Blog Section: Product Reviews

Review: Hepco & Becker Junior 40 Hard Case Set and Side Carriers for 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Mar 05, 2015 View Comments by

Is Suzuki’s new V-Strom 1000 an adventure bike, standard, or a bit of both? It doesn’t matter what you call it, so long as you outfit this two-wheeled chameleon with some quality accessories and rack up the miles. Hard luggage is a great place to start when personalizing your bike, and among Hepco & Becker’s […]

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Bridgestone BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 Tires

Mar 01, 2015 View Comments by

Bridgestone’s press release on the BATTLAX SPORT TOURING T30 tire includes multiple references to the tire’s MotoGP development. No doubt there is some crossbreeding with race tires in the T30’s family tree, but make no mistake; this radial, tubeless tire belongs on the road and nowhere else. The tire strikes a wonderful middle ground between […]

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Review: KLIM Element Short Glove

Feb 22, 2015 View Comments by

KLIM serves the premium motorcycling market with a full line of high-tech adventure riding gear. The Element Short Glove is a perfect complement to KLIM’s riding jackets and pants, or any riding jacket and pants for that matter. Here are some of the glove’s key features: highly-mobile armor pivot system for comfort, titanium knuckle protection […]

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Review: Firstgear Women’s 90-Watt Heated Jacket Liner and Dual Remote Control Heat-Troller Kit

Feb 09, 2015 View Comments by

Here in North Carolina temperatures have been hovering in the mid-20s as I depart for my daily commute each morning (in January). That makes the 25-minute trek to the office quite chilly on a motorcycle, to say the least. That’s why I was excited to try out Firstgear’s Heated Jacket Liner hoping that it would […]

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Review: BiLT Explorer Air Adventure Jacket

Jan 26, 2015 View Comments by

Designed primarily for warm weather riding, The BiLT Explorer Air Adventure Jacket has some added features that make it a viable option in cooler temps and wet weather as well. Constructed of 600 denier material (1200 in impact areas) with mesh inset panels, the jacket offers riders protection in the form of CE armor in […]

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BMW Automatic Drive Chain Lubrication System (aka Scottoiler) for F 800 GS Adventure

Jan 20, 2015 View Comments by

Although the Scottoiler chain lubrication system has a long and loyal following, I had never tried one before installing the BMW branded version (for purchase only through the BMW dealer network) on my 2014 F 800 GS Adventure. The main contribution of BMW to their partnership with Scottoiler seems to be the BMW sticker and […]

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Review: Moto-Skiveez

Jan 03, 2015 View Comments by

Comfort on a motorcycle can make the difference between having an incredible day of riding or spending the time thinking about your bed at the end of the road. It’s hard to enjoy yourself when you’re constantly wiggling around in your seat, trying to take the pressure off that one spot, or worse when your […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Tire Pumps

Jan 01, 2015 View Comments by

Keeping the Rubber Side Round They are one of the few pieces of motorcycle gear that you’d be happy never to use, but if you do find yourself needing a tire pump one day, you’ll be beyond happy you made the investment. Flat tires are an unfortunate fact of life for motorcyclists. Sooner or later […]

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Review: Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof Jacket

Dec 30, 2014 View Comments by

Who doesn’t want to look cool riding that tricked out adventure bike? This Icon jacket makes me feel like I can ride like Ernie (famous from Icon’s Portland to Dakar video). Plus, the six company logos adorning the chest make me appear like a Dakar racer. Besides the ridiculously good looks, it functions very well […]

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Review: Sidi On Road GORE-TEX Boots

Dec 28, 2014 View Comments by

Most of us purchase gear that corresponds to our particular riding style. Race track and sportbike riders have their leathers, as do the Harley-Davidson and the cruiser crowd, albeit with a somewhat different look, adventure riders have their matching jacket and pants suits, while urban commuters have another look altogether. It’s a system that works […]

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Review: SHOEI Neotec Helmet

Dec 23, 2014 View Comments by

During the last two years, I have almost exclusively worn the SHOEI Neotec helmet on tours. It’s very comfortable and fits a wide range of head shapes. I have a long, oval shape and there are no pressure points within the Neotec. Besides comfort, the modular design is perfect for my work. While taking pictures, […]

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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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