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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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Givi Trekker Outback Panniers Review

Givi Trekker Outback Panniers.

I’ve owned a wide range of adventure bikes over the last few decades, so I am well acquainted with the luggage obsession of adventure riders. Having been a fan of Givi accessories for years, it was time to give its new Trekker Outback line a try. The Outback products are specifically designed for the adventure market, thus employing both the ...

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Firstgear Laguna GPS Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

Firstgear Laguna GPS Tail Bag.

Riders love to dream of endless journeys, but in reality many of us are hard-pressed to just get away for the occasional quick weekend trip. If you fall into this category, soft bags really make sense over the added bulk, weight and expense of a full dresser with hard luggage. This proved true with the Firstgear Laguna GPS Tank Bag ...

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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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Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box Review

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In the 1990 film Crazy People, the late, great Dudley Moore plays an ad executive who, following a nervous breakdown, creates a series of blunt, truthful advertisements. The movie was terrible, but the tagline for a Volvo ad was unforgettable: “They’re boxy but they’re good.” The same can be said for the Happy Trails panniers and top box we installed ...

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Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review

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Aren’t tank bags about the handiest piece of luggage you can put on a bike? They sit there, out of the way but within immediate reach, holding all the things you need to keep at hand. Dowco’s tank bag from its Fastrax brand’s Backroads collection did just that for me on a three-day, 1,600-mile California/Nevada tour aboard our long-term Kawasaki ...

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Tour Master Elite Luggage

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Elite Luggage Tour Master Elite luggage includes a tank bag, tail bag and saddlebags. All are made of 1680 denier ballistic polyester and 1800 denier patterned polyester. The tank bag has a built-in, adjustable GPS pocket, removable map pocket, a hinged lid with underside pockets and includes a face-shield storage pouch and clear-window rain cover. Available in strap-mount ($129.99) or ...

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Cortech Super 2.0 Tank Bag and Tail Bag Review

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Cortech provided the on-bike storage for our long-term Honda CB1100 from its Super 2.0 line of luggage. The 18-liter tank bag with magnetic attachment sits atop the bike’s steel fuel cell, while a 24-liter tail bag rides pillion. Together, they provide enough hauling capacity for grocery stops or day trips. The bags share a host of design and construction details. ...

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Bilt Explorer Dry Bag Review

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Maybe it’s a bit of literary stretch to claim that Jim Bronson was a famous motorcycle explorer. But after chucking a newspaper job, then duffeling his earthly possessions to his Sportster, Bronson’s stoplight conversation with a traditionally suited motorist resonated with an entire late 1960s generation eager to hit the road: Driver: “Taking a trip?” Bronson: “What’s that?” Driver: “Taking ...

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Nelson-Rigg CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag Review

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Just about everyone needs a way to carry a few things––gloves, a sweater, a phone––when they ride more than a few miles. For years, tankbags filled that role, but the time is long past when you could just toss all your stuff in a big open compartment and rummage around for items when you needed them. These days you need ...

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