Archive for July, 2005

Transalp Rally in Red Rock Country

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments by

When Honda introduced its unique “Rally Touring” XL 600V Transalp to the U.S. market in 1989, the reaction was a dispirited ho-hum. American riders didn’t know what to make of the bike. Based initially on the rugged, rally-type motorcycles Honda built to enter in long-distance races, such as the Paris-Dakar rally, the Transalp seemed ahead […]

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Touratech Portrait

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments by

If you follow the roots of the Touratech company all the way back, you’ll find a bicycle speedometer. In the mid-eighties, Herbert Schwarz mounted one on his R80 G/S for an Africa tour. A trained electronics engineer, he had soon given it an illuminated housing and otherwise improved and refined it. Reiner Frach programmed the […]

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Exploring the Lincoln Highway on a Vintage Honda

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments by

America’s First Coast-to-Coast Highway is BornIn the early 1900s, automobiles were mostly playthings for the wealthy and roads were often nothing more than twin ruts through the mud. A road was “improved” if it had been graded and travelers were fortunate if it also had a gravel covering. In 1912, Carl Fisher, owner of the […]

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Road Bites

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments by

Got the munchies? We’ve all been there: it’s mid-afternoon at a gas station. You missed lunch, and breakfast is a distant memory. No problem – there’s plenty of food in the store: chips, pop tarts, candy bars. You eat your fill, wash it down with diesel-flavored coffee, and hit the road. For an hour you […]

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Unlimited Horizons

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments by

After an article in RoadRUNNER whets your appetite for traveling have you ever wondered where you could meet like-minded people with the same spirit of adventure? Do you need some encouragement to pursue your dreams? One particular website, www.horizonsunlimited.com, was constructed with just those questions in mind. Founded by a Canadian couple, Grant and Susan […]

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