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Bell Helmets Announces 'Pro Deal Program'

As a sign of gratitude, Bell Helmets is now offering VIP status through an exclusive “Pro Deal Program” for powersports industry professionals, active military and public service officials. The program offers an exclusive discount on Bell products, apparel and accessories to outdoor industry professionals including shop employees, retails sales associates, shop owners, mechanics, manufacturers, athletes, media and more. In addition ...

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Cycle Sounds Launches New Website

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Cycle Sounds is proud to announce the launch of its new and improved website cyclesounds.com. Cycle Sounds sells high-quality audio products for motorcycles, including a fully amplified handlebar mounted speaker kit, fairing audio upgrades and saddlebag speaker lids. As a launch promotion, Cycle Sounds is extending free shipping to U.S. customers (lower 48 states) for all orders. For more information, ...

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Polaris Acquires KLIM Technical Riding Gear

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Polaris Industries Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Teton Outfitters, LLC, a privately owned, Rigby, Idaho-based company which designs, develops and distributes KLIM Technical Riding Gear. Calendar year 2012 sales for KLIM are anticipated to approach $30 million. KLIM is an industry leader in technical riding gear. This acquisition adds KLIM to Polaris’ growing parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business. ...

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Budget Audio for Honda Gold Wings

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I put a Gold Wing GL1800 on my dream-bike list back in 2001, and finally snagged a used ’01 last year. But I quickly discovered that one of the features I was so eager to get—a factory stereo—came with speakers so anemic they had to be cranked up to ear-bleed volumes before I could hear them at speed, with the ...

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Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History (Book Review)

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When the ground-breaking “Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, in 1998, I had the good fortune of attending—twice. At the time, I was living in Philadelphia, a two-hour ride to the south via the mind-numbing New Jersey Turnpike, and a diehard enthusiast buddy of mine just happened to live in midtown Manhattan. ...

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Ventura Mistral I Bike-Pack Kit Review

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(This Gearlab review was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Last year I tested Ventura’s Bike-Pack System, with model-specific L-brackets installed on my 1998 Kawasaki KLR650, along with a multitude of racks and bags (Rider, April 2011). The high-quality system was easy to install and offered lots of versatility for carrying gear. Ventura recently released a new ...

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Leatt STX Road Neck Brace Review

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(This review was printed in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) One of the most important tenets of Rider’s editorial philosophy is ATGATT: All The Gear, All The Time. During road tests, photo shoots and pleasure rides, we choose gear that is functional and comfortable, but above all is designed to protect us if we crash. At a minimum, ...

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DP Brake Pads Review

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(This review was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Brake pads are the unsung heroes of motorcycling. Out of sight, out of mind, those little buggers save our lives hundreds if not thousands of times, every time we ride. Materials, design and quality vary, but all disc brake pads play the crucial role of squeezing rotors firmly ...

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Muc-Off Motorcycle Chain Doc

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Santa’s sleigh is powered by reindeers and magic, not internal combustion. But in the off-season, when he’s ice racing or doing the occasional track day, Santa needs to keep his motorcycle chains in good working condition. That’s where Muc-Off Motorcycle Chain Doc ($59.95) comes in. Its easy-to-use mechanism clips over the chain, and heavy-duty rotating brushes rapidly remove heavy grime, ...

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How to Handle the Four Most Common Road Emergencies

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You’re on a sport-touring journey and suddenly your bike has a problem. You’re dead in the water. What to do? Fortunately, the four most common road emergencies can usually be prevented by regular inspection and maintenance, but here’s what to do when that doesn’t work. Out of Gas Run out of gas on tour and you’ll need a donor bike ...

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