2012 Victory Models

Jun 12, 2011 View Comments by

It’s a cold winter’s evening in New York City, but it’s actually cooler inside than out. Victory, a purveyor of sleek, cool motorcycles, is having a party for its latest creation in the dark, cool confines of Amsterdam Billiards in Greenwich Village. You can’t help but think of Paul Newman’s The Hustler as you walk […]

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Dainese Portland 2 Textile Jacket

Jun 11, 2011 View Comments by

A lot of motorcycle jackets make the wearer look like an overstuffed chair – bulky and semi-inflated. That’s not the case with Dainese’s Portland 2 textile jacket. This sporty jacket is constructed of stretchable Mugello fabric, which allows a snug fit that makes you look like you shed 30 pounds. Besides its sharp appearance the […]

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Tourmaster Caliber Pant

Jun 10, 2011 View Comments by

Cut from the same cloth as the GX Sport Series 2 jacket, the Tourmaster Caliber pant is a natural mate to the Cortech jacket. The Caliber pant, like the GX jacket, is constructed of 600 denier Carbolex®. Double-stitched ballistic polyester panels on the knee and saddle are abrasion resistant, while accordion-style flex panels at the […]

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Harley-Davidson Introduces 2011 Blackline

Jun 09, 2011 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson’s new 2011 Blackline was also unveiled in New York. Blackline is a Softail-based cruiser with blacked-out styling, a new fuel tank, and drag-style handlebars. According to Harley-Davidson, the new Blackline is “A rebellious creation of the Dark Custom movement, the Blackline celebrates three fundamental elements of motorcycling: mechanical beauty, internal combustion and the long […]

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1st Berlin DDR Motorrad Museum East German Motorcycle Collection

Jun 06, 2011 View Comments by

On a recent visit to Berlin, Germany I happened upon a quirky, esoteric museum that must be the only one of its kind: a collection of motorcycles, scooters, and motorized bikes only from the former Iron Curtain country of East Germany, or DDR. On display are more than 140 motorcycles, scooters and mopeds by little-known […]

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Can-Am Spyder Hybrid Concept

Jun 05, 2011 View Comments by

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) gave folks at the International Motorcycle Show in New York a first look at the Can-Am Spyder hybrid concept vehicle. The company hopes to get 50 percent better mileage (over current Can-Am Spyder roadsters), plus comparable performance and a long range around 375 miles. The Spyder concept is a plug-in hybrid […]

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Alpinestars Scout Waterproof Boots

Jun 03, 2011 View Comments by

Dual sport and adventure-touring boots, like the motorcycles they are intended for, are trying to accomplish two objectives. They have to be rugged enough to protect riders when they’re going off-road, but not too uncomfortable for on-road riding and just walking around. Alpinestars’ new CE certified Scout WP Boots are the latest addition to this […]

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The Joys of Camping – Packing Like Quigley

Jun 02, 2011 View Comments by

It’s funny how the mind files insignificant bits of information away, sometimes to be retrieved decades later for the strangest reason. I once watched a movie called Quigley Down Under, a Western set in Australia starring Tom Selleck as Matt Quigley. One scene shows Quigley packing for a trip into the Outback by assembling a […]

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Shoei Qwest Helmet

Jun 01, 2011 View Comments by

I have worn a multitude of helmets, and some fit my head better than others. I recently tried the new Shoei Qwest and was pleasantly surprised. In the past I could never find a Shoei that was comfortable, either because of the shape of my head or the specific model. Then again, Shoei uses five […]

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Buyers’ Guide – Touring Tires

May 31, 2011 View Comments by

Touring riders expect their tires to wear like iron, stick like glue, carry a lot of weight, and not cost very much to boot! Although that’s a tall order there are a slew of tires out there to choose from so it helps to have a starting point in your search. As the old slogan […]

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Great Roads, Great Rides

May 29, 2011 View Comments by

A Travel Guide to Over 8,000 Miles of Journeys in the Mid-Atlantic Two longtime touring riders on the East Coast, Jennings Glenn and Dan Bard, have teamed up to produce a compendium of their favorite one-, two- and three-day rides in nine mid-Atlantic states. A handy feature of the book is a review of motorcycle […]

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Harley-Davidson Women’s FXRG® Leather Jacket

May 28, 2011 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson, which is known for its high-quality, stylish gear, doesn’t disappoint with the new Women’s FXRG® Leather Jacket. Equipped with a ton of cool features, such as the lightweight removable Primaloft® liner that can be worn separately and the detachable kidney belt, this jacket proves to be quite functional. While touring in cool weather I […]

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Cortech GX Sport Series 2 Jacket

May 28, 2011 View Comments by

Cortech, and elder sibling gear manufacturer Tourmaster, offer riders a wide selection of textile alternatives to leather riding gear. With nearly a dozen jacket choices, we chose the GX Sport Series 2 jacket in a bright royal blue; four other color combinations are available. Lightweight, highly abrasion-resistant materials keep you warm and safe, while reflective […]

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Overall Motorcycle Sales Down in 2010

May 20, 2011 View Comments by

Sales of motorcycles and scooters in the U.S. dropped from 2009 to 2010, according to a recent report from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). Total sales, including scooters, through 2010 dropped 16 percent from 2009. The biggest losers were off-highway motorcycles, which saw a 23 percent decrease, with a drop of 25,000 bikes. The scooter […]

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Federal Agency Grants Reprieve to Kids’ Dirtbikes

May 18, 2011 View Comments by

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to delay enforcement of portions of the controversial “lead law” that would have banned the sale of dirtbikes and ATVs to children, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. In February the CPSC voted to delay enforcement of the independent laboratory testing and certification requirements, as well as […]

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