In conjunction with a brief look at the touring market in the May issue, here are a selection of touring-related products you may want to consider stocking. Click here for an earlier feature story on Firstgear's TPG gear. An index:
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Add On Accessories
American Eastern Traders
American Motorcycle Specialties USA
The Cycle Guys
Enchantment Motor Sports
Leader Motorcycle Accessories
Left Coast Sports Innovations
Matrix Motosports (Kriega)
Mustang Motorcycle Products
Nash Motorcycle Company
Willie & Max
Add On’s Deluxe Trunk Rack Bag ($99.95 retail) has a full-zippered lid with a weather flap and a deluxe handle. It’s made of soft black material, measures 20”x11”x11”, has adjustable straps for attaching to the luggage rack, and has a front zippered pouch. There are four outside zippered pockets with the two expandable side pockets with reflective strips. The inside has two zippered pouches, two zippered pouches in the lid and two side pouches. It includes a stowaway rain cover and a shoulder strap. On the outside there’s a reflective safe strip that goes entirely around the bag. The side support is removable so the bag and stow away easily.
Contact: Add On Accessories, 508-791-7552, www.addonaccessories.net
Alpinestars’ Frontier Gore-Tex touring jacket and the WR-V Gore-Tex touring gloves are the company's top-of-the-line touring apparel. The jacket ($699.95 retail) uses layers and vents to regulate temperature. Two large chest panels fold into a specific pocket for ventilation. A large rear panel opens as an exhaust port. A removable/wearable Gore-Tex SoftShell liner is waterproof and breathable. Also removable is a quilted thermal liner and CE-certified elbow and shoulder protectors. Other features: internal chest protection compartments with PE-padded inserts, chest inserts upgradable to Alpinestars Bionic chest guards, and a back protector compartment with foam padding.
The roomy, full-textile WR-V glove ($129.95) has a soft velour insulated lining that hugs fingers and a waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex membrane to keep hands warm and dry. Keeping the glove on is triple closure using a Velcro adjuster, a wide Velcro adjustable wrist flap and a wide tab with a PU tab end.
Contact: Alpinestars USA, 800-727-8277, www.alpinestars.com
American Eastern Traders offers its i-Kam Xtreme Video Eyewear, a nifty gadget for riders who like to document their trips on the road. A tiny camera and microphone are built into a pair of sunglasses, so a rider can record up to three hours of video without having to hold a camera or mount one on his or her handlebars.
The Butt Buffer sold by American Eastern Traders is a stylish cushion embedded with a polymer pad that never fully compresses. According to the company, the pad was developed for the medical industry and reduces the usual back soreness from long rides. The Butt Buffer is hypoallergenic and does not absorb liquids. It retails for $59.95 to $107.50. Dealer margin is about 60 percent.
Contact: American Eastern Traders,732-248-5400, www.aetraders.com
American Motorcycle Specialties USA has added to its line of Comfort Max Gel Pads. The Ortho-Deluxe gel pad is for any bike, or any style of riding. “We narrowed the pad in front so that it won't cause riders to spread or raise their legs while delivering uncompromised riding comfort on big bikes,” Joe McNeil, president of American Motorcycle Specialties, stated. “As with our old design, an orthopedic notch in the cushion relieves pressure on the tail bone. The gel pad’s unique cut-out section eliminates painful pressure on the tailbone and helps your spine relax.” Designed for large cruiser and touring riders, the Ortho-Deluxe gel pad measures 18”x17”.
At the core of the pad is Viscoelastic molded gel used in medical and sports applications. It reportedly eliminates pressure points and absorbs vibrations, helping to relieve back ache, fatigue, discomfort, soreness and numbness.
Comfort Max Gel Pads have a rubberized surface that prevents the pad from sliding off the seat. Permanent straps are not needed. Riders just put the pad on the seat and ride away. When they make a stop, they can take the pad with them or toss it in their saddlebag.
The new Ortho-Deluxe gel pad comes in a stretch vinyl or genuine sheepskin cover. The sheepskin cover is more comfortable and allows air to circulate, “virtually eliminating perspiration.” Four other sizes are also offered: Buddy Pad (11”x7”), Medium Pad (12”x12”x5”), Large Pad (14”x11”x8”) and the Jumbo (16.5”x12”x9”). Retail prices range from $69.95 to $124.95.
Contact: American Motorcycle Specialties, 800-710-7237, www.amspecialtiesusa.com
Bestem USA Clear Pocketed Saddle Bag Liners allow riders to access their accessories quickly and easily. They retail for $59.95, and dealer margin is 25 percent. Bestem says one of its goals is to move toward better dealer support and away from direct Internet sales.
Contact: Bestem USA, 678-534-1366, http://bestemusa.com
BikeCondoms took home the Dealer’s Choice award at the Kickstart New Product Competition. The product helps protect the top half of a motorcycle from the sun, rain, snow, dirt, dust and other debris. The covers weigh less than a half-pound and can be tucked away into a jacket pocket or saddlebag for easy storage. “BikeCondoms are not intended to replace the maximum protection offered from your full fabric cover,” says Jason Weaver, creator of the product. “Instead, BikeCondoms offer a fun, functional and inexpensive alternative that you can keep on you at all times for when you want to travel as light as possible but still have protection.”
Contact: BikeCondoms Inc., 646-649-4045, www.bikecondoms.com
BikerCom is a motorcycle communications system that wirelessly enables rider-to-passenger intercom functionality and the flexibility to connect with a two-way radio, cellular phone, navigation device, radar detector and audio player. For more information, visit www.openroad.com.tw/BikerCom/main.html
Or read the company’s latest review on webBikeWorld at http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-intercoms/biker-com-bluetooth-intercom/
Suggested retail is $749. The system is made by Open Road Solutions of Taiwan.
Contact: Open Road Solutions, www.openroadsolutions.com.tw
Blutek Helmet’s Blutekonnekt is a small Bluetooth kit that can be installed in motorcycle helmets. The kit provides riders with a light hands-free wireless communication device that’s 1.5 inches tall and less than half an inch thick. Speakers, microphone and charger tuck away inside the helmet.
Blutekonnekt comes ready to install. It provides eight to 12 hours of talk time and/or streaming music and up to 120 hours of standby. Blutekonnect is fully removable and can be installed in any full face or modular helmet without compromising the integrity of the helmet, according to the manufacturer.
The device allows riders to take incoming calls or listen to music or GPS instructions. It retails for $174.99 or $199.99 installed by a Blutek technician. Dealer margin is 50 percent or more.
Blutek also sells full-face helmets that have Bluetooth built into them. They come in sizes S-XL in six designs.
Contact: Blutek Helmet, 405-410-9180, www.blutekhelmet.com
Butt Waxx is a product that is a little more useful than it sounds. Butt Waxx is a cheekily named skin protectant that helps combat “biker’s butt,” the burn and chafe that can sometimes accompany longer rides. Butt Waxx comes in one-use packages as well as larger tubes. Missouri-based Paceline Products has made a similar product for bicycling enthusiasts since 1993.
Contact: Paceline Products, 888-411-0287, www.motorcyclistsbuttwaxx.com
CAO Distributing’s Edge Brackets system is designed to allow for the easy attachment and detachment of saddlebags with the turn of a key. The brackets are easy to install, and the system is completely adjustable. The brackets are made of stainless steel and are bolted onto the saddlebags. The brackets were initially designed for Harley-Davidsons, but demand has prompted the company to expand the line to other vehicle makes.
Contact: CAO Distributing Inc., 866-789-5539, www.caodistributing.com
Cardo Systems has recently introduced its newest wireless communication device for motorcycle helmets: The Scala Rider G4 PowerSet Bluetooth Intercom System. The system acts as a standalone intercom for connecting riders on the same bike or on different bikes to allow conversation while on the road.
The device has a wireless range of up to one mile, is compatible with Bluetooth mobile phones, and supports A2DP streaming music and GPS units. The intercoms will work with up to four riders.
Other features include an integrated FM radio, VOX activation, AGC technology, PLC technology, and spoken status announcements. The system fits most three-quarter and full-face helmets and retails for $279.95 per pair.
Contact: Cardo Systems, 412-788-4533, www.cardosystems.com
ChatterBox has introduced the XBi2, what the company calls the “most advanced” Bluetooth bike-to-bike communication system on the market. You can link up to three riders and stream a Bluetooth-equipped cell phone, GPS, mp3 player and iPod while riding. A lithium polymer battery provides up to eight hours of runtime. This ChatterBox also comes with a one-hour express charger, noise-suppression microphone, speakers and mounting hardware.
Contact: ChatterBox USA, 888-452-2269, www.chatterboxusa.com
The Cycle Guys’ Sidemount Luggage System (SLS). Mounted to a sportbike’s stock passenger footpeg brackets, this system of saddlebags reportedly mounts in minutes without touching bodywork or seats. No brackets are bolted to subframes. No drilling or other modifications are necessary.
According to The Cycle Guys, most other saddlebags require mounting straps to be draped over passenger seats, rubbing on a bike's bodywork. Most other bags also need to be tied down so they don't fall off or flap in the breeze. Until now, the company says, the solution to this problem was a high-priced set of hard saddlebags with bike-specific mounting brackets.
With the SLS, each bag's angle is fully adjustable to clear turn signals and exhaust pipes, allowing them to sit properly and securely lock in place. SLS bags are rated at 10 lbs. each. Once the bags’ expansion flaps are unzipped, they'll easily hold full-face helmets. To keep smaller items organized inside, each bag has an elastic cargo net pouch.
The Cycle Guys Sidemount Luggage System comes with two SLS bags and a simple mounting system for most sport and standard motorcycles. They have a suggested retail price of $299 and will be available in May.
Contact: The Cycle Guys, 714-357-1102, www.thecycleguys.com
Enchantment Motor Sports has a product for making a motorcycle passenger’s ride more enjoyable: Love Handles Motorcycle Armrests. A release system allows them to pivot outward for easy-on, easy-off seating. Riders also can pivot them 180 degrees for an extra luggage carrier for lightweight gear. The armrests attach to a sissy bar: Remove the pad from the bar, secure the brackets on the bar, mount Love Handles and adjust for height, then replace the pad. The armrests are made in the U.S. with chromed steel, aluminum and weather-resistant synthetic leather. They with a 30-day money-back guarantee and carry a lifetime guarantee against defects. Suggested retail is $329. Studs, fringe or flames cost an extra $25, $30 and $60, respectively.
Contact: Enchantment Motor Sports LLC, 505-414-9676, www.motorcyclearmrest.com (Continued on page 2.)
Givi’s Airflow windshield system has a fully adjustable upper polycarbonate screen blade easily mounted and removed from a lower shield latching guide mechanism. The system offers a total height adjustment of 7 inches. Givi says the upper screen’s profile contours to give enhanced wind protection.
Givi says a key feature of this system is the venturi effect created when the wind is constricted between the upper and lower screens. The result is an accelerated force of air through the windshields that pushes the onrushing wind further up, above the rider, producing a turbulence-free zone. Givi says it designed the system to alleviate the common issues of buffeting and helmet turbulence, as well to reduce wind noise and increase rider wind protection.
The Airflow system starts at $239 (subject to make and model). The system is offered for at least these makes and models: BMW R1200GS, Honda Silverwing 600, Piaggio MP3 250/400, Suzuki Burgman 400, Suzuki DL650-DL1000, Yamaha Majesty 400, and Yamaha T-Max 500. New applications are on their way.
Contact: GIVI USA Inc., 877-679-4484,www.giviusa.com
Jims’ A Cut Above Custom Billet Saddlebag Latch Covers (part 6037 Chrome) are made in the U.S. for Twin Cam motorcycles. The covers offer a 15-letter custom engraving, giving a bagger a personal touch. The material is 6061-T6 aluminum. Jims claims the latch will easily bolt on to the OEM latch mechanisms on 1993-to-present Harley-Davidson Touring models. See the company’s website for instruction sheet No.6037-IS. The covers are available polished, chrome-plated or black-anodized.
Contact: Jims, 805-482-6913, www.jimsusa.com
Klim Adventure Rally jacket and pant are made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabrics that are waterproof, breathable and abrasion-resistant. Adding comfort are waterproof ventilation panels, a hydration system, and flexible d30 protectors, the molecules of which lock on impact to absorb impact energy.
The Klim Tactical Short ($79.99 retail) is designed to keep a male rider’s “equipment” stowed properly and to wick moisture away from his skin. The saddle area is constructed with a triple-density chamois that provides cushioning that reportedly helps absorb riding vibrations. Body-warmth-activated Rogers Poron Foam XRDTM is embedded in strategic locations to help absorb impacts. On impact, XRD’s high-performance molecules create a protective shield. The rest of the tagless short is polyester. Sizes range from XS to 3XL.
Klim’s polyester Stow Away Jacket is a light, breathable and waterproof shell that packs into its own pocket and includes Velcro straps that allow it to be connected to handlebars or elsewhere, ready for when sudden downpour catches a rider by surprise. Features include a Gore-Tex shell fabric, two layers, reflective logos, and a waterproof hood over which a helmet can be worn. The hood can also fold into the collar. The jacket retails for $199.99 and comes in sizes XS to 3XL in gray only.
Contact: Klim USA, 208-552-7433, www.klim.com
Küryakyn is continually coming out with new parts and accessories for metric cruisers to make them more touring-friendly. Here are just four of the latest.
The Universal Gadget Pouch (part 4195, $29.99 retail) is a simple, weather-resistant pouch that can protect a rider’s GPS. The pouch accommodates almost any size GPS, cell phone or iPod and can be mounted to the handlebars in seconds without any tools, according to Küryakyn. It’s touch-screen-compatible and works with or without the Küryakyn accessory mount. Kit includes a foam insert to accommodate smaller GPS units. The pouch is universal for bar mounting (3/4-inch to 1-3/4-inch diameter) and Küryakyn accessory mount plates.
Premium Floorboards for Driver or Passenger (part 4351, $159.99 retail) feature five splined mounts, allowing them to be fine-tuned for the rider or passenger. The boards have a chrome-finished base with chrome inlays in the foot pad rubber. The mounting component is sold separately. Installations on Softail models require mount kits. Installations on other models in place of a male mount foot peg require part 8883. When used with Retractable Passenger Pegs (part 4352), no adapters are needed.
Ribbed Floorboards for Driver or Passenger (part 4357, $129.99 retail) also have five thoughtfully placed splined mounts so they can be fine-tuned for the rider or passenger. The boards have a wrinkle-black-finished base. All the information pertaining to mounting components and installations in the previous paragraph also applies to this product.
Küryakyn says the Trident ISO Peg (part 7590, $49.99 retail) has all the features and comfort of the original ISO-Peg but with a whole new look. This small ISO-peg with male mount coordinates well with stock or custom footrests, the company says.
Contact: Küryakyn, 866.277.9598, www.kuryakyn.com
Leader Motorcycle Accessories’ Flat-Surface Mounting Bracket is intended for vehicles that don't have a round handlebar, but the owner still wants to mount his or her GPS, radio, iPod, phone, camera, beverage holder or other electronics. The bracket works on almost any flat surface, the manufacturer says. Applications include scooters, trikes and other motorcycles with panel space, as well as boats, ATVs and side-by-sides. Customers can move their item from motorcycle to ATV to boat with just one screw adjustment.
Leader Motorcycle says the chrome-plated bracket and electronics can be mounted at any angle (even “point down”), and the customer will never lose them.
The bracket is made in the U.S. and is compatible with TechMount and RAM systems. For more details, click here.
Leader Motorcycle’s latest Desert Dawgs rain guards are for the Honda VTX1300 and VTX1800. They are made to keep a rider’s legs and feet warm and dry. They reportedly
- minimize cold updrafts
- repel road spray from front wheel and flared front fender
- keep bug juice off motorcycle chrome (and legs)
- allow engine cooling — no temperature restriction
- are easy to put on and take off — three snaps, belt clip and hook-and-loop attachments
- do not affect bike handling
- accommodate all standard foot peg settings
- include Ultra Pockets for extra storage
Click here to see a demo video.
Leader Motorcycle’s eCaddy Deluxe GPS Mounting Kits include a chrome mounting bracket (choose from 1-inch round, 1.25-inch round, Harley controls or flat surface). The eCaddy Deluxe all-chrome plate with multi-faceted lug offers six different mounting angles. Riders can angle the GPS unit in any direction they choose, for better visibility or to reduce sun glare.
The company also sells eCaddy iPod/iPhone/Touch Mounting Kits with similar features.
Leader Motorcycle’s Roadrunner Drink Holder is now available with a stainless steel insulated travel mug or an “Ultra-Snap” insert for cans, water bottles, coffee cups, etc. All kits include chrome-plated mounting bracket/hardware and ring, which has a faceted lug to allow six different mounting angles.
Contact: Leader Motorcycle Accessories, 763-535-1440, www.leadermotorcycle.com
Left Coast Sports Innovations introduces the Grip-N-Ride belt, designed by enthusiast and inventor Mario Horvath to allow riders and passengers to ride together in safety and comfort. The Grip-N-Ride is a lightweight and durable kidney belt that can be worn on ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and scooters. The belt allows the rider to move around easily and provides handles on the front and back of the belt for passengers. The belt also features a pocket that will hold most mobile devices and secures to the wearer by Velcro and a buckle.
Contact: Left Coast Sports Innovations, 760-567-9007, www.grip-n-ride.com
LePera’s Villain seat was originally designed for touring bikes only. But the demand was so high, the company says, that Bob Jr. LePera added the Villain seat for 2004-2010 Harley-Davidson XLs and Softails and 2006-2010 Dynas. Suggested retail starts at $488.
Contact: LePera, 818-767-5110, www.lepra.com
Arizona-based Matrix Motosports recently became the exclusive distributor of Kriega products. The British brand includes high-end backpacks, luggage, hydration packs and other products (see them all at www.kriega.com).
According to the new importer, Kriega has long been a favorite brand among European motorcycle riders and members of the press. The backpacks are known for their patented Quadloc harness system, high-quality materials and overall fitment and durability. Kriega designs its backpacks specifically for motorcyclists, concentrating on the ergonomics of wearing a pack while riding. The company promises that a correctly adjusted Kriega pack will outperform any other backpack on the market.
The R30 shown is Kriega’s new flagship backpack. Available now, it retails for $219. It has a 30-liter capacity, measures 19.3 inches high, 11.8 inches wide and 8.3 inches deep, and features the Quadloc harness, CNC-machined T6 alloy buckles, organizer pockets and two water-resistant outer pockets. The main compartment is waterproof. The pack has adjusters at the hips and a closed-loop strap system up top, allowing it to fit a variety of riders.
“Kriega has only recently been made available in the U.S. and has been a bit of a secret until now,” Matrix Motosports’ Scott Conley stated in a news release. “Kriega offers an extensive line of backpacks, tank bags, waistpacks, fender packs, hydration packs and luggage, and we’re proud to say the new R30 is the most innovative bag Kriega has ever manufactured.”
Contact: Matrix Motosports LLC, 480-782-9300, www.matrixmotosports.com
Memphis Shades now makes a Batwing Fairing for the Suzuki Boulevard C-90. The aerodynamic fairing has an inner structure of black textured ABS and an outer structure of gloss black Lucite. The outer surface can also be painted. Like most of the Memphis Shades line, the C-90 Batwing Fairing uses the Memphis Shades’ Trigger Lock mounting kit. Once installed, the fairing requires no tools to detach or re-attach.
The fairing can accept optional wind deflectors. Small push-out plugs in the lower sections reveal pre-drilled mounting holes that allow for the installation of the deflectors.
Other accessories for the Batwing Fairing are the windshield tri-pouch for storage and four classic trim styles.
The fairing retails for $229.95, the mount kit for $137.95, the windshield for $69.95 and the Slim Line Trim for $39.95.
Memphis Shades also has new Batwing Fairings for the Victory Vegas and Kingpin models.
Contact: Memphis Shades Inc., 901-853-3668, www.memphisshades.com
Metalsport’s Billet Aluminum Touring Pack Rack is CNC-machined from T-6061 billet aluminum. According to the manufacturer, it fits easily to stock tour packs and is a bolt-on replacement for the optional stock Harley-Davidson unit. The rack is a rugged platform for securing tote bags, back packs and a variety of luggage. It’s available fully polished or finished in chrome or deep black chrome.
Contact: Metalsport, 562-776-9594, www.metasportwheels.com
Expedition Luggage Rack System ($359.95 retail) and Pelican Side Cases ($159.95 each) — from Moose Racing comes this powder-coated steel system with rear top rack, side mounts and universal mounting brackets. The system has multiple mounting points to distribute the load equally around the rear subframe of the motorcycle.
The Pelican cases are sold separately, and others can be used instead. Cases can be mounted and removed quickly using the system’s spring-and-pin design. Each case has external measurements of 19.78”x15.77”x7.41” and weighs 8.29 lbs. The cases require drilling to be mounted on the Expedition Luggage Rack System. Cases and system are made in the U.S.
Contac: Parts Unlimited, www.mooseracing.com (Continued on page 3.)
Mustang Motorcycle Products has a new one-piece Super Touring seat design. The bucket seat is lower to the ground than stock, and sits at 14 inches wide. To combat sagging, internal support wings are employed along the edges of the seat. The Super Touring seat is available plain or with chrome studs or chrome and black pearl studs, and with or without an adjustable driver backrest.
Contact: Mustang Motorcycle Products, 800-243-1392, www.mustangdealer.com
Nash Motorcycle Company’s Baggett Tool Bag is designed to store onboard tools. “The look of this bag is like no other tool bag on the market,” says the company. “It actually looks good on your bike. Be proud to carry some tools.”
Also new from NMC is a small leather bag made in the U.S. and intended for a jacket, registration and some tools. Added on to the side of the bag with reinforced leather is the company’s Nashty Ol’ Fuel Sling, which holds an extra quarter-gallon (33 fluid ounces) of fuel to give riders an extra boost in desperate riding situations. The fuel bottle gives riders an average of 10 miles extra riding time, according to NMC.
The fuel sling is handmade out leather and has adjustable straps, brass hardware, and snaps on its top and bottom so riders can slide the bottle out quickly. The aluminum bottle is included with the sling and has a 1-inch opening so that it's easy to fill at the pump. Riders desiring extra security, can buy two of them. Customers can also choose to add a gun sling to their bag to take their piece with them.
Contact: Nash Motorcycle Company, 360-693-4225, www.nashmotorcycle.com
Paughco says it designed its Bolt-On Wind Guards for serious touring and custom dresser machines. Precision-stamped from high-grade sheet metal, guards bolt directly to a variety of FL, FLH, FLHR, FLHT, FLHS and other models. Finished in chrome, the guards retail for $61.95 per pair. Contact Paughco for complete application details.
Contact: Paughco, 775-246-5738, www.paughco.com
Pirelli Angel ST tires. Sport-touring is a way of riding, not just a type of bike. With this in mind, Pirelli unveiled the Angel ST, a sport-touring tire that can be marketed to riders of standards, naked bikes and supersports. Pirelli says the tire offers high performance, high grip (wet or dry), high mileage and a reasonable cost. It’s the first tire in a new tire category: Extended Mileage Sport (EMS), the compound of which is tailored for the latest sport and supersport touring motorcycles.
The Angel ST uses Pirelli’s patented 0-degree steel radial belting for a compliant structure. Pirelli says that compared to its predecessor, the Diablo Strada, the Angel ST has improved grip in all conditions on bikes ranging from naked 600s to high-powered machines like the Hayabusa and Concours 14. Testing, the company says, has shown a substantial increase in estimated mileage over other supersport and sport-touring tires, with “unwavering, uniform and predictable grip for every one of those miles.”
The tire has a new profile, compounds and tread pattern. The result, Pirell says, is the balanced performance of Enhanced Patch technology (EPT), in which the contact patch is optimized through the coordination of these components.
According to Pirelli, the Angel ST has set seven FIM records, and garnered the 24-hour Duration World Record on one set of tires last spring, setting a record of 3,190.8 miles at average speed of 132.9 mph.
The Angel ST is available at the same retail prices as its predecessor: $179.95 for the front, $246.95 for the rear. Pirelli Tire North America last year announced that Western Power Sports distributes its tires in addition to Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties.
Powerlet’s Handlebar Power Outlet conversion kit retails for $129.95. "This is the next generation of handlebar-mounted cigarette lighter sockets," Powerlet's Adam Bonislawski says. "Intended for bars from 1 1/8-inch up to 1 1/4-inch diameter, this socket setup is CNC-machined from billet aluminum and packaged with a 60-inch wire harness, and unlike other auxiliary wiring sets, ours even includes an actual cigarette lighter. … This is our premium handlebar- or frame-mounted solution, Powerlet also offers an entry level model with a plastic rather than the CNC-machined billet aluminum."
Also new is Powerlet's PKT-103 Termin-8 onboard power outlet kit for powersports vehicle. It allows riders to plug in up to eight devices: GPS units, heated grips/heated gear, iPods, radar detectors, whatever.
"The PKT-103 Termin-8 Kit is the ideal solution for terminating multiple gadgets at the battery without the complexity of wiring in a fuse block," Bonislawski explains. "The Termin-8 ends all your electrical wiring hassles, and cleans up that tangled mess of pigtails hidden under the seat as well.
"Our engineers make sure the connectors are compatible, fuses are sized correctly and that voltage is properly regulated for safe operation," Bonislawski adds.
The kit is available in 12-, 24- and 36-inch harness lengths, and uses heavy 12 AWG wire. The Termin-8 terminal is reportedly capable of handling 30 amps. Suggested retail is $39.95.
Contact: Powerlet, 877-752-7835, www.powerletproducts.com
Saddlemen Deluxe Saddlebag Chaps With Storage Bags, which retail for $129.95, are covers that protect the saddlebag lids found on Harley-Davidson FLH models. Their soft backside is gentle to paint, and their durable, weather-impervious exterior keeps away road debris, boot scuffs and other dangers. When riders need a little more luggage capacity, they can attach the expandable Lid Storage Bags. Saddlemen says the black SaddleTuff material and artful contours blend seamlessly into the bike’s design. Installation takes about 10 minutes without drilling or bike modification, and though secure, the covers are easily removable. The product is also available as a lid cover only. Saddlemen products are distributed by Parts and Drag Specialties.
Shad is introducing the SH-49 top case and gives its SH-46 top case a new look for 2010.
The matte black SH-49 rounds out the range of large-sized top cases and is technically similar to the SH-50. Two full-size helmets fit into its 49-liter interior. An backrest and brake light can be attached. Suggested retail is $299.
Shad has changed the look of the SH-46 with a three-band front piece, new bi-color reflector and an inner line of metallic grey. The logo is highlighted in relief. Shad says the SH-46 is one of its top-selling cases in Europe. Close to 40,000 units have been sold during the last three years, it says. Suggested retail is $275 for the glossy black version, $329 for colors blue, red, silver or titanium. A backrest and brake light are again optional.
All Shad cases are sold with universal mounting plates as part of their standard equipment. This allows for mounting to any flat surface on the rear of a motorcycle or scooter.
Contact: Shad USA, 877-545-SHAD, www.shadusa.com
The flip-up face cover and shell of Shoei’s Multitec helmet join to form an aerodynamic streamline shape. A single-button release allows the chin bar/face shield to be opened with one hand. A central locking mechanism can be operated with either hand.
The model’s adjustable ventilation includes an upper air intake vent and a lower vent that directs airflow upward across the inside of the face shield. Shoei says this reduces fogging and turbulence.
The CX-1V face shield features Shoei’s QRBP (Quick-Release Base Plate) system, which allows tool-less shield removal and eliminates side covers. Adjustable base plates ensure an air-tight fit, the company says.
Contact: Helmet House, 818-880-0000, www.helmethouse.com
The Sidi Adventure rain boot, new for 2010, sports a unique combination of the brand’s best touring and off-road features. For inclement weather, the boot has a water-resistant-yet-breathable barrier. And for comfort it has a composite inner sole, a removable arch support and Cambrelle lining.
Contact: Motonation, 877-789-4940, www.motonation.com
Softbrake has introduced several new additions to its Super-Tech extended brake pedal lineup. Designed for 2008-2010 Harley-Davidson bagger models, the new arms are 2 inches longer than stock. They reportedly provide better braking control and pedal feedback for safer, more predictable stopping. Floorboard-compatible with baggers, the pedals are a bolt-on replacement part and accept factory rubber pads. All SoftBrake pedals are made from steel and finished in chrome or powder-coated black. Three different pedal designs are available: plain, slotted and circle-punched. The pedals retail for $149.95 and are available exclusively from North County Customs.
Contact: North County Customs, 714-680-0911, www.softbrake.com
Tour Master Transition Series 2 Jacket. Highlights include waterproof zippered chest vents, a zip-out quilted liner, a dual-zippered fanny pack, a sleeve pocket, a collar anchor snap and removable CE-approved armor and back protector. A waterproof-and-breathable Rainguard barrier is said to allow for dryness without perspiration buildup. Adjustable waist belts with TPR pulls help the wearer fin-tune the fit. Other colors include red, black, wine, yellow, sliver and high-visibility yellow. Suggested retail is $189.99.
Tour Master’s Centurion one-piece suit features a 600-denier Carbolex shell with 1680-denier ballistic polyester panel in the shoulders, forearms and knees. An Aqua-Barrier under-the-helmet hood, which stows in a hidden collar pocket, eliminates seepage to the collar area. The suit also has the Rainguard barrier and has zippered vents, removable armor, a zip-out quilted liner, waist-to-cuff side-entry zippers and adjustable sleeves. It comes in all-black or gun-metal/silver.
Contact: Helmet House, 888-406-1300, www.helmethouse.com
Twisted Throttle’s Admore Lite Bar features 54 bi-color LEDs in red and amber reportedly require a small electrical draw. This bolt-on item requires no special tools to hook up the electrical connections. Features include:
- Turn signals
- Running lights
- Brake light (3 seconds of modulation before becoming a solid brake light)
- Durable polycarbonate case
- Mounts easily to any flat surface or license plate using included hardware
Posi-Tap electrical connectors require no cutting or soldering of existing wiring to achieve positive, sealed light connections. MSRP is $129. Related video: http://tinyurl.com/litebar
Also new from Twisted Throttle is the Storm handguard for streetbike riders in need of weather protection during the cooler months and long rides. It’s made by Australia’s Barkbusters (www.barkbusters.net). The Storm, which comes in black or chrome, can be fitted or removed in minutes and is available with two mounting systems, one which mounts directly to the handlebar and one into the bar end. These allow the Storm to be fitted to most late-model naked, semi-faired and cruiser motorcycles.See online application chart for details at http://www.barkbusters.net/products/what-fits-my-bike.html
Contact: Twisted Throttle LLC, 401-284-4200, www.twistedthrottle.com
Willie & Max’s Black Jack Series of Traditional Bags are made out of a black synthetic leather, a textured black synthetic leather accent panel and black hardware accents. The saddlebags have a universal throw-over system with a zip-off yoke and quick-release buckles.
Available now, the line consists of two styles of saddlebags: compact slant and large, along with a tour trunk, sissy bar bag and tool pouch. All have quick-release buckles and have plastic reinforcing for shape retention and added stability.
Suggest retail prices start at $60.50 for the tool pouch and go up to $209.95 for the large slant saddlebags.
Contact: Willie & Max, 800-558-7755, www.willieandmax.com
Yamaha is now distributing certain Shad top and side cases for four Yamaha models.
“Partnering directly with Yamaha is key to our strategic vision for further growth in the USA,” Michael Schuiten, managing dirictor of Shad USA, stated. “Shad will be a featured product within Yamaha’s ‘Distributed by Yamaha’ program.”
Applications include top and side cases for the FZ6, and top case options for the FZ1, Tmax and Majesty. Sizes range from the 40-liter SH-40 (right) to Shad’s top model, the 50-liter SH-50.
Shad is just one recent addition to Yamaha’s growing list of “Distributed by Yamaha” products. Says Yamaha’s Bret Snider, “The Shad product was a logical choice due to the quality, attractive styling, and highly functional design. The selected side and top cases nicely complete our offering of luggage solutions for Yamaha customers.”
Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, 800-962-7926, www.yamah-motor.com
Posted by Arlo Redwine