Confirm DOT Standards
The motorcycle Helmet Check website was developed by the Motorcycle Industry Council’s (MIC) Helmet Task Force. It is for motorcycle riders to verify that a helmet they own, or are considering for purchase, complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s safety standard (FMVSS 218) is now live. This will assist riders with motorcycle helmets that no longer have the DOT sticker or riders that question whether the DOT sticker is authentic.
Billet Clutch Slave
Personalizing your Ducati motorcycle with billet components can improve durability, reduce weight, improve strength and increase performance. We found a nifty billet clutch slave cylinder in the Ducati Accessories catalog that looks great on any 2001 or later Ducati equipped with a dry clutch. We ordered the red one (also available in gold) for our 2009 Ducati Monster 1100 S project bike.
Hassle-Free Retractable Sun Shield
The days (and hassle) of stopping a ride to either add or remove a tinted face shield are over, thanks to the new men’s Half Helmet with Retractable Sun Shield ($175) from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes line. When light conditions change, a quick pull or push deploys or retracts the internal tinted shield, allowing you to remain focused on the road. Like most MotorClothes helmets, this one features a removable, washable inner liner, double D-ring chin strap and comes with a protective bag.
Phoenix-based Bourget’s Bike Works has elevated the oft-derided three-wheeled genre through intelligent engineering, original design, and a fastidious attention to detail.
The traditional orange livery of KTM says it all. It isn’t a posh Hermès orange or a trendy mid-century citrus. Rather, it is a shade that recalls highway workers clad in DOT-approved reflective garb. The color is all function with a dismissive nod to form, which is fitting, as the Austrian manufacturer has spent the last 73 years building durable off-road bikes better suited to pavement-free adventures than aggressive urban jaunts.
Just as the two Gallery bikes in this issue revolutionized the street motorcycle world over 30 years ago, so too did the 1968 Yamaha DT-1 250 Enduro. The famous white-tanked bike was the first street-legal motorcycle that was also a capable, lightweight, reliable and powerful off-road machine. Yamaha’s newly dubbed “dual purpose” motorcycle introduced untold hundreds of thousands to the sport of motorcycle riding, and spawned an entirely new market segment.
In the right/wrong circumstances, a motorcycle helmet can be the gift of life. No matter what kind of motorcycle riding you prefer, we believe a helmet is an indispensable piece of your riding ensemble.
Low speed riding can be used by cruisers to justify a less-protective helmet that focuses on a lifestyle appearance. The minimalist Bell Drifter retains its DOT approval, and has detail features we appreciate—a rear goggle strap stay, optional ear pads for cold weather riding, and great styling.