2017 Indian Springfield Classic: Relive the Past in Luxury!

Feb 21, 2017 View Comments

Indian’s new Springfield Classic model replaces the hard luggage and the black saddle on the regular Springfield, introduced last year (read full review in the June 2016 issue), with handsome brown leather items. This transforms the appearance of the big machine, giving it a more vintage look, while retaining the excellent touring capability of the […]

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Bolivia: Salt, Sand, and Altitude Sickness

Feb 20, 2017 View Comments

The border crossing to enter 
Bolivia is serious. The customs 
officer checks our passports, insurance, VIN numbers, 
registration papers, and license plates. Finally we are good to go, heading for La Paz, where we will meet a group of female Bolivian artisans crafting to gain independence.

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Klim Introduces 626 Collection

Feb 17, 2017 View Comments

When Klim got together over a two-day, self-created motorcycle challenge, they didn’t know they had started a full-on development project for a new generation of motorcycle riding gear. But that’s just what happened. Klim’s 626 Series was a race before it was an apparel collection. The challenge: take $600 and buy/build a motorcycle. Take two days. […]

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City Escape: Roanoke, Virginia

Feb 16, 2017 View Comments

This Star City roundabout is a City Escape with an attitude. Seriously folks, only dual sports need apply. The first 40 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway are perfect to relax and shake off the morning kinks. Once you drop off the mountain on Route 812 at the Sunset Field Overlook (Milepost 78.4) it’s game-on. […]

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The Isle of Man TT: A National Treasure

Feb 15, 2017 View Comments

It is said to be the oldest motorcycle race track in the world still in operation, and there is no living soul on the island that can remember a time when there was no TT (Tourist Trophy). For more than 100 years, motorcycles have raced on the Isle of Man’s 37.75-mile Snaefell Mountain Course. The […]

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2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Makes U.S. Debut

Feb 14, 2017 View Comments

In 1967 the Moto Guzzi V7, the first Italian superbike, made its market debut and transformed motorcycling, to the delight of experts and the public alike. The brainchild of Giulio Cesare Carcano, the V7 implemented the innovative 90-degree transverse V-twin engine with a displacement of 703cc, a record at that time, and immediately established itself […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 3

Feb 13, 2017 View Comments

Your GPS device was working fine, accurately reaching waypoint after waypoint. Then suddenly the screen turned black and showed no sign of life. The battery is dead, you realized. Murphy’s law followed and rain started pouring while you had no real idea how to continue. This may have not happened to you yet, but ride […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Washington State Route 14 (“Gorge Highway”)

Feb 12, 2017 View Comments

Although State Route 14 begins as a continuation of the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway in downtown Vancouver, WA, we prefer starting a little farther east, where it is less trafficked, at the junction of State Route 14 and Interstate 82. This route hugs the northern shore of the Columbia River, offering travelers unparalleled vistas […]

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City Escape: Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb 10, 2017 View Comments

Aloha, island riders. This escape from the bustle of Honolulu is a figure eight that features most of what makes Oahu great. The ride includes the can’t-miss twists, turns, and views of Round Top/Tantalus Drive. It also boasts miles of coastal riding and two passes through the impressive Ko‘olau Mountain Range. This is a year-round […]

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MotoMojo: Paint Touch-Up Repairs

Feb 09, 2017 View Comments

Stuff happens! It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually that beautiful paint job on your pride and joy will be “compromised,” shall we say. Perhaps it’s best if you think of paint as a sacrificial coating, which protects the metal underneath from corrosion, along with providing cosmetic properties. When that time comes, you […]

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Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Feb 08, 2017 View Comments

Missionary Daniel Butrick kept a journal of his travels with the Cherokee People as they were force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838-39. It is one of the saddest episodes in American history, with the depths of despair grippingly described in this entry: “… the government might more mercifully have put to death […]

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Lane Splitting Bills Introduced in Washington, Oregon, and Montana

Feb 07, 2017 View Comments

California’s lane splitting bill went into effect January 1. Now, lane splitting bills have been introduced in Washington, Oregon, and Montana, and the AMA is urging motorcyclists in those states to take action. Read the AMA’s lane splitting position statement here. Lane splitting bill introduced in Montana State Sen. Russel Tempel (R-Chester) introduced a bill that would authorize responsible […]

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Review: Venture Heat Deluxe Motorcycle Jacket Liner and Carbon Gloves

Feb 06, 2017 View Comments

Venture Heat’s quick-heat technology will get you back to operating temperature in no time. The deluxe jacket liner heats up in 10-15 seconds, giving you the courage you need to take on the elements. A wireless remote easily mounts to your motorcycle for simple and safe microclimate control. Choose from three settings: low, medium, and […]

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California and Nevada: Riding the Highs and Lows of the Old West

Feb 05, 2017 View Comments

“So we beat on, boats against the current, 
borne back ceaselessly 
into the past.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald Scott’s famous metaphor, the last line of The Great Gatsby, applies to motorcycle touring, for much of what we seek aside from the joyful highs of the road and the wind is an appreciation of the history we […]

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Harley-Davidson Announces 2017 Factory Flat-Track Racing Team

Feb 03, 2017 View Comments

Harley-Davidson is unleashing a three-rider flat-track squad in 2017. Former AMA Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., and Jake Johnson, and young flat-track star Brandon Robinson will make up Harley-Davidson’s 2017 Factory Flat-Track Racing Team. This announcement comes about a week after the company announced that its XG750R motorcycle will be the only bike raced […]

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