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The intersection of leather and rubber

5 Great Leather Motorcycle Jackets, 5 Great Rides

Rule one of motorcycling is to armor yourself from head to toe with the right gear; style comes second, but when done right, it plays its part in your staying in one piece as well. For that extra bit of protection and tasteful flair, we’ve gathered five great leather moto jackets for the upcoming riding season and paired each with a like-minded beauty of a bike.

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The Best Japanese Bikes of 2014 Add Passion to Reliability

2014 promises to offer up a ton of great bikes by which to dispel your winter blues, a handful of those out of the Far East. Japanese motorcycles are well built, reliable and typically more affordable than their counterparts from Italy and America, and they also have a strong history of great performance. From cruisers to sport-tourers to sport bikes, here are our five favorite new Japanese bikes of the year.

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Today in Gear: October 23, 2013

Phiaton Chord Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones That silent H makes all the difference — these cordless Chord headphones are sleek as hell and capable too. Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0, they can stream your media wirelessly over longer distances and with higher quality than previous technologies. Noise canceling blocks 98% of exterior din; it’ll connect to two devices…

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Don't call it a golf cart

Yamaha Rhino 700 Special Edition Tactical Black

The Rhino 700 Special Edition Tactical Black ($13,000) is pretty much what it sounds like: serious business. As the baddest two-passenger ATV on the planet, the Rhino 700 is not only incredibly rugged and versatile but is built with a surprising level of technological features. Beefy matte black frame, long travel suspension, push-button 2WD/4WD and a comfy cabin make for a potent off-road warrior. The Rhino name is apropos, and you’ll certainly want to ride one just about everywhere it can go — and that’s just about everywhere.

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50 ways to ride like the wind

Riding High: The 50 Most Iconic Bikes in Motorcycling History

They are equal parts simple and complex, a mechanical interpretation of form meeting function with attitude to spare. Whether it’s chrome glimmering in the sun, the artful engineering behind a single-sided swingarm or their ability to outrun just about anything, motorcycles are more than just simple transportation. They strangle attention. Ride one down the street and watch as babies point and smile mid-whimper, dogs chase joyfully, angsty teens fight the curling in the corners of their mouths, old biker types in leather nod with supreme comprehension. There are countless combinations of weapons-grade speed, sex, beauty, design and freedom found between two tires, sure — but these fifty, specifically, are the icons hand-picked by Gear Patrol as our favorites of all time.

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Behind the Wheel: Star Motorcycles Bolt & Bolt R-Spec

A day of cruising sunny, funky San Diego is enticing enough without a brand new ride underneath you. All the better, then, when Yamaha brought us to downtown San Diego for a well-organized day aboard their new Bolt, an American-style bobber — an exercise in convincing some die-hard riders that their bike is a viable alternative to Wisconsin iron.

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No ride like the present

Two Wheels Good: 5 Best Starter Motorcycles

Now that the riding season is under way in many parts of the country, it’s time to sign up for riding lessons and start thinking about the machine that’s best suited for your needs. You could jump right into researching bikes for months online, but we’d recommend starting with our roundup of the 5 best starter motorcycles first.

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Outside the box

Yamaha YHT-697

We’ve never been big fans of packaged home theater setups. They tend to be a mishmash of clunky, subpar components that do little to warrant their price points — no matter how low. The Yamaha YHT-697 ($750) does its best to shake the HTIB stereotype thanks to some serious future proof features, normally reserved for…

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It gets what?

Yamaha Y125 Moegi Concept

Let’s make this clear. Gas is expensive and mopeds are emasculating. Tiny wheels the size of a cookie do not a man make, but filling up your car for $80 a week isn’t exactly the best option, either. Introducing the Yamaha Y125 Moegi Concept. We can’t tell you how to pronounce it, but we can…

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Yamaha YAS-101 Soundbar

Most TV speakers have the acoustical chops of a cowbell orchestra. We put up with them simply because alternatives are pricey, bulky, and a pain in the ass to install in a clean and proper manner. The Yamaha YAS-101BL Front Surround System improves on these common drawbacks in several ways. It’s relatively easy on the…

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3D Gear Essentials

If you watch any TV, you’ve probably seen some commercial touting how 3D technology will revolutionize the way you live. Most likely it also involved Dolphins or some other funny sea creature. When you put all of the marketing-laced messaging and cliché imagery aside, though, it is true that 3D can provide a captivating home…

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Home Audio, Beyond Black and White

Yamaha MCR 140 Micro Component System

The Yamaha MCR 140 ($399) has two major things going for it. The first is that outside of performing the functions of your typical micro-audio system, thanks to Yamaha’s proprietary yAired technology, it can play uncompressed audio wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone using a simple dongle that eliminates the syncing hassles associated with other tech like…

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A New Contender for Big Sound in Small Spaces

Yamaha YHT-S400 Home Theater System

Because not everyone has the space for elaborate home theater systems, Yamaha created the YHT-S400 to save room while still providing an immersive audio experience. Comprised of a 31 inch sound bar and a unique receiver which features an integrated subwoofer, it definitely represents one of the better solutions out there for those with small…

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Compact Size. Compact Price. Big Sound.

Yamaha NX-A01 Compact Cube Speaker

Where do you listen to your music? We here at GP are all about quality sound systems but we also recognize that every occasion may not be the right one for a six-piece, $6,000 sound system. If you find yourself moving around frequently and want a speaker that’s compact but still kicks out room-filling sound,…

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Yamaha Tenori-On Music Sequencer

Make Music, One Light At a Time Despite what you think, Tenori-on has nothing to do with Battleship Plenty of people dream of being musicians. However, most lack the classical training to ever produce anything noteworthy. Over the last couple of decades though, a slew of products have emerged (MPCs, synthesizers, drum machines, Rockband? etc…)…

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Yamaha RX-V1700 7.1 Digital Home Theater Receiver

This Yamaha receiver will keep your next movie night, party or music juiced with 7.1 channels of 130 watts per channel sound. It’s myriad of surround sound options are supplemented by it’s high definition technologies. Oh, and it’ll hook right up with your iPod too. What this means to you: So many audiophiles have fallen…