RadarNow! Answers the Eternal Question, “Should I Put on the Rain Gear?”

Jul 09, 2014 View Comments by

While I like the visual drama of an approaching summer thunderstorm as much as the next guy, I hate getting caught up in one. Even worse than that is the thirty miles of, “Should I put the rain gear on or shouldn’t I?” which is often followed by, “Oh my heavens it’s like a sauna in […]

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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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Time to Ride: How Long is Long Enough?

Mar 18, 2014 View Comments by

Here in North Carolina we seem to be straddling the front lines in the war between oncoming spring and a winter desperately trying to hold on. Our weather has been alternating between warm and sunny and cold and icy for the last month or so. For example, on Saturday it was bright and clear with […]

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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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Review: MadStad Windshield System

Jan 12, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha’s first-generation FZ-1 (FZS-1000 or Fazer 1000 in other markets), sold from 2001 through 2005 in the U.S., is a quick and affordable street bike that is surprisingly comfortable. There’s one problem though, the tiny windscreen barely provides any wind protection at all to the rider. Fortunately, MadStad offers several taller windshield sizes to fit […]

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Touring Tip: Risk of Winter Riding

Jan 10, 2014 View Comments by

We’ve recently been caught in the grip of a particularly cold blast of winter weather. So it bears repeating, from a previous Touring Tip, some of the additional risks of riding in cold weather. Here are seven worth keeping in mind: Wind Chill: As most everyone knows, wind velocity effectively lowers ambient temperature. The National […]

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Review: REV’IT! Summit H20 Gloves

Dec 31, 2013 View Comments by

Sport touring gloves should do a few things. They should firstly protect your hands in a crash, secondly they should be all-day comfortable, they should also offer as much dexterity as possible, and, finally, being waterproof doesn’t hurt. When I first put on the Summit H20 gloves from REV’IT! I immediately notice how comfortable they […]

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Nikon 1 AW1: Could THIS be the Ultimate Motorcycle Touring Camera?

Dec 12, 2013 View Comments by

A couple of weeks ago I posited that the Sony RX10 was the perfect motorcycle travel camera. I’ve changed my mind; the Nikon 1 AW1 is the ultimate motorcycle travel camera. And no, Nikon didn’t pay me to say that. Let me explain… For the past year I’ve been doing a lot of shooting with […]

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Touring Tip: East vs. West

Dec 06, 2013 View Comments by

This month’s installment is not about which of our two coasts offers the best motorcycle touring venues, that’s a debate that could continue without any foreseeable end. And, like beauty itself, what constitutes the best riding area is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Having ridden across most of America’s lower 48 states, some […]

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Using a Motorcycle as a Utility Vehicle

Nov 30, 2013 View Comments by

I know of several motorcyclists, all very serious riders, who rarely fire up their bikes unless there is a major riding event or tour at hand. The thought of hopping on the bike to perform mundane tasks such as stopping by the bank or picking up a loaf of bread apparently doesn’t cross their minds, […]

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Aeromoto Road Tech Short Gloves

Nov 20, 2013 View Comments by

Aeromoto, one of the in-house brands of motorcycle parts and gear distributor Competition Accessories, has a variety of quality, well priced, and unique gear options. One of them is the Aeromoto Road Tech Short glove (there’s also a similar, though longer, version called the Track Tech Race glove). The first thing you’ll likely notice about […]

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Touring Tip: Just a Ridin’ in the Rain

Nov 08, 2013 View Comments by

Many, if not most, of us consider riding in the rain a necessary inconvenience when we’re caught out in it while going from point A to point B. The experience is frequently made more burdensome because of: inadequate riding gear, reduced vision of scenery and road hazards, loss of traction, increased navigational challenges, and fogged […]

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Riding Season?

Oct 01, 2013 View Comments by

It’s late September and here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are becoming shorter. On a recent outing I noticed that the leaves are beginning to morph from green to yellow, orange, red, and brown. The air is getting a bit crisp and last week I had to dig out my jacket’s insulated liner. This, […]

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Misery or Memory

Sep 22, 2013 View Comments by

I left Cori’s house in New Jersey last Monday morning under a clear sky. The temperature was in the 60s. I had about a 70-mile trip home. I-95 and 476 (a.k.a. The Blue Route) can be a nerve-wracking ride as anyone who’s ever ridden them at or near rush hour can attest to. I suited […]

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