Archive for May, 2011

Buyers’ Guide – Touring Tires

May 31, 2011 View Comments by

Touring riders expect their tires to wear like iron, stick like glue, carry a lot of weight, and not cost very much to boot! Although that’s a tall order there are a slew of tires out there to choose from so it helps to have a starting point in your search. As the old slogan […]

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Great Roads, Great Rides

May 29, 2011 View Comments by

A Travel Guide to Over 8,000 Miles of Journeys in the Mid-Atlantic Two longtime touring riders on the East Coast, Jennings Glenn and Dan Bard, have teamed up to produce a compendium of their favorite one-, two- and three-day rides in nine mid-Atlantic states. A handy feature of the book is a review of motorcycle […]

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Harley-Davidson Women’s FXRG® Leather Jacket

May 28, 2011 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson, which is known for its high-quality, stylish gear, doesn’t disappoint with the new Women’s FXRG® Leather Jacket. Equipped with a ton of cool features, such as the lightweight removable Primaloft® liner that can be worn separately and the detachable kidney belt, this jacket proves to be quite functional. While touring in cool weather I […]

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Cortech GX Sport Series 2 Jacket

May 28, 2011 View Comments by

Cortech, and elder sibling gear manufacturer Tourmaster, offer riders a wide selection of textile alternatives to leather riding gear. With nearly a dozen jacket choices, we chose the GX Sport Series 2 jacket in a bright royal blue; four other color combinations are available. Lightweight, highly abrasion-resistant materials keep you warm and safe, while reflective […]

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Overall Motorcycle Sales Down in 2010

May 20, 2011 View Comments by

Sales of motorcycles and scooters in the U.S. dropped from 2009 to 2010, according to a recent report from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). Total sales, including scooters, through 2010 dropped 16 percent from 2009. The biggest losers were off-highway motorcycles, which saw a 23 percent decrease, with a drop of 25,000 bikes. The scooter […]

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Motorcycle Industry Pioneer Joins Motorcycle Hall of Fame

May 20, 2011 View Comments by

On November 18, Fred Fox, founder of Parts Unlimited, will be officially inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame with the Class of 2011, for his contribution to the motorcycling community. Founded in 1967, Parts Unlimited helped in elevating motorcycling and the sport of motorcycle racing on a national scale by creating an innovative distribution […]

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Federal Agency Grants Reprieve to Kids’ Dirtbikes

May 18, 2011 View Comments by

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to delay enforcement of portions of the controversial “lead law” that would have banned the sale of dirtbikes and ATVs to children, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. In February the CPSC voted to delay enforcement of the independent laboratory testing and certification requirements, as well as […]

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New Safety Feature on Austria’s Roads

May 16, 2011 View Comments by

Guard rails can save the lives of car drivers, but usually increase the risk of injury to motorcyclists. That’s why the Austrian company Asamer Rubber Technology developed a system called “bike-protect” which uses old tires to fill the gap between the ground and the guard rail. The new system acts as a barrier that bounces […]

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Building the Ultimate Adventure Motorcycle

May 15, 2011 View Comments by

I wish I’d had this book before I set out for Panama on my KLR™650! This well-illustrated and practical tome is the third in a Haynes adventure motorcycling series, written or co-authored by Robert Wicks. It provides extensive coverage on selecting and preparing an adventure motorcycle for an epic ride. In eight chapters the book […]

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Ducati Unveils 2012 Monster 1100 Evo

May 15, 2011 View Comments by

Ducati North America unveiled the new Monster 1100EVO at the New York International Motorcycle Show. The 1100EVO is the first air-cooled Ducati to reach 100 horsepower, along with 76 lb-ft of torque from its Desmodue Evoluzione engine. Weighing a claimed 373 pounds, the 1100EVO also boasts the best power-to-weight ratio in Monster history. The 1100EVO […]

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New Moto Guzzi California Cruiser and V7 Scrambler

May 09, 2011 View Comments by

Moto Guzzi has released images of its upcoming California Cruiser and V7 Scrambler models after they were shown to dealers. The California Cruiser gets a new 1400cc V-twin based on a 1064cc version of the current California Vintage, with new wheels, brakes and suspension. The V7 Scrambler has chromed-spoke wheels, and dual upswept mufflers on […]

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Motorcycle Awareness Month

May 06, 2011 View Comments by

In an effort to promote motorcycle safety and awareness, AMA reminds all road users that the month of May is recognized as Motorcycle Awareness Month. “Motorcyclists take to the highways in large numbers every spring, and it’s the responsibility of all road users to welcome us safely and attentively,” said AMA President and CEO Rob […]

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A Camping Adventure in Amado, Arizona

May 05, 2011 View Comments by

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of the desert. I know that some revel in the hot, sandy, dry, dusty, conditions – but not me. However, sometimes you have to go where the action is, which was the case in April when my friend Rick Bradley and I went to the Overland […]

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The Legendary Buffalo Chip® Salutes Women Riders with First Annual Biker Belles™ Celebration During the 71st Annual Sturgis Rall

May 04, 2011 View Comments by

The Legendary Buffalo Chip will recognize the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling during the 71st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Women from across the globe will hit the road, Wednesday – August 10, 2011 for the first annual Biker Belles™ celebration.  The event was created to help celebrate women’s role in shaping the […]

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The Chase – BMW M3 vs BMW S1000RR

May 03, 2011 View Comments by

BMW’s latest video for the web explores which machine is faster. Want to know who won? Watch the video!  

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