Must-Haves For The Harley-Davidson Set

High on the hog

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric

Vance & Hines Twin-Slash Slip-Ons
The easiest way to slip into customizing your Harley is with some aftermarket slip-ons. Vance & Hines' Twin-Slash mufflers add style and give your Big Twin that nice, throaty exhaust note every cruiser rider longs for. Plus the full-coverage heat shield guarantees your pipes will never blue from excessive heat. The famed SoCal company has applications for all Harleys starting at $300 in your choice of chrome or matte-black ceramic finishes with a chrome end treatment. Quiet baffles are also available.
www.vanceandhines.com

True-Track
Ever tipped your bagger into a turn and suddenly felt like the rear end had a mind of its own? Harley's vibration-isolating engine-mounting system is known for causing squirrely handling, but True-Track remedies that with a patented bracing system that anchors the swingarm pivot to the frame and engine, yielding a stiffer chassis for improved cornering. The $349.99 kit consists of machined-aluminum mounting brackets, an adjustable stabilizer link and stainless-steel mounting hardware. It can be installed in about 15 minutes without lifting the bike or removing any major components.
www.true-track.com

Cycle Sounds Series 3 Audio System
Is the roar of your Hog's straight pipes not enough of a soundtrack for your ride? Plug in Cycle Sounds' new Series 3 audio system and roll to your favorite rock tunes! The $299 kit comes with a pair of 3-inch speakers, a mini-amplifier and wiring harness, plus all the necessary connectors, wires and mounts to complete the installation. Choose from stealth black or lustrous chrome; both produce clean, crisp sound, even at speed. Pump the tunes from your iPod, MP3 or any other audio device with a 3.5mm earphone jack.
www.cyclesounds.com

Race Tech Fork Kits
If you're dissatisfied with your bagger's flaccid fork, Race Tech has a simple solution. The California company's Gold Valve Emulators and fork springs have a proven track record, and are now available for 2006-2008 FLHX models. The Emulators sit on top of the stock damper rod and offer increased control and tunable damping, while the springs are available in a range of rates to match your weight and riding style. Buy the parts separately or together as a kit for $259.99 and get the smoothest possible highway ride plus excellent control and response in the corners.
www.racetech.com

Harley-Davidson Footwear
Riders looking for modern footwear with that classic engineer-boot style need look no further than Harley-Davidson's Jax boots. The Jax pack a lot into a $150 package: The full-grain leather chassis incorporates Poron ankle padding, abrasion-resistant Tech Tuff overlays, zippered vents and the obligatory buckles and straps. Ortholite footbeds keep your feet cool and comfortable, and are designed for walking as well as riding.
www.harley-davidsonfootwear.com

Progressive Suspension 812 Shocks
Round out your Hog's handling overhaul with Progressive Suspension's 812 series shocks. These feature velocity-sensitive damping, are gas-charged for consistent performance, and if you roll with a load, heavy-duty springs are an available option. If the flashy flame-cut spring cover shown here doesn't suit your style, there are also more subdued slash-cut and vintage full-sleeve designs, with your choice of chrome or black springs. Take your pick for $439.
www.progressivesuspension.com

Lunati Voodoo Cams
Complete your Harley's respiratory therapy with these expertly designed and meticulously machined Lunati camshafts. The legendary drag-racing brand has just released three new series of Voodoo cams to suit Evolution engines, 1999-2006 Twin Cams and those made from 2007 to the present. Choose from maximum low-end torque with strong midrange power for heavy touring bikes, peak horsepower for built engines, or a combination thereof for everyday riding. Cam sets start at around $150.
www.lunatipower.com

Avon Cobra Tires
Harley-Davidson touring bikes are nothing if not unique, and they demand equally specialized tires. Avon's Cobra tires come in fitments engineered specifically for Harley baggers, but the specialization doesn't stop at the sizing. These tires are designed to sustain heavy loads and lots of miles with a triple-belted, six-ply construction and special tread compound that resists irregular wear. Trickle-down technology from the British company's sport-touring tires contributes good handling and stability, and the snakeskin pattern on the sidewalls will match your boots and seat. Pick up a pair for your bagger for $485.
www.avonmoto.com

Harley-Davidson Motorclothes
The Motor Company has a host of fashions to tempt female riders this fall. The $425 Miss Enthusiast 3-in-1 leather jacket features timeless styling and the versatility to function on the bike as well as off. Extended cuffs and a removable fleece hoodie with thumb holes will keep the missus snug and warm, and pre-curved sleeves are designed to be comfortable on the bike. The $45 Nostalgic Embellished Tank Top pays tribute to Harley's racing heritage and has just enough spandex mixed into the fabric blend to insure a contour-hugging fit.
www.harley-davidson.com

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