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Piloti has made a name for itself in the automotive world developing performance-oriented shoes that combine features specific to heel-and-toe driving with pedestrian comfort, styling and everyday practicality. Now, the company is looking to gain a foothold in the two-wheel segment with the Moto800.

Named in reference to the current engine displacement in MotoGP, the MotoSOO (available in five colors; half sizes 7-12, full sizes 13-15) is a general-purpose, mid-height leather boot that functions equally well for riding, driving or walking.

An obvious motorcycle-centric feature is the hook-and-loop-backed midfoot spat that covers the laces to prevent their tangling with brake or shift levers. This same flap also helps to seal out the elements. Tec-Tuff leather and top-of-toe padding guards against shifter abrasion. The thick rubber sole with its sculpted, footpeg-friendly arch incorporates Piloti's patented dual-density Roll Control heel.

While this tallish lace-up is more difficult to slip into than many other ankle-height boots currently on the market, it offers a very secure fit. Void of armor or plastic buck-

Dr. Brux Sports Bite

Grind out laps, not your teeth

Do you clench or grind your teeth when participating in physically demanding activities, such as riding motocross? You're not alone. Some researchers claim that doing so over long periods may stretch your jaw muscles and even hinder your ability to chew properly. Who wants that?

The Dr. Brux Sports Bite is a dual-compound plastic mouthpiece that puts a 3mm-thick layer of protection between top and bottom teeth, thus preventing direct contact. The softer of the two compounds fits over the lower gums and teeth; the harder layer provides a flat surface against which upper teeth can smoothly slide back and forth.

Instructions are simple. Step 1: Submerge in boiling water for 18 seconds (any longer and the Bite may deform irreparably). Step 2: Place over bottom teeth, clamping jaw shut and inhaling sharply to create a vacuum. Hold for 1 minute. Step 3: Ride. If you don't achieve an ideal fit first time around, simply repeat the process. Fit can be fine-tuned with a pair of scissors.

Despite taking up some of the space in your mouth normally occupied by the tip of your tongue, the Bite is surprisingly comfortable. It stays in place, too.

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