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Good Vibrations: Hudson Valley Motor Parts Bar Ends Review

Bar Ends from Hudson Valley Motor Parts install in about 10 minutes with a minimum of effort, and since they are offered in model-specific fitments they work seamlessly with stock hand guards. (Photo: Ken Lee)

Hudson Valley Motor Parts offers a solution for riders plagued by excessive handlebar vibrations: accessory bar end weights. These bar ends, which are offered in both model-specific and universal fit options, work by adding extra weight to the bars, helping to quell the buzz. We recently had the opportunity to try a set of HVMP Bar Ends ($90) while on ...

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Touratech Zega Mundo Panniers and Zega Pro Top Case Review

Touratech Zega Mundo Panniers and Zega Pro Top Case

Big adventure bikes like our 2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES long-termer are incomplete without hard luggage. We tested Yamaha’s 61-liter accessory panniers during our last adventure comparo (August 2014) and found them wanting. We had to press down on the top-loading lids and carefully turn the key to lock or unlock them, and they couldn’t be left unlocked. And at ...

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Rev’It Cayenne Pro Motorcycle Jacket and Pants Review

Rev’It Cayenne Pro Jacket and Pants

Heat and exertion can make it problematic to dress adequately for a ride. Adventure and off-road riding, for example, often requires a lot of standing and otherwise moving about on the bike, which quickly warms the rider to the sweating point, even in cooler weather. And when it’s hot out, most of the heavy-duty apparel you need to be adequately ...

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Arai Corsair-X Helmet Review

Arai Corsair-X with the Freddie Spencer 30th Anniversary graphic ($969.95).

When it came time to redesign its top-of-the-line helmet, Arai pulled out all the stops. With a history spanning three decades—starting with the original cLc RX-7 helmet in 1977—and covering 10 generations of evolving design, predecessors of the new Corsair-X have been worn by numerous world champions—guys like Spencer, Schwantz, Edwards and Hayden. It had to live up to Arai’s own very high standards. ...

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HeliBars Horizon AT Handlebars for BMW R 1200 GS LC Review

HeliBars Horizon AT Handlebars are multi-axis adjustable to customize the riding position of the BMW R 1200 GS LC.

BMW’s 2014 and later liquid-cooled R 1200 GS and GS Adventure motorcycles have earned universal praise for just about every aspect of their design, with the exception of the stock handlebar. Most owners are satisfied with its height and bend on-road, but some have complained that the grips are too far forward for comfort, especially in conjunction with the low seat option. Others wish for more control adjustability or height ...

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Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat Review

Saddlemen Adventure Track Motorcycle Seat

It takes time and miles to truly evaluate a motorcycle seat. An aftermarket seat that feels harsh and unyielding at first can become a joy in the long run. Conversely, that factory seat that feels so plush on the showroom floor (a subtle sales ploy) can become a posterior torture device in no time. I have now spent more than ...

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Dainese Tempest D-Dry Motorcycle Jacket Review

Dainese Tempest D-Dry Jacket

By Ken Lee The Tempest D-Dry riding jacket comes from Dainese, a brand that sponsors MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, among others. Dainese classifies this textile jacket as a short-range winter touring jacket. The Tempest is made from Duratex fabric and incorporates a waterproof, windproof and breathable D-Dry membrane. It’s a 3/4-length design, longer than a sport-style jacket, ...

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Wunderlich SaferView Mirrors, Sidestand Foot Enlarger and Highway Pegs

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Perhaps you’ve used stick-on blind spot mirrors that sacrifice some mirror real estate for a small, distorted view of the blind spot. SaferView mirrors for BMWs provide a larger field of view with far less distortion. The dual-contour mirror surface expands blind spot coverage with a slightly convex main section and an aspheric outer edge. Now vehicles approaching from behind ...

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Sargent World Sport Performance Plus Motorcycle Seat Review

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One multi-day trip on my new bike confirmed that the stock seat wouldn’t do. The foam was too soft, the flat shape created pressure points and I kept sliding into the tank. I wanted to correct these shortcomings and retain heated seat integration—Sargent’s new World Sport Performance Plus seat ticked all the boxes. “Plus” is a special edition of Sargent’s ...

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