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Tour Master Transition Series 4 Jacket – Review

Tour Master Transition Series 4 Men's Jacket.

We motorcyclists purposely prostrate ourselves before the weather gods, because riding’s all about open-air fun. But one road-wise veteran told me long ago, “Any fool can be uncomfortable.” So versatility plays a key role in the makeup of a good riding jacket. We’ve all bundled up on frosty mornings cold enough to see your breath, only to strip off layers ...

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Clearwater Lights Billie Brake Light – Review

The Billie Brake Light features super bright, attention-getting red LEDs you can program for a range of flashing modes, inertial braking and more.

Clearwater Lights makes incredibly bright, programmable, auxiliary LED lighting for motorcycles. On late-model BMWs, they integrate directly with the bike’s CANbus wiring network using Clearwater’s slick CANopener module (Rider, April 2015). Another Clearwater product that leverages the CANopener is the Billie Brake Light. This red LED auxiliary brake light/taillight attaches to your Beemer’s license plate bracket and connects to the ...

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Scorpion EXO-GT3000 Modular Helmet Review

Scorpion EXO-GT3000 Modular Helmet in the Sync White graphic.

When I think of modular helmets, I think convenient, clever, noisy and heavy. But that was before I tested Scorpion Sports’ EXO-GT3000 for more than 5,000 miles, and determined that Scorpion’s modular design and materials have taken noisy and heavy out of the equation. The EXO-GT3000’s light weight comes from its Thermodynamic Composite Technology shell material, a proprietary five-layer fabric ...

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Moto-Skiveez Base Layers – Review

Moto-Skiveez base layers are designed specifically for the needs of motorcyclists.

What you put next to your skin—before you don outer protective riding gear—can improve comfort when distances are long or conditions extreme. That’s when purpose-designed base layer riding apparel shows its worth. Moto-Skiveez offers a line of padded Riding Shorts employing technology borrowed from bicycle racing, a Technical Riding Shirt optimized for wear under a riding jacket and Compression Riding ...

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Dynaplug Micro Pro Inflator – Review

The Micro Pro Inflator comes with its own zippered carrying pouch.

Flat tires never happen at a good time or location. Motorcycles don’t carry a spare, flat-fix kits can be problematic, and when we finally do patch the tube or plug the tubeless tire, we still need a means to re-inflate it. CO2 cartridges are compact but unwieldy, and a good supply of them is necessary to fully inflate a tire. ...

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Aerostich Protekt Khaki Pants – Review

"Dark" Aerostich Protekt Khakis with TF3 armor installed.

Aerostich’s Protekt Khakis combine the orderly appearance of business casual with the impact protection of well designed riding gear, utilizing an innovative set of hidden armor pockets and strategically placed abrasion-resistant fabric layers. The exterior shell is made entirely of machine washable cotton twill, styled in the contemporary pleatless Dockeresque  fashion. Hidden armor pockets at the knees accept Aerostich’s optional ...

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HJC CL-Max II Modular Helmet – Review

Clem really likes his helmet! (HJC CL-Max II)

I have become quite fond of modular helmets, also called flip-ups, and unless I’m doing a track day or bashing around recklessly in the woods I will be wearing one. I like the modular for its openness, and a light push on a single lever opens the CL-Max II’s chinbar, making it easy to converse, enjoy a snack or a ...

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The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions – Book Review

The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions by Richard W. Bulliet

Anyone who enjoys reading about history should appreciate this book, “The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions.” Myself, I like going back to the origins of things. It might be an English fellow messing around with the internal-combustion concept back in the 17th century — and using gunpowder as the fuel. Or somebody building a portable firearm, like a 14th century arquebus ...

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10 Last-Minute Gifts Under $50 for Motorcyclists

Clement Salvadori

Got a motorcyclist or two on your Christmas shopping list? The big day is just a little over a week away, so here are 10 last-minute gift ideas that won’t break the bank. All of them can be purchased online (links are provided) and shipped directly to you or the recipient. Aerostich Visor Cleaning Kit ($25) Keep your face shield ...

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