Product Review: HJC FG-17 Helmet

Aug 21, 2017 View Comments

This is a quality lid at an affordable price. Weighing 3.53 pounds, it won’t leave you with a sore neck at the end of a long day ride, and its scoop-top intake vent combines with rear exit vents to pull heat out of the helmet’s interior. A chin bar provides interior airflow, helping to eliminate […]

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MotoMojo: Wiring Accessories the Right Way

Aug 19, 2017 View Comments

More and more electrical accessories are becoming available for motorcycles, putting an ever-growing demand on charging systems and batteries. Before you begin cutting and splicing wires, take a few minutes to consider the best way to approach such a project, as doing the wrong thing could result in a dead battery, fried electrical system, or […]

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Product Review: Sprocket Apparel T-Shirts and Hoodie

Aug 18, 2017 View Comments

North Carolina born and bred, Sprocket Apparel knows what it takes to stay comfortable. This is the state of sweltering summers and snowy winters, after all. The company sells T-shirts and hoodies, which are made with its RideDry technology 100-percent microdenier polyester that is lightweight and moisture wicking, with a cotton-like feel that keeps you […]

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Sidetracked: Blind Spots

Aug 17, 2017 View Comments

Travel with friends is sometimes tough. Sooner or later, patience wears thin and things are said that we often regret. When it happens, it’s next to impossible to look in the mirror. I pulled the nozzle from my new 1972 Honda XL250 and handed it to Norm. He held it vertically so as not to […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

Aug 16, 2017 View Comments

Comparatively small, very agile, smooth, and very fun to ride. Out of the box the GSX-S750 is a solid motorcycle considering it costs about $8,500, but it won’t win any awards. There’s just nothing fancy worth drooling over. Yet it still provides the exhilaration curve-devouring junkies desire. After a season with the stock setup, I […]

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Oops, I Fixed It! All Hail the Hamfisted

Aug 15, 2017 View Comments

Rain slants down outside my garage as utility trucks scurry about, fixing downed power lines. A fire truck screams past, heading up the canyon to deal with the latest meetup of a car and tree. Meanwhile, a dull glow emanates from my garage shop, like an ember—I’m in there working. This is a day for […]

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Arkansas: The Untamed Side of the Natural State

Aug 14, 2017 View Comments

A tawny, striped face stares at me, unblinking. The Bengal tiger must weigh almost 400 pounds, and she is only a few steps away. I didn’t know there were tigers in Arkansas. Her name is Crysta and she is a permanent resident at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, seven miles south of Eureka Springs. Thankfully, two […]

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Product Review: Michelin Pilot Road 3

Aug 12, 2017 View Comments

They’re round, they’re black, yet tires are debated over intensely among riders. Many swear by a certain brand or model, even while switching motorcycles, geographic location, and riding style. The average rider doesn’t use a tire’s full potential though. Yes, that includes me, and I rate myself as above average due to the many miles […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: GPS Block 3—The Future of GPS Navigation

Aug 11, 2017 View Comments

In previous articles, I covered the past and present state of global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS. Now may be a good time to look at the future of GNSS, particularly at GPS. On July 17, 1995, the United States’ GPS satellite constellation reached full operational capability, evolving from a 1960s design for pure military […]

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City Escape: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Aug 10, 2017 View Comments

Enjoy a relaxing ride through small towns and farmland to the northwest before dipping south into the Irish Hills, which got its name from the Irish immigrants who settled there in the 1800s. Some of the best scenery and roads in southeastern and central Michigan are incorporated in the route. May through September is a […]

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Touring Tip: Be a Safer Night Rider

Aug 09, 2017 View Comments

A rider’s risk factors increase once the sun goes down. To avoid an accident, it’s important to see and be seen. Here are some tips for avoiding road hazards at night: Keep a Clear View: In low light conditions, wearing sunglasses or having a tinted shield on your helmet further diminishes your already restricted ability […]

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Product Review: Warbonnet Outdoors Blackbird XLC Hammock

Aug 08, 2017 View Comments

You’d camp more if only you could sleep better at night, right? We never suspected that a gathered-end hammock might be the solution, but string up Warbonnet Outdoors’ Blackbird XLC and you’ll feel cradled in a cocoon. You may not even want to emerge. Approximately 162 x 36 inches, the XLC will fit anyone up […]

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England on Enfields: Stay Left, Look Right

Aug 07, 2017 View Comments

“Look for Big Al. Tell him Tall Paul sent you …” With a wave, these words end our first black cab ride in London. Who’d have thought our cabbie would know someone at the one Royal Enfield dealer in East London, where we are staying, on a trip that will have us riding two Enfields—a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (Utah Route 128)

Aug 05, 2017 View Comments

The western end of this route out of Moab, which borders Arches National Park, quickly engulfs riders in massive canyon walls. If you can imagine what it would be like to ride through the Grand Canyon, it would be a little like this, though this canyon obviously is on a smaller scale. The eastern section […]

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Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments

The new Metzeler Tourance NEXT enduro street tires are ready for any weather condition and any road. The 90/10 tire features new compounds, profiles, structure, and tread pattern for unmatched levels of stability, safety on wet, and mileage. Derived from Metzeler’s Z8 Interact, the rear tires are now dual compound. The Tourance NEXT features Metzeler’s Zero […]

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