American Road Trip: 30 Facts About Mount St. Helens

Aug 27, 2014 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

Sarah and I took the opportunity to ride along the Spirit Lake Highway to view Mount St. Helens. On the way we passed the visitor center. So we decided to stop, pay $5 each, and have a quick look, which ended up being a two-hour stay. Besides the artifacts, newspaper clippings, and geology lessons, they […]

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Pot Holes, Sink Holes, and Buckled Roads

Aug 26, 2014 View Comments by Wayne Peterson

Not a year goes by that we don’t have to put up with these conditions, but this year it has been much worse than usual. The winter has been brutal to our roadways with the thaw and freeze pattern taking much of the blame. This year in the Midwest we had frost down to 14 […]

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Review: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh Jacket

Aug 25, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

Joe Rocket’s website lists the Reactor 3.0 as a hybrid mesh/leather jacket, but that’s not really true. This is a mesh jacket that has a few nice leather accents. Since it is a full mesh jacket, you may well imagine that the Reactor 3.0 offers excellent airflow and is ideal for hot summer riding weather, […]

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2014 Edelweiss Feschtl: Party in Lake Placid

Aug 24, 2014 View Comments

Part reunion, part miniature rally, but mostly just a party, Edelweiss Bike Travel’s annual Feschtl will be held in Lake Placid, NY, September 19-21. Included in the ticket price for the two-day event is a motorcycle tour of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, two nights in a nice hotel, two breakfasts and two dinners, entry into […]

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Coming Soon: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Aug 23, 2014 View Comments

It’s no secret that we at RoadRUNNER have thoroughly enjoyed KTM’s 1190 Adventure. Our only lament is that we wish it were a bit faster. I mean, come on! Only 150 horsepower! What are they thinking?* Luckily for us, the rumor mill has recently been circulating some tantalizing spy shots and whispers of a new […]

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Review: Blackbird Hammock from Warbonnet Outdoors

Aug 22, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

Hammocks can be great for camping, particularly if one is a motorcyclist traveling alone. They tend to be much smaller and lighter than tents, so they save valuable space on storage-challenged bikes. They’re usually easier to set up and leave more time to enjoy the outdoor experience (with less frustration to boot). Hammocks also have […]

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Trans America Trail: Moab to Salina (Home of the World’s Best Chicken Dumplings!)

Aug 21, 2014 View Comments by Joseph Trey

This morning I’ve turned the parking area outside of our room into a garage; opting to rebuild the rear and front brakes just to be thorough. When my fingers prove not to be an adequate vice, I head to the local Ace Hardware store to acquire the “magical C-clamp.” I cannot help feeling like I […]

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Beartooth Pass – America’s Most Beautiful Pass Road

Aug 20, 2014 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

Leaving Red Lodge, MT, the road quickly snakes its way up the 68-mile long Beartooth Pass, the highest elevation highway in Wyoming at 10,947 feet and Montana at 10,350 feet, and the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Dramatic views back down the valley and the vistas of the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges include […]

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I Sold My Bike

Aug 19, 2014 View Comments by Wayne Peterson

After all my advice in a previous blog “So, You Want To Sell Your Bike?,” I ended up having to wholesale mine to a dealer. Lost some money, but I was able to get the bank off my back with a few bucks to spare. There were no “separation issues”; I was glad to see […]

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Review: Scorpion EXO-R2000 Helmet

Aug 18, 2014 View Comments by Steve Mauk

The old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true; in some cases you get more. Premium helmets generally command a premium price, but the feature-packed Scorpion EXO-R2000 offers a long list of amenities for less than $400. Starting with performance ratings, the R2000 meets both Snell M2010 and DOT standards. The R2000’s […]

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MotoMojo: 3M Paint Defender Kit—Protect Your Bike’s Finish and Save Money!

Aug 17, 2014 View Comments

Up until just recently, about the only thing you could do was apply a coat of wax or pay to have a costly clear film applied by a professional detail shop. Those clear plastic films are tricky to install. Even pros have a tough time as lots of prep work is required, and the film […]

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Review: Firstgear Women’s TPG Monarch Jacket and TPG Escape Pants

Aug 16, 2014 View Comments by Christa Neuhauser

With more and more women taking to two wheels, women’s gear is finally starting to come into its own. Female riders have more choices than ever before (though still nowhere near as many as men), and we’re not just talking about downsized men’s apparel with some pink butterflies thrown on. Perhaps one of the best […]

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City Escape: Los Angeles Northbound

Aug 15, 2014 View Comments

A great northern escape from Los Angeles is through Ojai and the Los Padres National Forest, which is commonly considered the “better way” of getting to the Pacific Coast Highway from LA (between Cambria and Carmel). Best rides are in the fall when central valley temps drop below 100 degrees.

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Trans America Trail: Ouray to Moab

Aug 14, 2014 View Comments by Joseph Trey

Just loading the bike this morning is a bit challenging. My foot continues to swell, but once forced into the boot, it is a little more bearable. After missing portions of the Alpine Loop, I am determined to make it up to Luke. My plan is to get us to Moab tonight and catch up […]

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American Road Trip: Too Young to Ride a Gold Wing?

Aug 13, 2014 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

It’s true. Sarah and I aren’t Honda’s typical target market for the Gold Wing. We’re both in our twenties. Does that mean we can’t enjoy the luxury of the Gold Wing? I’m very lucky to have access to all types of bikes, and I have ridden a wide variety of motorcycles. So I know what […]

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