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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: 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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Spot Gen3 Satellite Tracker Review

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 cell range. Fortunately, his ...

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Cardo scala rider Packtalk Review

The Cardo scala rider Backtalk allows multiple riders and passengers to communicate simultaneously via Bluetooth or Cardo's Dynamic Meshwork Communication (DMC) technology.

In our Stayin’ Safe rider training program we rely on bike-to-bike communication to conduct real-time coaching on the road. Naturally, the latest comms technology is always of interest to us, so who better to test the new Cardo scala rider Packtalk communication system? My lead instructor in Georgia and our training partners at MotoMark1 in North Carolina kindly agreed to rendezvous ...

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TomTom Rider 400 GPS Review

TomTom Rider 400 GPS

Smartphones have given dedicated motorcycle GPS devices serious competition. To stay one step ahead, TomTom’s new Rider 400 GPS incorporates smartphone-like functionality with features that motorcyclists will appreciate. The fully waterproof unit has a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen that allows swiping and pinch-to-zoom even when wearing gloves. It has crisp screen resolution and appealing graphics, but when viewed at a glance ...

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Powerlet Powerbar Plus Review

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Minimalists may cringe, but the options for electrical gear that an owner of today’s traveling motorcycle might take along are enormous. Heated clothing and a GPS—very likely. What about bike-to-bike communicators, an action camera, radar detector and maybe a satellite radio? Don’t forget an outlet for charging that cell phone. Just how are you going to hang and power all ...

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TomTom Rider GPS Review

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I have always had a fascination for maps and never tire of thumbing through a highway atlas, recollecting stretches of roads from trips taken. So when Editor Tuttle assigned a review of TomTom’s updated Rider, I wondered if a GPS could teach a cartophile (map lover) anything new. Netherlands-based TomTom has been a leader in navigation and mapping technology since ...

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Sena Prism Action Cam and Handlebar Remote Review

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If you watch any action-cam videos on the Internet, you know the 800-pound gorilla is the ubiquitous GoPro. But brisk competition is good for innovation and consumers. Since I use a SENA intercom, I was interested in its hi-def Prism action cam and new handlebar remote. The motorsports camera kit provides all the mounts that any rider could require, including ...

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Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Review

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Buried deep inside (some much deeper than others) your motorcycle is an invisible countdown clock, otherwise known as your battery. Ride regularly, and/or keep your machine hooked to a slow charger, and the clock ticks very slowly. Don’t ride or maintain a charge and the countdown clock runs very fast. Unfortunately, when the countdown reaches zero, you don’t go. The ...

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Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Review

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I’ve been disappointed by the sound quality of wireless, in-helmet communication systems. Sena’s 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth (4.0) Communication System has the best sound quality I’ve found in a wireless comm system, plus sophisticated features. You can make hands-free calls from your iPhone or Android phone, listen to stereo music, share music with another rider, hear GPS voice prompts and have ...

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