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Spot Gen3 Satellite Tracker Review

The Spot Gen3 is a rugged, waterproof device that comes with a velcro strap and carabiner for attaching it to your jacket or backpack.

A few years ago, a friend of mine split off from the group after an all-day adventure ride and headed home. But he never made it. As darkness fell, his wife tried reaching him on his cellphone, but he didn’t answer. The next morning a highway patrol officer found my friend on the side of a mountain road, out of cell range. Fortunately, his ...

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Givi Trekker Outback Panniers Review

Givi Trekker Outback Panniers.

I’ve owned a wide range of adventure bikes over the last few decades, so I am well acquainted with the luggage obsession of adventure riders. Having been a fan of Givi accessories for years, it was time to give its new Trekker Outback line a try. The Outback products are specifically designed for the adventure market, thus employing both the ...

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Bill Mayer Saddles Ultima Leather Seat Review

Bill Mayer Saddles Ultima Leather Seat on a BMW R 1200 RT.

Despite all of the welcome functional improvements BMW incorporated into the latest “water boxer” R 1200 RT, as far as my butt is concerned, sitting on a bare I-beam is the height of luxury compared to the bike’s stock seat. Indeed, the park-bench flatness of its shape and spongy, unsupportive foam result in abject misery after only a few hours ...

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Olympia Alpha Mesh Tech Jacket Review

Olympia Alpha Mesh Tech Jacket.

Summer is here, and whether or not you believe in global warming, it is hot. So I asked Olympia Moto Sports if I could try its new Alpha jacket. I like the look, and what I have read about it appeals to me. Olympia calls it a “three layer systems design,” with an outer jacket having panels for good airflow, ...

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Book Review: ‘Indian Motorcycle: America’s First Motorcycle Company’ and ‘The Complete Book of Ducati Motorcycles’

Indian Motorcycle: America's First Motorcycle Company, by Darwin Holmstrom. (Image: Motorbooks)

Large coffee-table books dealing with the motorcycle world seem to be all the rage. These are not books dealing with criticisms, but visual histories, with lots of pictures and a smattering of prose. The two books I am reviewing here are both published by Motorbooks, and both arrived within a couple of weeks of each other. They are certainly not ...

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Book Review: ‘On Grief, Hope and Motorcycles: A Diary’

On Grief, Hope and Motorcycles: A Diary, by Candiya Mann. (Photo: the author)

Nothing is certain, except death and taxes. This oft-quoted truism is still pertinent, but for those of us who are immersed in the world of motorcycling, there are even more certainties: the left-turning driver coming toward us will not use a signal, it will rain in the middle of a 10-year drought two days after we leave home without rain gear…the ...

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Gear Review: Fly Cool Pro Mesh Jacket and Pants

The Fly Cool Pro Mesh Jacket and Pants are a great way to beat the heat. (Photo: Kevin Wing)

Established in 1998 by Western Power Sports, a powersports distributor based in Boise, Idaho, the Fly brand includes Fly Racing (gear for dirt bikes, BMX and mountain bikes, snowmobiles and watercraft) and Fly Street (gear for on-road motorcycles, including helmets, apparel and luggage). With summer upon us, I’ve been beating the heat with Fly Street’s Cool Pro Mesh Jacket and ...

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Gear Review: Schuberth E1 Modular Adventure Helmet

Schuberth E1 in Guardian Red.

It’s easy to understand the appeal of modular helmets: quick stops are much more convenient when you don’t have to remove your helmet to chat with the gas station attendant or grab a quick snack or drink of water. Modular designs have been popular on street helmets for years, but with the growing adventure bike trend, several helmet makers have ...

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Tour Master Advanced Textile Jacket

Tour Master Advanced Textile Jacket

When my daughter Julia began riding a year ago, my main concern was for her safety. This meant not only a good helmet, but also protective riding gear with CE-approved impact-absorbing armor. I also wanted weather protection to keep her warm, dry and comfortable so that her attention would remain focused on the road. That’s why I was so glad ...

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Sargent World Sport Adventure Touring Seat

Sargent World Sport Touring Seat on a KLR650.

Maybe it’s because dual-sport riders are supposed to spend a lot of time standing on the pegs while picking their way over rocks and between trees, but the tall and narrow seats on dual-sports are usually pretty awful for longer, sit-down rides. The seat on Kawasaki’s KLR650 is shaped like a loaf of bread and offers about as much support, ...

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