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Touratech Adjustable Shift Lever Review I was planning a ride across the Trans-Labrador Highway in Canada in the summer of 2011. While planning for this trip, I was concerned about riding my 2002 BMW R1150GS (review) on the hundreds of miles of gravel roads. I don’t ride off-road very often, so I had a real fear of …

AltRider Crash Bars Review I’ve installed my fair share of accessories on numerous motorcycles over the years (decades). Without a doubt, the AltRider Crash Bar kit for the BMW F800GS is at or near the top of my list regarding quality, production and fit. They have a unique open form but they address most of …

Tucano Urbano R360/R361 Handlebar Muffs So stylish they’re liable to get stolen, the Tucano Urbano design keeps hands warm and dry without sacrificing control. Mention handlebar muffs to most riders and you’ll conjure up an image of a grubby courier on a rat bike held together with duct tape and malice. Muffs are for warmth, …

Gryyp “Cargol Turn & Go” Review The Cargol Turn & Go, aka the Gryyp Tire Tool, is an easy-to-use carry-along device that can plug a tire in a limited range of situations. It’s more useful for car or trike tires than for motorcycle tires, but it’s cheap enough and easy enough to carry on a …

Booster Plug Review A simple and effective leveraging of technology to mitigate many of the performance issues users cope with from modern lean-burn fuel-injected engines. A true plug-and-play device, the Booster Plug does not have or need an interface or dynamic controls. Read the installation sheet, plug it in and go riding. Like so many …

Alpinestars Reflex Knee Guards Can excellent companion for riding jeans and similar pants are let down by a few design and quality flaws. Let’s face it, as much as we should wear all the gear all the time, motorcycle pants are often too hot during the summer or too “un-cool ” for the workplace. Mesh …

Fat Duc O2 Oxygen Sensor Manipulator A few weeks ago I received a breviloquent email from “Jason” at Fat Duc: “Just wanted to make you aware of a new product that we’re seeing great results in curing many of the low RPM problems plaguing late model Ducatis. The Fat Duc O2 Manipulator is a simple, …

Roadgear Coconut Socks Review Nice socks for wearing under motorcycle boots. But I’m not sure if they perform any better than cotton socks. Also, the fabric pilled after just one or two wearings. We’ve seen many interesting products come and go over the years, but coconut socks have to be about as far out there …

SanDisk Extreme Ducati Edition 4GB USB Flash Drive I’ll confess to a USB flash drive obsession. They’ve become somewhat of a fetish for me, defined by Webster’s as “an object of extreme or irrational reverence or devotion”. Kinda weird, no?  Of all the things… But, at least it’s a harmless obsession — to everyone other …

A Lookwell Leather Suit The Lookwell Leathers one-piece leather suit is surprisingly comfortable. It has nice overall styling that looks better than the photos may indicate. The perforations and vents work well. It has good elbow and shoulder protectors but no hip padding and the knee protectors is not adjustable. We’ve been surprised at the …

A Master Lock Cable Lock For Your Helmet Interesting cable lock with features designed for motorcyclists. Removable cable is available in several lengths and it has a vinyl coating to prevent scratching. I discovered the Master Lock Python locking cable system at the 2005 Dealer Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. They had a display showing how a …

Hot Grips for Cold Hands The Hot Grips can be difficult to install. But they work well, providing lots of heat. They include a two position switch. The draw is 15-18 Watts each at maximum power. The motorcycle riding season can be extended to take advantage of those cool, crisp late fall and early spring …