Motonation Spidi Fjord H2OUT Touring Gloves

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

There’s only one complaint about Spidi regarding the Fjord H2OUT Touring Gloves. Their claim of ‘all weather’ could be somewhat of an exaggeration if the gloves are used in warm weather. They are definitely more at home in cooler to cold temperatures than in a July, Atlanta rush hour. Now that winter has fallen across […]

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Retro Leather Jacket and Classic Jeans from Triumph

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

The Retro jacket from Triumph has a great vintage look, with numerous Triumph logos. However, what really sets this jacket apart is its quality construction, fit, and attention to detail. The leather is 1.2 millimeters thick, yet very supple, with all key stress points double-stitched. European craftsmanship abounds inside and out, with ample pockets for […]

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Fast Company Barracuda Jacket

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

The venerable black leather motorcycle jacket is justly revered as a fashion icon; but it could use a little updating, too. And rolling up at a top resort in a ratty old biker jacket doesn’t cut it anymore. So for my Palm Springs Shamrock Tour® this year, I wore Fast Company’s sharp-looking Barracuda jacket in […]

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Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Flat tires happen, it’s one of those terribly unpleasant aspects of spending time on the road. Thankfully, most street bike tires are the tubeless variety, which makes a roadside plug job a fairly painless procedure. Thanks to the folks at Slime, an easy, quick method of reinflation is at hand. The Power Sport Tire Inflator […]

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Triumph Hard Carbon Gloves

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

These gloves are among the most comfortable we have tested, in a category where comfort is sometimes sacrificed for aesthetics and protection. They feature full-knuckle, carbon weave Keprotec® abrasion panels, double leather impact panels, raised wrist padding, 3M® night reflective piping, and ventilated finger sections. The leather is very soft and supple. The carbon weave […]

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Gerbing Cascade Extreme Riding Suit

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

A late October ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with its explosion of reds and yellows, is one of the most beautiful rides imaginable. Yet, the higher elevations and the autumnal temperatures can conspire to make for a frigidly unpleasant affair. Such was the case several months ago. Thankfully, Gerbing’s Cascade Extreme riding suit was […]

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Snow Job: Riding in Winter

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Hazard 1: I’ve heard it said that mountains make their own weather. As I turn the FZ1 east onto Utah’s Highway 6 for the climb over 7,500ft Soldier Summit to Price, the heavens open. The deluge continues as I climb, and though my rainsuit keeps my body core dry, both of my “waterproof” gloves begin […]

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The Case for Camping

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Why Camp? Communing with nature is one of the most enticing reasons to camp out, but there are many others. Self Sufficiency – Taking one’s own food and shelter, in addition to two-wheeled transportation, conveys a greater sense of freedom to roam and explore. Having camping gear along on any motorcycle trip also provides back-up […]

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Riding to Work

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

Approaching my office building, the traffic is heavier, but I soon dive underground into the parking garage The attendant and I exchange waves as I’m allowed to bypass the line of cars backed-up at the entrance gate. Pulling into my parking space five levels down, I dismount, remove my protective gear, grab my briefcase and […]

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Rebel Without a Clue

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

It’s the B-movie western we’ve all seen a hundred times. Outlaws ride into town, get drunk in the saloon and clash with the locals. The ineffectual, alcoholic sheriff won’t intervene; his daughter, meanwhile, falls for the gang leader. The locals form a lynch mob, and the sheriff, shamed into action, tries to intervene. There’s an […]

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MotoVentures Training

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

Some of us are constantly working to keep our skills up to date and expand our motorcycling knowledge. This means studying books, reviewing videos, or even attending a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. Some take that thirst for knowledge to the track in the form of a track day or they enroll in courses at one […]

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Protection Racket

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

There are two kinds of riders, it’s said: Those who are going down and those who have been down. Falling off a motorcycle is something that almost all of us will experience at one time or another. RoadRUNNER readers, being well above average in intelligence, experience and perspicacity, therefore understand the importance of getting good […]

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City Portrait: Knoxville, Tennessee

Sep 01, 2006 View Comments

All motorcyclists covet great roads, and everyone has their favorites. But when it all boils down, certain common denominators remain. The twists, turns, sweeps, and swoops of lonely two-lanes snaking their way through the mountain ranges across the land usually comprise the cream of the collective crop. And every motorcyclist who can’t resist the thrills […]

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New York’s Scooter Scene

Sep 01, 2006 View Comments

New York, New York. So nice they had to name it twice. The Big Apple. Gotham, the city that never sleeps, is an unlikely place to find two-wheeled communion, plagued as it is with manic cabbies, potholes that swallow small children, and suburban sprawl that pushes any scenic back roads well beyond the city limits. […]

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BMW Mendoza

Sep 01, 2006 View Comments

For five years running, the BMW Biker Meeting has been a huge success in Garmisch, Germany, and for three years in the Vale de Aran, Spain, both of which I was fortunate to have enjoyed attending this past year. Having selected Mendoza, Argentina, for this big weekend event, BMW was surely starting something great in […]

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