Archive for September, 2010

“Four Wheels” can be fun too! (sometimes)

Sep 30, 2010 View Comments by

Although at RoadRUNNER, we’re mostly in to machines with two wheels, we do have a soft spot for some cars… like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. 🙂 That’s why when we learned about Eastwood’s “The Dream Ride Tour” contest, we started to spread the word. The winner will have a day to drive five exotic sports cars […]

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Be Prepared

Sep 25, 2010 View Comments by

As a Boy Scout several years (make that decades) ago, we were told to always be prepared. They never told us exactly what to be prepared for, but I figured that a pocketknife, spare pair of underwear, and snake bite kit should about cover it. A recent hornet attack while motorcycle camping brought the whole […]

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Ken & Karn’s blog for your enjoyment

Sep 23, 2010 View Comments by

Participants of the 2010 Five Country love to write about the experience and take lots of pictures. Here’s a link to Ken & Karn’s blog about their travels. Enjoy! http://kenandkarn.blogspot.com/2010/09/roadrunner-five-country-tour-august-24.html

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Five-Country Tour 2011

Sep 20, 2010 View Comments by

Here the new dates:  Aug 28 – Sept 8, 2011 –  Experience Europe’s Old World Charm, Ride alpine passes and endless switchbacks with striking panoramic views that will leave you breathless. Tour the Weisses Bräuhaus, one of Munich’s oldest breweries. Explore the BMW Museum and enjoy a walking tour of downtown Munich. Historic villages, distinctive […]

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2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

Sep 20, 2010 View Comments by

One type of motorcycle that should be represented in every garage is a super-moto. Nothing compares to the capabilities and fun factor that a light-weight, full-of-power machine can bring. I just recently rode on RR’s Five Country Tour as the sweeper, and although I was quite satisfied with my F800GS, I couldn’t help but long […]

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Sony’s EVIL Camera.

Sep 14, 2010 View Comments by

EVIL is one of the more unfortunate acronyms to crop up in the world of photography. It stands for Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens and it’s an attempt to squeeze the things that make dSLRs so good – namely high quality, interchangeable lenses and larger imaging sensors into a smaller, more portable package. Sony’s NEX-5 is […]

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2010 – Five Country Tour – Teaser Video

Sep 14, 2010 View Comments by

We have all returned safely from this years 5 Country Tour, and we had a blast. Although the first two days it had 35 degrees Fahrenheit with rain showers (almost snow!), we were blessed with blue skies and moderate temperatures for the rest of the trip. Some highlights of the tour included the famous Passo […]

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BMW’s Six Appeal

Sep 13, 2010 View Comments by

Since last fall’s stunning unveiling of the inline six-cylinder Concept 6 engine, BMW Motorrad has captured the imagination of motorcycle fans worldwide. While this engine technology has long been associated with the Bavarian marque’s automobiles, in the near future, BMW motorcycles will also be available with an internally developed six-cylinder,  in-line engine. Along with unparalleled […]

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Buffalo herd at Sturgis from Nick Piazza

Sep 07, 2010 View Comments by

from RoadRUNNER Nick Piazza: I was riding through Custer State Park at Sturgis this year when a herd of buffalo wandered out of a field and across the road. The herd blocked all the traffic for about 45 minutes, but when an opportunity opened up, bikers started heading down the road. I took the attached […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Wynne Benti Joins Thousands at the 38th Annual BMW MOA Rally

Sep 02, 2010 View Comments by

With the snowy peaks of the Cascades as a backdrop, thousands of BMW riders from all over the world, including RoadRUNNER contributor Wynne Benti, converged in Redmond, Oregon for the 38th annual BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) International Rally, July 15-18.  As nylon tents popped up across the Deschutes County fairground, the venue was […]

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Primus Gravity MultiFuel II Stove

Sep 01, 2010 View Comments by

Primus Gravity MultiFuel II Stove For many campers, their motorcycle is their transportation, carryall, and home-away-from-home. When everything you need has to fit on a bike (even if temporarily), equipment that is lightweight and dependable is a priority. For this reason, the Primus Gravity MF II scores very high with us! It’s reliable, easy-to-transport, and […]

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Olympia X Moto All Season Transition Jacket & Pants

Sep 01, 2010 View Comments by

Motorcyclists encounter myriad climates, and this new Olympia outfit can handle them all. The waterproof-liner jacket has removable Dupont Thermolite® insulation that’s sure to keep you warm and dry. For extra comfort, there’s also a stand up collar, an adjustable waist, and three waterproof pockets – one specifically for a cell phone. The outer shell […]

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Marsee Dry Bags

Sep 01, 2010 View Comments by

Every once in a while, a product comes along that makes us say, “Wow, that really is nifty.” Such was the case when we first saw Marsee’s Dry Bags. Coming in 15-, 20-, and 30-liter sizes, these stuff sacks are waterproof and durable, yet will nicely conform to fit into any of your existing soft […]

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Motorcycle Camping Books

Sep 01, 2010 View Comments by

Motorcycle camping offers touring riders two primary benefits: it’s a less expensive way to travel and it adds an extra dimension to that travel. There’s no question that camping is far more economical than staying in a room – be that hotel, motel, or B&B. Whether camping under the stars is enjoyable, however, depends largely […]

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Odyssey Maintenance-Free Batteries

Sep 01, 2010 View Comments by

Despite proper care, when the stock battery on my KLR™ 650 was just over a year old and the warranty had just expired, start-up became an issue. The battery began having trouble with cranking over the engine fast enough, and it ran down quickly. After a few sessions with jumper cables, I knew it was […]

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