It’s basically acknowledged that for every 10 pounds of weight shed from a motorcycle, you gain one horsepower. And one of the easiest ways to lose some excess weight is with one of Shorai’s new Lithium Powersports Batteries. By using lithium iron phosphate storage cells and a carbon fiber composite case, the typical Shorai Lithium Battery weighs less than two pounds; about eight pounds lighter than a stock lead acid battery. This lightweight wonder is also maintenance free, requiring no fluid refills, venting or trickle charging when stored for extended periods. It offers more cranking amps, a longer working life, and comes with a price tag comparable to a conventional battery. It is also environmentally friendly; just fully discharge and dispose. Check out the website for fitment and pricing.
Shorai Batteries www.shoraipower.com 888.477.4848
All that glitters
Chrome addiction is a rampant malady, ravaging even the healthiest of motorcyclists. There is no known cure and all that can be done is to keep the patient as comfortable as possible with a constant flow of triple-plated euphoria. So to complement that chrome front-end kit and sparkling, custom wheel assembly, Harley offers their new Rally Mirror Chrome FL Front Fender. Pared of unnecessary distractions, the Rally Mirror Fender dispenses with the front light, side medallions and bottom skirt. Carrying a price tag of $449.95, this shiny indulgence fits 1994 and later Road Kings and 1989 and later Electra Glide and Street Glide models.
Loud and proud
While many adhere to the adage, “Loud pipes save lives,” having a healthy horn in your two-wheel arsenal goes a long way in extending highway survival. And they don’t get much healthier (or compact) than Pro Pad’s latest addition to their collection, the Mini Beast 1. Fully self-contained, the Mini Beast 1 features twin trumpet horns that blast a whopping 128 decibels of warning. It’s easily installed, with gas tank removal not required. The aluminum covers come with either a chrome or wrinkle black finish, carries a three-year replacement warranty and a MSRP of $149.95.
Pro Pad Inc. www.propadinc.com 800.403.2714
The current popularity of baggers results in their being pressed into service for a variety of uses other than long-distance touring machines—everything from land speed records to exotic customs. To enhance the sporty stance many bagger owners desire, Mustang Seats introduces the Tripper Fastback. Cropped to a low contour, this stylish bucket tapers in the rear, presenting a narrow profile without sacrificing passenger comfort. Built on a one-piece marine-grade fiberglass base, the Tripper Fastback uses a proprietary recipe of open and closed, progressive density foam, which is then topped off with high-grade vinyl. Designed to fit 1997 and newer Road Kings, FLHT, FLTR and FLHX models, the price is just as slim, coming in at only $339.
Mustang Motorcycle Products www.mustangseats.com 800.243.1392
An open and shut case
In an effort to get owners of Harley Tour Paks off the leash, eGlideGoodies introduces their new TB-3 Ultra Brace. This nifty silver zinc-plated gadget replaces OEM stock cables or accessory tether lines attaching trunk lid to body on all King and chopped Tour Paks. Installation requires some drilling of both the box and cover but is a simple 10-minute exercise that can be accomplished with just a hand drill. Once in use, the lid doesn’t fall to the extreme angle as the stock unit, providing a narrower profile when parking in tight spots. You can also lock the Brace in the open position, preventing the lid from slamming shut due to an inopportune gust of wind. The package comes with stainless mounting hardware and is being offered at the introductory price of $69.99 (standard pricing is 10 bucks more).
As a go-to garment suited for daily use, the new Men’s Commuter Functional Jacket by H-D MotorClothes should meet most everyone’s requirements. Constructed from water-resistant, 600-denier polyester, the Commuter has a poly-mesh liner along with dual vertical air vents on both the front and back panels. Fitted with pre-curved sleeves, an action-back design, power-stretch elbow pads and adjustable waist tabs, it is accented with 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material for added visibility during nighttime excursions. Removable body armor at the shoulders and elbows provide extra protection while two exterior pockets and three inside pockets provide plenty of storage capacity. With a retail price of $195, the Commuter comes in S–5XL and Tall sizes.
In a world where innovation is increasing faster than cubic inches, many bikes are now a rolling collection of gadgets and electronic wizardry. The new PRO-DASH App by Marlin’s Accessories is meant to help clear the clutter. This iPhone App features the most commonly requested dashboard features: speedometer, thermometer, a clock, altimeter, compass, vehicle locator and maintenance log. Designed to be used in conjunction with a GPS signal and iPhone 3G or newer, the face features five gauges. Tap on any gauge face and it moves to the center and increases in size for easy reading. You can also toggle between English and metric units. The Vehicle Locator allows you to mark the GPS location of your bike and backtrack it later (there goes your lame excuse to the missus explaining why you were running late after the rally). The maintenance log allows you to record dates, mileage and notes for future reference. Available at the Apple App Store (itunes.com/apps/prodash), the one time download fee will run you $3.99.
Marlin’s Genuine Accessories www.marlinsclocks.com 800.777.5543
A moment of reflection
Measuring in at a substantial 5 ¼″ x 3 ¼″, these new Touring Oval Mirrors by Drag Specialties also utilize a convex glass, providing an even greater field of rearview coverage. The body is die-cast and chrome-plated and features a graceful arched stem. Sold in pairs for $99.95, they are available in four styles: Radius, Slot, Flame and Slayer.
Drag Specialties www.dragspecialties.com
In their new Core Series program, Harley-Davidson offers owners the chance to design their own custom paint scheme from a kaleidoscope of possibilities. Choosing from one of five different designs, six custom colors and either a gloss or denim finish, a total of 58 combinations are available. (The “Grind” design in Real Fine Red is shown.) The Core Series is supplied as a complete set including factory sheet metal for many 2010 and 2011 models with prices ranging from $1,999.95 to $5,299.95. The Core Series designs may also be applied to a customer’s undamaged sheet metal through the Motor Company’s Sheet Metal Exchange Program for many models up to 10 years old. See your dealer for details.