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Rainsuits 101: Staying Dry At Speed

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Weather forecasting isn’t an exact science, and you get caught in the rain even during the summer. If you keep riding through the fall and winter, you’ll learn what real rain is. You might have ridden through short showers, but when you get caught in a sudden storm, or ride all day in a cold, steady drizzle, you’ll see how ...

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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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Cortech Sequoia XC Adventure Suit Review

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As the adventure-riding segment grows, so does the variety of clothing to wear while you explore the back-of-beyond, each new product promising to protect adventurers from a wide range of weather and mishaps. Helmet House has joined the fray with its Cortech branded and economically priced Sequoia XC jacket and pants ($349.99 and $164.99, respectively). A 600-denier Carbolex polyester fabric ...

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Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box Review

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In the 1990 film Crazy People, the late, great Dudley Moore plays an ad executive who, following a nervous breakdown, creates a series of blunt, truthful advertisements. The movie was terrible, but the tagline for a Volvo ad was unforgettable: “They’re boxy but they’re good.” The same can be said for the Happy Trails panniers and top box we installed ...

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Sena Prism Action Cam and Handlebar Remote Review

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If you watch any action-cam videos on the Internet, you know the 800-pound gorilla is the ubiquitous GoPro. But brisk competition is good for innovation and consumers. Since I use a SENA intercom, I was interested in its hi-def Prism action cam and new handlebar remote. The motorsports camera kit provides all the mounts that any rider could require, including ...

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Power Trip Gauge Mesh and Pivot Motorcycle Jackets Review

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Two hundred and sixty bucks is a pretty typical price for a decent textile riding jacket, wouldn’t you say? What if that could buy you two? Joe Rocket’s Power Trip line says it has redefined cheap with its Gauge Mesh and Pivot jackets, and we’re inclined to agree. Starting at $129.99 each, you could own both an armored mesh jacket ...

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Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Suit Review

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Dainese’s D-Explorer Gore-Tex suit is designed for the demands of adventure/dual-sport riding, where negotiating challenging terrain may require standing on the pegs, counterbalancing, pushing, pulling and, on those unlucky days, picking up your heavy bike again and again. The “modular flap system” allows panels on the chest, back and thighs to be opened—incrementally from small to large openings—to expose mesh ...

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Olympia Moto Sports Blaze Safety Vest Review

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Wearing hi-viz apparel is a great way to get motorists’ attention. Ultra-bright colors that don’t exist in nature catch their eyes, and that momentary “what’s that?” pause may make them think twice before pulling out in front of you. But what makes hi-viz gear appealing from a safety standpoint makes it unappealing in terms of style. Some people just can’t ...

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Racer Dynamic II Motorcycle Gloves Review

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Even though crashing when it’s cold is probably going to hurt just as much as when it’s hot, most cold-weather gloves go for bulk over protection. You get a leather palm here and there, maybe, but that’s not going to help a lot if you punch the pavement. For serious hand protection you need more sporty gloves, but few of ...

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BikeMaster Heated Grips Review

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I like heated grips but I’m less fond of installing them. Most of the ones I’ve tried are what I call improvisational—the instructions give you a general idea of how to hook them up, but are short on details like how to mount the generic switch or controller, and lack the parts needed to hook up the wires. BikeMaster’s heated ...

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