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Touring South America: and we’re off!

Touring South America is a series recounting over three months on the road traveling around the diverse continent. That journey holds a very special place in my heart and I hope it continues to inspire people to get out and see the world by whatever means possible. The original stories in Spanish can still be found at Vuelta Sudamericana. Without further ado, here’s part one:   Chapter 1: March 23rd, Lima, Peru. It seems that it isn’t just people who are...

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Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets: Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket

I previously wrote about some of the innovative new features that Alpinestars was bringing into their jacket lines. While we patiently wait for the release of their awesome integrated airbag system, we’ll take a look at one of their latest and best touring jackets: the Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket. They’re known for making some of the best riding gear out there, both in terms of comfort and protection and in their latest offering, they don’t disappoint. The Rundown Product: Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex...

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Great Motorcycle Movies: The Motorcycle Diaries

Welcome to the first edition of Great Motorcycle Movies. Along with our Great Motorcycle Rides series, it is written with the hopes to inspire you to get your motorcycle and ride it towards adventure. We’ll start off by taking a look at one of my favorite movies: The Motorcycle Diaries. Aside from being a spectacular film in its own right, this is the one that inspired me to head out on my first international motorcycle trip. The film is spectacularly...

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A Motorcycle Tool Kit for the Road

Part of the essential gear you’ll need when taking to the open road is a motorcycle tool kit . I’m not talking about lugging your entire toolbox with you, but you should have a small set of basic tools that will let you handle most fixes or adjustments made on your bike. This includes changing burnt out lights, calibrating and oiling your chain, fixing a flat tire, and tightening bits that may get loose. Obviously, not everyone is equipped to deal with all of...

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Great Motorcycle Rides: Ruta 40 in Argentina

Of all the amazing things that Argentina has to offer (wine, meat, tango, and beautiful ladies), there is one feature that isn’t as well advertised. Running nearly the entire length of the country, along the Andes lies the Ruta 40, a road that stretches over 3000 miles (5000+ km) from Bolivia all the way to the Strait of Magellan. What can you find on such a long adventure? Let’s find out. Facts and Recommendations Ruta 40 is loooooong. It’s one of the...

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AGV Motorcycle Helmets: AGV K3 Helmet Review

We’ve already reviewed the fantastic AGV Blade Helmet by Italian helmet manufacturer AGV. Now it’s time to take a look at one their more accessible full-face helmets The Rundown Product: AGV K3 Helmet Price: $169.95 – $219.95 Pros: Top-level helmet at entry-level price, excellent ventilation, comfortable and lightweight Cons: Chin flap is easy to lose, fogs up in cold weather, tighter fit in larger sizes Average Rating: 8.5 / 10 Where to buy: Revzilla.com, Amazon.com The Details The AGV K3 is a more recent...

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Fieldsheer Motorcycle Jackets: Fieldsheer Drifter Jacket

Fieldsheer is a long-time manufacturer of quality motorcycle clothing. All Fieldsheer motorcycle jackets, pants, and gloves, for both men and women, are made with solid materials and quality craftsmanship. Today we’ll be looking at the durable and stylish Fieldsheer Drifter Jacket (now re-branded as the Pokerun Drifter 2.0 Jacket). The Rundown Product: Fieldsheer/Pokerun Drifter 2.0 Jacket Price: $127.99 – $143.99 Pros: Removable full-sleeve liner, comfortable, lightweight, 100% waterproof, tons of pockets Cons: Liner sleeves are hard to attach/detach, ventilation could be improved, doesn’t...

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AGV Motorcycle Helmets: AGV Blade Review

AGV is an Italian company that is well-known for making the motorcycle helmets worn by MotoGP World Champion, Valentino Rossi. AGV motorcycle helmets come in several types including racing helmets, motocross, modular, and open face helmets like the AGV Blade. While most motorcycle travelers will opt for a full-face helmet, I’ll show you what makes the AGV Blade such a strong contender for a helmet you’d want to use on a long road trip. The Rundown Product: AGV Blade Motorcycle Helmet Price: $119.95 Pros: Inexpensive, comfortable...

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How to Rent a Motorcycle in Thailand

One of the best ways to make your way around the Thai countryside is to rent a motorcycle or scooter. The process is quick and easy, and even if you’ve never been on a motorbike before, you can pick up the skill in no time. Upon your arrival at any town you’ll see several places advertising motorbike rentals. Your hotel or hostel can even arrange one for you. Any of these options are fine but follow this guide to know what...

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8 Things I Learned Riding a Motorcycle in South America

Above all things, true travel is a learning experience. The amazing time I had while I was on the road was enhanced by the important life lessons that I took away from the experience. Every trip offers an endless stream of opportunities to absorb knowledge from the world around you. Here are the 8 lessons I learned while riding a motorcycle in South America. #1. Always pack light Before leaving home, I laid everything I wanted to bring on my bed....