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Klim Stow Away Jacket

There’s nothing like a chilly downpour to dampen your spirits, especially when you’ve planned and dressed for a sun-soaked ride. The folks at Klīm, the dual-sport clothing specialists, have a solution to the sudden shower – their compact Stow Away jacket. It lets you dress for the sun but defend against the afternoon gully washer. Sewn from lightweight, breathable GoreTex material, the ...

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TCX Competizione RS Boots

Tango Charlie X-ray. Totally Cool Xylophone. I don’t know what TCX stands for, but I have come to love their boots. Formerly known as Oxtar—a name that was probably abandoned because it invoked images of livestock drenched in black goo, or because it sounded too much like “Oxcart,” something that is decidedly slower than a motorcycle—TCX is an Italian manufacturer of ...

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Shift Women’s Silhouette Jeans

These jeans are made of 12-ounce denim with spandex stretch so they conform nicely to a woman’s shape. They have 100 percent Kevlar reinforced panels in the butt, thigh, knee and shin areas for extra durability. Rise is midwaist, and the jeans have a five-pocket design with attractive styling. They come in two color choices: dark indigo (washed black) or ...

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Red Wing 971 Boots

Black leather boots are a staple in my wardrobe. Being lazy and all, I don’t like changing my boots unnecessarily, so I’m particularly fond of boots that can be worn comfortably all day, on and off the bike. And because I’m hard on boots—scuffing them when lumbering my 200+ pounds down the sidewalk or dragging them in tight, fast corners—only ...

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Speed and Strength Twist of Fate Race Suit

Speed and Strength, one of Tucker Rocky Distributing’s in-house apparel brands, likes to use bold, swashbuckling names for its products, like Moment of Truth, Hang’em High, Call to Arms and Hell ‘n Back. The one-piece leather suit tested here is called Twist of Fate, which seems freighted with dire predictions about the future. Wikipedia says the expression twist of fate means “an ...

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Tour Master Rincon Jacket

Last summer I acquired a three-quarter length Tour Master Rincon jacket, and after wearing it once for a 90-something-degree commute, it promptly got stuffed into the closet in exchange for something more lightweight. This past winter I dug it back out and now there’s no way I’d be out there on these 40-degree mornings without it. The only way I’d ...

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Diamond Gusset Defender Motorcycle Jeans Review


Review by Buzz Buzzelli [This Diamond Gusset Defender Motorcycle Jeans Review was originally published in American Rider magazine] The Diamond Gusset Defender Reinforced Motorcycle Jean has the company’s traditional delta-shaped gusset in the crotch, along with a new feature: Kevlar abrasion panels across the seat and in the hip and knee areas. The extra gusset provides a little more room ...

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VanStarr Leather Motorcycle Arm Chaps


[This VanStarr Leather Motorcycle Arm Chaps Review was originally published in American Rider magazine] VanStarr Enterprises introduces a simple, yet very beneficial product to the Motorcycle Industry; Motorcycle Arm Chaps. This unique product, similar to gloves, is designed to cover a person’s forearms, wrists, and hands, all while leaving the fingers totally exposed. Made with 1.5 mm to 1.8 mm ...

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Qwi Nerve Protection Motorcycle Gloves


Review by Reg Kittrelle [This Qwi Nerve Protection Motorcycle Gloves Review was originally published in American Rider magazine] If you’ve experienced a tingling sensation or numbness in your hands while riding, the odds are you have pinched either the median or ulnar nerve, both of which run through your wrists and into your hands. Briefly, the median nerve gives sensation ...

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Rev’it Infinity Motorcycle Riding Suit Review


[This Rev’it Infinity Motorcycle Riding Suit Review was originally published in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] This is one sophisticated piece of riding gear. The Rev’it Infinity one-piece motorcycle riding suit is made of “Schoeller FTC—Dynatec 3-layer with Schoeller NanoSphere 3D laminated fabric.” Schoeller is a Swiss textile manufacturer, and Dynatec is a synthetic fabric designed for protective ...

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