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Scooters, Mopeds and Go Peds

As we become ever more sensitive to miles per gallon, scooter sales have hit the roof.  Mini dealerships seem to be everywhere, and the scooters themselves are all around congested cities. Similarly, Mopeds and Go Peds are getting more use than ever before. Of course, careless motorists are making u-turns in front of them, cutting them off by making left hand turns in front of them, and changing lanes into them. Naturally, many of these riders are calling me for help. One question t... Read more

Laguna Seca Red Bull Grand Prix

As we get ready for the annual big event at Laguna Seca, arrangements have been made to meet the racers. Chris Vermeulen, Horge Lorenzo, Ben Bostrom, Eric Bostrom, Joey Pascarella, Cameron Gish, and Toriano Wilson will be available Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 11:30 at the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe'. A side note is that the ACE cafe, the London prototype for all the biker cafes that followed it, will have a replica built for this year's Sturgis rally. There is nothing for motorcycle rid... Read more

Harley Announces New 1200L Sportster

The big news for several years has been the influx of women riders discovering the sport of motorcycle riding.  The manufacturers are getting the messge, loud and strong. I have always liked Harley's Sportster line of motorcycles.  Reasonable weight, particularly given the power, straight forward, simple bikes.  They remind me of the bikes I started riding on, and many current riders of heavier Harley models started out on a Sportster. For 2008, the 1200L Sportster is even lower, bars f... Read more

Waterproof, Breathable, Leather

More and more motorcyclists are turning to Kevlar, Keprotec, Cordura, and other fabrics and less and less are wearing leather. Comfort, cost, weight, and many other reasons are behind this shift.  One of the drawbacks of leather is that most leather is not waterproofed.  Wet leather is a potential problem. Gore-Tex has announced a solution to the problem of wet leather.  Or a partial solution, at any rate. Few things are as memorably uncomfortable as wet, clammy, cold leather when ri... Read more

Groin Injuries Revisited

The Hurt report says more than 13% of motorcycle accidents involve groin injuries.  My guess is that for accidents that involve other vehicles cutting off the motorcyclist, the number is much higher. There is no protective gear that I am aware of, and the manufacturers don't seem to be designing with this problem in mind. Nonetheless, for a motorcyle going 25 mph or more at the time of impact, stopping by hitting your groin on the gas tank as the bike stops dead on the side of a vehicle i... Read more

Kushitani Zylon Jeans

I take my share of ribbing about my seeming addiction to Kevlar riding gear, so I was interested to learn that Kushitani has jeans with 3% "Zylon" woven in. "Zylon" is a material made in Japan and used in body armor.  I am just starting to learn about this material, so I don't know about the softness, feel, and so forth.  I do know that it is reasonably resistant to weather temperature extremes. Kushitani claims that, although Zylon is seven times a strong as Kevlar, their jeans are twic... Read more

Motoport Jeans and Kevlar Motorcycle Shirt Part Two

I am sorry it took so long for me to get a review under way, but the Jeans needed an adjustment, so there was a little delay in getting enough bike time for a report. Every single thing they say about these jeans is true.  They are, indeed, the most comfortable pants I have ever worn on the bike, regular denim included, regardless of brand or weight.  They just feel great.  Even better than the "favorite" jeans I sent down for Motorport to copy. It takes a little while for the lightweig... Read more