Used And Abused

Liberty Sport

Adventure 1 Sunglasses |

Liberty Sport was founded in 1929 as a manufacturer of plastic and metal ophthalmic frames and has been banging out both regular spectacles and all sorts of sport frames. I had the luck of getting a set of Liberty Sport’s Adventure 1 glasses and have been running them for a few months now when I ride. The rectangle frame and large temples block almost all of the road wind even at tripe-digit speeds. I also liked the arms of the glasses, they fit really well under half, 3/4, and full-face helmets. The 100 percent UVA and UVB polycarbonate lenses also had a nice shade of tint, which was not too dark or too light and even worked well in the evening time.

I am really hard on my riding glasses and seem to sit on and drop just as many of them, if not more, than they actually sit on my face. These glasses have stood up to my abuse, fit well, and didn’t look that bad on my ugly mug.


Icon 1000

Shorty Jacket |

In pictures the Icon 1000 Shorty Jacket looks like a typical leather vest. When it arrived in the office, it was not what I was expecting. It was something different all together. Weighing in at about 4-1/2 pounds, there’s a definite feeling of girth and protection not typically found on a basic vest. Made from beaten down Brazilian cows, it was so soft out the box it felt as if I’d been wearing it for years.

I recently wore the Shorty to a press event where it raised quite a stir amongst the gray and bearded. Some thought it was custom, some though it was a shirt, but it seemed to gather a degree of attention from nearly everyone. The area we were riding had same day temperature swings of about 40 degrees. In the morning I wore a flannel underneath to keep warm and when the temperatures sored, my exposed arms helped me beat the heat. I think it fits a cool niche between a typical all-leather jacket and a vest for hot weather riding. The Shorty might short your wallet at $400, but thankfully a free one is included in the jacket.



Slammer Suspension Drop Kit |

Whether it’s just for style points, or to help those vertically challenged gain more confidence when coming to a stop, nothing looks or a feels better than a lowered bike. There are several different methods to drop a bike and they can vary greatly in price and hardware. One of the easiest and most cost effect way to lower a bike is to install a Slammer Kit by Burly Brand. The kit includes a pair of lowered shocks, specifically designed to account for the amount of travel, shortened fork springs, and all the necessary hardware. Installation is simple and can easily be accomplished at home with basic tools in less than an hour from setup to clean-up. I installed this kit on an older 1989 FLHS with some pretty spectacular results. After installation the bike was 1-1/2 inches lower in the front and 1-3/4 inches lower in the rear. At a retail price of only $299, it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to lower your bike. Check out for other ways to add some serious style points for not a lot of doe-ray-me.



ProCycle DT Motorcycle Lift |

If you are going to do any sort of work on your bike more than putting air in the tires, a lift in your garage is a must. It will save your back and knees and keep you from getting squashed when a 1,000-pound bike flops over while you’re wrenching from the floor. I have used many lifts and most of them have the same features. Most are low-quality and become downright scary when using them. This lift is the exception and is a real quality piece of equipment. The air-operated ProCycle DT has a 24x93-inch diamond plate table, so it can hold the longest of choppers. To get the bikes on the lift it comes with a 20-inch removable approach ramp. To keep bikes secured while on the lift a beefy wheel chock is standard equipment. It’s only 645 bucks, so before you spend more dough on a some bling for your bike, do yourself a favor buy one of these lifts. Your body will thank you later.