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Nelson-Rigg Dual-Sport Saddlebags and Tail Bag | Gear Review

Nelson-Rigg Saddlebags and Tail Bags Review

My first street-legal motorcycle was a Honda XL500R dual-sport, and as a teenager I rode the wheels off that thumper, generally wearing a backpack to carry stuff since securely fitting the soft luggage available then to its skinny seat and fenders was a pain. Like our dual-sport bikes of today, however, soft luggage for them has advanced considerably, enough that it’s now possible to quickly and securely attach enough for an on-/off-road overnighter, even on my little Yamaha WR250R.

Nelson-Rigg recently released a pair of Dual-Sport/Enduro Saddlebags that hold 12 liters per side, or 15 liters per side expanded, a good size for a short camping trip into the backwoods or trips to the grocery store on most dual-sport singles. Constructed of UV treated, water-resistant Tri-Max fabric with an anti-slip/scratch protective panel on the back, their kidney shape is well suited to the upswept tail section and muffler of the typical dual-sport bike, and the lengthwise zipper on top makes it easy to load larger items—I was able to slip a large roll of paper towels and four cans of soda easily into one without even expanding it. Should you need more space, a circumferential zipper unzips to expand the bags outward, and there’s a pouch pocket for tools and whatnot on the underside of each.

Nelson-Rigg Saddlebags and Tail Bags Review

The mounting system starts with the usual pair of adjustable hook-and-loop straps that go over the seat. Then you tie off the front of the bags with a slip-buckle strap that also serves as a tensioner for the load in the bag along with another tensioning strap on the outside. The aft straps attach to an adjustable harness with U-shaped buckles on each end that slips onto the rear fender. It takes a bit of fiddling to get everything adjusted properly, but once you do the bags end up better secured to the bike than typical saddlebags. They still aren’t held down as tightly as bag types that attach to a separate harness, and these saddlebags aren’t waterproof, so I would categorize them as medium-duty, best for on-road and light, dry off-road riding. Make sure to have a heat shield in place if a bag would otherwise contact a muffler.

Nelson-Rigg’s Dual-Sport Saddlebags do hold a lot, and their top lengthwise zipper (versus a roll-down opening) makes them very convenient to use. To add even more capacity, Nelson-Rigg’s Trails End Dual-Sport Tail Bag holds 6.5 liters or 11 liters expanded, attaches easily to lots of motorcycle types—not just dual-sports—and its rugged UltraMax fabric construction holds it shape when empty. Zippers are water-resistant and also keep out dirt and dust, and there’s a Molle panel on the lid for attaching even more stuff. This tail bag is perfectly sized for my soft lunchbox, for example, and has tie-down straps inside to secure the load.

Nelson-Rigg Saddlebags and Tail Bags Review

As long as your off-road adventures aren’t too gnarly, this Nelson-Rigg saddlebag/tail bag combo is a convenient solution to dual-sport luggage needs. The Dual-Sport/Enduro Saddlebags go for $142.95 and the Trails End Dual-Sport Enduro Tail Bag is $119.95.

Nelson-Rigg Saddlebags and Tail Bags Review

For more information, visit Nelson-Rigg.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Hepco & Becker Engine & Tank Guards | Gear Review

Hepco Becker engine guards

Because adventure motorcycles tend to be heavier, more feature-laden bikes, when ridden off-road the likelihood of a dirt nap doing expensive damage is pretty high, so they really need factory or aftermarket guards to protect vulnerable engine parts and fragile plastic (paradoxically making the bike heavier still, but such is life). In an effort to keep my Honda Africa Twin as light as possible yet protected from horizontal misadventures, I recently bolted on a set of German-made Hepco & Becker Engine and Tank Guards acquired from Moto Machines. Available in your choice of shiny stainless steel or black powder coat for a variety of ADV machines, both the tank guard and engine guards are made of tubular steel using a strong but minimalist design that keeps weight down without sacrificing any protection — the black $301.68 Tank Guard weighs 8 pounds and the $272.85 Engine Guards weigh 5.5 pounds total. Their installation kits come with everything you need to securely mount all four main left and right pieces in about 90 minutes, using existing bolt holes on the bike’s frame, so there’s no drilling or cutting required.

Hepco Becker engine guards on Honda Africa Twin

On the 2016 and later Africa Twins, the tank guard attaches at the front engine mount on each side, with another frame mounting point under the headlight. Hepco & Becker’s instructions are pretty good, and with a bit of creative contortion I was able to install the tank guard by myself with basic hand tools, though a helper would have made it easier. The engine guards bolt on in several places around the twin’s bottom end for maximum protection, and only required removing the skid plate and loosening some exhaust bolts to install (and Moto Machines offers a tough-looking Hepco & Becker Skid Plate for $313.20 that could be added at this time). The left engine guard is wide enough to accommodate the Africa Twin’s optional dual-clutch automatic transmission, so there’s a sizable gap between it and the engine on my manual trans model, but it doesn’t stick out any farther than the Tank Guard. The toes of my size-13 boots contact the back of the engine guards occasionally, but they don’t interfere with using the brake pedal or shift lever on the manual trans model.

In addition to protecting the engine and fairing from most tipovers, rocks, etc., the bars make great places to mount auxiliary lights, luggage, cruising pegs and more. The Tank Guard has hole tabs on each side for the optional Bracing Bow ($99.50) that crosses in front of the radiator, and Moto Machines also offers a Headlamp Guard ($114.01) for the Africa Twin’s expensive LED headlight that bolts on top of the Tank Guard. Overall it’s well-made protection that bolts on quickly and easily and can save you far more than it costs when your ride goes sideways.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Nelson-Rigg Tool Roll | Gear Review

Nelson-Rigg motorcycle tool roll kit

Does anyone carry tools anymore? With everyone packing smartphones, credit cards and roadside assistance, not to mention the reliability of modern motorcycles, some folks just hope for the best. But if you’re a touring rider who logs days or weeks on your motorcycle, especially if you venture far from home or off-road into remote areas, then you know that an ounce of preparation can save you a pounding headache.

These days most motorcycles come with woefully inadequate toolkits. There may be a cheapo screwdriver and perhaps a wrench or two, but that’s about it. You won’t be repairing your throttle-by-wire system out in the field, but you might need to tighten a mirror or a bolt that has vibrated loose. And, just as packing a rain suit seems to keep the rain at bay, carrying a well-stocked toolkit — and staying on top of your motorcycle’s maintenance schedule — may help you avoid problems in the first place. 

The best way to carry tools is in a tool roll, like this one from Nelson-Rigg. Made of abrasion-resistant UltraMax polyester, it’s black on the outside but has a high-visibility orange interior that makes it easy to see what’s what. The main compartment has pockets of varying widths with elastic loops to hold tools in place, and there are separate elastic loops to hold CO2 tire-inflation cartridges or tightly rolled stacks of $100 bills. There’s also a small, zippered mesh pocket to hold easy-to-lose items like extra bolts, nuts, etc. A large flap folds over the main compartment, and when spread out it’s a convenient place to put removed hardware or parts so they’re easy to see. The rolled-up roll secures with a long hook-and-loop strap that adjusts to accommodate whatever you decide to pack in there.

My tool roll is stocked with what I need for dual-sport rides, including combo tire iron/axle wrenches, rim protectors, a Leatherman multi-tool with extra bits and a bit driver extender, wrenches and sockets specific to my bike, vice grips, a JB Weld seal stick, zip ties, nitrile gloves, a tow strap and other odds and ends. Spend some time assembling a set of tools that includes only the essentials, and keep your tool roll, flat-repair kit, pump and first-aid kit in your saddlebag.

Nelson Rigg’s Rigg Gear Adventure Tool Roll measures 13.75 x 10.5 inches, costs $24.95 and comes with a lifetime warranty. Also available is a Rear Fender Bag ($55.95) that includes the tool roll. 

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

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Wunderlich Navigator Lock for BMW RT Central Lock System | Gear Review

Wunderlich Navigator Lock secures the GPS on 2014 and newer BMW R 1200/1250 RT motorcycles
Wunderlich Navigator Lock secures the GPS on 2014 and newer BMW R 1200/1250 RT motorcycles equipped with factory central lock system.

BMW’s liquid-cooled R 1200 RT and R 1250 RT models are available with a factory installed GPS mount ideally positioned at the top of the instrument panel. To install your BMW Navigator 4, 5 or 6 GPS, you just push it in place…click. To remove it, you push a release button on the side of the binnacle. But that convenient push-to-release feature also puts your GPS at risk for a quick crime of opportunity by a passing scofflaw. Of course, you can just take your GPS with you or lock it in a pannier whenever you leave the bike unattended, but that’s a hassle, especially when touring.

Your humble scribe is not the only RT rider who’s wondered why BMW didn’t include some way to lock the GPS in place, especially on RT’s like mine equipped with central locking that secures both panniers, both fairing pockets and the top case, by pressing a button on the remote or the handlebars. Now Wunderlich offers the Navigator Lock for 2014 and newer RT’s. It’s a mechanism powered by a servomotor that disables the navigator release mechanism when you activate the bike’s central lock system. The servomotor attaches neatly out of sight, beneath the bike’s nosepiece, and plug-and-play electrical connections piggyback off the actuator for a fairing compartment lock. Accessing the space to install the unit and make the connections is a straightforward job following the supplied instructions. Here are a few observations for the installation:

Wunderlich Navigator Lock secures the GPS on 2014 and newer BMW R 1200/1250 RT motorcycles
The RT’s GPS release button (red arrow) is the object of the Wunderlich Navigator Lock. When the bike’s factory central lock system is engaged, the button is mechanically disabled, securing the GPS in its mount. When central locking is disengaged, the release button works.

After removing the windscreen and nose piece, the frame of the Navigator Lock slots in behind the GPS mount and, with a little coaxing, over two plastic nibs on the nose piece. It’s not going anywhere. The actuator aligns with an opening and, once deployed by engaging the central lock system, mechanically disables the GPS release mechanism. The right audio speaker gets in the way of wire routing, so remove the grill and the speaker itself, then route the lock’s power cord down through the opening.

The Navigator Lock fits neatly underneath the RT’s nose piece.
The Navigator Lock fits neatly underneath the RT’s nose piece.

To source power and the bike’s central locking system, the side panel must come off. If you haven’t removed the side panel before, look up the procedure in your owner’s manual. Do it wrong and you may snap off the side panel’s fragile mounting tabs. After removing the screws from the panel’s inner side, gently pull the panel outward until the male pins pull out from the female rubber mounts — and no farther. Next, gently push the panel in a 10 o’clock direction (looking at the bike from the right side) to separate the tabs from their slots on the adjoining panel. When routing the lock’s power cord down the side, don’t be confused by the bars in the drawing, which are Wunderlich tip-over protection.

Wunderlich Navigator Lock secures the GPS on 2014 and newer BMW R 1200/1250 RT motorcycles
Plug-and-play wiring piggybacks off the right fairing pocket lock actuator.

Disconnect the OEM plug as shown, then insert the two connectors into the two mating plugs from the Wunderlich wire harness. In the USA, top-of-the-line RT’s with central locking typically also have Sirius satellite radio. The satellite antenna must be removed from its mounting bracket and placed on the frame of the Wunderlich lock on a pre-mounted adhesive pad. I found an old set of feeler gauges were rigid enough to cut through the adhesive and flexible enough to not damage the antenna. You’ll have to remove the OEM antenna bracket, as the Navigator Lock needs to occupy that space. This step wasn’t in the supplied instructions, but it became clear during reassembly that the bracket had to go. Pull up at either end and wiggle it out. Peel off the release paper to expose the new adhesive on the Wunderlich frame and stick on the antenna. Test the Navigator Lock to confirm it works, then button everything back together.

The Wunderlich Navigator Lock works as described, disabling/enabling the RT’s GPS release mechanism using the bike’s central locking feature. For $219.95 and a couple hours in installation time, you get a handy and worthwhile feature that BMW should have provided in the first place.

For more information call (828) 489-3747 or visit wunderlichamerica.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Warm & Safe Cyber Hot Seat | Gear Review

Warm & Safe Cyber Hot Seat installed on a KTM 790 Adventure
Warm & Safe Cyber Hot Seat installed on a KTM 790 Adventure.

Heated seats are something of a luxury item on motorcycles (though more and more common in passenger vehicles), and not all of us can afford or want to add an aftermarket heated seat to our bike(s) if not originally equipped. Enter the Cyber Hot Seat from Warm & Safe, a heated seat pad designed to fit just about any motorcycle or scooter. Installation on our KTM 790 Adventure test bike was fairly straightforward, and accessing the battery terminals on the KTM to attach the pigtail was the toughest part — certainly not the fault of Warm & Safe. The pad itself attaches with hook-and-loop straps that run under the seat; the power cable that plugs into the pigtail runs off the right front strap. Once strapped on, I was concerned that the pad would slip around, especially when mounting/dismounting, but the grippy print on the underside kept it firmly in place.

There are three heat levels (plus off), controlled with a big button built into the front center of the pad; it lights up red (high), white (medium) and blue (low) in that order to indicate heat level. The first time I tried the pad I was wearing regular nylon riding pants and the medium setting was plenty hot. But when it’s really cold out I bundle up, so one particularly brisk morning I suited up in denim jeans and the thickest, heaviest-duty piece of riding apparel I own: an Aerostich Roadcrafter 3 suit. Even with those two layers between my skin and the pad, it only took about a minute before I felt the heat of the high setting, and turned it down to medium after a while because it was so warm.

Whether turned on or off, the Cyber Hot Seat is useful as an extra cushioning layer and I didn’t find the inner heating elements to be uncomfortable; in fact I couldn’t really feel them. One important note, however, is that unless you are installing the pad onto a switched circuit in a fuse block, it’s important to remember to turn the pad off when you park, lest you come back to a dead battery. (The Cyber Hot Seat draws 1.3A and 18W at 13.8V.) It comes with the 12V battery pigtail; a 12V cigarette adaptor, 12V Euro plug adaptor, 7.4V battery, 7.4V adaptor cable and other accessories are also available. Suggested retail is $149.95, but as of print time for this review it’s been on-sale online for $99.95. 

For more information, call (702) 357-8664 or visit warmnsafe.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

Quad Lock Smartphone Case and Mount | Gear Review

Quad Lock phone case and mount motorcycle iPhone

The smartphone has become the universal device, providing us with multiple means of communication, access to the Internet, a camera, a GPS and much more. Mounting a smartphone to your motorcycle allows you to use it for navigation as well as audio prompts, music and calls if paired to a Bluetooth helmet communicator.

Mounts are like mousetraps — everybody has tried to build a better one. There’s a wide variety of mounting systems, most of which attach to the motorcycle’s handlebar, as well as a wide variety of phone cradles. The cradle is a critical part of the design because having a phone come loose and bounce down the freeway at 70 mph is heart wrenching, not to mention expensive and inconvenient. That happened to one of our staffers a few years ago, and I’ve been wary of smartphone mounts ever since.

Quad Lock is an Australian company that has designed a simple yet rather ingenious mounting system. It starts with the Quad Lock smartphone case, which is made of tough, smooth-yet-grippy polycarbonate with a shock-absorbing edge-to-edge shell. On the back of the case is a slightly raised dual-stage lock that Quad Lock says is strong enough to lift 160 pounds. The lock’s rim has four cutouts that match the four outer tabs on the mount. Place the phone on the mount so the tabs fit into the cutouts, turn the phone a few degrees right or left until the tabs slide under the lock’s rim and it clicks into place. Presto, the phone is secure. To release it, just press down on the blue lever and rotate a few degrees until the phone pops out.

Quad Lock phone case and mount motorcycle iPhone

Installing the Quad Lock handlebar mount took only a few minutes using the provided hex wrench. With a little practice, locking the phone into the mount and releasing it again became second nature, and once the phone is secure it can be rotated 90 degrees to change the screen’s orientation between vertical and horizontal. Riding with my iPhone XS in the Quad Lock mount, it didn’t vibrate and when I used my hand to wiggle the phone it never budged. To manipulate the phone’s screen (when stopped of course), you may need touchscreen-friendly gloves.

The Quad Lock mount is light, compact and unobtrusive when not in use. The black-only case is available for a wide range of Apple iPhone, Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy models. A moto mount kit that includes the case, handlebar mount and waterproof “poncho” cover costs $79.90. The kit with a mirror mount is $69.90 or a fork mount is $89.90. Once you have the Quad Lock case, there are also mounts for your car, bicycle, belt, arm (for exercise), desk, wall or tripod, as well as a 1-inch ball adapter.

For more information, visit Amazon or quadlockcase.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com

RoadOne controls bike accessories

The RoadOne controller replaces messy multiple switches to operate electrical accessories such as chargers, heated grips and seat, dash cams and auxiliary lights.

It allows riders to switch these devices on and off with the wave of a hand and a voice command.

Funding campaign

RoadOne accessories Support_chargeur_telephonePHone charger

French company Plug&Ride has launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to bring their RoadOne central controller to market.

Prices start at $A225 for the controller and phone charger or $A127 for funding supporters.

You can also buy packs that include their dashcam, lights and various warmers, or buy them separately.

However, it appears the RoadOne will only work with their proprietary accessories, not accessories from other suppliers.

Plug&Play plan to go into production in August and deliver from October.

Be aware there are risks to crowd-funding campaigns and you may not get a full refund if the project does not go ahead.

Plug&Ride has a flexible goal of $42,450 and has collected about a quarter so far with about 50 days to go.

How it works

RoadOne is basically a Bluetooth controller centre on your handlebars that uses their phone app to recognise voice commands, so you will require a helmet intercom to operate it.

You simply plug all the devices into a centralised box under your seat that is connection to the battery.

The device won’t drain your battery if you forget to switch the devices off when you park your bike as the app has a proximity feature that switches the unit off when you walk away.

It reactivates when you return to your bike.

Plug&Play also hope to raise up to $A170,000 capital to fund extra accessories such as a handlebar remote control instead of the app, a GPS, a radio and an anti-theft device that recognises when the bike has been moved and tracks its location.

They’re also researching an emergency SMS alert that sends a location text to a specified contact in the event of a crash.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2019 Holiday Buyers Guide and Fall-Winter Riding Special

2019 Rider Thunder Press Holiday Buyers Guide

Read and dream about great rides and exciting new gear for the holidays in the 2019 Holiday Buyers Guide and Fall/Winter Riding Special, brought to you by the publishers of Rider magazine and Thunder Press.


Great Gifts and Gear Reviews!

  • 9-page Product Showcase
  • Cortech “The Primary” Jeans
  • Cardo Packtalk Bold Communicator
  • HJC i70 Helmet

Helpful Riding Advice and Info!

  • 15 Bucket-List U.S. Motorcycle Rides: Top rides for your wish list any time of year.
  • Hot Tips for Installing Heated Grips: How to keep those paws warm.

Favorite Fall/Winter Rides!

  • Gila County Loop, Arizona: A nice place to ride in the winter.
  • South of the Border (Northeast Mexico): The Sierra Madre Oriental of Mexico.
  • West Texas Roundup Ride: Bending it from Alpine to Terlingua.

Rider and Thunder Press hope you enjoy this special digital edition and wish
you dry roads, long rides and the very best of holiday seasons!


Source: RiderMagazine.com

SP Connect challenges Quad Lock phone mount

Austrian SP Connect is taking on Australian-designed Quad Lock in the race for your handlebar phone mount.

Handlebar phone mounts have grown in popularity as more riders use their phones for GPS, music and communication.

Some motorcycle instruments also now connect directly with your phone and, in future, they may be replaced by your phone.

Mount up

X2 phone mount
X2 phone mount charges your phone while riding

There is now a wide variety of mounts on offer. Some are not very secure while some others, such as the RAM mounts, may be secure, but they are expensive and large, clunky, ugly units.

The only one we know that also allows your phone to charge is the X2 (pictured above) which we sell in our online shop for $35.

However, the Quad Lock, designed by Chris Peters of Melbourne, has emerged as the leader with its small size, secure fit and ability to quickly adjust from landscape to vertical at the press of a button.

Quad Lock mobile phone mount car app
Quad Lock

Quad Lock costs about $85 for the handlebar mount and phone case, while the Austrian SP Connect Moto Mount Pro kit costs $99.95 – $129.95 for a bundle, depending on your phone.

SP Connect Moto Mount Pro kit
SP Connect Moto bundle

While the Quad Lock is largely hard plastic, the SP Gadgets mount is CNC-machined, aircraft-grade alloy. It feels a little heavier and therefore should be more secure.

However, we have never had any problems with the Quad Lock coming loose and falling off, even over off-road courses.

We have also noticed that vibration is similarly minimal on both.

Like the Quad Lock, you can get an extension arm that makes positioning your phone on your handlebars more versatile.

Easy connectSP Connect Moto Mount Pro kit

Both mounts can swivel from horizontal to vertical, but the SP Connect requires you to use a tool to turn the locking mechanism in the back of the phone case first.

That means you can’t do it on the fly. You have to remove the phone from the mount, then use the special tool to change it, then relocate the phone.

While some people are happy having the phone either landscape or portrait, I like to be able to swivel from one to the other: horizontal because it offers a nicer, lower profile on the bars and vertical when I am following a map.

The only advantage of the SP Connect is that you can also use the special tool as a table rest so you can conduct Face Time calls without having to hold the phone at an angle.

While the Quad Lock videos show people quickly fitting the phone, they can actually be quite fiddly to get on because you have to attach it at exactly a 45-degree angle.

SP Connect connects easily by placing it at a right angle and swivelling it 90 degrees into position.

Both have bundles that come with rubber mounts for all sizes of motorcycle handlebars, bolts and mirrors, as well as on bicycles.

Bundles also come with clear plastic rain covers that are touch sensitive.

SP Connect Moto Mount Pro kit
Rain cover

However, I’ve never needed to use one even in pouring rain as recent iPhones are basically rain proof. However, I have tested them both for touch sensitivity with the rain cover on and they work fine.

SP Connect wins hands down on looks and they have also just released a chrome-plated version!

It is available for most Apple, Samsung and Huawei devices, but if you have another phone or want to keep your own case, there is a universal option.SP Connect Moto Mount Pro kit

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

National Cycle VStream Touring Screen and ZTechnik Stabilizer | Gear Review

National Cycle VStream Touring Screen and ZTechnik Stabilizer installed on a 2019 BMW R 1250 GS.
National Cycle VStream Touring Screen and ZTechnik Stabilizer installed on a 2019 BMW R 1250 GS.

When it comes to personalizing one’s adventure/luxury/sport/cruiser touring motorcycle, windscreens and seats are among the more popular upgrades. National Cycle, maker of OE windscreens for leading manufacturers, also produces replacement screens. And ZTechnik, National Cycle’s in-house brand of bits and bobs for BMWs (“Zubehör Technik” is German for “technical accessories”), provides trim pieces, guards and other farkles.

For BMW’s popular R 1200/1250 GS/GSA models, National Cycle and ZTechnik offer two complementary upgrades — VStream windscreens in three heights and a windscreen stabilizer. When BMW gave its mighty GS a major makeover for 2013, one of the many improvements was a knob for on-the-fly, one-hand manual height adjustment of the windscreen. But, especially with larger aftermarket windscreens, some GS owners have complained that the OE mounting system allows too much windscreen flutter.

VStream windscreen compared to stock BMW windscreen
The VStream screen is taller and wider than stock.

For our 2019 BMW R 1250 GS Exclusive, we requested the VStream Touring Screen ($129.95), which at 19.5 inches tall by 15.25 inches wide is the mid-size VStream offered for the GS (Sport screen is 15.5 x 14.25 inches; Touring Deluxe is 22 x 15.75 inches). As you can see in the above photo, the VStream Touring Screen is significantly taller and wider than stock, and it features National Cycle’s patented “V” profile to direct turbulent air away from the rider. The Quantum hard-coated polycarbonate is said to provide superior scratch resistance, clarity and strength, with 30 times more resistance to abrasion and 20 times greater crack and impact resistance than acrylic windscreens, and it’s covered by a three-year warranty against breakage.

We’ve tested VStream windscreens on a wide variety of motorcycles, and they work like a charm. In the case of the GS, the VStream creates a smooth stream of airflow regardless of windscreen height. No buffeting, no annoying wind noise. Given the Touring Screen’s added height, the top of the windscreen was just below my line of sight, so I had to look through the screen to see the road in front of me and over it to see off into the distance. Setting the windscreen in a middle-to-lowest height provided a more commanding view over the top as well as more direct airflow into the vents of my helmet.

ZTechnik Stabilizer
The ZTechnik Stabilizer nearly eliminates windscreen flutter, even at high speeds.

Installation of the ZTechnik Windscreen Stabilizer Kit ($79.95) is straightforward, though it requires Torx wrenches (T25 and T30). Bolts for the stabilizer bracket are sprayed with a splotch of threadlocker at the factory, which is hard and made it nearly impossible to thread them into the bracket’s captured nuts. After using a rotary wire brush to clean the threads, the screws threaded in smoothly. Each side of the stabilizer bracket has two tightening knobs which must be loosened before the windscreen can be hand-cranked up or down, limiting the ability to adjust windscreen height on the fly with one hand. But, since most riders have a preferred height for the majority of their riding, it’s not much of a problem. Indeed, the windscreen stabilizer lives up to its name — there was nary a flutter in the taller, wider VStream. If you’re happy with the stock or other aftermarket windscreen, the stabilizer is compatible with them, too. 

For more information, call (708) 343-0400 or visit nationalcycle.com.

Source: RiderMagazine.com