Where the interstate ends, adventure begins, and riders of all ages and experience levels yearn to escape.
Create gear checklists for all types of touring, and share them with every adventurer that walks in your door. If he’s heading for a 200-mile weekender, his needs will be vastly different from the rider embarking on a transcontinental trek. Stock the goods to outfit every traveller and you’ll reap some serious coin this touring season. Start your stocking list with this collection of luggage and apparel. Round it out with MPN’s online Buyers Guide at www.mpnmag.com.
The Kenya boasts an outer shell made of Hypertex waterproof and breathable, high-density, 600 denier polyester for abrasion resistance. It keeps the rain out, but allows humidity to escape. Protection includes CE-rated armor in the shoulders and elbows, plus an EVA foam back pad. The $249.95 jacket gets a whopping eight exhaust options, and the main front, two-way YKK zipper is shielded from moisture by a double storm flap with rain gutter held in place by hook-and-loop closures. For a custom fit, adjustments can be made to the waist, sleeve cuff and collar with hook-and-loop closures.
Flyw The Fly Racing Milepost sport touring boot is loaded with comfort and protection at an affordable price. Premium features include a waterproof membrane, breathable Airweave interior, comfortable leather construction, removable/replaceable comfort insoles and E-Z Walk soles. The $109.95 boot has built-in ankle, shin and toe protection, along with shifter wear protection and reflective safety striping on the rear. The result is a waterproof and breathable sport-touring boot for all riding conditions.
Joe Rocket’s tried and true Ballistic series evolves yet again with the 8.0, which the company brands as “the ultimate environmental control system for your ride!” The 100 percent waterproof jacket features a resistant Rock Tex 600 outer shell; CE-rated armor in shoulders and elbows; removable spine pad with pocket for optional CE spine protector; and a removable insulated full sleeve liner. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the patent-pending BigAir Waterproof ventilation system A 20-inch-by-4-inch FreeAir mesh panel integrated into the main zipper.
Corbin’s Beetle Bags are designed for specific bike models, so they emulate the visuals of the bike and integrate perfectly. Lines and details of the OEM bodywork are incorporated into the shape of the bags to create a very balanced look and disguise the generous storage capacity. Corbin’s saddlebags are specially engineered for each motorcycle so they fit the profile of the bike, and this enables the bags to carry the weight of the contents closer to the centerline of the bike and maintain balance. This also provides a smaller overall width for less wind resistance.
Cortech’s Super 18-liter Tank Bag boasts a 1680 denier ballistic polyester construction; protective non-slip, non-scratch base; expandable main compartment; top flap internal organizer; soft tricot lining; hideaway backpack strap set-up; and an internal removable shield tote. The features don’t stop there as the bag also gives riders a Clear-Vu removable map pocket; easy access, external eyeglass case; Media Center personal media pocket; and a built-in sip tube and headphone exit ports. The laundry list is topped off with an integrated stowaway rain cover.
The $169.95 Laguna saddlebags expand from 1,805 to 2,166 cubic inches. Non-abrasive, non-slip material on the exterior inward-facing sidewall protects your customer’s ride, and a heat-resistant base helps protect the bag from contact with exhausts. Double pull, top access zippers provide easy access to contents without gear falling out, and a light colored inside liner makes finding items easier. The sidewall and base are reinforced for strength and shape retention, and plenty of external pockets make organization a snap.
The new GIVI monochrome Tech series is designed to offer the functionality and style of a large top trunk without detracting from a bike’s styling. Supplied with smoked lenses and dark trim, the Tech series has produced a truly integrated top trunk solution. Both the V46 and E55 Monokey series cases are capable of taking two full face helmets and have an available back rest, top rack, brake light and inner bag option. The V46NT retails for $273, and the E55NT version retails for $340.
The 100 percent waterproof Dakota II not only features removable CE-rated armor, but it also has what the company boasts as the most aggressive ventilation in the industry: the patent pending BigAir system. An 80-square-inch FreeAir mesh pane is integrated into the main zipper. Once open, the SureFit adjustment system keeps the outer zipper panels snug to prevent flapping when riding. Seen here in its women’s iteration, the Dakota II also comes in a men’s cut; both retail for $169.99.
Whether touring, dual sport riding or daily commuting, Olympia Moto Sports four season X Moto jacket is ready for any challenge. Its Mega Vent Panel System allows the X Moto to transition from solid body to adjustable airflow construction in seconds, as its front, back and underarm vent panels zip down and fold neatly into self storage pockets. A zip-off integrated back pack with hydration bladder and expandable zip-off luggage system offer major versatility. An authentic cordura shell with 2000 denier cordura reinforcement ensures maximum abrasion resistance. The X Moto is also equipped with a sporty, waterproof/breathable, two-stage, Thermolite insulated liner to deliver multi-season, all-weather riding comfort at $429.99.
Don’t let your customer embark on his journey without the proper rain protection. The VTL-700 Volante two-piece rain suit is made using a 100 percent wind/waterproof, trimax nylon/PVC that makes this all-season suit waterproof even in the harshest conditions. The jacket features adjustable zippered ventilation, elasticized belt and cuffs for a perfect fit, and reflective safety striping. The pants sport adjustable suspenders, heat-resistant leg panels and large 17-inch zipper gussets with stirrups for easy boot entry. There are also two large outer pockets and one inner zippered pocket for convenient storage. Sized small to 4XL, the $89.95 suit has a “no hassle” 24-month warranty.
An industry leader in motorcycle apparel, Joe Rocket also knows a thing or six about luggage; the company has six sportbike-specific luggage selections, to be exact. In each luggage model, expect the same innovative designs for which Joe Rocket apparel is known, from the versatile Space Pak 2.0, which can hold a spare helmet, to the minimalist, stylish and sleek Manta XL Tank seen here.
Mustang’s new line of Nostalgic Luggage is durably constructed and completely covered in high quality, expanded black vinyl to complement Mustang seats. Mustang’s Journey Bag offers a classic look with surprising capacity, handling extended trips with ease. The total storage capacity, including the three side compartments, is 3,744 cubic inches. Whether mounted on the passenger seat or a luggage rack, the combination of the semi-rigid construction and the integrated adjustable backrest provide ample lumbar support. Mustang’s Journey Bag with chrome studs is $199; without studs it runs for $189. The Journey Bags include a free rain cover for added protection.
Two-wheel travel isn’t limited to massive touring units. The scooter crowd has been known to hit the open road, and this Scooter Travel Trunk adds the extra storage space necessary for overnight jaunts. Constructed of strong ABS plastic, Marshall’s Scooter Travel Trunk’s top lifts open from a hinged rear. The lock will help keep valuables safe, and the package comes complete with all mounting hardware, lock and two keys.
The Triple Threat Mounting system is new for 2010, and it now comes standard on all Nelson-Rigg bags. With the purchase of any three additional but inexpensive mounting kits (starting at $12.95), riders can convert each bag to mount in a number of different ways. Any of the bags in this line can convert to be used as a strap-, magnet-, or suction cup-mounted tank bag, or the same bag can be used as a tail pack. All mounting kits are quick release and fully interchangeable. With this versatile systems, riders don’t need to own an arsenal of different luggage to suit their changing needs.
River Road says its waterproof, breathable, 34-length, heavy-duty nylon Taos jacket knows no boundaries. It gets a two-way front zipper covered by a snap-down external storm flap. Venting comes from two front shoulder intakes and two rear vertical exhausts protected with high quality waterproof zippers. Its removable, insulated, fully-sleeved liner has a built-in pocket for most mobile devices, and high quality and flexible CE-approved armor is used on shoulders and elbows for protection. Two chest storage pockets, protected by waterproof zippers, and two lower front pockets with snap closure offer plenty of storage space.
When the going gets tough what rider would think of turning around? Shift says its Trooper Storm series textile jacket is up to any challenge with its 600 denier polyester fabric construction, articulated design for superior comfort in the saddle and removable CE-approved shoulder and elbow armor for impact protection. Its waterproof, seam-sealed mid-liner keeps riders dry in wet riding conditions, while waterproof zippered front shoulder and rear exhaust vents allow riders to control airflow based on riding conditions. This $229.95 jacket comes in black camo (pictured), desert camo and orange.
The new Roadkrome Defender Textile Jacket is constructed of a durable 600 denier cordura and 168 denier nylon balistic mix. Inside, riders will find CE-approved shoulder and elbow protection, as well as a breathable and waterproof liner and a removable thermic liner. Available in sizes medium to 5XL and retailing at $179.99, the Defender is a sure seller this touring season.
The Division Tail Frame Bag features a wind- and water-resistant 1000 denier nylon shell and an integrated tail frame/sissy bar mounting system. It also has multiple expandable compartments, a waterproof garment bag, and roll pack it’s even backpack convertible. Riders can score this loaded bag for $169.99.
River Road’s Rigid Zip-Off Saddlebags with Security Lock offer riders a new two-number combination lock for added security. Its synthetic leather looks so real you’ll look twice, and it’s UV protected to prevent wear. The zip-off bags feature a quick-release and handles for easy carrying. Rigid side walls and bases give the bags strength and shape retention. The classic iteration retails at $139.95, while studded bags ring in at $149.95.
The Roadkrome Nashville Removable Saddlebag is made of Tek leather, giving a black synthetic texture that looks like the real thing. Designed with the rider in mind, the Nashville is a great choice for riders looking for traditional style and lasting quality. All conchos, studs and buckles are nickel chrome, and the back panels and sidewalls are reinforced. The Nashville measures 19 inches long by 14 inches high by 6 inches wide and retails at $269.99, plus an additional $249.99 for the chrome mounting kit.
Saddlemen’s BR1800 Dresser Back Seat or Sissy Bar Bag can either be used as a sissybar bag or as a back seat bag, set between the rider and tour back on dresser style motorcycles. The bag includes two mounting systems: a seat harness or an adjustable sissy bar strap system that easily attaches the bag to a motorcycle’s seat, luggage rack or sissy bar. Detachable backpack straps make for easy off-the-bike jaunts, and its spacious top-loading main compartment is large enough to hold one 34-helmet and other cargo.
Part of the extensive XDR (Xtreme Distance Rider) technical riding gear series, the Fury jackets starts with a high-density 600 denier outer shell. The full-sleeve EverHeat thermal liner keeps riders toasty in adverse conditions, while the removable storm collar and waterproof/windproof inner shell pops right out when conditions are less extreme. As riding conditions heat up, a lightweight perforated nylon lining offers maximum airflow over the body’s core. A connector zipper across the lower back ensures the matching Hellina pant stays secure.
Typhoon cycle gloves are constructed from a deluxe washable and waterproof leather that stays soft even after repeated soakings. Hands stay dry thanks to the Aquatex waterproof, breathable and windproof insert. The Typhoon gets boxed fingers and sidewalls for a relaxed and comfortable fit, and its longer length fits snugly into a jacket cuff. Adjustable velcro straps and a reinforced palm round out this $49.95 glove’s list of bells and whistles.
The Tour Master Centurion One-Piece Suit has a 600 denier Carbolex shell with 1680 denier ballistic polyester panels in the shoulders, forearms and knees. It features an Aqua-Barrier under-the-helmet hood to eliminate seepage in the collar area. A waterproof and breathable rainguard barrier allows rain protection without perspiration buildup, and Carbolex accordion stretch material increases flexibility. Waterproof, zippered three-position shoulder vents combine with chest vents, adjustable under-sleeve vents, thigh vents, rear exhaust vents and the Pipeline Ventilation System for flow-through ventilation.
WildRider Leathers black leather chaps have an adjustable front belt buckle and 23-length zippers with snaps. The legs are unhemmed, which makes it easy to trim and hem as necessary. Plain chaps retail at $101.02 while the fringed have a slightly higher pricetag at $124.46.
Sumax offers a wide variety of hard composite fiberglass saddlebags. They are offered in stock width and a 2.5-inch wider width with a choice of stock or extended length. Models for ’93 and newer Road Glide, Electra Glide, Street Glide and Road King, along with all-year Softail models, are available. Installed LED lighting options plug into the rear harness. All saddlebags have a finished rich charcoal trunk lining. Brackets and mounting hardware are also available.
The Nylon Cruiser III Sissybar Bag offers riders heavy-duty, weather-resistant 840 denier and 1000 denier nylon construction. The universal mounting system expands from 6 to 14 inches and fits most styles of backrests. A removable neoprene layer is included to protect the motorcycle, and a hinged lid provides storage space and easy access to the main compartment and zippered retractable floor. Dark colored reflective piping and Tour Master’s reflective triangle provide nighttime visibility. Internal support panels hold the shape of the bag when empty or full, and an integrated rain/dust cover deploys from a small pocket on the top of the bag.
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The Revolution Series features an even wider range of contemporary, fresh and edgy allure with the recent addition of the Grommeted, Swooped and Studded designs. All three are available in either hard-mount or throwover styles. The exclusive hard-mount system fits most cruisers on the market. The hard-mount bags feature injection-molded backs contoured to fit the mounting system, and rock-solid adjustable brackets and hardware. Revolution’s throwover style bags have reinforced backs to provide superior stability, as well as reinforced yokes for secure universal mounting above or below the seat. Zip-off yokes and carry handles make removal and transporting a breeze. MSRP starts at $179.99 for the throwover versions and runs up to $319.99 for the hard mount versions.
Large and jumbo size Wildrider Express Saddlebags are universal, over-the-fender, slanted style saddlebags and allow clearance for most turn signals. Both sizes feature composite construction and come standard with lockable roller buckles. The $129.15 large gives riders more than 736 square inches of space, while the jumbo rings in at $179.24 and offers a whopping 1,100 square inches of storage. It also includes composite construction with lockable roller buckles, and riders can opt for decorative chrome studs on the face top cover.