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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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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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A Few of Our Favorite Things… It’s that time of year again! To assist you in the search for that perfect gift, three of us on the Rider staff each assembled a few of our favorite things to review for this special Holiday Gift Guide. Every one is a much better gift for your favorite rider than a leopard-print Snuggie, ...

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Gear Review: Slatin EZ-1 Powersuit

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Riding gear is a personal choice and my personal choice is All the Gear, All the Time (ATGATT). I’m also a belt and suspenders guy; if I’m wearing all the gear, I want the best protection I can find. Recently I got the chance to try the one-piece EZ-1 Powersuit from an Arizona company called Slatin MotoGear. The suit’s shell ...

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Gear Review: Spot Gen3 Satellite Personal Tracker

The Spot Gen3 is a rugged, waterproof device that comes with a velcro strap and carabiner for attaching it to your jacket or backpack.

A few years ago, a friend of mine split off from the group after an all-day adventure ride and headed home. But he never made it. As darkness fell, his wife tried reaching him on his cellphone, but he didn’t answer. The next morning a highway patrol officer found my friend on the side of a mountain road, out of ...

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