Archive for February, 2012

Harley-Davidson Spins Its Own Spider Web

Feb 29, 2012 View Comments by

H-D has applied for a patent for a new motorcycle design, in essence a “Leaning Trike,” similar in appearance to the Can-Am Spider with front-mounted dual wheels. The patent #20070075517, Kind Code A1, was applied for on April 5, 2007. From the application abstract: “A vehicle including a frame, left and right wheels, and a […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Choosing a Mount

Feb 28, 2012 View Comments by

My first bike was an all black, 1981 Yamaha Maxim that my brother Dave found for me. Having never ridden a motorcycle before, I had no idea what I wanted, what size I needed, how it would handle, what the range was like, or anything else for that matter. All I knew was I wanted […]

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KTM Announces 9th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally

Feb 27, 2012 View Comments by

Make plans to join KTM staff and enthusiasts for the 9th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally in scenic Bend, OR taking place on September 14-16, 2012. The KTM Adventure Rider Rally provides riders of all skill levels an opportunity to ride with and learn from adventurers from all over the world. The KTM Adventure Rider […]

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Teach Your Children Well

Feb 26, 2012 View Comments by

I make lists of post ideas while I’m riding, but I have a terrible memory so I keep a tablet and pen in my tankbag. I can often be seen at gas stations sipping coffee and scribbling furiously before the ideas get away from me. Recently my daughter came home from college for a long […]

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Motorcycles Anonymous

Feb 25, 2012 View Comments by

My name is Chris, and I’m a motoholic. It might be a corny sounding word, but I looked it up and it is legit – sort of. -aholic (also –oholic) is an accepted suffix that “denotes a person addicted to something”. For me, the vice is bikes, and it has been ever since I abandoned […]

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Come visit the IMS in Charlotte and get a free gift

Feb 24, 2012 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER will be represented at the International Motorcycle Show in Charlotte starting January 24th until the 26th. Christa Neuhauser and the RoadRUNNER team will be onsite to answer any touring questions, talk bikes, and offer plenty of great deals for subscribers and new readers. Wear your RoadRUNNER hat or t-shirt and get a FREE gift!

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Americade Celebrates 30 Years

Feb 23, 2012 View Comments by

Americade 2012, the weeklong rally attracting tens of thousands of motorcyclists, will run from June 4-9, celebrating 30 years in this picturesque location. Located at the foot of 32 mile long Lake George, Americade 2012 will feature over 65 unique events, many happening multiple times over the course of the entire week–everything from new MiniTours […]

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Destinations: Wheels Through Time Museum

Feb 22, 2012 View Comments by

Attraction: An assortment of more than 300 of America’s most rare and collectible motorcycles. Over 24 marques are on display, including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Excelsior, Crocker, Henderson and more. Motorcycle-related exhibits, ranging from board track racing to hill climbing, are also on display. Founded by Dale Walksler in 1993,WTT has become an integral piece in discovering, […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Deciding to Commute

Feb 21, 2012 View Comments by

The title of this series of blog posts is in homage to “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck, a guide to spiritual growth published in 1978. I chose this title because for me, motorcycling is a means toward spiritual growth, or at least a daily meditation of sorts that nurtures development if one […]

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Need or Greed? The Case for Multiple Bike Ownership

Feb 20, 2012 View Comments by

To the non-rider, owning more than one bike probably seems analogous to having several electric can openers lined up on the kitchen counter. But to the motorcycle enthusiast who likes to explore the many facets of motorcycling, one bike simply isn’t enough to cover all the bases. But what is the magic “right” number of […]

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Meet the Team – Florian Neuhauser

Feb 19, 2012 View Comments by

Although I was only 13 when my family moved from Austria to the States and started RoadRUNNER, it was only a matter of time before I’d be in the saddle as well. At the age of 14, I finally convinced my parents I could ride. A 3-day riding course in Austria, and many motorcycle weekends […]

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The Joys of Camping: Choosing a Campsite

Feb 18, 2012 View Comments by

I don’t have a problem with nice company. But when traveling by myself on a bike, I love the “get away from it all” feeling of wild campsites. No RV generators, no cell phones, preferably no noise at all, apart from nature sounds like creeks or birds. Location is important. I always look for great […]

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Suspension Upgrade: Race Tech to the Rescue

Feb 17, 2012 View Comments by

Premium motorcycle suspension components are costly and don’t make motorcycles look that much more appealing on the showroom floor. Hence, corporate bean counters tend to cheap out on these vital chassis components, particularly on forks and rear shocks. This was certainly the case on a 1999 Triumph Speed Triple we had around the office, which […]

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Alpinestars Stella Messenger Drystar Glove

Feb 16, 2012 View Comments by

If you are looking for a comfortable, affordable, all-weather glove, then consider these by Alpinestars. They’re designed specifically for women, so size XS fit my petite hands perfectly. The glove has a durable upper textile with a waterproof Drystar membrane to protect hands from the elements. Anti-slip material on the palm guarantees a safe, secure […]

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Project Bike: Versatile Touring Motorcycle on a Budget – Part 1

Feb 14, 2012 View Comments by

Part I: Acquiring a Used Bike Step 1: List Key Features Desired Before beginning the search for a prospective touring motorcycle, we first established the key features we wanted the bike to have. Here are the 10 things we looked for: Comfortable Seat Height: A bike with a seat height of approximately 30 inches or […]

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