Touring-Bike Gear - Touring Buyer's Guide

Rest and Tour
The touring-bike crowd has been asking for their own version of PM foot controls for years, and with the amazing popularity of these bikes, PM has stepped up and created boards the way only PM can. The company's engineers used a machined aluminum base, gave it their own stylish shape, and topped it with a unique rubber pad. PM's traditional forward controls have always featured nicely sorted shift and brake arms, and this set is no different. On the shift side, the company utilized its already proven Contour pedals, and created supple, machined aluminum arms (which can be used toe/heel or toe only). The brake side gets a matched arm, and is topped with an easy-to-reach platform-style pedal with its own rubber pad. As you might expect, PM also created matched passenger boards for the rear. They're available in polished aluminum or chrome finish for most years of the H-D bagger line, as well as the Heritage Softail.For more information, contact Performance Machine at (714) 523-3000, or visit www.performancemachine.com

Clocks On Bikes
Merging form, fit, and function, Formotion's new Road King fork-cover clock is a timely addition for any Road King. The stainless-steel mount bolts directly onto the Road King using existing mounting holes, and features Formotion's highly-rated backlit clock. The assembly swivels to allow easy access to the fork lock, and snaps into place when you're ready to ride. The fork lock cover is as durable as it is attractive. Formotion's Signature Series clock has pushbutton back lighting for nighttime viewing, a Citizen movement, and is waterproof, not just water-resistant. The clock is bolted into the swivel base, so there's no need to worry about it falling out or turning up missing. This attractive new part is one of the prettiest pieces of jewelry and most useful accessories you can add to your prized Road King.For more information, contact Formotion at (415) 331-0400, or visit www.formotionproducts.com.

Room For More
Going on a trip but have no room to pack? Man, if only your bike had a nice rack to store things on. SAC Products is here to help you out: Its removable luggage rack goes on and off in a flash-use it when you need it! No springs, no screws, no clamps, no brackets, and no hassle.For more information, contact SAC at (877) 746-9722, or visit www.coolsac.com.

Bring It All
The new Stow-N-Go Bag from Buell Accessories is shaped specifically to fit below the seat of the Buell XB12X Ulysses. The bag has a rigid body to maintain its shape whether empty or full, and comes with a convenient elastic carrying handle. The clear exterior panel is ideal for carrying important documents such as vehicle registration or insurance papers, while interior mesh pockets and elastic holders organize storage of smaller items. The Stow-N-Go bag fits '06-and-up XB12X models.For more information, contact your local Buell dealer, or visit www.buell.com.

Form And Function
For good-looking, fully functional accessories, check out these stylish wind guards from the crew at Paughco. Designed specifically for serious touring and custom dresser machines, these guards provide comfort, protection, and a personal touch to any hog. Precision-stamped from high-grade sheetmetal, the wind guards bolt directly to a variety of FL, FLH, FLHR, FLHT, FLHS, and other popular models. Finished in Paughco's flawless show-quality chrome, the wind guards have been one of the company's most popular accessories for more than 30 years.For more information, contact Paughco at (775) 246-5738, or visit www.paughco.com.

Check You Out
Look good, be seen, and ride safe with Sumax's new saddlebags and bagger fenders featuring bright LED lighting. You'll find a pair of '39 Ford taillight glass lenses frenched right into the Sumax Big Ass Bags, which are lit up by 48 LEDs. All wiring is completely installed. You just run the wires from the bags to under your seat and plug in. Sumax provides you with a harness/module that allows you to plug right into your '97-and-up Harley harness. The lights feature run/stop/turn functions. The Bagger Fender has a RWD license-plate/light/chrome housing frenched right in. All wiring is installed, ready to plug into your harness. These combinations are available for all '97-and-newer FLHT touring models, including those with tour packs. Bags, fenders, and lights are available for all years of Softails.For more information, contact Sumax at (800) 654-5546, or visit www.sumax.com.

Back In Black
Hein Gericke is back in black and leather for 2007. The new apparel in the Hein Gericke collection combines the same innovation, high quality, and comfort the brand has been known for over the past three decades with its cruiser-inspired designs, like the all-new men's Carson jacket. The Carson jacket will keep you feeling cool with its TFL cool-leather construction. The brown leather is treated with a special process to reflect sunlight, so you'll be less likely to overheat, even in warm weather. Perforated leather behind the rear zippered vents allows for additional warm-weather comfort. Combination zippered vent/cargo pockets in the front also provide storage and ventilation.To locate a Hein Gericke dealer near you, contact Fairchild Sports at (888) 313-2510, or visit www.heingericke-usa.com.

In The Saddle
Saddlemen's Pro Tour seat features a deep sculpted bucket for the rider, with a narrower, fender-hugging pillion that fits the bike just right. The one-piece seat design installs just like stock but includes a rigid ABS seat pan made to fit the bike's contours perfectly. Inside, the rider's saddle features SaddleGel, a visco-elastic silicon gel that reduces vibration and fatigue and makes every trip more enjoyable. SaddleGel will never harden, leak, freeze, or distort in any way-it's guaranteed for life.For more information, contact your local Drag Specialties dealer, or visit www.saddlemen.com.

All European-Like
The Fjord H2OUT is Spidi's top-of-the-line cowhide all-weather touring glove. Featuring the same H2OUT system that is utilized in the company's jackets, suits, and pants, the Fjord offers a level of protection, comfort, and warmth that other gloves can only dream about. Spidi's own "Super Fabric" is utilized on the knuckles as well as all high-wear areas or areas susceptible to crash damage. Prima Loft waterproof and breathable insulation is utilized throughout. A light padding is used on the palm, as is a durable side-of-the-hand protection system. A dual Velcro wrist-and-cuff closure system completes the cowhide construction of the Fjord. Reflective Reflex piping finishes off the package. With all of these factors, the Fjord H2OUT still has the stylish look that Spidi brings to all of its products.For more information, contact Spidi at (619) 401-4108, or visit www.motonation.com.

Bombs Away
Icon has done it again with the introduction of its Bombshell boot for women. It offers high-fashion style, with a hefty dose of attitude thrown in. It has an internal padded ankle and insole for comfort and protection. A functional wedge heel helps to keep the heel placement where it should be, on the footpeg. This boot is as comfortable off the bike as it is on the bike. It boasts a four-buckle design, metal heel plate, oil-resistant sole, easy zip-on and -off closure, a shifter- and pipe-protective wrap, and is available in sizes five through 10, including half sizes.For more information, contact your local Drag Specialties dealer, or visit www.rideicon.com.

Neat Little Number
This hot new combo from Billet Boys will ensure that your bike is seen wherever you happen to ride. The custom LED light module from Billet Boys features the brightest tail- and brake light on the market. The LED light modules come fully wired and assembled. They fit inside the stock fender light housing. The Billet Boys fender-tip LED light modules fit all FLST and FLH models. The Billet Boys fender-tip LED light modules are fabricated from high-quality epoxy-glass circuit boards and mil-spec light-emitting diodes (LEDs). All Billet Boys LED modules are wired with factory-type connectors for true plug-and-go convenience.For more information, contact Billet Boys at (510) 471-3026, or visit www.billetboys.com.

Road Music
For some riders, the sound of a V-Twin engine and the rush of the wind are all the soundtrack needed out on the road. A few others, however, might miss the stereo that tends to come with most cages. Now you can get the best of both worlds with 2 Wheel Tunes, a universal kit that comes with two speakers, a mount, an amp, and all the hardware needed to install the system. It is available in chrome or powdercoat, and will work with just about any MP3 player.For more information, contact 2 Wheel Tunes at (866) 4-A-RADIO, or visit www.2wheeltunes.com.

Ready to Rumble
The new S&S; slip-on mufflers for Harley-Davidson touring models are designed to increase power without excessive noise, produce a pleasing low rumble, and are constructed of dual-wall polished stainless steel to prevent bluing. Offset mounts allow mufflers to align with saddlebags and complement the appearance of a touring bike. "Low noise" baffles are also available.For more information, contact S&S; Cycle at (608) 627-1497, or visit www.sscycle.com.

Bears Among Us
Do you have a big hole in your shoe's heel, or is your pant leg shredded from an open primary? Maybe you should think about getting these neat heel guards that bolt to the primary and cover the belt at the drive pulley. BBC offers five designs, ranging from a solid plate to a diamond-plate guard. They come chromed and bolt up in minutes.For more information, contact Big Bear Choppers at (909) 878-4340, or visit www.bigbearchoppers.com.

Stirrup To Ride
Faarken Biker Stirrups offer style and function by securing the cuffs of loose-fitting jeans or slacks, preventing them from blowing up the boot while cruising. Elastic and adjustable to fit all sizes, they are sold in pairs, with additional styles available. The Ranger Star model is shown here. Faarken can also laser-engrave any company or club logo or cast custom conchos.For more information, contact Faarken at (508) 949-8380 or visit www.faarken.com.