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What’s the best helmet? Treading bravely across a minefield of personal preference

March 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“So, what’s the best helmet to buy?
It’s almost a trick question; a study in ontology, metaphysics, and physics all rolled together. Still, the question wouldn’t come up so often if it were a layup. I’m either brave enough, or something else enough to bite. So here goes.
It’s not that there isn’t an answer. It’s […]

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Know your fabrics before you buy your motorcycle gear

February 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I found Motoport a couple of days after dumping my bike going round a round-a-bout at something less than 20mph. The roads were wet and I was dumb/unaware enough to roll on the throttle while leaned over while rolling over one of the those big white painted arrows. A bad combination.
The bike slide out from […]

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Tips on buying stuff

February 18th, 2008 · No Comments

There’s a piece in the Contra Costa Times about a company called techbargains. The site is completely overwhelming when you go there but it’s about what you think it’s about. The part that caught my eye were these tips on buying. Good advice for buying anything.

Tips from the expert
Norman Fong and his […]

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Drive by Review: Novus Plastic Polish

February 17th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve been using Novus plastic polish all over all my bikes for the past six months. I can’t imagine why I didn’t have all three around much sooner.

Novus comes in three grades, all of which can be used safely on your motorcycle’s metal, plastic, and plexiglass surfaces. The site contains all the instructions and tips […]

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Drive by Review: TechSpec vs. Stompgrip

February 17th, 2008 · No Comments

At some point you need to think about your knees. If you don’t know it already, they’re good for more than connecting the two parts of your legs and aching as you get older. For all sort of reasons, riders want and need to get a good grip on the tank.

Going down hill
For the long-distance […]

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Drive By Review: Suomy Extreme follow up

August 26th, 2007 · No Comments

A few weeks ago I reported on my first impressions of the Suomy Extreme helmet. Just to complete the record . . .
I’ve worn this lid now for about 3000 miles. I finally bought cheek-pads for an XL which solved the tight problem I was having. Everything I said before is true but now more […]

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In Depth Review: Suomy Extreme

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

A few weeks back I laid down $650 for a Suomy Extreme. Here are my initial impressions.The Extreme is a handsome piece. The Dragon art is killer in my book and looks about ten feet deep right out of the box. Flip the lid over and the inside looks better than an Aston Martin . […]

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Drive By Review: Madco, MCL, Garmin Zumo 55, Avon Storms, Evapodana, Motoport, Lee Parks, Pin Lock

May 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

I just returned from a 2500 mile ride from Seattle to Death Valley and back on my FJR1300. Weather ranged from 38 to 105 F. Following is a miscellaneous gear report.
Madco. I fitted the Madco Rider at the same time I installed the ergo2. Together or separate, they make a big difference. The Madco is […]

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Drive By Review: Sidi, Lee Parks, Z1R Helmet, Sure ER-6, Buff Neck Gator, Motoport, REI Poly-Pro, BioSkin, V1, Cruz Tools

January 27th, 2007 · No Comments

I just returned from an excellent ride along the south bank of the Skagit and Sauk rivers. Zero traffic, though some black ice and dodgy road surfaces. A lovely 200 mile loop.Riding said loop got me to thinking about gear. I thought I would pass along some random reviews. YMMV.
Boots
I have two pairs of Sidis. […]

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