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September 19, 2017

Giant Loop Pronghorn Luggage Straps

Is it possible to have too many tie-down straps? Nahhhh. And perhaps one of the lesser-known options is Giant Loop’s line of Pronghorn Straps. Like many riders, I don’t like or use bungee cords (for any reason) because they stretch while in use and wear out rather quickly over time. If you’ve ever lost or damaged your luggage due to…
September 18, 2017

Garmin Zūmo 595LM and Touratech Locking GPS Mount

If you’re considering a ruggedly built, shockproof/ waterproof navi for your bike, take a look at Garmin’s zūmo 595LM with its larger 5-inch display. I’ve been using zūmo series navis for almost 10 years, have logged at least 50,000 miles on these almost bulletproof devices, and have never experienced a failure. Although the down side is the price point, when…
September 12, 2017

Alpinestars Corozal Adventure Drystar Boots

With a rich history in racing, Alpinestars is known for their seamless marriage between form and function, combining Italian styling with innovative safety features. Their track gear has proven to be superior, so I was eager to see their take on multi-functional adventure riding boots. Many boots I’ve worn have either been too minimal and not protective enough, or too…
September 05, 2017

Scorpion EXO-AT950 Modular Helmet

Recently there’s been a slew of economically priced helmets flooding the market. So many that we’ve had a difficult time just trying to keep up with them here at ADVMoto. The Scorpion EXO-AT950 modular adventure touring helmet caught my eye as a great example of the new multi-purpose designs. With its long nose, flip front, removable beak, flip-down sun visor,…
September 01, 2017

Promach Dual Tool and Seat Space Saver for BMW R1200GS

Every once in a while you find a product that makes you think, “Why haven’t I seen this before?” Promach, a boutique company in Montana, only offers a few products but each is unique, high quality and practical. If you own a BMW, like to travel light, and do a lot of trailside maintenance you’re going to love these tools.…
August 23, 2017

REV'IT! Pioneer OutDry Boots

The pile of motorcycle boots overloading my shoe rack represents my love for purpose-specific gear, including everything from armor-plated motocross boots to soft touring footwear. I thought I’d experienced the full spectrum of options, so my excitement to test new boots had gone numb. That is, until we received a special package from REV’IT!. Pioneer OutDry boots appear to be…
August 23, 2017

Revolution FIT Balance Board: Equipment for Off-Road Training

Although balance boards have been around for over half a century, Revolution Balance Boards offers a new outlook and purpose built boards tailored to focus on a variety of different skills. Besides general balance and fitness needs, a balance board can be an effective training tool for several sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, and surprisingly off-road motorcycling. I first stumbled…
August 21, 2017

Project: Honda XR400R Desert Rally Build

The last time we met Tom Nolan, he was given a perfect specimen from which to build a one-of-a-kind XR650 Rally convertible —The Big Rally Pig (ADVMoto Sept. 2015, No. 88)—that doubles as a racer and dual-sport overlander. It’s been raced well, built 1,500 kilometers of BAJA RALLY stages, and was used as an off-season explorer worthy of an “end…
August 07, 2017

LS2 MX456 Light Dirt Helmet Review

While auxiliary tinted visors, built-in communication systems and quick-release ratcheting chin straps can be convenient, there is something to be said about a lightweight, minimalist layout with well-designed features. The new LS2 MX456 Light dirt helmet has precisely those characteristics. With functional features in a practical package, this dirt helmet is easy to wear for more than just a quick…