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Garmin zumo 350LM GPS Review


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


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


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

web-SMH10 w-In Helmet Mic

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

Style: "cte sooo"

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


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

TireGard Wireless Tire Pressure Monitor

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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Bluetooth Helmet Headset Buyers Guide


Among our many reasons to ride, lots of us like to get away from the constant communication involved in daily life, to be alone in our helmets with just our thoughts and the rush of the wind. Others among us wear helmets but regret the isolation that they and wind noise bring to the motorcycling experience, craving interaction on long ...

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TeleType WorldNav 3500 GPS Product Review


Even though I derive special satisfaction from spreading out a cartographic representation of the world and plotting a route by dragging my finger along the squiggles of intriguing, promising roads, I also appreciate the value of using a GPS for navigation, especially in those serendipitous moments when curiosity and an unfamiliar road intersect. TeleType, a Boston-based software company founded 1981 ...

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GS-911 BMW Diagnostic Tool Review


[This GS-911 BMW Diagnostic Tool review was originally published in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The engine management systems on today’s motorcycles are smart, efficient and reliable, but there’s little to do when your motorcycle dies except to watch a blinking fault light and wait for roadside assistance. In simpler times, when carburetors mixed air and fuel and a set of ...

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