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Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System Review

Vertix Raptor

Ken Aiken
November 26, 2013

The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that’s expected of a top-quality Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. The lightweight control unit fits onto the side of a helmet using a very strong type of hook-and-loop fastener that is claimed to be secure up to 130 mph. The control unit has four... Read more »

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly Review

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly

Dave Bucher
November 26, 2013

(Editor’s Note: addendum at bottom added on March 11, 2014) Problem: Storing and accessing your precious motorcycle in a small garage that’s full of stuff. Solution: Harbor Freight’s Haul-Master (Item 95896) Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly. I bought mine in 2007 to handle the dreaded chore of... Read more »

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset Review

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset

Mark Tuttle
October 8, 2013

Sena’s SMH10 and SMH5 Bluetooth headsets are as easy to use as they come. The key to their success is the “Jog Dial,” a big round knob that is both a button and a dial that lets you push-to-talk and enable and disable all of the other functions with a single control. The jog dial is mounted on... Read more »

BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2013

When Paul Beck test rode a new BMW R 1200 GS back in 2007, he knew he had to have one. A few months later, he went to BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County (BMWVC), handed over the keys to his heavier, less powerful R 1150 GS and rode home on a brand-new 1200. Paul has worked his GS like a mule ever since,... Read more »

Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Tread Motorcycle Tires

Jerry Smith
October 4, 2013

Honda’s GL1800 Gold Wing is a well-balanced machine, combining comfort and performance in a bike whose size and heft seem at odds with its eye-opening acceleration and handling. One area in which that balance is off, however, is tire wear. Rack up a lot of highway miles and you’ll often reach the... Read more »

Öhlins TTX Shocks for BMW R 1200 GS

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Greg Drevenstedt
September 26, 2013

The stock front and rear shocks on the BMW R 1200 perform well most of the time, but their range of adjustment is limited and they can become overwhelmed by heavy loads or extreme riding conditions. Paul Beck, whose 2007 R 1200 GS project bike was featured in our October issue, is bigger (6-foot-4, 300-plus... Read more »

Aerostich AD1 Riding Pants Review

Aerostich AD1 Riding Pants

Jerry Smith
September 10, 2013

Years ago, when I got my first set of custom-made racing leathers, the first time I put them on I thought something was terribly wrong. The arms were too long, the seat hung down like a full diaper, I could barely stand up straight––they just didn’t fit. The tailor listened patiently to me freaking... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit Review

Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit

Scott A. Williams
September 3, 2013

Riders need to stand out, especially when visibility is reduced—and stand out you will in a Harley-Davidson Genuine MotorClothes Hi-Vis Rain Suit. It is available in orange or yellow, although the orange somehow seems a better complement to the huge, reflective Harley logo across the back. There’s... Read more »

Cardo scala rider Q3 Bluetooth Communicators Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
August 28, 2013

Cardo Systems, Inc. has revamped its popular Q-line of scala rider Bluetooth helmet communicators, which now includes the Q1 TeamSet (two headsets) rider-to-passenger communicators; the Q3 (one headset); and Q3 MultiSet (two headsets) bike-to-bike communicators. Compared to the G9 PowerSet that Eric... Read more »

2013 Buyers Guide: Touring and Sport-Touring Tires

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Bill Stermer
August 7, 2013

Tires seem to be a pretty simple proposition. They’re round and they’re black. All we ask of them is that that they grip well, last a decent number of miles and don’t cost too much. However, beneath this rather bland exterior lies a tremendous amount of technology born of relentless research. To... Read more »

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