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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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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 Soft Luggage Buyer's Guide


[This Motorcycle Soft Luggage Buyer’s Guide was originally published in the July 2006 issue of Rider magazine] Whether you call them seatbags or tailpacks, these guys can really haul. Often, our staff riders have been able to take an overnight (and sometimes a two-day) trip with just the gear we could pack in a tankbag and seatbag. When on tour, ...

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2003 Model Year Bike Reviews


(This article was published in the December 2002 issue of Rider magazine.) By Mark Tuttle Jr. Hope you’re hungry! There’s a veritable feast of new motorcycle models rolling out of the kitchen for 2003. Some are here already, others are on their way to dealers across the country. Most of the manufacturers waited for the September 2002 dealer shows or ...

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2001 Model Year Bike Reviews


The article The Stars of 2001 was published in the December 2000 issue of Rider magazine.) by Mark Tuttle Jr. Ready? Cue Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the theme from 2001, A Space Odyssey. Now, open the pod bay doors please, HAL—the new street motorcycle models rocketing their way to the U.S. for ’01 are all on these pages, even some 2002 ...

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