Trans America Trail: The Blindside II

Jul 31, 2014 View Comments by Joseph Trey

Continued from: The Blindside If you have ever had one of those moments when time stands still, you will understand my attempt to explain what happens next. My life is not passing in front of my eyes, but I am seeing the trip ending. I am not more than an hour from Fairplay, CO. Practically […]

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2015 Indian Roadmaster: The Chieftain Gets an Upgrade

Jul 30, 2014 View Comments

The Roadmaster name comes straight from an Indian model produced between 1947 and 1953. That bike had a reputation as a great touring machine. In that same vein, the 2015 Roadmaster builds on the Indian Chieftain, which is already a first-class touring motorcycle. The most noticeable addition to the Chieftain is a large, built-in trunk, […]

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Polaris Slingshot: Business in the Front, Party in the Back…

Jul 29, 2014 View Comments

It’s a car, it’s a bike, no—it’s the Slingshot! The Slingshot from Polaris is the answer to a question no one was asking—what happens when you cross a Can Am Spyder with a GM sedan? The Slingshot takes the two wheels in front, one in the back formula of the CanAm and a 2.4 liter […]

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Liz Jansen Embarks on Two-Wheeled Spiritual Quest

Jul 28, 2014 View Comments

Liz Jansen, author of Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment and Life Lessons From Motorcycles has big plans for her 60th year. On August 4th she intends to depart on a long distance motorcycle journey on her Yamaha Super Ténéré that will take her from Canada to Chile. Along the way she’ll be posting […]

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Review: Alpinestars GP Air Gloves

Jul 27, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

For many gear companies, summer hand wear means a simple mesh glove that’s great for airflow but provides little or no real protection. Not so with the GP Air gloves from Alpinestars. In fact, the GP Airs don’t contain mesh at all. Instead, the gloves use different materials and clever design to achieve the airflow […]

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Want to Beat the Heat? Run to the Hills

Jul 26, 2014 View Comments by Brian Shaney

Summer throughout North America means riding season is in full swing. Here in the Phoenix area, triple digit temperatures have a lot riders parking their bikes until fall and cooler days return. However, it hasn’t taken me long to figure out a good way to beat the heat. Something many locals know well. Answer: head […]

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BMW Introduces First Cornering ABS

Jul 25, 2014 View Comments

Back in 1988 BMW became the first motorcycle manufacturer to release a bike equipped with ABS brakes. In 2009 the German company unveiled the S 1000 RR super bike, the first with both ABS and dynamic traction control (DTC in BMW speak). Since then, with BMW’s proprietary Race ABS (and an incredible engine), the S […]

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Trans America Trail: The Blindside

Jul 24, 2014 View Comments by Joseph Trey

It’s our first full day ride together and we are getting a late start. I have been up for a while, but have yet to see my riding partner. Maybe he has a bit of altitude sickness, or it’s the spirit of my dad keeping things at a slow and easy pace, or possibly it […]

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Schuberth Demo Ride Program

Jul 23, 2014 View Comments

Like motorcycles themselves, helmets can be an expensive investment, especially high-end ones. Few riders would purchase a new motorcycle without at least taking it for a short ride first. Schuberth North America has realized this fact and decided to offer a test ride program for their helmets. Peter Meade, Schuberth North America’s National Sales Manager, […]

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West Virginia Wonder: The 2014 RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend

Jul 22, 2014 View Comments

For its ninth year RoadRUNNER’s annual Touring Weekend was held in the beautiful Snowshoe Ski Resort deep in the mountains of West Virginia. The 300 or so riders and passengers arrived at the Expo Center at the top of the mountain on Thursday night. The crowd, consisting of a great mix of those new to […]

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Touring Vermont and Making the Pitch

Jul 21, 2014 View Comments

What do you get when you combine ABC’s Shark Tank TV show with a motorcycle tour of Vermont? The answer is Road Pitch, a project of FreshTracks Capital, a Vermont based venture capital firm, and founder Cairn Cross. It will work like this, 25 Vermont entrepreneurs, investors, and business advisors will ride around the state […]

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Review: Nolan N91 Modular Helmet

Jul 20, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

I’m a big fan of modular helmets. The ability to flip up the whole face is perfect for taking a quick photo, having a conversation, or any number of other instances when it’s nice to not have to take the whole helmet off—and yet you still have the protection of a full face. Over the […]

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention: One-off Adventure Bags for the BMW GS

Jul 19, 2014 View Comments

Luggage. Motorcyclists may struggle with this aspect of the sport more than any other. Retaining the nimble, minimalist aspect of our bikes while still packing what we need for a trip is a true conundrum. I ride a BMW R 1200 GS—a motorcycle incarnation that is often fitted with more luggage than a United Airlines […]

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Day Trip to Saint Nazaire, France

Jul 18, 2014 View Comments

It’s Monday and I have the day off, and it just so happens that I’m the bearer of a freshly issued “kitchen pass.” I have some money, a bike, and the weather is nice, the only thing left is to find a destination. I decide on Saint Nazaire, France. I like the place, and a […]

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Trans America Trail: Introducing Luke Swab

Jul 17, 2014 View Comments by Joseph Trey

Heading out on the second half of the TAT lacks any real fanfare. It’s a day like any other, trying to get too many things done, in not enough hours—the girls are at school and Beth is at work so I merely get on the KLR and leave. As expected, the excitement of my return […]

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