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Clearwater Lights Billie Brake Light – Review

The Billie Brake Light features super bright, attention-getting red LEDs you can program for a range of flashing modes, inertial braking and more.

Clearwater Lights makes incredibly bright, programmable, auxiliary LED lighting for motorcycles. On late-model BMWs, they integrate directly with the bike’s CANbus wiring network using Clearwater’s slick CANopener module (Rider, April 2015). Another Clearwater product that leverages the CANopener is the Billie Brake Light. This red LED auxiliary brake light/taillight attaches to your Beemer’s license plate bracket and connects to the ...

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Dynaplug Micro Pro Inflator – Review

The Micro Pro Inflator comes with its own zippered carrying pouch.

Flat tires never happen at a good time or location. Motorcycles don’t carry a spare, flat-fix kits can be problematic, and when we finally do patch the tube or plug the tubeless tire, we still need a means to re-inflate it. CO2 cartridges are compact but unwieldy, and a good supply of them is necessary to fully inflate a tire. ...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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A Few of Our Favorite Things… It’s that time of year again! To assist you in the search for that perfect gift, three of us on the Rider staff each assembled a few of our favorite things to review for this special Holiday Gift Guide. Every one is a much better gift for your favorite rider than a leopard-print Snuggie, ...

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ACF-50 Anti-Corrosion Formula Review

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If you live in an area near bodies of fresh or salt water, or that regularly experience high humidity, snow or rain, and you own and ride motorcycles that have parts prone to corrosion, well, I suggest you move. Kidding, of course. No matter where you keep your bike it can fall victim to corrosion, particularly if you have to ...

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Kendon Stand-Up Motorcycle Trailer Review

Kendon Stand-Up Motorcycle Trailer. A wide 3-piece ramp allows you to ride a bike on.

I can think of several ways that even a diehard street rider can make use of a motorcycle trailer. Transporting bikes for service, rescuing a broken-down machine or towing a less comfortable motorcycle across the state to a good riding area, for example. We also use our trailer to pick up test bikes when we can’t leave one behind. The ...

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Bill Mayer Saddles Ultima Leather Seat Review

Bill Mayer Saddles Ultima Leather Seat on a BMW R 1200 RT.

Despite all of the welcome functional improvements BMW incorporated into the latest “water boxer” R 1200 RT, as far as my butt is concerned, sitting on a bare I-beam is the height of luxury compared to the bike’s stock seat. Indeed, the park-bench flatness of its shape and spongy, unsupportive foam result in abject misery after only a few hours ...

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Sargent World Sport Adventure Touring Seat Review

Sargent World Sport Touring Seat on a KLR650.

Maybe it’s because dual-sport riders are supposed to spend a lot of time standing on the pegs while picking their way over rocks and between trees, but the tall and narrow seats on dual-sports are usually pretty awful for longer, sit-down rides. The seat on Kawasaki’s KLR650 is shaped like a loaf of bread and offers about as much support, ...

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Cee Bailey’s Sport Shield, Headlight Guard & Bag Liners Review

Cee Bailey's Sport Shield in lowest position.

Luxury sport tourers come with power adjustable windshields that let you customize airflow according to speed, weather and personal preference. The stock windshield on my 2014 BMW R 1200 RT can be adjusted to create an almost still pocket of air, but when summer weather arrives that still pocket of air gets pretty hot. The RT’s shield can be raised ...

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Traxxion Dynamics AK20 Axxion Cartridge Kit Review

BMW F 800 GS fork innards.

The stock fork on many motorcycles uses a damper rod design that is OK for daily riding, but shows its limits during spirited riding, no matter what type of motorcycling you favor. My rough-and-ready BMW F 800 GS is no exception; in spite of the marque and price, the stock damper rod fork was just adequate. My search for improved ...

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Scottoiler eSystem Chain Oiler

Scottoiler eSystem Chain Oiler on a Ducati ST3.

My first bike, a ’68 Triumph, had a primitive chain oiler. Metered oil was drawn off the oil tank return line and a small amount was then diverted onto the chain via a drip line on the rear-wheel torque stay. It certainly oiled the chain but the errant spray also oiled my girlfriend’s snow-white jeans. My eager adolescent cure was ...

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