Blog Section: Product Reviews

Product Review: Joe Rocket Meteor FX Boots

Sep 20, 2017 View Comments by

The Joe Rocket Meteor FX is a full-height motorcycle boot (a mid-height pair is available for purchase) with split-grain leather construction and DryTech waterproof membranes. They have a rubber gear shift protector and full-length zippers inside, which makes them easier to get on and off. The non-slip aggressive sole pattern offers good grip. So far […]

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Product Review: Klim 626 Series Revener Jacket

Sep 18, 2017 View Comments by

While Klim is well known in the adventure gear market, the new 626 collection has the manufacturer throwing its hat into the urban and retro markets. The Revener’s straight-cut, military style lends itself to those looking for a sturdy, stylish, purpose-built riding jacket. I love the look and feel of the Revener. With a “guaranteed […]

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Product Review: Dainese Veloster Perforated Suit

Sep 14, 2017 View Comments by

Dainese’s Veloster, a mid-range race suit, weighs in at just over 10 pounds. With perforated leather panels around the torso and on the front above the knees, it provided much-needed airflow when tested at the famous Motorland Aragón racetrack near Alcañiz, Spain. The suit is made up of Tutu leather, a cowhide that has gone […]

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Product Review: Joe Rocket Resistor Mesh Jacket and Phoenix Ion Pants

Sep 11, 2017 View Comments by

The Resistor Mesh Jacket is made of high-tech materials including Hitena and RockTex 600, with a FreeAir mesh hybrid outer shell, allowing for abrasion resistance and cooling. Two roomy external pockets and one inside provide plenty of space for storage of small items, with a zip closure for security. A zip-in sleeveless vest-type liner somewhat […]

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Product Review: Asphalt & Dirt: Life on Two Wheels

Sep 04, 2017 View Comments by

Fifty bikers, 50 stories. In 2014, writer Aaron Heinrich launched the website Asphalt & Dirt with the intent of changing the public’s perception about the stereotypical “biker.” Using the site as a storytelling vehicle, he published 50 stories about people with a passion for riding. Now those stories are available in one book, Asphalt & […]

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Product Review: HJC FG-17 Helmet

Aug 21, 2017 View Comments by

This is a quality lid at an affordable price. Weighing 3.53 pounds, it won’t leave you with a sore neck at the end of a long day ride, and its scoop-top intake vent combines with rear exit vents to pull heat out of the helmet’s interior. A chin bar provides interior airflow, helping to eliminate […]

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Product Review: Sprocket Apparel T-Shirts and Hoodie

Aug 18, 2017 View Comments by

North Carolina born and bred, Sprocket Apparel knows what it takes to stay comfortable. This is the state of sweltering summers and snowy winters, after all. The company sells T-shirts and hoodies, which are made with its RideDry technology 100-percent microdenier polyester that is lightweight and moisture wicking, with a cotton-like feel that keeps you […]

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Product Review: Michelin Pilot Road 3

Aug 12, 2017 View Comments by

They’re round, they’re black, yet tires are debated over intensely among riders. Many swear by a certain brand or model, even while switching motorcycles, geographic location, and riding style. The average rider doesn’t use a tire’s full potential though. Yes, that includes me, and I rate myself as above average due to the many miles […]

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Product Review: Warbonnet Outdoors Blackbird XLC Hammock

Aug 08, 2017 View Comments by

You’d camp more if only you could sleep better at night, right? We never suspected that a gathered-end hammock might be the solution, but string up Warbonnet Outdoors’ Blackbird XLC and you’ll feel cradled in a cocoon. You may not even want to emerge. Approximately 162 x 36 inches, the XLC will fit anyone up […]

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Product Review: Kriega Duo-28 Saddlebags and Precision Motorcycle Racks

Aug 02, 2017 View Comments by

British-based Kriega has been in the business of producing top-shelf luggage for motorbikes and riders alike since 2000. With the Duo-28 Saddlebags, the expectation for a well-designed product was already set. The saddlebags are billed as having a universal fit to modern retro-styled bikes, and as these would be finding a home on a 2015 […]

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Review: Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart III Tires

Jun 28, 2017 View Comments by

We all want tires that wear like iron but stick like glue. Dunlop is doing its part by upgrading its existing Sportmax Roadsmart II line of sport-touring motorcycle tires to create the Roadsmart III (RSIII). The RSIII is designed to give long-haul performance with near-sportbike-like grip that lasts the life of the tire. As tires […]

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Review: Lone Rider MiniTent

Jun 26, 2017 View Comments by

I didn’t grow up camping. But I love to travel with the bare necessities, with everything I might need on my back—or in this case, on the back of my motorcycle. Lone Rider is best known for its MotoTent, a lightweight two- or three-person tent with a motorcycle canopy, but I wanted something smaller. The […]

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Review: iXS Madox Boots

Jun 21, 2017 View Comments by

A good motorcycle boot should provide excellent protection for your foot and ankle, be weatherproof, and comfortable enough to wear day after day on and off the bike. The iXS Madox is an all-season GORE-TEX offering that does all of this in a stylish package that looks great with your riding gear and regular jeans. […]

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Review: Options to Mount Electrics

Jun 15, 2017 View Comments by

While just about everybody at RoadRUNNER prefers standalone GPS devices for navigation (since phones are not quite there yet in terms of development), smartphones are a multi-tool, offering riders the ability to listen to music, communicate with others, search the internet, and use GPS functions. Hooking one up to your bike doesn’t have to be […]

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Review: Chain Monkey Chain Tensioning Tool

Jun 09, 2017 View Comments by

Regular drive-chain maintenance is a necessary evil to ensure prolonged chain and sprocket life, and, of course, rider safety. Most of us fulfill this requirement with a few squirts of lube periodically, and some even give the chain a nice cleaning first. Far less, however, take the time to accurately check the chain tension. Taking […]

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