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Chatterbox XBi2 Communicators Review

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Riding time is “me” time, with the plush interior of my helmet providing sanctuary from email, phone calls and deadlines. No iPod, rarely a GPS, just the voice in my head. I compose Pulitzer-winning stories on such rides, but something always gets lost in translation when I finally put words on paper. But that’s on solo rides. When I’m riding ...

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SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker Review

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Paul was the Ennis Del Mar to my Jack Twist as we rode our trusty steeds up to Brokeback (Sawmill) Mountain. His BMW, my KTM and our unbridled bromance on the trail. We stopped occasionally to send “all OK” messages via satellite, to take happy snaps and to take in the grand ridgeline views under a cloudless, cornflower blue sky. ...

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iMC Motorcom HS-500 iPhone Compatible Motorcycle Headset

DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER. If you have an iPhone, then iMC Motorcom has the motorcycle headset for you. The HS-500 allows motorcycle riders to utilize the phone and music functions of their Apple iPhone and other 3.5mm jack (standard stereo headset) equipped cell phones, including the Palm Pre and Blackberry Storm. It features dual slim stereo speakers, a microphone and ...

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TireGard Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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[This TireGard Motorcycle Tire Pressure Monitoring System Review was originally published in the November 2009 issue of Rider magazine] When I received the press release for this product I thought it was too good to be true, especially for $210. A couple late-model motorcycles come with factory tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) now, and others offer it as an expensive ...

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Glpro With ATRE Aftermarket Gear Indicator Review

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By James Parchman [This Glpro With ATRE Aftermarket Gear Indicator Review was originally published in the March 2009 issue of Rider] In honor of GearLab’s first Hungarian product, let’s start by mentioning several famous exports from this beautiful little country—celebrities. Consider that the original famous-for-being-famous divas (Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor), the scariest Dracula (Bela Lugosi), and our favorite Tarzan ...

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Chatterbox XBi Bluetooth Communicators Review

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Riding two-up is a great way to share the experience of motorcycling. It is often done by couples, from first dates to spouses who have been married for decades. Riding together on the same motorcycle, feeling it accelerate and lean at the same time, can be a wonderful bonding experience. But typically communication about exciting moments or breathtaking views is ...

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Techmount Motorcycle Accessory Mounting Tool Review

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[This Techmount Motorcycle Accessory Mounting Tool Review was originally published in the January 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Cell phones, PDAs, GPS units, iPods, satellite radios, radar detectors, FRS radios…so much technology, so many ways to mount it on your motorcycle. From humble beginnings with its ingenious pop-in steering-stem mount, High Gear Specialties has grown its Techmount brand into an ...

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Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset Review

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[This Cardo Scala Rider Q2 Bluetooth Headset Review was originally published in the January 2009 issue of Rider] When you’re shopping for a Bluetooth wireless helmet headset, it helps to think of features in terms of rungs on a ladder. First rung, speakers, mic and comm unit, with the capability to connect one or two Bluetooth devices, such as a ...

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Garmin Zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Review

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[This Garmin Zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS Review was originally published in the April 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Many of today’s GPS units with route planning software, large color touchscreens and 3D navigational views make finding your way so easy, the makers felt the need to stuff them full of additional features. Take this Garmin Zumo 550 for example. In ...

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Cardo Systems Scala Rider Teamset Review

Cardo Teamset

[This Cardo Systems Scala Rider Teamset Review was originally published in the April 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Cardo Systems recently added another model to its motorcycle Bluetooth Scala headset lineup, the first of which was tested in Rider, May 2006. The new Scala Teamset works similarly and adds a passenger module to create a VOX wireless intercom. Each Teamset ...

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