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2003 Honda VFR800 Project Bike

The styling is angular but the rough edges are smoother now. It’s no Gold Wing, but it’s a better all-day ride than it was.

Jerry Smith
April 6, 2012

I guess I was pretty busy in my forties, because I forgot to have my midlife crisis. Now, 20 years later, I’m finally getting around to it with a 2003 Honda VFR800. While I still enjoy the performance and handling of sportbikes, the ergonomics are another matter—the years and a couple of crashes... Read more »

Storz Performance Develops Show Bike for New Line of Accessories


Press Release
March 1, 2012

Storz Performance has developed a new line of Café Racer style accessories for use on 2004 to current model Harley–Davidson Sportsters. A new show bike, the Storz SP1200RR, has been constructed to serve as a rolling display case for these items. A hand formed aluminum gas tank and road-race style... Read more »

Case-Mate TANK iPhone Case

Case-Mate TANK

Rider Magazine
November 23, 2011

iPHONE ARMOR. Tough on your Apple iPhone? Case-Mate’s new TANK protective case may be the answer. It meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of Defense standard for sand/dust, shock/drop, wind/rain and vibration, and Detroit Testing Laboratory’s hammer impact test found TANK to be 2.5 times more impact... Read more »

Writers and Riders: Meeting Melissa Holbrook Pierson and John Ryan

Melissa Holbrook Pierson and John Ryan

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2011

In his 1929 short story, Chains, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy hatched the idea of six degrees of separation, whereby every person on earth could be connected to every other person on earth through a “friend of a friend” chain with six or fewer links. Nearly seven decades later, in 1997, American... Read more »

Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires Review

Eric Trow
July 8, 2011

The Buell is a filthy mess. But the Dunlop Roadsmart tires shine. [This Dunlop Roadsmart Sport-Touring Tires Review was originally published in Rider magazine] About three years ago the folks at Dunlop Motorcycle Tires took on the seemingly impossible challenge to develop a tire that would meet the... Read more »

Snider’s Paint Guard

Joe Michaud
January 28, 2011

Motorcycle bodywork, especially fuel tanks and color-matched luggage, is prone to getting scratched. We climb on and off motorcycles hastily, we bump into them, and, of course, there’s the occasional not-my-fault tip over. The realities of motorcycle ownership being what they are, I decided to give Snider’s... Read more »

Kaoko Cruise Control

Arden Kysely
January 24, 2011

In 1975 I bought a new Honda CB400-Four and rode it to Chicago from southern California, pretty much as fast as I could. The trip included several 500-mile days between free lodgings with relatives, and a butt-busting 750-mile finale. The little Honda ran like a top, but hanging on to the low handlebar... Read more »

Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel Bag

Arden Kysely
January 11, 2011

In need of a catch-all bag for a ride-and-camp to eastern Oregon last summer, I picked out the Dry Duffel from Wolfman’s Expedition Dry Line collection. I was impressed by the heft of the bag just lifting it out of the box. Turns our that Wolfman doesn’t mess around with flimsy fabrics for these... Read more »

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker Review

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker

Greg Drevenstedt
December 31, 2010

Paul was the Ennis Del Mar to my Jack Twist as we rode our trusty steeds up to Brokeback (Sawmill) Mountain. His BMW, my KTM and our unbridled bromance on the trail. We stopped occasionally to send “all OK” messages via satellite, to take happy snaps and to take in the grand ridgeline views under... Read more »

DVD Review: The Ride: Alaska to Patagonia

Rider Magazine
December 28, 2010

Oh, the perils of technology. Way back in April, the folks at GlobeBusters, a U.K.-based motorcycle tour company, sent me a copy of The Ride: Alaska to Patagonia on DVD for a review. Founded in 2002 by world-record holders Kevin and Julia Sanders, GlobeBusters specializes in extensive, exotic adventure... Read more »

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