11th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally

Apr 23, 2014 View Comments

Beautiful Taos, NM, will be the site for KTM’s 11th Annual Adventure Rider Rally, which will be held September 19-21, 2014. The rally is geared towards adventure riders who want to get out on the trail with seasoned adv and enduro veterans as well as meet KTM sponsored racers like Andrew Short, Mike Lafferty, Chris […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Jeans

Apr 22, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

For a combination of comfort, style, and protection, it’s hard to beat a good pair of specifically designed motorcycle jeans. But, with the marketplace full of options, which pair is right for you? Manufacturers take a variety of routes to produce motorcycle trousers with the look, feel, and practicality of a pair of blue
jeans but […]

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BMW R 1200 GS Plug & Travel Suspension from Touratech

Apr 21, 2014 View Comments

Upgrading the suspension is a popular modification for many motorcyclists, especially adventure riders who want to get the most out of their big bore machines. For owners of the new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, perhaps the most intriguing suspension option is Touratech’s innovative Plug & Play set up. What makes this system unique is […]

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Lake Erie Shores and Ohio Bike Week

Apr 20, 2014 View Comments

If you read part one of Brian Shaney’s Lake Erie Circle Tour (October 2013 issue) then you’ve already gotten a taste of some of the great riding available along Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline. There are also plenty of attractions to bring riders and non- riders alike to the area. These include both indoor and outdoor […]

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My Dual Sport: The Chameleon

Apr 19, 2014 View Comments by Steve Mauk

Bad things happen with alarming frequency when one rides a motorcycle in the woods. Not major league bad things necessarily, but bad things nonetheless. I rarely venture off-road without taking at least one spill, and I sometimes have several mishaps during an off-road outing, although they usually involve nothing more than dusting myself off and […]

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Review: Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-Piece Rain Suit

Apr 18, 2014 View Comments by David Burbach

Rain gear. It’s utterly forgotten when not needed and usually needed when forgotten. It’s the motorcyclist’s first line of defense against the soaking downpour that is sure to catch us sooner or later. Though some riders view these brightly colored plastic ensembles as either a nice luxury or a complete waste of space, most serious […]

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The Swerve: A Lesson in Hazard Avoidance

Apr 17, 2014 View Comments

An estimated 100,000 motorcyclists walked through the gates of the 2014 Arizona Bike Week event in Scottsdale earlier this month. Black leather, burnouts, and body art abounded throughout the expansive WestWorld venue. Thankfully, there were also ample opportunities for attendees to improve and enhance their skill and knowledge as riders. The majority of these learning […]

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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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