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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.

Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box Review

Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box

Greg Drevenstedt
October 6, 2015

In the 1990 film Crazy People, the late, great Dudley Moore plays an ad executive who, following a nervous breakdown, creates a series of blunt, truthful advertisements. The movie was terrible, but the tagline for a Volvo ad was unforgettable: “They’re boxy but they’re good.” The same can be... Read more »

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review

Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
October 2, 2015

Aren’t tank bags about the handiest piece of luggage you can put on a bike? They sit there, out of the way but within immediate reach, holding all the things you need to keep at hand. Dowco’s tank bag from its Fastrax brand’s Backroads collection did just that for me on a three-day, 1,600-mile... Read more »

Throttle Brakes, the Next Best Thing to Cruise Control


Jerry Smith
September 8, 2015

Unless you ride a bike with standard-equipment cruise control, you’ve probably gotten an urgent message from your right wrist at some point during a long trip telling you it’s time to stop and take a break. Throttle brakes are a cheap and easy way to give those aching muscles some relief without... Read more »

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag

Arden Kysely
August 10, 2015

Cortech provided the on-bike storage for our long-term Honda CB1100 from its Super 2.0 line of luggage. The 18-liter tank bag with magnetic attachment sits atop the bike’s steel fuel cell, while a 24-liter tail bag rides pillion. Together, they provide enough hauling capacity for grocery stops or day... Read more »

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) DVD and Map Review

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) documentary DVD, by Noren Films.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

Kicking up dust on the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). (Photo by Jon Beck) A couple of years ago, with two friends, I completed Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR), a 750-mile, north-south mostly off-road route from California to Washington through the central and eastern... Read more »

National Cycle Street Shield EX Review

National Cycle Street Shield EX

Arden Kysely
July 10, 2015

A bike like the Honda CB1100 is ready for action right off the showroom floor, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a few accessories to customize it for an owner’s purposes. A lot of riders would start with wind protection on a naked standard. Why beat yourself up when a securely fastened slab of... Read more »

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Review

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2015

AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Pulling the fuses under the seat is the easiest way to disable the ABS on a Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, but I found out you can also do it by crashing in 4th gear. Such was my fate when, cruising down a gravel road in Death Valley, I hit a pit of deep sand and started swapping... Read more »

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Review

Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System

Scott A. Williams
July 2, 2015

I’ve been disappointed by the sound quality of wireless, in-helmet communication systems. Sena’s 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth (4.0) Communication System has the best sound quality I’ve found in a wireless comm system, plus sophisticated features. You can make hands-free calls from your iPhone or Android... Read more »

Motion Pro Spinner T-Handle & Magnetic Nut Driver Bits Review


Arden Kysely
June 16, 2015

Anyone that’s used a T-handle driver knows how versatile they are. Motion Pro’s spinning handle makes them handier yet. Their Spinner T-Handle Bit Driver has been at the top of my toolbox the last few months and I’ve reached for it often while working on my bikes. So far it’s been handy for body... Read more »

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America

Scott A. Williams
June 3, 2015

BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America If your liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT tips over, contact with terra firma gets expensive. The valve covers and panniers stick out, and damage from parts gouged or broken due to impact quickly runs into four figures. Ouch. Engine bars that protect the jugs are... Read more »

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