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The Long Way Across Ontario on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Snowmobile trails become motorcycle trails during the summer. (Photos by the author)

After months of planning and a morning of pavement riding, we arrived at a section of the Trans Canada Adventure Trail near Huntsville, Ontario. Our plan was to ride about 900 miles of the TCAT, which stretches 9,000 mostly off-road miles from Newfoundland in the east to British Columbia in the west (see sidebar “TCAT 101” at end of the story).

Our group was a fairly diverse threesome of riders. Dan, who had some dirt-riding experience, was concerned with how his Yamaha Super Ténéré would handle some of the tighter, more technical parts of the trail. Greg’s KTM 790 Adventure was probably the most off-road capable bike on this trip, but with almost zero dirt-riding experience, he didn’t know how he would handle the rigors of the trail.

I had the most dirt-riding experience, and with my new-to-me, BBQ-black enamel painted Kawasaki KLR650 – easily the ugliest bike on the trip – I was probably the least concerned with dropping my bike.

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Dirt Naps and Wet Boots

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Dropping a bike in soft sand is a rite of passage.

Within minutes of getting on the TCAT, we were faced with a fairly steep hill to climb with good-sized rocks and ruts. I made it to the top, but Greg lost momentum and fell, breaking his left side mirror. A broken mirror only five minutes into the off-road portion of the ride was not a great start. After the required photo, we righted his bike, Dan made the hill, and we carried on. 

A few miles up the trail was the first deep, long water crossing with a pond on both sides. Greg again stumbled and got caught in a rut. In one scary moment, Greg fell, getting his bike twisted around and aimed directly into the pond we were crossing. One inadvertent twist of the grip and his bike would still be in that pond today. Getting it out ensured that both his and my boots were soaked, as waterproof boots are only effective when the water is not up to your knees. 

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Greg heading the wrong way through a pond.

After Greg had another fall in some deep sand, we decided we should start looking for a spot to camp. Our plan for this ride was to camp on public Crown land (see sidebar) as often as possible to add to the adventure and reduce our costs. There promised to be a lot of Crown land up north, but we knew it might be harder to find where we were at that point. 

While looking for a camping spot, Dan led us through a puddle that looked on the surface like every other one we had recently splashed through. But this one was different. As Dan rode into it, his front wheel disappeared into the water, followed by the rest of his bike nearly up to the seat. He quickly hit the kill switch to avoid sucking water into the airbox and was stuck deep in the muck. After the requisite laughter and photos for posterity, Greg and I pulled him out backwards using a tow strap we had brought for such occasions. Now Dan was a member of Team Water-Soaked Boots.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Dan’s Super Ténéré deep in the muck. It took two of us, a tow rope, and water-filled boots to pull him out.

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Trans Canada Adventure Trail? Or Zombieland?

Exhausted and fearful of future bike-sucking puddles, we left the trail and camped in an area with several abandoned RV trailers and a bus, left to rot away in what appeared to be an unofficial RV graveyard. 

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Camping at an unofficial RV graveyard the first night fueled our zombie dreams. Photo by Dan McPhee.

After a night filled with zombie RV nightmares, we found the TCAT again. The trail turned from an abandoned, pulled-up rail line to a narrow one-lane “road,” to a two-lane logging road, followed by a highway near North Bay, then back to an old rail line again. The variations of the route ensured that we remained focused, monitoring the terrain for rocks, potholes, and water. After what seemed like forever along an old rail line, heading west directly into the setting sun, we camped in my aunt and uncle’s backyard, which is a bit off the trail on a beautiful lake near Sudbury.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Crossing a bridge along an old rail trail between North Bay and Sudbury.

In the morning, we continued along the TCAT to an old rail bridge that we were not brave – or stupid – enough to cross. It seemed about 450 feet long and at least 100 feet high with no side rails. Many rail ties were missing, broken, or burned. There was evidence of snowmobile tracks on the bridge, but we agreed that trying to ride our bikes across was a terrible idea, so we backtracked and got on the highway toward Sudbury.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
We crossed many bridges on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail, but we deemed this one too risky. Photo by Greg Fabris.

Once back on the TCAT north of Sudbury, we were totally alone. The road turned into a single lane with trees on each side. If two cars were to meet here, they would have to negotiate a path to allow each other to get by. We didn’t see any cars though – or anyone else. A stop near a river gave us a chance to enjoy the natural beauty and sounds of a seemingly endless supply of rushing water. The isolation was a rarity for us, and the peace of shutting our bikes off in the middle of the trail and hearing nothing but the gentle breeze through the trees never got old. 

The TCAT offers some alternate technical sections that roughly parallel the main track. One section we took follows a power line cut through the woods and offers up some decent challenges, including rocky ascents and descents. Several water crossings gave us some difficulties and wet boots, but we eventually made it through.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Having friends along for the ride means blunders are well-documented and help is available when you need it.

‘It’s log, log! It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood!’

Once off the technical section, the track had us on a road where the only traffic was logging trucks. There were three tire tracks in the gravel, and we tried to stay on the farthest right one, especially around corners, because the trucks use up the two left tracks and then some.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
The lead dog stays dust-free on a logging road south of Shining Tree.

We almost choked in the dust thrown up by the trucks. One time, after two trucks went by in a row, I could hardly see the road in front of me and had to slow down for fear of going off the side. 

We found a nice camping spot just off the road with an outhouse, which, at this point in this isolated part of the province, was a luxury for us. 

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Our campsite near a logging road. Dust hangs in the air from the trucks roaring by a few yards away.

After making it to Shining Tree the next morning, we bypassed the 60 or so miles of logging road the TCAT follows that would’ve taken us to Timmins and instead got on Highway 560 toward Watershed. The track again took us on a logging road toward Chapleau, where we stocked up on groceries, knowing that the next stretch would keep us away from civilization for more than 24 hours along some snowmobile trails toward Wawa.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Some bridges on the old rail trail have been updated and are easily passable for vehicular traffic.

Leaving Chapleau, we rode on gravel roads for a while, and we started searching for a camping spot. Our goal was to find a spot that was roomy with plenty of space for a fire, as well as water nearby for swimming and collecting our drinking water. In this part of the province, there is a ton of Crown land, but our standards meant that we had some trouble finding a good spot that day. We finally found a seldom-used boat launch where we set up our tents as the sun was setting. We had a great fire on a beautiful sandy beach, listening to the calls of the loons on the otherwise deserted lake under the glow of the nearly full moon.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
A beach campfire by an isolated lake makes for a great ending to a great day.

The next day our gravel road turned into a snowmobile trail, wide enough for a truck but with a lot of rocks, sand, and hills. Trails that are smooth and easy in the winter on a snowmobile can be treacherous in the summer on a motorcycle. 

Hello? Anyone Out There?

Isolation was our constant companion. We had seen only a couple of people since the previous afternoon in Chapleau. As we were riding along, a black bear suddenly darted out about 20 feet ahead. He quickly vanished into the bushes, but the shock of it stayed with me for a while, so I slowed my pace. Hitting a bear was not something I was keen to do. 

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Another well-maintained bridge on the trail to Wawa.

Shortly after the bear sighting, we came across a clearing by a lake where someone in a truck camper had set up. Needing our morning coffee, we stopped and asked if he minded if we made our coffee by the water. Dan had a swim while I made the coffee, and we had a chat with the man, who said he loves the area and comes up every summer from Michigan with his canoe and ATV. He gave us a few pointers about the type of route we had ahead of us.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
We had coffee with a fellow from Michigan who visits Northern Ontario every year.

We arrived at Halfway Haven Lodge, which coincidentally is located about halfway between Wawa and Chapleau on the trail. It’s mainly a hunting camp and snowmobile lodge and was closed for our summertime visit. In the winter months, it has fuel and a few cabins for rent. A neat place in the middle of the Northern Ontario wilderness.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Halfway Haven Lodge, along the snowmobile trail between Chapleau and Wawa. Photo by Dan McPhee.

We continued on the sometimes rocky and challenging trail, which again followed a power line. It is safe to say that the power line portions of the northern Ontario TCAT are some of the most challenging sections. They are also the most interesting and offer some of the nicest views. Eventually the track turned back into a small road. It was another hot day, so we took advantage of a great swim spot on the side of a gloriously refreshing river. 

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Riding along a power line north of Sudbury.

As we approached Wawa and the end of the TCAT portion of our trip, we came across a small box in the road with a handwritten note on it saying there was a washout ahead and the road was not passable. A man in a truck confirmed that the washout indeed made it impossible for us to get through. We considered going to check it out for ourselves, but Greg had reached his limit for gravel and trail riding, so we declared the end of our TCAT journey and made our way back to the pavement of Highway 11 and eventually home.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail
The sign that signaled an end to our TCAT travels – at least for now.

The section of the TCAT from Huntsville to Wawa was everything we had hoped it would be. If you crave isolation and remoteness without being more than a few hours from civilization and challenging adventure riding, the Ontario portion of the TCAT will reward you. We’ve already begun planning our next TCAT journey.

Trans Canada Adventure Trail Sidebar: TCAT 101

Trans Canada Adventure Trail

The Trans Canada Adventure Trail is a 9,000-mile route across Canada from the east coast of Newfoundland to the west coast of Vancouver Island. It started out as a concept in 2007, took five years to map out, and was put together with the help of many volunteers. Most of the route is gravel or dirt, with some pavement sections where necessary. If a rider is looking for more of a challenge, there are some alternate sections that are more technical than the standard route. Visit GravelTravel.ca for more information and to purchase the GPS tracks of the TCAT for $25.

Much of the TCAT in northern Ontario goes through Crown land (what Canadians call public land), and it’s important to obey rules about what you can and cannot do. Camping by Ontario residents is free for up to 21 days at any one site per year. Nonresidents must pay a fee of approximately $10 per night, and permits can be purchased online. For more information, click here.

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2023 KTM 790 Duke and 1290 Super Duke GT | First Look Review

2023 KTM 1290 SUPERDUKE GT
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

KTM North America Inc. has announced the 2023 Duke and Super Duke Duke range. After a brief hiatus, the 790 Duke and 1290 Super Duke GT will be back in KTM’s lineup, and they’re joined by the returning 890 Duke R and 1290 Super Duke R Evo. The 2023 KTM Duke and Super Duke range will begin shipping to authorized KTM dealers in December 2022, but pricing has not yet been announced.

Related Story: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo | Road Test Review

2023 KTM 790 Duke

2023 KTM 790 DUKE
2023 KTM 790 Duke in new gray and black motif

Introduced in 2017, the KTM 790 Duke sold more than 29,000 units, and was later upgraded to the 890 Duke. KTM says the 2023 790 Duke is a “true mid-range motorcycle” that joins the 890 Duke R to fill the gap between the 390 Duke and the 1290 Super Duke R Evo.

Related: 2019 KTM 790 Duke | First Ride Review

Related: KTM 200 Duke, 390 Duke, 890 Duke, and 1290 Super Duke R | Comparison Review

The 790 Duke will be powered by KTM’s LC8c parallel-Twin DOHC engine with 799cc of displacement and two balancer shafts for smooth power delivery and minimum vibration.

2023 KTM 790 Duke
2023 KTM 790 Duke

The 2023 KTM 790 Duke features throttle-by-wire, a PASC slip/assist clutch, three ride modes (Rain, Street, and Sport), lean-angle- sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC), cornering ABS with Supermoto mode, a full-color 5-inch TFT display, and LED lights front and back.

Optional features include Quickshifter+, Motor Slip Regulation (MSR), cruise control, tire-pressure monitoring, and Track mode, which includes traction control slip adjuster, anti-wheelie mode, launch control, and three levels of throttle response variation. The bike has a 3.7-gal tank and a dry weight of 383.6 lb.

2023 KTM 790 Duke
2023 KTM 790 Duke

In terms of looks, the 2023 KTM 790 Duke introduces two new colorways to the mix: a traditional KTM orange scheme and an all-new gray and black motif.

2023 KTM 790 DUKE
2023 KTM 790 Duke in traditional orange scheme

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM Super Duke GT

The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT sport-touring bike has also returned to North America for 2023. KTM says the bike was “designed to offer riders a unique Grand Touring experience but engineered to be a true Sports bike underneath the touring parts.”

Related Story: 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT | First Ride Review

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT has enhanced emissions control and a reworked 1,301cc LC8 V-twin engine and the same standard features of the 1290 Super Duke R Evo.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

However, the WP APEX semi-active suspension on the 1290 Super Duke GT has been geared for the long-distance tourer, enabling the rider to set the suspension according to four different riding situations: Rider, Rider & Pillion, Rider & Luggage, or Rider, Pillion & Luggage. On top of that, the anti-dive function is fitted as standard. The larger 6.1-gal tank also contributes to the touring capabilities.

The wheels are also the same as the 1290 Super Duke R Evo and boast a weight savings of 2.2 lb of unsprung mass over the old set of rims. These all-new lightweight wheels are wrapped in new Continental ContiSportAttack 4 tires, boasting a sportier and more stable riding experience while delivering on the demand for a sportier tire to match the bike’s versatility. The 1290 Super Duke GT has a dry weight of 476 lb.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM Super Duke GT

A new 7-inch TFT display has a newly designed layout, and the setup is completed by the new switchgear that KTM says not only feels premium but also allows for intuitive interaction between the rider and the dash itself.

The 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT will also debut an all-new navigation system called Turn-by-Turn Plus, which will be available via KTMconnect and further enhance the touring experience. TBT+ allows navigation instructions to be projected directly on the TFT display.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM Super Duke GT

Powered by SYGIC, TBT+ can also operate offline, allowing riders to plan their journey and adventure from remote locations, with the Navigation feature using industry-standard mapping to guide riders to their destination of choice. There’s also an advanced search feature and a diverse range of POIs including gas stations, restaurants, and rest stops. Or you can select one of your pre-saved destinations directly from the TFT dash.

2023 KTM Super Duke GT
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

The new system also allows for waypoints to be skipped without prompting a turnaround. The system will merely recalculate and find the next available route to get you back on track. Also, the last 10 destinations searched are automatically saved and available directly on the dashboard.

2023 KTM 890 Duke R

2023 KTM 890 DUKE R
2023 KTM 890 Duke R

KTM says the 790 Duke is great for introducing a new generation of riders to the world of the Duke naked bike, “and when they’re ready to take things to the next level, the 2023 KTM 890 Duke R is waiting.” The company added that the 890 Duke R is as comfortable on mountain roads as it is on the track.

Related: 2022 KTM 890 Duke R | Road Test Review

In addition to the standard features mentioned above for the 790 Duke, the 2023 KTM 890 Duke R has adjustable, track-ready WP APEX suspension, monoblock Brembo Stylema calipers grabbing 320mm front discs, and Michelin Power Cup II tires. The bike has a 3.7-gal tank and a dry weight of 377 lb.

2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo

Taking it up a notch, KTM’s flagship street motorcycle, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo, underwent its most significant update in 2020, boasting a number of tweaks and engineering improvements, including a reworked 1,301cc LC8 engine and an all-new chassis.

In 2022, the latest incarnation of “The Beast” was launched with the same LC8 engine making a claimed 180 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque. The bike was dubbed the “Evo” thanks to the evolution of the second-generation WP APEX Semi Active Suspension with damping adjusted in real-time based on conditions in three preset modes: Sport, Street, and Comfort. Rear spring preload can be set via the TFT display’s menu over a 20mm range in 2mm increments.

Related: 2022 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo | Road Test Review

2023 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R EVO
2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke Evo

KTM says the 2023 KTM 1290 Super Duke R Evo has “the most power and torque in the family and the most advanced electronics to keep it all under control.” The bike features Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with cornering ABS by Bosch including Supermoto ABS, ride mode technology, and multi-stage, lean-angle sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) using a 6 axis lean angle sensor, and cruise control. The bike has a 4.2-gal tank and a dry weight of 441 lb.

For more information, visit the KTM website.

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Rossi and co return for the eighth ‘100km dei Campioni’

Those eight stars of MotoGP™ fame include Alex Rins (LCR Honda Castrol), Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) and reigning Moto2™ World Champion Augusto Fernandez (Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing), who join VR46 Academy stablemates Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) and Mooney VR46 Racing Team duo Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi.

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

PIERER Power: KTM’s Parent Company New Distributor for CFMoto and MV Agusta

In recent news, PIERER Mobility AG is capitalizing on the age-old colloquialism, ‘money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a motorcycle, which is kind of the same thing.’

Proof? In the pudding, of course; recently, KTM’s parent company bought a 25.1% stake in MV Agusta, calling the new connection a ‘strategic cooperation.’

MV Agusta's logo. Media sourced from PIERER Mobility.
MV Agusta’s logo. Media sourced from PIERER Mobility.

The fine print included a purchase takeover by KTM, as well as two new Team Orange seats at MV Agusta’s board (via PIERER Mobility’s press release). 

Now, the automotive industrial company has set their sights on CFMoto, claiming that they will “take over distribution of 11 CFMoto models in 5 lucrative European markets: Austria, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K, as of January 2023” (via ADVPulse). 

CFMoto's new Streetfighter model. Media sourced from DriveMag Riders.
CFMoto’s new Streetfighter model. Media sourced from DriveMag Riders.

All this movement comes richocheting off of last year, considered to be PIERER Mobility’s best to date: 332,881 motorcycles were sold in 2021, showing off a +23% increase from 2020’s numbers (270,407).

Currently, PIERER owns KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas; now that MV Agusta and CFMoto have hopped on the distribution bandwagon, we can expect a wider diversity of bikes in our local dealerships, with PIERER’s 2021 revenue (€2,040 million, up 32%) likely continuing to feed inspiration for new bikes in new places. 

A view of KTM motorcycles in a dealership. Media sourced from Justdial.
A view of KTM motorcycles in a dealership. Media sourced from Justdial.

What do you think?

Drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Asphalt & Rubber, JustDial, DriveMagRiders, and MCN*

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Trast73’s Mandalika International Street Citcuit track guide

A circuit surrounded by spectacular tropical views. Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit can be found on the southern edge of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Situated along the mesmerising coastline of Mandalika, the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit offers wonderful tropical scenery and unforgettable experiences.

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

Four Talent Cup riders promoted to 2023 Rookies Cup

And finally, from the ETC, Italy’s Dodo Boggio will take part in the 2023 Rookies Cup after a great season with the Aspar Team that included a double victory at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. Boggio will join Guido Pini, Alberto Ferrandez and Leo Rammserstorfer – plus Danish and Thompson – in being Rookies Cup riders from the ETC. 

Source: MotoGP.comRead Full Article Here

RevZilla’s Black Friday Sale Starts Early

Seems like RevZilla couldn’t wait for the end of the week to kick off their Black Friday markdown mania—their “Early Access” Black Friday event is on now, with killer deals up to 70% off on some of the best gear brands around.

You can check out the entire sale here, but we’ve also gone ahead and listed some of our select picks below. Find helmets, jackets, gloves, and more below—and get ’em before they’re gone!

Helmets Up to 70% Off

Shark Spartan GT Replikan

Shark Spartan GT Replikan Helmet

Regular Price: $549.99, Sale Price: $329.99 (40% Off)

This high-tech full face helmet uses a multiaxial fiberglass shell and multiple EPS layers to offer superior protection, while an Optical Class-1 rated visor with variable thicknesses provides crystal clear vision. An anti-fog breath guard, ergonomic visor locking system, and slot for a Sharktooth intercom are just a few of the other features you’ll find here.

Check it out at RevZilla

Bell Eliminator

Bell Eliminator Helmet

Regular Price: $429.95, Sale Price: $214.99 (50% Off)

Vintage auto-racing looks meet modern protective features in this popular Bell helmet—now slashed to just over $200! You get an antibacterial liner, a ProVision dual pane face shield with anti-fogging capabilities, speaker pockets for optional comms devices, and an extremely sharp look. It also comes in the “Vanish” variant, which uses a classy matte-black paint job to look extra deadly.

Check it out at RevZilla

Riding Jackets Up to 70% Off

Scorpion EXO Phalanx Jacket

Scorpion EXO Phalanx Jacket

Regular Price: $234.95, Sale Price: $99.98 (57% Off)

With a 600D water-resistant outer shell and CE-certified armor in the elbows and shoulders, this jacket lives up to the toughness and protection offered by its namesake—the legendary ancient Greek military formation. It comes with a back protector as well, plus a removable thermal liner vest for comfort in a wider range of climates.

Check it out at RevZilla

Scorpion EXO Transformer Jacket

Scorpion EXO Transformer Jacket

Regular Price: $274.95.95, Sale Price: $109.98 (60% Off)

A removable hoodie for cool conditions and zip-off sleeves to help you beat the heat make this riding jacket one of the most versatile on the market. It also lets you pack any unused parts into tuck-away panels so you can carry them with you without having to rely on panniers or saddlebags. Comfortable and convenient.

Check it out at RevZilla

Roland Sands Jagger Jacket

Roland Sands Jagger Jacket

Regular Price: $550.00, Sale Price: $275.00 (50% Off)

A practical-but-aggressive option for riders who want an edgy look without sacrificing protection or comfort. You get CE Level 1 Knox armor in the shoulders and elbows, plus a removable hoodie and plenty of venting to keep the air flowing when conditions warm up.

Check it out at RevZilla

Riding Gloves Up to 70% Off

Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 Gloves

Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 Gloves

Regular Price: $79.99, Sale Price: $40.00 (50% Off)

An updated version of Joe Rocket’s formidable track-level GPX gloves, these ones were designed explicitly for use on the mean streets of—well, wherever you ride. Made in a gauntlet style with a goatskin chassis, they also feature injection-molded knuckle protectors, texturized non-slip palm overlays, and reflective features on the backs of each hand to keep you visible. Trust us; you’ll want to show these off.

Check it out at RevZilla

Roland Sands Berlin Gloves

Roland Sands Berlin Gloves

Regular Price: $125.00, Sale Price: $50.00 (60% Off)

What can fifty bucks get you these days? A small bag of groceries? Half a tank of gas for your Road King? Or how about these tough-as-nails cowhide leather gloves with padded palms, flex knuckles, and a 100% tricot liner? Seems like an easy choice to us.

Check it out at RevZilla

Women’s Riding Gear Up to 70% Off

Roland Sands Riot Jacket

Roland Sands Riot Jacket

Regular Price: $650.00, Sale Price: $275.00 (58% Off)

Hooligans and troublemakers rejoice—this jacket is the perfect top portion of your uniform. Top-grain cowhide construction helps you keep your skin in a slide, while pockets are built in to hold optional armor in the shoudlers, elbows, and back. And with a streamlined rider-friendly fit, you’ll look at sleek as you feel protected.

Check it out at RevZilla

Bull-it SR-4 Women’s Jeans

Bull-it SR4 Women's Jeans

Regular Price: $149.99, Sale Price: $44.95 (70% Off)

These straight-leg riding jeans will keep your butt from chafing if you accidentally sit down at speed on the pavement, offering 89.6% of the abrasion resistance you’d expect from 1.4mm cowhide. Optional armor slides easily into the pockets at the hips and knees, too.

Check it out at RevZilla

Speed & Strength Onyx Gloves

Speed & Strength Onyx Women's Gloves

Regular Price: $59.95, Sale Price: $29.95 (50% Off)

Tough goatskin protects your skin, while knuckle guards add impact protection where you need it most and a pre-curved fit makes it easier to wrap your hands around the grips of your bike with confidence. We dare you to do better in the gloves department for less than thirty bucks.

Check it out at RevZilla

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2022 Holiday Buyers Guide

Holiday Buyers Guide Cover

The 2022 Holiday Buyers Guide and Winter Supplement is in! Pull on your favorite ugly sweater, pour a cup of eggnog, and cozy up with these inspiring photos, travel stories, gear reviews, and pro tips, brought to you by the editors of Rider and American Rider.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SPECIAL ISSUE

While you’re at it, get out a pen and paper and start making your holiday wish list with the Holiday Buyers Guide, covering everything from parts, apparel, gear, and more. Check out the full list of product showcases below.

Through compelling stories and images, the editors and contributors at Rider and American Rider work hard to bring you “Motorcycling at its Best.” We’re supported by you – our loyal readers – and by our advertisers.

The companies that manufacture and sell the products in this Holiday Buyers Guide – and in every issue of Rider and American Rider – make it possible for us to produce the motorcycle content you know and love. Please pay it forward by supporting these companies with your business. They’ll appreciate it, and so will we.

Thank you, and keep the rubber side down,

Greg Drevenstedt, Editor-in-Chief, Rider

Kevin Duke, Editor-in-Chief, American Rider


D.I.D. ZVM-X Series Chain

Holiday Buyers Guide DID Chain

The ZVM-X Series drive chain from D.I.D is stronger than the VX Series and designed for heavyweight motorcycles that make lots of torque and horsepower. The twisting action of the X-ring increases sealing performance, and the chain’s four contact points minimize power loss. The ZVM-X’s direct energy transfer, born from D.I.D’s experience in MotoGP, means greater stretch resistance under load. Available for a range of engine displacements in Natural, Silver, Gold, and Black starting at $202.17.

Hair Glove

Holiday Buyers Guide Hair Glove

The Hair Glove prevents knotting and tangling while keeping your hair protected from dirt, dust, and other damaging elements, and it provides a sleek and stylish look with its cylindrical design. Snap buttons running the length of the Hair Glove help keep your hair in place, and the built-in Flex-Hook attaches to an elastic band to keep it from sliding out even at high speeds. Simply hook it, wrap it, snap it, and go. Available in a variety of lengths and designs starting at $18.99.

HJC RPHA 91 Modular Helmet

Holiday Buyers Guide HJC Helmet

The new HJC RPHA 91 modular helmet features a Premium Integrated Matrix EVO shell, a distortion-free faceshield with increased peripheral view, and a drop-down sunshield. The chinbar has a hidden closure point for smooth contact and less pressure in the cheek area, and the 3D-engineered interior reduces wind noise. The RPHA 91 is compatible with the second-gen Smart HJC Bluetooth system and available in sizes XS-2XL in solids ($549.99), matte colors ($559.99), and the Combust graphic ($629.99).

Nelson-Rigg Defender Extreme Motorcycle Covers

Holiday Buyers Guide Nelson Rigg Cover

The Nelson-Rigg Defender Extreme covers are made of waterproof, UV-resistant UltraMax fabric and feature electronically taped seams, perma-venting, windshield liners, and elastic hems. Reflective side and back strips offer enhanced visibility, and heat-resistant panels provide protection from exhaust pipes. A compression sack is included. The Defender Extreme covers come in M-2XL to fit anything from scooters up to 4-seat UTVs and even 3-wheeled machines. Prices range from $109.95-$124.95.

SW-Motech Legend Gear Magnetic Tank Bag

Holiday Buyers Guide SW-Motech Legend Gear

The Legend Gear Tank Bag by SW-Motech is made from synthetic Napalon leather and waxed canvas with a splashproof inner lining. Strong magnets give the LT1 tankbag a solid hold, while the base plate design allows the bag to be released from the tank without much effort, and it can be easily transported using the carrying handle. A waterproof rain cover with a clear PVC window provides additional weather protection. The bag is available in Black/Brown for $114.95 or in Black for $121.95.

Zerofit Heatrub Ultimate Baselayer

Holiday Buyers Guide Zerofit Ultimate Baselayer

Zerofit’s Heatrub Ultimate Baselayer provides warmth and comfort during cold-weather riding by using heat threads that are activated through movement. The threads gently brush against the skin to generate warmth. This baselayer has scored a heat retention rating of 0.78, making it five times warmer in temps as low as 14 F. Since the Heatrub Baselayer doesn’t need to be tight to work, it is also more comfortable. Available in Red, Black, Gray, Navy, Cream, and Green in sizes XS-3XL for $99.

Wolverine Hustin Waterproof Riding Boots

Holiday Buyers Guide Wolverine Hustin

The Hustin Waterproof Boot by Wolverine features waterproof full-grain leather and a breathable Hydro-Guard waterproof membrane lining. The boots also have oil-resistant rubber outsoles and Goodyear welt construction, a highly durable method for bonding the sole to the boot. The shaft is 11 inches tall, and the heel is 1.5 inches. Now a member of the Harley-Davidson line of products, these boots have a subtle Harley emblem on the side of the heel. Available in Black in U.S. sizes 7-12.5 for $223.

Barnett Cap

Holiday Buyers Guide Barnett Cap

Barnett may be best known for its clutches and cables, but it also has a selection of quality apparel to choose from, including T-shirts, socks, and hoodies. And now the Barnett Cap joins the line. The cap is one-size-fits-most and features a hook-and-loop adjustable enclosure. It’s black with a pop of red on the bill trim. The “Barnett Equipped” logo is embroidered on the front, with the American flag embroidered on the side. It’s available for $19.54.

Wild Ass Classic Motorcycle Cushion

Holiday Buyers Guide Wild Ass Classic

Made with medical-grade neoprene rubber, the Wild Ass Classic is a comfortable and natural-feeling motorcycle seat cushion designed for long-distance riders who want extra comfort and less fatigue. The neoprene rubber reduces pain at pressure points and promotes blood flow. The cushion also reduces shock and vibration, keeping riders comfortable over longer distances. The Classic cushion is 15.5 x 14 inches and comes with straps and a patch kit. Available in Black for $249.99.

SW-Motech Drybag 80

Holiday Buyers Guide SW-Motech Dry Bag

The SW-Motech Drybag 80 is durable, waterproof, and UV-resistant. Made from 500D polyester with a double-sided coating, the bag is designed for motorcycle travelers who expose their luggage to extreme stress. The versatile Drybag 80 can be used as a tailbag, a tankbag, a shoulder bag, or on the crash bar, and the 3-point lashing strap fastening ensures it stays in place even during rough riding. Additional reflective details provide higher visibility. Available in Grey/Black for $88.95.

JIMS Milwaukee-Eight Low Profile Billet Tappet Covers & Pushrod Cover Kits

Holiday Buyers Guide JIMS

JIMS tappet covers for Milwaukee-Eight engines are 0.5 inch lower than stock, making pushrod adjustments easier. Made from 6061 billet aluminum, these covers are designed to be installed with Twin Cam pushrod covers. They have JIMS DNA embedded in their design and work with both stock and aftermarket alignment guides. The tappet cover kits are available in Black or Chrome from $251-$321, while the tappet cover with pushrod cover kits are available in Black or Chrome for $656-$795.

HeliBars Tour Performance Handlebar Riser for 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200

Holiday Buyers Guide HeliBars

HeliBars offers replacement handlebars and bar risers for improved ergonomic comfort on a wide variety of motorcycles. The new Tour Performance Handlebar Riser for the 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200 GT, GT Pro, and Rally Pro models raises the stock handlebar by 1 inch and brings the grips 1.26 inches closer to the rider. The riser reduces handlebar/riser flex and retains the stock handlebar, cables, and hydraulic lines for a simple 10-minute installation. Made in the USA and priced at $149.

Highway 21 Gasser Jacket

Holiday Buyers Guide Highway 21 Gasser Jacket

The Gasser has the look of a vintage jacket but is built with modern technology. Made of genuine premium leather, the Gasser features a weatherproof Hydraguard removable liner. CE Level 1 removable shoulder/elbow armor and reflective panels provide additional safety. A nine-point ventilation system makes this jacket breathable and comfortable. The Gasser also features a concealed carry pocket, an internal pocket, and snap waist adjusters. Available in Black and Vintage Brown for $349.95.

Zerofit Heatrub Move Baselayer

Holiday Buyers Guide Zerofit Heatrub Move

Perfect for temperatures from 23 F to 53 F, the Heatrub Move Baselayer is twice as warm as typical baselayers. Adaptable Warmth technology reacts to conditions to provide the perfect amount of heat to keep you comfortable. The Move’s polypropylene construction and hollow polyester shell work together to regulate body temperature. The construction evaporates perspiration quickly as well, preventing cold sweat from forming. Available in Black, Titanium, and White in sizes XS-2XL for $76.

Motorrad Reisen Wildwest Andalusia Motorcycle Tours

Holiday Buyers Guide Motorrad

Motorrad Reisen offers a variety of tours in southern Spain with cruiser and touring bikes from Indian Motorcycle. There are three routes around Málaga to choose from (Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada), each with six days of riding and covering more than 800 miles. Six shorter themed trips are also offered. Andalusian tours include beautiful landscapes, ancient villages, historic cities, mountains, and coasts. Contact Motorrad Reisen for dates, prices, and bike availability.

Barnett Scorpion Low-Profile Lock-Up Clutches

Holiday Buyers Guide Barnett Clutches

Barnett’s Scorpion Lock-up Clutches feature a low-profile billet aluminum lock-up pressure plate designed to fit under the stock primary cover. The clutch surface area and capacity are greatly increased compared to stock. Three sets of six coil springs provide a variety of pressure options. All Scorpion clutches are designed to fit into the stock basket, and hydraulic versions are available. Available for 1941-84 Big Twins, 1990-2022 Big Twins, and 1991-2003 Sportsters for $995.

DMC Patriot Sidecar

Holiday Buyers Guide DMC Sidecar

DMC’s customizable Patriot Sidecar, reminiscent of the Harley sidecars of the 1930s, has a large seating area made with high-density foam and ample cargo space. A side door and foldable windshield make it easy to get in and out. The trunk opens and locks from the outside, so grabbing your gear doesn’t require removing the seat. Full swingarm suspension and electric trim adjustment is mounted internally, allowing for a narrower track width. The body is mounted on vibration isolators. Available for $14,995.

SW-Motech Pro Enduro WP Tank Bag

Holiday Buyers Guide SW Motech Pro Enduro

Suitable for a wide variety of motorcycle tanks, the Pro Enduro WP Tank Bag is waterproof and weatherproof and has 11 liters of storage. The top of the bag is made of laminated EVA, and the welded body is made of TPU without seams. An overlapping magnetic lid keeps water out, and an attachment at the top allows riders to store accessories like a phone or wallet for easy access. The Pro Enduro WP Tank Bag will keep your devices and belongings safe from the elements. Available for $268.95.

Barnett Scorpion Series Clear Derby Covers

Holiday Buyers Guide Barnett Scorpion Derby Covers

The Barnett Scorpion Series clear derby covers are designed to fit OEM primary covers on 1990-2016 H-D Big Twins, 2018-22 Softails, and 2015-22 FLs with a “narrow” primary. The quarter-inch thick, polycarbonate window is scratch- and discoloration-resistant and firmly secured and sealed with an O-ring gasket. The outer cover area is CNC-machined from billet aluminum with a powdercoat finish. The derby cover gasket is included. Available in Chrome for $274 and Black for $223.

Zerofit Heatrub Ultimate Leggings

Holiday Buyers Guide Zerofit Leggings

Featuring the same material and fabric construction as the award-winning Ultimate Baselayer, the unisex Heatrub Ultimate Leggings will keep riders warm in temperatures as low as 14 F. While moving, heat threads inside the leggings brush against the skin to generate heat. Offering comfort as well as warmth, the Heatrub Ultimate Leggings are made of a material that has been independently tested and proven to be five times warmer than a typical baselayer. Available in Black in sizes XS-2XL for $99.

Wolverine Brake Light Riding Boots

Holiday Buyers Guide Wolverine Brake Light

The Wolverine Brake Light Riding Boot merges function with biker fashion. Designed for hardcore Harley riders, these boots are made of full-grain leather with oil-resistant rubber outsoles. The mesh lining keeps feet and ankles comfortable, and Goodyear welt construction ensures a highly secure bond between sole and boot. The boots also include YKK dual locking metal zippers. These riding boots have a shaft height of 6.25 inches and are available in Black in U.S. sizes 6-17.5 for $183.

Nelson-Rigg Solo Storm Jacket and Pants

Holiday Buyers Guide Nelson-Rigg Solo Storm Jacket

Nelson-Rigg’s fully lined Storm Jacket is made of polyester oxford with dual stitching. To keep the elements out, seams are electronically taped, and the full-length zipper features a self-fastening storm flap. Adjustable side buckles and an elastic waist provide a comfortable fit. Nelson-Rigg also offers matching Storm Pants. The jacket is available in S-4XL in Black, Hi-Viz Yellow, and Hi-Viz Orange for $79.95. The pants are available in S-4XL in Black for $49.95.

Wild Ass Air Gel Cushion

Holiday Buyers Guide Wild Ass Air Gel Cushion

The Wild Ass Air Gel Cushion is made of three layers of polyurethane, making it extremely durable. Gel pads inserted inside each individual air cell provide additional cushioning, shock absorption, and vibration dampening. This cushion can also be used without air when riders want to feel closer to the bike but still need some additional cushioning. Designed to be used for a variety of needs and types of riding, this cushion is versatile and affordable. Available in Black for $194.99.

SW-Motech Legend Gear Tail Bag

Holiday Buyers Guide SW-Motech Legend Tail Bag

A practical combination of tailbag and full-fledged backpack, the Legend Gear Tail Bag LR1 is a versatile companion for every tour. With a universal fit for seat and tail rack, this bag has a 4-point strap-mounting system for a secure hold. When used as a backpack, the bag has padded, adjustable carrying straps for a comfortable fit. The Legend Gear Tail Bag also features a roll-top closure, a padded laptop holder, and a waterproof rain cover made of 210D polyamide. Available in Brown for $163.95.

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