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  • Joe Rocket Phoenix Gloves

    Joe Rocket Phoenix Gloves

    I posted about these gloves in the Gear Forum, and Hotfix suggested I write a review. I altered the text a bit from the original post to make it more of an article. I started riding a little over two years ago in February of '03. The weather here was cold to cool, so my leather gloves were comfortable. Houston experiences oppressive heat, so once summer hit, I realized I needed another pair of gloves. I'm a huge fan of Joe Rocket. I have the Phoenix jacket and pants, and I have one of their...
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  • Icon Armor Gear Reviewed!

    Icon Armor Gear Reviewed!

    Icon Armored Vest - A very nice little number that has some pretty good back protection. It's got hardened plastic on the back, with a comfortable foam and mesh layer underneath. It fits on you with big velcro straps that wrap from the back to attach on the front panel. It stays pretty much in one place, even though it's a little loose to allow movement and comfort. One of the things I really liked about this vest is that the straps around your chest and the ones up over your shoulders are made...
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  • Joe Rocket Revolution Insulated waterproof gloves

    Joe Rocket Revolution Insulated waterproof gloves

    Let me preface this- I paid $22 for these gloves from NE, so I got what I paid for and they are doing exactly what I needed them to do. I still don't think it's a bad price, as long as you know what you're getting. I live in Santa Barbara, so winters here are mild (Upper 40's at the coldest, upper 60's in the day), and needed a glove not as hyper-ventilated as my Tourmaster Robomax'es for my commute. I don't feel I got a raw deal, but depending on your purposes they may not be what you need. ...
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  • When Is It Time To Customize My Motorcycle? (Part Two)

    When Is It Time To Customize My Motorcycle? (Part Two)

    reprinted from BB.com , May 2003
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    So you've had your sport bike (or standard) for some time now and after reading my last submission or watching all the custom cruisers go by you get a hankering to do something special to your machine. Trouble is, aside from a few performance mods there really isn't a whole lot out there when it comes to customizing a sportbike or standard. But that doesn't neccesarily mean you can't do it to yours. I've seen quite a few decke...
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  • When Is It Time To Customize My Motorcycle? (Part One)

    When Is It Time To Customize My Motorcycle? (Part One)

    reprinted from BB.com , April 2003
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    So you've jumped head-first (hopefully with a DOT approved helmet) into the motorcycling world and finally acquired that first bike. After taking any classes and learning the basics in a nearby parking lot, you've no doubt been logging a few extra miles onto the odometer that really served no other purpose other than simply getting on the bike to ride... Sooner or later you're going to come across another bike that has s...
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  • Beginner Trikes

    Beginner Trikes


    reprinted from BB.com , July 2003
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    Beginner Trikes This is always an offbeat topic when it comes to motorcycling. Somewhere between the automotive world and motorcycles are those funky three wheeled contraptions otherwise known as trikes. Some are automobile conversions, like the all too familiar VW Beetle (the original air-cooled rear engine Bugs, not the modern retro look-alikes) powered trikes. Then you have your motorcycle based conve...
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  • Customarily Minded

    Customarily Minded


    reprinted from BB.com , June 2003
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    Welcome to the third installment of my column, appropriately entitled "Customarily Minded." Unlike the title suggests, I won't be writing about custom modifications each and every month. Granted it's something I love to write about and something I enjoy carrying out even more, let me take a moment and tell you what this column is going to deal with for the most part. The word "customarily" comes from the root customary...
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  • Does This Bike Fit Me?

    Does This Bike Fit Me?


    reprinted from BB.com , September 2003
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    Does This Bike Fit Me? Perhaps one of the most important questions a person should ask when bike shopping is that one. Once a person can decide upon what models he/she likes, the best advice I can give (aside from power and weight issues) would have to be fit and comfort. A comfortable rider is a safer rider, if someone is constantly fidgeting in the saddle for a better position then that person isn'...
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  • The $1000 BB Custom Mod

    The $1000 BB Custom Mod


    reprinted from BB.com , November 2003
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    The $1000 BB Custom Mod Welcome once again to Customarily Minded. On this rotation of the front wheel, I'd like to dabble just a little on one of my favorite past times, the subject that my play on title mimics, the wonderful world of customizing. With the winter season creeping in, some of you will no doubt be parking your machine for hibernation. But that doesn't mean you have to ignore it, nay win...
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  • The Wave

    The Wave


    reprinted from BB.com , October 2003
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    The Wave Welcome once again to this month's edition of Customarily Minded. Autumn is in the air and that means things are cooling down a bit. Which means a lot of motorcyclists are either coming out of the wood work or getting their final rides of the year in before old man winter comes a sneezin'. For October I'd like to revive an old custom among motorcyclists: the Wave. No, this isn't conce...
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  • New 2017 Ducati SuperSport
    by Joseph Hanna
    A quick review for those that might be interested. I'll admit right up front this machine combines almost everything I've ever wanted in a bike and does so brilliantly, so if I gush please bare with me The appearance is EXTREMELY similar to the Panigale. Same swooped nose, similar fairing and similar tail end. The framing however is more Moster-like. The dash is simple (at least compared to some of the recent Japanese info centers) and more importantly much easier to see in direct sunlight th...
    05-01-2017, 08:43 AM
  • Learn to push start your bike!
    by Derick
    Push starting is like crashing a motorcycle, sooner or later you're going to do it. Like it or not, it might be function that may save you from the side of the road. Last week I helped a guy push start his bike, and it dawned on me how simple it is, but yet people don't know the basics. So first, this will likely not work on a bike that is super cold/been sitting. The starter does a few things to motorcycles along with turning the motor. So, now you know. * Turn on the choke if it's cold,...
    04-28-2017, 01:45 PM
  • First Gear Kiliminjaro Air Mesh Jacket
    by Derick
    So, I'm not a huge leather person, and while I was shopping for my jacket, I was offered the FG KJ Air Jacket. Overall, I love it. It has a mesh overcoat and a windproof and waterproof removable liner The jacket is great down to about 30 degrees, and with the removable liner it's capable in warm weather riding as well. It's a 3/4 length jacket, so depending on your bike, it MAY bunch. I am 6'3", so it bunches a little bit, but due to my height I need that extra little bit of length. As I me...
    01-31-2017, 06:04 PM
  • Fieldsheer Mach 3 Mesh Jacket
    by HotFix
    Review after 6 months of usage (Sep-Mar / 80F - 30F) A little background on myself first. I don't like spending money on myself and usually talk myself out of any purchase. When I first approached the motorcycle scene I wanted to ease in as cheap as possible, but yet still have the right gear to have fun. Keeping this in mind I wanted an all season jacket. In Atlanta, GA - that means mesh and a rain liner. It keeps the wind off and I feel comfy at ...
    01-31-2017, 06:03 PM
  • Corbin Saddle Review...
    by Wookie
    This review based on my Aero 750 and may or may not work for your bike, so please take that into consideration.

    I was in the market for a new saddle for my Aero 750 and looked at the Corbin and Mustang saddles. I decided on the Solo saddle for several reasons.

    1. I love being able to customize the saddle. You can use different colors, textures and you can shape the seat to move you forward, backwards, up or down. 2. Price: The Corbin was cheaper than the Mustang...
    01-31-2017, 06:03 PM
  • FirstGear HT Air Overpants
    by anthony
    About a year ago, I purchased a pair of FirstGear HT Air Overpants. They're textile pants with mesh panels for cooling, and they come with a windproof/waterproof liner. Knee armor is foam, but I believe you can purchase CE armor as an upgrade. Hip armor is also available, but has to be purchased separately. The construction is fairly solid. The legs have sturdy zippers that go the entire length of the leg, and can unzip from the top or bottom. All snaps on the front of the pants are covered...
    01-31-2017, 06:01 PM
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