Press of Atlantic City: Motorcycle Blog: Beyond The Ride

Motorcycle Blog: Beyond The Ride

Friday 06/20/2014
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 1:56 pm
A new champion is crowned... Almost!

I've been using this helmet off and on since the winter - and mostly on for the last few months.  It is super impressive so far.  As of right now it is the most comfortable helmet I've ever owned, even more than my beloved Bell Star Carbon.  What helmet am I talking about?  Shoei's new RF1200. This helmet replaces Shoei's extremely popular RF1100 and jumps right on to improve upon its success.

Thursday 05/22/2014
Posted: May 22, 2014 - 5:03 pm
Drayko Drift Riding Jeans

I was able to get my hands on a pair of Drayko Drift Riding Jeans through RevZilla last fall and have been testing them out over time.  I'm always leary of riding jeans because they tend to look like what my dad used to wear back in 87 - Either really REALLY blue, some pale acid wash or jet black.  When RevZilla sent me these Drayko's I was immedaitely impressed by just how cool looking they are.  They look just like a pair of over-priced fashion jeans that would shred at them moment of contact but instead cost around the same or less (currently $152.95) and have a ton of protection built in.  

Monday 04/14/2014
Posted: April 14, 2014 - 9:53 am
Bell Rogue Helmet and Bobster Invader Photochromatic Riding Glasses

As soon as I saw Bell's bold new offering - the Rogue - I knew I would have to get my hands on one to evaluate it.  Did I love it?  Hate it?  There's really no in the middle for me on this helmet and those I've spoken to about it fit on one clear line of the debate or the other.  

Wednesday 02/05/2014
Posted: February 05, 2014 - 2:41 pm
Klim Caldera - Cold Weather Riding Gloves

Klim is a company known for its high end Snow and Motorcycle gear. Their gear tends to be top of the line, with extremely high quality jackets that can cost over $1,000 - although they have jackets that start under $100 too.

Monday 01/27/2014
Posted: January 27, 2014 - 10:24 am
The heat is on... Mobile Warming Heated Shirt

I love riding my bike, whenever I can.  Sometimes it's hard to deal with the cold though, especially on an unfaired, no-nonsense bike like my Griso.  If I still had my Road King with it's windshield and heated grips riding in the cold wouldn't be as bad, but sitting bolt upright on my naked Italian puts that icy cold wind right smack into the middle of my core.  

Wednesday 01/22/2014
Posted: January 22, 2014 - 12:00 pm
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

It had been five years in between Shoei's for me...  My first high-end helmet was a Shoei RF1000 - it was matte black with cool graphics, very comfortable and an all-around great lid.  I credit it as the helmet that saved my life.  Seriously I do - because before that helmet I was pretty much a non helmet guy, espousing the noble ideas of freedom and independence.  Well one summer where five guys that I knew or knew of passing far, far too young in bike accidents had me shopping for a full-face.  

Tuesday 12/10/2013
Posted: December 10, 2013 - 2:06 pm
First Gear Kathmandu All Season Jacket & Pants

First off let me tell you I'm a big fan of First Gear.  Not quite a fan boy but so far just about everything I've used by them has been successful.  A while back I reviewed their heated gear and it was terrific.  To keep it brief, I flew from Erie, PA to Philly in December a few years back, bought a gorgeous 2009 Yamaha Stratoliner from Hannums's Harley and rode back later that night.  I don't remember which Jacket and pants I was using, although I think it was a First Gear Jaunt, which is a solid but slightly snug fitting jacket.  It did the job nicely though, but was really only there to help cover up my First Gear heated jacket liner, pant liner and gloves.  First off the quality of the stuff was exceptional.  I've owned a Gerbing piece or two across the years and this performed just as well.  Originally I was going to stop for the night half-way, but I was so comfortable I rode all the way until I got home some time around three AM.  I was never too cold, and if I'd have had heated socks as well I probably could have ridden another eight hours.  

Wednesday 12/04/2013
Posted: December 04, 2013 - 4:25 pm
Winter is coming...

No, this isn't the start of the new Game of Thrones book - it's my take on Winter riding...

Wednesday 10/30/2013
Posted: October 30, 2013 - 4:56 pm
Harley Davidson Luminator 360 Jacket

I’ve had owned five Harley Davidsons in my life to date:

Thursday 09/12/2013
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 10:49 am
Shoei GT Air Helmet review

First off I have to say I've been a Bell and Arai fan for quite some time but I haven't had enough experience with the other big name in helmets, Shoei.  I had a Shoei RF 1000 for a weeks a while back and lost it, so I never really got to experience it fully.  Recently Shoei, through their distributor Helmet House, was kind enough to provide me with their brand new GT Air to review.  

Wednesday 08/07/2013
Posted: August 07, 2013 - 4:00 pm
There and back again - a trip in the rain and traffic to Hershey Park

Last week I took a few days off to go to Hershey Park.  I need to get than tank on my Griso replaced due to some bubbling (darn ethanol) so my wife and I decided to turn it into a mini-vacation.  

Tuesday 07/16/2013
Posted: July 16, 2013 - 2:16 pm
The suit... The Aerostich Roadcrafter One Piece Riding Suit...

It’s all about the gear for me, as you might be able to tell by now, and for a long time I’ve lusted after the Holy Grail of riding outfits.  Really?  Lust?  Yes that’s exactly the emotion I feel when I’ve seen other riders wearing this gear or talking about it on forums.  Maybe a little envy thrown in to boot.  What I’m talking about is the Aerostich Roadcrafter suit.  You can get these in one-piece or two, a whole host of colors and armor combos, and they will even custom tailor them for you at extremely reasonable prices.

Monday 07/08/2013
Posted: July 08, 2013 - 5:05 pm
Built-in Helmet Communicator - by Sena

I'm a big believer in escaping on my motorcycle.  I escape my responsibilities, pressures, stress and just ride, listening to the odd sounds my motorcycle likes to make and the wind rushing past me.  I love to ride alone but there is also nothing more fun than riding with a buddy or passenger, exploring together and sharing those new experiences.  For that you can either stop every few miles and BS for a bit, or you can use a helmet communicator.  Since I'd rather ride than stop I went with the latter.  

Wednesday 07/03/2013
Posted: July 03, 2013 - 4:04 pm
Bell Mag 9 Sena 3/4 Helmet with integrated sunshield and Sena SMH10 Intercom

Last week I wrote about riding a new Moto Guzzi V7 Racer - I picked it up in Manhattan and rode it home to Atlantic County.  It was sweltering out, so instead of my usual full face Bell Star Carbon I rode a newish helmet from Bell, the Mag 9 Sena.  

Monday 06/24/2013
Posted: June 24, 2013 - 10:55 am
Riding, Italian style

I'm really very excited about this blog.  As I mentioned last time I'll be posting about gear, bikes and the occasional ride.  For the most part we will talk about helmets, gloves, riding suits and things like that, but every once in a while I'll be lucky enough to get a bike to review - what better way to kick this off?

Wednesday 05/22/2013
Posted: May 22, 2013 - 1:17 pm
Welcome to my blog

Hi, I’m Rob Hennessey, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, riding the gamut of bikes from Aprilias to Zundapps.