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ColorRite Touch-Up Paint: Color me red

ColorRite Touch-Up Paint

A while back, I dropped my 2012 FLD Switchback. Without going into a lot of detail, let’s just say that the road surface was quite rough and the left bag got the worst of the damage. When I got home I called the local Harley dealer and found that a new bag would cost hundreds, not including the paint, with ...

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SplitWeight Waterproof Motorcycle Seat Cover: Rain, rain go away

However, if I want to ride the bike with the cover on, I affix it using the hook-and-loop straps, which offer a snugger fit.

A big storm was brewing, and I placed my seat rain cover on my FXD before I retired for the evening. When I went down to the hotel parking lot after breakfast, the cover was nowhere to be found. Apparently the high winds that accompanied the prior night’s heavy rains had lifted the cover right off the seat and blown ...

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Harley-Davidson Eclipse Triple Vent System Jacket

Instead of the usual product review where we start out with a pristine new item photographed for your visual enlightenment, we decided to take the new Triple Vent System jacket out for a test ride first to see how it weathered the miles. Having been delivered to your duly-appointed THUNDER PRESS wrecking, er, testing crew, we knew our readers would ...

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National Cycle Gladiator Windshield: Stealthy and versatile

National Cycle Gladiator Windshield FXDB

I’m not a fan of windshields. All pros aside, I undeniably favor the clean and uncluttered look on the front of motorcycles. However, I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but Minnesota breezes can be a real bitch, and long hauls exploring the state or even hour-plus early morning commutes lend nicely to the idea of blocking some ...

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Harley-Davidson Sissy Bar Backpack: Cavernous companion

Harley-Davidson Premium Luggage Sissy Bar Backpack

The term “backpack” was coined in the U.S. in the early 1900’s, though similar over-the-shoulder hauling devices have been used since ancient times. Some hunter-gatherers used backpacks to carry equipment and, if lucky, their prey. When captured game was too big, they’d sever limbs and distribute the pieces among the group’s packs to carry back to camp (thanks, Google). It’s ...

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Oil Bud Oil Cooler

Oil Bud Oil Cooler

Over the years, Harley-Davidson Twin Cam motor temperatures have gotten higher and higher due to more restrictive EPA standards. Harley has had to run their motors with leaner and leaner fuel mixtures to meet these standards. When I had my 2001 Heritage the oil temperature rarely got above 200 degrees. Fast-forward to today and it is not uncommon to see ...

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CruzTOOLS SPEEDKIT Compact Tool Kit

CruzTOOLS SPEEDKIT Compact Tool Kit

Gone are the days when Harley-Davidson included a basic toolkit with your motorcycle purchase. When I bought my first Harley, I knew I wanted to carry tools, and before I had a chance to figure out what I needed, someone near and dear to me bought me a CruzTOOLS tool kit. It had pretty much everything I could possibly need ...

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Rev’It Sand 2 rain suit

Rev'It Sand 2 rain suit

If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While somewhat of an exaggeration, riding in the Northeast requires being prepared for rapid changes in weather and temperature. Since it’s awkward packing several jackets and pants for each trip, I’ve been on a quest to discover the ultimate riding suit. New materials have allowed an evolution in riding gear and ...

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Duluth Trading Co. Winter Work Gloves

Duluth Trading Co. Winter Work Gloves

I lose gloves. I don’t feel as badly when a pair comes up missing because I naively assume some lucky soul has found both of them. More often than not, I’m simply left with a spare glove—right or left, what does it matter?—that is rendered completely useless for anything other than kitchen duty as an oven mitt. Now this hurts ...

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LS2 OF569 Helmet

LS2 OF569 open-face helmet

As a rider that has bought helmets for cheapest DOT compliance, I don’t know much about helmet amenities. What seems new and brilliant to my experience with the cheapest thing carrying a DOT decal may be old news to everybody else. So, I am going to continue on with enthusiasm about the features of the LS2 OF569 model open-face helmet ...

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