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May 25, 2017

Wolfman Enduro Carry-All Ballistic Bag

Between the sections of tight singletrack we’re thundering over sandy whoops in a dust cloud that feels like it might as well be a desert race. I’ve got a few snacks, zip-ties and tools right within my reach but not in my jacket, backpack or tail pouch, and I don’t have a tank bag getting in my way or a…
May 24, 2017

Touratech Explore HP Rear Shock for the Honda Africa Twin

The stock Honda Africa Twin Showa suspension has been praised for how well it works off road as well as its decent handling on the road. But once you start loading down the bike with equipment for a true adventure, the limits of the stock shock become apparent. The rear spring lacks enough tension to maintain proper sag under loaded…
May 19, 2017

Rukka Flexina Riding Suit

Over an 8,000-mile assessment on and off road in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, the elements have had relentless opportunity to throw every kind of abuse imaginable at the Rukka Flexina. I tested the suit in conditions ranging from sandblasting gusts on the Baja Peninsula, sleet in Kanab, and downpours that froze on impact en route to Flagstaff, and in…
May 15, 2017

Honda Africa Twin Stainless Steel Brake Line Kit by Galfer

The stock Honda Africa Twin is outfitted with brake hoses that provide adequate off-road performance under normal conditions. However, on the road the feedback is somewhat numb, especially when riding aggressively. The standard brake hoses tend to swell when braking aggressively over time, or will reduce performance on long descents. Stainless steel brake lines resist expansion when the brakes get…
May 08, 2017

Klim Forecast Over-Gloves Review

Glove selection for adventure riding or adventure touring can be a real hassle. Changing climates and conditions make having only a single pair impractical. I’ve struggled with this conundrum ever since taking up two-wheeled travel. Ideally I’d carry three pairs: a light, vented pair; a mid-weight, wind-blocking pair; and a heavy waterproof pair. But who wants to, or has the…
May 01, 2017

Tiger 800 Skid Plate by Hepco-Becker

Most stock plastic skid plates slide over logs and deflect tiny rocks as needed—until I needed mine to deflect a small jagged boulder on top of a mountain pass in Colorado. As my front tire rolled over a nasty stone and stood it end on end, the rock crashed through the Triumph Tiger 800's plastic skid plate, tearing it in…
May 01, 2017

MSR Voyager Jacket: A Solid Dual-Sport Outer Shell

When stretching the riding season to include spring through fall, a waterproof jacket is a must-buy. MSR’s Voyager jacket manages to tick this box and a few others, with a relatively low price point.There are few quality options when it comes to durable, waterproof dual-sport over-jackets (you’ll read why I say “over-jacket” farther down). The exterior’s material on this jacket…
April 26, 2017

E1 Helmet by Schuberth

Schuberth’s long awaited E1 helmet might just have the perfect blend of safety and function that adventure riders have been asking for. The proof is in the fit and function, but before we get to that, let’s review the long list of impressive features. First and foremost, Schuberth has long been an international leader in helmet safety. From their plant…
April 10, 2017

Magura HYMEC Hydraulic Clutch Upgrade for Kawasaki Versys

More bikes come with cable-actuated clutches these days...even machines costing $10K or more. Unless they’re properly maintained, clutch cables can stretch, get gummed up or even break (usually at the worst possible moment). Although more expensive, hydraulically operated clutches have notable benefits, including being self-adjusting and having much lighter lever pulls. When mated with a capable and reliable platform like…

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