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Aerostich LP Bag Review

One of the most memorable and hilarious comedy routines was the late George Carlin’s “A Place for My Stuff.” With his signature irreverent style, Carlin probed right to the heart of the American obsession with accumulating stuff, and our ever-growing need for places to put that stuff. By necessity, motorcyclists pack light. But we still need places to put our ...

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The Smoothie Saddlebag Review

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[This Smoothie Saddlebag Review was orignally published as a Web Exclusive for American Rider magazine] The Visual Lowdown: How these saddlebags look They didn’t give the Smoothie saddlebag its name for no reason. Created with a Resin Transfer Molding process that promises a more consistent and precise product than other molding practices, the Smoothies have an incredibly, well, smooth look. ...

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Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags Review

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[This Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags Review was originally published in the June 2010 issue of Rider magazine] My dirt-camping compadres gave me some heat last fall for thinking outside the box before our dual-sport tour of Nevada. I’d outfitted my BMW F 800 GS with the Giant Loop Great Basin saddlebags instead of hard panniers and they didn’t believe ...

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Leatherworks Motorcycle Saddlebags Review

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[This Leatherworks Motorcycle Saddlebags Review was originally published in American Rider magazine] Close your eyes. Breath in deep. You’re in a leather shop. Warm memories of your first leather jacket, vests with fringe and, of course, saddlebags, flood through your brain. Open your eyes. There are two beautiful, tan women standing in front of you with beautiful jewelry and long ...

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Nelson-Rigg CTB950-SLR Solar King Tourer Sissybar and Roll Bag Review

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[This Nelson-Rigg CTB950-SLR Solar King Tourer Sissybar and Roll Bag Review was originally featured as a web-exclusive from American Rider magazine] Taking the Nelson-Rigg CTB950-SLR Solar King Tourer out of the box was like sitting in a new car you can’t afford at the auto show. It looks really nice from a distance—clean, smooth and stylish…a definite upgrade from your ...

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Shad SH-50 Top Case Motorcycle Luggage Review

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Story and photography by Rich Cox [This Shad SH-50 Top Case Motorcycle Luggage Review was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Rider magazine] When you start sport touring with a passenger, you soon discover that your bike’s hard saddlebags—which were plenty roomy for just you—have suddenly become really small. Strapping a duffel bag to the tail is one ...

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Leatherlyke Saddlebags Review

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Review by Jess Giese [This Leatherlyke Saddlebags Review was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider magazine] LeatherLyke Saddlebags are ABS plastic products that mimic the look and feel of real leather. A laminate of two types of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), the inner layer is a structural ABS and the outer layer is a trademarked leather-textured ...

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Platypus Hydration Bags Review

Water: you gotta have it, so why not make it convenient to carry? Unlike a bag of coffee or oatmeal, your canteen or water bottle takes up as much space empty as it does full. You wouldn’t waste space carrying a can of coffee with just a few grinds rattling around in the bottom, so why tote along a bulky ...

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Wolfman Luggage Moto-Briefcase Motorcycle Luggage Review

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Story by James Parchman [This Wolfman Luggage Moto-Briefcase Motorcycle Luggage Review was originally published in the March 2010 issue of Rider magazine] An important aspect of motorcycle travel is the ability to get away, relax and forget about workplace-related issues for a few days. Oops, that was an opening line we might have written a decade or two ago; life ...

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RideTek LidHauler and LidSak Review

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Review by Reg Kittrelle [This RideTek LidHauler and LidSak Review was originally published in American Rider magazine] Give me the space to pack it, and I’ll take along enough stuff to shame the quartermaster of a small frigate. Which is just one of the reasons I love the big Harley baggers—stuff space. The more I carry, the more I seem ...

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