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.

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

Harley Downtube Bag for Sportsters/Dynas Review

While our 2004 Sportster XL1200C project bike has served us well, it’s always good to have a few basic tools with you when you ride for those unpredictable roadside emergencies. And while we wished we could bring a few along, we’ve spent a lot of time hot roddin’ the Sporty up and didn’t want anything big and bulky detracting from its racy disposition. We found a solution in Harley’s Downtube Bag (Item #93300044 – $149.95) for Sportsters and Dynas.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sporsters

The Harley Downtube Bag is small and indiscreet but will hold enough tools to help get you through a jam.

The bag itself is 10-inches long and 4-inches deep. The back plate is hard plastic while the rest of it is leather. It has two exterior buckles that are more for show as the main storage compartment has a zipper, too, to ensure your tools don’t go tumbling down the road when you hit the bumpy stuff. Overall the storage compartment is fairly small, so make sure you grab the sockets you use most frequently because there’s only enough room for the essentials. The maximum recommended load is five pounds.

While the kit came with an assortment of hardware so it can be mounted on Dynas and XLs, all we needed for installation on the 2004 Sportster XL1200C were four bolts, two nuts, and two mounting brackets. A drill is required though to punch holes in the back of the bag to run the bolts through. At first we wondered why it didn’t come pre-drilled from the factory but then realized it mounts up differently depending on whether it’s a Dyna or Sportster and whether or not the motorcycle has engine guards.

Harley Downtube Bag for Sportsters and Dynas

The backplate of the Downtube bag has to be drilled out to run the bolts through the mounting bracket because it fits both Dynas and XLs. Luckily, the hole locations are already marked.

Of course, the drill bits Harley suggested using are off-sizes, 13/32 and 9/32. Those bits cost $10 a-piece at our local hardware store, so we used the 3/8 and 5/16 bits we already had in our toolbox instead and manually made the hole’s circumference a little bigger so the bolts would fit. With the holes drilled, we lined up the first mounting bracket on the exterior of the back of the bag and inserted two button head bolts. Then we opened up the bag and inserted the second mounting bracket, lining it up with the two button head bolts that were already in place. Those two bolts were secured into place from the inside with two locking nuts tightened down to 60 in-lb. Next we pushed two hex head bolts through the upper holes of the inner mounting bracket so the ends were sticking out the back. One of the holes didn’t line up perfectly even though we drilled exactly on the pre-designated spot, so we had to widen it just a touch. We added a couple drops of Loctite to the bolts then screwed them in to holes in the lower frame crossmember, tightening them down to the recommended 25 – 35 lb-ft. Done in less than 15 minutes.

Harley Downtube-Bag-Max-Load-5-Lbs

The maximum recommended load for the Harley Downtube Bag is five pounds.

We like that the downtube bag sits low and is indiscreet. Sitting right behind the front tire, it’s going to get filthy. Luckily, Harley included a little leather conditioner in the kit. Having a handful of tools and a roll of duct tape at our disposal when we ride definitely adds a little peace of mind.

Harley-Davidson Downtube Bag for XL/Dynas $149.95

Harley-Davidson Downtube Bag for XL/Dynas $149.95

Küryakyn #THEXKURSION Sturgis Social Media Contest

THEXKURSIONtoSturgisSOMERSET, WIS, JULY 1—Are you riding to Sturgis? Küryakyn™ is recruiting five road-trippin’, social-media junkies to join our crew that will be documenting their adventures on “#THEXKURSION to Sturgis”—and they want YOU to be part of the ride!

Küryakyn has a team of riders from across the States and beyond making the trek to the Black Hills showcasing the new XKürsion™ luggage line. Sturgis-bound bikers who plan on making their journey to the 75th a road trip to remember can enter for a chance to receive an all-new XKürsion gear bag and share their adventure throughout the rally via Küryakyn’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners will also receive a VIP package and special product discounts when they visit the Küryakyn trucks during the Rally at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

To enter for one of five free XKürsion bags, a VIP swag package and the chance to share your Sturgis expedition with the world, visit the Küryakyn Facebook Page and comment on “#THEXKURSION to Sturgis” post by answering the four required questions:

  • Why do you love to ride?
  • What do you ride?
  • What’s your starting location?
  • Do you have mobile access to Social Media?

The five winners of #THEXKURSION contest are expected to post at least one photo per day to the Küryakyn social media pages throughout their 75th annual Sturgis Rally Experience. Each comment entry will be judged by Küryakyn, so don’t hold back. Prove you’re passionate about riding and score some new gear for your XKürsion to Sturgis!

Deadline for entries is Monday, July 6 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be announced on 7/7/15.

AI Garage Install: Daymakers (Intro)

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The washers that come with the Daymaker headlight are only used with the Road Glide installation.

The washers that come with the Daymaker headlight are only used with the Road Glide installation.

Night And Day

Harley-Davidson Daymaker LEDs

text and photos by Tricia Szulewski

Dave Buerk isn’t just a fan of motorcycle safety; he’s actually a chief instructor for the Connecticut Rider Education Program (CONREP). To say that he does everything possible to make his ride a safe one is a monumental understatement. So when Harley came out with its vastly improved LED lighting for its Project RUSHMORE 2014 baggers, Daymaker, Dave read the reviews and promptly ordered a replacement headlight and fog lights for his 2009 Harley-Davidson FLHTCU Ultra Classic Electra Glide. Specifically, he purchased the Daymaker Reflector LED headlight (#67700173/$424.95) and Daymaker Reflector LED auxiliary lights (#68000075/$359.95).

Step 1: Dave removes the accessory chrome headlight trim ring with a Phillips screwdriver and puts it aside for reuse.

Step 1: Dave removes the accessory chrome headlight trim ring with a Phillips screwdriver and puts it aside for reuse.

Dave is an exceptional rider, admirable coach, and all-around good guy. But a handy wrench, he is not. That said, he tackled the installation of the Daymakers like a pro. Armed with only the few tools needed and a well-lit garage, Dave had the new plug-n-play lighting installed and running in about an hour and a half. And that includes time spent cleaning all the exposed nasty dirt when taking parts off the bike, pausing for pictures, and documenting each step.

The Daymaker LEDs imitate natural daylight by producing a bright-white color. Comparing them to the stock halogens, it’s a no brainer how much cleaner the light is. The headlight works by distributing two separate rays of light through two D-shaped lenses. The low beam shines light directly in front of the bike while the other projects a super-bright, focused high beam.

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Before (left) with Daymakers (right)

 

To read the full 21 steps on how Dave Buerk installs Harley-Davidson Daymaker LEDs, the issue is on newsstands NOW!

 

For a digital delivery, click here.

 

Harley-Davidson Men’s Denim Jeans

eCommerce GM Product PhotographyDress for the destination as well as the journey with these new jeans from Harley-Davidson MotorClothes. The expanded line of men’s denim now offers two new styles in a variety of washes, waist sizes, and inseams. Highlights include a slimmer, more contemporary fit, darker, more fashionable washes, and features developed specifically to address the rigors of riding.

H-D Men's Modern Straight Jeans-backThe new men’s Modern Straight Jeans ($60) are constructed from 13.2-oz., 100-percent cotton denim in the classic five-pocket style. Moto-friendly features include new rivetless pockets that prevent unwanted scuffs to motorcycle seats, while new back pockets are more durable and less likely to tear. Longer belt loops feature doubled material for increased durability and to accommodate wider belts, and the V-shaped center back loop prevents belts from creeping above the waistband. The left-side coin pocket adds riding convenience with left-hand accessibility. The Modern Straight cut offers straight legs, a slight taper to the ankle and a fit that sits just below the natural waist. Available at most H-D dealerships and at www.H-D.com/store in Light or Dark Indigo with slight distressing, in waist sizes 32-40 in. with 30, 32 or 34-in. inseams.

July CoreFrom the Black Label line, the new men’s Slim Straight Denim Jeans ($60) offer 54 percent percent cotton/46 percent polyester 12.75 oz. premium denim construction. Cut slim through the seat and thighs, with a straight leg and a slightly lower rise to the waist, these jeans match modern style with a five-pocket pant. The rivetless pocket design means no unwanted impacts to motorcycle seats, while a left-side coin pocket is a nod to their motorcycle heritage. They are available at most H-D dealerships and at www.H-D.com/store in waist sizes 30-38 in. with 30 and 34-in. inseams.

While these new jeans from Harley contain several rider-friendly features, it should be noted that while rivetless pockets may protect your seat, they will not protect your rump. These jeans are neither armored, nor are they designed to accept protective knee and/or hip pads. Further, they’re not Kevlar-lined. So, let the rider beware.

 

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company: Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.H-D.com.

New Harley Rider: Smart Gear Tips From American Iron Magazine

When you first start riding a motorcycle many new riders are not sure where to turn for advice on the best gear to buy and use, especially on a Harley. The editors of American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine, and Motorcycle Bagger, have a simple list of best riding gear for new riders of Harley motorcycles.

Motorcycle Helmet.

    We are not going to go into the discussion of helmet laws, but rather focus on what is available and the pros and cons of your motorcycle helmet choices. The first rule on motorcycle helmets is buy a new one. No matter what the quality when new, a motorcycle helmet has a limited life and then the become less effective in the case of impact or other serious accident. Also make sure you buy a DOT approved helmet and not a cheaper, less protective “novelty” helmet. Helmets come in full, 3/4 and half helmet designs. The full helmet will be the most expensive and heaviest option, but it will offer the best protection from the weather, road debris and impact.

    Motorcycle Boots.

      Yes, you can wear any kind of over the ankle boot for protection when riding your Harley motorcycle. The American Iron Magazine Harley editors recommend wearing a high quality over-the-ankle boot that is comfortable to wear and has a strong rubber sole that will not slip on wet road surfaces.

      Motorcycle Jacket.

    Once again, you have many choices in a good motorcycle riding jacket. These include traditional leather or lighter, high-tech fabric. And colors are a personal choice. Whatever you chose make sure it is comfortable and covers you arms all the way past the wrists, and is long enough to protect your waist (front and back). The choice or protective body armor is up to you. In some motorcycle jackets this is available at the elbows, shoulders and spine.

    Motorcycle Gloves.

      You can use any kind of full finger gloves (we do not recommend fingerless riding gloves) when riding your Harley. Ideally, you need to make sure they are comfortable, especially when gripping the handlebars. They come in choice of leather or textile, and in short (to the wrist) or gauntlet in light, medium and heavy weights. Many experienced motorcycle riders carry more than one set of gloves on the road so they can swap them out based on thew temperature or weather conditions (wet or dry).

      Motorcycle Raingear.