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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.

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 »

HyperPro Motorcycle Shock and Fork Springs Review

HyperPro Motorcycle Shock

Arden Kysely
May 7, 2013

It’s the rare motorcycle that leaves the showroom with stellar suspension, and my 2009 BMW F 800 GS is no exception. The stock male-slider fork is non-adjustable and the rear shock allows fiddling only with spring preload and compression damping. The kicker (literally) is that BMW’s ideal rider weighs... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s H-D1 Program

I found the two-up seat to be very comfy, but the rear part did not get high points from my passenger.

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2013

The Street Bob is the least expensive of Harley’s big twins at $12,999, but it and the Sportster 1200 Custom can be ordered with enough options using the HD-1 program to take them in many directions, be it even more custom cruiser, cruiser tourer or something in between. You choose from the factory... Read more »

AltRider Crash Bars and Luggage Rack Review

AltRider Crash Bars and Luggage Rack

Arden Kysely
May 3, 2013

Adventure bikes like my BMW F 800 GS roll out of the factory ready to blast into the boonies loaded with camping gear, food and spares—or so you would think. Truth is, they need some accessories to be fully functional. The top items on my list are crash protection for the inevitable rough-country tipovers,... Read more »

Digital Online Service Manuals Available Through Cyclepedia Press

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Rider Magazine Staff
April 18, 2013

Cyclepedia Press creates digital online service manuals for motorcycle, scooters and ATVs. To create its manuals, the company strips a bike down and takes pictures during the process, then writes a service manual using all the factory specs, etc. The majority of the nearly 100 manuals currently available... Read more »

High-Tech Bags: Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide

Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide.

Bill Stermer
April 5, 2013

Some years ago, as part of the seminars I conducted at motorcycle rallies, I described how it was possible to carry many useful items on tour in a small bag affixed to your bike’s fuel tank. There would be a map displayed right there under your snoot in the convenient map pouch, and inside the tankbag... Read more »

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem Review

Scottoiler Chain Oiler eSystem

Joe Michaud
April 3, 2013

All chain-oiling systems promise to extend chain life and lessen maintenance. They all have their own interpretation of how to best accomplish this enviable task cleanly enough to improve upon the manual procedure. I once tested five systems of varying complication over a five-month period; hands down,... Read more »

Suzuki V-Strom 650 Project Bike

This looks like a working motorcycle, like a quarter horse is a working horse! It sits right, it’s practical and the author is relaxed and comfortable on it.

Peter Starr
February 1, 2013

For some, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 is complete right out of the box. My 2008 model, though one of the most practical and ergonomically pleasing bikes I have ever owned, seemed to be begging for modification. The chance of my ever riding it off-road is slim to none, so I set about improving it for medium-... Read more »

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