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Cardo scala rider G9 PowerSet Review

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There’s no denying that social media has become a huge part of our lives. And the popularity of social networks continues to explode. Facebook. Twitter. FourSquare. And now…Cardo? Cardo Systems, the makers of the scala rider G9 Bluetooth motorcycle communication system, have managed to create a veritable social network for riders. With the launch of the online “Cardo Community” to ...

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Garmin zumo 350LM GPS Review

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The enhanced navigational capabilities of the latest smartphones have started to give dedicated automotive GPS units some serious competition. But for motorcycle use, these special phone models still have several weaknesses. They’re not waterproof, vibration resistant or glove friendly, and using them costs money, particularly for premium A-GPS or GPS network services. Meanwhile you can access the Global Positioning Satellite ...

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UClear HBC100 Moto Helmet Communicator Review

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As great as many helmet communicators are at enabling on-the-road conversations between a rider and a passenger, or between riders on different motorcycles, and at streaming music and taking/making cellphone calls, they can also be fiddly gadgets that require patience to master. Installing them on helmets isn’t always easy, especially the placement of the microphone, which is either attached to ...

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Budget Audio for Honda Gold Wings

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I put a Gold Wing GL1800 on my dream-bike list back in 2001, and finally snagged a used ’01 last year. But I quickly discovered that one of the features I was so eager to get—a factory stereo—came with speakers so anemic they had to be cranked up to ear-bleed volumes before I could hear them at speed, with the ...

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Sena SMH10 Bluetooth Headset/Intercom Review

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Wireless Bluetooth motorcycle bike-to-bike headset/passenger intercom units continue to improve. New technology advances the breed and the pace of progress quickens. But does the ad hype on the box accurately describe the real-world performance of the gear inside? The Sena SMH10 incorporates some of my wished-for improvements: more volume, the possibility of earbud audio and two mic design types—a boom ...

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Midland BT Next Motorcycle Intercom

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Remember when communicating with your passenger relied on hand signals, thigh pats and knee squeezes? ah, the good old days… OK, motorcycle intercom systems aren’t new, but Bluetooth technology makes them a lot easier to set up without hardwiring anything to your bike. You can share pithy observations with your riding buddies, plus hear GPS directions, music, radio, phone conversations ...

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High-Tech Motorcycle Gadget Buyers Guide

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite after-school cartoons was Inspector Gadget, about a quirky cyborg detective (think of a clumsy, incompetent Terminator with the personality of Maxwell Smart and the attire of Inspector Clouseau) who, along with his niece Penny and Brain the Dog, embarked on zany adventures trying to thwart Doctor Claw and M.A.D., his evil organization. ...

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TireGard Wireless Tire Pressure Monitor Review

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Running out of gas on a motorcycle is annoying. Running out of air in your tires, though, is an emergency, especially if it happens fast, and at speed. But while you can––and should––check your bike’s tire pressures before every ride, it’s a lot harder to know what’s going on during the ride. The TireGard Wireless Tire Pressure Monitor lets you ...

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Diablo Super Biker App Now Also Available for Android

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The Pirelli Diablo Super Biker app is now also available for smartphones that run on the Android operating system. Shortly after being made available for iPhones in August 2011, the app received an award at SMAU 2011 for the “Utilities Tools and Productivity” category of the Mob App Awards. As of today more than 50,000 riders have downloaded it. Conceived ...

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RKA IN-Charge Communications Motorcycle Tankbag Review

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I’ve never really been much of a gadget guy. Yet, thanks to the demands of our on-street training tours, I rely quite heavily on electronics these days. Minimally, my bike is equipped with an intercom, a broadcasting radio, a GPS unit, satellite tracker, cell phone, iPad and video camera. As a result, I had so many handlebar mounts that the ...

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