Dowco Guardian® Ultralite™ Plus

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments

Being out on the road does not mean your bike needs relentless exposure to the elements. When you’re snug in your room or tent, why should your faithful ride have to rough it? The folks at Dowco have a perfectly valid answer to that question in their Guardian® Ultralite™ Plus motorcycle cover. Yeah, we’ve all […]

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First Gear Jaunt Jacket Kwik-Dry Sport Tour Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments

As I spend months each year on the road, I’m always looking for the perfect three-season, waterproof, textile jacket. Recently, I think I found it. Made of 100-percent waterproof, 840-denier, Hypertex™ material, First Gear’s Jaunt jacket incorporates rain-beating features like fold-over, storm-proof pockets, and a rain gutter on the front flap. For warmer days, the […]

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Animal Crack-ups

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments

I was still a good hundred yards away when the turkey started across the road. No problem, I thought: it’ll see me and scram. It saw me alright, but decided it would try to outrun me instead. Turkeys aren’t known for their swiftness, and it was up against 110 horsepower. By then it was too […]

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Is Motorcycle Camping For You?

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments

Step 1 – Start Out ModestlyYou’ve decided to try motorcycle camping, but please don’t go overboard by spending a lot of money on all of the latest camping equipment and planning a seven-day excursion for your first trip. On that first trip: (1) travel light – buy or borrow just enough equipment for a one-night […]

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Marsee Day Pack Deluxe

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

If you ride, then you know that bookbag-style packs are easy to carry, practical, and can handle anything from lunch to gear for a few days on the road – if you travel light, that is. As my old favorite was in tatters, I was happy to grab the Day Pack Deluxe from Marsee as […]

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GARNY™ – LeatherSpex™

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Needless to say, proper ocular protection is a must when out on the road. Aside from the obvious hazards of dust, debris, and insects, the constant battery of wind can cause a degradation of vision. Needing a new pair of specs, I was excited to receive a new pair of GARNY™ LeatherSpex™. With frames constructed […]

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Scorpion VX-14 Flashback Helmet

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Air-flow and good protection for the most important part of your body (the head) for $129.95 – what more could one want? This Scorpion Helmet is a great alternative to a closed, full-face helmet on a dual-sport bike, especially in hot climates. But I found it functional even on a spring trip to Newfoundland, except […]

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Function & Comfort in a Long-Sleeved Shirt

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

I had always thought just a t-shirt would suffice for me until I put on BMWs high-tech fabric undergarment. It feels as good as cotton, but works much better. Very light, it kept me warm in Newfoundland and cool in Utah, wicking moisture from my body very quickly. The material of this shirt provides a […]

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RATCO 3rd Brake Light System

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

To say that being visible to motorists in lower light situations is important to motorcyclists is an extreme understatement. While plenty of eye-catching options are available to boost our visibility from the front, not many have come along to protect the rear flank. Enter RATCO’s 3rd Brake Light System, a highly effective and easy to […]

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Santiago Boots

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

In combination with a dual-sport bike, these boots are a perfect fit. They come with decent shin protectors, an important feature for off-road use. Anyone who’s been hit by a stone flipped by a front wheel knows the feeling. Heel and toe reinforcements help protect the foot from pain, and the sturdy ankle construction could […]

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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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