Blog Section: Product Reviews

Review: Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-Piece Rain Suit

Apr 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rain gear. It’s utterly forgotten when not needed and usually needed when forgotten. It’s the motorcyclist’s first line of defense against the soaking downpour that is sure to catch us sooner or later. Though some riders view these brightly colored plastic ensembles as either a nice luxury or a complete waste of space, most serious […]

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Cooling Vests: Air Conditioning on Your Motorcycle?

Apr 16, 2014 View Comments by

It’s mid July and you’re on tour. If you happen to be riding anywhere south of the Canadian border, you’re likely to get rather hot, especially in the south and west. We’ve all been there. The sun beats down, your eyes squint, and beads of sweat roll down your face. Your clothes are drenched and […]

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Review: AGV Skyline Helmet

Apr 10, 2014 View Comments by

Many of motorcycling’s technological advances have trickled down from the racetrack to the street. Some of the same research and development that goes into shaving tenths of seconds off lap times as well as keeping riders safe at 200 mph eventually makes its way, in one form or another, to showroom floors and gear catalogs. […]

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Review: Firstgear Heat Pump Vest

Apr 05, 2014 View Comments by

It’s not what you think. Though its name would seem to imply that the vest is actively heated, it isn’t, well at least not with electricity. Do you remember when your mom, uncle, or whomever used to extoll to you the benefit of dressing in layers when it’s cold? Have you ever wondered why wearing […]

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Review: PDM-60 Power Distribution Module

Feb 25, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re one of the many touring riders who can’t resist a good farkle or two, or 10, you may have reached the point where your bike’s battery is obscured by the spaghetti-like tangle of wires connected to it. While this setup may be somewhat functional, it’s neither ideal nor particularly safe. And if, heaven […]

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REV’IT! Ventura Ladies’ Jacket and Pants

Feb 23, 2014 View Comments by

Historically, most women’s motorcycle gear has been downsized versions of men’s apparel. Times have changed, however, as more and more companies have responded to the demand for dedicated women’s riding gear. The Ventura from REV’IT! was designed specifically for the female body from the outset; there is no men’s version. The Ventura is a four-season, […]

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BearTek Bluetooth Moto Gloves

Feb 20, 2014 View Comments by

What will they think of next? With the recent proliferation of Bluetooth audio and communication systems, Willie Blount Jr., BearTek’s founder, had an idea. The idea turned into a Kickstarter campaign, which then became a product and a company. So, what is that product? It’s a Bluetooth-enabled glove capable of controlling your phone, or other […]

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Helmet Hed: Long Hair Gets some Help!

Feb 16, 2014 View Comments by

Long hair and motorcycle helmets aren’t the most ideal combination. The Helmet Hed offers a unique solution for riders whose long hair is a constant source of frustration while on the road. It is basically an extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchable headband with elastic mesh around the top. The mesh quickly secures your locks in […]

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Testing Batteries in the Cold

Jan 25, 2014 View Comments by

If there’s one good thing to be said for the recent spell of intensely cold weather (What is a polar vortex anyway?) it’s that it offers a great opportunity to see how tough your battery really is. Last winter I lived in a townhouse and the only place to keep my bike was in the […]

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Book Review: The Good Rider

Jan 20, 2014 View Comments by

In a follow up to his well-received books Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride, author David L. Hough (pronounced Huff) asks the question, “What is a good rider?” He postulates that being a good rider takes much more than simple riding skill; it encompasses a total package that may have different definitions for different motorcyclists. […]

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Review: MadStad Windshield System

Jan 12, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha’s first-generation FZ-1 (FZS-1000 or Fazer 1000 in other markets), sold from 2001 through 2005 in the U.S., is a quick and affordable street bike that is surprisingly comfortable. There’s one problem though, the tiny windscreen barely provides any wind protection at all to the rider. Fortunately, MadStad offers several taller windshield sizes to fit […]

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Book Review: Jupiter’s Travels in Camera

Jan 06, 2014 View Comments by

When Ted Simon’s round-the-world motorcycle adventure saga Jupiter’s Travels was first published in 1979, it did not include more than a few of the thousands of images he captured along the way. Now, over 30 years later, Mr. Simon has released 300 of his favorite photographs in the book Jupiter’s Travels in Camera from Haynes […]

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Review: REV’IT! Summit H20 Gloves

Dec 31, 2013 View Comments by

Sport touring gloves should do a few things. They should firstly protect your hands in a crash, secondly they should be all-day comfortable, they should also offer as much dexterity as possible, and, finally, being waterproof doesn’t hurt. When I first put on the Summit H20 gloves from REV’IT! I immediately notice how comfortable they […]

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Review: BiLT Sprint Air Pump Full-Face Helmet

Dec 28, 2013 View Comments by

In the realm of value priced full-face helmets, Cycle Gear’s in house brand BiLT is certainly one of the leaders. And, while the Sprint is one of their more premium models, it’s easy to see why. The first thing I noticed about the Sprint is that it’s quite light, which is always a good trait […]

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Review: HeliBars Horizon ST Replacement Handlebars

Dec 27, 2013 View Comments by

A problem arose on the first, long Sunday ride we took on my new BMW K 1600 GTL. The machine did not respond well to the handlebar pressure I was so accustomed to using when riding a cruiser. My hands went numb quickly, and riding became a chore instead of fun. Along came the announcement […]

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