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  • Moto-Skiveez Adventure Tights | Gear Review
    Moto-Skiveez Adventure Tights.Jacket, check. Boots, check. Tights, che…. Wait just a gol-durn minute – tights for a motorcycle trip? Yep, tights. Moto-Skiveez, makers of Adventure Shorts (read our review here), added legs to the shorts to create high-tech riding tights for adventure riders, and the results are comforting. I wore their Adventure Tights on an attempt at the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route and was more comfortable over the long haul to Utah from my home in SoCal than ever before. Even with an aftermarket seat on my BMW F 800 GS, by butt eventually burns as the miles roll up, but not with the Adventure Tights. The compression fabric that extends to below the calf is designed to reduce leg fatigue while standing, and after slogging through miles of relentless sand on the pegs, my legs still had some strength, while the rest of my body was toast. The term “saddle… ..... Read More.
    RIDER MAGAZINE – Motorcycles | Sports & RecreationThu, April 4, 2019
    2 weeks ago
  • MX Boot Resole and Repair | Gear Review
    Right: One of my boots before being resoled (as shown on left).Riding gear doesn’t last forever, not even your favorite riding boots. Or can they? When I sidelined my Sidi On Roads due to slippery, worn out soles, I hoped to one day have them re-soled and ride in them again. But local cobblers wouldn’t touch them. Motorcycle boots are specialty items, and my Sidis have molded soles that take special tools, techniques and supplies to refresh, as opposed to the welted, sewn-on soles common in street shoes and work boots. MX Boot Resole & Repair came to the rescue with its $107 resole service (for Sidi boots, prices for other brands vary), and that includes return shipping. From cutting-edge Alpinestars road-racing boots to my humble On Roads, MX Boot resoles, rebuilds and refurbishes a host of boot types and brands. I started the process by calling Greg at MX… ..... Read More.
    RIDER MAGAZINE – Motorcycles | Sports & RecreationThu, April 4, 2019
    2 weeks ago
  • What To Know Before Buying A Bell Race Star Flex Helmet
    Gear and Products First impressions of Bell’s high-end carbon-fiber lid Considering picking up Bell’s latest track/sport carbon-fiber helmet? Read our first impressions before cutting a check for $800. ..... Read More.
    CYCLE WORLD – Motorcycles | Sports & RecreationWed, April 3, 2019
    2 weeks ago
  • The Acceleration Motto, Part 2
    Ienatsch Tuesday A plan to increase the enjoyment for all hesitant riders who have lost the joy of riding Many riders give up on motorcycling because they aren't having fun. Proper training ups the fun factor. ..... Read More.
    CYCLE WORLD – Motorcycles | Sports & RecreationTue, April 2, 2019
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Deserts, Small Bike: Riding Death Valley, Mojave and Joshua Tree on a Yamaha XT250
    Straddling the Colorado and Mojave deserts, Joshua Tree National Park is full of its namesake trees, various species of cacti, rock formations and unpaved roads that take you off the beaten path. Photos by the author.Rolling through Death Valley National Park, I have an eerie feeling that I am being watched. Passing a road sign indicating that I am below sea level, a glance at the GPS confirms it–150 feet below sea level, in fact! But who is spying on me? Pulling over to contemplate the situation and grab a few pictures of the amazing landscape, I have goosebumps, but it isn’t from the brisk February morning air since I’m wearing heated gear. I am traveling alone and the uneasy feelings will haunt me throughout my three-week journey. As a birthday present to myself, I’ve hauled my 2018 Yamaha XT250 from Missouri to escape the crummy winter weather and research… ..... Read More.
    RIDER MAGAZINE – Motorcycles | Sports & RecreationTue, April 2, 2019
    2 weeks ago
  • Retrospective: 1969-1971 Yamaha DS6-C 250cc Street Scrambler
    1969 Yamaha DS6-C Street Scrambler. Owner: Ed Heckman, Paso Robles, California.For more than 10 years 250 two-stroke twins were the mainstay of the Yamaha range here in the United States, from the DS1 of 1959 (though not sold in the U.S. until 1961) to the DS7 of 1972. We have no idea what the DS stands for, but doubt that it has anything to do with the DS prefix used in Yamaha’s music department. Two-strokes were the popular engines for sporty bikes in the 1960s, being reasonably powerful and inexpensive to make. Running against this 250 DS6 were Suzuki’s Hustler and Kawasaki’s Samurai, all in the $600 range. Any college student having a few bucks in his pocket could probably arrange time payments with the local dealer…backed by Dad’s signature. When Yamaha advertised this quarter-liter as having 30 horsepower, interest was great. And it passed the eye test as well,… ..... Read More.
    RIDER MAGAZINE – Motorcycles | Sports & RecreationTue, April 2, 2019
    2 weeks ago
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