Motorcycle Sport-Touring Essentials

Don’t leave home without them

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric

Mad Maps
Take the guesswork out of planning your next road trip with pre-mapped routes from Motor Adventure Destinations (MAD) Maps. Each water- and tear-resistant booklet lists about 25 scenic and exciting rides with turn-by-turn directions and a comprehensive list of suggested stops and roadside attractions. MAD Maps offer local, regional and national map series, and also offers GPS downloads and an iPhone app. Paper maps start at $10.95 and, for a limited time, Motorcyclist readers will receive a 25 percent discount by typing "MOTORCYCLIST2011" in the promotional code box when checking out.

Roadgear Coconut Socks
Coconut isn’t just a cute name for Roadgear’s riding socks; they’re made from fibers and activated charcoal derived from coconut husks. Comfortable, long-lasting, moisture-wicking and anti-microbial, these socks are designed specifically for long-haul motorcyclists. The yarn is infused with activated charcoal, which has a high porosity and huge surface area that allows it to capture odor molecules and aid in moisture transfer and dissipation. Now in their third generation, these socks use a higher percentage of coconut yarn for increased coziness and durability. Pick up a pair for $12.99.

Motocentric Luggage
Turn your sportbike into a sport-tourer for under $300. Motocentric’s tailbag ($67.99) is easy to mount and has integrated clips for connecting to the Motocentric saddlebags ($199.99), offering a combined 81 liters of cargo space. Both bags are constructed of semi-rigid Maxtura fabric and use rubberized panels, heat shields and built-in bungee cords to protect your bike’s finish and keep everything firmly in place. All Motocentric luggage comes with rain covers and a lifetime warranty.

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