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SV Racing Parts for Suzuki V-Strom Review

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When Suzuki updated the V-Strom 1000 for 2014, many of its long-running limitations were addressed. It got a larger engine with more torque, a lighter, stronger frame, better ergonomics and wind protection, and much more. Major improvements were made to the front suspension and brakes, including a new, fully adjustable 43mm upside-down fork and radial-mount 4-piston opposed front calipers to ...

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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We’ll look back on 2015 as a banner year, with more than 60 all-new or updated motorcycles that cover the gamut in terms of style, price and performance, as well as a wide range of high-quality gear to choose from. With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to treat friends, family or yourself with some new-fangled moto kit. ...

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Storing Your Motorcycle for the Winter

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Until global warming makes snow and ice a fond and distant memory, motorcyclists in some parts of the country will still have to put their bikes in storage for the winter. If you’re one of them, here are the most important things to do so your ride will be ready in the spring. Fill the gas tank and add fuel ...

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MFW Vario Adjustable Footpegs Review

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Finding a motorcycle with ergonomics that suit you shouldn’t be a matter of going from showroom to showroom sitting on different bikes until you find one that’s comfortable. But that’s how it works out sometimes, forcing you to pass up a bike you otherwise like because the seating position hurts your knees or back or wrists. While there are plenty ...

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BMW Rallye Motorcycle Suit Review

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BMW strives to maintain its premium image as a motorcycle brand, which carries over to its apparel. We’ve tested all sorts of BMW-branded jackets, pants, boots and gloves over the years, and the general consensus among our crew of use-it-and-abuse-it testers is that the gear may be expensive, but you get what you pay for. BMW’s Rallye Suit, the gear ...

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Bell Qualifier DLX Helmet Review

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Retailing for just $109.95, the Qualifier is Bell’s entry-level full-face helmet. With an aerodynamic, lightweight and ventilated polycarbonate shell, removable/washable antibacterial comfort liner, anti-fog/anti-scratch/UV-resistant face shield, super-easy ClickRelease shield removal system, integrated speaker pockets, padded wind collar and 5-year warranty, it’s a lot of lid for the money. Stepping up to the Qualifier DLX ($229.95) tested here adds a communicator ...

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Dustriders Motorcycle Hoist Review

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Like most motorcycles, big adventure bikes are fine when they’re moving. But when a two-story-high, luggage-equipped moto-camel decides it’s time for a dirt nap, it’s probably going to take at least two people to get it back on its feet—maybe more if the surface is sandy, muddy or off-camber. If you can’t buddy up every time you ride off into ...

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Rainsuits 101: Staying Dry At Speed

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Weather forecasting isn’t an exact science, and you get caught in the rain even during the summer. If you keep riding through the fall and winter, you’ll learn what real rain is. You might have ridden through short showers, but when you get caught in a sudden storm, or ride all day in a cold, steady drizzle, you’ll see how ...

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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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