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BMW R 1200 GS Project Bike

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When Paul Beck test rode a new BMW R 1200 GS back in 2007, he knew he had to have one. A few months later, he went to BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County (BMWVC), handed over the keys to his heavier, less powerful R 1150 GS and rode home on a brand-new 1200. Paul has worked his GS like a ...

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Adrian Sports/Chase Harper 6XM Motorcycle Tankpac Review


Riders have been carrying stuff on top of their gas tanks for as long as there have been motorcycles, and the array of tankbags on the market is large, everything from teeny-tiny to humongous. The latest from Adrian Sports/Chase Harper is a good mid-size container. Chase Harper is an old name, dating from 1979, while Adrian Sports is new. That’s ...

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Motorcycle Windshield Buyers Guide


We like to fantasize that motorcycling is all about the wind in your hair and your knees in the breeze, but when you come right down to it, there can be too much of a good thing. Like the wind…pushing against you at 60-70 mph for hour after relentless hour…in the cold…in the rain. To counteract this, a windshield will ...

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AltRider Crash Bars and Luggage Rack Review


Adventure bikes like my BMW F 800 GS roll out of the factory ready to blast into the boonies loaded with camping gear, food and spares—or so you would think. Truth is, they need some accessories to be fully functional. The top items on my list are crash protection for the inevitable rough-country tipovers, and a way to carry my ...

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High-Tech Bags: Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide


Some years ago, as part of the seminars I conducted at motorcycle rallies, I described how it was possible to carry many useful items on tour in a small bag affixed to your bike’s fuel tank. There would be a map displayed right there under your snoot in the convenient map pouch, and inside the tankbag was a little bottle ...

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Ninja 1000 Touring Accessories


Kawasaki Genuine Accessories can transform the Ninja 1000 from a day-ride sportbike into a days-on-the-road sport tourer. The Givi-made, 35-liter-each saddlebags ($594.95, plus $534.95 for mounts) with color-matched trim panels ($129.95) look like they were made for the bike, and they are easy to open, close, lock and remove, though ours leaked. The two-piece rider/passenger gel seat ($299.95) is firmer ...

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Shad SH48 Top Case and SH43 Side Cases Review

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(This Gearlab item was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Last year I bought a Suzuki V-Strom 650, which is even better now that I’ve added SHAD’s large-capacity SH48 Top Case and SH43 Side Cases. These solid, premium hard cases are aerodynamic, well finished and of obvious high quality. SHAD offers a variety of color choices, as ...

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2012 Rider Staff Camping Challenge


Ride to Live, Live to Camp——THE 2012 RIDER CAMPING CHALLENGE In spite of our best efforts to provide for Murphy’s Law around here, things can still turn out wrong, go sideways, and end up messier than a soup sandwich. Our plans for a camping comparison test of the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 1000 Adventures for this issue had been ...

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Dual-Sport Touring Accessories Review


(This article was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) As tough, capable, middleweight dual-sports, the Kawasaki KLR650 and BMW G 650 GS Sertão are solid platforms, ready to be accessorized for epic journeys of any scale. For our three-day ride, we wanted to add wind protection and luggage capacity. For the KLR, we ordered a selection of ...

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