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Harley-Davidson Knucklehead: Eighty Years: An expert’s perspective on perfection

By Greg Field Motorbooks Hardbound, 200 pages $50 (but available for less). Available now from quality book sellers and the usual internet sources www.quartoknows.com Reviewed by Kip Woodring “Anorak” /ˈænəræk/ is British slang which refers to a person who has a very strong interest, perhaps obsessive, in niche subjects. This interest may be unacknowledged or not understood by the general ...

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Nolan N104 EVO helmet: Bellissimo Casco

Beautiful things come from Italy: Maserati, Sophia Loren, lobster-filled ravioli with foie gras and saffron. And this beauty, the Nolan N104 EVO helmet, even makes me look good. The N-104 is what Nolan refers to as the evolution of modular helmets, beginning with the first and original N-100 back in 1998. And this line certainly has evolved during that timeframe, ...

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STX36D Blackline Shock Absorbers: Control and comfort

Until recently, I was pretty happy with the set of aftermarket shocks that had been installed when my 2000 FXD was nearly new. However, when the shocks started to leak (my fault—I never had them serviced), it was an opportunity to try something new—the Öhlins STX36D Shock Absorbers. Öhlins is known as a top-of-the-line company founded in 1976 that provides ...

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Lithium Ion Battery: Traveling Light

BikeMaster DLFP-30L-BS $319.95 Bikemaster.com Electronic advancements during the last 20 years have propelled motorcycles into an era of techno gadgetry unimagined by our fathers. With more innovative farkels being unveiled on a weekly basis, power requirements constantly tax both charging and storage systems. Toss in extra cubic inches and high-compression engines and you have a recipe for potential failure when ...

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The Amazing Victor McLaglen Motor Corps: Trophies and thrills

The Amazing Victor McLaglen Motor Corps: The History of the Oldest Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team in the World 1935–2014 by Ruth H. Fisher thevmmc.com $18.47 Reviewed by Wendell Perry Who was Victor McLaglen and how did he become involved with a motorcycle stunt team? What is it like to ride a speeding motorcycle through a tunnel of fire? How ...

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DARKshift lenses: Looking good

7eye $180 www.7eye.com Joe cools, jeepers creepers where did you get those peepers? Or as we called them in the service—catch me, “feel” me-glasses. I’m paraphrasing on that last one. No matter what you call them we all depend on, and use, some sort of eye protection when we ride. If you’re like me sunglasses are downright necessary. I, along ...

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Saddlebag Gun Holster Kit: Lock ’n’ Load

Innovative Storage Solutions LLC Sizes S–XL ($39.95-$45.95) storagepouches.com Since someone first strapped an engine to two wheels, the safety nannies have bawled about the dangers of motorcycling. Yet bikers embraced the risks, acknowledging that the thrill outweighs the peril. But it seems the world is becoming increasingly hostile and, as good ol’ terra firma lists a little more to the ...

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MSX1 Rear View Helmet: Eyes in the back of your head

Reevu reevuamerica.com 877.766.2668 $399.99 So-called “smart helmets” have been in the news lately, mainly due to the spectacular failure of Skully, the now-defunct startup company that was leading the “smart helmet” charge. However, Reevu has been offering riders a viable rear-view system in its helmets for many years, and the latest MSX1 Rear View Helmet design boasts some features, which ...

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The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling Review: Grab bag of facts, fun and sound advice

by Lynda Lahman Luminamedia.com $24.95 With the 35 percent growth of women motorcyclists between 2003 and 2012, companies are finally taking notice and letting women ride on their own terms. The Women’s Guide to Motorcycling: Everything a Woman Needs to Know about Bikes, Equipment, Riding, and Safety by Lynda Lahman takes the past, the present and the future of women ...

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