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Fly Racing Tail Bag

Fly Racing Tail Bag
The Fly Racing Tail Bag holds 20.5 liters unexpanded, and 27 liters when fully expanded.

Despite possessing a fair amount of motorcycle touring experience, I’ve never been particularly good at packing light. It’s not entirely an obsession with bringing lots of creature comforts–I also wear size 13 shoes, one pair of which can wipe out a small saddlebag if I have to bring more than the boots on my feet.

When I do need more space I usually break out some soft luggage. The easiest type of bag to add to any luggage ensemble or use on its own is the good ol’ seat bag or tail bag. Important features to look for include a simple but safe and reliable mounting system; the ability to expand when you need to bring back more than you left with; and at least a little bit of style to complement your bike. Fly Racing’s 20.5-liter Tail Bag offers all of this and more at an affordable price, including a red-lined interior that makes finding stuff inside easier, and internal stiffeners with flaps that flip up to support it when the bag is expanded to its full 27-liter capacity.

Fly Racing Tail Bag
Once expanded, the tail bag hold up to 27 liters worth of stuff.

At 15 inches long, 9 inches wide and 8.5 inches high unexpanded, the Fly Racing Tail Bag is intended to be mounted lengthwise on a passenger seat/luggage rack, and its unique but simple mounting system makes it easy to do so if you have the space. Instead of bungees or straps with quick-release buckles, there are four nylon web straps with loops at one end and swivel clips at the other, with a simple strap retainer in between that is used to adjust the length. It takes a bit of fiddling to get them all properly adjusted and the bag clipped to the bike, but once you do it’s not going anywhere. And you don’t have to undo the straps to remove the bag and take it with you, because it unzips from its base.

Fly Racing Tail Bag
Once mounted to the bike, it’s easy to unzip the tail bag and carry it with you.

The strap clips snap onto plastic loops on the bottom corners of the base, which have flaps underneath to keep them from scratching paint. Four additional loops can be used to strap stuff to the top of the bag, and there’s a key keeper inside. Two zippered pockets on the sides of the bag and organizer pockets inside the lid are great for small items, and the piping and logos on the black bag are reflective. In addition to the sewn-on carry handle the bag comes with a shoulder strap and a rain cover. Unexpanded the bag holds my big ol’ tennis shoes, toilet kit, first aid kit, MotoPump, flat kit and tire irons, and I can cram in a jacket liner by expanding it.

The zippers for the base and lid seem on the light-duty side for this application, but I haven’t had any problems with them so far, and Fly Racing offers a 2-year warranty for workmanship and materials. At an MSRP of $89.95 the Fly Racing Tail Bag is economical in addition to versatile, capacious and secure. Also available are Saddle Bags ($119.95) with similar features that integrate with the Tail Bag  as well as several nice tank bags.

For more information, see your dealer or visit flyracing.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Trilobite Rally Jacket | Gear Review

Trilobite Rally jacket
The Trilobite Rally jacket is made of abrasion-resistant Trilobitex that looks like waxed cotton.

Before disappearing in the mass extinction at the end of the Paleozoic era about 252 million years ago, trilobites were one of the most enduring early animals, thriving in the seas for more than 300 million years. Much credit for their survival goes to the arthropod’s tough exoskeleton, which resembles an articulated motorcycle back protector.

This flexible protective shell (and more than likely a few beers) was the inspiration for the name Trilobitex, a strong denim-like material at the heart of the Trilobite premium aramid apparel line. It includes jackets, shirts, gloves and men’s and women’s riding jeans, all designed in the Czech Republic and imported to the U.S. by Motonation.

Trilobite’s Rally jacket jumped off the catalog page at me thanks to its traditional but stylish waxed cotton and denim look. A technical touring jacket, the Rally’s outer materials include Trilobitex in the impact and abrasion areas, which is a laminate of Dyneema denim (said to have extremely high tensile strength), a Kevlar layer for abrasion and tearing resistance and a Tri-Tex waterproof membrane.

All told Trilobitex is far stronger and more abrasion resistant than Cordura nylon but looks like denim. The rest of the jacket features waxed cotton laminated with Kevlar and a Tri-Tex membrane for good looks, durability and waterproofness, and YKK zippers are used throughout.

Trilobite Rally jacket
The Trilobite Rally jacket comes in men’s sizes S-2XL.

Backing up the Rally’s rugged shell is CE Level 2 armor in the shoulders and elbows, and there’s a pocket for an optional $79 CE Level 2 back protector. For additional warmth and water resistance, the jacket includes a zip-out Thermolite vest and zip-out Tri-Tex waterproof jacket liner that can be worn separately. With the liners out the Rally jacket is a nice weight for warm-weather riding, and large zippered vents on the chest, back and sleeves flow lots of air.

Comfort and fit are enhanced with soft-touch material on the cuffs and collar, which has a strap retainer, and adjustable waist belts and sleeve straps. Cargo capacity is immense, too, with a total of nine pockets, including a large zippered hunter’s pocket on the lower back, and interior wallet and media pockets. For conspicuity there’s a reflective Trilobite logo emblazoned across the back.

With the Tri-Tex liner zipped in the Rally jacket is thoroughly waterproof, and it takes a real gully washer to make it leak even with the liner out. I find it the perfect weight for three-season riding with mild summers, and I really like the look and fit. The Trilobite Rally jacket comes in Dark Blue/Black in men’s sizes S-2XL and goes for $319 with a one-year warranty. 

For more information, call (619) 401-4100 or visit motonation.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Bel-Ray Bike Wash, Detailer and Fuel Treatment

Bel-Ray Bike Detailer, Fuel Treatment and Bike Wash.
Bel-Ray Bike Detailer, Fuel Treatment and Bike Wash.

Keep your bike looking good and running well with Bike Wash, Detailer and Fuel Treatment from Bel-Ray. Start with Bike Wash, which softens and lifts dirt and grime without scrubbing and is environmentally friendly, then finish with the Silicone Detailer & Protectant Spray for a spectacular finish. Use the All-In-One Fuel Treatment regularly to keep fuel lines and injectors clean and neutralize harmful effects of ethanol, and keep fuel fresh for storage. See dealer for pricing.

Visit belray.com.

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New Gear: Cortech Standard and Primary Riding Jeans

Cortech Primary motorcycle riding jeans (front and rear).
Cortech Primary motorcycle riding jeans (front and rear).

Stay protected with a casual look in Cortech’s new Standard ($124.99) or Primary ($199.99) riding jeans. Both feature a relaxed fit and mid-rise waist, with pockets for optional SAS-TEC knee and hip armor. The Standard is constructed from 14-oz. denim lined with Kevlar from waist to shin, while the Primary is made from a blend of 13.5-oz denim, Cordura nylon and Kevlar for single-layer comfort. Both are available in blue in men’s waist sizes 30-42, all with a 32-inch inseam.

See your dealer or visit cortech.net.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Nelson-Rigg Route 1 Cruiser Luggage Collection

Nelson-Rigg Route 1 Cruiser luggage collection
Nelson-Rigg Route 1 Cruiser luggage collection.

Nelson-Rigg’s Route 1 Cruiser collection of touring luggage offers a range of storage solutions for everything from a weekend getaway to a long-haul road trip. The collection consists of the Traveler trunk bag, Journey magnetic tank bag and five different backrest rack bags. All are made with UltraMax fabric that’s highly UV-resistant, with reflective piping, rigid construction, rain covers and inner and outer pockets. Pricing starts at $79.95 and every piece carries a lifetime warranty.

Call (714) 850-1811 or visit nelsonrigg.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Forcefield Pro Shirt X-V

Forcefield Pro Shirt X-V
Forcefield Pro Shirt X-V.

Get the maximum in safety, comfort and durability with the Forcefield Pro Shirt X-V ($279). This armored shirt zips on and fits snug to your body, ensuring the removable CE Level 2 shoulder, elbow, back and chest armor stays put. The soft BeCool base layer fabric is lighter weight and even more breathable than before, while new “X” vents and armor windows provide increased airflow for comfort on hot days. The Pro Shirt X-V is available in black in unisex sizes S-XL.

Call (619) 401-4100 or visit motonation.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Scorpion Vortex Air Jacket

Scorpion Vortex Air jacket.
Scorpion Vortex Air jacket.

With a combination of Rhino-Mesh, which is three times more abrasion-resistant than typical mesh, and regular large-gauge mesh, the Vortex Air jacket from Scorpion offers up to 30 percent more airflow than standard mesh jackets. Features include CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armor, a high-density back pad, 360-degree reflectivity and a removable waterproof liner. Available in men’s sizes S-5XL in Black, and S-3XL in Dark Gray and Hi-Viz, starting at $169.95.

See your dealer or visit scorpionusa.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Highway 21 Axle Riding Shoes

Highway 21 Axle Riding Shoes.
Highway 21 Axle Riding Shoes.

Highway 21’s Axle riding shoe was designed to be a legit riding shoe that can also double as an everyday sneaker. Sporting the protection you need and the comfort you want, the Axle seamlessly goes from your bike to everyday life. It features a durable textile upper with breathable mesh comfort liner, an oil- and crush-resistant sole with a composite shank, reinforced toe and heel boxes and dual-density ankle protection. The Axle is available in Black in men’s sizes 6-14 for $99.95.

See your dealer or visit highway21.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Nolan N-Com B901 Bluetooth Communication System

Nolan N-Com B901.
Nolan N-Com B901.

Get Bluetooth communication system integration with reduced aerodynamic impact with the N-Com B901 ($319.95) for Nolan helmets. The N-Com B901 features universal pairing to other Bluetooth communication systems, phones and MP3 players, VOX capability and many other features. Manage your device and download software updates from PCs or Macs, and use the N-Com Easyset app to easily adjust settings. Fits Nolan helmets with either rear or side N-Com installation.

See your dealer or visit nolan-usa.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

New Gear: Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 Tires

Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 tires.
Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 tires.

The new Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 is a 60/40 off-/on-road ADV tire with a highly rigid and durable compound. The rear features a large tread block cross section for great grip and traction, while the front employs a new technology that optimizes the block wall angle to prevent uneven wear and improve durability. The Adventurecross is available in four front and five rear sizes, and while tubeless most sizes can be used with a tube-type rim. Prices start at $116.95.

See your dealer or visit motorcycle-karttires.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com