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RE302 Shock Absorber by YSS


Last issue we tested three rebound-adjustable shocks for the BMW K75. Sampled but not reviewed at that time was the YSS RE302, an economical alternative featuring preload adjustment only. Following our tested trio, we installed the RE302 and were highly impressed with its performance. Main differences between it and the issue-tested YSS MZ366 are a smaller, 12mm shaft (16mm on the MZ366) and smaller shock body. Yet with preload properly set, it performed far better than a stock Boge, and for the money it’s a bargain. $219. More info: EPM Performance Imports

Ironborn Textile Jacket by Viking Cycle


We had a chance to sample Viking Cycle’s new Ironborn textile jacket before winter set in and can tell you it’s a great three-season riding jacket. Features include ample pockets inside and out, adjustment for fit at the wrist, elbows and waist, and a zip-out insulated, water-resistant liner. Reflective materials aid visibility and removable CE-rated armor in the elbows, shoulders and spine provides additional safety in the event you make contact with the pavement. Available in black or gray/black (shown), Small to 3XL. $79.99. More info: Viking Cycle

Synthetic Fork Oil by Lucas Oil Products


California-based Lucas Oil Products is one of the best-known specialty oil manufacturers in the U.S. In addition to a proven line of racing and gear oils, Lucas has a full line of motorcycle products, including chain lube, octane booster, primary oil and synthetic fork oil. We used Lucas’ 10w High Performance Synthetic Fork Oil in our Norton fork upgrade, as it’s formulated to prevent foaming, a common problem in damping-rod forks, and prevents seals from hardening. $6.39/16oz bottle at Dennis Kirk. More info: Lucas Oil

America's Highest Roads by Geotab


This cool interactive listing of the highest roads by state in the U.S. is worth bookmarking on your phone. If you happen to find yourself riding across, say, Utah (fifth-highest road in the U.S.), a click on the listing will bring up a map and another click will get you directions from wherever you are. There’s no app, but it’s simple and fun, and just might direct you to some great roads on your next tour. More info: Geotab - America's Highest Roads

PBR Tool by Motion Pro


The motorcycle tool specialists at Motion Pro have introduced the best chain tool we’ve ever used. The new PBR Tool (Press-Break-Rivet) features a changeable anvil block that’s placed in different positions in the tool body depending on whether you need to press, break or rivet a chain. Indexing letters on the anvil and tool body make setup a snap, and it works with rivet hollow nose and soft nose master link pins on O-ring and non-O-ring chains. $96.99. More info: Motion Pro

Spectro Shine Silicone Finish by Spectro Performance Oils


Spectro Performance Oils has introduced a new silicone-based “Wash and Shine” spray-on finish for motorcycles that Spectro says was formulated to create a long lasting barrier for dirt and mud. Although it is a cleaner/polisher, Spectro says it works best to clean your bike first, then treat it with Shine to create a barrier to keep road grime, bugs, grease, dirt and mud from adhering to treated surfaces. If it’s like every other Spectro product we’ve used, you can bet it’ll work as claimed. $10.99/12oz. More info: Spectro Oils

Riding Shorts by Aerostich


We’ve all had bikes with uncomfortable seats, and if you like to ride more than a couple of hours at a time, there’s a good chance your stock seat leaves you in some sort of pain by the time you stop for fuel. Riding shorts might seem like an odd thing to consider adding to your kit of riding gear, but hear us out: A pair of riding shorts is a lot more affordable than adding that custom-made seat you’ve been eyeing.

When I bought my 2006 Suzuki V-Strom 650 awhile back, it had the original, stock seat. The cover was in good condition, and the foam felt soft and comfy on my short test ride before I bought the bike. But after a few longer rides, I quickly discovered we weren’t going to get along. Sometimes rides as short as 45 minutes had me hurting. The soft foam had just gotten softer over time, and at times it felt like I was sitting on the seat pan. And then there were the hot spots and muscle cramps that came with it. When I bought the bike, I had a nice weekend trip planned and it was coming up quick, but no way was I riding on that seat. So why not try a pair of padded shorts?

Aerostich’s Riding Shorts aren’t anything new. In fact, they’re similar to padded shorts bicyclists have used for years. At 6 feet 3 inches and 150 pounds I’m thin, which means I’m short on natural padding to begin with. I ordered a size medium, and they fit snugly, as you want them to. Made of fleece and Lycra with foam padding in the front and rear, the Aerostich shorts add cushioning while providing wicking to keep you dry, and they don’t bunch up like cotton shorts often do under your riding pants.

So how do they work? Beautifully. They turned a seat barely comfortable for 45 minutes into one I sat on for 6-plus hours, several days in a row, no problemo. The only downside is they don’t have a fly, so keep that in mind for roadside stops. Available in black in sizes S-XL. $47. More info: AerostichLandon Hall

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