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January 29, 2018

Black Dog Cycle Works KTM 690/Husqvarna 701 Enduro Skid Plate

Asked to evaluate the Black Dog Cycle Works ULTIMATE Skid Plate, I wondered, “What’s to review?” A skid plate has no moving parts and should perform an apparently simple function. But, as it turns out, not all skid plates are created equal. Black Dog chose 3/16-inch ASTM 5052 aluminum alloy plate for their ULTIMATE Skid Plate structure. The alloy’s properties…
January 24, 2018

Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag Review

My first impression of the Nomad is that it’s standard Mosko Moto: high quality materials, workmanship, and attention to detail. As you begin to explore all 24-plus inner compartments and storage points, you’ll understand just how much forethought and engineering the Mosko crew put into the Nomad. On the outside, the Nomad offers a MOLLE top for attaching the included…
January 23, 2018

SIDI X-3 Lei Women's Boots

Searching for a protective and functional off-road boot is tough when you are a woman. There are few options out there that are tailored specifically for a female foot. Often, we are left wearing overly bulky men’s boots, which do the job, but only while wearing the thickest pair of socks available. SIDI stepped up this year, offering the Women’s X-3…
January 17, 2018

REV'IT! Sand 3 Adventure Suit Review

The word “sand” evokes visions of the desert, warm beaches, and perhaps racing across dunes in the Dakar Rally. All those locations have one thing in common: heat. So why does the Sand 3 suit come with separate waterproof and thermal liners and provisions for more add-ons? Easy. Versatility is the name of the game. Having spent six days, every…
January 10, 2018

KNOCKRZ Inflatable Transport Bags Review

Have you ever opened the cargo door to your trailer to be greeted by your bike lying on its side? If so, then KNOCKRZ might be just what you need. These heavy-duty air bags can hold up to 500 lbs. of dead weight should a strap slip or come loose while you’re rolling down the highway or bouncing down a…
January 04, 2018

Avon AV84/AV85 TrekRider Tires Review

We’re beginning to see more tire manufacturers creating longer lasting, true 50/50 tires for the adventure market. Avon is a British motorcycle tire company (est. 1911) and is well established in the motorcycle industry. Unusually, their TrekRiders are stamped with “Made in England,” whereas many others are manufactured elsewhere to apparently save on costs. The key to the longevity of…
December 28, 2017

Perun Moto KTM 690 Enduro/Husqvarna 701 Tail Rack

For an adventure rider, being able to improvise comes with the territory. You have to adapt to unexpected circumstances when equipment fails, and you’re likely to invent or modify accessories out of necessity. Some take it to the next level. Meet Nikola Maletić from Belgrade, Serbia. Combining his passion for ADV riding and his hobby of machining and mechanical design,…
December 27, 2017

Black Dog Cycle Works Traction Footpegs Review

One of my biggest complaints while riding off road on a stock motorcycle is early-onset fatigue caused by poor ergonomics. Along with bar risers, footpegs are usually the first thing I change on my bike. I’m a relatively tall guy. I stand 6'3" and tend to feel quite fatigued after a 50–100+ mile desert ride when riding a stock motorcycle.…
December 18, 2017

Mosko Moto Reckless 80L Luggage System Review

Mosko Moto’s Reckless 80L is a new take on the classic horseshoe-shaped pannier system. They’ve injected new life into this design with innovative ideas and remarkable quality. Mosko Moto is a small company based out of White Salmon, Washington, that still sells direct to consumers and relies heavily upon customer feedback when making and updating their designs. The R80L was…