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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


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 »

Splitweight Waterproof Motorcycle Seat Cover Review


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


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 »

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