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A Jacket Designed for Airflow & Not to be Noticed REV’IT! designed the Tracer Air Overshirt to be a part of its casual workwear collection. This is gear that looks like regular casual clothing and not motorcycle gear. The Tracer Air Overshirt just looks like a simple lightweight jacket, but it has construction and features …

Introduction Welcome to the third and final installment in this Motonation Apparel Series that has already featured the Pursang Jacket and the Cappra Vented Mesh Pant – this one highlights the Phantom Textile Pants – as in two-pair. Motonation is a well-known source for premier riding gear, having been in the import business for some …

Bike Background The first motorcycle I remember riding was so tall I couldn’t get either foot down on the ground. I was eight or nine and somewhere south of 4 feet tall. My dad would lift me up on the seat and give me a push to get me going. When I was tired of …

First Impressions Who is GMax? I know many of you are familiar with the brand already but this is my first encounter with them. I scoured the internet and found scant information so I reached out directly via email and got a fast response. GMax is an American company based in Idaho that began designing …

Introduction I’m not seeing much, if anything, in the way of Motonation riding gear being worn or being sold here in Canada. It has been difficult to get a feel for the products… until now.  A well-known source for premier riding gear, Motonation is a long time importer with significant design and marketing experience which …

Introduction I have always wanted to get or try a NEXX helmet, especially something in the ‘Adventure’ line – so in being provided with a NEXX X.WED2 X-Patrol Helmet (also known as the X-Wild) for this review, one more ‘helmet-related’ item is now crossed off the proverbial bucket list… as informal as it is. NEXX …

Introduction Last summer I purchased a 1999 Kawasaki ZRX 1100. It is a bike I liked when it originally came on the market. It is a replica of the early 80s KZ1000R, which was a tribute to Eddie Lawson’s winning Kawasaki race bike. As Cycle World put it, “a replica of a replica”. I even …

Foreword This first of two Motion Series reviews introduces the new Motion Series systems from UClear and focuses on the Motion 6 system that is the base offering of this new series of products. The more advanced Motion Infinity is the subject of the second review in this series and while it shares almost everything …

I’ve Fallen Prey To A Bell SRT Modular Predator First Impression & Fitment I’ve just finished reviewing 3 successive helmets that all (to varying degrees) hurt my head to wear. All of them were shaped too narrow for my Round Oval skull. Thankfully relief came in the form of this Bell SRT Modular lid that …

Quick Specs $499 / Intermediate Oval (Neutral bias) / 3.83lbs / 1,737g Note: NEXX provided this X.VILITUR at no cost for the purpose of this review. NEXX’s First Modular is a Good One Hot off the heels of my SCHUBERTH C4 Pro review is NEXX’s first-ever modular helmet, the long-awaited X.Vilitur. Priced at $499, it …

Quick Specs $209.99 / Intermediate Oval  / 3.81lbs / 1,728g A Modular That’s Heavy on Features, Light on Weight The HJC IS-Max II is the successor to the venerable IS-MAX modular helmet that we reviewed back in 2009. That helmet was a quality one when it came out and has served many riders well. The …

Introduction wBW has been doing product reviews, collections, and new product line overviews and long-term evaluations of adventure touring equipment for years with REV’IT products prominently featured… for all the right reasons – they have a diverse product line featuring innovative and versatile riding gear. Past Gear Limitations & Current Option Diversity For most of …

Introduction wBW has been doing REV’IT! product reviews, collection, and new product line roundups and long-term evaluations of their products for years, and for all the right reasons – they have a diverse product line featuring innovative and versatile riding gear. Past Gear Limitations & Current Option Diversity For most of my decades-long riding career, …

Introduction Welcome to another installment of the Motonation Apparel Textile Gear Series featuring the Cappra Vented (Textile) Pants. And yes, I know Kathy Koewler reviewed a pair of them in May 2018, so this is a refresh – and these are the Sand tone variant, changing everything, no? A well-known source for premier riding gear, …

Starting Today, You Can Get a Heck of a Deal I’m signed up for Revzilla’s sales alerts, and today I noticed that the motorcycle gear retailer is offering Schuberth helmets with some serious discounts. Some Schuberth helmets are marked down by as much as 65 percent. Seeing as how the company makes some of the …

First Impressions & Basic Information The first thing everyone is going to say about the Biltwell Lane Splitter is that it looks cool. This helmet is a fashion statement. Of course, there will be some naysayers in the looks department because everyone has their own opinions when it comes to style. I think it looks …

A Tale of Two Helmets: GT Air vs. GT Air II I’m regularly informed by many people how my 14 yr old son “looks just like you.” I can see similarities for sure, but to me, he’s taller, updated, improved, and a less hairy version of me that society will happily embrace whereas it mainly …

Background It’s been a long, tough winter here in the heartland. Record snowfall and record flooding have kept us indoors and dampened our spirits. I can’t remember a time when I’ve longed for Spring more than this year. So I was very excited when the GMAX OF77 helmet arrived at my doorstep, heralding the beginning …

When it comes to the Women’s Automag 2 jacket,  ICON Motosports claims, “We understand the core needs of the street-focused rider.” They aren’t lying. The jacket does many things and does them all well, which is a rare find for a price under $250. The Automag 2 doesn’t just perform well, it also looks the …

Introduction Arai helmets. Anyone who has taken the time to study the process that goes into making an Arai helmet will no doubt agree that they make helmet production into an artform. From the handmade shells to the solid operation of moving parts like vents and visors, Arai helmets are definitely a class leader when it …

Losing My Virginity My Ducati virginity, that is! It couldn’t have been more perfect or romantic my first time with this Italian seductress. We met in Nice, France – and both originally from other countries. Myself from Alberta, Canada and her from Bologna, Italia. Our paths crossed somewhere along a picturesque lane named Rivoli. This …

Introduction REV’IT! gear has generally received good marks from us (reviews here) and other motorcycle gear publications. The company’s wide range of products and styles means that it serves a large portion of the market. Part of that market that’s been growing considerably lately is the segment of gear that blends street-clothes style with the …

The Gavia Aren’t Newcomers I’ve been wearing a pair of SIDI Adventure 2 Gore Tex Boots for the last year and appreciate them for all the reasons outlined in the review we did two years ago. They did exactly what I wanted for the long ride on gravel I took last June to Tuktoyaktuk and …

Quick Specs $699 / Intermediate Oval / 3.9lbs / 1,769g Note: SCHUBERTH and SENA provided the C4 Pro/SC1 respectively for the purposes of this review. Integrated Electronics, a Revised Fit, & Numerous Improvements Make the Pro the C4 to Wear The C4 Pro: the return to form for this venerable German helmet brand. Having heard …

I’ve never ridden a big touring motorcycle from the Honda or Indian lineup of bikes. I have ridden and reviewed other bikes from Ducati, KTM, and Harley Davidson. Lately, the thought of branching out and seeing what I’ve been missing has germinated and even grown some strong roots. I feel like I might be missing …

Quick Specs $225 / Technomicro & Teflon mesh / Sizes 36 – 50 (EU), 6 – 16.5 (USA/CAN) Note: These SIDI Performer Air’s were provided at no-charge by their North American distributor, Motonation. A Solid Entrant in the Mid-Range Sport Boot Segment SIDI. By now you’ve surely heard all about them, but if you haven’t …

Quick Specs Under $200 / Intermediate Oval / 3.55lbs / 1,610g A $200 SNELL/DOT-Certified Bargain, & My New Full Face Value Pick The Scorpion website proclaims the EXO-R710 to be the best fiberglass helmet you can buy for its $200 price point, and I have to say that I can get on board with that …

Introduction I want to start off by saying that I haven’t been a fan of short cuff gloves for the past several years. Concerns over the lack of wrist protection combined with some “less than strong” wrist securing methods had me looking towards full gauntleted options. So how did I end up looking at (and …

You Might Be Surprised At the Results Crushing a motorcycle helmet with a hydraulic press isn’t the most scientific test of a helmet. That said, it does demonstrate the weak points of a helmet when that helmet is put under extreme amounts of pressure. The team over at the Hydraulic Press Channel on YouTube recently …

Some First Impressions I was really looking forward to testing out the Airflite Inky from ICON, and had it out of the box and ready for a test ride as soon as it arrived. I took a short ride on city streets to get the feel of the helmet, learn to locate the controls for …

Some First Impressions In all honesty, I was wondering if I had requested something that was going to be far beyond my level of appreciation for riding footwear. I had researched the SIDI line for a best-of article and was super impressed by the Tecno-3 Push Closure System and the ability to replace many parts …

Introduction Years ago, GoPro essentially created the action camera market by offering small and lightweight devices that could take a beating and deliver good quality video. Since that time, many other players have stepped into the “action camera” arena including Sony, Garmin, and others. A large majority of action cameras followed GoPro’s lead and designed …

My Glove Experience Everyone that knows me understands that I have a mild glove fetish. At one time I had over 20 pairs of motorcycle gloves, including a pair of fingerless gloves I don’t recall ever wearing. I’ve also reviewed several pairs of gloves in the past for wBW such as the Spidi Avant Garde …

I gotta say, I didn’t think that when I sat down to write this review that the angle I’d take would be one of sex appeal and beauty. Yet, here I am about to write exactly that… about helmet stands, of all things. Disclosure: Halley sent me their helmet stands at no cost for the …

My first helmet back in 1987 was a bright yellow Nolan dirt bike offering. Maybe some of you reading this had the same one too? It left an impression on me, yet for some reason, I’ve never worn another Nolan product until today. I’ve been missing out! This Italian brand has been building high quality, …

Introduction Carbon fiber. This material seems to offer considerable street “cred” to any piece of motorcycle apparel, accessory, or the hard part where this super strong material is employed. Despite what motorcycle accessory catalogs might show, not everything is better by simply being made from this material. Helmets, though, are one area I can get …

Introduction I am always anxious to get riding in the spring and push fall riding as late as possible. One of the concerns is that with dropping temperatures comes cold hands and the lack of ability to properly control the motorcycle. As I have snowmobiled for decades, my default is always to pack my latest …

Technology has become a part of almost every aspect of our daily lives. Not only do we rely on it for many forms of entertainment but we also depend on it for necessities such as communication, gathering information and even navigation when we are traveling. How long has it been since you referred to a …

Amazing Comfort To be honest, I never even considered a legging style pant for riding which is odd because I often wear leggings or compression leggings to the gym or as comfort wear at home. The Oxford Super Leggings opened my eyes to this great new idea of comfort and protection when riding. These form-fitting …

Your Scrambler Will Never Have Sounded So Good The Ducati Scrambler is one of those bikes that seemed to scratch people right where they itched. It looks undeniably cool, offers good on-road qualities and some minor off-road game, and even provides a good platform for customization. While you can do just about anything to these …