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American Motorcyclist Association members select America’s 15 best motorcycling roads

by JeffMarch 15, 2011 Editorials

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The results are in, and communities nationwide are the winners. Members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) voted on their favorite roads in America, and the top 15 selections represent scenic highways and byways throughout the country. “When it comes to the best places in the country to ride motorcycles, no group [...]

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2011 Dainese AGV USA Collection Preview

by JeffJanuary 28, 2011 Features

As written for By Jeff Cobb Photography by Jeff Cobb To highlight the launch of its 2011 collection, this week Dainese AGV USA displayed some of its coolest styles in the company of some of its coolest sponsored American riders. The event at the D-Store Orange County has become an annual one for Dainese, [...]

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ThermaHelm helmet

by JeffDecember 16, 2010 Features

I was sent this info and these images by Julian-Preston Powers. I’ve heard of the ThermaHelm before. Haven’t tested it, or seen it in person, but it looks like an brilliant idea. Passing it along … -Jeff The launch of the Halo at Birmingham’s NEC show It has been documented that head injuries account for [...]

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List of U.S. based training schools

by JeffNovember 26, 2010 Features

This is a list compiled by the AMA (with a few amendments to bring it up to date). As you can see the MSF is not the only game in town. Included here are some very highly qualified training schools. Street and track-based schools Lee Parks’ Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic. 943-5638. Kevin Schwantz [...]

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Piaggio’s CEO on the state of motorcycling

by JeffNovember 18, 2010 Editorials

This story I wrote for is being reprinted because not a lot has really changed since it was written in May this year, and the message is a good one that still needs to spread. – Jeff Aprilia, Guzzi and Vespa boss advocates for big changes to broaden customer base By Jeff Cobb It [...]

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Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic Review

by JeffNovember 15, 2010 Features

As written for We take Level 1 and Level 2 back to back Depending on your current level of riding proficiency, Lee Parks’ Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic stands to at least help you enjoy your motorcycle more, and very possibly could improve you as a human being and even save your life. Sounds [...]

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33 Secrets for Smart Touring

by JeffNovember 2, 2010 Features

Article courtesy of the AMA (And, for those who think November is too late to be talking about touring, take a look at our winter riding article. Or save this until next Spring.) There’s nothing like the feeling of loading up and heading out on a big motorcycle trip. And there’s nothing like the security [...]

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Winter preparation: two viable choices for riders

by JeffOctober 16, 2010 Features

Store your motorcycle, or get ready to ride it As written for By Jeff Cobb To ride or not to ride. In the colder months, that is the question. Traditionally, in regions where the winter thermometer dips below freezing, many riders would prep and store their motorcycles, not wanting to brave sub-zero wind chill. [...]

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Motorcycle GPS Review

by JeffOctober 16, 2010 Features

TomTom Rider 2, Garmin Zumo 660 and Lowrance Endura Sierra As written for By Jeff Cobb We spent a month comparing the TomTom Rider 2nd Edition (MSRP $649.95), and Garmin zumo 660 (MSRP $799.99), the latest GPS offerings from the only two major suppliers of motorcycle-specific models in North America. Each is advertised as [...]

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Dainese and Alpinestars Airbag suits

by JeffSeptember 20, 2010 Features

As published in Jorge Lorenzo’s speed-hump mounted air collar. First there was leather, then armored leather, and now Dainese, Alpinestars and others are adding airbags into armored suits to protect the all-too-fragile human body during the moment of truth. Anything that takes us toward the crash resistance of the Michelin Man is okay by [...]

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2010 Dainese summer gear

by JeffSeptember 12, 2010 Features

As written for It’s an age old dilemma. Some of the best riding is to be had during summertime, but that’s when it’s warmest, and head-to-toe gear can be perceived as uncomfortable. Having no universally recognized standards for motorcycle safety, the U.S. is famous as a tough nut to crack when it comes to [...]

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