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Whether you’re cashing in those hard-earned vacation days, booked for a multi-afternoon track event or gathering fellow riders for the rally, fifth wheel toy haulers can provide the best in mobile accommodation. Making distant motorcycle routes more accessible, even a small toy hauler offers utilitarian shelter and optional creature comforts for post-ride down time. Sold in a variety of sizes and floor plans, riders need only explore which layout/amenities fit their purpose.
In this post, we look to the array of basic through luxury fifth wheel toy haulers in all of their “form versus function” glory. Ordered from smallest (four-walled base camps) to largest (fully furnished, with multiple pop-outs), whichever fifth wheel housing you require will likely fall somewhere in between. For the sake of this being a motorcycling website, our suggestive results insist that each have an integrated garage/workspace for wrenching.
Newer engineering feats coupled with compact technological advancements have brought more attractive features to the entire toy hauler collective. To our benefit, this also means less weight. With such modern developments in mind, the used market is a completely different animal. If the prospective purchase is many years old, it’s safety standards may be suspect. Still, “there are no problems, only solutions” and that cost-effective used purchase might be a candidate for upgrades.Read More ...
I’m a big fan of LED automotive lighting. Low power draw and long lasting durability make these simple-to-install upgrades perfect candidates for modern motorcycling. What’s more, they can be found in countless shapes, sizes and metered lumens.
If you don’t know what “lumens” refers to, let’s just assume for our use that it’s a way to express how brightly a lightbulb shines. In astronomy, the definition reads “the intrinsic brightness of a celestial object (as distinct from its apparent brightness diminished by distance)”. Within the parameters of physics, that definition is shortened to “the rate of emission of radiation, visible or otherwise.”
All I know is that after a few years of serious long distance street riding, a friend informed me that my rear left LED turn signal bulb had burned out. I sought after another of the very same model on a well known but not-to-be-mentioned website only to find that they no longer offer it. It seems my go-to purchase (for all of my motorcycles) was discontinued some time ago and anything of equal brightness in their catalog is slightly too large for my signal casings.Read More ...
I have a vested interest in this article’s headline topic not because I’m soft-selling worthwhile products (as usual) but because my beloved Suzuki Bandit 1200 is beginning to show its age. Some refer to each of ‘er scratches, dents and hardware store “solutions” as character … and they’re right. That bike and I have aged together for the better. Each physical or emotional scar comes from nature’s blunt response to riding/wrenching ignorance. Of course, earning such wisdom also expands the winter project laundry list via sometimes costly upgrades.
One aesthetic concern that’s remained constant in modern motorcycling is the eventual lack of OEM plastics for any given model. Where metallurgical solutions might be as simple as “knowing a guy”, plastic body repair is a more difficult matter. Not every rider sees that broken fairing, side panel or cowling as a candidate for fixing, instead opting to search Craigslist, eBay and model-specific forums for that unfortunate, “least damaged” replacement.
If you’re going to swap out a shattered plastic tail section, why not learn how to repair cracked plastic and attempt to remedy the situation yourself? Worst case scenario, you revert to your original plan, employing whatever used and aftermarket resources you have. Set your sights on the following plastic repair options before choosing one that best fits your situation …Read More ...