Ceramic Coated Shotgun Pipes from Rush

Ceramic Coated Inside and out

RUSH has taken old school Shotgun pipes to a new level with more than just a classic look.  In the past, in order to improve performance and reduce the heat, bikers would use heat tape to wrap their pipes. Using the newest technology, RUSH accomplishes the same effect by Ceramic Coating the pipes inside and outside! Old timers knew lower temps improve exhaust gas flow improving power and at the same time making the bike more comfortable to ride.  These exhaust systems have been designed to fit 2009 and 2010 HD touring models.

The systems are heavy-duty steel providing strength and a deep throaty sound that all Harley owners look for. Terry Daniel and Lou Pringle owners of RUSH Racing Products know motorcycle exhaust and what biker’s want, and these pipes deliver. The pipes can be ordered in show quality Chrome (silver ceramic head pipes) or sinister Black (black ceramic head pipes) with choices of two different baffles. RUSH offers different baffles for performance and sound tunability.

Mounting is easy and hardware and instructions are included. Suggested retail is $525.95 for Chrome and $535.95 in Black. RUSH always gets compliments on fit, finish and great sound. See your local RUSH dealer today

Zippo's 2010 Harley-Davidson Collection

Hold Your Zippo!

With summer just around the corner motorcycle season is once again upon us.

Before answering the open road’s call though Harley riders should be sure to grab one of Zippo’s new 2010 Harley-Davidson collection lighters.

These iconic windproof lighters from one of the most trusted and recognized brands in the world feature the same reliable design as the original 1930s models such as the trademark flint- wheel ignition system, rugged metal construction, hinged lid, one-hand operation and the distinctive ‘click’ that have made the Zippo lighter legendary.

They are as reliable as the bikes whose emblem they proudly bear and will be a perfect companion for any trip long or short.

Traditional HD logo on brushed aluminium

Cleaners to Fit In Your Saddle Bags

WIZARDS® Products introduces a convenient Saddle Pack for Motorcycles. Each Saddle Pack contains four great WIZARDS® products in a 2oz. size including: Mist-N-Shine™, Bug Release™, Vinyl Shine™ and Bike Wash™, as well as one of our Multi-Fiber™ Cloths — all the products you need to keep your bike looking great while you’re on the road in an easy-to-carry pouch. Saddle Packs are also an excellent way to introduce our line of professional detailing & finishing products to your friends or customers.

RJ Star Inc. / WIZARDS, manufacturer and exclusive distributor for WIZARDS® Products, offers a complete, professional line of appearance care items designed to clean, shine and protect all surfaces of the vehicle.

Other WIZARDS® products include the highly regarded Mist-N-Shine™ Professional Detailer, Shine Master™ Polish and Breathable Sealant, Crystal Clear™ Plastic Cleaner & Polish, Bug Release™ All Surface Bug Remover, Power Clean™ All Purpose Cleaner, Supreme Seal™ Paint Sealant, Metal Polishes, Metal Sealer, Mini and Metal Buff Kits and Multi-Fiber™ Cloths.

Kawasaki Voyager 1700, Road Comfort 101

Photos by Adam Campbell
Story By Neale Bayly
Riveted in the moment, breathing slowly, trying to absorb the intensity of Mother Nature while buzzing on my man made mechanical steed, I have attained my own motorcycle nirvana. Rolling out of Lone Pine, California, as the sun lights the gleaming white snow on Mount Whitney two miles above us, I’ve found it. I’ve found the perfect speed and mental attitude to fully appreciate the new 2010 Kawasaki Voyager as we head south through the majestic Owens Valley. Riding for the past couple of days from Irvine, California, to the Alabama hills, and then into Death Valley with photos and video in mind, in this moment I find the big Kawasaki touring rig’s sweet spot. The work all done, this is a pure pleasure cruise, and rumbling down the picturesque highway I don’t want it to end.

With the tachometer reading right around twenty five hundred rpm, and the speedometer needle somewhere between 67-71mph, the throttle is barely cracked. Sat comfortably in the broad, sculptured saddle, the engine simply purrs, and the full touring fairing is deflecting the cool air as we effortlessly roll down the two-lane highway. It’s like being on a giant conveyor belt with some gentle vibration and a light breeze programmed in for physical stimulation, while the sensory department gets stunning, postcard perfect mountain backdrops to enjoy. To my right, the Alabama hills provide a golden base for the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Crest, as vivid blue dry salt lakes shine brightly to my left. Low flat land rolls up to a softer mountain range that pushes up into the cloudless sky, and the air at this altitude is refreshing and energizing. Turning on the sound system, I decide to over-stimulate my highly engaged grey matter with a little music from my IPod.

I missed the press intro for the Kawasaki Voyager 1700 when it was released in 2009, so while the new 2010 is essentially the same machine with some minor revisions, it’s new to me. Replacing the venerable Vulcan 1600 with an improved 1700cc power plant, the new 52-degree V-twin now kicks out 108 ft-lbs of torque at 2750 rpm, which is about a 15% increase. It’s also making 20% more horsepower and this peaks at 5,000rpm, with the rev limiter kicking in a thousand rpm beyond this point. Compression ratio for the large 102mm pistons is 9.5:1 and they run in a 104mm stroke. These figures are a little different to the other models on this platform, with the Voyager being the mildest of the bunch.

A single overhead camshaft opens and closes four valves per cylinder, wile two 42mm throttle bodies feed fuel and air into the big cylinders thanks to the digital fuel injection. An electronic valve provides the perfect cocktail by reading the throttle position, its load, and the air pressure and temperature. Making for near perfect fueling any where from idle to red line, there were a couple of times when the system felt like it was not performing just as it should. Coming off a long straight road where I had been running on a constant throttle, the bike did some minor coughs after the stop sign when I came back on the throttle. The only problem was it happened after filling the gas tank in Death Valley, and I can’t say it wasn’t a case of some bad fuel as it only happened that significantly on the one occasion. At other times it felt like we experienced a brief lean condition, which could have been the wind pushing the big rig around. For the rest of the time it performed flawlessly, and when in it’s sweet spot the bike’s is as good as it gets on two wheels.

Power is taken to the rear wheel via a six-speed transmission and belt drive. Cleaner and more efficient than the old shaft drive system Kawasaki has seemed fond off, it uses the top two gears as overdrives. This makes for a very relaxed ride at highway speeds. Realizing this corresponds to the bike’s peak torque output explains why rolling down the road around 70mph is so effortless. The engine uses twin counter balancers, so the vibration from the single pin crankshaft is minimal until the engine starts approaching the red line where it starts to let you know it’s there. Acceleration on the big Kawasaki is measured and predictable, and the bike responds better to planned inputs when overtaking. Visually, the big V-twin engine is a real looker. Masquerading as an air-cooled lump, it is liquid cooled with finned cylinders and nice chrome accents on the cam covers and lower end of the engine. These are further accentuated as the rest of the engine parts have a matte black finish, which really helps make the chrome parts stand out.

Holding the big motor in place, the Voyager uses a double cradle steel frame with a box section single tube backbone. A beefy looking conventional 45mm hydraulic fork lives up front and has 5.5 inches of travel. It holds a sixteen-inch front wheel with a 130/90 series tire. Braking duties are taken care of by a pair of 300mm rotors that get squeezed by four piston calipers. The version of the Voyager here in the pictures comes with ABS, which is an $1100 option at time of purchase. Using what Kawasaki calls “K-ACT”, the linked braking system is also used on the Concours 1400, and applying the rear brake activates one of the front discs. Pulling the front brake lever works both the front discs in a conventional manner. Pressure sensors on the master cylinders read the bikes’ speed, and make necessary adjustments to the front/rear brake bias accordingly. The system is also disabled at speeds under 12 mph, and the ABS at 4mph. This makes U turns a lot easier when you have to rely solely on the rear brake to make the maneuver. Having used the system on a skid pad, while testing the Concourse, it really is a fabulous safety feature and hopefully one you’ll never need.

Air assisted shocks are used in the rear, and a 170/70 series tire wraps around another sixteen-inch rim. The shocks are adjustable for rebound damping and provide a very compliant ride. The front fork is typically cruiser soft, so it’s a good job the brakes don’t work it any harder, but during my time on the big cruiser we got to experience a wide variety road surfaces and I have no complaints about the way the suspension dealt with them. Start pushing the Voyager on a twisty road and its 886-pound weight makes itself known, but handling is super light and responsive thanks to the comfortable wide bars at sensible speeds. Besides, hustling along canyon roads is not what this motorcycle is about. Coming with a 5.3 gallon tank, you have close to a 200 mile range before looking for fuel, and the sophisticated on-board computer tells you how many miles you have left before fill up time.

Sitting comfortably in the pilots seat, the initial view inside the fairing is pure old school. Good sized round analogue dials rimmed with chrome read engine and road speed, while a slightly larger multi-function LCD display in the middle gives a plethora of information to keep the savvy traveler on course. Featuring a gear position indicator, remaining fuel range and average fuel consumption indicators (over 40mpg for my bike during the trip) and dual trip meters, odometer, and additional fuel gauge you are not going to be in need ofin flight information on the Voyager. There is also a traditional fuel gauge to the left of the speedometer and a temperature gauge to the right of the tachometer. Over on the right handlebar is the switch for the cruise control. There are no surprises with the way this works, and touching either brake puts you instantly back in control of the throttle.

The old fashioned looking radio not only does FM/AM duties, but handles Satellite radio, your MP3 and the on-board CB radio, a neat feature that is apparently making a return.  And simply installing a head set system provided by Kawasaki before we left Irvine, we were easily able to communicate with each other via CB as we rode. A simple system that cuts out the music when someone starts speaking, it will be a great asset to those traveling with their fellow Voyager riders, or those wanting to communicate with truckers and other Citizen’s Band users. We had a lot of fun with the system and the headphones gave great in-helmet sound when listening to the radio or my MP3. The sound system also allows you to listen to music through the bike’s speakers located in the fairing, and this didn’t quite offer the same quality of sound. Not that it was bad, but the headphones just do a better job. The sound system can be operated with buttons on the radio, or by a series of switches on the left handlebar. These are a tad complicated to get right, and some familiarization before hitting the road will make them a lot easier to use, as there are a lot of different choices you can perform. You don’t want to be learning them on the move. You can even listen to music when you are off the bike by putting the ignition switch collar to the ACC position, and also still use the accessories. This is a nice feature when you are pulled over admiring the view and want a little music to compliment your experience.

For the distance rider the full fairing has a large windshield that offers plenty of protection. Frame mounted, the bike is more stable in high winds than if it were mounted to the handlebars. This also helps contribute to the light steering. The leg shields have adjustable vents to allow you to control airflow and the bike has better heat protection for the rider than the ’09, according to Kawasaki’s PR man. Luggage capacity is ample, and the large trunk can take two full-face helmets, or 13.2 gallons of whatever you take with you on trips. There is an additional 20 gallons of storage space available between the two side cases, and these have a refreshingly easy top opening system and, like the trunk, are fully lockable.

The Kawasaki Voyager is traditionally styled, and the bike exudes quality with deep luster paint and liquid smooth chrome. It’s available in a choice of Metallic Diablo Black and Metallic Imperial Red, or Metallic Midnight Sapphire Blue and Metallic Moondust Gray. The price for the non-ABS version is $17,299, and with ABS it’ll run you $18,399. It comes with Kawasaki’s traditional 36-month warranty and is available at dealers. Priced competitively, with a number of sensible upgrades from last year’s model based on customer feedback, Kawasaki has done a great job with the Voyager if you are looking for a bike in the heavy duty touring category. Sophisticated, with it’s modern conveniences and safety features, it is still capable of giving the raw, visceral experience long distance touring riders are looking for, and it has a truck load of looks and personality to go with it.

Custom Cycle Control Systems Introduces Climax Hand Controls Package

Custom Cycle Control Systems Inc. recently announced their new “Climax Hand Controls” package. Now for the first time, you can solve the “clean handlebar” dilemma with one complete package. You supply the bars…we supply the rest. Climax Hidden Hand Control Systems produces by far the cleanest looking “self-contained” handlebar systems available. Designed to function as good as they look, these concealed handlebar systems will enhance the look of any bike, whether H/D, Metric, or Custom.

The hand controls are completely concealed…All the lines, wires, and cables run through the bars and exit below the top tree.  CCCS also has a wide variety of many different handlebar styles to choose from, ranging from old school drag bars to radical new styles such as the Rock Star. You can also incorporate a digital speedometer from either Wire Plus or Dakota Digital into your design. Additional features and benefits of a CCCS complete hand control system include:

• 100% internal wires, cables and hoses

• All wires, cables & hoses come extra long so you can “cut to length”

● Hidden brake and clutch fluid reservoirs

• 7  micro switches (maintain all stock control functions)

• Controls are designed to work as good as the look

● Convenient push pin accessibility to the internal throttle, and reservoirs (no special tools needed)

● Dual Cable Internal Throttle (easily accessible)

• EZ Pull Throttle Lock

• Install Kit (includes everything necessary to complete the job…hydraulic fittings, relay, bleeder bolt, fill funnel, throttle cables/ends and ferrules)

• MSRP: $1,899.00

For those interested in obtaining more information on other award winning products from Custom Cycle Control Systems, Inc., you can reach them at         866-438-2129 or 702-438-2129. Check them out online at www.customcyclecontrols.com or email them at info@customcyclecontrols.com.

Motorcycle Performance Sportswear From Harley-Davidson

Performance Fabrics Wick Moisture, Combat Odor and Block UV Rays

Performance Colorblocked Shirt (P/N 99141-10VM, $60)

MILWAUKEE (March 25, 2010) – The new men’s Performance Sportswear from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line utilizes performance fabrics to regulate body temperature, resist odors and protect riders and passengers from the sun. Their woven, moisture-wicking cotton/polyester blend draws perspiration away from your skin to keep you cool, dry and comfortable. Anti-microbial properties combat odor-causing bacteria, while UPF-30 treatment blocks 96 percent of the sun’s UV rays. The result: you stay drier, fresher and protected while maintaining simple wash-and-wear flexibility.

The Performance Microstripe Woven Shirt (P/N 99140-10VM, $55) features a snap-down collar, embroidered graphics and comes in S – 5XL sizes.

Performance Microstripe Woven Shirt (P/N 99140-10VM, $55)

The Performance Colorblocked Shirt comes in stone (P/N 99141-10VM, $60) and grey (P/N 99102-10VM, $60). It’s constructed from 55-percent cotton,

45-percent polyester twill and comes in S – 5XL sizes.

The new line of Performance Sportswear is available now at most Harley-Davidson dealerships.

For additional information on Harley-Davidson MotorClothes products, see your local Harley-Davidson dealer or visit harley-davidson.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1.800.LUV.2RIDE in the U.S. or Canada.

Men's Harley-Davidson Helmets with Retractable Sun Shield

MILWAUKEE (March 25, 2010) – Instantly react to changing light conditions with a new Retractable Sun Shield-equipped helmet from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line. Available in polycarbonate Half, 3/4 and Full/Modular shells, the One Touch internal tinted shield is activated by a quick pull or push, so you remain focused on the road when light conditions

3/4 Harley Helmet P/N 98210-10VM, $160

change. The 3/4 Helmet (P/N 98210-10VM, $160) and Modular Helmet (P/N 98211-10VM, $250) utilize an AccuSight anti-fog outer shield with optically-superior 3D design, 95-percent UV protection and

Modular Helmet (P/N 98211-10VM, $250)

anti-scratch coating. And like the Half Helmet (P/N 98212-10VM, $125), each features a removable/washable liner, meets DOT requirements and is available in XS – 2XL sizes.

3/4 Harley Helmet P/N 98210-10VM, $160

All three Sun Shield-equipped helmets are available now at most Harley-Davidson dealerships.

Magnum Boots; Lightweight and Tough

For long or short rides alike, riders are looking for lightweight boots that are tough and ready for any adventure.  Riders are always looking for boots that are comfortable right out of the box, that offer elite protection from the road or any weather conditions that threaten to slow them down.  Magnum offers all this at a great value.

Magnum Boots are built like a running shoe for lightweight comfort

  • Magnum Boots offers a women specific line of styles
  • Magnum Boots are versatile enough to wear while riding, hiking, walking, around town…endless possibilities
  • Magnum Boots is a leader in footwear technology – the latest breakthrough is ion-mask (browse magnumboots.com/ion-mask)
  • Magnum Boots offers a full line of boots that is sure to fit every riders demand – waterproof, side zip, non-metallic, composite toe, widths etc, etc.


Cardo Systems Launches the scala rider® G4™ PowerSet Bluetooth® Intercom System

Operational in Minutes, With TWO Factory-Paired, Bluetooth STEREO Headsets for Bike to Bike Intercom Communication Up to One Mile* Right Out of the Box!

Ready to Use out of the box

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 15th, 2010) – Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, today launched the brand new scala rider® G4™ PowerSet, an intercom communication system featuring two factory-paired units of the most feature-rich bike-to-bike Bluetooth headsets on the market.  The system contains two scala rider G4 headsets, for bike to bike intercom communication up to one mile* -creating a new industry standard.  With the addition of a third paired G4 unit, three separate bikers can talk to each other as well.  Two scala rider G4 PowerSet systems, four headsets in total, can be used together in full duplex intercom communication between two couples on two bikes traveling within a distance of up to one mile between each other.

Right out of the box, bikers can start communicating using the paired devices, creating a safe, convenient and enjoyable communication experience. In addition to intercom communication, Each G4 can connect with virtually any portable Bluetooth device including mobile phones, MP3 players and compatible GPS units (for in-helmet voice instructions).  It can also connect with non-Bluetooth MP3 players and GPS units via its embedded jack, and the entire line of scala rider headsets.**  Both can transmit STEREO music from any MP3 player with A2DP capability. Incoming intercom messages and mobile phone calls automatically override MP3 music. Each G4 headset can be actively connected to one Bluetooth device and two other scala rider headsets at one time.

“The brand new scala rider G4 PowerSet increases the range that motorcyclists can enjoy speaking with each other and also extends the number of bikers who can speak on intercom at once with full duplex,” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “The pair of headsets included in this package is packed with features that our customers have requested .”

Each scala rider G4 comes equipped with a built-in FM radio with RDS empowering riders with the ability to scan and seek stations and to save favorites utilizing the six-station channel memory. Voice-recognition (for answering, dialing or rejecting calls), multilingual spoken status announcements (to report incoming and outgoing connections) and AGC technology for automatic volume adjustments (based on ambient noise and driving speed) all contribute to completely hands-free communication and enjoyment.

Working with virtually all motorcycle helmets, the scala rider G4 PowerSet is available with noise-canceling microphones for the highest communication quality. The devices’ rechargeable li-polymer batteries allow for up to 10 hours of talk-time and 7-days standby time.

The new scala rider G4 PowerSet is now available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com with a suggested retail price of $489.95.

*results may vary according to terrain

**reduced operational range when connected to earlier scala rider models