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Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC




May 21, 2019 at 05:00AM


Triumph Motorcycles bills its new Scrambler 1200 XC as an “all-road” machine that’s got what it takes to tackle everything you throw at it. Not quite as off-road-tastic as its sibling, the 1200 XE, it nevertheless delivers top-shelf performance by anyone’s standards. Adjustable, long-stroke suspension components join a “scrambler-tuned” engine and wire wheels for the brown-top work, and for the blacktop, there’s a whole slew of electronic safety goodies that give the “XC” its split-personality. Bonneville power and classic looks come together in the XC.



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KTM 790 Duke




May 20, 2019 at 09:30AM


KTM launched a fresh assault on the mid-displacement, naked-bike market with the 2018 790 Duke, first of its name. The Austrian bike builders nicknamed it “The Scalpel” for its precise control over power delivery and lean angle with a race-tastic chassis and new, 100-plus horsepower mill. A robust electronics suite brings an alphabet soup of goodies to the table, and ABS, traction control, and variable power-delivery ride modes are just a few of the features on the menu. Even with the dearth of body panels, it’s easy to see the Duke DNA in the details that leave no doubts about its heritage. A bold move in such a competitive market, so let’s see what else KTM throws in to sweeten the deal and be competitive in a crowded field.



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Church of MO: 2009 Ducati Monster 696




May 26, 2019 at 04:07PM

And at that time, the apostle Pete journeyed to the land of paella to ride the redesigned Monster, but arrived unfashionably late. And why was he anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For we’re going to eat and drink all of it, and then we’re going for a ride. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you, along with an APTC clutch. `Nuff said.


2009 Ducati Monster 696 Review

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There I was in the midst of it, decked in my finest T-shirt damp with 16 hours of travel perspiration, cargo shorts, year-old cross-trainers, four bags of gear in tow and late for dinner. Thanks for that, British Airways!All I kept thinking to myself, as I tried to blend in like a cat at a dog show was, “I guess Italians and Spaniards really are that good looking.” That, and how important a humble little air-cooled two-valve roadster must be to Ducati.

For all the glitz, glam and exposure Ducati’s renowned 1098 and its variants have received in the past year and a half, you could almost lose sight of the fact that the Bologna, Italy, bike maker has any other products. Accolades from prestigious motopublications to the average Ducatisti heaped upon the brilliant Twin are deserved; it is a machine that has ratcheted Ducati’s name up to the stratosphere on the scale of all things desirable. A home in the South of France, private jet, fine wines, beautiful spouse, exotic automobiles, admiration by those we admire, high-performance Ducati sportbike. Yes, a bright red Duc 1098 (or Desmosedici!) is right at home in that imaginary life.

2009 Ducati Monster 696. It comes with the pillion cover and little flyscreen as standard in the States. MSRP will be $8775.2009 Ducati Monster 696. It comes with the pillion cover and little flyscreen as standard in the States. MSRP will be $8775.

Alas, we’re quick to forget the little guy. The glory-grabbing superbikes from Ducati owe much to the sustainability of the Monster line, now 17 years after it was first seen. Ducati knows this. They know it to the point that opening night of the world press introduction for the 2009 Monster 696 in Barcelona was a gala dinner at the Museu D’Art Contemporani De Barcelona, replete with local dignitaries including Italy’s ambassador to Spain and all the Ducati chieftains.

Before I sheepishly sneaked away from the dinner table, averting my gaze when any impeccably groomed, tan-skinned persons passed by for fear of them recognizing me the following day by my pauper’s toggery, I noted various trademark components of the new bike, large and small, were displayed like the art that many consider them to be. The Monster, it was everywhere.

Though the most recent iteration of the tiniest Monster, the 695, is only two years old, comparing the 695 visually to the 696 makes the former look years older than it is. The round headlamp, uninspired mirrors, trellis subframe hidden mostly from view, traditional and traditionally placed exhaust cans, simple instrument cluster, vanilla indicators and taillight and box-section swingarm, to name a few pieces, simply make the 695, however functional it may be, look unattractive when pitted next to its replacement. The new little Monster is as much an exercise in styling as it is a general improvement.

Pete, arriving late to the gala dinner opening night thanks to British Airways, was not dressed like so many of the sharp execs and dignitaries. No, Pete came to the dinner looking like a Venice Beach slacker.Pete, arriving late to the gala dinner opening night thanks to British Airways, was not dressed like so many of the sharp execs and dignitaries. No, Pete came to the dinner looking like a Venice Beach slacker.

Il nuovo Monster 696: l’inizio di una nuova era!

The 696’s simplified trellis main section is meatier (same stock as the 1098R) and now joins with a cast-aluminum subframe that blends so well that the eye can be fooled into thinking no subframe exists. A new hefty swingarm and unique footpeg hanger complete the package.
All three pieces of the chassis are new for the 696 and are the heart and soul of the excellent handling of the newest Monster.All three pieces of the chassis are new for the 696 and are the heart and soul of the excellent handling of the newest Monster.
The heart of the Monster. A number of internal changes to the mill result in a claimed 80 hp and 51 ft-lbs, up by 7 and 6 respectively over the 695.The heart of the Monster. A number of internal changes to the mill result in a claimed 80 hp and 51 ft-lbs, up by 7 and 6 respectively over the 695.

Overall dimensions remain largely the same save for a minute 4/10ths of an inch increase in the wheelbase (56.7 vs. 57.1); rake and trail are still 24-degrees and 96mm, respectively. One figure that hasn’t changed is the rider-friendly 30.3-inch saddle height. Combined with a fuel tank reshaped for narrowness where it meets the seat, the rider triangle has only become friendlier and should be very endearing to the ladies with its easy reach to the bars. Despite a tighter design, cramped never came to mind on my two separate ride outings. It was equally as cozy droning the freeway as it was hustling through the tight mountain passes. Lest I’m accused of not being impartial, some taller riders, say those well over 6 feet, may feel a tad confined.

Still serving as a stressed member in the frame is a revised L-Twin engine that, oddly, retains identical bore and stroke (88 x 57.2mm) from the 695. Go figure on 696; must be one more way to disassociate the bikes. A reshaped cylinder and head, similar to those on the Multistrada and Hypermotard, optimizes flow to new ports. Further refinements see the camshaft’s bearing surface directly in the new head. Get rid of actual bearings and you get rid of weight while simplifying design. Let’s hope the baby of durability doesn’t go out with the bath water of simplicity. Larger valves (Int. 43 to 44mm, Exh. 38 to 38.5mm) with higher lift (Int. 10.8 to 11.2mm, Exh. 10.3 to 10.8mm) are thrown in the mix. Cooling fins created in a new casting process have been reshaped, moved closer together and increased in number for improved, well, cooling. New side and belt covers finish off engine updates.

All these changes combine to give the 696 a marginally increased compression ratio (10.7 vs 10.5:1) and a claimed 80 hp at 9000 rpm with just under 51 ft-lbs of torque at 7750 rpm; a 500 and 1,000 rpm increase, respectively. Taking those digits at face value means the new Duc is good for 7 additional horsepower and roughly 6 more ft-lbs over the 695.

Thanks to the myriad of changes to engine internals for lightness sake, the 695cc powerplant spins up quickly and effortlessly. Power and torque are ready and willing down low with very linear Twin power up to approximately 4k where my seat-o’-the-pants dyno detected a soft spot lasting just about 500 rpm. Crest this zone and it’s power on till well past 10,000 rpm. Happiest times are had, however, as you meter the throttle between 6-8500 rpm, slinging the little naked corner to corner, gleefully hunting bigger and, theoretically, faster bikes.

Monster Chronology1992: The 900 Monster is presented for the first time at the Cologne Motorshow.
1992 Ducati Monster 900.1992 Ducati Monster 900.
1993: The 904cc Monster with Desmodue engine (2-valve, air-cooled) is put into production.

1995: The Monster family expands with the introduction of the smaller 600cc model.

1996: The family is further expanded with the arrival of the 750cc model.

1998: The introduction of the Monster 600 Dark, Monster 900 Cromo and Monster 900 S.

2000: Technology and styling continue to develop. The latest arrival is the Monster 900 with EFI, and the styling of the entire range is updated.

2001: The evolution of sports models continues with the introduction of the Monster S4 with 916cc Desmoquattro engine and completely new running gear.

2002: EFI is introduced on the smaller models; the entry-level model now has a larger 618cc engine. All models benefit from the new running gear used on the S4.

2003: The Monster 800 and Monster 1000 are introduced, the latter equipped with the new Dual Spark engine.

2004: The flagship of the Monster range is introduced: the S4R with 996cc engine, single-side swingarm and totally revised styling and technology.

2005: The family grows with the arrival of the S2R powered by the 800cc Desmodue engine.

2006: The Monster S2R with 992cc engine is born. In addition, an authentic, no-compromise bike is introduced, the Monster S4R S Testastretta, a true naked Superbike with all the power and grunt of the Desmodromic “Testastretta” engine.

2007: The Monster family adds the new S4R Testastretta to its already impressive line-up. This new model is powered by the 130-hp Testastretta, deep-sump,L-Twin engine, previously powering only the top of the range S4R S. Another newcomer is the Monster 695 which replaces the entry-level 620.

2008:The Monster 696 is born.

One carry-over from the 695 is Ducati’s APTC (Adler Power Torque Clutch). Put simply, a slipper clutch. This little number works incredibly well, even better than a number of back-torque limiting clutches I’ve sampled on sportbikes with much bigger numbers: horsepower, torque and MSRP. Clutch action at the lever was feathery-light, albeit with a long throw that necessitates slipping the clutch from stops. As for the slipper, only once was I able to get the slightest wiggle from the back end after an aggressive three-gear downshift. Otherwise its action was virtually imperceptible and thereby brilliant!

Since gear ratios in the 6-speed box are unchanged we know that gearing is way too tall; thankfully the healthy amount of torque becomes usable as low as 2700-3000 rpm and is capable of overcoming the gearing deficit. A quick inquiry to the Ducati N.A. public relations good guy, John Paolo Canton, revealed that tall gearing is utilized to meet those pesky E3 standards.

When Editor Duke tested the 695 in late summer last year he commented that fueling was… Ah, let’s just quote him. “[The] fuel mapping needs a compass.” A man of few words, that Duke guy. Perhaps then the switch from Marelli to Siemens EFI spraying into the same 45mm T-bodies on the 696 has made a difference, as I found throttle response nearly flawless with only the slightest sputter at very low rpm. Beyond this, throttle response was as close to instant as you would want and fueling was smooth.

Spanish art in the background, Italian art in the foreground.Spanish art in the background, Italian art in the foreground.

Another easy cue to the bike’s redesign is the dual high-mount exhaust. The headers now snake up and behind the rear cylinder joining for a heartbeat in a short section of tube only to separate again into two canisters tucked just to the outside edge of the tailsection. This, says Ducati materials, helps keep heat away from the rider, aids torque and horsepower and keeps the area near the footpegs clutter-free so they (the pegs) can be closer together with the net effect being a trimmer bike at the center.

Speaking of trim, the 696 has an all-new fuel “tank.” What you see ain’t exactly what you get here. The plastic, or nylon resin, or whatever high-quality material that the faux tank is made from is 20mm shorter fore and aft than the previous model’s tank resulting in what feels like a lower seat. The benefits, if not obvious, equal a shorter reach to the bars with a shape that welcomes shorter riders. Underneath the plastic you’ll find the fuel cell with the airbox just fore of it. Because of the new location of each, both have their capacities increased by about one liter (3.8 gallons for fuel and 2.6 gallon airbox). What’s really slick about this new arrangement is that both halves of the false tank can be removed, either for damage repair, or merely for you styling needs. Tired of the color scheme? Unbolt old, bolt-on new: voila! The astute reader will note one more nuance on the tank. The forward and upper portion has two small, screened cutouts that serve as intakes to the airbox while allowing the switchgear room to move at full steering lock that’s increased to 64 degrees.

More standouts, some very important, include an LED taillight, an all-new ultra-compact “triple parabola” headlamp and single instrument (DDA) Ducati Data Analyzer-ready that “continues the tradition of all Ducati’s latest-generation hypersport models”. At a glance, the digital tach is easily read and all info is toggled from one switch on the left switchgear. Unfortunately, it seems one thing hasn’t changed for Ducati: the lack of an indicated redline.

Here's how the false fuel tank can be disassembled for damage repair, or even to change the color of the tank if you wish.Here’s how the false fuel tank can be disassembled for damage repair, or even to change the color of the tank if you wish.

City slick, canyon swift

For all my time as a motorcycle messenger in Los Angeles, I’m not sure I could fare successfully on my own in Barcelona’s (everybody with me now, say it in Catalonian, Barthelona!) typically European surface streets. The lack of grid-like intersections, single-colored street markings and generally confusing interchanges, as much as it pains me to say this, had me frazzled. My cool exterior was blown, but not the Monster’s. The new 696 is entirely at home and adept at city environs as much as it is on the highways or canyon roads. Its slim center and 15-pound claimed dry-weight savings (370 lbs vs. 355 lbs) makes dealing with stop-and-go traffic a simple chore, as putting your foot down at lights, or wherever, is a breeze.

After a few hairy urban moments our ride led us to the hills just outside of the former Olympic host city and soon we were in much more comfortable territory for me: undulating, tight passes. The compactness that creates a city-friendly mount also contributes to an absolutely brilliant canyon-carver.  The 696’s wide bars and narrow waist make transitioning from corner to corner nothing but a bunch of giggles as you search deeper and deeper into the bike’s robust powerband, each turn coming a little quicker. The stout trellis-subframe-swingarm combo translates into an incredibly stable ride. This, along with the user-friendly engine, I can immediately proclaim to be a key characteristic of the new Monster.

Aiding the great chassis are new 43mm inverted Showa fork and a Sachs shock. I found nothing derogatory to say about the pairing of suspenders so wonderfully matched to the chassis.

Braking componentry is equally as new and nearly as wonderful. Twin rotors (riding on Marchesini wheels of the same size as last year) grew by 20mm to 320mm; and instead of the same pair of dual-piston clampers from last year, the 696 receives a powerful set of radial-mount four-pot Brembos. Maybe different pad material might improve feel a little more on what are otherwise highly-capable brakes. But, hey, I’m a critic! Or is it cynic?

We don’t live in a perfect world, and some would say, however trifle the complaints, the 696 isn’t perfect. The mirrors, stylish though they are, aren’t very functional. The field of view is too restricted, they’re a bit buzzy and look to be cheap, plastic-y pieces. And though I didn’t have an issue with the reach to the brake and clutch levers, I could be convinced that their lack of adjustability seems insensitive considering this Monster is clearly in the arena of many female riders who often have smaller hands than their dude counterparts. Additionally, thinking of lady passengers this time, the heat shield on the new exhaust cans is almost non-existent, potentially making for one unhappy guest.

You'll be smiling too if you're buzzin' around on the new Monster 696, 'cause the ladies like 'em!You’ll be smiling too if you’re buzzin’ around on the new Monster 696, ’cause the ladies like ’em!

“It’s a Monster!”

Like Giulio Malagoli, the Monster’s lead engineer, said of his creation, “Isa one hundreda percenta Ducati. For sure-a it’sa Monster.”

Ducati knows what butters its exotic bike bread, and for you, Monster fan, they’ve created the new 696 in a sharp new package. The improvements to the chassis, suspension and braking are complemented by a smartly revised mill, with the bike’s looks and accouterments as most delicious icing on the cake.

If you’re an experienced rider looking for a multi-tool ball-of-fun with loads of character, or a new or shorter rider, or a long-time devotee of this line of minimalist Italian bikes, be sure to get your deposit in soon, as my guess is that they’ll be flyin’ out the door faster than free cheese. Hopefully you’re the patient type, though, as the bike isn’t slated to appear in the U.S. until June-ish ’08 as a 2009 model. The 695 will complete its full production run during that time, so there’ll be some overlap for awhile. When the 696 does hit American dealers, we’ll be getting the model with pillion cover and little flyscreen as standard, all for $8775.

Look out, SV650 lovers. Those willing to pay will be ready to play!

The Perfect Bike For…
Newbies, shorties, Ducatisti of all types, women or anyone who’s always wanted a Ducati for everything the name represents.
 Highs:  Sighs:
  • Loads more attractive than previous Monsters
  • Exceptional handling
  • Still affordable for a Duc
  • Bit pricey for an air-cooled two-valve bike
  • Tight ergos for Lurch-tall riders
  • Should’ve waited awhile before buying that 695

Related Reading
2007 Ducati Monster 695
2008 Ducati 1098R Review
2007 Ducati Hypermotard 1100S

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BACK TO THE FUTURE. BMW Motorrad Concept R18




May 25, 2019 at 05:09AM

The cat is finally out of the bag. When we say cat, we mean big black purring panther. We caught a glimpse of the BMW 1800cc airhead engine in Austin, Texas last month at the Handbuilt Show. Revival Cycles did a stellar job showing off this beautiful 1800cc boxer engine in the titanium framed ‘Birdcage’. Now here is the highly anticipated BMW Motorrad Concept R18 in all its glory. Launched at the very fitting Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, this R18 concept motorcycle has put a modern twist on BMW’s classic boxer engine design from the 60s and the classic lines of the BMW R5 from the 30s.

As soon as you lay eyes on the bike, it screams BMW. With its unmissable boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft and stunning drop-shaped fuel tank, it has all the makings of a BMW modern classic. Everything has a purpose and everything is proudly on display. “The biggest challenge in the design is to render everything visible. Every part has a functional purpose. There are not many who would dare to take such an absolutely honest approach,” says Bart Janssen Groesbeek, designer of the concept bike.

The lines on this concept bike are seamless and make a classic silhouette – very similar to the vintage R5. From the steering head, to the tank, straight along the frame and under the seat to the rear back wheel – they all flow better than Italian Prosecco at the Concorso d’Eleganza.

The new prototype flat-twin engine is the highest capacity boxer motorcycle ever produced. BMW Motorrad have consciously designed it to look like the flat twin engines they used to build, only with a much larger displacement and modern air/oil cooling.

Germans being Germans, they made sure the devil was in the detail of this big prototype boxer: the engine block and transmission are made of glass bead-blasted aluminium, as well as hand-polished aluminium components, belt guard and valve covers. They also chose Solex dual carburettors, which are similar to those on the classic BMW 2002 cars – which is a nice tip of the hat to the brand’s heritage.

Another visual focal point is the exposed, chrome-plated universal shaft that connects the back wheel to the drive. We love how there are no covers anywhere on the bike, which proudly puts all the engineering on show. In addition, all the electronics have been simplified to nothing more than the starter and lights.

Just like everything else on the R18, the colour is classic BMW with a slight modern twist. The black paintwork on the tank and fork have a metallic shimmer, which adds to a more custom look and feel. A more vintage white, which has been hand-applied on the fork and fuel tank in combination with the black base colour, represents the BMW of old.

With all the restrictions and laws different countries impose on motorcycle manufacturers these days, we just hope the R18 gets the green light to go into production and comes out of the BMW Motorrad factory looking as close as possible to this wonderful concept.



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Best Motorcycle Touring Suits




May 25, 2019 at 12:48AM

Traveling long distances via motorcycle is one of the best ways to experience the sights and sounds the open road has to offer. Not being confined by the doors of a car means your senses are exposed and your views are wide open. Of course, cars also provide great protection from the elements. Obviously, being exposed on a motorcycle means you’re also susceptible to all the conditions mother nature has to offer. A quality riding suit will keep you safe and comfortable no matter what the weather conditions, from rain and cold to blazing hot. Which means you don’t have to let the elements get in the way of an epic ride. If you’ve been thinking about doing more touring but don’t know what to wear, let this guide of motorcycle touring suits help guide the way.


Aerostich Roadcrafter R-3 $1,197.00

The Aerostich Roadcrafter has been around since the dawn of time. Shortly after the stone wheel was created, Andy Goldfine of Aerostich created the Roadcrafter. Ok, that may not be entirely true, but the Roadcrafter has been around for quite some time and is widely known as one of the most convenient touring suits on the market. Like the modular helmet, it’s easy to call the Roadcrafter nerdy or not stylish enough. But, like the modular helmet, once you use one, it’s hard to go back to whatever you were doing before. The R-3 is the third generation of Roadcrafter and is said to be 100% waterproof and will likely outlast your motorcycling years. Made of 500D Cordura Gore-Tex fabric bolstered by 1000D abrasion-resistant panels in key areas, the R-3 is meant to last through many a slide.

Not only is the R-3 built to last, but it’s built to be convenient. A zipper runs the length of the suit from collar to boot making it easy to jump in or out of. The R-3 features nine pockets for whatever you need to bring with you, vents for warm days, 3M Scotchlite panels for visibility in low light situations, and fit adjustment at the wrists, waist, and ankles. With men’s and women’s offerings in a plethora of sizes including short, regular, and tall versions, it’s easy to find the right size. Of course, if you do find yourself full fraught with questions you can read our review of the Roadcrafter here. If you still have questions, give the folks in Duluth a call and they’ll be happy to get you squared away.

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Aether Expedition Jacket $750.00 Aether Expedition Pants $595.00

Aether has brought subtle style and immense functionality to the motorcycle market which has rarely been seen before. Its stylish garments are much more than a pretty facade featuring D3O suites of armor, weatherproofing, and breathability on par with some of the most technical jackets from other major manufacturers. The Expedition jacket and pants are made from a three-layer abrasion-resistant, waterproof yet breathable Japanese field nylon. Both the jacket and pants are fully seam sealed to ensure waterproofing. Articulated elbows and shoulders along with a slight stretch in the pants allow the Expedition jacket and pants to have a tailored fit while remaining comfortable. Ventilation on the jacket is substantial with two vents on the front running almost the full length of the torso as well as two equally large vents on the back. Large armpit vents are also included.

On the pants, two vents are located on the inner thighs. Storage is ample with eight different pockets on the jacket and four on the pants. As mentioned previously, the Expedition jacket and pant receive the full D3O armor suite including shoulders, elbows, chest, back (CE level 2), knees, and hips. Visibility is enhanced by reflective piping throughout the garments. The jacket can be had in black, graphite, or poppy while the pants are available in black and graphite.

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Alpinestars Revenant Jacket Tech Air Compatible $949.95 Alpinestars Revenant Pant $649.95

The Alpinestars Revenant jacket and pants are juggernauts of the Alpinestars Tech Touring line. Four season capability, Gore-Tex Pro, Tech Air compatible, this touring suit is loaded with features and technology. Gore-Tex Pro uses a three-layer system which is bonded to ensure waterproofing without adding bulk while Armacor is used as reinforcement in the elbows, shoulders, knees, and lower legs. The jacket can be adjusted in numerous areas to ensure a great fit though if you plan not to use the Tech Air system, sizing down may be an option to consider. Large intake and exhaust vents can be found on the jacket and pants to allow air to flow in and out of the garments.

The Revenant uses CE-certified Alpinestars Bio-Air protectors at the shoulders and elbows and VE-certified protectors are also included at the knees. Both the jacket and pant offer plenty of large storage pockets including some of which are waterproof. The jacket also includes routing and a pocket for a hydration bladder. Reflective accents can be found throughout both the black and black/grey/red colorways. Keep in mind, the Revenant is designed as a technical shell. BYOBL: bring your own base (and/or mid) layers.

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Firstgear Kathmandu Jacket $349.95 Firstgear Kathmandu Pants $299.95

“A favorite of ’round-the-worlders and those who ride beyond the horizon, the Kathmandu jacket and pants are a great combination for taking the road less traveled,” says Firstgear. The Kathmandu jacket and pant represent the more reasonable budget-conscious end of the adventure gear spectrum. Made from 420-denier ripstop nylon and 300-denier high-density nylon with Hypertex treatment for waterproofing the Kathmandu is built to withstand whatever your touring adventure calls for. D3O protectors are included in the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees while the included back protector is made from a EVA foam. For warmer temperatures, the thermal insulating liner can be removed on both the jacket and pants while vents on the chest, back, armpits, and thighs can be opened for airflow. The collar features an adjustable closing mechanism as well as a rain hood to wear inside of the helmet to prevent rain from dripping down your neck.

Also included is a removable 1.5 L hydration pack with routing for the tube to the right or left side of the jacket. Storage is plentiful with waterproof pockets to keep your stuff and things dry. The jacket and pant can zip together, have multiple points of adjustment throughout, and the pants come with suspenders. The jacket is available in either black and grey or high-viz yellow, black, and grey. The pants are available in any color you would like, as long as it’s grey. Also something to keep in mind, the pants are designed to be overpants rather than tighter fitting dedicated pants.

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Icon Raiden DKR jacket $395.00 Icon Raiden DKR Pants $285.00

Icon’s Raiden DKR jacket and overpant are made from a DuPont Teflon coated 800D and 1200D honeycomb ripstop material backed by a mated Hycor waterproof membrane. D3O armor is included in the shoulder, elbows (three position adjustable), back, hips, and knees (also three position adjustable) for impact protection. The DKR jacket features a full length removable Thermolite liner for warmth. Once things warm up, the DKR jacket has two vents on the chest, two vents on the back, and armpit vents. Other niceties include routing for a hydration pack, 3M reflective accents throughout, removable suspenders and stirrups, and subtle styling that Icon hasn’t always been known for. Both the jacket and pant are available in black or grey.

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Klim Badlands Pro Jacket $999.99 Klim Badlands Pro Pants $699.99

While better known for its adventure gear, Klim’s Badlands Pro jacket and pants could even be considered overkill for a touring ride, if such a thing exists. The amount of tech, features, and thought that went into the Badlands Pro can make your head spin. This is just a brief overview. The Badlands Pro is constructed of FPL 400, 500D Karbonite ripstop, and Superfabric all backed with Gore-Tex Pro top-of-the-line waterproofing throughout. Aero Pro D3O armor is used in the shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips while traditional D3O is used in the back (CE level 2) and coccyx.

To be a true four season suit, you need to able to hunker down in it during the bitter cold and open it up when riding through sweltering heat. The Badlands Pro jacket has a staggering 12 vents throughout while pants have four. Intake vents allow air in to circulate as the exhaust vents on the back allow warm air to escape. Storage is also plentiful with a total of 16 pockets on the jacket and two cargo pockets on the pants. There is a pocket and internal routing for a hydration system and an internal kidney belt to help stabilize the load should you fill even half of those 16 pockets. Reflectivity has been placed strategically throughout the garments for low light visibility. The jacket is available in black, grey, light grey, and tan. The pants are available in black, grey, and tan. For more information on the laundry list of features that make the Badlands Pro so badass, hit up www.klim.com.

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REV’IT! Offtrack jacket $439.99 REV’IT! Offtrack pants $329.99

The REV’IT! Offtrack jacket and pants are designed to be a more off-road focused three season jacket and pant, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t wear it on-road, too. Although this suit leans toward use in warmer climates, depending on where you plan on riding, you could easily use the Offtrack year round. Both the jacket and pants have separate removable waterproof liners and thermal liners. Should you find yourself in warmer weather with the liners removed you have a large panel of 3D mesh across the shoulder blades that wraps around to the front of the collar bones. This panel coupled with the large adjustable chest vents are going to allow for plenty of airflow through this jacket. The outer shell is comprised of 450D, 3D air mesh, polyester 600D, polyester ripstop, Softshell 3L, and PWR|shell mesh. REV’IT!’s Seeflex CE level 2 protectors are used at the shoulders, elbows, and knees with Seesmart hip protectors. The back protector is not included but the Offtrack jacket is compatible with the Seesoft CE level 2 insert from REV’IT!. The Offtrack jacket is available in four colors: silver/green, silver/blue, silver/red, and sand whereas the pant is available in black or black/silver.

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Rukka Realer jacket $1,299.00 Rukka Realer pants $899.00

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more expensive, the Rukka gets Realer. At a combined $2,200, the Rukka Realer jacket and pants top this list for the most expensive adventure suit. The Rukka Realer is designed to be an all-season touring suit leaning toward cooler temps. The outer shell is made up of Gore Stretch and Armacor with Gore-Tex Pro three-layer waterproofing. D3O Air protectors are found in the shoulders, elbows, chest, hips, and knees while the Rukka All Back protector meets CE level 2 for back protection. The Gore Stretch material allows for a svelte fit without encumbering movement. Full-length thermal liners are included in both the jacket and pants and can be worn on as a standalone jacket and pants if you wish. Four waterproof pockets are found on the jacket with two on the pants. From a ventilation standpoint, the jacket has four chest vents and two vents on either side of the torso while the pants have vents across the thighs.

The Realer pant uses Rukka’s Antiglide material on the seat to help from sliding and Aircushion to provide a climate buffer between the rider and the seat which helps to regulate temperature and condensation during long days in the saddle. The pants come with detachable suspenders and can be zipped to the jacket. For a suit of this price point, we strongly urge you to do more research to learn the details and nuances of this garment more thoroughly than we could delve into here. We hope you dig black, because there are no other color options. Thankfully there is plentiful reflective material throughout that is incorporated tastefully to help you be seen.

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