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Cardo PAKTALK 15


With an all-new, always-on, natural voice operation feature, you will never have to press a button, turn a wheel or move a slider again, because Cardo has just empowered your voice. Whether you ride with a buddy or in a group of up to 15, just say “hey Cardo”, and your PACKTALK BOLD will do the rest.

This is Cardo’s new top-of-the-line intercom and it’s packed full of bells and whistles. To round it out, the company worked together with engineers at JBL to build the highest quality speakers imaginable. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, check out the PACKTALK SLIM. The tradeoff is shorter battery life on the latter.

MSRP: $330    Category: Electronics
GM    10/2018  

For more information visit https://www.cardosystems.com/



Bell Star helmet with MIPS


Drawing inspiration from the essential needs of the modern racer, and loaded with quality features – TriMatrix composite shell, MIPS energy management, Xstatic liner, and Panovision Class 1 optics – the newest Bell Star is a complete rethinking of what a race helmet should be.

Beyond the track, the Bell Star is a solid performer. While we can’t get into the details here, but sure to explore the Bell website and learn about what the MIPS technology is that incorporated into this helmet. No one else has it. Six different graphics are available, other than black and white, there are no other solid colors available. Price shown is base colors. Graphics cost more.

MSRP: $470    Category: Helmets
GM    10/2018  

For more information visit https://www.bellhelmets.com/



2018 Honda CB650F


Honda started with the engine from our popular CBR650F. Offering an 11,000 rpm redline, they gave it shorter gear ratios to ensure some rigorous acceleration through the midrange. Revised intakes and a free-breathing exhaust mean more peak power too. In short, it’s a blast to ride. And check out those 4-into-1 exhaust pipes—a styling touch to one of the most iconic Hondas ever, the CB400F Supersport.

This isn’t a bike everyone is talking about, but like Yamaha’s FZ6 from the mid 2000’s what you’ve got here is a wolf un-dressed in sheep’s clothing. What’s different from the legendary 400, and lets count the CB1 400 Four from the mid-eighties as well, is that unlike it’s smaller siblings which were dogs when it came to touring, this bike has the gumption needed for the extra weight and wind resistance that lies ahead. A perfect bike for a new riders looking to grow into a mid-sized bike, or someone who does want the power of a liter bike.

MSRP: $8,249    Category: Motorcycles
TM    10/2018  

For more information visit https://powersports.honda.com



Motorcycles Speak Louder Than Words


Jack Riepe’s follow-up to his previous book that sometimes involved his first motorcycle - Conversations with a Motorcycle, the well-loved, well-loathed humorist is at it again filling in some of the blanks from the first installment about his post pubescent years as a young truck loader/wanna-be-writer living in New Jersey.

If you made it through the first installment and out the other side, finding it totally entertaining, then it's time for you to travel back in time as Riepe ties together some of the loose ends from the first pass. Alas, this is not an Iliad to an Odyssey, but you might be glad to know - there's at least one more installment in this series coming at a later date.

MSRP: $20    Category: Books
TK    10/2018  

For more information visit http://jackriepe.com/



Trail Tech Voyager Pro GPS


The next evolution of Trail Tech's most popular off-road GPS features Buddy Tracking, allowing you to know where other riders are during your ride. It incorporates Bluetooth for phone and media connection, has a 4" color touchscreen, and full vehicle integration allowing you to see speed and RPM’s. Comes pre-loaded with USA maps.

Trail Tech continues to evolve their GPS offerings. This one is their most advanced to date. While it can help you follow a GPS track, what it can’t do is provide turn by turn directions on the screen. Additional maps are available for other countries including the rest of the America’s, Africa, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

MSRP: $600    Category: Electronics
TM    10/2018  

For more information visit https://www.trailtech.net/



Givi GRT709 Luggage


As the soft adventure luggage market continues to develop with offerings from a number of Pacific Northwest companies, leave it to Givi, one of the world’s largest makers of motorcycle luggage, to join in. Based on all their evaluations of the others, comes the GRT709 35 liters soft bags incorporating an outer shell that has a higher than normal resistance to UV rays. The units connect easily to Givi’s UNIFIT mounting system.

The battle continues in the soft luggage market and Givi has been out testing the competitors. With the research and funding behind this global company, they may have something on the leading edge here. The end result is a solid system that incorporates all the latest in tech. You’ll need to call around if you want to see them in person. Price shown is per pair.

MSRP: $699    Category: Luggage/Storage
TK    10/2018  

For more information visit http://www.giviusa.com



Avon Tyres Cobra Chrome


The Avon Cobra Chrome offers premium performance and a stylish Cobra themed design. Incorporating a unique design with detailed aesthetic features, this tire is rated for excellent wet braking and stability in all conditions delivering precise feel and tire feedback.

Avon has continually captured the latest in compound development and with the Cobra Chrome, they bring to market a tire that lasts a long time and is a home run when it comes to traction in any weather and overall management of the bike while in motion.

MSRP: $610    Category: Tires
GM    10/2018  

For more information visit https://www.avontyres.com/en-us/



2019 Kawasaki HP2 Carbon


Kawasaki's latest top of the line Ninja isn’t for the faint of heart (and no H2 ever has been). Incorporating all the latest technology ranging from the coolest in suspension adjustments, onboard data collection that’s unrivaled and topped off with self-healing paint, this Ninja is the epitome of the future of sport bike technology. The onboard computer measures all the usual suspects like location, speed and mileage, but goes deeper to reveal maximum lean angle, top speed and more. 998 cc’s packed with an on-board supercharger provides 231 horsepower at the end of the day.

For the insane speedster that must have it all and can afford it, the H2 continues to be the one to own. There’s more data derived of your ride per minute than the local police can figure out in a day and at 231 horsepower, you’ll have to taker this to the track to really feel what the bike is all about. Plan an additional hour each time you ride so you can play with the smartphone app, dial in all the right settings and analyze the data you download after.

MSRP: $32,500    Category: Motorcycles
PT    10/2018  

For more information visit https://www.kawasaki.com



Conversations with a Motorcycle


Popular moto columnist, Jack Riepe originally published this book back in 2010. It has been reissued by a new publisher in paperback. The book is a self-reflective look back to Riepe's late teens and early 20's.

Riepe's candid biographical look at his post-pubescent years is certainly entertaining to those who enjoy works by John Waters, Hunter S. Thompson or John Callahan. Tales of his Kawasaki H2 widow maker are combined with stories about chasing women and trying to fit in with the tough crowd in his native New Jersey during the mid-70’s. However, if you're offended by teen-like descriptions of women’s breasts (bunnies) and pubic regions (squirrels), then you need to move on to safer reading.

MSRP: $20    Category: Books
TM    10/2018  

For more information visit http://jackriepe.com/



FLY Racing Milepost II Touring Boot


The new FLY Racing Milepost II features an improved fit over the original Milepost boots, facilitating putting them on or removing them. New flex areas improve mobility, make shifting easier and are more comfortable for all day use. The boots are constructed with leather and feature an Airweave interior; E-Z Walk soles; shin, ankle and toe protection and are waterproof and breathable for all riding conditions.

The boots are priced right, to be sure,and the construction makes sense. With the Fly name on them they’ll probably outlast a few lesser brands. However, if you plan to ride in the rain think twice here. While they claim to be waterproof, they do not incorporate Gortex. Experience tells us boots that don’t, won’t stay waterproof too long.

MSRP: $130    Category: Apparel
TM    10/2018  

For more information visit http://www.flyracing.com/



    

 


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