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Splitweight Waterproof Motorcycle Seat Cover Review

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Jerry Smith
January 29, 2013

It’s the day of your big ride, and you awake to the sound of rain falling gently outside. You gulp down a cup of coffee and, with the skies clearing, you suit up, walk out to the bike—and find a pool of water on the seat. Now is when you’d usually go back inside, grab a wad of paper towels and... Read more »

Progressive Suspension 465 Shock Absorber and Fork Springs (2002 Honda ST1100) Review

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Clement Salvadori
January 3, 2013

A lot of things wear out on a motorcycle. Oil gets old, tires need changing, and the longer you keep a bike the more things need replacing. Like suspension units, which generally involve springs and damping devices. Despite the minor miracles of modern metallurgy, springs do get a little less springy... Read more »

Ninja 1000 Touring Accessories

Overlooking Yosemite’s Half Dome.

Greg Drevenstedt
January 2, 2013

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories can transform the Ninja 1000 from a day-ride sportbike into a days-on-the-road sport tourer. The Givi-made, 35-liter-each saddlebags ($594.95, plus $534.95 for mounts) with color-matched trim panels ($129.95) look like they were made for the bike, and they are easy to open,... Read more »

Cargol Turn & Go Flat Repair Kit Review

Cargol Turn & Go Flat Repair Kit

Jerry Smith
November 7, 2012

Along with better handling, cooler running and longer tread life, one of the less-appreciated advantages of tubeless tires is that if you get a flat, you can put in a temporary plug without even taking the wheel off the bike and ride slowly to a shop to have a permanent plug installed. Of all the emergency... Read more »

Condor Pit Stop/Trailer Stop Wheel Chock Review

The Condor Pit Stop/Trailer Stop holds the motorcycle securely in place, allowing it to stand up on its own.

Greg Drevenstedt
October 29, 2012

Dozens and dozens of motorcycles pass through our doors every year. Test bikes arrive in vans, get transferred on trailers, get stored in “the cage” at the office and in our garages at home, and leave in the beds of pickup trucks. We’re awash in Battery Tender wires and tie-down straps. Typically,... Read more »

Wunderlich BMW GS Bolt-Ons Review

Wunderlich BMW GS Bolt-Ons: Lever Guard

Mark Tuttle
October 5, 2012

There is some irony involved in riding a heavy adventure tourer offroad that is fitted with scads of bars, plates and screens to prevent damage when you inevitably dump it…rather than just riding a lighter dual-sport or dirt bike in the first place. Adventure touring usually means connecting long stretches... Read more »

Willie & Max Motorcycle Touring Upgrade Kit

Ken Stout of Willie & Max installed the bags, fairing and radio in about 2.5 hours.

Bill Stermer
September 21, 2012

(This Gearlab item was published in the November 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) If you ride a bare-bones metric cruiser, you may wish that your bike were better equipped for touring with a full fairing and hard-shell saddlebags. To address this need, the folks at Willie & Max in Manitowoc, Wisconsin,... Read more »

Butler Motorcycle Maps Review

Butler Motorcycle Maps

Greg Drevenstedt
August 14, 2012

The first music video ever played on MTV, at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, was for a song by the Buggles called “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Despite the dire prediction of an oddball British New Wave duo, radio stations and pop/country/rap/rock/etc. stars survived. Eight-track players went the... Read more »

Sena SMH10 Bluetooth Headset/Intercom Review

Sena SMH10 Bluetooth Headset/Intercom

Joe Michaud
August 9, 2012

Wireless Bluetooth motorcycle bike-to-bike headset/passenger intercom units continue to improve. New technology advances the breed and the pace of progress quickens. But does the ad hype on the box accurately describe the real-world performance of the gear inside? The Sena SMH10 incorporates some of... Read more »

Shad SH48 Top Case and SH43 Side Cases Review

Shad SH48 Top Case and SH43 Side Cases

Donya Carlson
July 6, 2012

(This Gearlab item was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Last year I bought a Suzuki V-Strom 650, which is even better now that I’ve added SHAD’s large-capacity SH48 Top Case and SH43 Side Cases. These solid, premium hard cases are aerodynamic, well finished and of obvious high... Read more »

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