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Zipper’s Performance Red Shift Cams and D&D Fat Cat Exhaust: A powerful combo

The D&D Fat Cat 2:1 exhaust cut flows with the lines of the Switchback, and lend to the power improvements from the Zipper's products just installed

Around this time last year, the Zipper’s Performance tech team at their headquarters in Elkridge, Maryland, installed the ThunderMax with AutoTune EFI controller and a Zipper’s HiFlow Air Filter Kit in my 2012 Switchback. The horsepower and torque boost was considerable, and I was very happy with the bike’s snappy performance. Installing a set of Zipper’s Red Shift Cams seemed ...

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Bell Helmets Pit Boss: Perfect fit and flawless finish

Bell Helmets Pit Boss

I’ve got to be one of the fussiest people around when it comes to helmets. Once I find one that I’m happy with, I tend to use it much longer than the three to five years recommended by many experts. But over the past few years, the lining in the helmet I’d been wearing had gotten compressed, making the helmet ...

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Scavenger Total Oil Change System: Dripping the puck

Rogue Chopper's Scavenger Total Oil Change System

I’m not sure why I put off getting my hands on a Scavenger Total Oil Change System these past several years. Maybe it was because the process required me to pull the oil return line out of my oil bag, or maybe I was just skeptical about how effective the product could really be. After checking out the instruction videos ...

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Survival Straps

Harley-Davidson-branded Survival Straps bracelet

The mission for Survival Straps is simple: “to make high-quality gear for the general public that supports America’s heroes and those who need help.” Available in more than 50,000 color combinations and handfuls of special collections, Survival Straps bracelets are not only designed to make a fashion statement, but to also potentially save your hide should you find yourself in ...

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Harley-Davidson Soft Lowers: Soft touch

Harley-Davidson Soft Lowers

After spending an inordinate amount of time slogging through downpours, I decided to research options for helping my beloved Street Glide keep a tidier appearance and try to keep me a little drier in the process. A readily available option was the strap-on set of Soft Lowers sold online or at the local H-D dealership. The pair of left and ...

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Harley-Davidson FXRG-5 boots: Feet in the clouds

Harley-Davidson FXRG-5 boots

Anyone who’s experienced blisters or sore feet after a long day hoofing it around a rally or bike show knows how important a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes can be. About two years ago I had a joint fusion on my big toe that included insertion of a three-inch titanium plate on top of my inner left foot. Thus, ...

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Firstgear Heated Apparel

Shadow wearing the Firstgear women's Heated Jacket Liner, women's Heated Pants and holding the Remote Dual Heat Troller

This winter has brought the Northeast U.S. some of the worst weather in decades. From the near-constant snowstorms, freezing rain and the swirling, frigid winds of the polar vortex, it’s an understatement to say that the weather hasn’t been very conducive to motorcycling. Most winters I can get away with layering clothing underneath wind- and waterproof outerwear, but when the ...

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Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System

Vertix Raptor-i Audio Communications System

The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that we expect of a Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. For tour guides, couples that like to chat during long rides, those who suffer anxiety when separated from their cell phones for more than a few minutes, riders who want robotic voices to give directions and individuals who desire tunes for ...

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Hippo Hands: A dome for your digits

Hippo Hands

Living in Port Orchard, Washington, as I do, if one doesn’t ride in wet and/or cold weather, one does not ride. Even though I’m fully equipped with heated jacket liner and gloves, once the gloves get wet there’s not much warmth available for the hands. On a recent four-day solo ride on some of my favorite northeastern Oregon roads, temperatures ...

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Klock Werks Billboard Flare Windshield: Smooth sailing

Klock Werks Billboard Flare Windshield

My 2000 FXD and 2012 FLD both sport detachable windshields that I use for long-distance riding. The windshields do a fair job of keeping rain and debris off my face and upper torso, however, they act like sails while riding in high winds. This results in my having to fight the front end to stay in a straight line, and ...

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