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Tank Mount Speedometer/Tachometer #MVX- 2011, $499.95 Oil Pressure Sender #SEN-1039, $119.95 Dakota Digital dakotadigital.com Reviewed by Shadow The tank-mount gauge found on my 2012 FLD Switchback as well as many other late-model Harley-Davidsons is a wondrous thing. With just a quick flick of a “key cap” (the switch on the left grip housing that sounds the horn), one can cycle ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special FLHRXS: Back in black

Daytona Beach, Fla.—The introduction of the original Road King in 1994 was a game changer for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. One might even successfully argue that it set the stage for the bagger craze that rages until this day. And while the powerplant for this model has seen a broad spectrum of engine designs and displacements during the last two ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod: Urban bullet

Daytona Beach, Fla.—While mid-year new model bike reveals are not unusual these days, the location that The Motor Company selected was—Daytona Beach, smack dab in the middle of Speed Week. Only after Harley released a news bulletin announcing the new Street Rod 750 would be debuting alongside its race-bred cousin, the XG750R, during the revitalized flat-track series (beginning with the ...

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Men’s Sully 3-in-1 Convertible Mesh Jacket: The best jacket I didn’t know I needed

Men’s Sully 3-in-1 Convertible Mesh Jacket Harley-Davidson P/N 98176-17VM $265-$290 harley-davidson.com Reviewed by Robert Filla At the start of my initiation into riding, my friends and I pressed a variety of wardrobe pieces into service. And while the standard military field jacket fell within our budgets, it was a minimal solution. The Holy Grail for all riders of course was ...

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Harley-Davidson Knucklehead: Eighty Years: An expert’s perspective on perfection

By Greg Field Motorbooks Hardbound, 200 pages $50 (but available for less). Available now from quality book sellers and the usual internet sources www.quartoknows.com Reviewed by Kip Woodring “Anorak” /ˈænəræk/ is British slang which refers to a person who has a very strong interest, perhaps obsessive, in niche subjects. This interest may be unacknowledged or not understood by the general ...

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Nolan N104 EVO helmet: Bellissimo Casco

Beautiful things come from Italy: Maserati, Sophia Loren, lobster-filled ravioli with foie gras and saffron. And this beauty, the Nolan N104 EVO helmet, even makes me look good. The N-104 is what Nolan refers to as the evolution of modular helmets, beginning with the first and original N-100 back in 1998. And this line certainly has evolved during that timeframe, ...

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STX36D Blackline Shock Absorbers: Control and comfort

Until recently, I was pretty happy with the set of aftermarket shocks that had been installed when my 2000 FXD was nearly new. However, when the shocks started to leak (my fault—I never had them serviced), it was an opportunity to try something new—the Öhlins STX36D Shock Absorbers. Öhlins is known as a top-of-the-line company founded in 1976 that provides ...

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Lithium Ion Battery: Traveling Light

BikeMaster DLFP-30L-BS $319.95 Bikemaster.com Electronic advancements during the last 20 years have propelled motorcycles into an era of techno gadgetry unimagined by our fathers. With more innovative farkels being unveiled on a weekly basis, power requirements constantly tax both charging and storage systems. Toss in extra cubic inches and high-compression engines and you have a recipe for potential failure when ...

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The Amazing Victor McLaglen Motor Corps: Trophies and thrills

The Amazing Victor McLaglen Motor Corps: The History of the Oldest Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team in the World 1935–2014 by Ruth H. Fisher thevmmc.com $18.47 Reviewed by Wendell Perry Who was Victor McLaglen and how did he become involved with a motorcycle stunt team? What is it like to ride a speeding motorcycle through a tunnel of fire? How ...

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DARKshift lenses: Looking good

7eye $180 www.7eye.com Joe cools, jeepers creepers where did you get those peepers? Or as we called them in the service—catch me, “feel” me-glasses. I’m paraphrasing on that last one. No matter what you call them we all depend on, and use, some sort of eye protection when we ride. If you’re like me sunglasses are downright necessary. I, along ...

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