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Review: 'Love Handles' the clip-on motorcycle pillion passenger handles/grips

When I say 'grab a hold of their love handles', I don't mean the natural padding that comes after a few too many pies! I'm referring to these clip on belt-handles, very cleverly designed to give the pillion passenger a safe and secure hand hold every time. Not wanting the missus to fall off - that's true love all right!

I've trialled various hand holds on Ryan's bikes over the years ranging from rear and side grab rails, seat straps, and of course the original arms across his waist hope-for-the-best technique, but for me nothing compares to the security of a set of love-handles.

They allow you to have a firm hold no matter the chunky gloves you may be wearing, whilst having your elbows tucked neatly and comfortably by your sides out of the wind. The closer positioning of your body when using the love handles over grab rails means you suffer less wind buffeting pushing you backwards and you can both move a lot better in the corners too. We've had a few 'moments' on past journeys that have made me very grateful for the secure handhold they offer - a totally unexpected humpback bridge and the misplaced brick in the road to name a couple of the more exciting ones! You never quite know what's waiting around the bend in the UK countryside...

From Ryan's point of view he's just happy that I'm safe back there, and hasn't noticed any discomfort from wearing them even when I feel like I've been pulling or leaning on them way too hard. They allow me to spread my weight through my palms under heavy braking with just a simple swing to reposition, instead of all the force going through my knees/his kidneys.

Let's face it, there is something a little kinky about clipping on a strap with handles attached and you might look a little odd waddling round the services with them dangling from your waist, but they're one of those gadgets that are so useful (like a pac-a-mac in a heavy downpour!) they're no longer embarrassing! Anyway, something tells me if you're already inclined to dress in leather and armour on the weekends, you're already a little kinky! ;) 

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Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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