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Men’s Sully 3-in-1 Convertible Mesh Jacket: The best jacket I didn’t know I needed

Men’s Sully 3-in-1 Convertible Mesh Jacket Harley-Davidson P/N 98176-17VM $265-$290 harley-davidson.com Reviewed by Robert Filla At the start of my initiation into riding, my friends and I pressed a variety of wardrobe pieces into service. And while the standard military field jacket fell within our budgets, it was a minimal solution. The Holy Grail for all riders of course was ...

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Harley-Davidson Knucklehead: Eighty Years: An expert’s perspective on perfection

By Greg Field Motorbooks Hardbound, 200 pages $50 (but available for less). Available now from quality book sellers and the usual internet sources www.quartoknows.com Reviewed by Kip Woodring “Anorak” /ˈænəræk/ is British slang which refers to a person who has a very strong interest, perhaps obsessive, in niche subjects. This interest may be unacknowledged or not understood by the general ...

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STX36D Blackline Shock Absorbers: Control and comfort

Until recently, I was pretty happy with the set of aftermarket shocks that had been installed when my 2000 FXD was nearly new. However, when the shocks started to leak (my fault—I never had them serviced), it was an opportunity to try something new—the Öhlins STX36D Shock Absorbers. Öhlins is known as a top-of-the-line company founded in 1976 that provides ...

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Lithium Ion Battery: Traveling Light

BikeMaster DLFP-30L-BS $319.95 Bikemaster.com Electronic advancements during the last 20 years have propelled motorcycles into an era of techno gadgetry unimagined by our fathers. With more innovative farkels being unveiled on a weekly basis, power requirements constantly tax both charging and storage systems. Toss in extra cubic inches and high-compression engines and you have a recipe for potential failure when ...

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The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling Review: Grab bag of facts, fun and sound advice

by Lynda Lahman Luminamedia.com $24.95 With the 35 percent growth of women motorcyclists between 2003 and 2012, companies are finally taking notice and letting women ride on their own terms. The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling: Everything a Woman Needs to Know about Bikes, Equipment, Riding, and Safety by Lynda Lahman takes the past, the present and the future of women ...

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2×2 Cycles Bicycle Rack: Why Not Do Both?

For riders who love to get their two-wheeled fix through pedal power as well as petroleum power, the choice can be tough; do I get my thrill, clear my head, and escape today by burning calories or burning fossil fuel? I’m normally of one mind or the other, and am much more likely to crank the throttle than I am ...

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JET Air Cleaner: Speedy and stylish

Out of the box is the air cleaner with backing plate, a mounting gasket, three bolts for mounting the air cleaner to the carb, two special breather bolts with two spacers, and a pair of breather ducts to keep crankcase vapors from leaving oily residue inside the body of the air cleaner

Performance Machine #0206-2114-SMB, $499.95 performancemachine.com There are tons of good reasons for bolting up a new air cleaner on your motorcycle. Sometimes it’s part of the larger quest for more speed and power, where getting the right quantity of air in smoothly can make the difference between a bike you love to ride and one you hate to wrestle with. ...

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Boot Draggers: Getting a leg up

BadJack Machine, LLC badjackmachine.com Last year while wandering through the ThunderDome at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin, I stumbled across Phil Grgurich, owner of BadJack Machine. Since my heritage includes a healthy dose of Czech, I figured if nothing else Phil’s surname might make for some interesting conversation. And then he introduced me to the company’s latest ...

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Daymaker 5-3/4″ LED Headlamp Kit: To see and be seen

The Daymaker has one optical lens for low beam and three for high, giving it a futuristic look that complements the Dyna’s blacked-out appearance

Harley-Davidson #67700145, $399.95 Harley-Davidson.com In 1999, when my 2000 FXD was manufactured, halogen headlights were pretty much de rigueur. But I soon found that that they didn’t quite do the job while I was riding at night. I tried a series of higher-candlepower H4 bulbs until I found one that didn’t melt and cause the low beam to go out. ...

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