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Tonight's episode of Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone (8 p.m. EST, July 30, 2014) will feature Matthew Miles, Cycle World's senior motorsports editor.

Barry Boone

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 30, 2014) - Matthew Miles is the senior motorsports editor of Cycle World Magazine. He has been with America's premier motorcycle publication since 1991. In those 23 years he has become one of the industry's most prolific writers and has his finger on the pulse of racing in America and around the world.

Matthew Miles

In this episode we will discuss the announcement that MotoGP great Marc Marquez will be the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Indy Mile AMA Pro Grand National during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. We will learn how the MotoGP superstar who has a passion for flat track became the Grand Marshal. We will also hear all about a special motorcycle created just for this event!

Join us this Wednesday night at 8.00 p.m. Eastern on Talking Motorcycles with Barry Boone

Last year's Superprestigio was instrumental in creating awareness for America's sport, Grand National Championship motorcycle racing. The Superprestigio II will be bigger and better and we will learn all about that in this episode of Talking Motorcycles!

The final plans have been made for the much anticipated Cycle World Industry Panel planned for Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP just before qualifying for the MotoGP. Brad Baker has been confirmed along with Randy Mamola and the rest of the star-studded panel. We find out who is involved and what will be the likely topics of this entertaining and informative panel of all-stars.


Valve Adjustment Tool

Triumph valve tool

Motorcycle and power sports tool specialist Dennis Stubblefield Sales makes a two-piece valve adjustment tool specifically for Triumph twins. Designed to work on most 1950s-1970s Triumphs 500cc twins, 650cc twins and 750cc twins, the 100 percent made in the U.S.A. tool makes valve adjustment easy. The handled part of the tool is sized to fit the valve adjuster locknut and the knurled inner shaft keys the adjuster. A three-piece metric set for Japanese and European bikes is also available. $28.95. MC


VX-Pro4 off-road helmet

(Allentown, PA) – Following up on the highly acclaimed VX-Pro3 model, Arai Helmet, Inc., makers of world class, handmade helmets for more than six decades, is proud to announce its worthy successor: the all-new VX-Pro4.

With a more aggressive look and a host of updated features and improvements, the VX-Pro4 is still at its core an Arai. And like all Arai helmets, that means its shell is made entirely by hand, by dedicated craftsmen, built to Arai’s unique R75 Shape concept. This results in a rounder, smoother and stronger shape that will more easily glance off impacts, instead of catching. The VX-Pro4’s shell is constructed using Arai’s exclusive Super Fiber for exceptional strength and elasticity, while its uniquely rounded chin bar maintains the same compact shell length as the VX-Pro3, resulting in even less likelihood for catching or digging in during a crash.

New features abound on the VX-Pro4’s exterior. An updated chin bar vent grill, which now mounts from the outside and can be easily removed for cleaning or damage replacement, is also designed to break away from the chin bar during a spill. Updated Air-Through top front, top rear and side port ducts greatly improve ventilation on the VX-Pro4, while also being easier to clean and maintain compared to the VX-Pro3. The new top rear duct diffusers can be easily removed or replaced simply by removing a single screw on the rear duct brace.

Up front, the VX-Pro4 sports a new peak that is 14mm longer and 5mm wider for improved debris and roost deflection. Larger air outlets in the peak also help to reduce lift and buffeting. To aid with goggle strap positioning, the VX-Pro4 features innovative strap locators in the side port cowlings and top duct center brace, helping to keep goggles in place during aggressive riding.

Interior updates on the VX-Pro4 include the removable neckroll for convenient and easy cleaning, plus an improved emergency cheek pad release system, with tabs that are easier to access by rescue staff.

“The Arai VX-Pro3 has been one of the most acclaimed off-road helmets available,” said Brian Weston, Managing Director of Arai Helmet, Inc. “With its improved features, updated design and legendary Arai focus on rider protection, we’re confident the new VX-Pro4 will only build on that tradition.”

The all-new Arai VX-Pro4 will be available for purchase in October 2014, in a variety of color and graphic choices, including White, Black Frost, Tip Orange, Tip Red, Tip Blue, Tip Green, Tip Yellow and NuTech. MSRP will be $599.95 to $609.95 for solids and $729.95 to $739.95 for graphics and racer replicas. For more information on the entire 2014 Arai lineup, visit AraiAmericas.com.


Tool Belt by LeoVince USA

Tool traveler

Long-distance and ADV riders should check out the new USWE Sports TX Rider Tool Belt from LeoVince USA. A main pocket large enough to hold a spare inner tube as well as other necessary travel tools is augmented by two side pockets plus a tool organizer pocket. The TX Rider Tool Belt stays secure around the rider’s waist thanks to a compression strap belt system that keeps it in place no matter how rough or bouncy the terrain. $56. MC


EMGO Steel Gas Tank for Norton Commandos

EMGO Norton gas tanks

British parts specialist JRC Engineering now has EMGO replacement steel gas tanks for Norton 750 and 850 Commandos. Made from heavy gauge steel, the tank features a single-piece stamped bottom with an interior baffle just like the original. Made in Taiwan to EMGO’s exacting specifications, these are high-quality tanks and not cheap knock-offs like some of the crudely made items we’ve seen showing up recently on eBay. Mounting points are solidly welded. Supplied bare, accepts original petcocks and gas cap. $490.47. MC


Competition Accessories Sliders 4.0 Motorcycle Riding Jeans

Sliders 4.0
A street cut gives the Sliders 4.0 from Competition Accessories a relaxed look on the bike or off.

One of the greatest developments in motorcycle riding gear has been the use of Kevlar. While I’ve always been something of a traditionalist, favoring leather over textiles, there are unquestionable benefits to technology. A “miracle” synthetic fiber that’s found its way into just about every imaginable product, Kevlar is incredibly strong, with superior abrasion and temperature resistance. It’s also light and breathable, making it perfect for abrasion protection in riding jackets and pants.

Sliders 4.0
The Sliders 4.0 fit well on the bike, providing full coverage for proper protection.

A great advantage to Kevlar-lined riding gear is that it doesn’t have to look like riding gear. The Sliders 4.0 Motorcycle Riding Jeans from Competition Accessories are a perfect example. Cut like your favorite pair of street jeans, the Sliders 4.0 pants are relaxed and understated. In fact, outside of a discreet “Kevlar” tag stitched into the right rear pocket seam there’s nothing to clue you about their intended use.

Sliders 4.0
The Sliders 4.0 pant’s street cut pairs nicely with traditional riding gear like Vanson’s AR3 leather jacket.

The design and fit of the Sliders 4.0 is impressive. Unlike some Kevlar gear we’ve seen, the Sliders 4.0 pants feature generous Kevlar panels. The front panels run down both legs from the inseam to well below the knees, while the rear panels run across the wearer’s bottom from side to side and from the waist to well below the inseam to fully cover your bottom, with side panels running down the sides of the legs to below the knees. The front is mesh lined, improving wearer comfort by providing better airflow, and there are adjustable pockets for optional CE-approved knee armor. The 13.5 ounce denim is heavy duty but surprisingly soft, and the fit is excellent.

Sliders 4.0
Front panels are generously sized and covered with a comfortable mesh fabric.

My normal size for a pair of Levi’s 505s is 34 waist/32 inseam. The Sliders 4.0 are sized somewhat generously to ensure a comfortable riding fit, so following the advice of Competition Accessories, I ordered my pair one size smaller at the waist only, yielding a 32 waist/32 inseam. The fit on my Sliders 4.0 pants is perfect, giving excellent boot coverage while riding my bike but not dragging on the ground when I’m off the bike. Better yet, as I regularly commute to work by bike, the generous sizing means I can use them as over-pants and put them on over a pair of office slacks; for colder weather riding, I’ll have no problem putting them on over a pair of thermal underwear. Priced at an extremely reasonable $74.99, the Sliders 4.0 pants are also among the most affordable Kevlar riding pants we’ve sampled.

Sliders 4.0
Rear panels give full coverage to the riders bottom side.

Although I can’t speak to their performance in a slide – and hope I never get to – their construction suggests they’ll perform well, and certainly better than a standard pair of street jeans. Although a slide would undoubtedly inflict major damage to the denim, where the Kevlar panels make contact the Kevlar barrier should significantly mitigate if not prevent skin contact with the road.

Bottom line? If you’re searching for a good looking, comfortable pair of riding jeans with the added protection of Kevlar, the Sliders 4.0 Motorcycle Riding Jeans should be at the top of your list. – Richard Backus


TDC Tool by Steadfast Cycles

TDC with style

British and European vintage bike parts supplier Steadfast Cycles in Santa Clarita, California, is the exclusive dealer for these beautifully crafted top-dead-center gauges from European Spares. Made in the U.S.A. from the highest quality brass and stainless steel, the Steadfast Cycles TDC Tool features a knurled body for easy hand-operated installation and removal and degree lines on the piston to make confirming top-dead-center a snap. Threads into any 14mm spark plug hole. $36. MC

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