When describing how to plan a trip by motorcycle, CW Editor-at-Large Peter Egan once advised, “Take riding gear that doubles as rain gear.” Well, that’s what we have here, and then some, with the “Twin Shell” Macna Chameleon jacket. Why Twin Shell or, as Macna calls the Chameleon, “two jackets [...]
New “Premium” fit: Four shell sizes (XS-S, M, L, XL-XXL) with distinctive EPS dimensions are claimed to provide a better-fitting helmet for the many different skull shapes. The V4 has an integrated roost guard and a single, removable mouth guard, and the cheek pads have a cupped lower edge to [...]
What can you wear while riding your motorcycle to preserve a Positive Adventure Outlook (PAO) all the way from a 100-plus-degree desert to a freezing Rockies mountaintop and everywhere in between? A quick blast last summer from Cycle World’s oceanfront editorial offices in Southern California to Colorado’s 14,000-foot-high Pikes Peak [...]
Staff Favorites: Frye 8R Engineer boots Nobody told the Frye people we live in a disposable society.
So I’m standing there the other day in the CW garage when a guy whose initials are TK walks up to me and says, “How you liking those boots? I love mine so much I’m on my third pair!” The boots I was wearing that day were okay boots, if [...]
Riding a Can-Am Spyder means being exposed to the weather, as a motorcycle rider is, but the odds of a Spyder rider lowsiding onto the road are pretty slim. That means his or her gear doesn’t need to be configured to protect against get-offs the way a motorcyclist’s gear does [...]
With so many street riders wearing half-shell, open-face or skull-cap-type helmets (or none at all!), you’d think premium-sunglasses-maker Oakley would have developed motorcycle-specific shades long ago. Think again. Oakley introduced the Split Jacket-based Wind Jacket just last year, but it was worth the wait because these glasses have features that [...]
CW Evaluation: Veskimo Personal Cooling System Wouldn’t you like an icy-cold back on a sweltering day?
Winter riding is one thing: You can bundle up, power up and just toughen up to make cold weather manageable. But in the peak heat of summer, there’s not as much you can do. Ventilated gear is effective, sure, but there are days when you’d give almost anything for personal [...]
The latest two-piece textile suit from Teiz Motorsports (pronounced “taze”) is the Navigator. Jacket $499, sizes S-XXXL Pants $299, 36-52 waist sizes This traditionally styled adventure-touring jacket and pant is manufactured in company owner Ghazi Farooq’s home country of Pakistan using reflective-striped, stretch-panel-equipped and fully vented 500-denier Cordura. Military-grade SuperFabric [...]
Five Fast Facts: Macna Chameleon Jacket Dutch-made twin-shell, tri-layer textile and leather motorcycle jacket is intended for all-conditions, year-round riding.
Two jackets in one: Chameleon’s “core” is a sporty-looking, 1.2-1.4mm-thick leather jacket with a dropped back, fully sleeved quilted liner and dual trouser-connection zippers. A lightweight, reflective-panel-trimmed, RainTex “direct-laminated” Durylon/R-tech shell slips over the leather jacket and is secured with six hook-and-loop straps and three neck/sleeve zippers to form a [...]
Not everyone wants, needs or can afford the kinds of gloves that Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies wear. For many riders, all that’s called for is something midway between those big-buck, super-tech racing mitts and a pair of gardening gloves from Home Depot. These Latitude gloves by Tour Master are [...]