Honda Grom: City Commutes Should Always Be This Fun

Pound for pound, there's no bit of technology that made me happier last year than the brand new Honda Grom motorcycle. Is it cheating that it's not strictly a gadget? I don't care. Even if the Grom still breaks fast on old-fashioned dino juice, its diminutive size paired with 50-state street legality changed the way I… » 1/21/14 2:00pm 1/21/14 2:00pm

What's Better? A $1,200 Motorcycle Helmet or Cheap Earbuds?

The Schuberth C3 Pro is the best motorcycle helmet you can buy. Sure, there are caveats. I haven't worn that many helmets. There's really no such thing as a "best" helmet, considering individual needs and applications—an open-faced off-road helmet isn't going to be great on the track—but for the average rider looking… » 10/09/13 10:00am 10/09/13 10:00am

Testing Kriega Motorcycle Dry Bags On the Long, Wet Road

If I have one complaint about the dry bags that Kriega let me borrow for a two-week, 3,500-mile motorcycle trip, it's that they sent me too many. I'd original asked to try out the Kriega Overlander 60 Pannier system, entranced by the promise of being able to quickly snap off the luggage off the racks at any stop. But… » 4/30/13 11:50am 4/30/13 11:50am

The game of the wind

There's a strange moment one may experience—or I presume the collective 'one,' since I've never actually asked anyone about it—when riding a motorcycle on a windy day. I ride a tall bike (F800GS) and I'm pretty tall myself, so I catch a lot of breeze when riding on even the calmest day. » 4/18/13 6:24pm 4/18/13 6:24pm

Riding motorcycles into storms, and other inefficient therapies

Death ain't exactly the most auspicious theme for a motorcycle trip, but it's not like life's really given me a choice. I should have been heading back to Missouri months ago, but no good. A blizzard dropped on me right before a flight. Then I was waiting for a better time for me financially. After a while, I just… » 4/17/13 8:15am 4/17/13 8:15am

Cardo Scala Rider Lightning Review: Check Your Head

Riding a motorcycle is a very solitary experience—that's half the appeal. So who knew how much I would like being able to chat to other riders or even use my iPhone? » 10/24/11 4:30pm 10/24/11 4:30pm

Take Pity on a Newbie Today

Last night on the way back to my apartment in New York's Lower East Side, I saw a crowd of men standing around two motorcycles. I'm a fledgling rider myself, as well as newly returned to the city. I'd spoken to these guys a few times before and did what I typically do when I see a guy on a hot bike: walk up and ask… » 7/06/11 3:00pm 7/06/11 3:00pm

Let's Talk Adventure! Joe Brown Is Making Me Ride to Montana On My…

Found a Land Cruiser. It's in Montana. If I can get it tomorrow, I can go to Overland Rally in Hollister. No problem. I can fly. But Gizmodo's Joe Brown says if I'm taking tomorrow off, I have to ride. » 9/21/10 8:20pm 9/21/10 8:20pm