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The Contour is the ideal camera for a fun and easy experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you. Just slide the record switch and you’re instantly filming beautiful HD video. The award-winning design is tough, compact, waterproof to one meter, and versatile which means you can use your Contour anywhere, anytime and capture all the action you want.

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Alpinestars Durban Jacket and Boots Review

As we all know, motorcycle riding gear is essential to a rider’s safety, comfort and of course, style. When a company like Alpinestars offers up with a kit that earns high marks in all three of those categories it’s worth taking the time to check it out. We would like to submit the trio in Exhibit A: Alpinestars Durban JacketPants and Boots. This combination is not for the casual rider or commuter, this is extreme riding gear meant to protect the rider in the harshest environments known to man. For that reason, this premium kit comes with a steep price tag. If you need cheap gear then the Durban may not be for you. If you are in search of the best gear money can buy, read on.

The Durban Jacket ($699) and pants ($499.95) are a combination of Gore-Tex, CE armor and ceramic coated reinforced Superfabric. It sounds like something Captain America should be wearing but it’s actually the latest multi-function riding jacket and pants from our friends at A-Stars. In addition to protecting you from the elements the Durban Jacket features adjustable fit, multiple pockets/storage, zippered air intakes, strategically placed CE armor, reflective piping and exhaust vents but the sleeves are also removable too. The Durban Jacket has an integrated storage area on the back for a two-liter hydration/water bladder as well as provisions that allow the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Brace to be worn underneath it. It also features a removable Gore-Tex fleece-lined liner and compartments which will house optional A-stars back protector and shoulder pads.

By integrating all of these features, Alpinestars has positioned the Durban Jacket as one of the most advanced and comfortable jackets I have ever worn. The articulated elbows help keep armor in place, adjustable straps tailor the fit of the jacket arms and offer a free range of movement while the waist zipper allows the Durban Pants to attach to the jacket and form a complete two-piece riding suit.

The Durban Pants ($499.95) feature leather panels on the inside for added grip when riding off road while also providing an added level of protection from the strategically placed Superfabric (Basically a Kevlar-like material). The knees are articulated and removable CE knee armor is standard. A removable Gore-Tex liner with micro-fleece provides added protection from the elements.

Last but not least are the Durban Boots ($479.95). Add these lightweight bad-boys to the mix and you have the trifecta. These full-length riding boots feature a Velcro closure at the top, three-buckles and a work-boot-style sole which combine to make a riding boot that is both stylish and functional. The body is constructed of full grain leather with a Gore-Tex membrane and strategically placed materials in the toe, heels and shin areas. The Durban Boots are comfortable and required no break-in period at all. They are comfortable for walking around since they have that traditional-style sole and are made from soft leather. They do fit a little on the large size, I usually wear a size 9 boot but I wear a size 8 in the Durban.

Clearly the design is intended for the Adventure Rider but the Durban is just as adept at pulling touring duty on a Gold Wing as it is sport-touring or dual-sport riding on an ADV bike. My first experience with the Alpinestars Durban gear was during the 2012 Honda Goldwing Adventure Ride from Virginia to Tennessee along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Of course, Mother Nature had her way with us the first day so I got to experience the Durban in torrential downpour. The outer shell of the pant and jacket do a decent job of keeping you dry during standard rainfall. I had to put the liner back in the jacket at our first stop because rain was getting through the removable arm zippers. Once the liner was in place, my body did not get wet. The pants and boots were getting pounded and neither conceded until the crotch of the pants finally started to absorb water after a half hour of deluge. In fairness to A-stars, the Goldwing seat is perfectly designed to pool up so I was sitting in a puddle of water and eventually it did soak through. The Durban boots never let in any rain at all. As any legitimate touring rider will tell you, it is imperative to coat your gear with rain repellent and that’s exactly what I did… when I got home.

Later that same trip we experienced both extreme heat and some chilly mornings. The gear handled as expected from a $1700 get-up. The boots are warm yet the breathable material never had my feet sweating like crazy in the heat and kept me warm in the morning. The jacket was equally excellent in the heat. Without the liner in place, the multiple vents in the front and back allow for a nice steady stream of fresh air to pass through. Zip them up and you form an impervious layer of protection from the cold temperatures anywhere above 50-degrees. After that you will want the liner, which makes the Durban damn near impervious to cold. We experienced mid-40s on rides in Oregon and Northern California that support that claim.

My only real complaint about the jacket is the neck area. When it’s cold or you are riding in temperatures below 65-70-degrees you can zip the front up and leave the flap open that normally seals of your upper torso from the wind. A-stars almost thought of everything as a snap on the backside keeps it folded out of harm’s way so you can run the front jacket zipper open to allow maximum airflow on those really hot days. But the other side has the hard side of the Velcro attachment and it flaps in the wind. Plus, exposed helmet liners on the base of the helmet by the rider’s jaw can stick to that Velcro and it is damn annoying. Another snap on the left side would allow you to peel that flap back as well and would alleviate the one major gripe I have found after two months of wearing this gear in a myriad of conditions.

As sport touring gear the Durban, with its grey and black design, looks right at home. The numerous pockets allow you to store cell phones, wallets, maps, cash and other various items. Two of the front zipper pockets live up to A-stars waterproof claims. I discovered this first hand when I left my iPhone in my front pocket during the downpour at the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the gear looks sporty enough for knee-dragging on a Ninja 1000 it is most well suited for dual-sport type rides. This is adventure touring gear in its most refined form and that is where it shines.

Although the only photos we have are some mild dirt roads on a Kawasaki Versys, I have utilized the jacket and boots for dual-sport trail rides on both enduro and ATVs. The jacket offers a full range of motion and the added functionality of the hydration pocket on the back allowed me to use my CamelBak bladder in my jacket which consolidates things. The numerous zippered pockets are convenient for hauling GPS, keys and snacks too. But for off-road purposes the function I appreciate the most are the removable arms. Zip-off the arms, tuck them into the convenient pouch on the back of the jacket and voila you have a riding vest. You do lose the added protection of the elbow guards and layer of protection from branches and roost but when you ride off road your body gets way hotter than it does on the street so having that function is a huge plus.

The boots are so comfortable that I could deal with wearing them on the ATV even though I normally wear half-length boots when riding those beasts in the hills. As a dual-sport boot, they are definitely a little too nice for me to choose to wear them in the muck and mud on a regular basis, but you could if you wanted to. The performed as good as any moto-boot when splashing through puddles and dragging a foot through a turn, dabbing in a rut or getting nailed by errant rocks. In my book, they are more than just fancy-looking foot gear.

So, when the dust settles, smoke clears and the rain subsides the question remains: Are the Durban Jacket, Durban Pants and Durban Boots worth the money? Absolutely. Are they for everybody? Not at all. Like I said, this is the ultimate in high-end touring gear designed by one of the most respected and technically advanced motorcycle gear manufacturers in the world. This is the pinnacle of A-stars touring gear and it is not cheap. You buy the Durban gear when you have plenty of discretionary income and plan to wear it for many, many years of real adventure or touring rides. With a total price of almost $1700 for all three pieces, the Durban kit is not for the faint of heart. Then again, neither is adventure touring

The Alpinestars Durban Jacket is one of the best adventure touring jackets on the market, and when it’s combined with the Durban pants and boots, the trio makes for the ultimate AT gear package.

If you are looking for top of the line adventure touring gear then you have to stop and consider the Alpinestars Durban jacket, pants and boots. This trio of protective motorcycle riding gear is the top of the Alpinestars Tech Touring line. The jacket and pant shell are constructed of multiple Gore-Tex fabrics with removable CE certified armor. As far as the appearance goes, the Durban Jacket and matching Durban pants look rugged but remain low-key compared to some more flamboyant competitor’s designs.

The Alpinestars Durban JacketPants and Boots are available from Max Value Moto.

Alpinestars Durban Jacket MSRP: $ 699.95
Alpinestars Durban Pants MSRP: $ 499.95
Alpinestars Durban Boots MSRP: $ 479.95

Content & Images By: Ken Hutchison

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Mustang Lid Covers For Harley Davidson

New custom lid covers from Mustang Motorcycle Products include trunk lid covers that fit all Harley-Davidson 1993-2009 FL Touring models equipped with King Tour-Paks. Saddlebag lid covers fit 1993-2009 FL Touring models with stock H-D hard bags. Lid covers come in plain, chrome or with black pearl-centered studs.

From our family at Max Value Moto to yours, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Harley Davidson OEM Replacement Clutch

AIM Corps variable pressure clutch (VP92T) is made to replace any 1998 and later H-D stock clutch. The company claims the clutch is easy to install and add 40 percent stronger clutch pressure at a higher RPM.

BELL Custom 500

Throwbacks and retro lids are nice, but nothing beats an original. Back in 1954 Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the “500.” That moment was ground zero for the modern motorsport helmet and it gave rise to an entire industry. Bell’s new Custom 500 pays homage to Richter’s original design and adds modern protective technology to bring the design up-to-date while still keeping the original’s aesthetic. By combining a custom fiberglass layup with a specially designed EPS foam layer, Bell engineers were able to craft a helmet that is at once light weight, narrow in profile, and DOT-compliant. Adding custom paint-inspired graphics, chrome trim work (on some graphics) and a quilted liner, the new Custom 500 custom looks as good as it performs.

Specifications

·         Weight: 1200 g

·         Certifications: DOT

·         Custom-quilted liner

·         Fiberglass Shell

·         Five-year warranty

·         Integrated snaps

·         Padded chin strap with D-ring closure

·         12 paint/ graphic styles

 

This helmet comes in youth and adult sizes.

Accessories: 3 snap retro visor & retro shield

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2012 Polaris 600 Rush Review

The first time we ever saw the Pro-Ride Polaris we made up part of a super-secret focus group with other writers, public relations people, engineers and the like. After agreeing to keep what we saw a state secret until after its public unveiling, we kept our outside the focus group thoughts to ourselves. At that time we thought the unique Pro-Ride sled seemed a bit strange. It looked big. It sat high. But it had promise.

That first impression came more than three years ago. Not long after the focus group gathering, we got to ride the real deal at a sled preview in the mountains outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Polaris had decided to showcase its newest snow vehicles to a group of snowmo-writers. The preview centered around a carefully selected 25-mile route that would highlight the benefits of the first Polaris Rush model.

Polaris supplied all the appropriate engineers, those who designed the outside the skid frame Pro-Ride rear suspension and could explain in technical and layman terms how the design worked and why it was better than any existing design of the time. Other engineers dealt with the thinking of using “glue” to bond some key pieces together and how it benefited lightweight durability and dealer after care. Polaris planned this introduction carefully and left nothing to chance. That’s how important the new Pro-Ride sled was to the company’s plan to regain market share from BRP and its oh-so-popular Ski-Doo snowmobile models, especially the MXZ line.

                          

We took our time with Polaris’ new sled very seriously. We made four circuits of the test loop, choosing to ride it in four different styles. We rode it as hard as we could. We rode it like a weekend mileage rider. We slowed it down like a casual scenery checker. And we rode a combination of all four. The sled worked well and we were pleased with what Polaris had built. We specifically asked for a 600 Rush test unit so we could enjoy a season-long shake down.

That first winter Polaris’ Rush hit the snow as a 600. We had ours fit with some touring-oriented pieces. While it took us a few rides to get it set to our comfort level, we never became one with the sled. When we sat on it, the feel was incredibly similar to the latest MXZ. The ride in a straight line was better than what we could get from Ski-Doo’s SC-5. But, no matter how much we tinkered with the Rush suspension set ups, its cornering suffered compared to the MXZ. That seemingly higher ride height we had noted at the focus group intro threw us off. The skis popped in the corners. We didn’t trust the Rush as implicitly as we did the MXZ.

The next winter we upgraded to an 800cc Rush. It did all that the beloved Polaris 600cc two-stroke would do at low to moderate speeds. Being an 800, it had incredible muscle for aggressive corner exits and excellent power down the wide-open straights. Still, the added thrill of the 800 highlighted what we saw as Rush shortcomings.

                           

Now, for 2012, we saw the latest Rush at a January 2011 sneak peek. The Polaris engineers glossed over the revamped front suspension upgrades and how the front shock in the third iteration of the short track Pro-Ride suspension has been relaxed a bit to allow the skis to plant themselves and stay planted — without that annoying popping up when you corner too aggressively. Polaris marketing was showcasing its new stretch track Rush series, the 136-inch tracked Switchback, and looked at the base Rush as old news.

Well, the 2012 Rush is not old news. It has become, in its third iteration, the Rush we had always felt it could be. And that means its pretty darn good now. The newest version of the Pro-Ride front end, which owes much to Polaris’ success in snocross racing, now lets the sled corner flatter with excellent control. Besides the enhanced and actual improved cornering, Polaris claims the sled enjoys 20 percent reduced steering effort. All we know is that the 2012 600 Rush exceeds our expectations and we’d rate it ahead of the comparable MXZ for cornering.

As for ride enhancements, the latest short track rear suspension updates include a revised front torque arm, which works with the new front suspension to control that suspension wind up that led to the front skis popping. This combination of revision from front suspension to rear suspension evolves the 2012 Rush into an excellent on-trail sport sled that you can trust implicitly.

                             

Much of the change can be attributed to the new stretch track Switchback. Polaris engineering reworked the Pro-Ride design to fit the longer wheelbase of the stretched out Rush chassis and the need to lengthen the slide rail underpinnings. In doing all that, the engineers revamped the front suspension as well, to make it responsive in matching the extended length. The end result is that the front-end changes necessitated by the Switchback designs actually greatly benefit the short track Pro-Ride Rush versions. Finally, the sport track Rush works likes we had expected it should. It took three iterations, but who’s counting? The Rush is right in 2012. It’s incredibly fun to ride. And we can readily recommend it as a true alternative to the MXZ series, even the early order ones with the rMotion rear suspension, which essentially gives you a Pro-Ride feel.

Three seasons ago the 600cc Polaris twin seemed just right. Its 120-plus horsepower remains an excellent choice for everyday riders looking for reliable sporting performance. Still, we would upgrade to the 800 powerplant simply because it does everything that the 600 does, but adds a higher level of go-power when you really want to get aggressive.

While we think that the exclusive to Polaris Walker Evans shock packages give the Rush an incredible degree of ride adjustments, we could easily live with the shock package offered on the base Rush models. We may be very wrong here, but we tend to think that adjustability offered by the Walker Evans made the Polaris engineers a bit uninspired. They could choose a set of parameters that allow the consumer to fine tune the final settings. But, when it comes to the “base” shocks set up for the economy Rush, Polaris engineering worked much harder at getting a setting that gives great all around performance. We’ve noticed right from Year One of the Pro-Ride, that the non-Walker Evans units actually seemed extremely well suited for the average rider, providing supple action from low to moderate speeds and positive action at top end. And, still, the very nature of the Pro-Ride permits suspensions settings to be made on the outside of the skidframe rear suspension big shock. If you want to save some bucks and can admit that you are a serious rider, but not a big whoop banger, opt for the base model. Use the money you save by not getting the Walker Evans package and upgrade to 800 power.

2012 Polaris 600 Rush Specs

Engine Polaris Liberty Cleanfire 599cc twin cylinder 2-stroke; liquid-cooled; Cleanfire fuel injection

Horsepower 120-plus

Drive Polaris P-85 drive; P2 secondary

Front Suspension Polaris Pro-Ride up to 9-in travel; Fox gas shocks with internal floating piston

Rear Suspension Polaris Pro-Ride slide rail; Fox gas shock with internal floating piston on front and rear arm; 14-inch travel

Length 108.0 in

Width 48.0 in

Height 46.0 in

Ski Stance 42.5 in

Track 15 x 121 x 1.0

Weight 468 (claimed)

Brake Polaris Phantom hydraulic disc

Fuel Capacity 11.0 US Gal

Features Electronic reverse (PERC); 3.5-in. riser block and handlebar hook ends; multi-function digital display; electric start option; lock & ride optional luggage and rack

MSRP US$9,999

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Product Spotlight: Ricoò Motocross Gear

Ricoò is an Italian brand, born from designer Fabrizio Ricupito’s twenty years of experience in sports product design and his passion for everything motocross.

Driven by the “design meets passion” mantra, Ricoò has created several high quality sets of motocross gear. Functionality, wearability and comfort are the essential elements Ricoò strived to achieve with each of their product lines. Like many Italian products, high quality materials were a requirement, and they combine to make clean, aesthetically pleasing graphics and colors. 


Let’s dive into their product collections:Th01
The Th01 line is one of contemporary inspiration with a technical image. It is made up of five outfits: black-yellow, white-red, white-light blue, black-green, and white-black-red.The pants have internal knee protection made of a durable fabric containing kevlar. The air vents on the knee are designed to avoid water infiltration. Fabric spandex on the inside of the thighs and calves allows maximum range of motion, and at the hip there are two straps to adjust the fit. A rubberized band on the backside helps keep the jersey from coming untucked from the pants. There is also a latex label in the inside, which can be labeled with a pen to designate who the gear belongs to.
Ricoò pants have a similar fit as the other brands, but they are smaller around the legs and the butt (think slim fit).The jerseys are made of 100% polyester, with excellent breathability.The gloves have rubberized protectors on the tops. Mesh fabric on the top and between the fingers guarantees maximum breathability, and strips of silicon on the fingertips help with grip.
Th01 Materials: 
  • Pants: Cordura fabric, Poliestere, Spandex, side facing the knee in a tenacious fabric of synthetic fiber containing Kevlar  
  • Jerseys: 100% Polyester  
  • Gloves: back made of Polyester, breathable and elastic, palm in fabric 100% polyamide Microny  

Prices:
  • Pants Th01: EURO 172,50 including VAT   
  • Jersey Th01: EURO  60,50 including VAT  
  • Gloves Th01: EURO 54,50 including VAT  
  • Socks Th01: EURO 18,50 including VAT  

While their prices are at the higher end of the gear spectrum, one must note that Ricoò’s products are all produced in Italy.

V9
The V9 line is inspired by the past. It is characterized by clean graphics, and pants/gloves/jerseys are interchangeable according to preference.
The eight jerseys are available in light blue, white, orange, red, yellow, violet, blue and white/red/blue. Just like the Th01 gear, the V9 jerseys are made of 100% polyester.V9 pants are available in three monochrome versions: blue, red and black; and a three color combination of white-red-blue, inspired by the American fashion in the 80’s. The pants have internal knee protection made of washable leather. Air vents located above the knees can be “screw” open or closed. Spandex fabric on the inside of the thighs and calves allows movements. Just like the Th01 series, there are two straps to adjust the fit, a rubberized band to prevent the jersey from coming untucked, and a latex label on the inside. V9 gloves have a mesh material on the back and between the fingers for maximum breathability, and silicon on the fingertips aids with grip. These gloves are available in white-red, light blue, red, lime and black.
TG – 4P   Also available are the TG and 4P jerseys, which compliment the V9 line. The 4P jerseys are available in green and pink, and the TG in a checkered black/white graphic. They can be matched with the black V9 pants. The armholes on these two models are slightly different than the V9 line, utilizing a cut from the past. The TG has a net fabric on the back, ensuring maximum ventilation on hot days.
V9i The WINTER V9i line is designed for cooler days, and is suited to 5 to 15 degrees Celsius. It consists of a vest and gloves made from a windproof fabric.

Materials: 
  • Pants: Cordura fabric, Polyester, Spandex, side facing the knee in leather treated for washing  
  • Jerseys: 100% Polyester   
  • Gloves V9: back made of Polyester, breathable and elastic, palm in fabric 100% polyamide Microny  
  • Gloves V9i: back made of ZeroWind (windproof synthetic fabric, non-porous elastic membrane), palm in fabric 100% polyamide Microny  
  • Gilet V9i: ZeroWind, Polyester mesh placed in the back area  

Prices:
  • Pants V9: EURO 187,50 including VAT  
  • Jersey V9: EURO  57,50 including VAT  
  • Gloves V9: EURO 48,50 including VAT  
  • Gloves V9i: EURO 53,00 including VAT  
  • Gilet V9i: EURO 66,50 including VAT  
  • Socks V9: EURO 18,15 including VAT 

View the entire Ricoò lineup at www.ricoo.it


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