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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 »

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 »

Öhlins Steering Damper Bracket Recall

Ohlins Bracket Recall

Rider Magazine Staff
August 15, 2013

Öhlins Racing AB has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in the aftermarket steering dampers SD033/SD038 for the BMW S 1000 RR, and SD037 for the BMW R 1200 R. Öhlins Racing AB is recalling all affected aftermarket steering damper brackets of these models to rectify the... 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 »

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 »

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