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Bilt Explorer Dry Bag Review


Maybe it’s a bit of literary stretch to claim that Jim Bronson was a famous motorcycle explorer. But after chucking a newspaper job, then duffeling his earthly possessions to his Sportster, Bronson’s stoplight conversation with a traditionally suited motorist resonated with an entire late 1960s generation eager to hit the road: Driver: “Taking a trip?” Bronson: “What’s that?” Driver: “Taking ...

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Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review


Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few miles. For years, tankbags filled that role, but the time is long past when you could just toss all your stuff in a big open compartment and rummage around for items when you needed them. These days you need ...

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Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags Review


A lot of aftermarket companies make saddlebags and panniers for dual-purpose motorcycles. I’m a proponent of simplicity and softness—simple mounting and soft bags. I needed to give the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition some luggage capacity for the Lost Coast story on page 36, and DBz Products has what I needed, with easily attachable metal brackets to keep the bags away ...

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Sedici Distanza Slant Saddlebags Review


Riders who want to mount the same luggage on several motorcycles or leave it off entirely can go with hard-sided bags at great expense, or take the inexpensive way out and use soft luggage. The Sedici Distanza Slant soft saddlebags from Cycle Gear ring the register at just $149.99 but are quite fully featured. Handsomely styled in black 1680-denier Hyper ...

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2014 Holiday Gear Guide


With the 2014 riding season drawing to a close and the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to take stock of your motorcycle gear and decide what needs to be replaced. Has your favorite riding jacket mysteriously shrunk, or have its seams or zippers blown out? Is your helmet showing its age, or has it been dropped or dinged ...

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Motorcycle Camping the Lazy…Er, Easy Way


Motorcycle camping is an absolute blast, and the cost savings over hoteling can be important for a lot of us. Every few years Rider organizes a Camping Challenge ride (July 2012) to test the outdoor skills and equipment choices of our generally cheap, lazy staff and spoiled contributors. The idea is to be completely self-sufficient on a motorcycle camping trip, ...

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Nelson-Rigg Sport-Touring Soft Luggage Review


Lockable hard luggage isn’t available for all motorcycles, and when it is, a set of cases and mounting hardware can cost $1,000 or more. Although it provides less security and weather protection, soft luggage is lighter, cheaper and can be mounted to almost any motorcycle. California-based Nelson-Rigg has been making soft luggage since 1972, with products tailored for sportbikes, sport ...

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Kappa TKW746 DryPak Tankbag Review


Kappa is new, lower-priced brand of motorcycle luggage and accessories that is made in Italy and is a subsidiary of Givi. Tour & Ride is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Kappa products, which includes hard and soft luggage, apparel and bolt-on motorcycle accessories. One of Kappa’s more unique products is the TKW746 DryPak Tankbag, which combines the features of a ...

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