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Smokin' Jacket
Alpinestars built this S-MX Bionic Protection jacket with sport riders in mind. It features CE-certified elbow, chest and shoulder guards, plus a removable Alpinestars Tech Race back protector and stretch Cordura reinforcement on the back, all on a moisture-wicking stretch-material base. Available in S-XL in black-and-red only, the S-MX Bionic Protection jacket goes for $329.95. (310) 891-0222, www.alpinestars.com

On Your Seat Or On Your Knees
At Motorcyclist's palatial subterranean garage, technician Lord Michael is on call 24/7 to fettle machinery to the staff's iron whims. The less fortunate, however, might desire the Racatac kneeling/sitting creeper to perform humdrum maintenance chores without neuralgia of the back and knees. At 8 pounds, the Racatac features a 1⁄8-inch-thick aluminum frame that supports thick foam knee pads, a cushioned and spring-supported three-way-adjustable seat and a removable 7 in. x 15 in. tray. The manufacturer claims the Racatac completely supports your knees and back while allowing easy movement and control with speed, balance and comfort. $179. (877)-294-2920, www.kneedraggers.com

Traction Without G-G-Grabtion
Neologisms are so much fun--and so handy for describing new products such as STM's slipper clutch. Distributed by Lockhart Phillips U.S.A., STM's clutch helped Ten Kate Honda's Karl Muggeridge take the 2004 World Supersport title. The clutch pictured here also fits CBR600RRs and features a 121mm Evoluzione diaphragm spring, an 85mm secondary spring for slipper-function control and a forced lubrication system LP says increases service life. LP also claims the STM unit offers reduced lever-effort plus greater sensitivity in low-traction situations. STM's clutches are available for most recent Japanese and Italian sportbikes for $1145.95. Get yours from an authorized LP dealer. (800) 221-7291, www.lockhartphillipsusa.com

The Vision Thing
Vision is one of the few things definitely not overrated. And to assist yours while you're mobile on two wheels, Motorex offers its Viso-Clean. Sold in plastic baggies, each one comes with six packages that contain one cloth impregnated with Viso-Clean solution and a dry cloth. Motorex claims Viso-Clean quickly removes dirt, bugs and oil residue while also applying an anti-fog agent. The instructions tell you to leave the solution on a short time to react before buffing it off. Don't wait; trust us. Each six-pack should be available from your local dealer for $4.95. (805) 658-0900, www.motorexusa.com

Deluxe Leverage
One path to better riding is improving control feel, and that's something Constructors Racing Group's Roll-A-Click levers should have in the extreme. CNC-machined from 6061 T6 aluminum billet, the gold or gray hard-anodized levers feature a small six-position click-stop lever for on-the-fly adjustment. What's more, the Roll-A-Clicks come in standard lengths, or 1.25 inches shorter for riders with smaller hands. The levers retail for $99.50 for brake or clutch, standard or short lengths, and they're available for most late-model Japanese, Italian and American sportbikes. (831) 763-7811, www.constructorsrg.com

Cortech Solution WP Road Boot
It's not often we get to test wet-weather gear here at Motorcyclist. After all, SoCal isn't exactly known for its prodigious precipitation. But because this winter has been relatively wet, we've had plenty of drenching commutes. All the better, then, to try out Tour Master's latest alternative to webbed feet, the Cortech Solution WP Road Boot.Tour Master builds its Solution WP out of 1.8mm-2.0mm waterproof leather sewn with thread it also says is waterproof. Sealed seams help keep water out, too, along with a breathable King Tex membrane, similar in function to widely used Gore-Tex. Side entry via a YKK zipper and hook-and-loop flap running the zipper's length makes the Solutions reasonably easy to get on and off, while an inner liner and ultra-soft footbed keep your tootsies comfy once they're on. Flex panels front and rear allow the WPs to move with you, part of Tour Master's plan to create boots that offer rain protection without being as board-stiff as some others seem to be.

How do they work? Wonderfully. During a total of four drenching, 40-mile rides, the Solution WPs performed as advertised, keeping our editorial feet warm and totally dry. A molded rubber sole provides above-average grip on a variety of footpegs, too. The bonus, however, is sheer comfort. One staffer wore the WP boots eight hours a day for five days straight while riding 1000 miles in the Alps and found them as plush as a pair of high-dollar walking shoes. Even better is their $119.99 retail price. Big function, low price. You can't beat that. They're available in black only in sizes 7-14.

PRICE: $119.99
RATING: ** * * * *
**VERDICT: ** Perform as -advertised: Comfy boots that keep your feet dry
**TOUR MASTER

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