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Touratech Zega Pro Pannier System Review 
Touratech Zega Pro Review 
Touratech Zega Pro Panniers 
When long-distance adventure touring, certain gear and accessories are imperative for trouble-free riding.


These items include waterproof gear, a tire-repair kit, paper maps for when electronic devices stop working, and waterproof luggage.  


The latter is extremely important for riders who carry expensive items while touring, such as cameras and laptops.


Adventure riders must wisely choose their luggage considering the abuse it takes, especially when exploring the world's backcountry.  


And one setup that has continued to prove itself over the years is Touratech's Zega pannier system.


The latest version - the Zega Pro - can take much abuse while keeping your precious gear completely dry, even in the wettest of conditions.


We recently put the Touratech Zega Pro pannier system to the test, and after close to 10,000 miles with the new bags, here's what we thought:

Touratech Zega Pro Review
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Ultimate MotorCycling MotoGP Special Editions
UMC MotoGP Special Editions

The Ultimate MotorCycling MotoGP Special Editions App is now live, available for $0.99 in the Apple App Store.


The 198-page digital issue, which is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, features an overview of the 2012 MotoGP Championship paired with spectacular photography from Ultimate MotorCycling contributor, Ara Ashjian.


Ashjian's photos provide close details of the action, from the paddock and race track at both US rounds of the 2012 MotoGP Championship (Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca).


The issue summarizes every rider's performance in the 2012 MotoGP Championship, providing unique insights into the prototype and CRT machinery, and every rider from title-winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) to Valentino Rossi (former Ducati Team) to Colin Edwards (NGM Forward Racing CRT).


There is also a browser version of the Ultimate MotorCycling MotoGP Special Editions App on iTunes. Click here for more info.


Ultimate MotorCycling is also releasing a touring-centric Cabin Fever 2013 digital issue, which be available on Jan. 18. Cabin Fever 2013 will feature many stateside and international touring stories, reviews of some of the top touring bikes from nearly every manufacturer, and reviews of the latest touring gear.

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Ducati Releases the Hyperstrada 

Ducati Hyperstrada
In a continuing effort

to widen its offerings, Ducati offers the all-new Hyperstrada for the 2013 model year.


The Hyperstrada, which arrives with Ducati's new 821cc Testastretta 11-degree engine, is the touring member of the Hypermotard family, which features the base model, the higher-performance Hypermotard SP, and the Hyperstrada.


Ducati calls the bike a "cross-over" between the worlds of motard and touring. Yes, the bike is a crossover model, but it's quickly gaining the status of a mini-Multistrada.


The Hyperstrada doesn't arrive with as much technology as the Multistrada, but it's no technological slouch, either; the Hyperstrada arrives with three-level ABS, eight-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC), and three riding modes - Sport (110hp - High), Touring (110hp - Medium) and Urban (75hp - Low).


To view all the official pictures of the Hyperstrada, and a list of its specs, click here.

2013 AMA Supercross Throttles into Action 

Ryan Villopoto The 2013 Monster

Energy AMA Supercross Championship got underway this past weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., the first of 17 rounds.


And due to the huge pool of talent, including the reigning AMA SX Champion Ryan Villopoto (Monster Energy Kawasaki), Chad Reed (Two-Two Motorsports Honda), James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki), Ryan Dungey (Red Bull KTM) and newcomer Justin Barcia (Muscle Milk Honda), the competition was expected to be fierce.


These expectations were spot on, though Anaheim I delivered some not-so-typical results.


To read a review of the opening round in the 2013 AMA Supercross Championship, click here.

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