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Dowco Fastrax Backroads Tank Bag Review


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


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


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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AltRider Hemisphere Soft Luggage Review


Pulling the fuses under the seat is the easiest way to disable the ABS on a Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, but I found out you can also do it by crashing in 4th gear. Such was my fate when, cruising down a gravel road in Death Valley, I hit a pit of deep sand and started swapping bars, failing to keep ...

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BMW Pannier Protection by Wunderlich America


If your liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT tips over, contact with terra firma gets expensive. The valve covers and panniers stick out, and damage from parts gouged or broken due to impact quickly runs into four figures. Ouch. Engine bars that protect the jugs are common on boxer-equipped Beemers, but bars to protect the panniers are also available. BMW parts ...

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Bilt Explorer Dry Bag Review


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


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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Dirt-Bagz Ranger Saddlebags Review


A lot of aftermarket companies make saddlebags and panniers for dual-purpose motorcycles. I’m a proponent of simplicity and softness—simple mounting and soft bags. I needed to give the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition some luggage capacity for the Lost Coast story on page 36, and DBz Products has what I needed, with easily attachable metal brackets to keep the bags away ...

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Sedici Distanza Slant Saddlebags Review


Riders who want to mount the same luggage on several motorcycles or leave it off entirely can go with hard-sided bags at great expense, or take the inexpensive way out and use soft luggage. The Sedici Distanza Slant soft saddlebags from Cycle Gear ring the register at just $149.99 but are quite fully featured. Handsomely styled in black 1680-denier Hyper ...

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Leather Swingarm Bags From Willie & Max


Leather swingarm bags from Willie & Max are constructed of 100-percent full-grain Brazilian leather shaped to accent cruiser swingarms. The hand-sewn leather exterior gives them strength and makes them highly weather resistant. The bags are engineered to withstand cold, heat and water for use in all road conditions. The leather bag ($149.99) measures 10.5 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches with ...

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