Bullet Proof 883 Iron and More
The Motorcycle Radio Network heads west to Southern California where Ultimate MotorCycling takes us on a more sedate cruise down city streets and highways with a Real Time Road Test on Harley-Davidson’s new Iron 883 Sportster. In case you haven’t noticed, Harley-Davidson’s Sportster lineup has taken its wonderful new school rubber-mount chassis and sent it off to old school finishing class. Harley’s new Iron 883 joins the Nightster and XR1200 Sportsters in giving a retro dose of style to today’s lineup.
Alpinestars ATL Leather Jacket
When I put the Alpinestars ATL relaxed fit leather motorcycle jacket on, I felt like a pit bull–stocky and solid. The 1.2-1.4mm thick, full-grain leather made its presence felt with its bulk and stiffness. I certainly felt I would be in good hands, so to speak, in the unfortunate event I’d find myself sliding across the pavement.
Piaggio Group Americas, importer and distributor of Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Vespa brands, announces the opening of its new national Technical Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The 12,000 square foot facility houses the company’s product testing and technical training operations, including factory product training and classroom instruction for service technicians from all U.S. and Canadian dealerships, as well as Latin American importers. Piaggio, which had all-time record-setting U.S.
Living in Los Angeles has its definitive advantages for a motorcyclist. With the help of the beautiful Southern California climate, motorcyclists can enjoy the freedom of being able to ride almost year-round, which serves as a reason to get outside and search for a way to explore our own senses of adventure. Requiring only a short ride, Los Angeles offers many things to do, from hanging around the snowy slopes of Big Bear Lake in the winter, to swimming at one of Malibu’s beaches in the summer.
Can a less expensive motorcycle jacket be a premium motorcycling product? The performance of the DSX motorcycle jacket makes the answer to that question a resounding "Yes!" While denim may not be the textile material of choice for some riders–and it caused no shortage of debate within Cortech before its release–I’m a confirmed Levi’s 501 button fly kind of guy.
It was a perfect day for a ride—a sunny Southern California day in October and 90 degrees outside. The euphoric feeling continued, as my boyfriend Don and I had just disembarked from a four-day cruise to Mexico to celebrate his 44th birthday. I started for my car—he got on his motorcycle, excited to head up the coast for some snorkeling while I headed to my desk.