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The worst thing to happen to a pair of gloves . . .

… is to lose one of them, especially when they are your favorite.

A few months ago, I lost the right hand of my favorite motorcycle gloves: the “Sambia” by HELD. They were a splurge buy after my motorcycle trip to South America. The flimsy pair of Fox gloves I had taken with me (at a bargain of $20 a pair) had served me well during the trip and I was impressed they had lasted the entire 6 months. Read more →

Are motocross boots overkill for your adventure?

The short answer is, yes. The long answer is, opinions may vary.

Chances are if you disagree with me, you are a more hard-core rider than I am. I ride big-bore BMWs off-road in rocky terrain, in the mud and sand when I have to, and on forest service roads that get me away from the main highway. But I leave demanding single-track and boulder hopping to the lighter bikes and the skilled riders who can maneuver a heavy, big cc motorcycle in technical terrain like it was an extension of their limbs. Read more →

Worth the space? A Helinox Chair One and Table Review

All motorcyclists carry that one luxury item that they could do without, but it makes the trip so much more comfortable. For most riders its a pillow, for some it’s a torque wrench or musical instrument, and it used to be that chairs fell into that category. Lately, chairs seem to be on the must have section of the packing list since so many riders are carrying one. Is it worth the 2 lb. and 14×5” it takes up in the pannier? Read more →

Summer’s not over yet. Three ways to beat the heat while motorcycling

You want to go ride, but the temperature read out on your motorcycle shows you near triple digits. Then you look at your gore-tex infused or ballistic nylon suit and wonder how you are going to be comfortable enough to do it? Body heat regulation is an important factor to consider for any ride, and a cooling vest may be the answer you are looking for.  Read more →

Improving a KLR650 with a Seat Concepts custom seat

 

I first met Lendon of Seat Concepts when the office was in a small warehouse in San Jacinto, CA. At that time, the company had just started manufacturing molded foam replacements for motorcycle seats. With most of its employees coming from a motocross background, the company has a vested interest in creating comfortable seats. Eighteen months later, I saw him again at Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ and was able to catch up on how the business has grown. Read more →

Ural-mania! – A week long test ride (and abuse) of a sidecar rig at Overland Expo.2014

I have never driven a motorcycle with a sidecar before. Somehow I was in the right place, asking at the right time. I was briefly staying in Prescott, AZ, so I went to see Mark at Scooter and Auto Source. The first test ride around the block made me nervous about stretching the speedometer above 15mph. The handlebars shook in directions I was not directing them to go in. Read more →

Overdue Klim Latitude Review – 15 months and 23,000 miles later…

It’s not late, I just figured I might as well give the long-term version for reviewing Klim’s Latitude suit.

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Seat Concepts : comfort for the many miles ahead!

Seat Concepts  isa small company based out of San Jacinto, CA.  It was well worth the trek to watch Lendon build a new seat for my KLR.  A man whose initially constructed seats to restore old motocross racing bikes, he has made a booming business for himself recovering dual sport seats. Read more →