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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 »

Zero Motorcycles Launches New Accessories and Apparel Line

Zero Top Box and Rack Kit, designed by Givi.

Press Release
June 18, 2013

Zero Motorcycles, a leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced an all-new line-up of accessories and apparel. Designed to meet the needs of Zero’s electric rider base, Zero is offering new accessories from premium lockable hard case luggage to heated grips and seats. The accessories... 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 »

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