Sometimes life can get a little stale. The 24-hour, seven-days-a-week grind never changes, co-workers’ faces look identical, vibrant colors gray with time. Motorcycling can mirror life—same bike, same roads, same route home. What you need is a two-wheel reset, something to replace the mundane with the eager anticipation you felt when you first cracked open the throttle and dropped the clutch. Here are five new products to help put the buzz back in your bike life.
Shopping for a new helmet? Ride in intergalactic formation on your favorite road with a Stormtrooper CS-R3. This Star Wars trilogy-inspired graphic is applied to HJC’s lightweight DOT-certified full-face lid. A Darth Vader graphic is available on the DOT/ECE-spec RPHA 90 ($699.99), a brand-new flip-up modular model.
The leather Dainese Prima72 looks as sleek and smart worn casually off the bike as it does on your commute or weekend romp. Chest pockets conceal perforated inserts, and a high-tech liner helps ventilate effectively in even the hottest weather. Removable Pro-Armor soft shoulder and elbow protectors are certified to EN 1621.1 standards.
ABUS has a nearly century-long history as a world leader in padlocks and other security devices. The German-born company’s latest bicycle/motorcycle protection, the Bordo Alarm, is said to be the first alarmed folding bike lock. Jerk it around and the 3-D-movement sensor activates a 100-decibel alarm, sending would-be thieves scurrying.
The Motorcycle Care Duo Kit covers stages one and two in the Muc-Off motorcycle maintenance system: clean and protect. Biodegradable Nano Tech spray cleaner cuts through dirt, grease, and road grime quickly without harsh chemicals that could damage your bike’s finish. Motorcycle Protectant eliminates moisture, putting a stop to corrosion.
One smooth pass of a 9-inch Mini Gelblade whisks away 90 percent of a post-wash rinse from gas tanks, windscreens, and body panels, leaving behind a clean, dry surface. Said to be faster and more sanitary than a traditional chamois or towel, the flexible silicone blade resists mold growth and withstands extreme cold and heat.