Motorcycle-Themed Picture Books

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

Little Mike and Maddie My daughter really loves these stories – maybe it’s the dogs or maybe it’s because her mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa all ride motorcycles! I have been asked repeatedly over the last few weeks to read and re-read the “motorcycle books.” My only complaint is that they are so long! I […]

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Legendary Motorcycles

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

“What if we made a book about the most historically significant motorcycles ever, the bikes that became famous?” That simple question sparked a quest that sent author Basem Wasef and his wife to seek out motorcycling’s most cherished icons. Clutching a list of mythicized bikes, they took off across the United States, driving a secondhand […]

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Held Via Touring Boot

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

Cold, wet feet make any motorcycle journey miserable, but it doesn’t have to be so. Held’s Via leather touring boots are effectively waterproof, as a comprehensively soggy week of riding in Scotland recently proved. With toasty liners, shin and ankle protection, Velcro® calf adjustment and rugged gusseted zippers, these are without doubt the best touring […]

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Held Sprint Gloves

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

I chose the Sprint from a selection of Held gloves thinking the left forefinger visor wiper indicated a degree of water resistance. It doesn’t. That said, these are perhaps the best summer touring gloves you could buy. Featuring Kangaroo leather palms, Suprotect®-padded Pittards WR100 leather backs, strategically reinforced with Kevlar® and a ceramic/polymer matrix, and […]

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Held Taigami Jacket and Nelix pants

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

The Holy Grail for all-weather riders is a warm, waterproof, wear-anywhere riding suit. Held-USA may have come close. Their Taigami touring jacket, made from 600-denier polyester and polyamide, with CE armor at the shoulder and elbows, and a foam back protector, also has a waterproof/windproof liner to keep the wearer dry and warm, while multiple […]

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Icon Pursuit Women’s Jacket Bombshell Women’s Pant

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

The last few years have really seen an expansion in the quantity and quality of apparel specifically designed for female motorcyclists. In that time, Icon has distinguished itself as a manufacturer recognizing the needs of that market by designing gear that looks fashionable, fits comfortably, and offers substantial protection. The Icon Pursuit jacket is made […]

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Nolan BODZ

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

High Tech Underwear The all-purpose Technical BODZ undergarments are great for motorcycling, and just about any other sports activity. The BODZ offers maximum stretch, maximum comfort and great freedom of movement. The inside features a new, complete system of innovative, versatile and high-performance fibers called Meryl® Actisystem™. It is designed for quick drying and exceptional […]

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Oxtar Matrix GTX II Boots

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

The Oxtar Matrix GTX II motorcycle boots reflect the style and craftsmanship one expects of an Italian manufacturer, but they also possess the comfort and durability that touring motorcyclists need, especially when the weather turns nasty. Full-grain leather construction, bonded to a rubber sole, gives the boots their stylish appearance and all-day comfort. A thermo-contoured, […]

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Oxtar Sunray Boots

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

When it came time for a new set of riding kicks for the world’s greatest co-pilot, Oxtar answered the call with their ladies’ Sunray Boots. Arriving just prior to a two-week journey, the Sunrays were pressed into service with no more than an initial fitting. Like any other boots, it took a day or two […]

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BMW Rainlock Suit

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

The stylish new Rainlock suit by BMW is designed to be worn over any non-waterproof riding suit. Its dark color hides road dirt but at the same time its reflective material enhances your visibility. The jacket features two waterproof zippers in the front allowing quick access to pockets using the opposite hand. On the inside […]

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Bags-Connection Rearbag

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

Many modern sport bikes are saddlebag challenged, designed with either under-seat or upswept exhausts that make securing luggage difficult and sporty touring a logistical challenge. For these bikes, Bags-Connection has a luggage system that sits on the passenger seat and hangs over the sides of the bike by varying degrees, free and clear of hot […]

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Givi: T450 Trolley Bag

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

So you want to ride to work, but the bike just doesn’t have the room? Well, thanks to the folks at Givi, justifying the two-wheel commute just got easier and a whole lot more practical. The new T450 Trolley Bag is a nifty, very portable travel bag designed after the rolling luggage you see being […]

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Fieldsheer Expandable Tail Bag

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

By chance I came across Fieldsheer’s Expander Tail Bag just as I was leaving for a cross-country excursion. This bag was perfect for our trip. The suitcase style handle made off-bike portability a breeze, and the bag doubled nicely as a carry-on for our flight to pick up the bike. The dimensions – 16-inch length […]

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Joe Rocket Good N Evil

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

Being a big fan of Joe Rocket’s riding gear, I was ecstatic about getting my hands on one of their new helmets. The first thing I noticed was the weight of the helmet. It’s lighter and this really seems to help in the fatigue department. It has a snug fit that has held up wonderfully […]

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HJC AC-12 Carbon Helmet

Nov 01, 2007 View Comments

The AC-12 Carbon is HJC’s top street helmet, featuring a lightweight carbon-fiber shell and other high-end touches at a very competitive price point. Key elements include an anti-fog face shield (AccuSight™), a tool-less shield replacement system (RapidFire™), and a fully removable and washable moisture-wicking liner (AquaTrans®). The first fitting of the helmet revealed some pressure […]

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