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Affordable Motorcycle Jackets Buyers Guide


We’re all aware that the economy has been in the tank for several years, and the result is that many of us are being much more careful with our money. We want to stretch it, to get good value for every precious dollar, and of course we want to take advantage of the fuel economy available from our motorcycles by ...

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Motorcycle Camping and Adventure Gear Buyers Guide


It’s been a great day on the road––or off it––and as the sun heads for the horizon you’re thinking about where to bed down for the night. You could look for another stuffy motel room with questionable sheets and a constant drip from the shower, but somehow that doesn’t go with the adventure you’ve been having. Why not bed down ...

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2012 Touring & Sport-Touring Tire Buyers Guide


Chances are you’ve been in the dating game at some time in your life and, if so, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of having several choices. You’ve dated a number of people and none of them is perfect, but you really like certain aspects of various individuals. Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine these traits into a single ...

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High-Tech Motorcycle Gadget Buyers Guide


When I was a kid, one of my favorite after-school cartoons was Inspector Gadget, about a quirky cyborg detective (think of a clumsy, incompetent Terminator with the personality of Maxwell Smart and the attire of Inspector Clouseau) who, along with his niece Penny and Brain the Dog, embarked on zany adventures trying to thwart Doctor Claw and M.A.D., his evil organization. ...

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Flip Up Modular Motorcycle Helmets Buyers Guide


By Jerry Smith Modular helmets, or flips-ups, were once curiosities, practically a secret handshake among long-distance riders who didn’t want to stop riding long enough to eat and drink, and round-the-world adventurers whose conversations with border guards went a lot more smoothly when their faces weren’t covered by full-face helmets. Today, modulars are popular with all kinds of riders, from ...

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Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel

Aerostich Airvantage Electric Vest

This Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel was originally published in the March 2012 issue of Rider magazine] It was cold. Colder than a banker’s heart. Colder than a letter from your ex-wife’s lawyer—I mean it was cold! I was riding to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, it was March, and patches of ice glittered beside the road. The ...

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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


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


[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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