Tim

Tim Kessel hails from the mountains of Northern Arizona. He has been riding and writing for over three decades. Arizona's motorcycle-friendly climate allows him to log thousands of miles per year on his various motorcycles.

Tim makes yearly pilgrimages to motorcycle races all over the western United States. Sport-touring and dual-sport riding are his main two-wheeled addictions.

Tim is a freelance writer whose articles and photographs have been featured in several national motorcycle magazines.



Scorpion Stinger Leather Motorcycle Jacket in Black, Red, Blue

Armored & Perforated w/ Moisture Wicking Thermal Liner

Scorpion Stinger Leather Motorcycle Jacket in Black, Red, Blue | Armored & Perforated w/ Moisture Wicking Thermal Liner

A solid, perforated leather jacket -- that's what the Scorpion Stinger Jacket is. There are many things that I like about this jacket and a couple that I question.

The jacket offers CE-certified armor in the arms and shoulders. However, it includes only a foam back pad. This is ...





Alpinestars Scout Boots, Waterproof Black Leather

Dual Sport & Touring, Adjustable Velcro & Buckle Closure

Alpinestars Scout Boots, Waterproof Black Leather | Dual Sport & Touring, Adjustable Velcro & Buckle Closure

Adventure touring boots have to be good at a lot of things. They have to perform protective and functional duties for a multitude of environments. The Alpinestars Scout WP Boots are remarkably up to the task.

The boots' body is constructed of coated leather with a waterproof and breathable inner ...





REV’IT! Ultimate Mens Pants, Black Short or Tall

Waterproof Armored Textile w/ Removable Thermal Liner

REV’IT! Ultimate Mens Pants, Black Short or Tall | Waterproof Armored Textile w/ Removable Thermal Liner

I have gained a healthy respect for REV'IT! protective apparel. I have found their stuff to be well designed and well made. However, the company makes a lofty claim with the name of the REV'IT! Ultimate Pants.

On first inspection, these armored textile pants look solid enough. The ...





Bell MX & Street Vortex Torn Helmet, Snell & DOT

Polycarbonate Silver, Gold, or Red

Bell MX & Street Vortex Torn Helmet, Snell & DOT | Polycarbonate Silver, Gold, or Red

When I started in motorcycles in the 1970s, Bell helmets were the big deal. My first street helmet was a Bell Star. You saw Bells on motocrossers, street racers, and all over the road. Sometime in the '80s and '90s, Bell helmets lost their luster ...





Icon Alliance Cretin Helmet, Green w/ Monster Graphic

Polycarbonate SSR Speed

Icon Alliance Cretin Helmet, Green w/ Monster Graphic | Polycarbonate SSR Speed

Cretin: (noun) a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.

That may just say enough about the designer of the Icon Alliance SSR Speed Cretin Helmet. This helmet is (in my humble opinion) just plain ugly, gaudy, and obnoxious. I know I'm not the target market… not by about ...





Rev’It Retro Motorcycle Jacket, Black or White Leather CR

Striped Armored Augustini & Lorica Cowhide

Rev’It Retro Motorcycle Jacket, Black or White Leather CR | Striped Armored Augustini & Lorica Cowhide

Motorcycling and leather are forever linked. The relationship goes back to the origins of the sport. I guess that's why I like leather jackets with a classic look and feel. The REV'IT! CR Leather Jacket fits this bill. I can't help but think the "CR" stands ...





Continental Force ST Review, Front & Rear

Tire for Dual Sport Touring Motorcycle

Continental Force ST Review, Front & Rear | Tire for Dual Sport Touring Motorcycle

Because I log thousands of miles a year on a big sport-touring motorcycle, I go through a lot of tires. I have sampled sport touring (ST) tires from Michelin, Metzler, Dunlop, Bridgestone, and Avon. I can say that I found positives in each of these brands, along ...





Dainese Air 2 Mens Motorcycle Jacket for Summer

Armored Mesh Textile

Dainese Air 2 Mens Motorcycle Jacket for Summer | Armored Mesh Textile

I know this jacket, because I OWN this jacket. In the summer, I see a lot of riders wearing T-shirts where I live. Some think you have to choose either protection or comfort in hot weather. Not true.

Armored mesh jackets are the answer. The Dainese ...





HJC Dirt Bike Helmet, Polycarbonate Shell

Solid Black or White CL-X5N

HJC Dirt Bike Helmet, Polycarbonate Shell | Solid Black or White CL-X5N

Wow! Do they still make these? A traditional, no frills, no nonsense dirt helmet?

The HJC CL-X5N solid helmet is refreshing in its simplicity. This helmet doesn't pretend to be anything but a well-built off-road helmet. Rest assured, in the case of this helmet, simple does not mean low ...





Engine Ice Coolant, Eco Friendly Biodegradable PG

High Performance Antifreeze CycleLogic

Engine Ice Coolant, Eco Friendly Biodegradable PG | High Performance Antifreeze CycleLogic

Traditional ethylene glycol (EG) coolant is nasty stuff. Yes, it serves its purpose well, but it is toxic (even deadly) to humans and animals if ingested and is very environmentally unfriendly.

OK, so what if I told you there is a product that cools much more effectively than EG antifreeze ...





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