Shamrock Tour® – Bryson City, North Carolina

Oct 17, 2017 View Comments

Remember recess? It was every kid’s refuge from the old three Rs. Fresh air and freedom reigned and rules were the exception. Unwinding was your sole responsibility and frolicsome fun ensued for no apparent reason. Most motorcyclists know how to get that feeling back and many of them head for the Western North Carolina Mountains […]

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Strider Launches new 14x Model – From Balance Bike to Pedal Bike in 5 Minutes

Oct 16, 2017 View Comments

Strider is the go-to brand for balance bikes, and the company has launched a new model today that transforms into a pedal bike in 5 minutes. Weighing only 12.5lbs (5.7kg) the Strider 14x weighs half of “regular” kids bikes, thus making it much easier to ride. The new model is suggested for children between 3 […]

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California: Digging Up History in San Diego County

Oct 10, 2017 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

Eighty years ago, travelers to the gold rush town of Julian in remote eastern San Diego County had a different tale to tell about getting off the beaten path. Today, paved roads and the civilized world occupy nearly every mile of the backcountry. Escape isn’t so remote anymore, but it’s much easier on the body […]

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Public Auction of the Late John Parham’s Barn Finds

Oct 09, 2017 View Comments

ANAMOSA, IA – The lot list for the Parham Barn’s Auction posted online recently. The family of John Parham, founder of J&P Cycles, will hold an auction of Parham’s “barn finds” – personal property that’s never been shown in the National Motorcycle Museum. The Live and Online auction will be from John’s “back barns” with motorcycles, […]

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Interview with Metzeler’s Silvio Frare, Piero Misani, and Salvo Pennisi

Sep 26, 2017 View Comments

From Track to Trail: Motorcycle Tires for Every Rider Founded in 1863, the German motorcycle tire company Metzeler has more than 150 years of experience under its belt. The company started in Munich as a producer of rubber and plastic products (including toys and surgical gear), expanding to aviation in 1890 and motorcycle, bicycle, and […]

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Product Review: The Art of Riding Smooth

Sep 25, 2017 View Comments

Among some motorcyclists, there’s an old joke that beginner motorcycle training courses teach new riders how to ride safely … in a parking lot. The skills necessary for safe street riding, with other vehicles around, are usually acquired over time through on-road experience. But riding in mountainous terrain is more challenging than just going to […]

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PhotoMojo: Great Bike Portraits in Five Steps

Sep 22, 2017 View Comments

You know you’ve met a fellow rider when they take out their phone to show you a picture of their ride. Most have a snapshot after a wash or while on a trip. But if you want to be the person with the awesome photo of your bike that makes other riders go “wow!” then […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Putting It All Together—An End-to-End GPS Setup

Sep 21, 2017 View Comments

Often when meeting with other riders, I get asked, “What is your bike’s GPS setup?” I reply with the same answers and direct them to my RoadRUNNER articles on the subject—but those discuss general principles and concepts. Instead, this article will present a real-life GPS setup as a case study, which could benefit riders who […]

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Product Review: Joe Rocket Meteor FX Boots

Sep 20, 2017 View Comments

The Joe Rocket Meteor FX is a full-height motorcycle boot (a mid-height pair is available for purchase) with split-grain leather construction and DryTech waterproof membranes. They have a rubber gear shift protector and full-length zippers inside, which makes them easier to get on and off. The non-slip aggressive sole pattern offers good grip. So far […]

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Classic Roads: Beartooth Country Ride

Sep 19, 2017 View Comments

Every summer in Montana, for a few months, a window opens. The snow melts (mostly), the sun comes out, and wildflowers push up through the dirt. It’s the perfect time to ride. Starting from the small town of Columbus, MT, perched on the banks of the Yellowstone River, this route takes you on lesser-known scenic […]

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Product Review: Klim 626 Series Revener Jacket

Sep 18, 2017 View Comments

While Klim is well known in the adventure gear market, the new 626 collection has the manufacturer throwing its hat into the urban and retro markets. The Revener’s straight-cut, military style lends itself to those looking for a sturdy, stylish, purpose-built riding jacket. I love the look and feel of the Revener. With a “guaranteed […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Bucktail Trail, Pennsylvania Scenic Byway (State Route 120)

Sep 16, 2017 View Comments

Many years before it became known as the Bucktail Trail, PA 120 was a Native American Trail called the Sinnemahoning Path. It was used by Native Americans to cross the eastern continental divide between the Susquehanna and the Allegheny Rivers. Today, State Route 120 leads riders through a progression of small towns and unspoiled natural […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Company Along the Way

Sep 15, 2017 View Comments

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” —William Butler Yeats I’m currently suffering from jet lag after a busy few days that included taking an Uber 50 miles to purchase and ride home a Triumph Street Triple, then packing, dropping my boy Spud at the farm, and catching a flight to […]

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Product Review: Dainese Veloster Perforated Suit

Sep 14, 2017 View Comments

Dainese’s Veloster, a mid-range race suit, weighs in at just over 10 pounds. With perforated leather panels around the torso and on the front above the knees, it provided much-needed airflow when tested at the famous Motorland Aragón racetrack near Alcañiz, Spain. The suit is made up of Tutu leather, a cowhide that has gone […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Mount Rainier National Park

Sep 13, 2017 View Comments

“Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest …” —John Muir Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, and America’s fifth oldest national park. But for my family, we simply called this park home. When my tour ended with […]

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