Product Review: Sprocket Apparel T-Shirts and Hoodie

Aug 18, 2017 View Comments by

North Carolina born and bred, Sprocket Apparel knows what it takes to stay comfortable. This is the state of sweltering summers and snowy winters, after all. The company sells T-shirts and hoodies, which are made with its RideDry technology 100-percent microdenier polyester that is lightweight and moisture wicking, with a cotton-like feel that keeps you […]

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Whitehorse Gear to Close

Mar 26, 2017 View Comments by

In a recent email, we learned that Judy and Dan Kennedy, founders of Whitehorse Gear, are closing their Conway, NH, storefront and online business this spring. The couple’s love of motorcycling spawned Whitehorse Press, then Whitehorse Gear. Last year, the publishing arm closed. As the Kennedys state in their letter, they’re retiring from day-to-day business “to spend […]

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The Perfect Fit: Interview with iXS USA’s Didier Devaux

Nov 02, 2016 View Comments by

The story of iXS USA began in Switzerland more than a century ago with a tiny bicycle repair shop. Started by the Hostettler family in 1906 and still owned by them to this day, that tiny shop evolved into what is now known as the Hostettler Group, a diversified international trading conglomerate consisting of eight […]

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Aerostich AD-1 Pants

Oct 28, 2016 View Comments by

Aerostich’s new AD-1’s are waterproof all-weather advanced-technology protective pants suitable for all types of riding. They provide the classic jeans-cut fit, meaning the waist will fall at about the same location as the belt-line of your jeans (versus Aerostich’s similar-looking Darien Pants, which fit like khaki pants). Full-length separating side zippers help the pants go […]

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Review: SW-MOTECH Legend Gear and Ducati Sport Headlight Fairing

Oct 18, 2016 View Comments by

We’re seeing more scramblers on the road and for good reason. They’re small and fun to ride, but above all they look like the motorcycles of yesteryear. There’s no need to make a full-blown touring machine out of one. But with two additions, we greatly improved comfort and functionality of the Ducati Scrambler Classic: Ducati’s […]

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Review: Bates Adrenaline Boots

Oct 10, 2016 View Comments by

It might be a new name in the motorcycling world, but Bates, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, has been making footwear for military, public safety, and industrial use since 1885. It wasn’t until early 2015 that they entered the motorcycling world. By combining everything they’ve learned over the years, the company should make a stellar […]

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Aerostich Second Generation Ultralight Rain Pants

Oct 05, 2016 View Comments by

  Two things any touring motorcyclist benefits from: rain gear, and an ability to pack efficiently. Aerostich’s second generation Ultralight Rain Pants can be stashed in a backpack or on your bike, proving useful when skies suddenly turn gray and conditions get wet. The three-layer waterproof nylon pants pack away in a small, self-store zippered […]

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Track Days: It’s All About Preparation

Oct 03, 2016 View Comments by

In one of the last issues, I enjoyed demystifying track riding in “Track Days: Myth Buster Edition” and trust that I piqued some riders’ interest. Preparation is the key to having the best possible experience, so I’d like to share what I’ve learned after riding with multiple organizers and on different tracks. Bike Prep Before […]

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Review: BMW Women’s AirFlow Suit

Oct 01, 2016 View Comments by

Some gear fits so well and holds up so long that when it is time to replace it, I opt to get the same exact suit. The new and improved BMW Women’s AirFlow lineup is deserving of such praise. Resistance to fading, rub fastness, color fastness to perspiration, oil repellency, and fastener abrasion resistance are […]

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Review: REV’IT! Tryonic Feel 3.7 Back Protector

Sep 23, 2016 View Comments by

While some jackets offer insertable back pads, many are little more than rectangles of foam that don’t provide the coverage or impact protection of a dedicated back protector. The Tryonic Feel 3.7 from REV’IT! has CE Level 2 armor for those looking to supplement their safety gear. Running from the shoulder blades to the tailbone, […]

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KLIM Launches Gear Protection Guarantee Program

Sep 08, 2016 View Comments by

KLIM has launched its Gear Protection Guarantee, a program designed to replace qualifying KLIM apparel, free of charge, if damaged in an accident. Riders wearing qualifying KLIM apparel are automatically eligible for Gear Protection Guarantee benefits and, if involved in an accident, damaged qualifying apparel can be submitted through the program for replacement. “KLIM’s premium-quality products […]

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Review: Alpinestars Multiair XCR GORE-TEX Boots

Aug 16, 2016 View Comments by

Take breathable summer boots on tour and you can be sure to see rain and get cold and wet feet. Wear your 100 percent waterproof boots and it’ll be 100 degrees, giving you trench foot. It might not have rained, but your feet will think differently. Not many companies offer up a true compromise. Alpinestars’ […]

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Review: Tour Master Men’s Transition Series 4 Jacket and Venture Pants

Aug 03, 2016 View Comments by

Transition Series 4 Jacket Transitioning from one weather condition to another as you travel demands special features in a jacket. Tour Master’s Transition Series 4 has what it takes, from a chilly early morning run to a warm and humid afternoon ride. Opening up the vents on the chest, underarms, and back allows maximum airflow. […]

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Talking Motorcycle Gear Tech: Interview with First Gear’s Greayer Clover

Apr 14, 2014 View Comments by

Greayer Clover is currently the Brand Manager for the high-tech company Firstgear. He has worked extensively in the industry and is an expert in the field of touring and adventure outfitting. RR: How did you get started in the motorcycle and apparel industries? Greayer Clover: My first foray into technical attire was with The North […]

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Too Cool for School

Jan 13, 2013 View Comments by

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in prior posts that my first bike was a 1981 Yamaha Maxim. The Maxim was impressive in its day, with narrow cruiser styling draped over a Japanese 4-cylinder. Mine was flat black with gold lettering and a missing air box, my brother found it for me for $400 back in ’98. […]

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