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Soul Rider: Challenge to the psyche

Facing Fear and Finding Redemption on a Harley by Carolyn Fox Skyhorse Publishing, $11.55, 263pp. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent booksellers In the course of every life, few dodge the ups, downs and points between. It can be a wild ride, regardless of conveyance. The difference between the baggage author Carolyn Fox packed for the road and ...

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Cruise Drive Smooth Shift Kit: Smooth operator

BAKER Drivetrain $399 P/N 602-CD6 bakerdrivetrain.com The Milwaukee-Eight engine, introduced in the model year 2017 Touring bikes, came with a redesigned clutch and enhanced transmission, which together produce a powerful package outshining anything that’s come before. However, as I learned shortly after I acquired my 2017 Road King, there’s still room for improvement, specifically in the realm of “finding neutral.” ...

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Black Classic Pac-A-Derms: Protection perfection

Big Bike Parts $119.95 P/N HD90-117BK bigbikeparts.com When I bought my Road King last autumn, it wasn’t long before the weather turned cold and I started looking for solutions to help me keep warm while on the bike. The first thing I did was purchase a set of soft lowers to put onto the front engine guards, hoping to keep ...

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One-Piece LowDown Touring Seat: The king of comfort

Mustang Motorcycle Seats $529 P/N 79700 mustangseats.com With the arrival of my brand-new 2017 Road King came the realization I needed a seat that would allow me to ride all day, for hundreds of miles, in comfort. I’ve used Mustang seats on my motorcycles ever since I bought my first Sportster in 1999, so choosing another Mustang was a no-brainer. ...

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The Fairing Xchange: It’s an inside job

The Fairing Xchange Electra Glide inner fairings $350–$549 (depending on year and color) Road Glide inner fairings $450–$799 (depending on year and color) Harley Trike model inner fairings $450–$549 thefairingxchange.com 904.589.5253 Mother Nature sometimes shows her power on the finish of your motorcycle. Touring models with a fairing have the option of getting a plain inner fairing or one that ...

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Bugslide: It’s All About the Slide

BugSlide 4 oz. Travel kit $10 www.bugslide.com A few months ago I ran across an ad for a cleaning product I hadn’t seen before. It wasn’t just the cool graphics of the creepy green bug with red eyes on the label that caught my eye, but the catchy name, BugSlide, is what made me want to check it out. Yeah, ...

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The world at a glance

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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