AGV K3 Multi Helmet

Apr 16, 2011 View Comments by

AGV’s K3 full-face helmet is a good-looking DOT-approved lid at a reasonable price. The tough thermoplastic resin shell comes in 10 brilliant color combos. Inside padding employs Dry-Lex hygienic treatment and is removable and washable (except neckroll). Front, chin, side, and top air vents provide excellent circulation, plus AGV’s Visor mechanism is included with an […]

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Suzuki Motorcycles

Apr 16, 2011 View Comments by

Suzuki recently unveiled two updates to its GSX popular sportbike platform, as well as a new GSR naked model at Germany’s Intermot, according to a company press release. GSX-R600 — With a newly designed frame, a Big Piston Fork (BPF) in the front, and Brembo Monoblock front brake calipers, Suzuki claims higher output at high […]

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Vemar Eclipse Helmet

Apr 15, 2011 View Comments by

Vemar added helmets to its product line in 1986 and since then has become one of the top brands in Europe. The full-face Eclipse meets current Snell, EC, BSI, and DOT certifications. Its exterior shell is constructed of a strong carbon-fiber/aramidic/fiberglass blend. The mid-oval shell shape offers a more generous fit front-to-back and more snug […]

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Triumph H2Protec Jacket and Pants

Apr 13, 2011 View Comments by

Triumph’s new H2Protec clothing line boasts “waterproof leather.” I admit skepticism when I first heard what sounds like an oxymoron – but one ride made me a believer! The H2Protec jacket is nicely styled, with excellent quality and protective features, as well as many adjustment options that insure a customized fit. The removable liner is […]

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PressurePro Motorcycle Tire Monitor

Apr 12, 2011 View Comments by

A slow leak in a tire can ruin your whole day — or worse! All too often, the first indication of pressure loss occurs when you lean into a corner and lose control of your bike. We recently tried out a PressurePro Moto Monitor system, which constantly checks tire pressure and alerts the rider before […]

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MSF introduces ‘Dr. Jim’s Question of the Day’

Apr 07, 2011 View Comments by

With the goal of encouraging motorcyclists to be more involved with safety, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) now features “Dr. Jim’s Question of the Day” on their website and Twitter page. This interactive, multiple choice question posed by MSF’s director of licensing, Dr. James Heideman, allows riders to get immediate feedback on their response and […]

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2011 Honda CBR250R

Apr 06, 2011 View Comments by

In Hermosa Beach, CA, at a media party preceding the International Motorcycle Show, Honda recently introduced its freshest motorcycle: the CBR250R.  This quarter-liter sportbike is an all-new global model for Honda, which includes a whole host of brand new technologies for the 249.4cc liquid-cooled four-stroke single. Wrapped in 27 patents, including 9 for the engine […]

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Alpinestars Frontier Jacket and Pants

Apr 03, 2011 View Comments by

Alpinestars’ premium textile Frontier Jackets are made for year-round use, with a water-resistant micro-twill shell to handle anything from winter storms to summer heat. Removable layers adjust for most any weather conditions; the removable GORE-TEX® liner is rainproof and there’s also a thermal liner. Two chest panels, a large rear panel, and wrist and bicep […]

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New Trike Accessories

Apr 03, 2011 View Comments by

Lehman Trikes recently released Hawg EFX Running Boards for 2009-2010 Harley-Davidson and Street Glide trikes. Made of a durable composite, the boards fasten securely to the fenders, and are supported by a steel subframe, making for a sturdy weight-bearing step. Manufactured and painted in-house, the Hawg EFX running boards are stylish, and provide excellent weather […]

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Zero Gravity Windscreen

Mar 26, 2011 View Comments by

When I rode my Kawasaki KLR650 for the first time on the highway, I was bothered by the tiny stock windscreen , which spoiled long rides on an otherwise freeway-capable bike. The wind blast was directed at the lower edge of my helmet, which created a loud roar at highway speeds, along with some buffeting. […]

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MotoMojo Electric Seat Heater Installation

Mar 24, 2011 View Comments by

A heated seat is one of those things that sounds superfluous…until you actually need it. Years ago, the first time I heard of an electrically heated motorcycle seat, I scoffed at the idea. That opinion stuck until I got to try one on a long, bone-chilling winter ride; that’s all it took to make me […]

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The Joys of Camping – Picking a Site, Sight Unseen

Mar 23, 2011 View Comments by

Lyrics of Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” were bouncing around in my head, compliments of my cerebral sound system, as I rode south toward the Ohio/West Virginia border one evening in August, 1983. A fitting occasion for the song, I thought, as this was my first out-of-state motorcycle camping trip. My Friday evening ride […]

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Zone Long-Ride Performance Wear

Mar 18, 2011 View Comments by

I’ve long advocated wearing bicycling shorts under protective gear both to add support and comfort, as well as wick moisture during long motorcycle rides. Unfortunately, the materials used for such shorts often make them uncomfortably hot on a warm day. But that’s no longer a problem: Zone Performance Wear features a new line of riding […]

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ROADGEAR® Coconut Socks Generation 3

Mar 13, 2011 View Comments by

With all the gear a motorcyclist needs, it’s easy to underestimate how important socks can be. The right pair can make a major difference in how your feet feel during and after a ride ­– and the ROADGEAR® Coconut socks proved to be excellent riding companions. The pair we tested was crew length and fit […]

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Buyers’ Guide – Sport-Touring Tire – Time to Retire?

Mar 11, 2011 View Comments by

Is it time to retire? If your tires are more than five years old, if the tread-wear indictor bars are beginning to show at 1/32nd-inch or less tread-groove depth, or if the rear tire is worn flat in the center…it’s probably time. Rubber hardens with age and loses its grip. An easy way to check […]

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