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Suiting Up for Road or Trail—Adventure Motorcycle Gear

Paul Beck at Hadley Butte

Greg Drevenstedt
February 3, 2014

In our October 2013 issue, we introduced you to Paul Beck, an experienced adventure rider whose 2007 BMW R 1200 GS served as a project bike (Über-Adventure Upgrade). In addition to kitting out Paul’s bike, we kitted out his body. Since he’s a big guy (6-foot, 4-inches and 300-plus pounds), we sought... Read more »

Metzeler Karoo 3 Motorcycle Tires Review

Metzeler Karoo 3 Motorcycle Tires

Greg Drevenstedt
February 3, 2014

Before taking on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, we spooned Metzeler Karoo 3 tires on our 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure test bike and Paul Beck’s 2007 BMW R 1200 GS project bike (Rider, October 2013). Route 5 of the ORBDR is a 750-mile off-road track through central Oregon, from California to... Read more »

NoNoise Motorsport Hearing Protectors Review

NoNoise Motorsport Hearing Protectors

Greg Drevenstedt
January 31, 2014

Just as I’ve always worn a full-face helmet to protect my entire head, I’ve always worn earplugs to protect my ears from the potential damage caused by wind noise. Even with a windscreen, a fairing and a full-face helmet, wind noise can be unpleasantly loud at highway speeds. Whether from attending... Read more »

Joe Rocket Speedway Motorcycle Jacket Review

Joe Rocket Speedway Jacket

Mike Vaughan
January 30, 2014

“No skulls, no chains, no pointless noise,” is how Joe Rocket describes its Speedway jacket, and that’s a pretty good description. This is a well made, 1.2mm, drum-dyed, classic black leather motorcycle jacket. The only nods to decor are the optional red or ivory stripes that run along the sleeves... Read more »

Bridgestone Battlax T30 Sport-Touring Tires Review

Bridgestone Battlax T30 Rear Tire

Bill Stermer
January 30, 2014

The Battlax T30 is a new line of sport-touring radial tires, Bridgestone’s first tire to carry the “T” designation for “Touring.” The T30 features an advanced tread pattern designed to provide improved handling and dry grip when compared with its predecessor, the Battlax BT-023. A new front... Read more »

Screaming Banshee Horn System Review

The Full Banshee Horn System includes a 120-decibel air horn and proprietary Screaming Banshee control unit.

Ken Aiken
January 6, 2014

The Full Banshee Horn System includes a 120-decibel air horn and proprietary Screaming Banshee control unit. Stock motorcycle horns are often rather pathetic little tooters, and most motorists driving with windows rolled up and the radio blasting won’t even hear your warning cry. The Screaming Banshee... Read more »

2013 Hi-Visibility Buyers Guide

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Jerry Smith
January 3, 2014

No matter what time of year, it’s tough for motorcyclists to stand out in traffic. As winter closes in, daylight hours diminish and overcast skies become common, it’s even harder to be seen. Hi-viz apparel and riding gear is the first line of defense against careless and inattentive drivers, and... Read more »

Bunkhouse Queen Camping Trailer Review

Bunkhouse Queen Camping Trailer

James Parchman
January 2, 2014

Bunkhouse Queen Camping Trailer The choices motorcyclists have among on-the-road lodgings differ as much as their choices in motorcycles. Many prefer comfort and choose a motel or bed-and-breakfast; others opt for rustic pleasure and pitch a tent in some idyllic setting. We recently evaluated a product... Read more »

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit Review

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit

Bill Stermer
December 20, 2013

Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Tire Repair Kit Few motorcycle breakdowns are as common or as irritating as a flat tire. Even if you’re packing a plug kit, too often the glue has hardened from disuse and you’re still dead in the water. The beauty of the Dynaplug Pro Tubeless Repair Kit is that it can plug... Read more »

Nelson-Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-piece Rainsuit Review

Feeling dry and toasty post-deluge wearing Nelson-Rigg's AS-3000 Aston 2-piece Rainsuit.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 19, 2013

It doesn’t rain much here in Southern California, which can be both a blessing (humidity who? mosquitos?) and a curse (um…I’m thinking). Being American by birth, Southern by the grace of God, since transplanting to the Left Coast I’ve come to miss the dramatic beauty of thunderstorms and grass... Read more »

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