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July 24, 2017

BestRest Products’ CyclePump Expedition Inflator

I’m an old fan of the original BestRest CyclePump Adventure. It came along at a time when it seemed that every other brand broke just when I needed it. My CyclePump is now a few years old, I’ve carried it on every ride, used it well over 100 times (I lost count), and it just keeps on ticking. But there…
July 20, 2017

HMK Intimidator Gloves

Many touring glove options are available in today’s adventure/dual-sport market. I’ve always preferred light, minimalist gloves that rely mainly on high abrasion resistance for protection. Low interference with finger dexterity, and how easily I can get them on and off, top my list of criteria for comfortable protective hand wear. The HMK Intimidators, however, aren’t those gloves. Their layered build…
July 17, 2017

Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran

There’s a handful of ADV authors I’m partial to, and Lois Pryce rides the top of that list. Her latest work, Revolutionary Ride, is one I’ve anticipated since learning of her multiple visits to Iran. Leave it to one of our own to go poking around where we “shouldn’t.” As enlightened travelers consistently remind us, what we’re led to believe…
July 12, 2017

Klim’s Krios Karbon Adventure Helmet

With all the growth in the ADV/dual-sport market, you knew it wouldn’t be long before the crew at Klim produced an ADV helmet. The “weight,” no pun intended, was well worth it. The helmet has the basic lines of a traditional MX helmet with its short snout and MX-style peak. What’s cool about the Krios is its ability to change…
July 10, 2017

REV'IT! Sand 3 Gloves - The Ultimate Summer Mitts

When a new version of a product comes along, inevitably someone will comment, “if it ain’t broke—don’t fix it.” Typically, I would agree, but the improvements that REV’IT! made to the new Sand 3 gloves are exemplary and undeniable.The Sand 3 gloves are clearly from the “Sand” line of REV’IT! gear, following a similar design to the outgoing Sand Pro…
July 03, 2017

Wolfman Pikes Peak Rapid Release System

Winter is, at best, a questionable time for an adventure ride up north. It’s snowing and the sun set two hours ago. I’ve ridden over 800 miles today from my home in central Oklahoma, trying to come within striking distance of my friends for an off-pavement ride in Utah. With temperatures now well below freezing I am chilled to the…
June 27, 2017

Held Carese II Jacket and Torno II Pants

Whether or not you’ve come across the Held brand, this German manufacturer has been in its stride for over 70 years. One of the first to offer textile motorcycle apparel back in 1991, Held goes all out to harness the latest fabric technology with the Carese II jacket and Torno II pants, to a woman rider’s advantage.On and off road…
May 31, 2017

Impressions of the CSC RX-3 Cyclone vs. the BMW R1200GS

Many thought it was odd that I would buy an RX-3 when I had an R1200GS in the stable. But when this bike was announced, I was immediately hooked. The RX-3 is a 250cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected adventure bike imported by CSC Motorcycles in Azusa, CA. It comes fully loaded with crash bars, luggage, and almost everything needed for adventuring. All…
May 29, 2017

The Aerostich Catalog Tradition

On the ADV industry stage, some players have been around longer than others. Many of us who’ve been riding for more than 10 years remember the days before the internet dominated retail shopping and catalogs still ruled the roost. We kept them for wish lists and passed them around for discussions about the latest gear and gadgetry. To make the…