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Some time ago, fellow writer Travis Burleson and I compiled basic instructions for retrofitting a 7-inch LED headlight onto motorcycles with a round bucket/housing. Said article aims to inspire but the sealed LED headlight mentioned isn’t DOT approved. Rather, it’s a rebranded Chinese module (albeit brighter and better performing than we initially expected). Our explanation for using said headlight in our demonstration bounces between price and simplicity of use. For real world applications, however something safer (and far better) is required.
If you’re wondering why DOT approval is important, let’s just say it blends two worthwhile concerns among others. One would be law enforcement. Without DOT approval, your custom motorcycle components might earn you a ticket. The other falls on the scientific method. Contested or not, many first world agencies put deep research into what bad things can happen and why before using the results to promote greater safety.
Truth be told, we don’t need to preach the above. DOT approved motorcycle headlights are obviously better when compared against the alternative and the fine people over at HeadlightRevolution.com have gone to great lengths to find the best of the best. We’re hoping to work with them directly in the future before publishing articles with direct links to the newest tech.Read More ...
So, you’ve just finished riding three hundred some odd miles of exhaustingly pleasurable twisties. There’s just enough daylight remaining to set up camp and cook whatever you like. You might have reason for concern, however because [insert fire related difficulty here].
Maybe the local wood is still damp from yesterday’s rain or too green to burn reliably. Maybe winds are blowing from every direction, choking match after match while scattering what few embers would seek to cooperate with one another. Face it. You might just have to double back and order from that greasy spoon diner before lying to your counterparts about having camping experience upon return. That is unless, of course, you have the right gear.
Assuming your motorcycle camping trip maintains more basic standards than those of Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor, fire is an obvious challenge. We need something to burn, a way to ignite it and a way to maintain it through the night. With so many contesting variables, whatever gear meets said need without compromising our sanity is worth it’s weight in gold.Read More ...
Years ago, while packing for my first long distance sport touring motorcycle trip, I learned a lot about myself. First, I walked around the house grabbing everything I hoped to bring and made a first attempt at stowing all of it. Next, finding no earthly way to fit it all into my luggage, I began removing what I deemed unnecessary. Finally, I repeated the previous only to discover the final result still skirting the threshold of my motorcycle’s total available storage. Fortunately, my camping experience exposed similarities with regard to prioritization.
Starting with whatever warm-weather base layer (socks/underwear/t-shirt) I’m wearing before departure, my current preference is to pack only one of the same. That’s two warm weather base layers total plus additional attire we’ll explore in a moment, all made from quick-dry fabrics. The question new travelers often ask points to a constant need for laundry services. My response usually makes mention of portable wash systems such as the Scrubba. Those Aussies sure know how to camp!
Packing one base layer while wearing the other might inspire you to believe it necessary to do the same with thermals. I only bring one set as it saves space and can be washed nightly. American companies such as Go Athletic Apparel manufacture lightweight but durable thermal clothing right here in the United States and we couldn’t be happier with their line.Read More ...