HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 10

Number 1

Total Control & Total Control Second Edition by Lee Parks

They say knowledge is power. Of course, it’s only powerful if you apply the knowledge when it’s available.  There is so much more to motorcycling than just “hop on your bike and ride”.  Knowing how to ride you bike high and low speeds, in unexpected conditions, how to adjust to your body dynamics to improve control, and how to ride with a passenger are just a few of the key features discussed in Lee Parks’ books.

Lee is an expert riding instructor (among many other accomplishments). and his Advanced Riding Clinics have been taught to thousands of students.  We’ve taken this class and highly recommend it, but not everyone can attend.  Get the Total Control Books, and you can read about high performance street riding techniques, and then get on your bike and put those lessons to practice.

Stay tuned to HeliBars’ Facebook page for our January contest (details to follow) and the lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of “Total Control – Second Edition”, fresh off the publishers presses!

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 9

Number 2

Corbin Saddle

Motorcycling isn’t just about the open road or the wind in your face.  Ok maybe it is, but to truly enjoy those things you have to make sure you are comfortable for long miles in the saddle.  You wouldn’t want a numb bum!  We ride with Corbin saddles on all of our bikes because they are the best in the world.  Corbin gets the shape right, uses resilient foam that doesn’t collapse and lets you ride all day.  They are quality built right here in the USA and Corbin stands by it’s products.

 

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 8

Number 3

Galfer Wave Rotors and Ceramic Padsgalfer

Quality built products that do what they say they are going to do is what I look for when buying for my bike.  Galfer products are just that, quality built products that take the worry out of braking.  I have been using Galfer’s products for many years because of their superior performance.   Their rotors are generally lighter than stock rotors, recover instantly when riding in the rain and endure heavy use!  If you haven’t tried them – you should.  Their quality product really does perform very well on the road.

 

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 7

Number 4

Stop and Go Tire Plug kit with 12v Pump

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I don’t know about you, but my favorite part of motorcycling is traveling the out of the way places.  The diversity of riding in the US is so great.  From the Sierra Nevadas to The Badlands, across The Plains and through the White Mountains,  there is so much to see from here to there.  When you do that much traveling you need to be prepared, especially when you are facing miles and miles of open road and no gas stations in sight.  For that reason my saddle bag always has a Stop and Go Tire Plug kit with 12v Pump.

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 6

Number 5

Powerlet Products Outlets and Cables

When you love technology, you need to find the best way to keep powered up!  We love to use the Powerlet 12v adapter in our products.  We install them directly in specific sport touring HeliBar models.  Lots of people ask why we went with this design.  There are many reasons, but mostly because they are a great product.  We put them in convenient to access locations and you wire them directly to your battery.  Thus, giving you ready availability while out on the road to power up your gadgets.  Powerlet offers some great options for adding to your bike if our product doesn’t come with an installed outlet.  Not only do they have the outlets, they have a multitude of handy gadgets you may want including (but not limited to) USB converters and cables, heated clothing, luggage electrix and more.  Check them out – you will be glad you did!

 

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 5

Number 6

Wizards Mist & Shine

We travel a lot with our bikes in all kinds of weather conditions.  Florida’s salty mist and the Midwest’s dry and and beating sun are some of the reasons why it’s essential to have good protection for your chrome and paint.  Wizards has proven to be a great product to protect our bikes’ finishes.  Not only is it a great product, it’s also Made in the USA.  I prefer the Wizards Mist-n-Shine to use on all my bikes’ finishes to keep them gleaming and protected.  It’s also great for a quick clean up when our bikes get those loving touches from all our great customers.

See you on the road!

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 4

Number 7

Arai Helmets

As a serious rider, I view safety as the number one component to riding.  For that reason, I choose Arai Helmets for me and my family.  Their motto is one that speaks to me:  “If your family’s name and your family’s honor were on the front of your helmet, how many corners would you cut?  How many shortcuts would you take?”  Their quality standards are excellent and the helmets have great features to make riding more comfortable in any weather condition.

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 3

Number 8

Garmin 550/665 GPS

I LOVE technology.  The ever changing world we live in has been vastly improved by technology.  Gone are the days of having to stop to open up a map that is outdated and never fits back the same way it came out!  The GPS is a great invention that helps you get where you want to go.  Personally, I like the Zumo 665.  It’s a great model designed specifically for us who love the open road.  It’s easy to read and works great!  If you want to add XM radio the Zumo 550 is the one for you!

HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 2

Number 9

Pri-G Fuel Stabilizer

Let’s face it, sometimes your motorcycle doesn’t get as much run time as your lawnmower.  And we all know that the lawn mower needs to be taken care of or it won’t start when it’s time to trim the grass.  So why not take as much care of your motorcycle (or even better care, since if the lawnmower won’t start you will NEED to go for a ride!)  I like to use Pri-G in all my small engines to keep fuel fresh and ready to use.  There are a lot of gas stabilizers on the market but Pri-G, and Pri-D for diesels, are the best!

Add it to your fuel, run it for a while, shut it off and forget it!

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HeliBars’ Harry Top 10 Countdown: Must haves for your Motorcycle enjoyment! Day 1

Number 10

The Battery Tender Junior Charger

There’s nothing worse than getting all geared up and ready to go out for your day trip, then to find the battery dead and have to wait to get going.  The Battery Tender line of products are handy and easy to use, lightweight and compact so they don’t take up valuable real estate in the garage.  They are fully automatic trickle chargers and should be a must have item for every motorcyclist.

I have three, two for the shop and one for home!

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