E-ZMount From Wetcoats Inc. Is A Gamechanger

Riding through New York can be a nightmare–and I love it. I know, I know. I know about distracted drivers. I know about the potholes, the never-ending construction, the taxis (Okay, the taxi drivers do stink), the buses, the trucks, the double-parked space hogs, the bicyclists, the glued-to-phones pedestrians. I know. It’s a risky environment, but it’s home and always has been. And weaving through the streets on two wheels makes rediscovering the city an entirely unique experience. Not to mention easier parking, the occasional filtering through traffic (don’t tell mom or Johnny Law), a multitude of motorcycle shops to hang out at, events to attend, beautiful photo ops–you get it. I love getting away from the city as much as anyone, but it’s far from an intimidating and negative experience.

Between my bouncing around from Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, however, one thing always provided me with another slight headache. The E-ZPass. Commuting to AIM‘s HQ in Connecticut from Queens made for three tolls a day (ever since I completely ditched the car, my checking account has breathed a sigh of relief. But morning rain sucks). I usually kept my motorcycle E-ZPass in my right jacket pocket, which meant shifting down to 1st gear, riding with one hand on the clutch, trying to avoid the slick spots at the toll, digging for the E-ZPass with my gloves on, and pulling out the transponder before I had rolled too far past the scanner. Oy vey!

My clutch-control skills are now excellent. But more times than not, my transponder did not read and I had to wait for a traffic cop to come to my rescue, all the while being the guy holding up the line.

No more! Wetcoats Inc. owner Shane Salisbury sent me his company’s very own E-ZMount ($39.99). The mount was handmade in Brooklyn using locally sourced products, including full-grain leather. The Velcro hook and strap makes it an easily mountable, versatile product, on and off in seconds, and it can attach to literally anything. Fork leg, handlebar, clamps, triple trees–heck, you can even latch it around your backpack strap.

Here is it strapped around the fork tube. It has not missed a read, and I have not had to put my foot on the ground or take my hands off the handlebar once since attaching the E-ZMount. Considering I’m always bouncing between boroughs even when I’m not commuting to work, this is a dream. And the simple design, subtle and effective, means that the mount is far from an eyesore.

Your E-ZPass tag can be quickly inserted or taken out by merely popping open the metal snap button. It’s easy–E-Z–as it should be. It truly has made my life easier, no matter where I’m riding. With the influx of express E-ZPass lanes across the country, having the tag ready at all times gives me constant peace of mind.

Check out WetCoats-Inc.com for the full scope of Shane’s work, and to order your E-ZMount today. And also check out Shane’s Instagram to see him lay down some trick pinstriping, tattoo work, and other various work in mediums with which he’s supremely talented.

 

Easy Rollers – Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tire Review

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tire Review (Brian J. Nelson Photo)

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tire Review (Brian J. Nelson Photo)

By Tyler Greenblatt – No matter how much money we may like to spend on our bikes, there might be no expense as important as that spent on the handful of square inches that actually makes contact with the ground. Not only do your tires allow for your motorcycle to actually roll down the road, but they provide an excellent opportunity to extend and enhance your ride.

I recently had the opportunity to test Bridgestone’s new Battlecruise H50 tire designed specifically for American V-twins. While some tire companies brag about extreme mileage capabilities or sticky canyon carving performance, the Battlecruise does both exceptionally well in its attempt to simply be the ultimate American cruiser tire.

Creating the Battlecruise H50 started back at Bridgestone headquarters using the Ultimate-EYE (U-EYE), a high-tech testing facility that’s part of the Bridgestone Research and Development Group. The Battlecruise is only Bridgetstone’s second tire to go through the advanced U-EYE process, meaning we’ll probably see more and more from Bridgestone down the road. U-EYE essentially measures all sorts of real-world figures that matter not only to the engineers but to the riders actually running the tire. Developers can better understand a variety of features to see how a tire tread reacts to various speeds and conditions, and they can also better target the optimal combination of compound, tread design, construction, and tire profile. U-EYE can also track contact patch pressure distribution at various speeds, loads, and slip angles to ensure the greatest amount of contact as often as possible.

When it comes to a tire’s performance, either on the highway or on the track, one of the biggest factors is the contact patch and how the motorcycle’s weight is distributed. Since American V-twins tend to have a greater weight distribution between front and rear tires (among other differences) than most other types of motorcycles, Bridgestone developed specific front and rear tires. The Battlecruise rear tire has a larger crown profile which increases the size of the contact patch and improves load distribution, while a newly developed compound extends mileage drastically. The front tire was built in similar fashion, with the emphasis on cornering and handling ability and reducing force required to maneuver.

Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 Tire Review

AIM Garage Editor Tyler Greenblatt said his biggest takeaway from testing the Battlecruise on a Softail Slim was that it provides a noticeably smooth ride.

Bridgestone claims that its front tires require 40 percent less operating force than its “main competitor.” Especially when it comes to stock Harleys, a set of tires can play a big role in shock absorption and vibration damping, and Bridgestone had that in mind when developing the Battlecruise. By placing strategic reinforcement on the carcass and envelope of the tire, developers targeted the appropriate balance of heavyweight, long-lasting rigidity and comfortable shock absorption. The goal is to make a long ride that much more comfortable, because for some people being able to go an extra 50-100 miles is the difference between camping for the night on the side of the road or at the Buffalo Chip.

Okay, but how does the Battlecruise perform in real-world riding, far from the high-tech laboratory? Even on a short ride, the Battlecruise advantage is clear. Low rolling resistance, light turn-in, and confident outer tread grip are the hallmarks of the H50 and some of the most important aspects of a heavyweight cruiser tire. Additionally, wet grip performance remains a key factor, and although Bridgestone has the science to back it up, our group wasn’t able to test this function in sunny Orlando, Florida.

My biggest takeaway from testing the Battlecruise on a Softail Slim was that it provides a noticeably smooth ride. Tiny pebbles and imperfections in the road had no repercussions through the bike, and low-speed maneuverability was also noticeably easy. And while each potential customer gets to decide if the looks of the tire work on his bike, I was pretty pleased with the appearance on my open-tire Slim test bike.

Bridgestone has released a bunch of front and rear tire sizes for a variety of Harley, Indian, and Victory cruisers and plans to release even more to cover baggers next year. AIM

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Sources

Bridgestone
844/218-5420
BridgestoneTire.com

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Roland Sands Design Mojave Boots Review

RSD Mojave Boots Review

RSD Mojave Boots Review

From building ground-up customs to designing hot-selling aftermarket parts to stitching together a wide range of apparel, the Roland Sands Design portfolio is as multi-faceted as you’ll find in this industry. But up until August, somehow a good set of motorcycle boots weren’t on that list. This changed with the release of the Roland Sands Design Mojave Boots, leather lace-up riding boots that look like a solid pair of work boots. No sooner did they hit the shelves than a pair arrived in the office and since then they’ve been on my feet every time I hop in the saddle.

The exterior of the RSD Mojave Boots are top grain leather that are reinforced in both the toe box and heels. The boots are made up of a patchwork of panels including one to protect against the wear and tear of shift levers which have a habit of thinning the fastest. Many of the leather panels are triple stitched and we had to look hard to find one frayed stitch after four months of wear as overall construction is solid. The Mojaves are almost two inches taller than comparable boots from Alpinestars and TCX I’ve tested, thus providing more ankle support and a bit more protection. The top opens up wide and the laces are long and don’t have to be undone in order to slip the boots on, the process facilitated by a convenient leather pull tab.

Inside the RSD Mojave’s have a padded, removable insole. There’s also a nice layer of padding surrounding the ankle. The top portion of the tongue is padded as well, all making for a comfortable fit that doesn’t require much break-in. The boots have a porous moisture-wicking polyester liner that is supposed to be waterproof as well. Fair-weather riding means we haven’t had to test this claim but we’re sure that opportunity will soon present itself because the rainy season is upon us in my neck of the woods.

The Mojaves have a Vibram sole with a uniform tread pattern front to back. RSD states the outsoles are oil and chemical resistant. While traction hasn’t been a problem manhandling big cruisers and tourers in and out of parking spots, the material the soles are made of is a little soft and the tread pattern is wearing thin fairly quick.

Roland has an eye for design and this extends to the styling of the RSD Mojave Boots as well. A true barometer is the number of people who’ve asked about them, which have been plenty. Rugged like a pair of work boots, they’re stylish enough to sport for a night out on the town with the Ms. Thanks to its combination of a padded insole and pliable leather the Mojaves are comfy enough to stomp around in day and night.

Considering this is the first footwear RSD has produced, they nailed it. The Mojave Boots rate high in comfort, style and durability. Between the thick leather and reinforced areas RSD’s riding boots provide ample protection, too. Available in four colors – Black, Grey, Oxblood and Whiskey, and priced at $300, they’re built solidly enough to easily get your money’s worth out of them.

Rockin' the 2017 Fat Bob in RSD Mojave Boots

Considering it’s RSD’s first foray into footwear, we’re impressed with the style, comfort and construction of their Mojave Boots.

Harley Softail Slim Engine Guard & Soft Lowers Install (Intro)

Harley Softail Slim Engine Guard and Soft Lowers Install

The engine guard and soft lowers add a nostalgic look to this Slim.

By Steve Lita/Photos by Tricia Szulewski

Adding some Softail Slim protectors

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a brand-new 2016 Softail Slim S this year, and we just couldn’t leave well enough alone. The Slim has a nostalgic look and feel with its wire spoke wheels and Hollywood handlebar. And since our Slim came in the Olive Gold Denim paint scheme, with the military-grade lettering and star on the tank, we thought it would be fun to militarize it a bit more by adding a Harley-Davidson Black Engine Guard (#49023-02A/$214.95) and Soft Lower Kit (#57100213/$109.95), giving it even more of a vintage Army bike look.

H-D Softail Slime Engine Guard and Soft Lower Kit

First remove the clutch hose clip on the front frame tube with a T20 Torx wrench to allow some slack in the line.

There’s a chrome version of this engine bar available, but we opted for the gloss black, to match almost everything else on this Slim. The install was a quick and easy, three bolts, and since it’s a Genuine Harley-Davidson accessory, you know it’ll fit well right out of the box.

Softail Slim Engine Guard install

Install a bolt, washer, and locknut where the lower engine guard mounting point meets the floorboard mounting bracket on both sides of the bike. Tighten to 33 ft-lbs. with a T40 Torx wrench and 9/16” wrench.

We have more in store for this Slim, like a sprung leather solo seat, and old-time driving lights. Watch for more installs in American Iron Magazine and our sister publication, American Iron Garage. AIM

Harley Softail Slim soft lowers install

Install the soft lowers onto the engine guard with the logo facing forward.

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SOURCES

Harley-Davidson Genuine Parts

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Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags Review

Indian Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags review

Between the revvy nature of its engine and low-slung stance, the Indian Scout is a solid everyday solo rider. But every now and then, a rider could use a little extra storage space for running errands around town or when traveling longer distances. Indian offers a solution with its easy-on, easy-off Genuine Leather Saddlebags for the Scout.

2016 Indian Scout with Genuine Leather Saddlebags

When it’s time to go exploring on the Scout, the leather saddlebags are a welcome addition.

When we say easy, we mean it. Indian has made installation as painless as possible because there’s already two mounting points in the Scout’s stock rear fender. Simply remove the two hex bolts on the side of the fender, screw the mounting spools into their place, and slide the posts on the back of the saddlebags into the holes on the spools. Then open up the bag, flip the latch down to secure it, and you’re good to go. The only time you’ll need a tool is during the initial installation to remove the hex bolt and to tighten down the ones in the center of the mounting spools. After that, removing the bags is as easy as flipping up the latches and pulling them off. The mount isn’t oversized so it doesn’t detract from the look of the bike without the bag. They do stick out about an inch-and-a-half but it only takes a few minutes to take them off and replace them with the stock bolts which sit flush on the fender.

The mounting spools for the Scout's leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The mounting spools for the Scout’s leather saddlebags bolt right in to preexisting holes.

The factory Scout saddlebags feature a plastic shell interior while the outside is wrapped in weather-resistant leather. Using hard plastic for the inside helps the bags maintain shape. We’ll vouch for its ability to keep contents dry after getting caught in a couple of summer time storms. On the exterior, the tan leather and dual buckles give the bags a vintage look, as do a couple of shiny Indian headdress medallions. The metal buckles and leather straps are just for show as the real latching system comes in the form of a plastic clasp and nylon strap hidden underneath them. The plastic clasp is quick and convenient to use. There’s also snaps at the front and back of the lid to ensure it doesn’t blow open once a rider’s up to speed.

Indian Scout saddlebags plastic clasp

Beneath the leather strap and buckle of the Scout saddlebags is a plastic clasp and nylon strap that expedites access.

At 4 inches, the Scout Genuine Leather Saddlebags aren’t overly wide. Lengthwise, you’ve got 16 inches to work with. The bottom of the bags are contoured slightly in order to provide a little space between them and the pipes. They’re the perfect size to stuff a riding jacket in and have been useful for carrying cameras and GoPro’s for photo shoots. They’re big enough to hold enough stuff for an overnighter but not big enough for a multi-day trip. There’s also no way to lock them to protect your valuables.

Indian Scout saddlebag latch

Once the mounting spools are in place, removing the Scout’s leather saddlebags is as easy as flipping this latch up and pulling them off.

The Genuine Leather Saddlebags are available in Desert Tan or Black for $999.99 and come with a one-year warranty. The traditional styling complements the Scout well and they rate high for being easy to install and remove. The one hitch is you have to purchase the mounting spools separately for $149.99. Considering the bags already cost a grand you’d think they’d be bundled into the overall package. Granted, they’re not cheap, but the cost becomes easier to swallow every time a rider doesn’t have to throw on a backpack for runs to the store or long day rides.

Indian Motorcycles headdress medallion

Indian headdress medallions add a little style to the factory accessory leather saddlebags.

Alpinestars Riffs Denim Pants Review

The heft of Alpinestars Riffs Denim Pants is a good indicator of their solid construction. They’d easily tip the scales on a pair of Levis. The tight weave of the 98% cotton outer shell makes for a durable denim. The pants are made up of several panels, all double-stitched together tightly. To help make them comfy when seated they’ve got stretchy accordion panels, one in the back just below the waistline along with ones right above the knees.

In addition to well-woven denim, the Alpinestars Riffs Denim Pants have a layer of aramid fiber fabric in the butt and hips for added protection. The knees also have an extra layer of aramid fiber stitched into them, these layers a blend of 60% polyester and 40% aramidic fiber. These high strength fibers are man-made and like Kevlar are used in ballistic-rated body armor. The extra layers are strategically placed in high impact areas. The A-Star Riffs also have CE-certified knee armor that stay in place well thanks to stitched-in mesh pockets. The final layer of protection comes in the form of removable, 5mm-thick hip pads with Velcro attachments. All of the armor needs to be removed for washing, but Alpinestars recommends washing the pants inside out anyways, so it’s no hassle removing them.

Alpinestars Riffs Denim Pants Review

Alpinestars’ Riffs are the first denim pants I’ve tested that have two zippered vents with mesh liners in the thighs, a welcome addition when riding on 100 degree days. Another beneficial feature are small zippers at the bottom of each leg so riders can expand the circumference in case a rider wears big boots. The pants also come with Velcro cuffs at the base so riders can further tailor the fit.

The pants have four pockets, two front, two back, all a little more than hand-deep in size. All four zipper up to protect valuable items like wallets and cell phones. The pants have belt loops like a standard set of jeans, a personal preference, along with a zippered front. The Alpinestars Riffs are pre-shaped, again something you don’t frequently see in denim pants. Team this with their accordion panels and you’ve got a comfortable set of riding pants.

What impresses me most about the Riffs are how well they’re made, from the materials used to construction. After months of wear, there’s no loose stitching and the denim has barely faded. Granted, I don’t wash them after every single ride because there’s no need. One tip though – order them a size larger than normal to ensure a proper fit. At $299.95, they cost more than the average pair of denim riding pants, but their quality construction and extra layers of protection warrant the cost in my book as the Alpinestars Riffs Denim Pants have been a vital part of my summertime gear bag.

Alpinestars Riffs Review

The Alpinestars Riffs Denim Pants have stood up well to a summer of riding.

Roland Sands Design Launches 1st Footwear with Mojave Boot

Roland Sands Design Mojave Boot

Roland Sands Design Mojave Boot

Roland Sands Design enters motorcycle footwear market.

Roland Sands Design is proud to introduce the Mojave, a premium riding boot. The Mojave boot follows the heritage of our proven jackets, combining the ideal blend of function and classic styling. Every minute detail was considered in the development of this top quality boot to ensure the final product not only performed, but also looked great both on and off the bike.

Only the best materials and premium protective technologies were used to construct the Mojave boot. We utilized beautiful top grain cowhide leather for the upper, strategic molded protective inserts in the heel, mid-foot and toe box, a reinforced shank and a hi-grip sole by Vibram that is oil/chemical resistant. The waxed laces and double layer protective shift pad ensure durability and to provide superior comfort we added a Hipora waterproof and moisture wicking liner and developed the proprietary triple density removable Cheater insole to provide unparalleled cushion and support.

The Mojave boot is the real deal, and is sure to become your new favorite boot.

RSD Mojave Boots in Black

FEATURES:
• 100% genuine cowhide upper
• 100% polyester moisture wicking lining
• Hipora waterproof lining
• Vibram durable hi-grip & oil/chemical resistant outsole
• Molded reinforced protective heel cup
• Molded ankle protector insert
• Molded protective toe box insert
• Side mid-foot protective insert
• 3M reflective hi visibility heel
• Protective reinforced shank
• Gusseted, padded tongue
• Leather pull loop
• Double layer protective shift pad
• Custom RSD triple density comfort & supportive insole
• Flexible, secure, comfortable & protective upper cuff
• Durable waxed laces

The RSD Mojave Boot is available in Black, Grey, Oxblood & Whiskey colors ways. MSRP: $300

Harley Motorcycle Boots for Summer Riding Season

The summer is a busy time for riders across the country. With excursions planned and the season’s biggest rallies filling up the schedule, riders must be prepped with motorcycle gear that’s ready to meet the demands of the road.

Tired and aching feet are a common occurrence when it comes to spending long days on and off the bike. Durable footwear with comfort technology makes all the difference in maintaining stamina, ensuring no ride gets cut short. Offering a range of styles that blend superior performance with quality comfort, Harley-Davidson footwear has riders covered all season long.

Here are a few highlights:

MEN’S
Vance
Delivering superior protection and comfort, the FXRG Vance is the ultimate riding boot. The eight-inch lace-up style features a lightweight, flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side for increased stability and range of motion. The Vance also features a full-grain waterproof leather upper for protection from the elements along with added ankle support. Shock Absorbers Twin Pad Comfort Technology helps keep feet comfortable on even the longest of rides.

Harley Men's Vance Motorcycle Boot

Harley Men’s Vance Motorcycle Boot

WOMEN’S
Leila
Gear up with the fully loaded Leila from the FXRG series. Lightweight stability meets superior protection with the flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side and an abrasion-, slip- and oil-resistant outsole built with Goodyear welt construction. The Leila features Shock Absorbers Twin Pad Comfort Technology, a full-cushion, dual-density PU footbed with a superior shock-absorbing compound that cushions the foot with each step for dependable comfort.

Harley Women's Leila Motorcycle Boots

Harley Women’s Leila Motorcycle Boots

Bell Helmets Advances Protection Technology

Bell unleashed a new video highlighting “ProFit,” yet another new advancement within the 2016 Bell Star Series of street and road-racing helmets.

Typically, when a helmet manufacturer designs a helmet it creates two to three shells for a model, but offers up to six sizes. How? By adding extra padding to compensate for the size differences. But ultimately, this results in a bigger, less stable helmet and at top speeds that won’t cut it.

Bell Helmets is the only manufacturer doing this.

Bell worked with its athletes and tapped into headform data from over 60 years to create Bell ProFit.

The all-new ProFIT sizing standard is purpose-built for high-speed racing. It offers five shell sizes and six impact liners to ensure that riders experience a more proportional fit optimized for weight, size and stability. Overall it’s a lighter, faster helmet and the smaller profile allows riders to achieve tighter tucked positions with improved aerodynamics. Plus, the better fitting helmet – without added size and material – offers less wind noise and reduced buffeting.

 

Tech – Love Jugs Install (Intro)

Love Jugs

Love Jugs says its two-fan device will drop engine temperature of a Harley-Davidson by 100 degrees in four minutes. We put that claim to the test in our Love Jugs install and review.

Intro by Tyler Greenblatt/Photos by Chelsea Maida

The first time I heard of Love Jugs I thought it was the title of a porn movie. Okay, so maybe I shouldn’t have told you that. But what I should definitely tell you is that a set of Love Jugs fans provide extreme cooling power directly to your Harley’s combustion chamber and exhaust valve area. For this added charge of coolness, we installed the original Love Jugs Slots system (#SD-320/$399) on our 2006 Road King. Practically, we all know that increasing air flow over an air-cooled engine will lower its overall temperature. Your front cylinder runs hotter than the rear because it’s mostly getting the hot air flowing from the front cylinder. Of course, there’s no air flowing over the whole engine when you’re sitting in traffic on a hot day.

Love Jugs achieves its massive cooling potential by flowing 504 CFM of air from a pair of electric fans (252 each) directly to where it’s needed most, whether the engine is sitting at idle or out on the open highway. Love Jugs are available in a chrome or black powdercoat finish and are made entirely from aircraft-grade stainless steel. The outdoor-rated electric fans are entirely waterproof to the degree that they can actually run underwater. This may seem like overkill to the casual rider, but long-distance riders know how important weatherproof equipment is.

In addition to a cooler top end, Love Jugs, by default, also keeps a Harley’s oil much cooler as well. Cooler, more viscous oil leads to a longer-lasting engine and less wear and tear.

Several different Love Jugs designs are available, as well as vibration dampening options, and come with everything you need for the installation. All Love Jugs models will fit 98 percent of all Harley-Davidsons ever made as long as there’s a horn mount on the left side of the engine. Love Jugs makes some pretty hefty claims about its product, so we decided to do our own test, conducted by Editor Chris, as we reported in an earlier issue and have included in this article in an accompanying sidebar. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve the cooling of your Harley-Davidson, check out the step-by-step install to see exactly how to make that happen!

Love Jugs installation

Using a 1/2″ deep socket, remove the acorn not that holds the stock horn to the bike. Then pull the horn from its ribber vibration isolator.

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SOURCES

Love Jugs

Love-Jugs.com

For phone contact, e-mail your number to info@love-jugs.com.

 

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Love Jugs nameplate

We installed the chrome Love Jugs nameplate assembly to the stock horn bracket using some blue Loctite and a 1/2″ socket.