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Arai Corsair-X Helmet

Introduction While not necessarily a “new” helmet the Rea-5 graphic brings a fresh look to Arai’s Corsair-X helmet. The Corsair-X is the top shelf unit in Arai’s lineup and designed for racers and supersport motorcycle riders. Since the design comes from the track, this motorcycle helmet is most at home on riders that find themselves …

Kawasaki Ninja 650R Overview

Kawasaki’s Ninja 650R Has Been an Entry-Level Staple Since 2006 Bikes like the Ninja 650R, FZ6R, and SV650 are ideal for new riders that either needs something larger due to their height, or are confident in their ability to manage a bit more power than what the typical “beginner bike” ships with. With an estimated …

Suzuki SV650 Overview + Owners Reviews

The Suzuki SV650 is Not Your Typical Beginner Motorcycle The SV650 defies the common convention that a beginner rider piloting a bike with 600cc’s or more is setting themselves up for failure. In most cases, the reality is that 600cc’s is simply too much for a new rider. The Suzuki SV650 respectfully disagrees with that …

Should Your First Helmet Be Snell Certified?

New riders have a lot to take in, and one of the most complex (and divisive) topics is helmets. Spend a few minutes diving into new rider helmet recommendation forums, subreddits, and blog posts, and you’ll see what I mean. When talking helmets anywhere, Snell inevitably comes up. Opinions from riders vary, but there is …

2004-2009 Yamaha FZ6 Fazer

Naked or Faired, the FZ6 is a Great Platform that New Riders Won’t Quickly Outgrow I might be biased, given that I’m currently rocking the 2007 Fazer in Yamaha 50th Anniversary Colors you see above, but the FZ6 is probably the perfect bike for the confident beginner rider that wants a bit of power without …

Applying Protective Film to Your Motorcycle

So… you finally did it. You saved up your money and decided to purchase a new motorcycle. Now it’s time to start thinking about protecting your investment from the elements and the hazards that you will face on the open road. This article will focus on what paint protection film is, its use for protecting …

How to Use Motorcycle Clutch & Brakes

Since the  first motorcycle design, many changes, evolutions, and innovations have taken form over the years of its development – but one thing that has stayed the same for motorcycles from the beginning to now is a need to control the delivery of power to the driving wheel (clutch) and a way to stop (brakes). …

How to Push Start a Motorcycle

Quick Navigation Motorcycle Won’t Start? Check these First! How to Push Start a Motorcycle How-to Video Helpful Tips in Push Starting your Bike Conclusion It was 25°c outside (about 77°F for my American friends), the sun was shining, and my wife and I were ready to ride. I’m riding MOTGATT today (I know, I know, …

Speidi Intercruiser H2Out Jacket

Save Over $120 on a Quality Sport Touring Jacket Sport Touring jackets can get very expensive. That’s why when I saw the Speidi Intercruiser H2Out Jacket at a 32 percent discount on Revzilla, I got pretty excited. Full disclosure, I have not worn or tested this jacket. However, the brand gets high marks from many …

Shoei GT Air helmet.

Have I Gone Back In Time? You’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing a helmet that was released in 2013, six years too late. Fair question. The answer: because the new GT Air II has just been released and everyone will be scrambling to buy it instead of this original GT Air helmet. A smart shopper …

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Dealership etiquette when purchasing a bike

“How Do I Know What to Buy?” A larger engine, or a smaller engine? Sportbike, cruiser, mod bike, dual sport, dirt – there are so many different specializations within motorcycling that without riding them – how do you know what is right for you? Working in a local dealership, selling motorcycles in my early 20’s, …

The Alternative Motorcycle? Scooters are probably the most common two-wheeled vehicles on the road worldwide other than bicycles. I suppose in that sense it’s the same as the alternative genre of music. Labeled in North America as the non-mainstream choice while in reality, it couldn’t be any more popular. Honda alone has sold almost 100 …

Suzuki V-Strom

Touring For New Riders When it comes to long distance riding, the main two elements desired in a motorcycle are rider comfort and the ability to maintain highway speeds comfortably. You won’t last more than a few hours (at most) if you lose all feeling in your lower extremities due to the physical discomfort caused …

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There’s just something special about riding a motorcycle with the wind on your face. When you need that kind of experience, you’d better pop a half helmet on your head and get out there. Half helmets are great for riders who don’t like to wear a helmet but know they need to in order to …

What do you do when you’re not a full-face, modular, or half helmet fan? You go for the good old three-quarter open face helmet. This type of motorcycle helmet provides good protection to your head while still allowing you to feel the breeze on your face as you ride. Many of the modern options come …

Dual sport riders are a unique bunch. The motorcycles themselves have to pull double duty. That means the riders have to know how to ride both on the street and on the dirt. The duality doesn’t end there. Dual sport riders need gear that’s suited for both environments, too. A dual sport helmet has to …

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5 Best Full-Face Helmets

When it comes to a motorcycle helmet that offers the very best in features and protection, you’ll do no better than a full-face helmet. These helmets get their name from their construction. The helmet is a solid shape that provides protection to your head and face. While some people prefer the feel of an open-face …

Many people love full-face motorcycle helmets for the amount of safety they offer but aren’t thrilled with having their face covered all the time. Instead of going with an open-face helmet, there’s the option to choose a modular one for the best of both worlds. With a modular helmet design, the face shield and chin …

2019 Yamaha YZF-R3

First Impressions I got my first look at the new 2019 YZF-R3 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the AIMExpo in October of 2018. It was love at first sight. I immediately noticed the aggressively placed clip-ons, MotoGP-esque front faring, and more angular gas tank. The new styling so closely resembles it’s “big brothers” (the YZFR1M, …

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HaloCam M1 Dashcam

Start Here: Setup Hardware/Tools Needed All you need before getting started are a few wiring clips and mounts (I’ll get to that later), pliers, tools to loosen your gas tank (if you want a super clean install) and a microSD card (they call it a TF card in the instructions) with up to 256GB capacity. …

Bell RS-2 Full Face Helmet

The RS-2 is Bell’s evolution of their wildly popular RS-1, and features numerous improvements compared to the outgoing model. It’s sleeker, better vented, and incorporates a new face shield and sun visor. It’s also claimed to be lighter, quieter, and easier to live with. On paper, the RS-2 is not so much an evolution of …

Best Touring and Adventure Boots Under $500 As a new rider, you might not be very focused on footwear but it can be a very critical piece of gear if you get into a wet environment or find yourself coming to a stop on loose gravel or dirt. You will also quickly learn that different …

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