Blog Section: Product Reviews

Review: Happy Trails Teton 9” Aluminum Panniers for Kawasaki KLR 650

Dec 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rugged simplicity is what sets the Kawasaki KLR 650 apart from its fuel-injected, sensor-laden adventure bike brethren. When selecting luggage for my KLR, it only made sense to outfit the bike with luggage that followed the same design principles. The Happy Trails Teton series of panniers does just that. The KLR 650 panniers are constructed […]

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Book Review – Hodaka: The Complete Story of America’s Favorite Trail Bike by Ken Smith

Nov 30, 2014 View Comments by

From 1964 to 1978, Hodaka was a collaboration of a Japanese manufacturer and an American distributor. Though it only lasted 14 years, the company produced nearly 150,000 bikes. These trail bikes were built in Japan but were distributed by the Pacific Basin Trading Company (PABATCO) based in Athena, OR. Hodaka quickly acquired a strong following […]

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RoadRUNNER’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Oct 28, 2014 View Comments by

3BR Powersports TAPP™ All-Weather USB Powerports www.3brpowersports.com (408) 891-4603 All-weather, all the time, means that you don’t have to unplug your USB device and cap the TAPP series USB power port when the weather turns ugly. The patented TAPP CAPP mating cable seal is the difference. With TAPP’s 2.1A or TAPP Lite’s 1.2A output, there […]

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Review: Stage One Slip-On Exhaust for Indian Chieftain

Sep 29, 2014 View Comments by

For many riders, the first thing they do when the buy a new bike is to swap out the overly restrictive OEM exhaust from something a little more soul stirring. Though we here at RoadRUNNER do not advocate for loud pipes, we certainly appreciate a healthy exhaust note as much as everyone else. So when […]

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Review: M-Tech Men’s Adventure Jacket

Sep 23, 2014 View Comments by

The challenge with multi-season motorcycle gear is that, in trying to be all things for all seasons, they end up being all-compromise, not quite vented enough on a hot summer day and vents that leak cold air (and possibly water) when the temperature drops. Multi-purpose liners do help in colder weather, but when removed result […]

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Product Review: AltRider KLR 650 Skid Plate Review

Sep 16, 2014 View Comments by

For those wishing to explore the off road capabilities of their Kawasaki KLR 650, the stock plastic skid plate should be replaced with something more substantial. The stock plastic item may be tougher than it looks, but in a rock versus plastic grudge match, my money goes on the rock every time. With something as […]

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Corbin Indian Seat Review: A Tale of Two Seats

Sep 08, 2014 View Comments by

When fellow RoadRUNNER editor Florian Neuhauser returned from a tour of Florida on our 2014 Indian Chieftain press bike, he had a few complaints about the bike’s stock seat, though, as far as OEM seats go, Indian’s is certainly one of the best. Still, after a couple thousand miles it was obvious that this was […]

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The Smartphone: A Poor Man’s GPS

Aug 30, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycle GPS units are not cheap. In fact, there are plenty of riders who simply can’t afford, or aren’t willing to pay, the $500 or so required to mount a decent navigational aid on their handlebar. Thankfully, there’s at least a partial solution that most likely you’ve already got in your pocket. As you probably […]

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Review: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh Jacket

Aug 25, 2014 View Comments by

Joe Rocket’s website lists the Reactor 3.0 as a hybrid mesh/leather jacket, but that’s not really true. This is a mesh jacket that has a few nice leather accents. Since it is a full mesh jacket, you may well imagine that the Reactor 3.0 offers excellent airflow and is ideal for hot summer riding weather, […]

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Review: Blackbird Hammock from Warbonnet Outdoors

Aug 22, 2014 View Comments by

Hammocks can be great for camping, particularly if one is a motorcyclist traveling alone. They tend to be much smaller and lighter than tents, so they save valuable space on storage-challenged bikes. They’re usually easier to set up and leave more time to enjoy the outdoor experience (with less frustration to boot). Hammocks also have […]

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Review: Scorpion EXO-R2000 Helmet

Aug 18, 2014 View Comments by

The old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true; in some cases you get more. Premium helmets generally command a premium price, but the feature-packed Scorpion EXO-R2000 offers a long list of amenities for less than $400. Starting with performance ratings, the R2000 meets both Snell M2010 and DOT standards. The R2000’s […]

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Review: Firstgear Women’s TPG Monarch Jacket and TPG Escape Pants

Aug 16, 2014 View Comments by

With more and more women taking to two wheels, women’s gear is finally starting to come into its own. Female riders have more choices than ever before (though still nowhere near as many as men), and we’re not just talking about downsized men’s apparel with some pink butterflies thrown on. Perhaps one of the best […]

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Review: Michelin Pilot Road 4

Aug 11, 2014 View Comments by

Michelin has introduced a slew of new motorcycle tires during the last couple of years. I recently had a chance to try out the new Pilot Road 4 radial sport-touring tires that are designed to improve upon the outgoing Pilot Road 3. Pilot Road 4 employs Michelin’s X-Sipe Technology (XST) in the tread design. Sipes […]

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Product Review: Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans

Aug 01, 2014 View Comments by

Regular cotton jeans are part of my preferred daily wardrobe, and it’s really tempting to wear them for short local rides in nice weather. However, we all know how the unexpected can happen. Diamond Gusset brand makes Defender jeans designed by riders, specifically made for riding, with rugged built-in abrasion protection in the knees, hips, […]

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Review: Alpinestars GP Air Gloves

Jul 27, 2014 View Comments by

For many gear companies, summer hand wear means a simple mesh glove that’s great for airflow but provides little or no real protection. Not so with the GP Air gloves from Alpinestars. In fact, the GP Airs don’t contain mesh at all. Instead, the gloves use different materials and clever design to achieve the airflow […]

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