Blog Section: Product Reviews

Metzeler Roadtec 01 Tires: Reader Road Test, Part 2

Nov 30, 2016 View Comments by

When Rubber Meets the Road At the beginning of the year, we partnered with Metzeler to make tire testers out of a group of RoadRUNNER subscribers. Since spring, thousands of miles have put the Roadtec 01 to the ultimate test. Now close to the end of the tires’ useful lives, here’s what testers had to […]

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2016 RoadRUNNER Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 22, 2016 View Comments by

With so much great gear on the market, finding the perfect gift for your favorite rider can seem impossible. That’s why we’ve come up with a short list of some our most-used and loved items—everything from useful stocking stuffers to great reading to life-saving gear. Sliders Kevlar Riding Jeans from Competition Accessories Available for men and women, […]

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Motobooks for Kids: How to Build a Motorcycle

Nov 21, 2016 View Comments by

If your kid is a budding rider, or you hold out hope that one day the two of you will carve roads together, you might want to pick up a copy of How to Build a Motorcycle. The book, by Saskia Lacey with beautiful illustrations by Czech Republic-based Martin Sodomka, continues the Technical Tales series, in which […]

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Product Review: SW-MOTECH Legend Gear and Ducati Sport Headlight Fairing

Oct 18, 2016 View Comments by

We’re seeing more scramblers on the road and for good reason. They’re small and fun to ride, but above all they look like the motorcycles of yesteryear. There’s no need to make a full-blown touring machine out of one. But with two additions, we greatly improved comfort and functionality of the Ducati Scrambler Classic: Ducati’s […]

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Product Review: Bates Adrenaline Boots

Oct 10, 2016 View Comments by

It might be a new name in the motorcycling world, but Bates, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, has been making footwear for military, public safety, and industrial use since 1885. It wasn’t until early 2015 that they entered the motorcycling world. By combining everything they’ve learned over the years, the company should make a stellar […]

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Product Review: BMW Women’s AirFlow Suit

Oct 01, 2016 View Comments by

Some gear fits so well and holds up so long that when it is time to replace it, I opt to get the same exact suit. The new and improved BMW Women’s AirFlow lineup is deserving of such praise. Resistance to fading, rub fastness, color fastness to perspiration, oil repellency, and fastener abrasion resistance are […]

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Product Review: REV’IT! Tryonic Feel 3.7 Back Protector

Sep 23, 2016 View Comments by

While some jackets offer insertable back pads, many are little more than rectangles of foam that don’t provide the coverage or impact protection of a dedicated back protector. The Tryonic Feel 3.7 from REV’IT! has CE Level 2 armor for those looking to supplement their safety gear. Running from the shoulder blades to the tailbone, […]

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Product Review: MondoMotos MM10 Bullet Auxiliary Light Kit (V3)

Aug 23, 2016 View Comments by

See and be seen. As motorcyclists this should always be top of mind. Besides wearing colorful gear, the next step in increasing safety is adding accessory lights. They come in all shapes, sizes, and light patterns. What drew me to the MM10s was the reasonable price and straightforward installation. My ’97 Triumph Tiger is a […]

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Product Review: Michelin Anakee Wild Tires

Aug 18, 2016 View Comments by

Michelin has upped the ante with a new tire designed for 50/50 use by all you dual-sport and adventure bike addicts! This knobby radial tire is designed for big “trailies” such as the BMW R 1200 GS, KTM 1190 Adventure and 1290 Super Adventure, Yamaha 1200 Super Ténéré, and other large adventure bikes that use […]

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Combining Hobbies with Riding: Photography

Aug 17, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycle-sized Fun As wonderful as motorcycling is, there are plenty of other enjoyable ways riders like to spend their free time. Some like golf, others hiking, fishing, kayaking, or other outdoor activities. Some dabble in photography, art, writing, or different creative endeavors. Due to limited storage capacity, it can be daunting to incorporate other favorite […]

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Product Review: Alpinestars Multiair XCR GORE-TEX Boots

Aug 16, 2016 View Comments by

Take breathable summer boots on tour and you can be sure to see rain and get cold and wet feet. Wear your 100 percent waterproof boots and it’ll be 100 degrees, giving you trench foot. It might not have rained, but your feet will think differently. Not many companies offer up a true compromise. Alpinestars’ […]

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Product Review: TomTom Rider 400 GPS, Part 2

Aug 11, 2016 View Comments by

Slick, light, but robust, the Rider 400 is an improvement on the weightier outgoing model. Translucent widgets and panels make the user interface graphics design easy to use, and information shown on the side bar—e.g., upcoming gas stations—is very useful. The screen is bright and colorful. While it’s not a Retina display, it does look […]

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Product Review: Metzeler Roadtec 01 Tires

Aug 04, 2016 View Comments by

Metzeler’s new Roadtec 01 sport-touring tire, which replaces the Roadtec Z8 Interact, was designed to provide improved traction on slick surfaces and deliver increased mileage. It also needed to be adaptable to a wide variety of different motorcycles, riding styles, and weather. Metzeler used new materials, compounds, and profiles. Roadtec 01 contact patches are wider […]

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Product Review: Tour Master Men’s Transition Series 4 Jacket and Venture Pants

Aug 03, 2016 View Comments by

Transition Series 4 Jacket Transitioning from one weather condition to another as you travel demands special features in a jacket. Tour Master’s Transition Series 4 has what it takes, from a chilly early morning run to a warm and humid afternoon ride. Opening up the vents on the chest, underarms, and back allows maximum airflow. […]

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Product Review: Racer Grip Gloves

Jul 30, 2016 View Comments by

Introduced just a few months ago, the Grip by Racer is a quality leather glove with a pre-curved design for maximum riding comfort. Much of the glove is made of goatskin, for superior feel and fit. The palm has a Pittards leather patch for extra toughness and grip. The gloves are lined for comfort, and […]

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