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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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Ventura Light-Guards Review

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Popular bolt-on accessories for adventure touring bikes—the  Jeeps of the motorcycling world—include bash plates, engine guards, hand guards and anything else that will protect the bike from damage in the event of a crash, a tip over or a bushwhacking ride through dense bushes. Even if you don’t take your adventure bike off-road, or if you don’t own an adventure ...

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2003 Honda VFR800 Project Bike

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I guess I was pretty busy in my forties, because I forgot to have my midlife crisis. Now, 20 years later, I’m finally getting around to it with a 2003 Honda VFR800. While I still enjoy the performance and handling of sportbikes, the ergonomics are another matter—the years and a couple of crashes have robbed me of the flexibility I ...

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A'ME Heated Chicane Sports Bike Grips Review

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If Goldilocks (of Three Bears fame) had been a motorcyclist, these new heated grips from A’ME would surely have been right up her alley. Traditional heated grips with just two settings are almost always either too hot or too cold at any given time, while A’ME’s new Heated Chicane Sports Bike grips offer six distinct temperature settings to choose from. ...

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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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Mustang GL1800 Motorcycle Touring Seat Review

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You expect a touring bike to be comfortable, and most of them are—when they’re new. But the used GL1800 I bought last year came with a stock seat that was a few miles past its prime. Instead of replacing it with a new stock seat I called Mustang, whose seats I’ve had on several bikes, to see if they had ...

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Saddlemen SaddleGel Comfort Pads Review

Saddlemen SaddleGel Comfort Pads

Few things detract from a motorcycle ride as much as a sore bum. Motorcyclists bemoan the ravages of “monkey butt” as if it were the plague, and you can even buy soothing, friction-reducing Anti Monkey Butt Powder. Saddlemen offers several solutions for the pain in your behind, such as a wide variety of replacement seats for everything from cruisers to ...

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Shorai Battery Review

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Six months and 6,500 miles ago, I carved nearly six pounds off of my F800GS simply by replacing the lead-acid battery with a 2.3-pound Shorai unit. This new-tech battery is so light I could easily throw it across the room. Is there anything inside the carbon composite case? No liquid and no lead, for sure. Referring to the battery’s lithium-iron-phosphate ...

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POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit Review

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Water is everywhere, even one of the main byproducts of combustion, yet it’s also the enemy of virtually every component on your motorcycle. The bare-metal interiors of steel fuel tanks are especially susceptible to moisture in the air and water absorbed by oxygenated fuels. Once a tank rusts inside, flakes and particles can get into your bike’s fuel system and ...

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Road Heroes: Motorcycle Adventure Travel Tales, Part 1 DVD Review

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A tiny fraction of us will ever summit Everest, rocket into outer space or spend years traveling nonstop around the world. But we’re often mesmerized by the tales of those who complete such endeavors, the personalities of those willing to take on such challenges often as bold and fascinating as their adventures. The growth of the adventure touring segment over ...

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