Sunday, November 27, 2016

Season Finale of Moto Mouth Moshe Season 1 - Episode #26 - Holiday Buyer's Guide

Hello All

Holiday season is here, which means it's time for "Moshe's First Annual Holiday Gift Guide" - the Season Finale of Moto Mouth for 2016. Tune in to learn about some useful, inexpensive items from Aerostich, Farklebar, and BMW which make perfect presents for the riders in your life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_b7POfJczE

Sorry I haven't been posting as much - I've been slammed at my new job and have been short on time. I hope to take all I've learned in Season 1 and make Season 2 even better! See you guys next year!

-MKL

Sunday, November 20, 2016

#Sidi Deep Rain Boots Review

Hello All-

This week's multi-season report focuses on Sidi's new Deep Rain boots, which attempt to bridge the divide between full featured ADV boots and a more affordable price point via extensive use of synthetic materials. How did they hold up? Tune in to find out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z4e-v9Aav8
 
-MKL

Sunday, November 6, 2016

#Aerostich #Protekt Khaki Pants Review

Hello All-

This week's Moto Mouth will be of interest to the commuters out there who want to blend the conservative appearance of office casual with the protection of motorcycle-specific gear, as we test Aerostich's US-made Protekt Khaki pants....



-MKL

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Riding Motorcycles When You Have Young Kids At Home...

Guys-

Sorry for the sporadic posting here as of late. Started a new job this month and I am "drinking from a firehose." Still making my vids though!

This week's Moto Mouth focuses on the controversial issue of riding motorcycles when you still have young kids at home. Some give up riding altogether. Some curtail it. And some keep on going.... How did you handle it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnV5vW92RF8

-MKL

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Inside the #BMW #Scrambler Product Launch

Hello All-

Recently I was invited on behalf of MCN to attend BMW's formal US launch of the Scrambler model. The specs and impressions of this bike will soon flood the moto-mags and websites, so I thought I'd focus instead on what it was like to experience the press launch itself. It isn't often that one occurs here in NJ, so here's what it's like to attend......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OYUB0CY1v0

-MKL

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Viking Cycle #Skeid Leather Jacket Review

Hello All

This week's review is in response to those who wrote to me requesting a review for a basic, black leather jacket at an affordable price point. I found one which  works well and won't break the bank! Check it out.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xungcbHkU

-MKL

Thursday, October 6, 2016

BMW R NineT Scrambler Launch

I was invited to BMW's Scrambler launch to cover the event for MCN. What an experience! BMW pulled out all the stops, and it was full luxury from beginning to end. We rode an eclectic mix of Northwest NJ's serpentine backroads, some light off roading, and then proceeded to battle rush hour New York City traffic. It was fantastic to meet so many fellow moto-journalists, some of whom I've been reading and admiring for years! Here are some pics....


Arriving at the Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, NJ.


My credentials....
 

 The Scrambler poses in front of the Grand Cascades... 



Ready to roll on Day 1...
 


Buttermilk Falls....
 

Light off-roading....


Lunch @ Cedar Lakes Lodge - great!





 Perkins Memorial Dr. in NY


 
@ Jane in Brooklyn...

 


 Dinner cruise around NYC....

 

 With Thomas Plucinsky (Department Head of BMW's Product and Technology Communications) and Roy Oliemuller (BMW's Motorcycle, Motorsports and Heritage Communications Manager)
 

With Zack Courts of Motorcyclist and Jenny Smith of Rider....

Overall it was a total blast! 800 words due by Monday!

-MKL

Sunday, October 2, 2016

NYC's own Ace Cafe!

All-

This week we hit the road to visit what has become my favorite moto-destination, Two Wheeled Tuesdays at Spiegel in New York City. Tune in to check out this thriving hotspot of motorcyclist camaraderie, atmosphere, and scrumptious food!



-MKL

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Reevu MSX1 Rear View Helmet Review

Hello Everyone-

This week's Moto Mouth delves deep into Reevu's latest MSX1 Rear View Full Face helmet. This lid has a purely mechanical rear view system built into the shell, which allows the rider a continuous 180 degree rear view! Is this functional, or just hype? Tune in to find out!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX2nNpOoZ7U

-MKL

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Changes in the Works...

Big changes coming.

After 22 years I am leaving my "real job" at the end of the month, and moving onto something new and exciting. It will very likely occupy all of my time for the first few months, but I will endeavor to keep on writing and making my videos as usual. Ironically, I think it's the videos that helped get me this new job!






I've got 3 new articles in the works - an in-depth look at Spiegel, which I've determined is in fact the Ace Cafe of the east coast USA, except with far better food. There are so many interesting angles to the story, and the owner of the place is a true enthusiast!

Then, a review of the Stayin' Safe road-riding school, which is coming up the first weekend of October. I just bought another Go-Pro so I can try to film things from multiple angles.

I've also been invited to the formal unveiling of the BMW Scrambler in early October as well. The common denominator in all of these stories is they involve being on-site, so it looks like some of the Moto Mouth videos are going to start being travel / on-location pieces. Let's see if the viewers like it!

We've just surpassed 450 subscribers and almost 22,000 page views as of today. Not bad for a few months!

This Sunday's episode on the Moto Mouth channel https://www.youtube.com/c/motomouthmoshe is going to focus on the Reevu MSX1 rear-view full face helmet. I just submitted the formal article to Thunder Press a few weeks ago, and this video will allow the readers to see what the rider sees as he/she looks backwards. It was very, very difficult to film properly because of all the weird angles involved, but I did the best I could using the Iphone's cam, which seemed to work best.

Tune in this Sunday night by 11pm EST!

-MKL

Sunday, September 18, 2016

#Clearwater Sevina Dimmable LED Light Kit Review

Here it is - I review the biggest, baddest LED light kit in all of motorcycledom - the #Clearwater Sevinas!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClvK33KnLTCwdhhTAwWyBEA

-MKL

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My Motorcycle Relief Project article in Motorcycle Consumer News

Hello All

Every once in awhile, I'm allowed to stretch my legs a little and write about more than just product reviews. Recently, I had the chance to interview some wounded warriors from our armed forces - men who have been through hell and back. Hearing their harrowing stories changed my world perception in profound ways, as did learning about a special charity which has been helping these vets get back on their feet, using the healing power of.... motorcycles. Specifically, GS motorcycles! GS motorcycles - successfully restoring sanity where all the shrinks, the VA, pills, therapy, and everything else completely failed.

I'm proud of this new article called "Winning The Inner Battle," which came out in Motorcycle Consumer News today, and I hope with the publicity it generates, in some small way, I can help these men who have fought for our country and now need us to stand behind them.Thanks to endurance rider Carl Reese for introducing me to MRP Founder Tom Larson at the BMW MOA Das Rally this past July, which allowed me this opportunity!

http://mklsportster.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/mrp.pdf

Tom Larson - Motorcycle Relief Project Founder


-MKL

PS - I know some of you out there were once Motorcycle Consumer News subscribers, and let your subscriptions lapse when things got rocky last year. Good news: The new editor (David Hilgendorf) has been busy getting things fired up again. Page count is back up where it used to be. All the heavyweights are back: David Hough, Fred Rau, Dave Searle, etc. We've got legal and medical perspective in every issue, and now big features like this MRP article and interviews with industry insiders in every issue. MCN is now so much more than just product reviews. Consider resubscribing if you left, because it's shaping up to be better than ever.


Monday, September 12, 2016

#Motoport Racing Gloves review

Hello All-

Here's the latest - Motoport Racing Gloves review. Should be in Motorcycle Consumer News in the next month or two!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUzmfXkzcwU

-MKL

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Coming Up This Sunday.... Motoport Racing Gloves review!


Coming up this Sunday night, I'm going to put the #Motoport Racing Gloves through their paces, and also take the opportunity to talk to my viewers about the development of the Moto Mouth channel on Youtube

I've got a few new projects in the works, and I'm most excited about a profile I'm going to write about Spiegel in NYC. As far as I'm concerned, the East Coast is finally getting its own version of the Ace Cafe. At last!

-MKL


Monday, September 5, 2016

Harley Davidson FXRG Switchback Jacket review....

Hello All-

Here's my functional overview and durability report on the #Harley FXRG Switchback jacket...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9cnGKQqkKI

-MKL

Friday, September 2, 2016

Coming up this Sunday - Harley-Davidson's FXRG Switchback Jacket!


This Sunday's Moto Mouth will focus on Harley's FXRG Switchback jacket, which I originally tested for Thunder Press July 2016. This jacket promises full 4 season performance with traditional American "cruiser jacket" styling. Did it deliver? Tune in https://www.youtube.com/c/motomouthmoshe to find out!

-MKL

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Things Are Rockin' And Rollin'

Hello All-

Things have been crazy busy on the moto-journalism front as of late. I can't remember a happier time professionally in my life. If only I could do this full time, I would be living the dream. Alas, I have obligations which exceed what I can provide from writing. Nevertheless, it's exciting to wake up each day, with so many article ideas floating around in my brain.





















 I assembled this rack in my office and began to populate it with some of the stuff waiting for test or in process of being evaluated. After I took this picture I filled it with the rest of the items, in the order I plan to get to them. Some of it is colder weather gear, so I'll be able to get started on that once fall hits. I love being organized, and moving all this into my office means it's the first thing I see each morning. New fodder for articles and videos!

 



#Scorpion sent over this suit for testing. I've been really impressed with what these guys are doing in the midpriced segment. SAS-Tec armor, nice construction, understated styling.... Every time I get one of their products, I'm reminded how competitive things are out there. When I first started riding, you had to pay an arm and a leg for some of these features. Now, every newbie can afford them.


And in other earth-shattering news, this exhaust header nut FINALLY arrived from DG Exhaust for my YSR50. The poor YSR has been sidelined since May due to a stripped nut, and DG was..... unresponsive, to put it mildly. But, at last, the replacement is here, and theYSR50 is roadworthy again. It's going to be a hoot to ride a few times before the season ends.

 My top secret MCN article will come out in a few weeks - the editors seemed to enjoy it, which was gratifying since I poured my heart into it. I've got a few more in the works right now including finishing up the Scorpion EXO-GT3000 modular helmet test, the MCN Holiday Gift Guide, and a new Shoei Neotec helmet just arrived too.....

-MKL







Sunday, August 28, 2016

Clearwater Erica Dimmable LED Light Kit Functional Overview and Durability Report

Hello All-

Here's Part II of my Clearwater Suite Trilogy: The midsize Ericas on Moto Mouth #14!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_HAvDt8yg0

-MKL

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Coming up this Sunday......

Coming up this Sunday, we've got Part II of the Clearwater LED testing. This time, we're going to focus on the Erica models, which are similar to the Darlas posted two weeks ago - just 3x more powerful! Tune in Sunday by 11pm EST! https://www.youtube.com/c/motomouthmoshe



And don't forget to subscribe!

-MKL

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Coming up this Sunday night....



Going on a short family vaca, so I knocked out Sunday's video last night after work. The channel seems to be getting more views than ever, and people are definitely commenting more. I am trying to broaden the appeal by showing universal products, and Bill Mayer Saddles are definitely universal! Very comfy seats - I will explain why I like them in Sunday's video which will post on my Youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/motomouthmoshe


-MKL

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Clearwater Darla Dimmable LED Light Kit - Moto Mouth #12

Hello All-

Here's my functional overview and durability report on Clearwater's small but mighty Darla Dimmable LED Light Kit, including night testing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU84OBL-skQ

-MKL

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Coming up Sunday night.....



A little teaser for Sunday's Moto Mouth Episode #12!

-MKL

Business Casual - With Padding!






















I've spent the last month commuting in these Aerostich Protekt Khakis. They're a pretty novel idea - cotton twill exterior with generic Dockers styling, and hidden pockets to store TF3 armor pads in the knees. The armor goes in and comes out within seconds, so as soon as you pull into work, you can remove the pads and store them in the tank bag or top case. They're only 10x6 inches, and they're pretty soft and flexible. The seat and knees are fortified with Cordura 500D and a cotton lining inside, so there is some abrasion resistance in the typical crash areas. No hip pads, sadly. The left pic shows the armor inside, and the right shows it removed. Amazingly, they fit over my Sidi boots without looking like bell-bottoms when I get to work and change into loafers. I like these! The final writeup will go to Rider magazine.

In other news, the Helite Turtle Airbag review easily became my most popular video ever, just surpassing over 1,000 views since Sunday night. Good news!

-MKL

Sunday, August 7, 2016

#Helite Turtle Airbag Hi-Viz Vest Review

All-

Here's Moto Mouth #11, a review of Helite's Turtle Airbag vest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI7iFZtuf70

-MKL

Saturday, August 6, 2016


I've been testing this Adaptiv Technologies TPX 2.0 Radar & Laser detector for Motorcycle Consumer News. I don't have the cooperation of the local cops, nor do I own expensive testing equipment, so this one's going to be anecdotal. How? By actively seeking out speed traps in Waze, and purposefully going there. NJ has the highest speeding ticket prices in the nation, and the most speed traps per mile of any state. This is one risky experiment!

-MKL

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

KaBoom!



Yesterday I was working on production for this coming Sunday's video on the Helite Turtle Airbag Hi-Viz vest - essentially, an airbag you can wear over your jacket! What will they think of next?

-MKL

Sunday, July 31, 2016

#Remus Hexacone Titanium Slip-On Exhaust for BMW R1200RT-LC - Moto Mouth #10!


A milestone? 10 episodes already? Yes, indeed! Check it out...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHx50--dYx4

-MKL

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More Arrivals


Here's one from Das Rally - A Reevu full face with an integrated rear view mirror. Nifty idea! It just arrived today. We'll see how it performs on the road. I've been very busy on my top secret article for MCN, and finished draft 1 today after work. It needs some finishing touches and some pictures, but I am hopeful that it will do justice to the subject matter!

-MKL

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Motoport Marathon Kevlar Air Mesh Jacket Review is Up!

The Motoport Marathon jacket review is up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVuUvLy2tIw

I finished the Remus Hexacone video today too - or so I thought - I never plugged the mic into the recorder, so I got all the video, but no sound. Aaaauuuggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

-MKL

Friday, July 22, 2016

Remus Hexacone


The #Remus #Hexacone test is all done and handed in to MCN. It's probably just going to squeak into the September issue, which means I need to hustle if I'm going to make a video for it. The Remus will have to be Episode 10, then. I hope the readers tune into my Youtube channel to hear the pipe for themselves. I'm split on it - I love the extra bark when blasting around the mountain roads and riding more aggressively, but on the highway for my extended commute at speed, I wish I had the stock (quieter) silencer on. It's such a subjective issue.

Still working on my top secret non-product related article and suffering from writer's block and lack of organization in the piece. Usually what I do there is write little parts and then put them together later when my brain starts working again (which it does, on rare occasion.)

-MKL

Monday, July 18, 2016

Buried Alive!

So, it went from running on fumes to overflowing in a matter of weeks, and much more is on the way!

In the hopper right now:

Moto Mouth Moshe Episode #9 - Motoport Marathon Kevlar jacket for this coming Sunday

TPX Radar Detector for Motorcycle Consumer News (installing tomorrow at R1200RT 18k Service!)
SENA 10C Comm for Rider
Remus Hexacone exhaust for Motorcycle Consumer News
Sidi Deep Rain boots for Motorcycle Consumer News
Motoport Racing gloves for Motorcycle Consumer News
Aerostich Utility Pants with TF3 pads for Motorcycle Consumer News
Aerostich Protekt Khakis and Jeans for Motorcycle Consumer News
LD Comfort Base Layers for Motorcycle Consumer News
Admore Lights light bar for Motorcycle Consumer News (installed on my friend Matt's R1200R)
Held Carese II jacket for Motorcycle Consumer News
Scorpion EXO-GT3000 modular helmet for Motorcycle Consumer News
Custom Farkle Bar for R1200RT for Motorcycle Consumer News

And a very special top secret full feature story for MCN that is NOT a product review!

Lots more on the way from new contacts at Das Rally as well. So I'm going to be a busy bee for the next few months!

-MKL

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Moto Mouth Moshe #8 - #Klim #Induction summer glove review

Hello All-

450 miles of NY/PA/NJ twisties on the way home from #DasRally today. Why can't every day be this much fun? I've got a pile of work in front of me now - came home to a few boxes from my friends at #Aerostich and a few other odds and ends. I was running close to dry, and now I've got too much to test!

The new Klim Induction video is up here: 



More soon - I'm exhausted!

-MKL

Saturday, July 16, 2016

#DasRally Day 3!

Das Rally is over, FAR too soon! It was so much fun - everyone was so friendly and helpful. I spent another day with the vendors - no riding today. Can't talk yet about the subject of an upcoming feature article, but I had extensive interviewing to do.

A few more products came in for review, so I've gone from running dry to being overwhelmed with testing to do, not to mention videos for the Moto Mouth channel. Lots and lots of work to do, but first, there is the ride home tomorrow!

Here are some cool bikes from the vintage stand today.....



MKL

Friday, July 15, 2016

#DasRally Day 2!

We managed to tear ourselves away from the vendors for a bit (which was hard) in order to explore upstate NY. Beautiful "invisible" roads all over the place - the stuff of moto-dreams! Here are some pictures from today....


At every BMW Rally, you see an artful example of customized fabrication, like the above. Check out that front brake!


6,000 BMWs - and all is operating like clockwork...


Finally got to hit the road today - and it's fantastic up here!


#DasRally Day 1

What a fun first day at #DasRally!

Met lots of old friends I haven't seen in years, and made some new ones. I spent the whole day talking to vendors about new products and technologies that are going to potentially change motorcycling forever!



 The antique display had loads of awesome old BMW, as well as a WWII experimental Harley with a flat twin engine!


Klaus Hueneke's incredible Munch from Germany...


With Andrew Serbinski of Machineart Moto, and his tricked out R1200RS....


With Jim Morabito of King of Fleece, and photobomb by the legendary motorcycle seat craftsman Rocky Mayer.


With Carl Reese, the Guinness World Records record-holding professional endurance rider....


Glen Stasky of Clearwater Lights....




Small world: I sold my Sapphire Back 2009 R1200RT back in 2014, and its current owner somehow recognized my 2015 RT in the parking lot and snapped this picture of the two bike together!

Hopefully, today we'll get some riding in....

-MKL

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Made It To Hamburg for #DasRally!

Hello All-

400+ miles of pure backroads through NJ/PA/NY, and we finally arrived in Hamburg around 7:30pm. So many BMWs swarming around in this little town. It got me thinking - I haven't been to an MOA rally since 2006! I rode in and camped with my then-girlfriend (now wife - 2 kids later!) We got soaked that year....

 
Today was fun, but exhausting. We only took a few pics on the way in....






Testing the SENA 10C on this trip, so hopefully I'll have some videos soon. I'm going to sleep now - busy day tomorrow!

-MKL




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America #DasRally - Heading Up Tomorrow!


At last! Das Rally has arrived. My friend Matt (2013 R1200R) and I are taking off tomorrow at 8am. Matt is into routing, and has designed a 12 hour route to take us all the way to Hamburg, NY with zero highway. I have no idea how he did it, but I'm happy to follow along. I'll be posting plenty of pics and info from the rally, especially on Facebook

-MKL

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Arrivals - Scorpion EXO-GT3000

Hello All-

The Motoport Kevlar Air Mesh Overpants video generated more questions and feedback than any other so far - good! That means I should do the jacket soon, too. A #Scorpion EXO-GT3000 modular helmet showed up today as well. It's very comfy so far, and I can't wait to put it through its paces.



But most of all, I can't wait to go to #DasRally in Hamburg, NY. The BMW-MOA's annual rally is going to be so much fun! Over 100 vendors, old friends, and new folks I'm anxious to meet from our forum discussions. Just one day left before we depart!

-MKL