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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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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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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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iXS Nemesis Jacket and Nandi Pants Review

iXS Nemesis Jacket and Nandi Pants.

If the iXS name sounds familiar, it’s because the Swiss company has been making motorcycle apparel since 1979. We’ve tested iXS apparel before, and although it hasn’t been available in the U.S. for the past few years, the brand recently re-entered the market through a wholly owned distributor, iXS USA Inc. The iXS catalog runs the gamut—on- and off-road gear, ...

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Traxxion Dynamics AK20 Axxion Cartridge Kit Review

BMW F 800 GS fork innards.

The stock fork on many motorcycles uses a damper rod design that is OK for daily riding, but shows its limits during spirited riding, no matter what type of motorcycling you favor. My rough-and-ready BMW F 800 GS is no exception; in spite of the marque and price, the stock damper rod fork was just adequate. My search for improved ...

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Scottoiler eSystem Chain Oiler

Scottoiler eSystem Chain Oiler on a Ducati ST3.

My first bike, a ’68 Triumph, had a primitive chain oiler. Metered oil was drawn off the oil tank return line and a small amount was then diverted onto the chain via a drip line on the rear-wheel torque stay. It certainly oiled the chain but the errant spray also oiled my girlfriend’s snow-white jeans. My eager adolescent cure was ...

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Happy Trails Centerstand for Kawasaki KLR650 Review

Happy Trails Centerstand

Most dual-sport riders have a lift or a set of stands in the garage to ease routine maintenance on the chain, or change tires or oil. Out on the trail, though, those jobs get tougher, especially if one of the only two wheels the bike sits on has to be removed to fix a flat. Gee, wouldn’t a centerstand be ...

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Good Gear For Great Rides – Spring 2016 Buyer’s Guide

Good Gear For Great Rides

Vega Stealth Helmet Exotic carbon fiber is now a well-established material for building lightweight, but generally very expensive, motorcycle helmets as well as parts and bodywork. Vega has cracked the price barrier with its F117 Stealth Carbon Fiber helmet, which costs a mere $289.99 in black or $299.99 in graphics and tipped our scales at just 50.5 ounces. The F117 ...

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Cardo scala rider Packtalk Review

The Cardo scala rider Backtalk allows multiple riders and passengers to communicate simultaneously via Bluetooth or Cardo's Dynamic Meshwork Communication (DMC) technology.

In our Stayin’ Safe rider training program we rely on bike-to-bike communication to conduct real-time coaching on the road. Naturally, the latest comms technology is always of interest to us, so who better to test the new Cardo scala rider Packtalk communication system? My lead instructor in Georgia and our training partners at MotoMark1 in North Carolina kindly agreed to rendezvous ...

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