Review: Michelin Pilot Road 4

Aug 11, 2014 View Comments by

Michelin has introduced a slew of new motorcycle tires during the last couple of years. I recently had a chance to try out the new Pilot Road 4 radial sport-touring tires that are designed to improve upon the outgoing Pilot Road 3. Pilot Road 4 employs Michelin’s X-Sipe Technology (XST) in the tread design. Sipes […]

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Product Review: Diamond Gusset Defender Jeans

Aug 01, 2014 View Comments by

Regular cotton jeans are part of my preferred daily wardrobe, and it’s really tempting to wear them for short local rides in nice weather. However, we all know how the unexpected can happen. Diamond Gusset brand makes Defender jeans designed by riders, specifically made for riding, with rugged built-in abrasion protection in the knees, hips, […]

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Review: SHAD Zulupack SW55

Jun 20, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve ever gone on an international tour, you know the value of being able to use the same luggage on your motorcycle as you did on the flight. Traveling by airplane with your motorcycle gear isn’t an easy task. Bulky items like riding jackets, boots, and pants, as well as your helmet leave you […]

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Review: Touratech Stainless Steel Headlight Guard, GD Hand Guards, and Handlebar Risers for Kawasaki KLR650

Jun 16, 2014 View Comments by

The Kawasaki KLR650 is one of the most versatile motorcycles ever produced, but it does have some off-road weaknesses that need to be addressed. Touratech, a world leader in touring and adventure-oriented aftermarket accessories, offers an extensive array of products for many motorcycles including the KLR. I selected three Touratech items: the headlight guard, hand […]

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Review: SHAD SH50 Topcase

May 19, 2014 View Comments by

A topcase can be a wonderful, practical addition to a motorcycle, though they come with a few inherent drawbacks. The first of these is aesthetics. Even the best looking topcases generally only detract from the overall style of your machine. The second is in performance. With their mounting point high off the ground and to […]

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The new TomTom Rider: Getting More for Way Less

May 16, 2014 View Comments by

We are all used to receiving offers from our favorite accessory makers for an enhanced unit that only costs a little bit more. We know it’s automatic that when you add features, the price goes up. It is once in a very rare while you are presented with the opportunity to get more and pay […]

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Book Review: Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand

Apr 28, 2014 View Comments by

Author Jack Lyndon Thomas’ Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand: A Motorcycling Odyssey is much more about life than it is motorcycling. Though the narrative follows Jack’s physical journey on the “War Horse,” a BMW K 1200 RS, as he journeys across the U.S. and Canada, its purpose and real interest is in the […]

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Review: Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-Piece Rain Suit

Apr 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rain gear. It’s utterly forgotten when not needed and usually needed when forgotten. It’s the motorcyclist’s first line of defense against the soaking downpour that is sure to catch us sooner or later. Though some riders view these brightly colored plastic ensembles as either a nice luxury or a complete waste of space, most serious […]

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Review: AGV Skyline Helmet

Apr 10, 2014 View Comments by

Many of motorcycling’s technological advances have trickled down from the racetrack to the street. Some of the same research and development that goes into shaving tenths of seconds off lap times as well as keeping riders safe at 200 mph eventually makes its way, in one form or another, to showroom floors and gear catalogs. […]

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Preview: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Jan 23, 2014 View Comments by

Over the weekend I got the opportunity to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and I came away very impressed. Hoping to capitalize on riders who want to graduate from their extremely successful V-Strom 650, Suzuki has introduced what is basically an entirely new motorcycle. Though it shares a name and some parts with its […]

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Book Review: The Good Rider

Jan 20, 2014 View Comments by

In a follow up to his well-received books Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride, author David L. Hough (pronounced Huff) asks the question, “What is a good rider?” He postulates that being a good rider takes much more than simple riding skill; it encompasses a total package that may have different definitions for different motorcyclists. […]

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Review: Aerostich Darien Light Pants

Jan 15, 2014 View Comments by

This is the second pair of Aerostich Darien Light Pants that I’ve had. The first set was purchased at the end of the last century (or thereabouts) and withstood well over a decade of regular use. They were (and are) great pants to wear over a pair of slacks, and they’re cut quite conservatively. From […]

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Review: BiLT Sprint Air Pump Full-Face Helmet

Dec 28, 2013 View Comments by

In the realm of value priced full-face helmets, Cycle Gear’s in house brand BiLT is certainly one of the leaders. And, while the Sprint is one of their more premium models, it’s easy to see why. The first thing I noticed about the Sprint is that it’s quite light, which is always a good trait […]

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Review: HeliBars Horizon ST Replacement Handlebars

Dec 27, 2013 View Comments by

A problem arose on the first, long Sunday ride we took on my new BMW K 1600 GTL. The machine did not respond well to the handlebar pressure I was so accustomed to using when riding a cruiser. My hands went numb quickly, and riding became a chore instead of fun. Along came the announcement […]

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Review: AeroMoto Sport Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Dec 13, 2013 View Comments by

The combination of clean, simple styling, good materials, and low price doesn’t come around too often so when it does you’ve got to take a look. AeroMoto is one of the in-house brands of motorcycle gear distributor Competition Accessories, and the elimination of the middleman is why the price is so reasonable. That old saying […]

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