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Gear Review: Spot Gen3 Satellite Personal Tracker

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 ...

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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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Motopumps Mini Pro Deluxe Inflator Review

Motopumps Mini Pro Deluxe Inflator

Car drivers have it so easy. Flat tire? No problem, whip out the spare and motor on. As motorcyclists we may enjoy more freedom overall, but in the event of a flat or puncture, self-reliance requires more skill and ingenuity since we can’t carry a spare (unless you ride a Ural!). Assuming you are able to plug or patch a ...

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TomTom Rider 400 GPS Review

TomTom Rider 400 GPS

Smartphones have given dedicated motorcycle GPS devices serious competition. To stay one step ahead, TomTom’s new Rider 400 GPS incorporates smartphone-like functionality with features that motorcyclists will appreciate. The fully waterproof unit has a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen that allows swiping and pinch-to-zoom even when wearing gloves. It has crisp screen resolution and appealing graphics, but when viewed at a glance ...

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Powerlet Powerbar Plus Review

Powerlet Powerbar Plus

Minimalists may cringe, but the options for electrical gear that an owner of today’s traveling motorcycle might take along are enormous. Heated clothing and a GPS—very likely. What about bike-to-bike communicators, an action camera, radar detector and maybe a satellite radio? Don’t forget an outlet for charging that cell phone. Just how are you going to hang and power all ...

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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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Scala Rider Packtalk by Cardo Systems

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Group Chat The scala rider Packtalk by Cardo Systems allows group riders (3-10) to communicate in a fluid virtual network. In DMC mode, each rider acts as an autonomous hub that maintains simultaneous and distinct communication with everyone in the group, even after riders venture out of range or drop off for any reason. Riders can drop off and seamlessly ...

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Battery Tender Digital Voltage Indicator Review

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Buried deep inside (some much deeper than others) your motorcycle is an invisible countdown clock, otherwise known as your battery. Ride regularly, and/or keep your machine hooked to a slow charger, and the clock ticks very slowly. Don’t ride or maintain a charge and the countdown clock runs very fast. Unfortunately, when the countdown reaches zero, you don’t go. The ...

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Legal Speeding H.A.R.D. System Review

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A lot of the things that can mess up a ride are easy to spot before they become a problem, like distracted drivers and poor road conditions. But one hazard—police radar—is usually impossible to see until it’s too late. Even with a radar detector, the unit’s warning light and audible alert compete for your attention with road noise, traffic and ...

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Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System Review

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The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that’s expected of a top-quality Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. The lightweight control unit fits onto the side of a helmet using a very strong type of hook-and-loop fastener that is claimed to be secure up to 130 mph. The control unit has four large buttons with an LED indicator in ...

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