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Motorcycle Novelty Helmet = “Call Me Stupid”

CHEAP HELMETS FOR CHEAP HEADS
So, what the heck is a novelty motorcycle helmet?  Stated concisely, it’s a very cheap helmet.  Typically, it’s styled to look like a “half helmet” which is also called a “shorty.”
By the way, even though “half helmets” provide considerably less protection than an open face or full face helmet, they are legal and certified.  In other words, just because a helmet has a brief profile, does not mean it’s a novelty helmet.  (It’s how the thing is constructed that determines whether it is intended to protect …

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Digital Tire Gauge: Bad Gift Idea

DON’T BUY DIGITAL TIRE GAUGES
Now, don’t get me wrong: I don’t think any motorcyclist can have too many tire gauges.
However, I have owned a few “digital” tire gauges, and I have tossed ’em out and gone back to the tried and true “non-digital” (analog) versions.
Now, with all due respect to the digital tire gauge pictured  here (I have not used this one), I don’t recommend them.  I believe these digital gauges are designed solely to sell more gauges rather than to serve as useful motorcycle tools because their batteries just …

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Harley Boots: The Good, Genuinely Bad and Truly Ugly

SEEMS HARLEY DAVIDSON LETS ANYONE MAKE THEIR BOOTS
Bikers needs boots. Harley Davidson sells motorcycle boots. Lot’s of ’em.
To fully capitalize on the big Motor Company’s name, they license the use of their logo to all kinds of manufacturers to make all kinds of Harley merchandise. And it’s obvious that some of them are soley for gifts, ’cause they sure ain’t for riding.
Click the links for men or women’s Harley Davidson boots and trod through a supply of footwear from the truly functional, to the thoroughly not practical.
You …

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Motorcycle Helmet Speakers are a Bad Gift

NEW RIDERS DO ‘NOT’ NEED HELMET SPEAKERS
Motorcycle helmet speakers make a bad gift for new riders.
WHY?
Well, a little background first: I’m a long-time, old-fashioned, long-distance motorcycle rider. I’ve lived through two serious motorcycle crashes and I’ve grown to respect the rudiments of safe riding.
And as obvious and rudimentary as this next statement may be, it can be missed by someone who is NOT a rider, who may be buying speakers as a gift for someone who is a biker: Motorcycle riding is very different from driving a car, van, …

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Motorcycle Sunglasses – Lots of Bad Choices

WHICH ARE THE WORST MOTORCYCLE SUNGLASSES?
Not all sunglasses are suited for the rigors of motorcycle riding.
What makes good biker sunglasses?
For riders duly affected by the concerns of fashion, “looks” and the right designer name may be the most important factors when it comes to selecting their sunglasses.
But what about protecting a biker’s eyes?
Well, if protecting a rider’s eyes is important, these “Shutter Sunglasses” in the photo would be the worst, since they don’t even have lenses to block the wind.
FOUR PURPOSES OF BIKER SUNGLASSES
The main purpose of sunglasses for motorcycle …