Not Your Average Motorcycle Jacket – The REV’IT! Oxford mimics the traditional four-pocket, belted Barbour-style jacket with several moto-specific upgrades. CE rated Knox armor at strike points, brushed cotton shell with waterproof Hydratex lining, and a quilted zip-in liner make this a practical garment for cooler weather riding. Two spring-loaded snaps with abrasion protection on […]
Motorcycle Meditation – “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Harold Thurman I like the mental exercise of thinking and writing about the ways in which motorcycling has made me come […]
Travel One of Michigan’s Most Famous Roads – Tracing the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees road is a delightful and curvy scenic cruise, albeit a relatively short one. A must do ride for motorcyclists traveling through Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Best Time to Go: Mother Nature doesn’t follow a precise timetable, […]
Defensive Riding Techniques – ONCOMING, LEFT TURNING VEHICLE: This is probably the most common cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of an oncoming vehicle doesn’t see a motorcyclist and makes a quick left turn directly in the rider’s path, leaving little or no time to avoid hitting the car. -Avoidance Strategy: First, it’s always helpful […]
Riding the Gem State – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Boise, Idaho Shamrock Tour comes from the May/June 2007 issue.
Three Wheels and No Shifting Required – For riders looking for the ultimate simple ride, Yelvington Designs has just released trike conversion kits for a couple of Honda’s automatic transmission equipped machines—the Honda CTX700 motorcycle and Silver Wing scooter. The Yelvington 3.0 Conversion Assembly creates a stable two-wheeled rear end for the Hondas, which utilizes […]
When Technology Gets Under Your Skin – “Recalculating! Recalculating!” The synthesized female voice of my new GPS begins chanting this familiar mantra the instant I turn into the parking lot. “Pop a Valium, Erma—I’m 50 feet off the route to pump gas and process my last cup of coffee, so deal with it,” I mutter, […]
It was Labor Day of 2007, a Sunday. I’m a teacher and school had begun for me the previous week so this was my last real gasp of summer and I was looking forward to the ride. I was with a group of about six riders. My friend Jonathan and I were riding solo, and the rest of […]
How to Stay Safe in Murky Weather – Riding in fog—especially when it’s combined with rain and darkness—heightens a number of risk factors that prudent motorcyclists usually seek to avoid: Rider visibility of potential hazards, both ahead and from behind (like being rear-ended by a faster moving vehicle) is severely restricted. Accumulation of moisture on […]
Competition in the Dirt – The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition pits teams of amateur riders from all over the world against each other in a grueling competition to see who’s got the skills to pilot an R 1200 GS over some of the world’s toughest terrain. The 2016 event, which will be held […]
Touring on a Budget – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Edgar Evins State Park, Tennessee Shamrock Tour comes from the Jul/Aug 2012 issue.
Not Your Average Motorcycle Dealership – Most motorcycle dealerships, particularly in predominately rural areas, are small and low-key. Not so with Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville, Tennessee. Owner and founder Scott Maddux bought an abandoned Lowe’s Home Improvement store and converted the 60,000 square foot building into a one of a kind Harley-Davidson dealership some […]
ATGATT? – When I first started riding, a friend of mine who’d been riding just a little bit longer showed me his fairly cheap textile motorcycle jacket with built in shoulder and elbow armor. Up until that time I had been riding in a t-shirt, jeans, and a beat up old helmet my brother gave […]
Five Star All the Way – Luxury isn’t a word often associated with motorcycle touring or tour companies. By nature, motorcycles just aren’t that opulent, which is part of their appeal. Being out in nature, feeling the wind and the weather is an incomparable and wonderful, if hardly luxurious, experience. While there’s not a whole […]
Scooting to the International Party – Each year the Vespa World Days rally celebrates all things related to the iconic Italian scooter brand. (Fun fact: the word vespa means “wasp” in Italian.) The event takes place in a different city each year; 2014’s Vespa World Days was held in Mantova, Italy while the 2015 event […]