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Cruise Drive Smooth Shift Kit: Smooth operator

BAKER Drivetrain $399 P/N 602-CD6 bakerdrivetrain.com The Milwaukee-Eight engine, introduced in the model year 2017 Touring bikes, came with a redesigned clutch and enhanced transmission, which together produce a powerful package outshining anything that’s come before. However, as I learned shortly after I acquired my 2017 Road King, there’s still room for improvement, specifically in the realm of “finding neutral.” ...

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Black Classic Pac-A-Derms: Protection perfection

Big Bike Parts $119.95 P/N HD90-117BK bigbikeparts.com When I bought my Road King last autumn, it wasn’t long before the weather turned cold and I started looking for solutions to help me keep warm while on the bike. The first thing I did was purchase a set of soft lowers to put onto the front engine guards, hoping to keep ...

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One-Piece LowDown Touring Seat: The king of comfort

Mustang Motorcycle Seats $529 P/N 79700 mustangseats.com With the arrival of my brand-new 2017 Road King came the realization I needed a seat that would allow me to ride all day, for hundreds of miles, in comfort. I’ve used Mustang seats on my motorcycles ever since I bought my first Sportster in 1999, so choosing another Mustang was a no-brainer. ...

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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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