The season is quickly approaching when the snow will melt and allow for off road enthusiasts to hit the roads again. Recently, John Deere unveiled their 2013 line of Heavy Duty Crossover Vehicles. The collection includes an all new Gator XUV, 825i S4, which the company is saying their most powerful and fastest four-seater to date. “The introduction of the XUV 825i S4 is a reflection of the growing popularity of our crossover utility vehicles,” said David Gigandet, marketing manager. “Customers wanted our heavy-duty XUV, in a multi-passenger form that was comfortable and customizable. These new Gators provide an unparalleled balance of performance and work capability for all off-road challenges.”
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The designers from Roland Sands released their new Mission Jacket recently. The writers from Motorcycle USA got the chance to review the jacket. They first notice that the jacket has a lot of subtle detail that could easily be missed by like ribbling in the lower back and elbows. The jacket is made of distressed leather that is both thick enough to resist abrasion, but thin enough to allow for freedom of movement. They noted that the construction of the jacket reduced to break in time that is usually needed with new clothes. The writers were very happy with the design and functionality of the jacket with only complaint. That complaint was the high collar kept rubbing against the rider’s adams apple while on the move. But the final verdict the writers gave was, “Throw on an RSD Mission Jacket and you’ll feel like rock star. Ruggedly stylish, it has the same attention to detail as Roland shows his bikes. Of course, you might need to make rock star-like money to be able to swallow the $500 sticker price. Fortunately, the Motorcycle Superstore’s got ‘em on sale right now for $450 which is a little more palatable.”
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Icon has a new collection of motorcycle gear available this season. The Hooligan Collection includes a wide selection of protective gear including helmets, shoes, pants, jackets, and gloves. The jackets feature a relaxed fit, a fighter mesh chassis, field armor impact protectors, and zip-off sleeves. The gloves have a Battlehide palm and offer abrasion resistance. The pants feature a denim fabric and have reinforced Aramid knees and similar field armor protection as the jacket. The shoes are designed to have the functionality of a motorcycle boot, while looking similar to an athletic shoe. It comes with ankle plating and a reinforced upper, steel shank. The helmets come in a variety of colors and provide an injection molded Polycarbonate shell, twin channel supervents, fog free shield, and more. Retail prices start at $80.
The Triumph Rocket III Touring bike recently was released to the consumer market. Recently, the writers from Ultimate Motor Cycling got the pleasure of reviewing this bike. The first thing they mention is that this is one of the bigger bikes that they have ever seen. The engine provides an impressive 150ft/lbs of torque at 2500rpm, which is greatly needed for a bike weighing close to half a ton. The writers noted that all that power combined with the weight makes the bike easily manageable and not overpowering. They also complimented the bike’s acceleration as well as the overall design and comfort. There aren’t really any problems the writers noted from their preview. They did conclude by saying, “Triumph’s opulent Rocket III Touring may seem like too much motorcycle to some, yet just right for those who get on board for a ride.”
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Earlier this month, the Arai Defiant helmet was unveiled today. This helmet looks to be similar to the Rapide-IR model that Arai also makes. The details about this helmet are limited at the moment, but we do know that it does feature a “Round Oval” design. This also makes the Defiant one of the last near-round helmets produced by the company. The helmet is designed for street/sport purposes and has a “Facial Contour System” that includes cheek pads, ventilation system, and other safety features. Right now there is no word on pricing.
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One of the new products to come from Forcefield is their new Sport Lite 2 back protector. This piece of armor goes under the jacket to provide EC Level 2 protection. Recently, the writers from Web Bike World released their review of this body armor. The first thing they notice is that the design is about 30% thinner than other Forcefield products and is intended for street use. The thinner design though does make it easier to wear, especially under a jacket. The material used to absorb impact is a little stiff, but over time it does form to the shape of the wearer, making it more comfortable. The writers didn’t have a lot of complaints about the Sport Lite 2. They concluded by stating, “The Forcefield Sport Lite 2 is one of the more comfortable back protectors available, and it’s made with high quality and materials. It is very similar in size and shape to the Forcefield Pro Sub 4 “ultimate” back protector, but the Sport Lite 2 is easier to wear, especially under street riding gear or tight leathers. Technically, both the Pro Sub 4 and Sport Lite 2 offer CE Level 2 protection, but only because there is currently no higher standard to rate the Pro Sub 4. The Sport Lite 2 and other Forcefield Body Armour products will be more readily available at more of the webBikeWorld affiliate retailers soon, and that’s good news.”
Zero Motorcycles was proud to unveil recently the release of their new electric motorcycle, the Zero. This model comes in three versions, the S, DS, and XU. The company claims that this bike is has the world’s longest-range per charge. The bike is rated to run up to 137 city miles on a single charge. The motor is a belt-driven Z-force motor that runs at a higher voltage than previous models. The engine is also designed in order to accommodate two batteries instead of just one. The bike has up to 44 horsepower and up to 70 lbs of torque. The body is lightweight, weighing only 275 lbs. The charge time for the bike is just under an hour, which is a big improvement. The Zero S is expected to release in North America in January. Retail prices start at $7995.
One of the new helmets to go on the market this year is the Airoh J106. The modular helmet was recently reviewed by the writers from Web Bike World. The modular helmet is able to convert between a full face to open face design. This helps give the rider options instead of having to purchase multiple helmets for different occasions. The writers noted that the helmet looks like a fighter pilot helmet and looks good both with and without the chin guard. The writers noticed that there are no adjusting features for the chin vent. This means that airflow will always be constant, but at least the vent system provides ample ventilation. The helmet is a little thin when it comes to padding and the shell itself is rather flexible. But it does meat minimum specifications for safety certifications. The final conclusion the writers made was, “The J106 has a different type of fit and feel than other helmets, so it may not work for as many riders. But if it fits, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cooler-looking helmet anywhere on the planet, there’s no doubt about that. It is also extremely light weight, which results in a liberating feel when riding, especially when using the J106 in its “Jet” or open-face configuration. In fact, I’d consider it as more of an open-face design that has the option of adding the chin bar if desired. The helmet fits more comfortably when worn that way and it looks good too.”
Speedway Motorsport is pleased to announce the release of their new motorcycle shelters. The Speedway sheters are designed for single bike protection and is a retractable shelter that opens and closes just like a fan. The shelter includes LED lights in order to ensure safe night time use. There is also an optional floor panel that can be purchases sperately. The shelter comes in two sizes, a standard size and one for touring bikes. Other major features include cross ventilation, waterproof seams, and a carrying case for traveling. Speedway has not yet announced a retail price at this time.
One of the new AGV helmets is the Grid full helmet. Recently, the writers from Web Bike World released their review of this particular helmet. The writers thought that this helmet had an excellent build quality and was both comfortable and light weight. They would have liked to see a better ventilation system and noticed that the top vent gave them problems and wasn’t as affective as the chin vent. The helmet did have some good face shield operations and the noise control was better than expected. In the end, the final conclusion was, “Overall, I think the Grid is an excellent design that includes many AGV technologies and design ideas developed through their race program. The tri-composite shell feels exceptionally strong and, when combined with the tight-fitting and solid-feeling face shield and vent controls, gives a feeling of security and quality that is missing from lesser helmets. The Grid also has plenty of style…and don’t forget the price, which is reasonable for what you get and a relative bargain when compared to high-end Arai and Shoei helmets or even AGV’s own GP-Tech. Taken altogether, I can highly recommend the AGV Grid for your consideration.”