MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Nov 09, 2015 View Comments by

Leaving a motorcycle idle for several months can wreak havoc if precautions are not taken. Here are a few minor things you can do to protect your bike and prevent problems when you’re ready to ride again. Gas Before storing your motorcycle for any extended period of time, top off the fuel tank with fresh […]

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Review: Powerlet Microclimate H1 Jacket Liner w/ G1 Remote and Garment Controller

Oct 12, 2015 View Comments by

Staying Warm on the Road – Powerlet outlets and connectors are well known in the motorcycle industry. Using their electric liner as a base layer is a practical solution to the varying temperatures we encountered on a recent tour in Northeast Texas. The wireless remote makes it easy to adjust comfort level while the heat […]

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Review: REV’IT! Oxford Jacket

Oct 05, 2015 View Comments by

Not Your Average Motorcycle Jacket – The REV’IT! Oxford mimics the traditional four-pocket, belted Barbour-style jacket with several moto-specific upgrades. CE rated Knox armor at strike points, brushed cotton shell with waterproof Hydratex lining, and a quilted zip-in liner make this a practical garment for cooler weather riding. Two spring-loaded snaps with abrasion protection on […]

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Review: Gordon’s Heated Jacket Liner and Heat Controller

Apr 05, 2015 View Comments by

Winter may be in its final throws and riding season may be upon us, but in much of the country the morning commute is still mighty cold—certainly where I live at least. When temperatures are in the 30s or lower, heated gear is really the only solution that can truly keep you warm. Gordon’s Heated […]

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Cool Weather Camping Tips

Feb 11, 2015 View Comments by

I’ll take the crisp, cool days of fall, spring, or even winter over the summer heat any day, and nothing puts me in a good mood faster than strapping my camping gear on the bike for a long weekend. We found ourselves camping in Pennsylvania a while back, and had a great time riding the […]

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Indian’s Dark Horse Challenge

Feb 10, 2015 View Comments by

This time of year the weather is known for being anything but pleasant in Chicago; after all there is a reason it’s called “The Windy City.” Nevertheless Indian Motorcycle is calling all riders in the area who are willing to brave the elements to join in the Dark Horse Challenge Ride, which will roll down […]

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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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Touring Tip: The Importance of Effective Wind Protection

Jan 09, 2015 View Comments by

The first visual clue that a motorcycle may be used for touring is the presence of a windscreen and/or other wind management devices. On the other hand, around town riders often eschew the look of a windscreen protruding above their handlebars. After a few months of riding my Suzuki cruiser back in the day I […]

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Heated Clothing: Getting Wired

Dec 31, 2014 View Comments by

Mom knew there was a problem when the ceiling fell in. A sharp winter frost had frozen and ruptured a water pipe in the loft above our under-heated English house, and when the thaw came, there was water everywhere. It was 1943, and Dad was otherwise occupied in the Royal Air Force. But when he […]

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Touring Tip: Preparing Your Bike for Winter

Nov 07, 2014 View Comments by

Temperatures have started to decline in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s time to consider storage and maintenance of our favorite mounts. Because most mechanical systems perform best when they’re used regularly, the best way of preparing your bike for winter is to simply keep riding and maintaining it. But many riders in […]

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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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Review: Firstgear Heat Pump Vest

Apr 05, 2014 View Comments by

It’s not what you think. Though its name would seem to imply that the vest is actively heated, it isn’t, well at least not with electricity. Do you remember when your mom, uncle, or whomever used to extoll to you the benefit of dressing in layers when it’s cold? Have you ever wondered why wearing […]

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Winter’s No Fun (OK, Maybe a Little)

Mar 15, 2014 View Comments by

Anyone else ever notice how inviting the photos of other riders on a winter outing are? The Aerostich catalog often features winter riding photos on the cover, and I usually head into the season with a firm resolve to ride regularly so long as the roads aren’t covered with salt or patches of ice and […]

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I Dislike Winter

Feb 12, 2014 View Comments by

I am sorry. I tried to get through this season without my yearly rant against Mother Nature, but this year “mother” has been downright mean! Throughout this country we have been in a snowy deep freeze. If it isn’t snow, and 30 degree below zero weather, it’s ice, wind, sleet, and power outages—sometimes all in […]

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Testing Batteries in the Cold

Jan 25, 2014 View Comments by

If there’s one good thing to be said for the recent spell of intensely cold weather (What is a polar vortex anyway?) it’s that it offers a great opportunity to see how tough your battery really is. Last winter I lived in a townhouse and the only place to keep my bike was in the […]

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