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Product Reviews

First look: Michelin Pilot Road 3

by JeffMarch 4, 2011 Product Reviews

First of a multi-part review for Michelin’s new sport-touring wonder tire. By Jeff Cobb Motorcycle Safety News Michelin’s Pilot Road 3 dual-compound sport touring tires promise new levels of wet and dry road grip, along with a high degree of durability. We recently got a set to mount and test from Competition Accessories, and will [...]

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2011 Dainese AGV USA Collection Preview

by JeffJanuary 28, 2011 Features

As written for Motorcycle.com: 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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Michelin Pilot Road 3 Dual Compound Tire

by JeffJanuary 17, 2011 News

From Competition Accessories: Note: These tires promise the best of all worlds. We will have a full road test and review in a few weeks. -Ed. Update (3/4/11) – We’ve since had our first look at the Pilot Road 3s, and offer initial impressions. -Ed. The New 2011 Michelin Pilot Road 3 Tires. You always [...]

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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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Dainese D-Air Race Suit Announced for Production

by JeffNovember 16, 2010 News

Euro-only this year, but U.S. and street versions to follow As written for Motorcycle.com By Jeff Cobb After 10 years of research and development, and as announced early this month at the EICMA show in Milan, Dainese’s D-Air race airbag suit system is being released for sale to track day riders and racers in Europe. [...]

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2011 Shoei Qwest Helmet Review

by JeffNovember 5, 2010 Product Reviews

As written for Motorcycle.com Shoei’s Qwest is a touring helmet utilizing the same materials, construction and quality as the company’s RF-1100 high-performance-oriented helmet, and is functional for all kinds of street riding. The Japanese helmet maker says it is the product of wind-tunnel testing, and was sculpted to be stable, balanced, and up to 2.2 [...]

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CTEK Comfort Indicator Review

by JeffOctober 28, 2010 Product Reviews

Affordable battery maintenance An edited version of a review written for Motorcycle.com By Jeff Cobb With winter about to begin – and essentially already begun in some regions – it’s time to think about battery maintenance. As it turns out, a lot of people could use some help making sure their batteries last as long [...]

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SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger Review

by JeffOctober 26, 2010 Product Reviews

A new paradigm of connectivity for travelers As written for Motorcycle.com By Jeff Cobb Just think how different history and everyday life would have been if devices like the SPOT Satellite Messenger had existed, even in the past hundred years. Just for starters, where Amelia Earhart crashed might never have been a mystery. The ‘60s [...]

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TecMate Optimate 4 Battery Charger Review

by JeffOctober 22, 2010 Product Reviews

The “smart” charger just got smarter By Jeff Cobb As written for Motorcycle.com If you’re familiar with “smart” battery chargers, the TecMate Optimate 4 could be said to be an extra-super-smart charger. How smart is it? It’s so smart, that if they gave out degrees to consumer battery chargers, some might say this one should [...]

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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 Motorcycle.com. 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 Motorcycle.com 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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