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October 18, 2017

GMax GM11 Adventure Helmet

I used to work at a motorcycle dealership where part of my job was to help outfit riders. As I escorted customers down the helmet aisle, we’d talk about how price reflected protection and comfort. Generally, a more expensive helmet fit better and offered more safety. At the end of our walk we’d arrive at the GMax helmets—reserved for the…
October 12, 2017

Forcefield Kadet Youth Body Armor

Each year the motorcycle industry introduces all sorts of new, innovative safety products and riding gear, providing us with more choices and better protection than ever before. One area I haven’t seen much improvement in, however, is protective gear for youth riders. That’s why I was excited to see Forcefield Body Armour has created a back protector specifically for children.…
October 11, 2017

Trail Tech 7-Inch LED Headlight

In these modern times of efficiency, performance and streamlining, do you really need eight inches of lighting power for your dual-sport or enduro? Don’t be surprised if seven inches does the job. Doing more with less is the ultimate goal for many, and Trail Tech went to the moon with this one. If you want an 8″ halogen race light…
October 09, 2017

Scorpion EXO Yukon Jacket and Pants

I’ve always been one to groan about bulky, cumbersome gear. When I first saw the Scorpion Exo Yukon suit I thought it looked like futuristic riot gear and I would be walking around like a mech warrior. Initially, that turned out to be true, and several people expressed the same sentiments. It was stiff at first, and while also breaking…
October 05, 2017

BT Cycle Stanch Clamp Collar Kit For BMW R1200GS and GSA

BMW Motorrad RecallIn mid-2017 BMW Motorrad AG officially initiated a global safety recall program, because of a defect with the upper stanchions of the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure models. The potentially disastrous defect, affects an estimated 200,000 motorcycles, built and sold between 2013 and July 2017.The motorcycle press and the internet has been abuzz for months, with talk of “catastrophic…
October 03, 2017

Scala Rider PACKTALK Durability Test

The Scala Rider PACKTALK system is one of the most advanced helmet-to-helmet communication systems on the planet. Utilizing a mesh-based connection called DMC (Dynamic Meshwork Communication), the PACKTALK can link up to 15 riders within a range of five miles. The system is designed to “self-heal” when riders are entering or leaving a group, unlike Bluetooth-based systems. Unfortunately, I don’t…
October 01, 2017

Under Asian Skies - Second Edition

Throughout his overland motorcycle journey from Australia to England, Sam Manicom encountered countless obstacles traveling through border crossings, hostile territory, extreme terrain, and inclement weather. The lessons he learned and stories of the companions he gained along the way are told in this newly revised and updated edition of Under Asian Skies. Sam has a vivid writing style that keeps…
September 19, 2017

Giant Loop Pronghorn Luggage Straps

Is it possible to have too many tie-down straps? Nahhhh. And perhaps one of the lesser-known options is Giant Loop’s line of Pronghorn Straps. Like many riders, I don’t like or use bungee cords (for any reason) because they stretch while in use and wear out rather quickly over time. If you’ve ever lost or damaged your luggage due to…
September 18, 2017

Garmin Zūmo 595LM and Touratech Locking GPS Mount

If you’re considering a ruggedly built, shockproof/ waterproof navi for your bike, take a look at Garmin’s zūmo 595LM with its larger 5-inch display. I’ve been using zūmo series navis for almost 10 years, have logged at least 50,000 miles on these almost bulletproof devices, and have never experienced a failure. Although the down side is the price point, when…