Blog Section: Product Reviews

Review: Nolan N91 Modular Helmet

Jul 20, 2014 View Comments by

I’m a big fan of modular helmets. The ability to flip up the whole face is perfect for taking a quick photo, having a conversation, or any number of other instances when it’s nice to not have to take the whole helmet off—and yet you still have the protection of a full face. Over the […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention: One-off Adventure Bags for the BMW GS

Jul 19, 2014 View Comments by

Luggage. Motorcyclists may struggle with this aspect of the sport more than any other. Retaining the nimble, minimalist aspect of our bikes while still packing what we need for a trip is a true conundrum. I ride a BMW R 1200 GS—a motorcycle incarnation that is often fitted with more luggage than a United Airlines […]

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Review: Alpinestars Toucan GORE-TEX Boot

Jun 29, 2014 View Comments by

What to wear, what to wear—this is the question when heading for rough terrain on an adventure bike. Street boots aren’t up to the rigors of even light off-road riding, yet dirt-only boots are overkill and lack the comfort demanded by touring riders who wear their boots the entire day, both on and off the […]

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Review: Akrapovic Slip-On Exhaust for BMW F 800 GS Adventure

Jun 22, 2014 View Comments by

Although not a fan of loud pipes, I do know that a less restrictive aftermarket exhaust system can boost engine performance, reduce weight, improve bike aesthetics, and produce greater aural satisfaction for riders. For me, a virile exhaust note from an internal combustion motorcycle engine is a key contributor to a pleasurable riding experience. Although […]

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Review: SHAD Zulupack SW55

Jun 20, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve ever gone on an international tour, you know the value of being able to use the same luggage on your motorcycle as you did on the flight. Traveling by airplane with your motorcycle gear isn’t an easy task. Bulky items like riding jackets, boots, and pants, as well as your helmet leave you […]

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Review: Touratech Stainless Steel Headlight Guard, GD Hand Guards, and Handlebar Risers for Kawasaki KLR650

Jun 16, 2014 View Comments by

The Kawasaki KLR650 is one of the most versatile motorcycles ever produced, but it does have some off-road weaknesses that need to be addressed. Touratech, a world leader in touring and adventure-oriented aftermarket accessories, offers an extensive array of products for many motorcycles including the KLR. I selected three Touratech items: the headlight guard, hand […]

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Review: Stylmartin Indian Boots

Jun 04, 2014 View Comments by

Yes, I’ll admit it; these are my favorite motorcycle boots yet. And in order to attain that status they’ve had to live up to a lot. For a while now I’ve been looking for a pair of touring boots that provide meaningful protection and all day comfort while looking good. Waterproof would be nice too. […]

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Book Review: Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu

Jun 02, 2014 View Comments by

Though it’s generally a no no, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. In the case of Down and Out by Dr. Gregory Frazier, the cover image of a motorcycle lying on its side on a sandy “road” is a fitting and accurate visual representation of the book’s content. Dr. Frazier refers to […]

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Review: Touratech Locking Oil Filler Cap for 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

May 28, 2014 View Comments by

Sometimes I think that access to the Touratech website should be regulated like a controlled substance, because once I’m in there it’s hard to resist all of the nifty accessories for sale—especially the ones for adventure bikes. When traveling in sketchy areas, which adventure riders sometimes do, the possibility of someone doing harm to your […]

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Review: SHAD SH50 Topcase

May 19, 2014 View Comments by

A topcase can be a wonderful, practical addition to a motorcycle, though they come with a few inherent drawbacks. The first of these is aesthetics. Even the best looking topcases generally only detract from the overall style of your machine. The second is in performance. With their mounting point high off the ground and to […]

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Product Introduction: Helmet Hook

May 18, 2014 View Comments by

It’s perhaps one of the most persistent problems in all of motorcycling. Where do you put your helmet when you make a quick stop for gas or to take in a roadside view? If you’re like me, you’ve set your helmet on the seat—only to have it slide off and fall to the ground with […]

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The new TomTom Rider: Getting More for Way Less

May 16, 2014 View Comments by

We are all used to receiving offers from our favorite accessory makers for an enhanced unit that only costs a little bit more. We know it’s automatic that when you add features, the price goes up. It is once in a very rare while you are presented with the opportunity to get more and pay […]

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Book Review: Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand

Apr 28, 2014 View Comments by

Author Jack Lyndon Thomas’ Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand: A Motorcycling Odyssey is much more about life than it is motorcycling. Though the narrative follows Jack’s physical journey on the “War Horse,” a BMW K 1200 RS, as he journeys across the U.S. and Canada, its purpose and real interest is in the […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Jeans

Apr 22, 2014 View Comments by

For a combination of comfort, style, and protection, it’s hard to beat a good pair of specifically designed motorcycle jeans. But, with the marketplace full of options, which pair is right for you? Manufacturers take a variety of routes to produce motorcycle trousers with the look, feel, and practicality of a pair of blue
jeans but […]

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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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