If you Love Her, You’ll get her The Right Gear

   Whether you are a rider or passenger, ladies need a good quality riding gear that fits correctly and provides protection. All too often we see the ladies on bikes wearing a a mans jacket or a regular jacket both offering little to no protection other than temperature and bugs. The typical response is “I don’t ride very often.” or “That stuff is way too expensive.” and even “He doesn’t wear this anymore so it will work.” All these comments show people have minimal knowledge when it comes to leathers or riding gear.

unik ladies leather   K and G Cycles is here to help select the right jacket for you. Regardless of the amount you actually ride, you owe it to yourself to have a jacket that fits as it should and offers you outstanding protection. You may not realize it but if you are wearing a jacket that is even 1 size too big you are prone to more fatigue from the jacket movement in the wind. It will in a sense beat you without you knowing, causing muscle fatigue and wearing you out quicker. Another distinct advantage to a properly sized motorcycle jacket is if it has armor the protective pads will be in the right place to give you the best protection should you ever call on it. As you know, a lot of motorcycle jackets are made of leather because of its durability, cost effectiveness, and versatility. Leather can withstand almost anything thrown at it, is very customizable, and offers a substantial amount of protection in a fairly lightweight package.

Take for example Unik Leathers Women’s Naked Cowhide Classic Vented Jacket. This leather jacket not only looks great with its classic lines, but it has many great features you want in a jacket.

  • Zip out liner, making this a more versatile multi-season jacket.
  • 2 Front pockets with zippers, keeping smaller items secure.
  • 2 inside zippered pockets for even more small item storage.
  • Vented back for increased temperature control.
  • Front and side laces.

This is just one fine example of the many ladies jackets offered by K and G Cycles. Check out the great deals available and pick up a jacket that fits you and your style. See the difference the right fit makes for your ride.

Protection Between The Pipes

Has it ever occurred to you why motorcycle manufacturers don’t offer some type of protection for the underside of their motorcycles. I’m not saying we need military spec ballistic armor for the undercarriage. What would be nice is some type of shield capable of protecting the bottom side from errant road debris. K and G Cycles has been on a search to find that critter, and we can proudly say, “we have accomplished our mission”. Now you can have stylish protection for the underside of your Gold Wing that won’t impact accessibility for servicing the bike..

belly-pans   If you want to streamline and protect your motorcycles undercarriage, then you can add a belly pan (Part # BBP-52-817 – Polished  Aluminum Finish) to your  2001-2013 Honda Gold Wing GL1800 and reap the benefits. While the primary goal of a belly pan is to protect the critical, exposed parts under your motorcycle such as your coolant tank,oil pan, you get so much more. The added benefits include a streamlining effect that contributes to smoother air flow resulting in less wind drag and buffeting at highway speeds. The end result is better control and potential fuel savings. Employing a custom engineered perforation pattern that has been incorporated in the design, ventilation has been increased thus achieving better airflow. This unit is made from aircraft grade aluminum (offered in Black Anodized Aluminum Part # BBP-52-817BK) and has a 2 piece design that allows easy access to the oil filter when servicing your motorcycle. There is no need to worry about sharp edges because they have all been softened to minimize potential damage and injury. Best of all, this unit is produced in the Good Ole U.S.A.

   Stability and protection are always features you should concern yourself with, and that is why this Belly Pan available at K and G Cycles is a wise accessory decision. With a fitment that includes 2001 – 2013 Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles (even the new F6B) it covers a bunch of you, and offers a huge amount of protection from all that junk on the road. Style and function – what more could you ask for?

Extra Storage with Style and Function

     Anyone that has owned a motorcycle knows all motorcycles have one horrible problem – the common lack of storage. During the hunt for the most innovative products, we have discovered a company that is producing Tour Packs for your Metric bike. K and G Cycles is proud to offer you storage options that will increase the utility of your ride. This large premium locking motorcycle trunk comes with a Chrome top rack, Deluxe wrap around passenger backrest and even an LED lighted spoiler. This is a great trunk for any mid size cruiser. It’s great for Honda (VTX, Shadow, Valkyrie), Kawasaki (Vulcan), Suzuki (Boulevard, Marauder, Intruder),  and Yamaha (V Star, Road Star, Stratoliner), motorcycles.

metric tour pak RIDE-TPWRBS   This trunk offers an enormous amount of storage that is capable of stowing (2) full face helmets inside. For your convenience and security, the trunk is key lockable and features a full length weather seal to keep the elements out and your belongings safe! This Tour Pack package also includes an upgraded wrap around backrest that provides additional comfort and stability for your passenger. It also comes with a chrome luggage rack that allows for additional tie down carrying capacity. Plus you get a slim line spoiler packed full of eye catching LED lights. These lights can be wired as a run/brake combo for increased visibility as well as safety. The trunk package also includes a universal mounting plate with screws, grommets, nuts and washers, everything you require to mount it on an 8×8” or larger flat luggage rack or plate (not included). Drilling may be required depending on the luggage rack/plate style.

metric tour pack RIDE-TPWRBS5   So you see, adding a Tour Pack to your Metric cruiser and gaining a ton of space is much simpler than you imagined. Your friends at K and G Cycles can help you with everything you need to expand your cargo carrying capability. All you have to do is contact them.

  •  Overall Dimensions: 12″ High x 17″ Deep x 22.5″ Wide.
  • For a Custom Rack specifically for your motorcycle contact us.

Installing a Strong, Reliable, Compact Lithium Battery

   It’s that time of year when we start to wonder if our battery will hold out through the next season. We try to do everything we can to keep it alive just a little bit longer.  Being a key component that is  often overlooked until it fails, the battery is a tricky component.  OEM batteries tend to last anywhere from 1-2 year to about 5 years, the latter results require stringent monitoring and cycle charges. K and G Cycles is proud to offer you a replacement battery that will have you wondering why manufacturers aren’t using these from the start – EarthX Lithium Batteries.

   earthx in the boxEarthX batteries are designed to be a drop-in replacement of a standard 12 volt lead-acid battery, so no special or expensive charger is required.  These batteries will work with any vehicle charging system and “modern” lead-acid battery chargers, thanks to our built-in battery management system.  The batteries are an exceptional value given the fact they last years longer than a lead-acid battery. With a lot of talk about lithium batteries these days, it is known not all lithium batteries are equal.  There are dozens of different types of chemistry used in lithium batteries, and  EarthX batteries use cells made of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) chemistry that was developed here in the U.S.A.  This is the best performing and safest technology on the market today. Lithium batteries are fundamentally different than lead-acid batteries and require the cells inside the 12V battery use sophisticated electronics to monitor and balance the voltage/charge of the individual cells.  Other companies sell an additional balancing charger, which you have to plugin periodically to “top off” and balance the cells.  Inside every one of EarthX batteries is a microprocessor Battery Management System (BMS) that monitors the charge level of each cell and balances the charge when needed, protecting the cells from overcharge or over-discharge. What this means for you is more starting power, longer battery life, and the safest lithium motorsport battery on the market.

   The key advantages of the EarthX lithium battery over lead acid batteries are;

  • Light-weight — 70-80% less weight
  • Long Service Life — Up to 4000 charge / discharge cycles (~3-8 years), over 4 times the life of a lead-acid battery
  • Longer Storage Life – due to extremely low self-discharge rate, no need for charging in the off-season
  • Environmentally Friendly — non-toxic, non-contaminating, lead free and no hazardous materials
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range (-30 C–+60C) — lithium batteries are dry cell technology and will not freeze
  • Fast Charge — can be fully charged in less than a half hour
  • Maintenance Free
  • No Special Mounting Direction
  • Safety and Reliability — internal cells are continually monitored by an integrated battery management system

   The key advantages of EarthX lithium batteries over competitors lithium batteries;

  • All products are engineered in the USA
  • Each battery employs American battery technology, the most advanced lithium battery technology in the world
  • EarthX batteries are assembled in the USA with US and foreign components.
  • Built-in battery management system for maximum performance and longest life — no expensive balancing charger needed.
  • Flexible battery connection — batteries can be used in either left or right side polarity applications. You also have the option to connect the battery leads directly to your vehicle.
  • Integrity – battery specifications are accurate.  If a battery is rated at 500CCA, the battery has 500CCA. All batteries are tested to industry standards (SAE, UL, CE).

   earthx group shotWith an extensive amount of applications for the whole power sports industry, EarthX batteries has a model to fit your bike. Proof of that is evident”K and G Cycles use Earthx advance lithium technology batteries in every bike they own!” From their vintage bikes to the Screamin’ Eagle Ultra and more. Pick up an EarthX Lithium Battery today from K and G Cycles and leave your battery worries behind.

Making Space on Your Can Am

   Over the last season you have logged a ton of miles on your Can Am Spyder and have found there really isn’t much storage on the bike. What are you to do? Simple… You go online to K and G Cycles and take a look at all the Can Am accessories we have to offer. The Aftermarket World seems to have forgotten the Legions of loyal riders aboard the Spyders, but we here at K and G Cycles have scoured the hills and hollers to find the accessories to make your journeys more enjoyable.

Can-Am-windshield-pouch-BBP-H41-152BK    In our hunt for Can Am accessories, we found a Windshield Dash Pouch. Made by Hopnel, the leader in aftermarket storage upgrades, for the Can Am Spyder RT. This new RT Tri-Pouch System (Part # BBP-H41-154BK) has 3 distinct pouches that deliver within reach storage and improved adhesion to the textured dash while traveling at high speeds. The center pouch is the largest measuring 9x6x2 inches, while the side cabins are 5x4x1.5. All 3 employ an easy close zipper to insure your belongings stat put. While not 100% waterproof, these pouches will keep your electronic gadgets as well as important paperwork out of the elements yet within arms reach. They have even been known to house a sandwich or soda, even a couple of the finest stogies out there.

We know outfitting your Can Am to add creature comforts for those long hauls can be difficult at best. K and G Cycles pledges everything it takes to bring you the best in accessories for your Spyder. Part of any motorcycle is the ability to add pieces and parts so that it tells your story. Everybody deserves to customize their bike and give it a personal touch and K and G Cycles is your online source for all your accessory needs.

Adding Storage between the Uprights

   You dressed your Cruiser exactly to your taste. You added Chrome, changed the exhaust, even had it pinstriped, but it still lacks something. Oh yeah, storage! Unless you get one of the big Touring bikes, storage or lack of Storage is something all bikes have in common. On our quest to bring you all the goods to make your bike the best that it can be, K and G Cycles found something new from Hopnel. A handlebar mounted storage pouch that offers a universal fit on almost any motorcycle.

BBP-H50-02BKC Univ Hbar Pouch      Legendary Sewn Products Manufacturer Hopnel has done it again with the latest addition to their line up. The universal fit handlebar pouch, another must have storage pouch system  This Handlebar Pouch measures a generous 8” x 4” x 2” and includes Hopnel’s “digital buddy” clear cellphone pocket system. This cellphone pocket measures 7” x 4” and will accommodate cellphones, MP3 or other devices and loads from the inside of the sleeve keeping Mother Nature out while keeping your devices dry. The clear window also allows for touch screen device operation to insure you retain full capability of your electronics gear you stow in the “Digital Buddy”. For a longer life expectancy, the Clear UV stabilized surface allows easy screen reading and will hold up in the toughest environments.  Installation is a breeze with the 4 adjustable straps that allow this handlebar pouch to be easily attached to most non – fairing motorcycles. How’s that for a design that is made for an often forgotten group of riders.

   Hopnel understands there are more riders out there than the Touring crowd and has stepped up to the plate for then. They also understand that with limited space, most storage items need to pull double duty. Designed with that in mind, this universal mount handlebar pouch offers riders a special pocket for your electronics devices that not only allow you to view them, but operate them as well. Head over to our online store and see this and all of the other great products from Hopnel.

The Leader in Electronics Mounting is Leader

When you are the leader in Electronic Accessory Mounts for Motorcycles, what do you do to improve on your product? You introduce an all new Anti-Vibration feature on all your mounts. Though we may not realize it but our bikes have a lot of vibration coming from them. If we have an accessory mounted on the bike, the end becomes the exit point for a good portion of that vibration. So much that we often have trouble reading our devices that are mounted there. Leader Motorcycle has redesigned all of their accessory mounts to incorporate this new anti-vibration feature and are available at K and G Cycles.

Leader Camera Mount C3-B-C   That shake, rattle, and roll you see every time you watch the video of your ride is a thing of the past thanks to the engineers at Leader. The Deluxe CAM Motorcycle Camera Mount was designed to give you the BEST video and/or photos possible from a moving motorcycle! The Deluxe CAM motorcycle camera holder features a base bracket with Ultra-Security and a rod so slim you’ll hardly notice it’s there. 360-degree rotation and TWO ultra-swivels (top and bottom) give you a huge range of positioning and angle-ability. It is as simple (and eye catching) as it gets! Check out these great features.

  • Ultra-swivel provides a multitude of mounting options
  • Accommodates the standard ¼-20 stud (if your camera can be put on a tripod, it can be mounted on the Deluxe CAM)
  • 360-degree movement at the tip (with a simple tightening mechanism)
  • Easy to install and remove (no special tools necessary)
  • All parts are stainless steel and machined aluminum (black anodized)
  • Ultra-Security feature ensures camera will never fall off
  • Get the Vibe Out minimizes vibration
  • All parts are MADE IN THE U.S.A.
  • Constructed of either Stainless Steel or Machined Aluminum

Now you can have smooth video, clear pictures, and not have to try to view the shaky iPod or GPS screen.  All Leader mounts available through K and G Cycles have the new Anti-Vibration feature and will smooth things over with even your toughest critic. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy your ride videos.

It’s all about the Details with Celestar Accents

Every biker knows when we buy a bike, part of ownership dictates accessorizing that ride. Chrome accents can put the icing on the top and really make it pop. Just because the tail of the bike has all indicator lighting, doesn’t mean it can’t have a little bling. The crew at K and G Cycles wants to give you every opportunity to dress up that tail and make that bike stand out from the crowd.

bbp-rear-celestar   Here is a shot of the rear of the bike with a few of the “Celestar” accents installed on the Tail Light and Turn Signals. As you can see, there are 3 parts that complete the transformation of the tail of this motorcycle. Because they all come from the same “Celestar” collection, they will meld well and give you that custom look you desire.

1) Part # BBP-61-106 Celestar Turn Signal Visors – If you are looking to add a bit of distinction to your motorcycle, you need to consider these beautiful turn signal covers. Bathed in rich deep chrome, these visors feature peel and stick installation so your down time is minimal. Designed to compliment other Celestar accessories, the visors have the same unique cut out as the rest of the line up, so you can maintain a consistent theme through out the bike.

2) Part # BBP-61-109 is the Celestar Series Turn Signal Accent Grilles. Finish the look of your turn signals with this stylish lens applique and watch your bike turn into a highly detailed custom. Keeping the theme running, these lens covers come complete with the same cut out pattern as the complete Celestar products. Installation is kept on the short and easy side again, double sided tape is what keeps these covers in place. Upgrading the look of your motorcycle couldn’t be any easier.

3) Part # BBP-61-107 is the Tail light/Brake light Accent Grill in The Celestar Line. Complete the heavenly look of the tail of your bike with this Tail Light Visor. Attaching to your tail lamp via double sided tape, this piece is dripping with chrome. As with the other visors, this one is also designed to reflect a little more light, intensifying your tail lights and making them more visible to traffic behind you.

Customizing your bike shouldn’t break the bank. With the Celestar Collection, these easy to install accessories go on so smoothly there is no need to hire it out. Contact your K and G Cycles Rep today for the whole line of Celestar Accessories available today.

Diagnosing Fast Flashing L.E.D. Lights

   You’ve just finished installing your new L.E.D. turn signals and can’t seem to figure out why they are flashing fast. After going online, you determine you need a Load Equalizer. We’ve all heard the phrase a hundred times, but what is a Load Equalizer, what does it do, and why do I need one? Well, my objective today is to educate you on the needs, necessity, and function of a load equalizer. At K and G Cycles we carry a large selection of Load Equalizers to handle almost any electrical need.

quad-load-EQ-BBP-13-3142   To help us understand the need for a load equalizer, we need to understand what happens when we install L.E.D. lighting on our motorcycle. On a motorcycle, the stock turn signal flasher is designed to flash twice as fast when one of the incandescent bulbs is burnt out. This happens when you switch to L.E.D. bulbs because they consume so little power. When the flasher sees a drop in the power being used, it believes a bulb is burnt out and goes into warning mode. Even though it is a brand new bulb, it will make the L.E.D. flash too fast or possibly not at all. This is where a load equalizer needs to be installed to adjust the electrical load, or equalize it so the system doesn’t see a phantom loss and the function returns to normal. Depending on your systems requirements there are different equalizers available with a range of amperage and resistance ratings. Due to electrical signal manipulation, some load equalizers can generate a considerable amount of heat and it is suggested not to use 4-way hazard lights. Since each application is different it is a good idea to check with the manufacturer of the equalizer or your local service center. Most load equalizers are straight forward units that are often plug and play, or simple cut and splice set ups reducing installation headaches.

   So you see, without a doubt using L.E.D. lighting will most assuredly require the use of a load equalizer. Depending on how many positions you have installed them in and the location itself will dictate the style and rating of the equalizer. Because of this, K and G Cycles has a larger selection sure to fit your needs. I hope you have a better understanding of L.E.D. lighting and load equalizers now. Contact us today and install that L.E.D. lighting right the first time.

Another Way to Improve Your Safety

   As the distracted driving collision rate continues to rise, motorcycle riders everywhere are made all too aware by near misses, full impact, and fatal result accidents. What can we do to make ourselves more visible? One of the few choices we have is to start wearing hi visibility gear, and even that won’t ensue our complete safety. K and G Cycles knows it is tough to be a motorcycle rider these days so we want to take every opportunity to offer you products to enhance your visibility.

military-vest   Safety Equipment shouldn’t be uncomfortable, after all, you should want to wear it. This offering from FirstGear (Part # TR-512949) brings together extra visibility for your commute as well as fulfilling the requirements for Military and Government Installation safety guidelines. The highly visible reflective material allows oncoming traffic to spot you 1000 yards away. This ensures maximum visibility Day or Night. Take a look at some of the great features this Vest has to offer.

  • Removable double window hook and loop ID/Badge holder – allows easy access to identification
  • Integrated stuff bag for stowing away when not in use – stow and go design simplifies storage
  • Fully adjustable hook and loop side tabs allow a wide range of fit control to accommodate almost any protective riding jacket – perfect fit
  • Double layer, 250Denier poly-mesh shell ensures maximum air flow without added insulation to your riding jacket
  • Durable ribbed knit collar for added comfort
  • Zipper secured Front and Rear storage pockets – plenty of storage and easy access too
  • 2-year limited warranty – speaks volumes about this vest

   Whether you just want to be more visible in traffic or you are complying with base standards, the Military Spec Vest from FirstGear is the right choice. Available at K and G Cycles this Dayglo vest will surely get you noticed, and not in a bad way.

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