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The Downside of Great Motorcycle Gear

Posted by Eric Lange on November 24, 2013

Talking with a friend the other day, I was reminded of a time when I didn't have reliable, properly functioning, waterproof motorcycle gear. Out there in the rain, wind, and shivering cold there were times I was wondering "why on earth anyone would ride motorcycles?"


How to Pack for Your Motorcycle Trip: The Short Version

Posted by Eric Lange on October 21, 2013

If you've booked your motorcycle rental or guided tour with us and need to figure out the best way to transport all your clothes, riding gear, and travel items, this short version of our "How to Pack" video series sums it all up nicely for you! It's a low-cost, reliable way to make sure you're not stuck figuring out a plan for your excess luggage.


Interview with Nic Sims from Alpinestars USA

Posted by Eric Lange on September 26, 2013

I managed to pin down Nic Sims, head of Media Relations at Alpinstars USA and ask some questions about the motorcycle industry and where he sees the future of motorcycle protective gear going:


Motorcycle Gear: The Neck Brace, and Why I Wear One

Posted by Eric Lange on September 11, 2013

During those off-bike moments when I'm in full motorcycle gear, be it walking through a grocery story or filling up my bike at a gas station, 2 questions are directed at me with remarkable consistency:


Motorcycle Gear: Best Helmet Camera Company Shut Down?

Posted by Eric Lange on September 9, 2013

"An agonizing feeling, that tele-tubby box of a camera haunted my dreams. The more I saw it the more I wanted to scream inside. Not out of anger, but out of disbelief that something so ugly could take over the market like a tidal wave." - Marc Barros - Co-Founder of Contour Inc. (Source: marcbarros.com)

Folks, I can't believe it happened, but the best helmet camera company out there just shut down last month. A classic example of how big money and huge marketing budgets can propel an inferior product to the front of the market and squash the best camera companies into oblivion, this is quite a shame.  Equally shameful is that this kind of thing happens in many other industries, including the motorcycle touring & renting business. Big money and advertising has many customers "running to the biggest" company, instead of getting the most value out of their dollar with others who don't spend as much on advertising.  Oh well, such is business for now I guess. 


Motorcycle Gear: Klim Badlands Jacket Review

Posted by Eric Lange on August 25, 2013

The Klim Badlands Jacket:  It's awesome. Buy it.


Motorcycle Gear Review: Staying Cool with the Macna Dry Cooling Vest

Posted by Eric Lange on August 1, 2013

I just realized something: I wasn't even sweating during this video take!  (See video below.)  Just me and an iPhone on the side of a road with full motorcycle padding on in 105F/40C degree temperatures in the middle of July in northern California.  Guess this says something about the Macna Dry Cooling Vest.


Dual Sport Tire Review: Heidenau K60 Scout for Adventure Bikes

Posted by Eric Lange on July 28, 2013

The BMW MOA 2013 Rally this past week was a blast, but riders who stopped by the RIDE Adventures booth weren't only asking about the motorcycle travel and vacation options we offer.  Questions about "the best dual sport tire" came up frequently.


Motorcycle Boot Review: Alpinestars Tech 10 For Adventure Riding

Posted by Eric Lange on July 26, 2013

My recommendations on motorcycle gear only come on the heels of actual experience with each product.  In this case, the Alpinestars Tech 10 boot deserves all the praise and recommendation a motorcycle boot could possibly get. 


Motorcycle Gear Review: Alpinestars Bionic Jacket and Neck Support

Posted by Eric Lange on February 8, 2013

Just when I thought I'd ran out of good things to say about my Alpinestars Bionic Jacket, I swapped out my 4-year, 250,000+ mile old jacket for a newer version.  The old armor jacket is still fine, and I'll find some use for it someday, but Alpinestars has clearly done it right again with this newer version: The Bionic Jacket for BNS.


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