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Adrian Sports/Chase Harper 6XM Motorcycle Tankpac Review

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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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High-Tech Bags: Motorcycle Luggage Buyers Guide

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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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Suzuki V-Strom 650 Project Bike

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For some, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 is complete right out of the box. My 2008 model, though one of the most practical and ergonomically pleasing bikes I have ever owned, seemed to be begging for modification. The chance of my ever riding it off-road is slim to none, so I set about improving it for medium- and long-distance road trips. ...

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Ninja 1000 Touring Accessories

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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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Ventura Mistral I Bike-Pack Kit Review

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(This Gearlab review was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Last year I tested Ventura’s Bike-Pack System, with model-specific L-brackets installed on my 1998 Kawasaki KLR650, along with a multitude of racks and bags (Rider, April 2011). The high-quality system was easy to install and offered lots of versatility for carrying gear. Ventura recently released a new ...

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2003 Honda VFR800 Project Bike

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I guess I was pretty busy in my forties, because I forgot to have my midlife crisis. Now, 20 years later, I’m finally getting around to it with a 2003 Honda VFR800. While I still enjoy the performance and handling of sportbikes, the ergonomics are another matter—the years and a couple of crashes have robbed me of the flexibility I ...

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RKA IN-Charge Communications Motorcycle Tankbag Review

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I’ve never really been much of a gadget guy. Yet, thanks to the demands of our on-street training tours, I rely quite heavily on electronics these days. Minimally, my bike is equipped with an intercom, a broadcasting radio, a GPS unit, satellite tracker, cell phone, iPad and video camera. As a result, I had so many handlebar mounts that the ...

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