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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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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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Stealth Backrest for the BMW R 1200 GS from Pirates' Lair

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BMW Backrest Pirates’ Lair has added a Stealth backrest for the 2014 and newer liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS. The lightweight CNC-machined aluminum Stealth bracket ($390) bolts directly to the rear factory rack via four furnished bolts and spacers and blends with the lines of the bike. Production brackets are covered with a textured powder coating in black or silver ...

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Stop and Go Tubeless Tire Repair Kits

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Ideally all tubeless tires should be repaired from the inside/out. The Stop & Go Pocket Tire Plugger allows you to make an on-the-spot, on-the-wheel repair. The unique mushroom shape of these rubber plugs seal off the puncture on the inner wall while the stem expands under pressure to completely fill the hole. A simple turn of the Allen wrench inserted ...

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Clearwater Lights and CANopener for BMW Review

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If you want to see better at night and be seen better by day as you ride your BMW tourer, consider installing super high-output LED auxiliary lights from Clearwater Lights. And use a CANopener. Unlike auxiliary wiring harnesses that are designed to circumvent BMW’s sophisticated CANbus wiring network, Clearwater Lights designed its aptly named CANopener module to leverage the CANbus ...

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Wolfman Universal Saddlebag Straps, Pawnee Plate and Boulder Beta Rear Bag

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Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage has new American-made products for 2014, including Universal Saddlebag Straps ($29.99 for eight), which are made of ¾-inch mil-spec nylon webbing and are 4½ inches long. These allow Wolfman saddlebags to fit on virtually any motorcycle rack quickly and easily. The new Pawnee Plate ($154.99) allows you to carry a 1-gallon RotoPax fuel or water pack in addition ...

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Original Grip Buddies Super Sharkskin Motorcycle Grips Review

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Some OEM handgrips are too hard. Others feel too narrow. Many let too much vibration channel through to your hands. One solution is to replace your OEM grips with aftermarket ones, but if you have factory heated grips that’s not a workable option because the heating element is typically built into the grip. There are alternatives. A buddy of mine ...

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Racer Feeling Motorcycle Gloves Review

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When I started riding street bikes with my friends at the tender age of 16, there wasn’t a lot of specialized apparel around. Fortunately we just didn’t know how miserable we were because of it, since work boots, jeans, jean jackets and leather work gloves seemed fine for all of the fun we were having. Several decades and generations of ...

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New Radio Show for Motorcycle Riders and Enthusiasts

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Tom Hicks, owner and founder of Southern California Motorcycles in Brea, will host a new radio program called “Ridin’ in SoCal” featuring motorcycle riders, industry leaders, club members, racers, magazine editors, and guests. Tom has more than 36 years in the motorcycle industry and was a motorcycle racer with five World Endurance Records, has been an M/C Club president, won ...

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