When it comes to getting—and keeping—our stuff together, we all could use a little help. It doesn’t hurt if that help comes in the form of something with a little class and durability as well as adequate space for a variety of items such small tools, documents, small batteries, SD cards, or whatever.Icon has taken the run-of-the-mill nylon motorcycle catch-all idea up a few notches with the Icon 1000 Navigator Portfolio. We had the opportunity to give it a look through the courtesy of Burn Out Italy.
The Navigator is fabricated out of oiled Nissan leather and heavy olive-colored canvas with metal strap hardware, badging and utility D-rings.The Navigator is sized so that it can easily slip into your luggage, backpack or saddlebags, measuring 21.5cm (8.5”) x 15cm (5.9”) closed. Yet, it opens to 44cm (17.3”) x 15cm (5.9”) and has 11 interior pockets, an interior utility strap, and a large exterior pocket under the leather front facepiece. Loaded with the items shown in our example, the Navigator folds up to only about 5 cm (2”) in thickness; of course, your final dimensions may vary.Think of the Navigator as a giant wallet; it can be used to organize a lot of things, but it is not spec’d out to be either waterproof nor road dust resistant. That said, the leather is real, the canvas is genuine heavy duty fabric, the stitching is doubled up in key wear areas and the thing looks built to last.We put the Navigator to use as the organizer of small travel items commonly carried along in the saddlebags of my Triumph. In use, the inward-facing cargo pockets and snug closure the exterior straps keeps all the contents in place. We haven’t had the Navigator in use long enough or put on enough miles with it in the saddlebag to be much of a test for the materials it is made of, but we’ll keep you posted on how it holds up. Rattling around in the bottom of a saddlebag can age even the stoutest materials. Or, you may want to give it a try yourself. Pricing is per EU and non-EU destinations—see the product listing on the Burn Out Italy website for latest pricing data.For more information on it, check out Burn Out Italy Motorcycle Luggage or Burn Out Italy Icon.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!