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Product Review: Pirelli Night Dragon GT Tire

Jun 11, 2016 View Comments by

Cruiser and custom motorcycles need tires too! Pirelli’s new Night Dragon GT line is built for better adhesion, road holding, and appearance than standard tires for these bikes, along with 20 percent higher mileage than the previous Night Dragon. The new compound features a full carbon black formulation, combining different types of thermo-reactive polymers. Overall […]

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Product Review: On-Road/Off-Road Continental TKC 70

Jun 06, 2016 View Comments by

Sales of adventure motorcycles continue to climb. Once such a large displacement machine complements your own stable and wanderlust sets in, it’s often a stark realization that the new bike doesn’t have the proper tires for what you want to do (or think you want to do). Continental thought the same, and as an alternative […]

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Product Review: iXS TS-X Gloves

Jun 01, 2016 View Comments by

When it comes to sport-riding gloves, precise fit, comfort, durability, and serious protection are attributes that rank high on the list of must-haves. Luckily, the iXS TS-X is a premium goatskin option offering quality construction and meticulous attention to detail. The TS-X is extremely comfortable, with ergonomically shaped fingers and a tricot fabric inner lining. […]

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Product Review: Scorpion Yosemite Jacket and Pants

May 28, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycle touring gear is almost always an exercise in compromise. If something is designed to be all-season it’s nearly always too hot for the middle of summer. That’s why I prefer three-season gear, as it’s a middle ground between versatility and comfort. The Yosemite jacket and pants from Scorpion are a fine example. Even with […]

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Product Review: Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra Tire

May 25, 2016 View Comments by

Designed for cruisers and touring machines, Metzeler’s new ME 888 Marathon Ultra tire line directly replaces the outgoing ME 880 series. According to Metzeler’s Marketing Director, Chet Plewacki—who introduced the tires to the motorcycle press—this is the market segment most important to the company in the U.S. Metzeler, using state-of-the-art computerized development programs—verified by millions […]

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REV’IT! Neptune GTX Ladies Jacket: Year-round style and protection

Apr 15, 2016 View Comments by

There are more riding gear options for women than ever before, and European designer REV’IT! is no exception with its recently released Neptune GTX Ladies Jacket, a premium all-weather piece. The Neptune features a GORE-TEX membrane that’s guaranteed to keep you dry, a GORE-TEX inner jacket that can be removed and worn separately—a versatile and […]

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Review: Klock Werks FLARE Windshield for Gold Wing

Apr 13, 2016 View Comments by

Windshields are one of the best ways to improve your riding pleasure. A clean bubble of air can make all the difference, especially when covering lots of miles. After taking the Gold Wing coast to coast two-up, my number one wish was a different windshield. The stock one works well, but not well enough if […]

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Review: Nelson-Rigg Journey Sport Tankbag

Apr 11, 2016 View Comments by

Tankbags don’t get the respect they deserve. Sure, they’re not as sophisticated as a gleaming $1,000 set of aluminum panniers, but you won’t cry if you mess one up, either. Truthfully, the humble tankbag is one of motorcycling’s most versatile and practical pieces of kit. On my recent extended tour of Northern California, featured in […]

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Review: TomTom Rider 400 GPS, Part 1

Apr 05, 2016 View Comments by

In 2015, TomTom released its new Rider 400 GPS, which is a successor to the older Rider model that has become outdated since its release circa 2012. The company’s main competitor, Garmin, has been holding onto a deep evolutionary pattern, slightly improving the existing products in every iteration, but TomTom chose a revolutionary path and […]

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Review: HJC RPHA Max Helmet

Mar 29, 2016 View Comments by

The RPHA Max is HJC’s top-of-the-line modular option with the look and appeal of a sport helmet. Engineered with carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass materials, and organic fibers, it’s the company’s lightest weight modular helmet yet. Developed in HJC’s wind tunnel laboratory to mitigate wind level noises, the RPHA Max’s “ACS” advanced channeling ventilation system skims […]

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Timbersled: Motorcycling in the Snow?

Mar 17, 2016 View Comments by

For much of North America, winter brings an end to the riding season. Riders bring their bikes into the garage, hook up a battery tender, and look forward to spring. However, while this routine is bound to continue for street riders, dirt bike owners are just a few swapped parts away from a whole new […]

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Project Bike: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Part 2

Mar 01, 2016 View Comments by

If the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx was a shirt, it would have a large tag. I needed an extra-large tall. Yet this motorcycle needed to be a real ADV ride, covering many miles, not a showcase bike. I wanted to keep it functional and reliable. The accessories were hand-picked by me, best of breed in […]

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Project Bike: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Part 1

Feb 29, 2016 View Comments by

Taking My Tiger to New Heights – I’ve been a loyal Stromtrooper for the past four years. Not the Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies, but riders of Suzuki V-Strom motorcycles. The DL650, aka ‘the Wee,’ was a very reliable adventure partner. It took me on its back to many places, never complained or caused […]

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Just Shake to Create: The TomTom Bandit Action Camera

Feb 16, 2016 View Comments by

You’re carving your way through a beautiful series of mountain roads, or rocketing through the desert with friends, and you really want others to see what you see, as you see it. What do you use? Enter TomTom’s Bandit Action Cam, the GPS-maker’s first step into the action-camera market. Compact and waterproof, the Bandit offers […]

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Motorcycle Armor – Gladiator Gear for the Road

Jan 02, 2016 View Comments by

The evolution of motorcycle crash protection has been a slow process with over a century separating those first leather jackets and helmets from the high-tech headgear and armor protection we enjoy today. Several companies have risen to the forefront of the rider protection industry, but first let’s take a moment to talk about CE ratings. […]

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