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Motorcycle Parts + Accessories + Luggage: Reviews
Rider‘s Parts & Accessories section includes motorcycle luggage reviews, air-compressors, DVDs, cruise control units, tool kits, air mattresses and basically anything else you might want to attach to your motorcycle or use as an accessory to your motorcycle adventure. Browse for yourself of pick out a gift for a friend; every rider who loves riding can take joy in acquiring a new toy.

Deep Lube 2 Review: It’s Almost A Miracle

Deep Lube 2

Ken Aiken
July 26, 2013

It’s easy to excited by this product—if you’re a mechanic. Compared to the familiar product in the blue can, Deep Lube 2 has better penetration and far greater lubrication properties. Furthermore, it contains no Teflon, silicon, graphite, fluorocarbons, or turpentine, which makes it suitable for... Read more »

Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through New England, Fourth Edition

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Clement Salvadori
July 19, 2013

I got back from a ten-day trip to New England and found a copy of Ken Aiken’s book in the mail. Dang! I wish I had brought it with me! I would have made some deviations in my brief six-state ride. Ken knows his territory well. Not that I’m a stranger to New England. I grew up there, perfected my... Read more »

Wunderlich Symmetrical Luggage Kit BMW R 1200 GS Review

Hepco & Becker Xplorer 40-liter side cases and 45-liter top case look the part on the R 1200 GS.

Mark Tuttle
July 9, 2013

BMW’s R 1200 GS is almost ideal for extended solo trips. For two-up riding, however, the factory’s expanding Vario luggage option doesn’t quite cut it, particularly if you’re camping. Space is robbed from the left bag by the bike’s upswept muffler so that, even fully expanded, the saddlebags... Read more »

Original Grip Buddies Super Sharkskin Motorcycle Grips Review

Attach the adhesive strip to the bike’s grip so the seam lines up with the crotch of your thumb. Wrap the strip around the grip and mate the hook-and-loop materials. Confirm that your throttle operates normally. Go ride.

Scott A. Williams
July 3, 2013

Some OEM handgrips are too hard. Others feel too narrow. Many let too much vibration channel through to your hands. One solution is to replace your OEM grips with aftermarket ones, but if you have factory heated grips that’s not a workable option because the heating element is typically built into... Read more »

RKA 24.5-Liter Expandable Shiloh Road Motorcycle Tank Bag and Saddlebag Liners Review

RKA 24.5 Liter Expandable Shiloh Road Tank Bag

Bill Stermer
June 26, 2013

The perfect traveling companion for any sport tourer is a versatile tankbag and a set of saddlebags liners. The former sits on the tank and holds extra gloves, a snack, energy drink and your map—or increasingly, a GPS unit and much more. The liner bags fit snugly inside your saddlebags, utilizing much... Read more »

Omni-Cruise Motorcycle Throttle Lock Review

Omni-Cruise Throttle Lock.

Jerry Smith
June 26, 2013

There’s a difference between twisting a throttle and holding it open for hours on end. The first is part of the fun of riding, and the second can be a real pain. If you want genuine cruise control, start looking at high-buck sport-touring bikes. But if all you’re looking for is some temporary relief... Read more »

Adrian Sports/Chase Harper 6XM Motorcycle Tankpac Review

Adrian Sports/Chase Harper 6XM Motorcycle Tankpac

Clement Salvadori
June 7, 2013

Riders have been carrying stuff on top of their gas tanks for as long as there have been motorcycles, and the array of tankbags on the market is large, everything from teeny-tiny to humongous. The latest from Adrian Sports/Chase Harper is a good mid-size container. Chase Harper is an old name, dating... Read more »

Race Tech Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators Review

Fork with components laid out in orientation and order of assembly: D-Rod with bottom retaining bolt; GVE/Adapter; RT Fork Spring; PVC Spring Spacer with washers.

Bill Stermer
June 5, 2013

A vintage bike is a two-edged sword. On the one hand is the joy of having other riders come over and say, “Nice bike! What year is it?” On the other are the problems associated with vintage electrics, vintage reliability, vintage suspension and anti-stop brakes. My old bike of choice is a 1976 BMW... Read more »

Touratech Motorcycle Suspension Review

Touratech’s hydraulic preload adjustment spans 15mm (vs. the typical 8-10mm) to handle a greater load range.

Mark Tuttle
May 30, 2013

Adventure-touring motorcycles are often burdened with heavy luggage and accessories, then subjected to a fair amount of abuse when they’re taken to all of those adventurous places. In most cases, the bike’s original-equipment suspension is just barely up to the task; in more extreme instances it... Read more »

Motorcycle Windshield Buyers Guide

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Bill Stermer
May 7, 2013

We like to fantasize that motorcycling is all about the wind in your hair and your knees in the breeze, but when you come right down to it, there can be too much of a good thing. Like the wind…pushing against you at 60-70 mph for hour after relentless hour…in the cold…in the rain. To counteract... Read more »

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