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Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket

Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket

The versatile Atomic 5.0 jacket by Joe Rocket has a waterproof treated and UV resistant RockTex outer chassis that is reinforced with abrasion-resistant Hitena panels in key impact areas, along with externally accessible CE-certified armor at the shoulders and elbows and a removable HD spine pad. The VariableFlow ventilation system features waterproof zippers and a patent pending Cross-Linked Cooling feature. ...

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Shoei X-Fourteen Helmet Review

The Shoei X-Fourteen helmet, shown here in the the Bradley 3 TC-1 graphic, has been thoroughly updated.

With high velocities, convoluted riding positions (tucked in, hanging off) and physical exertion on hot, sunbaked tracks, racing puts special demands on a motorcycle helmet. Racers need a helmet that’s lightweight, aerodynamic, comfortable, well ventilated and able to provide the utmost in impact protection. Even if you don’t race, these are desirable qualities in a motorcycle helmet, especially one used ...

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Scottoiler eSystem Chain Oiler

Scottoiler eSystem Chain Oiler on a Ducati ST3.

My first bike, a ’68 Triumph, had a primitive chain oiler. Metered oil was drawn off the oil tank return line and a small amount was then diverted onto the chain via a drip line on the rear-wheel torque stay. It certainly oiled the chain but the errant spray also oiled my girlfriend’s snow-white jeans. My eager adolescent cure was ...

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Avon TrailRider Tires Review

Avon TrailRider Tires

How many tires have I changed over the past 60 years? Too many. The Avon Gripsters on my Suzuki DR650 were getting down to the end of their useful life, with almost 4,000 miles on the rear, normal life for those semi-knobbies. Avon had just announced its new TrailRider, an “adventure” tire with longevity in mind. Let’s give ’em a ...

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Happy Trails Centerstand for Kawasaki KLR650 Review

Happy Trails Centerstand

Most dual-sport riders have a lift or a set of stands in the garage to ease routine maintenance on the chain, or change tires or oil. Out on the trail, though, those jobs get tougher, especially if one of the only two wheels the bike sits on has to be removed to fix a flat. Gee, wouldn’t a centerstand be ...

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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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Michelin Anakee Wild Tires First Impression

The new Michelin Anakee Wild is a first-of-its-kind radial DOT knobby designed to offer both on- and off-road handling and stability. (Photos: Stephen Gregory)

General wisdom among adventure riders holds that when it comes to tires, you can have off-road grip or you can have on-road stability and decent mileage, but you can’t have all three. Even tires billed as “50/50,” or equally proficient at both on- and off-road scenarios, tend to fall toward one side or the other. So common is the conundrum ...

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Aerostich Classic City Tactical Two-Piece Motorcycle Suit Review

Aerostich Classic City Tactical Two-Piece Motorcycle Suit

The Aerostich Roadcrafter is the most easily identifiable riding suit in all of motorcycling. Made of 500-denier Cordura nylon, it’s earned a solid reputation among commuting, touring and adventure riders. Because Aerostich does post-crash repairs on its suits, it has seen firsthand how well Cordura nylon holds up. Based on years of observations, Aerostich determined that in accidents at typical ...

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Roland Sands Bristol Motorcycle Jacket Review

Roland Sands Bristol Jacket

If clothes make the man, then a leather jacket makes the motorcyclist. Every rider should own at least one hide coat for stylin’ on sunny riding days, a classic symbol of our two-wheeled heritage that keeps your top half warm and protected, especially after it breaks in and becomes your second skin. Since I tend to wear water-resistant textile apparel ...

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Continental TKC 70 Motorcycle Tires Review

Continental TKC 70 Tires

I’ve worn out my fair share of Continental’s popular TKC 80 street-legal knobs over the years, much of the rubber left behind on long pavement runs to the back roads I want to explore. In choosing a tire that would carry me 900 miles from Southern California to ride the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route and bring me home with rubber ...

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