Cooling Vests: Air Conditioning on Your Motorcycle?

Apr 16, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

It’s mid July and you’re on tour. If you happen to be riding anywhere south of the Canadian border, you’re likely to get rather hot, especially in the south and west. We’ve all been there. The sun beats down, your eyes squint, and beads of sweat roll down your face. Your clothes are drenched and […]

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MotoMojo: Bleeding Brakes

Apr 15, 2014 View Comments

The polyethylene glycol-based brake fluid that comes in our motorcycles is hygroscopic, which means that it attracts moisture from the air. Over time, the fluid absorbs more water, which lowers its boiling point. This can result in a total loss of brakes, due to fluid vaporization, and is likely to happen during hard braking when […]

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Talking Motorcycle Gear Tech: Interview with First Gear’s Greayer Clover

Apr 14, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

Greayer Clover is currently the Brand Manager for the high-tech company Firstgear. He has worked extensively in the industry and is an expert in the field of touring and adventure outfitting. RR: How did you get started in the motorcycle and apparel industries? Greayer Clover: My first foray into technical attire was with The North […]

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Yamaha Rolls Out New Models

Apr 13, 2014 View Comments

Yamaha has updated its Super Ténéré adventure touring model, spawned a range topping “ES” version of it, and added the SR400 retro-style model. The big news for touring enthusiasts is Yamaha’s addition of a premium 2014 Super Ténéré ES model, which adds electronic suspension controls and various other upgrades. The ES model employs KYB suspension […]

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Motus MST and MSTR American Sport Bikes Inch Closer to Production

Apr 12, 2014 View Comments

Few hurdles remain for Motus to start shipping motorcycles to customers who’ve placed their pre-orders already. The photo above shows one of the long awaited MSTs strapped to a dyno at the EPA/CARB test lab where it is being run and tested 14 hours a day to ensure its compliance with U.S. emissions standards. Once […]

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Touring Tip: Spring Forward

Apr 11, 2014 View Comments by Jim Parks

Although it’s still snowing in some parts of the U.S., it’s technically spring, we’re on daylight savings time, and we need to get serious about planning our 2014 riding season. Last month I talked about using the digital cache of tours on RoadRUNNER’s website (www.roadrunner.travel) to plan a trip. Once a touring destination has been […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Grand Army of the Republic Hwy

Apr 11, 2014 View Comments by Jim Parks

The Pennsylvania portion of U.S. Route 6 runs east to west near the state’s northern border with New York. The entire transcontinental length of U.S. 6 is also known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, named in honor of soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. This is a laid-back cruise with […]

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Review: AGV Skyline Helmet

Apr 10, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

Many of motorcycling’s technological advances have trickled down from the racetrack to the street. Some of the same research and development that goes into shaving tenths of seconds off lap times as well as keeping riders safe at 200 mph eventually makes its way, in one form or another, to showroom floors and gear catalogs. […]

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George Brough’s Brough Superior Hits the Auction Block

Apr 09, 2014 View Comments

It’s always interesting when iconic motorcycles from the past resurface to tell their stories, and, usually, to fetch their owners a princely sum at auction. Such is the case with this, a 1939 Brough Superior SS100 owned and raced by George Brough himself. Two days after it was registered in his name, Mr. Brough ran […]

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Revises Basic Rider Course

Apr 08, 2014 View Comments

In a constant effort to improve the overall results for the Basic Rider Course (BRC), the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has updated the curriculum for their entry-level rider training. The first major change is that the MSF Basic eCourse is now a required part of the class. Available since 2013, the eCourse was previously optional but […]

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Nevada Turns 150, Raffles Off Harley

Apr 07, 2014 View Comments

To raise money for the state’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Nevada 150 Foundation (a non-profit) is selling raffle tickets to win a 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. The bike has been signed by Nevada’s Governor, Brian Sandoval (showing off his raffle ticket in photo) and has been customized to reflect Nevada’s sesquicentennial. The modifications include a special […]

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The Gear Up, Ride Smart Program

Apr 06, 2014 View Comments

As the summer riding season approaches it’s time to get excited about hitting the road again, but also a time to remember to always be safe. The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association have teamed up to bring The Gear Up, Ride Smart program to their state. Illinois and Pennsylvania are […]

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Review: Firstgear Heat Pump Vest

Apr 05, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

It’s not what you think. Though its name would seem to imply that the vest is actively heated, it isn’t, well at least not with electricity. Do you remember when your mom, uncle, or whomever used to extoll to you the benefit of dressing in layers when it’s cold? Have you ever wondered why wearing […]

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The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Apr 04, 2014 View Comments

Austin, TX, is the place to be the weekend of April 11-13, 2014. Not only will the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP race be going on at the Circuit of the Americas track, but Moto Guzzi and Revival Cycles (a local custom shop) are putting on The Handbuilt Motorcycle show. The show’s […]

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2015 Honda NM4: Welcome to the Future

Apr 03, 2014 View Comments

Well, we don’t have hoverboards yet, but soon we’ll have another new Honda (a small consolation). One way or another Big Red seems intent on dragging the motorcycle world into the future (there may or may not be kicking and/or screaming involved). Enter the NM4 with its futuristic, Bat Mobile like lines, fuel-efficient engine, and […]

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