Curating travel gear and moto stuff



CALDIGIT TUFF SSD

CalDiget Tuff SSD

ADVENTURE READY

For all your adventure based, digital backups when on the road. The new CalDigit Tuff SSD has shock protection to U.S. Military MIL-STD-810G standards. IP57 (Ingress Protection) certified for water submersion and harsh, extreme environments. Bus-powered, USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. Comes in an archive box with cables and the drive is available in five colour bumper style case protectors.

SOURCE/PHOTO: CalDigit


LEATHERMAN RAPTOR SHEARS

Leatherman Raptor Shears

TO CUT STUFF

Designed for first response medical professionals, but can be used by anyone. The ultimate scissors for cutting stuff. Comes with a belt holster system and folds down for storage. A pair of Leatherman Raptor Shears may not be the first item added to your adventure kit, however, if you think of the number of times you need scissors, and you value utility and functionality, then add a Raptor to your kit.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Leatherman


SUPERDRY FLIGHT BOMBER JACKET

Superdry Flight Bomber Jacket

LIMITED EDITION

Flight crew style, the limited edition Superdry Flight Bomber Jacket features military inspired Superdry branded logo patches on a traditional bomber style. Available in army green. The usual wide selection of pockets, including the iconic sleeve with a vertical zip pocket.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Superdry


SHOEI VFX-EVO HELMET

Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet

HIGH PERFORMANCE

The new Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet is packed with cutting edge helmet technology and design refinements. Designed for MX and off-road riders, the VFX-EVO features SHOEI’s “Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.]—strategically engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident.” The helmet has a hand-laid six-ply, fiberglass matrix of organic and high-performance fibres, aerodynamic spoiler shape, larger eye port, sixteen intake and exhaust vents, and a Max-Dry liner that’s removable and washable. Available in a variety of colour designs.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Shoei


2017 WK BIKES COLT 50

2017 WK Bikes Colt 50

LITTLE COMMUTER

The UK company WK Bikes sells a range of mid-sized Chinese built motorcycles. They recently started selling a fun little, Honda Grom inspired, 50cc motorcycle, the WK Colt 50. Features include a lattice tubular frame, LCD dash, single cylinder 4-stroke air cooled engine, electric start, and disc brakes. Max speed is 45 kph.

SOURCE/PHOTO: WK Bikes


SPY OPTICS KLUTCH MX GOGGLES

SPY Optics Klutch MX Goggle

NEW MX EYEWEAR

Featuring anti-fog, scratch-resistant Lexan lens, the new SPY Optics Klutch MX Goggles should perform well on dusty tracks. The Scoop High-Flow Vent system also adds functionality. And technology like Geo-Force face foam, moisture-wicking Dri-Force fleece, and the SPY Happy Lens makes the Klutch a priority eye protection system. Available in a range of colour designs.

SOURCE/PHOTO: SPY Optics


HELINOX LITE COT CAMP STRETCHER

Helinox Lite Cot Camp Stretcher

SLEEP LIGHT

Like sleeping on air, well almost. At 1.3kg, the upgraded Helinox Lite Cot Camp Stretcher is a lightweight camping option for cycle and motorcycle travellers.  Easy to assemble, just two long TH72M alloy poles, the fabric bed, and snap-fit legs. Comes with a carry bag.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Helinox


POWER PRACTICAL SPARKR MINI LIGHTER

Power Practical Sparkr Mini Lighter

AND A FLASHLIGHT TOO

Although old fashion lighters have a nostalgic charm about them, think of the Zippo lighter, a modern lighter needs to be high tech, maybe with 'Star Wars' like style and functionality. Power Practical’s Sparkr Mini Lighter is a plasma lighter utilising two cross over electric, purple coloured plasma beams to make lighting fires in windy or wet conditions fast and easy. No flame, or butane fuel to load. Just flip open the cap and push the start button for action. Form factor is a nod to the iconic Zippo with a USB powered rechargeable battery. And the lighter has a built-in LED flashlight that produces 15 lumens of light.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Power Practical


CRAVE AXE 2 MOTORCYCLE SHIRT FSC

Crave AXE 2 Motorcycle Shirt FSC

MOTOWEAR

A proper moto shirt. Lined with a full coverage Aramid layer. Plus a microfibre layer that provides a good level of breathability. Pockets for shoulder, back, and elbow pads. A bunch of pockets to hold your stuff. The Crave AXE 2 Motorcycle Shirt FSC.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Crave


RS TAICHI WHEELED GEAR BAG

RS Taichi Wheeled Gear Bag

TRACK DAY LUGGAGE

Taichi Moto’s Wheeled Gear Bag is designed to transport all your moto gear for a track day, moto event, or even a holiday. It features a separate padded helmet pocket above a large main compartment, with venting to reduce moisture from building up in your bag, and a front outer pocket to store your goggles or similar sized items. Wheels and a retractable handle afford ease movement. It can carry 97 litres of gear and is available in two colour designs.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Taichi Moto


FINDING THE HIDDEN BENEFITS IN COMMUTER MOTORCYCLING

Skills, Phenomenology, and Motorcycles: Why following rules, then forgetting them and taking risks makes you a better rider.

A BETTER WAY TO JUDGE MOTORCYCLE COMMUTERS

Motorcyclists are sometimes seen as individualists, choosing an unpopular and minority means of transport to commute to and from work or school. Surely a better alternative is to travel in a modern car, bus, or even a train like most commuters, with all-weather protection, the full array of crash safety features and superior comfort afforded by over one hundred years of automotive technological development.

If we make the assumption that for each motorcyclist their choice of transport mode results in a net-benefit for them, then the next question, from a public policy perspective, turns to how does motorcycling contribute to the wider transport community. This is an important public policy question because the motorcycle is a minority mode of transport with proven user benefits, but disproportionately large private and public costs from road accidents. However, to treat motorcycling as a single issue, road safety problem is clearly an inadequate policy position. Let's see why.


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HELLY HANSEN ULLR TRANSITION HT BOOTS

Helly Hansen ULLR Transition HT Boot

FOR COLD CLIMATE HIKES

Keep your feet warm and dry with the new Helly Hansen ULLR Transition HT Boots. Primaloft insulation keeps you warm. A HellyTech membrane keeps you dry. And your foot is kept in place thanks to a weather-tight, medial zipper closure. For off-road traction, there’s multi-directional rubber lugs.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Helly Hansen


NEMO SPOON SHAPER KIT

NEMO Spoon Shaper Kit

15TH ANNIVERSARY

Make a spoon they way your ancient ancestors did. All the tools you need plus a tool roll style holder. Just find a spoon size piece of wood and start carving. The 15th Anniversary Spoon Shaper Kit from NEMO Equipment.

SOURCE/PHOTO: NEMO Equipment


DAINESE SPECIALE SWEATSHIRT

Dainese Speciale Sweatshirt

MOTOCLOTHING

A lightweight sweatshirt featuring a fun doodle style, line moto graphic in white with a text based rider pattern. The Dainese Speciale Sweatshirt is ink colour and made from 100% cotton, with a Dainese logo on left arm.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Dainese


FIVE TFX AIR GLOVES

FIVE TFX Air Gloves

LIGHT AND TOUGH

A short cuff design. Urban street appeal. Ultra-ventilated for summer riding. Protective shells on the top and palm. Durable and comfortable microfibre palm with MX style ultra-elastic material in the movement areas. Double red topstitching adds a touch of style. New for 2017, the FIVE TFX Air Gloves.

SOURCE/PHOTO: FIVE


REVIEWING THE ROLE OF MOTORCYCLES IN TRANSPORT POLICY

Skills, Phenomenology, and Motorcycles: Why following rules, then forgetting them and taking risks makes you a better rider.

ARE MOTORCYCLES THE INVISIBLE TRANSPORT MODE?

In high income Western countries, limited policy development has defined motorcycles as a road safety problem with minor road user benefits. The overriding narrative is motorcycles are unsafe; regulate for this safety risk.

It seems that motorcycles are the invisible mode in transport policy. Their use is too small to have a serious impact on the big transport issues of traffic congestion, vehicle emissions, accessibility, land use integration and the like. If it wasn’t for a bad road safety record and the resulting trauma, motorcycles and their riders would, it seems, not be included in transport policy.

To explore this idea, as a case study, let's look at how a modern transport strategy deals with motorcycling in a large Western city.


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OUTDOOR RESEARCH DRY PAYLOAD PACK

Outdoor Research Dry Payload Pack

FOR WET WEATHER

Keep 32 litres of your gear dry with the new Outdoor Research Dry Payload Pack. Waterproof. FR welded seams and a roll-down top closure system. Tough. Construction is 420D ripstop nylon with a kiss coating and TPU lamination. Functional. Multiple bag compression options, axe loops, lash points.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Outdoor Research


HUMAN GEAR GOBITES

Human Gear GoBites

CAMP UTENSILS

Three choices. All you need travel and camping utensils. Human's Gear GoBites is available in three models, “the minimalist Uno, the snap-together Duo, and the fully-featured Trio.” Safe for eating with food grade nylon that’s BPA-free, PC-free, and phthalate-free. The Uno has a deep spoon and functional fork. The Duo, a separate spoon and fork, snaps together when extra length is needed. And the Trio adds a knife with metal bottle opener, a carry case, and toothpick.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Human Gear


HUSQVARNA HATCHET

Husqvarna Hatchet

LITTLE CHOPPER

Known for their motorcycles and chainsaws, Husqvarna also make a branch cutting, wood splitting axe. The Husqvarna Hatchet, a little axe, is a traditional design that’s good for most camp wood chopping duties. The hatchet weighs 600g (1.31 lbs) and has a Hickory wood handle.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Husqvarna


TROY LEE DESIGNS GP AIR MAZE JERSEY

Troy Lee Designs GP Air Jersey

MINECRAFT STYLE

A summer weight, dirt riding jersey featuring a ‘Minecraft’ style block graphic. The new Troy Lee Designs GP Air Maze Jersey is a highly ventilated riding garment providing maximum air flow, and hot weather cooling, thanks to a mesh polyester fabric and vented paneling. A ribbed stretch v-neck collar affords a comfort fit and a gel print on a drop tail design adds comfort and helps keep the jersey in place.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Troy Lee Designs


NOVEMBER TRAVEL & MOTO VIDEOS

Skills, Phenomenology, and Motorcycles: Why following rules, then forgetting them and taking risks makes you a better rider.

A SELECTION OF ADV, OVERLAND, VLOG, AND BIKE TIP YOUTUBE VIDEOS FOR NOVEMBER

The videos we have selected for this month have high quality production values coupled with interesting travel based content. 

 

For November, we'll highlight a long distance ADV motorcycle journey, overlanding by 4X4 in South America, vlog travel by Jeep, and clutchless shifting your motorcycle.


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2018 APRILIA SX 125

2018 Aprilia SX 125

LITTLE SUPERMOTO

Known for their large displacement, exotic sports motorcycles, the Italian bike maker has announced a new lineup of small dual sport bikes with a street supermotad configuration. Available in 50 and 125cc  engine capacities, across five models, the RX/SX 125s share the same frame, Euro 4 compliant engine, and suspension, along with a category first ABS braking system with anti-roll-over. The RX/SX small 50cc models feature a single-cylinder Euro 4 two-stroke engine, liquid-cooled with lamellar intake.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Aprilia


GIVI S920 SMART CLIP

Givi S920 Smart Clip

SMARTPHONE HOLDER

Designed for use on a motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle, the new Givi S920 Smart Clip securely attaches your smartphone to the handlebar or mirror via an easy mounting setup with a fast lock and release system. The Smart Clip comes in two size models, large and medium, making it compatible with most smartphones. And the holder is made of bi-injected techno-polymer and thermoplasticised rubber, so it's tough, durable, and won't damage your smartphone.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Givi


SNOW PEAK TI-SINGLE 450 CUP

Snow Peak Ti-Single 450 Cup

FESTIVAL EDITION

If it’s time to upgrade your camping mug the new Festival Edition Snow Peak Ti-Single 450 Cup  looks like a great option. Especially if you value lightness and functionality, not to mention something a little unique. The lightness comes from a 70g (2.4 oz) single-wall titanium design. Functionality, well, it does all the usual cup things and can be used over a flame as a cooking pot and its handles fold away for easy, space saving packing. A seasonal red seabream graphic for 2017 provides a touch on uniqueness.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Snow Peak


ZEMPIRE RANGER 900 SWAG

Zempire Ranger 900 Swag

ONE PERSON HOME

A minimalist approach to camping usually requires a lightweight, optimised equipment setup, only what you need that's typically functional, no extras needed. The new Zempire Ranger 900 Swag follows this philosophy. It also conforms to the make-camping-easy approach thanks to a fast setup and pack down design. And it’s built to last with a tough and breathable 340 gsm canvas frame and a durable 500 gsm PVC floor. For your sleeping comfort a 70mm open cell foam base is provided.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Zempire


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