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Chatterbox XBi2 Communicators Review

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Riding time is “me” time, with the plush interior of my helmet providing sanctuary from email, phone calls and deadlines. No iPod, rarely a GPS, just the voice in my head. I compose Pulitzer-winning stories on such rides, but something always gets lost in translation when I finally put words on paper. But that’s on solo rides. When I’m riding ...

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Cardo Scala Rider G4 PowerSet Review

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[This Cardo Scala Rider G4 PowerSet gear review was originally published in the October 2010 issue of Rider] I’ve had three on-bike communicator systems and they’ve all fallen short of their promises. Pervasive wind noise, intrusive VOX controls, buzzy static, insufficient volume and uncomfortable installations were common problems. Previous systems also required a physical connection with wires, jacks and springy cables. ...

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SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker Review

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Paul was the Ennis Del Mar to my Jack Twist as we rode our trusty steeds up to Brokeback (Sawmill) Mountain. His BMW, my KTM and our unbridled bromance on the trail. We stopped occasionally to send “all OK” messages via satellite, to take happy snaps and to take in the grand ridgeline views under a cloudless, cornflower blue sky. ...

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ContourHD 1080p Helmet Video Camera Review

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One thing a helmet cam has to be is simple to use, and the ContourHD 1080p has that down. This rugged little tube of anodized aluminum starts recording when you slide the long top switch forward and stops when you slide it back. It’s easy to do with gloved hands and built-in stops at either end let you know the job is ...

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GoPro HERO Motorcycle Helmet Camera Review

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Review by Reg Kittrelle [This GoPro HERO Motorcycle Helmet Camera Review was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider magazine] At about the size of a couple of matchboxes, the GoPro Hero video camera is just what you need when a nonrider asks, “What’s it like to ride a motorcycle?” If a picture is worth a thousand ...

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Garmin zumo 660 Motorcycle GPS Review

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[This Garmin zumo 660 GPS Review was originally published in the April 2010 issue of Rider magazine] Shopping for a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation unit for your bike can be a bit confusing. Most of us have figured out that a newer model with a large, backlit, full-color 3D display is handier for everyday riding than the smaller, survival-type ...

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TireGard Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring System Review

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[This TireGard Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring System Review was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider magazine] When I received the press release for this product I thought it was too good to be true, especially for $210. A couple late-model motorcycles come with factory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) now, and others offer it as an expensive ...

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Glpro With ATRE Aftermarket Gear Indicator Review

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By James Parchman [This Glpro With ATRE Aftermarket Gear Indicator Review was originally published in the March 2009 issue of Rider] In honor of GearLab’s first Hungarian product, let’s start by mentioning several famous exports from this beautiful little country—celebrities. Consider that the original famous-for-being-famous divas (Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor), the scariest Dracula (Bela Lugosi), and our favorite Tarzan ...

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Chatterbox XBi Bluetooth Communicators Review

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Riding two-up is a great way to share the experience of motorcycling. It is often done by couples, from first dates to spouses who have been married for decades. Riding together on the same motorcycle, feeling it accelerate and lean at the same time, can be a wonderful bonding experience. But typically communication about exciting moments or breathtaking views is ...

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Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset Review

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[This Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset Review was originally published in the January 2009 issue of Rider] When you’re shopping for a Bluetooth wireless helmet headset, it helps to think of features in terms of rungs on a ladder. First rung, speakers, mic and comm unit, with the capability to connect one or two Bluetooth devices, such as a ...

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