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Bonneville Boots by Bates Leathers

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With deep roots in the industry, the folks at Bates Leathers know how to make top-quality leather motorcycle riding gear, including boots. The new Bonneville features a Vibram Christy sole for ultimate durability on and off your bike, and sports extra leather on the toe for shifting. It comes standard with an extra 1/8th-inch insole for extra comfort, along with a standard insole and leather heel. Available with or without the Fast Lane patch on the ankle pad. Stock colors are black and chocolate brown. $270.

Savage Bluetooth Helmet by SENA

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Communications expert SENA recently introduced the first Bluetooth integrated open-faced helmet we know of, the Savage. A built-in intercom system using Bluetooth 4.1 technology lets you connect with up to three other riders, plus listen to music, GPS directions, or take and make phone calls. The Savage comes pre-installed with speakers, a microphone and easy to use controls, with a jog dial and phone button on the left side of the shell. The two-layer shell features a multi-density EPS lining. $350 (est.).

KickMagic Pneumatic Starter by The Classic Bike Experience

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The British bike experts at The Classic Bike Experience in Essex, Vermont, have announced the development and availability of their KickMagic pneumatic starter for Triumph oil-in-frame models built from 1971 to 1979. Unlike an electric starter conversion, the KickMagic uses high-pressure air and a pneumatic actuator that pulls the kickstarter lever. An electronic control unit guarantees proper operation, and kickback is eliminated because the actuator acts as a buffer. No permanent modifications are required and it can be quickly removed. Look for a full review in a coming issue. $1,995.

Peter Starr Takes it to the Limit for Charity

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In 1980, motorcycle filmmaker Peter Starr produced his seminal work, Take it to the Limit. A close, in-depth look at professional motorcycle racing and the riders who were making motion history, the critically acclaimed film featured the greats of the time, from Mike Hailwood blitzing the Isle of Man Mountain Course on a Yamaha TZ750 to Russ Collins charging down the strip trying to break 200mph on his 600 horsepower drag bike, The Sorcerer. That movie, and the 40-plus other motorcycle films Starr made during his career, formed the foundation of his 2009 book and semi-autobiography, Taking it to the Limit — 20 Years of Making Motorcycle Movies.

Fourteen years ago, Starr, now 75, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, an experience that led to his founding the Healing Arts Education Foundation, a 501c3 charity focused on educating prostate cancer sufferers about alternative therapy treatment. The charity is a driving force in Starr's life, and keeping it running requires constant fundraising. To that end, Starr is making 11 copies of a special leather bound edition of Taking it to the Limit — 20 Years of Making Motorcycle Movies available to the first 11 people who make a $1,000 tax-deductible donation to the Healing Arts Education Foundation. Only 25 were printed, each copy personally autographed by many of the top riders featured in the book, including greats like Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Freddie Spencer, Bubba Shobert, Jay Springsteen, Malcolm Smith and many more. To donate, contact Peter Starr.

LaRyder Riding Boots by MotoBailey

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MotoBailey is a relative newcomer to the world of motorcycle apparel, but their stylish, motorcycle-dedicated riding boots are generating attention for the Texas-based company. And while not the first in a growing category of retro-inspired motorcycle street boots, they might just be the best looking.

The brainchild of husband and wife team — and avid motorcyclists — Blake and Jennifer Bailey, MotoBailey boots are designed to provide protection and durability in a style befitting non-motorcycle moments like work and eating out.

Rising just above the ankle, the cut of the LaRyder boots I tried reminds me of the classic Clarks Desert Boots I used to wear, and the French leather, dyed a rich brown, is beautiful.

Importantly, there's a lot more to MotoBailey boots than just good looks, because these really are boots made for riding. An extra leather wrap over both toes provides a shift pad whether your ride is old school European or new school Japanese. Boosting their protective capacity, they feature extra ankle protection and a heel cap sewn under their biggest safety feature, a Kevlar lining running around the entire boot.

Just as important, they're also comfortable. I wore mine around the office for a week to break them in, and as the leather flexed and stretched they transitioned from stiff to comfy. On the bike, they're everything you'd expect out of a good boot, and they definitely fulfill their mission; a safe, solid, good-looking riding boot you can wear to work or to the pub without feeling like ATGATT man. Every person who sees them says something to the effect of, "Wow, those are awesome-looking shoes!"

That they are, and I won't be surprised if they become one of my favorite pieces of urban riding gear. Also available is the similarly styled but darker and more formal-looking ElBulli. $220.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Arrives in North America

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The Himalayan motorcycle is officially stateside. Royal Enfield North America launched the highly anticipated motorcycle through a week’s worth of events at TexPlex Park in Midlothian, Texas. Enthusiasts, journalists, dealers and more gathered to learn about the journey of bringing the Himalayan to North America and to test its capabilities in both on-road and off-road environments.

Check out photos from the event.


THE HIMALAYAN — CREATING A NEW SUBCATEGORY OF ADVENTURE TOURING

An incredible adventure motorcycle at $4,499

The rugged, go-anywhere, rider-friendly Himalayan has launched in the U.S. and will soon be rolling out at dealerships across North America.

Accessible, purpose-built for adventure, affordable and — most important — an incredibly fun ride, the Himalayan will be available in two beautiful colors — Granite and Snow. And a full range of accessories are available, including aluminum panniers, engine guards and aluminum cross-braced handlebars, with more available soon.


Royal Enfield Himalayans in a showroomThe Himalayan is a 410 cc, adventure-ready middleweight, and this beauty will open the world up to experienced and new riders alike — anyone interested both in tooling around town, hitting the trails and backroads, or taking off for serious adventure.

Check in with your nearest Royal Enfield dealer for availability, coming this spring.

G3-S Shock Absorbers by Race Tech

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If you're looking for the ultimate high-performance shock absorber for racing or that special custom, check out Race Tech's G3-S line of shocks. Available for single- and dual-shock applications, they can be ordered with remote or piggyback reservoirs. Made to order in the U.S.A, they feature Race Tech Gold Valves and more. Pricing starts at $799.99 a pair.