2012 Honda Gold Wing® – Top Seller Gets a Fresh Look

Aug 15, 2011 View Comments by

For 2012, Honda has given its popular Gold Wing® GL1800 series a moderate makeover. Now in its 36th year, Honda reports that about 640,000 Gold Wings have been sold worldwide since the model’s introduction as a 1975 model, making it a top seller and perennial favorite among touring enthusiasts. Styling revisions for 2012 replace the […]

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Chicago Dainese D-Store Opens

Aug 11, 2011 View Comments by

Dainese celebrated the grand opening of its third U.S. D-Store on April 10. D-Stores are flagship stores where Dainese riding gear and AGV helmet collections are showcased. To celebrate the opening, D-Store Chicago welcomed MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden and 1993 World GP champion Kevin Schwantz. There are D-Stores in San Francisco and Costa Mesa, CA, […]

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GirlGear GG2 Diane Jacket

Aug 09, 2011 View Comments by

Most motorcycle-apparel companies make gear for women, but many of the products are not cut right. GirlGear makes only women’s motorcycle gear and guess by who? That’s right – by women. The feminine cut of the Diane Jacket will flatter any woman. Some of its features include a wind-resistant outer shell and a somewhat waterproof […]

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Ortlieb Dry Bag Saddlebags

Aug 08, 2011 View Comments by

For the rider who doesn’t want to invest in hard bags, or has several bikes that see occasional touring duty, soft luggage is the hands-down choice. The one glaring deficiency of most bags, however, is that they aren’t waterproof. This sounds like a good marketing opportunity to me, and apparently the folks at Ortlieb, manufacturers […]

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Big Dog Halts Motorcycle Sales

Aug 05, 2011 View Comments by

Big Dog Motorcycles LLC of Wichita, KS, which made custom cruisers and had 100 U.S. dealers, has shut down after a bank foreclosed on it. At the peak of sales in 2005 Big Dog built more than 5,000 bikes, had more than 300 employees, and more than $120 million in revenue. Started in 1994, it […]

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Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Museum Opens

Aug 04, 2011 View Comments by

The Smoky Mountain Motorcycle Museum opened April 2. Besides motorcycles, owners Derek and Amber Smith have on display vintage Americana including signs and gas pumps. The museum is at 205 W. Main St., Dandridge, TN 37725. For more information, call 865-940-1414 or visit www.smokymountainmotorcyclemuseum.com.

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Schuberth C3 SRCS

Aug 02, 2011 View Comments by

Schuberth, a German helmet manufacturer, entered the U.S. market with its DOT approved helmets in late 2010. In Europe, Schuberth has been the benchmark when it comes to safety. It invented the flip-up design, and based on our testing has the best locking mechanism for it. The C3 doesn’t come with flashy graphics or wild […]

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Bags-Connection City quick-lock tankbag

Aug 02, 2011 View Comments by

We have seen just about every type of tankbag pass through our office, and we have used them on tours. Quick-lock tankbags have made life easier for many motorcyclists, including us. The main reason we had not tried them before is we use the same tankbag on multiple bikes, so versatility is key. When we […]

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Held Warm n Dry

Jul 31, 2011 View Comments by

Most touring riders know that Held makes some of the finest motorcycling gloves on the market. Its jackets and pants have the same attention to detail and quality, but compared with the competition Held gloves excel even more. The Warm n Dry gloves do just as the name implies. Extra layers and lining on the […]

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Special Harley Exhibit

Jul 29, 2011 View Comments by

The Harley-Davidson Museumâ in Milwaukee is gearing up for an exhibit dubbed “Weird Wild Wonders,” which will showcase exotic motorcycling oddities and secret prototypes. Artifacts will include experimental motorcycles that never made it to market to weird products that were sold. The exhibit will cover about 8,000 square feet and will also include rare films […]

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Catalina GP Off for 2011, On for 2012

Jul 27, 2011 View Comments by

The Catalina Grand Prix, which returned to California in 2010 after a 52-year hiatus, has not been approved by the Catalina City Council for 2011. The Santa Catalina Island Co. and city of Avalon, however, have announced that there will be a greatly expanded Catalina Grand Prix for 2012. The event is slated to be […]

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No-Mar Scratch-Proof Tire Changers and Accessories

Jul 27, 2011 View Comments by

I’ve had a new set of tires for my Kawasaki KLR™ in the garage for about six months, but I’ve been procrastinating taking the bike and tires to my mechanic for mounting. Along comes the No-Mar tire changer for testing, which seems like the perfect solution for my tire-changing indolence. After UPSâ deposits the package […]

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Manufacturers Donate to Japan Disaster

Jul 26, 2011 View Comments by

Japan’s major earthquake and tsunami affected Honda’s motorcycle production and killed at least one worker at the Tochigi R&D facility. Honda donated $3.7 million toward relief and recovery and provided 1,000 portable generators and fuel to those affected by the disaster. Other companies have stepped up as well. The Harley-Davidson Foundation has made a $250,000 […]

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Joe Rocket Trench Jacket

Jul 25, 2011 View Comments by

Joe Rocket’s trench is a versatile, all-weather riding jacket and rain pants combination, which consists of a mesh jacket with a removable trench-coat-length waterproof outer layer. The rainproof outer jacket has three external pockets and Velcro-adjustable cuffs, and the included rain pants can be stored in a special pocket when not needed. The outer jacket […]

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The Joys of Camping Honey – I Shrunk Our Stuff

Jul 23, 2011 View Comments by

My campground neighbors must have enjoyed the show, watching the idiot, yours truly, wander over to a small coffee pot sitting on the ground, lift the lid, and peer into it every couple of minutes. They were probably somewhat bewildered as I poured steaming water into two cups, brewing some Starbucks instant coffee for my […]

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