GARNY™ – LeatherSpex™

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Needless to say, proper ocular protection is a must when out on the road. Aside from the obvious hazards of dust, debris, and insects, the constant battery of wind can cause a degradation of vision. Needing a new pair of specs, I was excited to receive a new pair of GARNY™ LeatherSpex™. With frames constructed […]

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Scorpion VX-14 Flashback Helmet

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Air-flow and good protection for the most important part of your body (the head) for $129.95 – what more could one want? This Scorpion Helmet is a great alternative to a closed, full-face helmet on a dual-sport bike, especially in hot climates. But I found it functional even on a spring trip to Newfoundland, except […]

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Function & Comfort in a Long-Sleeved Shirt

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

I had always thought just a t-shirt would suffice for me until I put on BMWs high-tech fabric undergarment. It feels as good as cotton, but works much better. Very light, it kept me warm in Newfoundland and cool in Utah, wicking moisture from my body very quickly. The material of this shirt provides a […]

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RATCO 3rd Brake Light System

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

To say that being visible to motorists in lower light situations is important to motorcyclists is an extreme understatement. While plenty of eye-catching options are available to boost our visibility from the front, not many have come along to protect the rear flank. Enter RATCO’s 3rd Brake Light System, a highly effective and easy to […]

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Santiago Boots

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

In combination with a dual-sport bike, these boots are a perfect fit. They come with decent shin protectors, an important feature for off-road use. Anyone who’s been hit by a stone flipped by a front wheel knows the feeling. Heel and toe reinforcements help protect the foot from pain, and the sturdy ankle construction could […]

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Motonation Spidi Fjord H2OUT Touring Gloves

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

There’s only one complaint about Spidi regarding the Fjord H2OUT Touring Gloves. Their claim of ‘all weather’ could be somewhat of an exaggeration if the gloves are used in warm weather. They are definitely more at home in cooler to cold temperatures than in a July, Atlanta rush hour. Now that winter has fallen across […]

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Retro Leather Jacket and Classic Jeans from Triumph

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

The Retro jacket from Triumph has a great vintage look, with numerous Triumph logos. However, what really sets this jacket apart is its quality construction, fit, and attention to detail. The leather is 1.2 millimeters thick, yet very supple, with all key stress points double-stitched. European craftsmanship abounds inside and out, with ample pockets for […]

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Fast Company Barracuda Jacket

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

The venerable black leather motorcycle jacket is justly revered as a fashion icon; but it could use a little updating, too. And rolling up at a top resort in a ratty old biker jacket doesn’t cut it anymore. So for my Palm Springs Shamrock Tour® this year, I wore Fast Company’s sharp-looking Barracuda jacket in […]

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Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Flat tires happen, it’s one of those terribly unpleasant aspects of spending time on the road. Thankfully, most street bike tires are the tubeless variety, which makes a roadside plug job a fairly painless procedure. Thanks to the folks at Slime, an easy, quick method of reinflation is at hand. The Power Sport Tire Inflator […]

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Triumph Hard Carbon Gloves

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

These gloves are among the most comfortable we have tested, in a category where comfort is sometimes sacrificed for aesthetics and protection. They feature full-knuckle, carbon weave Keprotec® abrasion panels, double leather impact panels, raised wrist padding, 3M® night reflective piping, and ventilated finger sections. The leather is very soft and supple. The carbon weave […]

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Gerbing Cascade Extreme Riding Suit

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

A late October ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with its explosion of reds and yellows, is one of the most beautiful rides imaginable. Yet, the higher elevations and the autumnal temperatures can conspire to make for a frigidly unpleasant affair. Such was the case several months ago. Thankfully, Gerbing’s Cascade Extreme riding suit was […]

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Snow Job: Riding in Winter

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Hazard 1: I’ve heard it said that mountains make their own weather. As I turn the FZ1 east onto Utah’s Highway 6 for the climb over 7,500ft Soldier Summit to Price, the heavens open. The deluge continues as I climb, and though my rainsuit keeps my body core dry, both of my “waterproof” gloves begin […]

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The Case for Camping

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Why Camp? Communing with nature is one of the most enticing reasons to camp out, but there are many others. Self Sufficiency – Taking one’s own food and shelter, in addition to two-wheeled transportation, conveys a greater sense of freedom to roam and explore. Having camping gear along on any motorcycle trip also provides back-up […]

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Riding to Work

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

Approaching my office building, the traffic is heavier, but I soon dive underground into the parking garage The attendant and I exchange waves as I’m allowed to bypass the line of cars backed-up at the entrance gate. Pulling into my parking space five levels down, I dismount, remove my protective gear, grab my briefcase and […]

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Rebel Without a Clue

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

It’s the B-movie western we’ve all seen a hundred times. Outlaws ride into town, get drunk in the saloon and clash with the locals. The ineffectual, alcoholic sheriff won’t intervene; his daughter, meanwhile, falls for the gang leader. The locals form a lynch mob, and the sheriff, shamed into action, tries to intervene. There’s an […]

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