14th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally Details Announced

Dec 09, 2016 View Comments

Due to popular demand, KTM’s three-day rally will return to the picturesque village of Crested Butte for a second time. Entering its 14th year, the KTM Adventure Rider Rally is an opportunity for riders of all skill levels to learn from and ride with adventurers from all over the world. Designed for KTM Adventure and Enduro […]

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Motorcycle of the Year: 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

Dec 08, 2016 View Comments

Some years it’s difficult to name a Motorcycle of the Year, but 2016 was not one of them. While many new and redesigned models hit the streets, none garnered more attention than the one we named MOTY 2016. With the return of the Africa Twin, Honda reshuffles the travel enduro market and sets a new […]

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Vanguard Roadster to Debut at New York Motorcycle Show

Dec 07, 2016 View Comments

Ready for another futuristic motorcycle? Conceived, designed, and built in New York City, Vanguard is a new motorcycle brand led by former Confederate Motorcycles chief designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. Vanguard will debut a prototype of its first model, the Roadster, at the New York City Progressive International Motorcycle Show, December 9 – 11. The Roadster […]

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Arkansas: A State of Mind, Body, and Soul

Dec 06, 2016 View Comments

My ears ring from the blast. Acrid smoke fills my nostrils and burns my eyes. That shot was the last of my powder and the Yankees are coming fast. My mind screams “Run,” but I draw my sword. It is March 8, 1862, and I may die today at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas […]

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Ravean Offering 40% Off Heated Gear Today Only

Dec 05, 2016 View Comments

Why limit the comfort of heated gear to the road? For today only, Ravean is offering 30% off its heated jackets, plus an extra 10% off when you use the code RAVEAN10%. Ultra lightweight, water-resistant, and easily washable, Ravean’s men and women’s 12V down jackets can be programmed to heat at Low, Medium, or High. They’re comfortable […]

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The AMA Wants Motorcyclists Included in the Road to Zero Initiative

Dec 05, 2016 View Comments

The AMA is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to include motorcyclists in its ambitious plan to eliminate fatalities on the nation’s roadways. The plan, called Road to Zero, is tackling the task of ending road fatalities within 30 years. It is an adaptation of the Swedish Vision Zero program that forces planners to design […]

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Track Days: Gearing Up

Dec 04, 2016 View Comments

In my previous articles, I debunked the myths about track riding and explained how to best prepare for a track day. As with street riding, proper gear is critical. The most common accidents on the track are low-siders, when the front wheel loses traction in a turn and the bike falls to the inside, and […]

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Harley-Davidson Museum Holiday Events

Dec 02, 2016 View Comments

The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI, is gearing up for the holidays. While the week between Christmas and New Year’s always brings thousands of families to the museum, there are events and installations happening all month long, starting this Sunday, December 4. Events Breakfast with Santa Dec. 4 and 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. […]

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Female Riders: We Need Your Input!

Dec 01, 2016 View Comments

Women’s gear has improved greatly in recent years, but there’s still a tendency for manufacturers to follow the ol’ “shrink it and pink it” method of design. So we’re setting out to write an article about the state of women’s motorcycle gear—what’s good, what’s not so good, and what’s missing. And we need your input! If […]

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Continental Divide, Part 2: Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico

Dec 01, 2016 View Comments

Our route out of Rawlins, WY, takes us through the city’s center before turning south and heading out of town. It is a great day for riding, with mostly clear skies and cool temperatures, as we enter the Medicine Bow National Forest. Not far from the Colorado border we come upon Aspen Alley, a peaceful […]

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Metzeler Roadtec 01 Tires: Reader Road Test, Part 2

Nov 30, 2016 View Comments

When Rubber Meets the Road At the beginning of the year, we partnered with Metzeler to make tire testers out of a group of RoadRUNNER subscribers. Since spring, thousands of miles have put the Roadtec 01 to the ultimate test. Now close to the end of the tires’ useful lives, here’s what testers had to […]

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2016 Yamaha XSR900: Two Wheels, Three Cylinders, High Fives!

Nov 29, 2016 View Comments

With its latest XSR900 model, Yamaha has spawned an exciting sibling from the FZ-09, one with a neo-retro look that’ll make you nostalgic for the ‘70s.

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Moto Classique: The Hopkins Collection—1964 BMW R60/2 Polizei

Nov 28, 2016 View Comments

This BMW police motorcycle was manufactured on February 4, 1964, one of 24 delivered to the Wiesbaden, Germany, police department on March 31, 1964. It came to America in the late 1960s and had a few owners before being acquired by Jim Hopkins in 2011. The Hopkins Collection contains both historic BMW motorcycles and an […]

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Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Northern Exposure

Nov 27, 2016 View Comments

I’ve been curious about Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (aka the U.P.) for a number 
of years. This northern exposure has plummeting wintertime temperatures and lake-effect snow piling high. The U.P. constitutes 29 percent of Michigan’s total landmass, but the unforgiving winter weather explains why only three percent 
of the state’s population lives here year-round. During the […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Teammates Old and New

Nov 25, 2016 View Comments

A few weeks ago I received an email from the athletic department of DeSales University, which I graduated from with a degree in mathematics way back in 1987. I was to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet in late September during alumni weekend. The news came as quite a surprise […]

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