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Big Gear for Big Riders Buyers Guide

[This Big Gear for Big Riders Buyers Guide was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The more of you there is to protect, the more important it is to protect it! Our readers come in all sizes, and that’s just fine with us. One of the most common requests we get from them, in fact, is ...

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Bluetooth Helmet Headset Buyers Guide

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Among our many reasons to ride, lots of us like to get away from the constant communication involved in daily life, to be alone in our helmets with just our thoughts and the rush of the wind. Others among us wear helmets but regret the isolation that they and wind noise bring to the motorcycling experience, craving interaction on long ...

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Hearing Protection for Motorcyclists

by Joe Michaud Two men are talking. One is bragging about his new hearing aid and says, “I have a new hearing aid…it’s wonderful. I can hear everything quite clearly.” Second man asks, “Really? What kind is it?” First man checks his watch and says, “Quarter to three.” If that sounds like you, you have the beginning of hearing loss. ...

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Motorcycle-Mounted Video Camera Buyers Guide

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[This Motorcycle Video Camera Buyers Guide was originally published in the October 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Video is not new to motorcycles. Mounts for consumer-grade camcorders have existed for years; however, blindly fumbling with tiny camera buttons while wearing gloves has never seemed particularly motorcycle-friendly to me. New hardware, both for tape and digital formats, is making onboard video ...

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Motorcycle Riding Suit Buyers Guide

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photography by Scott Hirko [This Motorcycle Riding Suit Buyers Guide was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine] A good all-weather motorcycle touring or commuting suit is one that’s versatile enough to cover a wide range of temperatures, that provides some impact protection and keeps out rain. Though not necessarily waterproof, any of the dozen suits tested ...

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Motorcycle Soft Luggage Buyer's Guide

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[This Motorcycle Soft Luggage Buyer’s Guide was originally published in the July 2006 issue of Rider magazine] Whether you call them seatbags or tailpacks, these guys can really haul. Often, our staff riders have been able to take an overnight (and sometimes a two-day) trip with just the gear we could pack in a tankbag and seatbag. When on tour, ...

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Touring & Sport-Touring Motorcycle Tire Buyers Guide

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[This Touring & Sport-Touring Motorcycle Tire Buyers Guide was originally published in the May 2006 issue of Rider] Looking for a new tire? There’s certainly no shortage of good rubber available these days for the tire shopper. If you’re happy with your tires’ mileage and performance, you can always buy new copies of the original equipment tires for your bike. ...

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Twelve Three-Quarter Motorcycle Helmets: Buyers Guide

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[This Three-Quarter Motorcycle Helmets Buyers Guide was originally published in American Rider magazine] In the world of motorcycle head protection, there are three basic types of helmets. There’s the half-helmet that covers just the top portion of the head, the full-face that covers the entire head except for the eyeport, and there’s the three-quarter. Let’s look at the latter, the ...

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