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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.

Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag Review

Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag

Greg Drevenstedt
November 27, 2013

Kappa is new, lower-priced brand of motorcycle luggage and accessories that is made in Italy and is a subsidiary of Givi. Tour & Ride is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kappa products, which includes hard and soft luggage, apparel and bolt-on motorcycle accessories. One of Kappa’s more unique... Read more »

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly Review

Harbor Freight Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly

Dave Bucher
November 26, 2013

(Editor’s Note: addendum at bottom added on March 11, 2014) Problem: Storing and accessing your precious motorcycle in a small garage that’s full of stuff. Solution: Harbor Freight’s Haul-Master (Item 95896) Low Profile Motorcycle Dolly. I bought mine in 2007 to handle the dreaded chore of... Read more »

HeliBars Horizon LST Multi-Adjustable Handlebars for GL1800 Review

HeliBars Horizon LST

Greg Drevenstedt
November 8, 2013

HeliBars Horizon LST Multi-Adjustable Handlebars for GL1800 When I tested a set of HeliBars Horizon ST (Sport Touring) multi-adjustable handlebars two years ago, they were available only for the Kawasaki Concours 14 (Rider, October 2011). Heli Modified, Inc. has since expanded the fitment range to include... Read more »

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset Review

Sena SMH10R Bluetooth Headset

Mark Tuttle
October 8, 2013

Sena’s SMH10 and SMH5 Bluetooth headsets are as easy to use as they come. The key to their success is the “Jog Dial,” a big round knob that is both a button and a dial that lets you push-to-talk and enable and disable all of the other functions with a single control. The jog dial is mounted on... Read more »

MRA VarioScreen Style VNB Review

MRA VarioScreen Style VNB

Jerry Smith
October 8, 2013

About the best you can hope for from a small windscreen is to blunt some of the wind and bugs the road throws at you. Ask much more than that, and you’re usually looking at a larger, more expensive screen. At first glance, MRA’s VNB VarioScreen is designed to do the minimum necessary to call itself... Read more »

BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2013

When Paul Beck test rode a new BMW R 1200 GS back in 2007, he knew he had to have one. A few months later, he went to BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County (BMWVC), handed over the keys to his heavier, less powerful R 1150 GS and rode home on a brand-new 1200. Paul has worked his GS like a mule ever since,... Read more »

Öhlins TTX Shocks for BMW R 1200 GS

Ohlins TTX36 front shock

Greg Drevenstedt
September 26, 2013

The stock front and rear shocks on the BMW R 1200 perform well most of the time, but their range of adjustment is limited and they can become overwhelmed by heavy loads or extreme riding conditions. Paul Beck, whose 2007 R 1200 GS project bike was featured in our October issue, is bigger (6-foot-4, 300-plus... Read more »

Bill Mayer Saddles Custom Motorcycle Seat for Triumph Bonneville Review

Bill Mayer Saddles Custom Motorcycle Seat for Triumph Bonneville.

Jerry Smith
August 6, 2013

I’m at that age where the things I enjoyed when I was younger exert an irresistible pull on me. One result of this is that I bought a 2012 Triumph Bonneville earlier this year. The bike’s styling drew me to it, and its performance and handling reeled me in. But one part of the classic experience... Read more »

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

New-England-cover

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 »

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