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2016 Holiday Gift Guide


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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Cee Bailey’s Sport Shield, Headlight Guard & Bag Liners Review

Cee Bailey's Sport Shield in lowest position.

Luxury sport tourers come with power adjustable windshields that let you customize airflow according to speed, weather and personal preference. The stock windshield on my 2014 BMW R 1200 RT can be adjusted to create an almost still pocket of air, but when summer weather arrives that still pocket of air gets pretty hot. The RT’s shield can be raised ...

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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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Versatile Duffels From Wolfman Luggage

Wolfman Renegade Waterproof 30L Duffel

The versatile Overland Duffel by Wolfman Luggage has a flat oval shape, carry handles at each end and comes with a removable shoulder strap and backpack straps. The Overland Duffel ($159.99) is made of heavy duty 1680-denier Wolfman Ballistic Vinyl and measures 15 x 20 x 9 inches for 45 liters of cargo space. Wolfman’s Double Ended Renegade Duffel is ...

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Küryakyn XKürsion XW5.5 Roller Bag

Küryakyn XKürsion XW5.5 Roller Bag

The Küryakyn XKürsion XW5.5 Roller Bag measures 19.5 x 13 x 22 inches and is the largest bag in the XKürsion line. The removable interior divider provides the option of one large packing space or individual upper and lower compartments with separate access points. Side compartments provide room for additional cargo and also include side-mounted pockets for smaller items. Interior ...

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S 1000 XR Luggage and Accessories From Moto Machines

Remix High Screen for BMW S 1000 XR

A range of accessories custom designed for the BMW S 1000 XR is now available from Moto Machines. The full range of bolt-on luggage systems from Hepco & Becker is available, including the Lock-it Side Carrier ($372.06), C-Bow Carrier, Rear Alurack, Rear Easyrack, Lock-it Tank Ring and an Enlargement Rack for additional stowage space. Using the Lock-it Side Carrier system, ...

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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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Tips for Packing a Motorcycle

Pack heavier items low and farther forward to help the bike’s handling, and take care when installing luggage that the mounting points are solid and any excess strap is secured—luggage leaving the bike at speed can cause accidents as well as inconvenience.

You know where you’re going and how you’re getting there. But what should you take, and how should you pack it? Here are some suggestions. Don’t overpack. Wear the same clothes under your riding gear every day, and change into clean clothes at each nightly stop. Wear the riding clothes until you just can’t stand it, then swap them for ...

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Happy Trails Panniers and Top Box Review


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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