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Grifter USA may be a new company, but it makes things the old fashioned way. We review a pair of Grifter USA “The Scoundrel” motorcycle gloves.
Friday, March 13, 2015
We don’t want to make a habit of crash testing gear, but since we did recently suffer a spill, we thought it important to report on how the gear we were wearing stood up to the crash.
Friday, November 7, 2014
We replaced the standard lenses on a pair of Oakley Gascan sunglasses with a set of Revant Optics Elite HC3 Lenses to see if the polarized aftermarket offerings are as good as the originals.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
For the last couple of months we’ve worn the Icon 1000 Hood Jacket almost daily. Here’s our review of Icon’s top-shelf motorcycle jacket.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
For the last six months we’ve been putting the Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex Boots to the test in all kinds of riding conditions to bring you this motorcycle boots review.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
We review Danny Grinnell’s docu-movie about the larger-than-life custom bike builder called ‘Ron Finch That’s All You Get.’
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Icon looks to run roughshod over its competition with its 1000 Collection. We test a pair of their premium leather riding pants, the Icon 1000 Roughshod Pants, to see if they live up to billing.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Made to order out of some of the most supple leather around, we review the O.N.E. Reaper Hoodie motorcycle jacket.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
It’s summer time, and a set of Kevlar-reinforced denim riding jeans are a valuable addition to any gear bag. We review Speed and Strength’s Rage with the Machine Jeans.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
MotoUSA puts the AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket to the test for a review of AGV’s sharp-looking cruiser-style motorcycle jacket.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Not a half-shell nor a full-face, Bell’s category-defying Rogue Helmet created quite the stir when it launched. We review Bell’s latest cruiser motorcycle helmet.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Wanting to see if Roland Sands apparel is as rugged as the bikes he builds, we put the leather RSD Mission Jacket to the test.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
MotoUSA tests the Lunasee ASL1000 Active Side Lighting safety system on its black-as-night 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom project bike to make it more visible in the dark.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Looking to give our 2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom more power and attitude, we threw on a set of Vance & Hines Slash Staggered Pipes which gave us more of both.
Friday, October 5, 2012
We’ve been testing out a pair of TCX X-Street Waterproof Shoes in vintage leather over the past couple of months for our review of these motorcycle riding shoes from TCX.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
We hitched a leg over a 2009 Harley-Davidson equipped with Ohlins HD 159 shocks during our recent trip to Sturgis to bring back a review of these shocks made for Harley touring motorcycles.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
With temperatures rising, the Icon 1000 Shorty Jacket provides a happy median between a big, bulky biker jacket and a vest.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
We review Jim Cutting’s documentary called ‘Hogslayer The Unapproachable Legend,’ a movie about a drag bike with twin Norton engines that dominated the quarter-mile scene in the ’70s.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Motorcycle USA samples a quartet of aftermarket slip-on exhausts on the shop Harley-Davidson Sportster. See where they rank in our first motorcycle exhaust pipe shootout.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Motorcycle USA reviews and tests the Akrapovic Slip-On Mufflers in this cruiser exhaust shootout.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Motorcycle USA reviews and tests the Screamin’ Eagle Slip-On Shorty Dual Mufflers in this cruiser exhaust shootout.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Motorcycle USA reviews and tests the BUB 7 Slip-On Mufflers in this cruiser exhaust shootout.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Motorcycle USA reviews and tests the Vance & Hines Slip-On Twin Slash pipes in this cruiser exhaust shootout.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Motorcycle USA reviews and tests the Bassani Firepower Series Slip-On pipes in this cruiser exhaust shootout.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Blending motocross styling in a motorcycle boot built for the street, we’ve been wearing the Icon Elsinore Boots over the last few months to see how they handle the abuse of miles in the saddle.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Icon recently brought out a stylish new series of gear for its limited edition 1000 collection. We’ve been testing the Icon 1000 Chapter Jacket over the last couple of months. Here’s our findings.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Motorcycle USA puts Icon’s Women’s Airframe Street Angel Helmet to the test to see if this ladies full-face helmet performs as good as it looks.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
After putting the Icon Brawnson Sidewinder Jacket to the test over the last few months we’re ready to offer up this motorcycle jacket reveiw.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
New to Icon’s 2011 fall collection are the Brawnson Textile Overpants. We offer up this review of the latest motorcycle riding pants coming out of Slabtown.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
N3L Optics, a company that specializes in sport performance sunglasses, sent us over a set of Oakley Ducati Wind Jackets to review.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Bell enlisted the services of hot rod enthusiast and pinstriper extraordinaire, Skratch, to help out on the design of its cool three-quarters motorcycle helmet, the Bell Custom 500 Skratch Deluxe LE.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Icon Alliance Redeemer Helmet has been protecting our head for the last few months, providing us ample time to review the merits of this full-face motorcycle helmet.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Trying to ride in Oregon year-round requires a little assistance. We enlisted the services of Icon’s Patrol Waterproof Overpants in our battle against the elements and came away with these impressions.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
We’ve put the Icon Overlord Long Gloves to the test over the last few months,from 35-degree morning rides through the Sonoran Desert to an 80-degree run to the Florida Keys.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Prodigal Father, Pagan Son is a hard-hitting tale of a boy who grows up inside the world of the Pagans Motorcycle Club after being born the son of the president of the Philadelphia chapter.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
We’ve been putting the Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket to the test over the last couple of months to see how it stands up to everyday abuse.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The philosopher mechanic speaks in Shop Class as Soulcraft, a thoughtful examination of the value of work and the manual trades in our modern world.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
We put the Tour Master Custom Midweight Gloves to the test; to find out if these Custom Midweight gloves will keep your hands toasty on those winter rides.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Do the Icon Super Duty 4 Boots have the durability and ruggedness to live up to the expectations of the cruiser lifestyle? We test a pair in this motorcycle boot review.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
We pore through the pages of The Devil Can Ride – The World’s Best Motorcycle Writing, a compilation of moto stories from the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and T.E. Lawrence.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The guys at O.N.E. sent over a handcrafted Outlaw motorcycle vest tailor-made to our specifications for this cruiser gear review.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We review the indie motorcycle documentary, The Harbortown Bobber,a movie that brings the characters responsible for the restoration of Scott Di Lalla’s 1969 Triumph to life.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Kevlar and camou – it’s not just for hunting season anymore. We put AGV Sport’s Assault Kevlar Cargo Pants to the test over a summer’s worth of rallies and rides.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We recently poured through the pages of Let’s Ride Sonny Barger’s Guide to Motorcycling and came away with a newfound respect for the former Hells Angels leader for his comprehensive, well-written introduction to the world of motorcycling.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Our test pair of Shift Racing’s black leather, gauntlet-style Bullet Gloves have seen a lot of miles, accompanying us to Laconia, Sturgis and numerous motorcycle intros in addition to being our go-to set for daily riding.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The retro look is in style, only sometimes we have to sacrifice comfort and protection to get it. Not with the Bell Custom 500. We have a look at the latest retro-themed lid from the originators.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The AGV Sport Moda Ladies Perforated Leather Jacket combines attractive styling and a snug fit in a riding jacket that breathes well on hot summer days but is warm enough to wear into the cool night.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Sidi sent over a pair of its On Road Gore-Tex Boots so we quickly set out to test their reputation as a durable set of waterproof, all-purpose motorcycle riding boots.
Friday, June 25, 2010
We put the AGV Sport Pella Perforated Leather Jacket in our gear bag on our way to Laconia Motorcycle Week where we tested it through sun, wind and rain.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Motorcycle USA catches up on some reading with the moving biography of one of the most enigmatic characters the motorcycle industry has ever seen, Indian Larry Chopper Shaman.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Motorcycle USA has been putting Shift’s Havoc Pants, a leather/textile combination, to the test including daily riding and several cruiser motorcycle intros.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It was freakin’ freezing in Cincy for the V-Twin Expo. Luckily, the SHIFT Woody Fur Lined Hoody helped me combat the cold.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Spanish photographer Miguel Tres provides insight into biker culture and lifestyle through his photography in the book Custom Motorcycles.
Friday, December 18, 2009
We sample the Harley-Davidson 3/4 Helmet with a retractable Sun Shield – no need for two faceshields on this motorcycle helmet.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Motorcycle USA reviews S&S Cycle presents Today’s Top Custom Bike Builders, a book that showcases the 50 custom motorcycles built in honor of S&S Cycle’s 50th anniversary and features the photography of Michael Lichter.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Jack Frost is coming but we’re not ready to garage the bike just yet, so we’ve plugged in Tour Master’s Synergy Heated Pant Liner to keep us toasty in the saddle.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We’ve ridden with the Tour Master Coaster II Leather Jacket through the Mojave Desert and rainy Pacific Northwest. How does it fare?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Free to Wander is a motorcycle documentary about guys who not only live to ride, but ride what they build, highlighted by interviews with custom builders Keino, Paul Wideman, and Paul Cox.
Friday, September 11, 2009
We’ve twisted the throttle countless times in the last six months testing the merits of Alpinestars 365 Gore-Tex Gloves.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Never get caught out unprepared in the rain again. Put a set of Icon’s PDX Rain Gear in your gear bag and you’ll be set to ride through the storm.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Bell Powersports got custom builder Roland Sands to to design a couple of motorcycle helmets, including the Drifter RSD Skulls half-shell.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Motorcycle USA threw in a copy of the Nickelback Live at Sturgis 2006 DVD to get in the mood for next week’s rally. Check out the DVD review.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We’ve been testing a pair of Alpinestars Effex Gore-Tex Boots for the last few months, cruising down Daytona’s Main St., touring the wine country of California’s wine country, and riding the mountain to Big Bear.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We added an Alpinestars ATL Leather Jacket to our gearbag and quickly proceeded to put it to the test over the last few months including a week-long road trip through the Mojave Desert.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The leader of the Orange County Choppers crew,Paul, Sr., offers business advice in this book on how he grew a family-run operation out of his garage and turned it into a multi-million dollar company.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We got a pair of Icon’s Arc Mesh Overpants and proceeded to abuse them over the next few months to see if they passed the durability test.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
We got first crack at Icon’s Airframe Death or Glory Helmet and have put the new lid through the paces riding Victorys in New Orleans, Harleys in Daytona, and Vulcans in San Francisco.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
We’ve been putting our Icon Tarmac Ventilated Boots to the test to see if these motorcycle boots are as durable as they are good-looking.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Motorcycle USA provides its review of Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle Nylon Equipment Bag after putting it to the test lugging it through airports around the country.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Light-Mine is a handy gadget, with a wide-angle LED and 12 powerful magnets that allow you to stick it to any steel surface.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Harley-Davidson’s Motorclothes line is almost as popular as its motorcycles. Read on to see how H-D’s Men’s Complete Leather Jacket stood up to the last six months of testing.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Motorcycle USA reviews this modern biker B-movie, with Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Motorcycle USA put Shift Racing’s 967 Leather Jacket through a full season of bike tests and road trips and came away with these impressions.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Harley-Davidson set us up with one of the lightest motorcycle helmets we’ve encountered, the 1.75-lb Carbon Kevlar Half Helmet.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Watching “Choppertown The Sinners” is like turning the pages back on time, as Rico Fodrey and his So Cal Sinners crew follow a different drummmer.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Harley-Davidson has put valuable R&D time in developing a line of stylish, high-quality eyewear for riders, including the versatile Profile Goggle which we’ve put to the test.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Shift Racing Torque Jeans have everything a biker could ask for in a solid riding pant – rugged construction in a good-looking jean that fits as prescribed.
Friday, January 18, 2008
With almost 2500 riding miles and numerous bike tests to its credit, the Joe Rocket Meteor Boots have withstood the rigors of a busy riding schedule.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Want a cool, comfortable jacket that you can wear anywhere on any bike? Affliction has you covered with its Shredded jacket.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Motorcycle USA offers up its insight into the ‘Biker’s Handbook,’ written by American Thunder’s popular producer, Jay Barbieri.
Friday, September 28, 2007
The Icon Accelerant Jacket is rugged, heavy-duty and stylish and served us well during the summer’s press intro season.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Icon came through just in the nick of time for the summer press intro season with a sporty pair of Field Armor Chukka Boots.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
In 2006, Rocky Robinson was the planet’s fastest man on two wheels when he went 342 mph at Bonneville. He tells his land-speed racing story in the autobiographical Flat Out.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Roland Sands took a V-5 GP motor from Kenny Roberts and made something special with the KRV5 Tracker and this new DVD tells the story.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
MCUSA’s Hutch sported a Shift Racing Cammer Jacket while tooling around L.A. aboard Roland Sands’ Vintage custom and came back with these impressions.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
When shopping for motorcycle gear you don’t want to forget about the feet. We give the Icon Standard boot a test run.
Friday, January 19, 2007
This book, which tells the tales of the original Boozefighters, is an interesting look into the origins of biker culture.
Monday, June 12, 2006
There hasn’t been a great motorcycle movie since the iconic On Any Sunday. Well, this is a great one, and it even appeals to an audience that has little interest in motorcycles.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
A multi-season leather jacket impresses our cruiser correspondent with its versatility.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Get the inside scoop on some of the best rides America has to offer with the help of the map designed specifically for touring minded individuals.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
The Street Wavez license plate holder allows you to say anything you want to trailing motorists, and we mean anything.
Monday, October 27, 2003
Want some deep V-Twin rumble with your new Honda VTX1300? Roadhouse might have the pipes for you.
Friday, October 3, 2003
After our project Kawasaki Mean Streak was waxed at the drag strip by the Sherms Meanie, we figured we would follow the age-old motto: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.