Personalizing Harley-Davidson’s newest Softail, the FLS Slim, is as easy as thumbing through The Motor Company’s Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories Spring 2012 catalog supplement and placing an order with your local dealer. Among the additions seen here: Gloss Black Fork Cover Kit ($139.95) and Lower Fork Sliders ($389.95), Headlamp Trim Ring ($29.95), Solo Spring [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Building a custom, updating a sportbike or just eager to have some cool instrumentation on your bike? KOSO could be your one-stop shopping center. For more than 20 years, this Canadian company has been an OEM supplier of instruments for a number of car, ATV, snowmobile and motorcycle manufacturers and has now moved into the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you own a 2007 or later Harley-Davidson FL bagger or a 2006 or newer H-D Dyna, you probably have grown tired of burning your hand when checking the oil while the engine is hot. For those of you who don’t know, the engine oil for these bikes resides in a reservoir within the six-speed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
“Hang on, baby!” If you’ve been a passenger on a motorcycle, especially a high-performance model, you’ve probably heard those words before. If you were lucky, you’d already wrapped your arms around the waist of Mr. Wheelie King. Or maybe you had a firm grip on the passenger grab handles or seat strap—assuming the bike was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Enhance the apex experience on your late-model Harley-Davidson Dyna, XR1200, Sportster or Triumph Thruxton with a set of Progressive’s 970 Series shocks ($999.99). These piggyback-style dampers use a gas-charged monotube design with progressive springing and deflective disc valving that routes fluid through separate circuits for a premium-quality ride. Manufactured in the U.S., the 970s are externally adjustable [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ouch, that hurts! The KTM Grab Handle By Moose Racing ($39.95) reduces the risk of burning your hand or forearm on a hot muffler when lifting your 2011 KTM XC, XCF, SX or SXF and any 2012 KTM dirtbike onto a service stand or off the track or trail after a tumble. Manufactured in the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
CW Evaluation: Shorai Lithium Iron eXtreme-Rate LFX Battery After two years, it’s still everything it’s cranked up to be.
Pity Burns’s poor old R1, abandoned for weeks on end to sit home while shiny new testbikes get ridden instead. Well, if it sits home, it’s not so bad, because then it gets plugged into the trusty battery charger. But if it gets left where there is no charger, sometimes the old girl just doesn’t [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Yamaha’s V-Four-engined VMax may be the ultimate musclebike, but tipping the scales at nearly 700 pounds, it sure is heavy! Blackstone Tek’s five-spoke 18-inch carbon-fiber wheels weigh a claimed combined 25.2 lb.—8.25 lb. for the front and 16.95 for the rear—and are said to dramatically improve handling. Aluminum hubs are CNC-machined for a perfect original-equipment [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Öhlins Electronic Suspension – Feature First in a new generation of TTX electronic shocks: upgrade for BMW GS, sportbikes to follow.
The future of suspension is unfolding right in front of our eyes. In a few short years, screwdrivers and shock-preload spanners will be a distant memory. For many current BMW and Ducati owners, they already are. But what if you don’t like the performance of your factory-issued electronic suspension or the range of its adjustments? [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Speed Armor High Impact Skid Plates ($39.95) are manufactured in the U.S. by Cycra Racing of injection-molded, high-impact plastic. They install in seconds using supplied high-strength zip ties, offer drain-plug access for quick, easy oil changes and come in six colors—Black, Blue, Red, Gray, Green or Orange—to match most late-model two- and four-stroke Honda, Yamaha, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)