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The Kicker: Keep it up

Once in place, the new retainer and heavier spring will snap the kickstand into place the first time, every time

No Toil Industries For 2009-current Harley-Davidson Touring bikes only $79.95 plus $4.00 shipping kicker.notoil.com Also sold through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited and Dennis Kirk You roll up to a stop, put the kickstand down (or jiffy stand as Harley likes to call it), get off your bike and it suddenly hits the ground because the stock locking mechanism didn’t keep ...

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Rush Full System Exhaust for Dynas: Beating the heat

Rush Racing Products #8131 Black 2:1 Full System ’91–’05 with 2.25″ baffles 3522B-R1R $649.95 rushracingproducts.com In the early part of 2014, my 2000 FXD underwent a top- and bottom-end engine rebuild, which promised many thousands of miles’ riding pleasure. Sure enough, the high-performance S&S components that had been added have thus far proven to be bullet proof. But it wasn’t ...

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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 Family Memories: Digging up a dynasty’s past

Written by Jean Davidson and Jon Davidson Oeflein $35, includes tax and shipping www.jeandavidson.com If you’re born into a family as famous as the Davidson side of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company dynasty, it stands to reason that you’d have plenty of stories to share with the world. In the case of Jean Davidson and her son Jon Davidson Oeflein, you ...

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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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