We live and breathe motorcycles around here. That existence centers around keeping abreast of ways to make them perform better, look sharper, and be more utilitarian. Our passion runs deep, be it throwing in a full-on cam kit or simply swapping out a headlight. We not only sell the products we use, we install them on project bikes and in-house custom builds, we test gear on rides as we travel to different events around the country, and hit up the latest motorcycle trade and industry shows to stay on top of the latest trends.


With the end of the year approaching, we asked Countersteer editors and J&P Cycles’ seasoned merchandising team to give us a list of the best-selling products and personal favorites from 2019 along with one quick statement why it should be on our “Best of the Best” list.  No matter what style of motorcycle you ride, the list runs deep. And though we’ll soon bid 2019 adieu, the merch team has already been scouting for the next big thing. Check out what they spied at the recent 2019 AIMExpo.

Patrick "Resident Hooligan" Garvin

ICON Field Armor Compression Shirt (Product Number: 510-0579) I've shied away from wearing armor in the past because of it being bulky and restrictive. This ICON piece is exactly what I was looking for and I ended up crash testing it ( a few times) hooligan racing and it saved my bacon.

S&S M8 Cam Chest Kit (Product Number: 305-0985) Not new for 2019 but it continues to be the best dollar for horsepower mod you can do to your M8-powered machine. Per usual the folks in Viola know how to make American-made bulletproof horsepower

Firstgear Heated Liners (Product Number: 305-1989) I didn't realize how rad heated gear was until I used it. Firstgear stepped the game up for fall 2019 offering battery powered options. Find out how they stepped it up in our Firstgear Heated Motorcycle Gear Video Review.

Biltwell Lane Splitter (Product Number: 913-784) I have a helmet acquisition problem and I own helmets from $150 units to $700+ lids and this Lane Splitter continues to be my go-to Swiss Army knife of lids.

Bell Race Star Flex DLX Helmet (Product Number: 360-1893) I've had my fair share of Bell Carbon helmets and this one is next-level with its Flex energy management system, lightweight carbon shell and Pro Tint visor. It delivers all the bells and whistles and stylistically Bell lids are unmatched in my opinion.

Biltwell EXFIL-80 Bag (Product Number: 901-996) The EXFIL-80 has been my go-to bag for any trip three days or more for a few years now and I don't see that changing. It has the capacity to carry plenty of gear, it's waterproof and the external straps make it easy to put on a variety of motorcycles. The outside tool compartment with padded back rest is a sweet bonus.

Kriega Drypack (Product Number: 200-4698) Guaranteed lock-down dry whatever you put in it, these utilitarian bags are available in a variety of sizes and the modular design makes them easily expandable. Very simple and functional, you can stuff them full of whatever you need to stay 100% dry and be on the road in minutes. Be sure to check out my Kriega US-70 Road Tested Review article if you don't believe me.

Bryan "Danger" Rastok - Oh Mr. Rastok, how we miss thee. Before our resident racer left us to pursue his other passion (guns) he left us with his nominees for the Best of the Best 2019 list.

Battery Tender USB Charger (Part Number: 744-867) Small, easy to carry, and great for devices.

Dunlop American Elite 180/65B16 81H Rear Tire (Product Number: 214-133) Long-lasting all-weather tire with Dunlop’s proprietary Multi-Tread tech.

Cycle Care Formula B Black and Silver Engine Enhancer (Part Number: 900-464) This stuff really works. Makes an engine look brand new. Probably my #1 pick as something that has surprised me. Be sure to check out our Cycle Care: Cleaning/Detailing Products Review article for info about the entire Cycle Care line.

EMGO 7″ Safety Wire Pliers (Part Number: 910-241) Most used tool on my bench.

J&P Cycles Tubeless Tire Repair Kit (Part Number: 2800000) Don’t leave home without it, saved my ass in Austin.

Condor Pit-Stop Trailer-Stop (Part Number: 910-331) Makes life easy in the garage, trailer or pits.

Bryan Harley, Countersteer Managing Editor

RSD Fresno Riding Shoe Review (Part Number: 166-8121) Comfortable, casual hi-tops good both on and off the bike. For more info on these kicks, be sure to check out our RSD Fresno Riding Shoe product review.

Metzeler CruiseTec 180/65B16 Rear Tire (Product Number: 240-4415) Phenomenal cruiser tire, warms up fast and provides great traction on its edges. Find out what "Danger" Rastok had to say about these tires in his Road Tested Review Metzeler Cruisetec Tires.

ICON 1000 MH1000 Riding Jeans (Part Number: 240-1247) Looks like regular jeans with added benefit of D30 armor in knees and hips.

"OG" Curt Foust, Product Merchant Performance Division, Merchandising (25 years and counting!)

Vance & Hines FP3 (Part Number: 126-995) Best fuel tuner on the market at a good price from a brand you can trust.

Vance & Hines Pro Pipe For M8 Models - also available in chrome (Product Number: 992-756) Keep your bike running cooler and find maximum performance for your M8 touring bike. Pair with a fuel tuner and high volume intake for the best in-house performance.

Arlen Ness Inverted Intake (Product Number: 835-523) Class up your bike with the fully functional Arlen Ness Air Cleaner Kits. Many styles and color options, same great performance

S&S Complete Gear Drive 510G Camshaft Kit (Product Number: 434-168) For your Twin Cam Harley-Davidson when you're ready to take your bike to that next level. Eliminates cam chain tensioner failure!


Julie Stimart, Sr. Merchant, Gear


Sena 30K (Product Number: 220-3135) Easiest to use, responds to voice commands, one of the best multi-rider systems.

Shoei Neotec II Full-Face Helmet (Product Number: 181-1526) Top quality for the price, new and improved.

Vance Leathers Lightweight Vintage Brown Leather Jacket (Product Number: 360-3180) New player to the gear market, makes a versatile, lightweight, but protective and stylish jacket at affordable price.

Icon Patrol 2 Boots (Product Number: 130-3424) Office pick, everyone has them and loves them!

Icon Mesh AF Jacket (Product Number: 166-8820) Super breathable, best jacket of the summer.

Russell Griffith, Buyer V-Twin Gear, Merchandising

J.W. Speaker 7" Adaptive 2 LED Headlight (Product Number: 181-3583) State-of-the-art technology that senses your lean while turning, projecting light into the turn.

For more on motorcycle lighting, be sure to check out our LED Lighting Basics and Why You Should Upgrade article.

SP Connect Moto Bundle (Product Number: 166-7696) Most functional, protective, & versatile phone mount with vibration dampening. Lots of mounting options, nothing looks better. Learn more in our SP Connect Device Mount Overview.

KST Kustoms 1.5" Black 14" Spearhead Handlebar (Product Number: 350-1693) Quality look and finish with innovative 3-piece design for easy installation, wire routing and sustainability

Klock Werks 14" Dark smoke Flare Windshield (Product Number: 175-631) Creates downward force on front of motorcycle improving handling and performance with patented "Flip" design while pushing air away from the rider. Long distance Hoka Hey rider Julie Andrews recently did an excellent review on Klock Werks Sport Flare Windshield for us.

Hogworkz 7" Black Halomaker Headlight (Product Number: 755-343) Best quality for the money. Vibration resistant with shatterproof lens and easy to install. Made with anti-interference electronics for "No Hum."

Rockford Fosgate PMX-HD9813 Digital Media Receiver (Product Number: 400-2940) Direct upgrade to factory radio, full color display with 7 band EQ. Satellite radio, Pandora, Bluetooth ready. Tons of features and lots more power.

Cynthia Pierce, Product Merchant


Burly Slammer Shocks (Product Number: 755-089) High quality, sturdy shock for a low price.

Nelson Rigg Journey Highway Cruiser Magnetic Tank Bag (Product Number: 220-1245) Versatile, roomy, has a clear, touchscreen device-friendly top pocket for GPS, smartphones or paper maps.

Ciro Big Ass Drink Holder with Perch Mount (Product Number: 280-2078)  Easy install, stylish, holds a mondo cup of Joe.

Wild Ass Classic Air Gel Seat Cushion (Product Number: 755-076) Your ass will thank you!


Rich Munson, Sport & Consumable Merchant

Yuasa GYZ-Series Batteries (Product Number: 544-427) Heavy-duty with high capacity and long life.

MOTUL RSD V-Twin Synthetic 20W50 Motor Oil Quart (Product Number: 200-4223) Made to withstand the high temps of air-cooled V-Twins.

Yoshimura Works Finish Street Alpha T Slip-On Exhaust (Product Number: 220-0187) Stainless steel with Works finish and carbon fiber end cap. Looks great. Boosts power.

EBC Double-H Sintered Front/Rear Brake Pads (Product Number: 244-646) Marked improvement over OEM brake pads.

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V2 190/55ZR17 Rear Tire (Part Number: 102-906) Best performance supersport/trackday tire.