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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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Shorai Lithium LFX #3 Series Battery: Pint-size powerhouse

90 degree L-brackets allow for either front or side connections—or just mount your cables flush onto the brass terminals

Back when I first started riding, if I went out and both my brake light and headlight were working, I figured it a good omen. After all, 12-volt electrics were still in their infancy and an electric-start Harley was a novelty. That was the main reason they retained a kicker for so many years—backup for an unproven product. And although ...

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Harley-Davidson Lynx boots

Harley-Davidson Lynx riding boots

Choosing a suitable riding boot starts with ticking off the various desirable properties found on the myriad of possibilities and then deciding which of those properties are your priorities in customary use. Put succinctly, those properties include an appealing appearance, comfortable fit, rugged abrasion resistance, weather protection—particularly warmth and waterproofing—and surefooted traction for grip on the footboards and confident trekking ...

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Grip Switch Garage Door Opener

Grip Switch Garage Door Opener

At the end of a long trip or ride when the sun is showing its last traces of golden fiery glow on the horizon, you roll into your driveway, put the kickstand down and ruin the mood and the view by having to fumble with your garage door to park your bike. Up until recently I overcame that by keeping ...

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Drag Specialties Saddle Bag Liners

Drag Specialties Saddle Bag Liners

If you’re anything like me, you have a lot of crap crammed in your saddlebags. It’s important crap, too. Stuff like gloves, sunscreen and bungee cords tend to settle to the bottom alongside the spare bolts and tools, and oftentimes said crap is damned near impossible to find since it’s tough to organize all those little treasures. The big stuff ...

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No-Rainer Jacket and Pants

Duluth Trading Co. No-Rainer Jacket and Pants

Unless you like huddling beneath overpasses, rain gear is essential for any rider not in meteorological denial. You can get clever and purchase expensive waterproof riding gear, as I have done, only find yourself wearing heavily armored ballistic nylon while walking around a rally or campground during days of torrential downpours. It’s really a no-brainer: Decades of riding experience have ...

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River Road Cruiser GPS Tank Bag

River Road Cruiser GPS Tank Bag

I first saw River Road’s Cruiser GPS Tank Bag in a vendor’s booth at an event earlier this summer. After making a weekend trip with a backpack stuffed to capacity, I was in the market for something mountable sans hardware to help ease the load. First impressions had me noting the build quality, magnet strength and, most importantly, the large ...

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Duluth Trading Co. Fire Hose Logger’s Pants

Duluth Trading Co. Fire hose Logger's Pants

I’m looking for riding pants that won’t shred like denim, are cooler than Kevlar, more flexible than ballistic nylon and don’t weigh me down like leather. I might have found them, because if they’re good enough for a logger who shinnies up trees, they just might work for me. Duluth’s Fire Hose Logger’s Pants are made of the same rugged ...

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