduce the weight of your motorcycle than to get one of these here newfangled lithium iron batteries from Shorai. A Shorai battery shaved over seven pounds from my bike! Seven […]

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Digital Rider: Aerostich Roadcrafter Light Midsummer Report

Aug 20, 2013 View Comments by

And so the Aerostich is filthy. Like industrial grade filthy. Like I’d better wash it before it gets up and walks away filthy. No, it wasn’t the woods of Ontario that did it, although some of the bugs (big enough to throw a saddle over) left their mark. And no, it wasn’t the mist of […]

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Getting Google Maps and Garmin to Play Nicely

Jul 01, 2013 View Comments by

I love Google Maps; it’s a great way to plan a trip with friends. I also love my old Garmin GPS Map 60CSX, an old handheld unit that’s helped me navigate to some of the most beautiful places on earth. But while I love them both, they don’t love each other. There’s no button on […]

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Sounds Like the Future (2013 Zero S in Manhattan)

Jun 25, 2013 View Comments by

Zero Motorcycles recently brought their 2013 lineup of electric motorcycles to New York City. I was lucky enough to grab one to ride around the Big Apple and to stop by the Ear Inn (the motorcycle gathering spot on Tuesday nights) before bringing the bike home for the evening. There will be a write-up in […]

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Sony Xperia ZR: Who’s Afraid of a Little Rain?

May 15, 2013 View Comments by

Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, aren’t they? Dick Tracy never had it so good. But they are such delicate flowers, afraid of the bumps, bruises, and occasional raindrops of everyday life. Nearly everyone gets a bulky protective case, even though it’s kind of like putting vinyl slipcovers on the good furniture in the living room. Enter […]

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A ‘Stich in Time

May 02, 2013 View Comments by

Quick, what’s been the greatest technological breakthrough in motorcycling of the last twenty-five years? You’ve got ten seconds … [cue Jeopardy theme song]…three…two…one… ok, time’s up, what’s your guess? Engine management? Tires? Brakes? GPS? Cup holders? You could probably build a strong argument for any of them (well, maybe not the last one), but I […]

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Canon Enters the Mirrorless Fray with the EOS-M

Mar 18, 2013 View Comments by

There’s a new breed of cameras that drawing a lot of interest from photographers. They’re so new that people can’t seem to agree on what to call them – ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras), CSC (Compact System Cameras) or Mirrorless (due to the fact that unlike DSLRs, they don’t have mirrors). In any case, the benefit […]

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Olympus Cameras for the Digital Rider

Mar 12, 2013 View Comments by

Olympus is one of the oldest-remaining names in photography. They released their first camera in 1936, which I think is before most of you were born. In that time they’ve seen their share of drama, most recently with an accounting scandal that threatened to sink the ship. But even through the gloom they’ve managed to release some […]

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Fuji Rides the Retro New Wave with the X-E1

Mar 06, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re the kind of rider that likes modern interpretations of classic bikes and eschews cordura and hi-viz yellow for classic, durable leather, then the Fuji X-E1 may be the camera for you. Literally dripping and oozing with retro style, the metal and faux leather finish harken back to the days before SLRs, when rangefinders […]

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