New Motorcycle Parts And Accessories

Not Your Daddy's Pocket knife
You'd think a company would be content to claim the strongest pliers on the multi-tool market, but apparently Leatherman isn't resting on its laurels. The innovative Oregon outfit has rolled out another multi-tool lineup, this one called the Charge series. Tops on the roster is the four-inch Charge TTi, replete with titanium handles and a combination tool set including scissors and redesigned pliers. Throw in Leatherman's now-standard locking blades, diamond-coated files, multiple bit drivers, strippers and bottle openers, and it's no wonder this baby made our Christmas wish list. A bonus: It's backed by Leatherman's 25-year warranty. MSRP is $159 for the TTi. or more info, go to www.leatherman.com
Upgrading Your Assets
Saddles are consistently the most commonly retrofitted pieces on cruisers, and Le Pera Enterprises has long been the place to score cool aftermarket pads (at least for Harleys). Now the company's unveiled another alternative to cap its singular seats: Italian-embossed, premium-grade leather. The high-end Euro-hide is available in a couple of different styles, including the Le Pera King Cobra version shown. This particular option features the Dakota pattern with distressed leather side panels and retails for $550. Solo models start at $340. For full pricing, design and application details, call (818) 767-5110, or get a closer look at www.lepera.com.
Give Yourself A Hand
It's hard to think of a body part more important than your fingers when it comes to piloting a bike. So why not lavish them with some comfort? These brand-new DeerTek gloves, fresh from the crew at Roadgear, might well do the trick. The mitts are crafted from soft, supple deerskin for a unique look, cushy feel and snug comfort. Extra features like reflective Dynatec provide extra conspicuity at night, and an adjustable strap secures them to your hand. Available in tan or black, in men's sizes M-XXXL or women's XS-M for $60. Check www.roadgear.com for more info.
Denim Is French, After All
It's no secret that jeans are the most popular riding togs in the U.S., but are they the safest? Unfortunately, not by a long shot. This is why Esquad, a French-based manufacturer, has spiked its new rider's clothing with Armalith, a space-age fabric said to be as strong as leather, but with the look, feel and breathability of denim. The composite threads turn up in the firm's Esquad jeans, which come in two street-savvy styles. The Classic line (right) goes for the traditional look with an ergonomic cut, heat shields and reinforced seams, while the racier Technik style (left) stocks reinforcements, safety stitching and heat shields. For details, visit www.esquad-jeans.com.
We Got Yer Back
Those cool reflective stripes on your new jacket will be for naught if you cover 'em with a pack. Better to slip on a Hump-that's Respro's Hump backpack cover. The easily attached material will light up your pack day or night thanks to its 3M reflective material. Get the basic Hump for $30.35 or upgrade to a P15, which also includes a light. For info, visit www.streetandcomp.com or call (800) 326-5487.
Time Crunch
Your bike's stem or fork nut is an ideal place for a timepiece, as the central location makes it a snap to see. That's the theory behind Formotion's new Stem and Fork Mount series, a range of stainless steel timepieces that mount to all major metric and American bikes (with two mounts specifically designed for Harleys). The polished mounts slip easily over the nut and hold a Formotion black or white face, low-profile, waterproof clock; the assembly is secured by a set screws. Night riders can also upgrade to a black- or white-faced backlit clock. The Stem and Fork Mounts retail from $49.95 to $59.95. For more info, see www.formotionproducts.com.
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