It’s always best to watch out for Skippies when hauling ass through the outback. This video was passed on by Darth Nater, who originally found it passed along by our Touratech friends Tweeting the heck out of the Twitterverse under the @TouratechUSA handle. Check it out:

I’ll admit it, there is nothing about Harley Davidson that I ever felt compelled to write about. I’ll probably never go to Sturgis. I lament the sudden closing down of Buell, and the loss of the almost-adventure bike, the¬†Buell Ulysses XB12X. But then I see this post from Bike EXIF about the SHAW SPEED & CUSTOM XLST3, and I think to myself. It’s got two wheels, knobbies, and attitude to spare. Scoot on over to Bike EXIF and check it out. Maybe I will go to Sturgis, if this bike is going to be on display.

Custom Harley photo courtesy of Bike EXIF website.

This is one badass scrambler.

Custom Harley photo courtesy of Bike EXIF, sideview.

Not sure what good the skid plate will do.

Read the full story and see more pics of this bike at Bike EXIF.

My glove collection is a lot like my wife’s shoe collection. We both have way more pairs than we need, but never seem to have the right ones when we need them. At least that’s what she says. It’s nice having heated grips on the F800 GS, but for cold weather riding, I’ve never had that perfect pair of gloves that is warm enough for sub-freezing temperatures, but not too bulky that they don’t interfere with the throttle, clutch, etc. Previously, I relied on a pair of Cloudveil Troller ski gloves, more or less a leather insulated spring glove. The Klim PowerXcross glove seems like a crossover snowmobile/motorcycle glove. This pair came to me from Motorcycle Superstore, as I was the happy recipient of a gift card from a relative during the holidays. My first impressions:

I read the user reviews on other Klim gloves which seemed to indicate their sizing ran a little small. I normally wear a medium in just about everything, but one thing I hate is when gloves are too small, and when you curve your hands around the throttle or hand grips, they pull on the ends of your fingers. That will really make your digits go numb. Best to have a little extra room, but not too much. I ordered the size Large in the PowerXross, and they are spot on. My advice, go a size up from what you normally wear.

Top shelf materials and construction. I love just about anything made from Schoeller Keprotec material. These also feature Clarino palms and a full Gore-Tex liner, so they are supposed to be waterproof (guaranteed). We’ll see. Perhaps I have found the perfect cold weather moto glove?

Klim PowerXross Glove

photo from Motorcycle Superstore's website.