Samurai, a Motorcycle Based on Traditional Japanese Aesthetic Principles

Jan 24, 2017 View Comments

Upon first glance, it might look like someone set out to make yet another futuristic moto machine, but there’s an interesting concept behind the Samurai. Designers Artem Smirnov of Belarus and Vladimir Panchenko of the Ukraine wanted to create a motorcycle that adhered to traditional Japanese aesthetic principles. “The Japanese approach to design has always been […]

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“Freedom” Riding Boot from Bates Footwear Now In Stock

Jan 23, 2017 View Comments

The latest offering from Bates Footwear, the Freedom riding boot, is now in stock and available online and through select powersports dealers. The new boots offer motorcyclists premium performance, protection, and all-day comfort, and are 100-percent sourced and manufactured in the U.S. Constructed from water-resistant leather and nylon uppers, the six-inch Freedom boot features Dri-Lex lining to keep cool, […]

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Riding Loaded (Your Bike, Not You!)

Jan 22, 2017 View Comments

Load it Up Right! – One of my favorite television shows as a child (and I realize this hints at my age) was “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The opening shot was of the Clampett clan driving down a palm-lined boulevard in Beverly Hills; an ancient flatbed truck piled high with possessions dangling from every spare inch of […]

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2017 Stolen Pig Rally

Jan 20, 2017 View Comments

The second annual Stolen Pig Rally is being held by Donald and Kathy McCoy at the Real McCoy Trails and the Hatfield-McCoy Resort in historic Matewan, WV, April 27-30. The rally is for street-legal adventure and enduro bikes. There will be guided and self-guided routes available, including the historic Feud Loop, named for an 1893 feud between the […]

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Sidetracked: If it Ain’t Broke … Give it Time

Jan 19, 2017 View Comments

A Few Thoughts on Being Prepared – Murphy is alive and well, and he is nobody’s fool. Patient, cunning, and devious, he will get you when you least expect it … unless you’re prepared. We’ve been out here almost two weeks on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route. The sun is about to set and we […]

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Voice Your Opinion on Higher Import Fees for European Motorcycles

Jan 18, 2017 View Comments

The Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments regarding its proposal to include tariffs on motorcycles imported to the U.S. from the European Union with an engine size between 51 and 500cc. The proposed tariff would be 100 percent or higher and is a result of the U.S.’ beef trade dispute with the EU. Motorcycles are included […]

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Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour

Jan 17, 2017 View Comments

As an expert on the region, author Tamela Rich has recommended many Appalachian destinations in her TV appearances and social media streams. This coming June, Rich is leading a five-day motorcycle tour through the Blue Ridge province. The Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour commences in Front Royal, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The […]

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Spidi 4Season H2Out Jacket for Women

Jan 16, 2017 View Comments

Spidi has released its 4Season Lady jacket, a women’s version of the company’s best-selling removable membrane jacket, designed for demanding touring riders. With water-repellent treatment and a detachable H2Out membrane, the jacket is entirely waterproof. Moreover, the removable quilted liner and large air intakes make it “ideal for expeditions on every corner of the world.” […]

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Suzuki Announces Colors and Pricing for 2017 and 2018 Models

Jan 14, 2017 View Comments

Suzuki surprised the motorcycling world by announcing several new models for the 2017 selling season, like the adventure-minded 2018 V-Strom 1000XT. Now the company is announcing availability dates, colors, and MSRPs for its most anticipated new models. 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z The 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z feature significant engine and chassis advancements focused on […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Rattler (NC-209)

Jan 13, 2017 View Comments

This may not be the longest bucket road in America, but it is technically challenging and highly scenic, and who says you only have to ride The Rattler just once? Zooming along this undulating ribbon of blacktop is a real hoot and it will become immediately obvious why it’s named after a serpent. Have fun, […]

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Voice Your Opinion About Distracted Driving

Jan 13, 2017 View Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requesting comments on its Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for Portable and Aftermarket Devices. The deadline to submit comments is February 3. Voice your opinion today. Applauded by the American Motorcyclist Association, these guidelines are part of the NHTSA’s ongoing effort to combat the problem of distracted and inattentive driving. The U.S. […]

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‘Nick Sanders – The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man’ Launches on Dream Racer | Television

Jan 12, 2017 View Comments

Dream Racer | Television’s latest feature film, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man, documents the life of Nick Sanders, from his early family days through his biggest and most major adventures. Nick is the embodiment of what it means to be an adventurer. In 1997, he completed a record 19,927.4-mile circumnavigation of the world in a record […]

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DEI Powersports to Sponsor Garage-Girl’s Ultimate Biker Makeover

Jan 11, 2017 View Comments

Heat control specialist DEI Powersports has joined a growing chorus of sponsors to support the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. The contest, now entering its ninth year, offers the opportunity for one well-deserving female rider to get hooked up with products and services from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit an essay of 600 words or less […]

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Touring Tip: Choosing a Destination

Jan 10, 2017 View Comments

At RoadRUNNER, we’re already busy planning our 2017 tours. With so many places to visit around the country and abroad, picking a destination can be a fun but overwhelming decision. Assuming you don’t already know your desired destination(s) for the year, let’s talk about how to figure that out. Below are some thoughts on how to set […]

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Kymco’s Noodoe Offers Connectivity for Scooter Riders

Jan 09, 2017 View Comments

As motorcycles get smarter, the everyday consumer needs of scooter enthusiasts remains unfulfilled, according to Kymco. With the launch of Noodoe, an app-connected smart dashboard for scooters, the company seeks to empower riders to stay connected, informed, social—and safe. Understanding that a rider shouldn’t take his or her hands off the handlebar, or eyes off […]

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