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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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Cee Bailey’s Sport Shield, Headlight Guard & Bag Liners Review

Cee Bailey's Sport Shield in lowest position.

Luxury sport tourers come with power adjustable windshields that let you customize airflow according to speed, weather and personal preference. The stock windshield on my 2014 BMW R 1200 RT can be adjusted to create an almost still pocket of air, but when summer weather arrives that still pocket of air gets pretty hot. The RT’s shield can be raised ...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Travel and Adventure Books

Around The World On A Motorcycle

A motorcycle is like a flying carpet, taking the rider to places all over this planet. And riders are often moved to write about their trips, short or long, and we can read about their exploits in newspapers, magazines or books. Probably the first such narrative was written by George Wyman, who rode a California Motor Bicycle from San Francisco ...

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6D ATS-1 Helmet Review

ATS-1 in Gloss White.

Dismayed by the frequency of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among dirt bike riders, former professional racers Bob Weber and Robert Reisinger endeavored to design a helmet that would reduce their likelihood and severity. What they came up with performed so well during laboratory tests—and in several high-profile crashes by top-level racers—that the technology is now being used ...

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Firstgear Laguna GPS Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Firstgear Laguna GPS Tail Bag.

Riders love to dream of endless journeys, but in reality many of us are hard-pressed to just get away for the occasional quick weekend trip. If you fall into this category, soft bags really make sense over the added bulk, weight and expense of a full dresser with hard luggage. This proved true with the Firstgear Laguna GPS Tank Bag ...

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