Used Motorcycle History Reports

Jan 13, 2012 View Comments by

Don’t buy a pig in a poke! Now, instaVIN reports provide DMV title, salvage, insurance, total loss and other critical information to help identify title problems prior to purchase. This can help uncover potential fraud or expose other events that can affect a motorcycle’s safety and value. Vehicle details decoded from the VIN, such as […]

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Alpinestars Touring Winter Balaclava

Jan 08, 2012 View Comments by

Any time the temperature gets below 60 degrees, especially if the wind is blowing stronger than usual, my Touring Winter Balaclava is must-wear gear for a pleasant ride. The comfort goes beyond the wind barker and the warmth provided by the double-sided Lycra panels and the microfiber inner lining; it also offers a feeling of […]

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Nolan N-90

Jan 02, 2012 View Comments by

The DOT-certified Nolan N-90 Modular helmet is a great choice for those who like to stop and take many photos, talk a lot, and for the general convenience of flipping up the helmet. The Nolan N-90 is lightweight, comfortable in the raised position, and the peripheral vision is great, too. There are many little conveniences […]

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Interview with Ted Simon – Still Orbiting

Dec 31, 2011 View Comments by

RR: You are famous among motorcycle travelers around the world because of your journey in the 70s and the resulting book, Jupiter’s Travels. Why did you choose a motorcycle for traveling? Ted: I didn’t know anything about motorcycles, but I thought it would be the most interesting and unusual and, at the same, time useful […]

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Frontier GORE-TEX® Jacket and Pants

Dec 31, 2011 View Comments by

The Frontier GORE-TEX® jacket and pants are definitely a year-round, all-weather outfit. The jacket is a fascinating piece of good engineering as well as a trendy design. It is nicely organized, with a complex yet well-thought-out system of removable liners, multiple air-flow panels and vents, pockets, chambers, flaps, zippers, elbow and shoulder protectors, and more. […]

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2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Dec 30, 2011 View Comments by

The Motorcycle Cannonball, which had its first running in 2010 and took a hiatus for 2011, has announced it will leave from Newburgh, NY, on September 7, 2012, and finish at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on September 21. The inaugural Motorcycle Cannonball was for motorcycles from 1915 and earlier. The 2012 event is expanded […]

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Maine: First State to Adopt SAE Sound Test

Dec 28, 2011 View Comments by

Maine has adopted a test that allows motorcyclists to prove their bikes don’t violate Maine’s sound law. Motorcyclists cited for loud exhausts can go to a certified inspection station for sound testing, where the exhaust will be tested using Society of Automotive Engineers International J2825 sound testing procedure. Under the SAE J2825 standard, decibel limits […]

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Motorcycle Thefts Down 24 Percent Since 2007

Dec 27, 2011 View Comments by

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that during 2007, 65,678 motorcycles were stolen; in 2010, that dropped to 49,791, a 24 percent decrease. During 2010, 12,260 Hondas were stolen; Yamaha was the next most-pilfered brand, followed by Suzuki, Kawasaki and then Harley-Davidson. California had the most motorcycles stolen in 2010, at 5,662, followed by Texas, […]

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Suzuki New Models for 2012

Dec 24, 2011 View Comments by

At their annual meeting, Suzuki introduced new and updated models to their dealers and the media. They used the opportunity for the world launch of the 2012 GSX-R1000 and to provide more information on the 2012 V-Stroms GSX-R1000 In reworking Suzuki’s race bike, engineers focused on improving cornering, braking and acceleration. The outcome is a […]

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Buyers’ Guide – Soft Luggage

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

Every touring enthusiast needs storage space for a multiple-day trip, but not every motorcycle comes with side cases or topcase standard. One option is hard cases, but they always require some sort of mounting system, thus altering the bike’s appearance. If the rider wants an easy-on, easy-off solution, then a soft luggage system is the […]

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Kenda Big Block Tires

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

Kenda’s all-new K784 “Big Block” tires are designed specifically to meet the demands of high-powered adventure motorcycles and serious adventure riders, and they’re DOT-approved as street legal. According to the manufacturer, their aggressive tread pattern is intended for 60 percent street and 40 percent off-road riding, with large tread blocks and sturdy four-ply-rated bias-ply casings […]

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Richa Spirit Jacket

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

I love the looks, the comfort and the feeling of the Richa Spirit Jacket. Its fashionable design and retro, bright yellow Reflex™ reflective patches not only make me look good on my bike, but it also makes me very visible on the road for extra security. The outer Dynatec™ fabric is very robust and extremely […]

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Clearwater Voltage Sentry

Dec 11, 2011 View Comments by

Whether it’s a GPS, heated grips, heated seat, heated clothing, a radar detector, auxiliary lights or any one of the numerous other aftermarket electronic devices you’ve added to your bike, they all increase the draw on your motorcycle’s charging system. Because my 2006 Kawasaki KLR has a less than robust charging system, I’ve relied on […]

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Harley-Davidson Q3 Earnings, Sales Rise

Dec 11, 2011 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson reported continued improvement in earnings and dealer sales in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 2010. Income rose 95.9 percent to $183.6 million compared to the year-ago quarter. Third-quarter operating income from motorcycles and related products grew 78 percent. Retail sales of new Harleys grew 5.4 percent in the U.S. For the first […]

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Graduates 6 Millionth Student

Dec 07, 2011 View Comments by

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation announced that more than 6 million students have graduated from its safety course. The MSF has nearly 10,000 teachers and 2,000 training sites worldwide, and offers 23 different courses for any level of rider.

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