Joshua D. Mattie
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The Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves: The Perfect Compromise?

The Alpinestars SP-2 Gloves

When you look at the sport-bike line of Alpinestars gloves, you have some serious choices to make.  You must ask yourself how much protection you need and what would be overkill.  Interestingly, my first two extended Alpinestars glove evaluations were with the two extremes of the company’s sport line.  The first was the entry-level SP-3; […]

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Product Review: The Pinlock Anti-Fog Visor Insert

The Pinlock Anti-Fog Visor Insert

Well, it’s the season when face shield fog is a problem.  What season is that, you ask?  It’s all of them.  Face shield fogging is a perpetual problem for motorcyclists.   In the winter, the extreme difference between the temperature outside the helmet and the body heat inside the helmet causes fogging.  In the spring rainy […]

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Arai XD-3 Helmet Review – BikersRights

Arai XD-3 Helmet Review

The Arai XD-3 is now one of the elder statesmen of what is becoming a fast growing segment of on/off road riding helmets. Almost all brands of riding gear including the once urbanized (ICON Variant Helmet) brand offer something to this growing market. Once called Dual Sport, the term Adventure Riding has now become the […]

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LadyMoto Guide to Buying Used Gear – BikersRights

LadyMoto Guide to Buying Used Gear

So you bought a motorcycle, paid for your registration, a riding course, a new license then…you walk into a motorcycle store and see the price tag on a new helmet, leather gear, boots…and begin wondering when this new hobby will stop draining your pocket. Truthfully the answer to that question is never! But fear not there […]

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Shift Vertex: Safety Meets Style – BikersRights

Shift Vertex: Safety Meets Style

When Shift Racing began in 1997, the company had a major goal: provide fresh and unique products that not only protect but also appeal to the latest style trends for both street and motocross riding. On the street, the Morgan Hill, California, company had much work to do with competition from giants like Alpinestars and Dainese, […]

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A review of the Akuma Phantom II MFR Helmet

Akuma Phantom II MFR Helmet

The outside of the helmet box reads “One Badass Lid”. That pretty much covers my evaluation. So goodnight, and don’t forget to tip your waitress.Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to test a plethora of brain-buckets and there isn’t a one I’d put ahead of the Phantom II. No BS. A couple of years […]

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