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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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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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Motopumps Mini Pro Deluxe Inflator Review

Motopumps Mini Pro Deluxe Inflator

Car drivers have it so easy. Flat tire? No problem, whip out the spare and motor on. As motorcyclists we may enjoy more freedom overall, but in the event of a flat or puncture, self-reliance requires more skill and ingenuity since we can’t carry a spare (unless you ride a Ural!). Assuming you are able to plug or patch a ...

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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

Powerlet Powerbar Plus

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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