Review: Sidi Adventure Rain and GORE-TEX Boots

Oct 17, 2015 View Comments by

High End Adventure Footwear from Sidi – Sidi Adventure boots are widely considered the gold standard for durable on and off-road touring footwear. Whether on the bike or walking, I never felt hindered by their formidable protection. An articulating ankle system makes walking a simple task while providing plenty of protection against hyperextension during a […]

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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: BMG Adventure II Jacket and Pants

Aug 27, 2015 View Comments by

Budget Friendly Adventure Gear – I wore the BMG Adventure II Jacket and Pants on the Shamrock Tour® featured in RoadRUNNER‘s October 2015 issue. Make no mistake; weather in the Deep South straddling the Florida-Georgia state line is both hot and humid. On this tour, temperatures hovered in the mid-90s for most of the day. […]

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Book Review: Lee Parks’ Total Control

Aug 24, 2015 View Comments by

Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, Second Edition by Lee Parks Every motorcyclist who’s serious about the sport is always looking for ways to improve his/her riding skills and become a better and safer rider. One way of becoming a better rider involves studying and mastering the physics and mechanics that govern motorcycles and […]

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Review: HJC FG-17 Flutura Helmet

Aug 17, 2015 View Comments by

An Affordable Full-Face with Great Graphics – For those in the market for a helmet with a more feminine aesthetic, HJC’s FG-17 Flutura comes in several colors and patterns that will appeal to women riders. The FG-17 is also available in solid colors and more masculine designs, so there’s a style for everyone. The shell […]

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Review: Speed & Strength Rust and Redemption Jacket

Jul 22, 2015 View Comments by

Classic Style with Great Comfort – The motorcycle gear market is in the process of being flooded with traditionally styled motorcycle apparel with increased protection and functionality, which is great for riders. The Rust and Redemption jacket from Speed & Strength has a simple, classic look yet provides the rider with a versatile and protective […]

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Second Take Review: Shoei Neotec Helmet

Jul 20, 2015 View Comments by

Another Look at Shoei’s Modular – We’ve reviewed the Shoei Neotec before, and quite favorably. However, after I recently wore it during a 1,700-plus mile, eight day tour in temperatures that reached 115-degrees, I thought I would report again on how it faired. It was hot. Really hot. So hot that opening the visor felt […]

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Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Archer Pants

Jul 14, 2015 View Comments by

Swiss Summer Gear for the Female Rider –  iXS Motorcycle Fashion is just now making their first incursions into the U.S. gear market, but the Swiss company has been making high-end riding apparel in Europe for over 30 years. In fact, iXS has a comprehensive gear line that includes everything from GORE-TEX technical gear and […]

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Review: Sena Prism Bluetooth Action Camera Motorcycle Pack

Jul 02, 2015 View Comments by

Can a Bluetooth Company’s POV Camera Stand Up to the Competition? – Just a few years ago, the only thing one had to relive a past ride was his or her memory, and perhaps a few photos. Today, however, Point of View (POV) video cameras have proliferated to the point that a lot of riders see […]

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Review: The Fastrax Backroads Series by Dowco

Jun 22, 2015 View Comments by

Universal Soft Luggage from Dowco – Dowco has been making motorcycle luggage (among other recreational industries) for a long time, and the expertise shows. Upon arrival, even the shipping boxes in which the bags come are solid and good-looking. When we put our eyes and hands on these three types of bags (tankbag, tailbag, and […]

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Combining Riding With Hobbies: Fishing

Jun 20, 2015 View Comments by

Motorcycle-sized Fun – As wonderful as motorcycling is, there are plenty of other enjoyable ways riders like to spend their free time. Some like golf, others hiking, fishing, kayaking, or other outdoor activities. Some dabble in photography, art, writing, or different creative endeavors. Due to limited storage capacity, it can be daunting to incorporate other […]

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Review: AGV Sport Tornado Perforated Leather Jacket

Jun 09, 2015 View Comments by

A Leather Jacket for the Summer Heat – Racing-style leather motorcycle jackets, while not suited for a diverse array of weather scenarios, are hard to beat in their combination of style, protection, and comfort (when the weather’s right). The AGV Sport Tornado Perforated Leather Jacket is ideal for summer rides and days at the track. […]

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Review: AGVSport Laguna Gloves

Mar 26, 2015 View Comments by

Most motorcyclists own multiple pairs of gloves as (perhaps more than any other piece of motorcycle gear) gloves tend to be more focused to their specific use. In fact, I never go on tour without bringing at least two pairs, one for the best-case weather scenario and one for the worst. The Laguna Gloves from […]

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Book Review – FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection by Allan Karl

Mar 17, 2015 View Comments by

It seems like there could be an entire section of a library or bookstore devoted to motorcycle travel books. Perhaps it’s the legacy of Ted Simon’s famous work Jupiter’s Travels that has created the abundance of motorcycle travel literature over the past few decades. Nevertheless, Allan Karl’s book, FORKS, manages to stand out in the […]

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Review: Arai Corsair-V—
Made for the Track, Great on the Street

Mar 15, 2015 View Comments by

Arai’s top-of-the-line helmet was designed with professional and amateur racers as well as track day enthusiasts in mind; many of the features that make the helmet suitable on the track also make it street worthy. Before we move on to what makes the Corsair-V a respectable helmet, let’s talk about two of its less-than-flattering characteristics. […]

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