Archive for May, 2012

First Road Enduro

May 31, 2012 View Comments by

Always up for something different, I just completed my first road enduro recently. Road enduros involve navigating a mix of paved and secondary roads from a charted route, the goal being to maintain a certain average speed the entire route. All navigation must be from the chart, with no GPS units allowed. Various checkpoints, where […]

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No Farkle, No Cry

May 30, 2012 View Comments by

Are you waiting for the stars to align and searching for just the right farkle for a big adventure? Well, you’re probably the exact opposite of Jamie Robinson, who flew into New York City, bought a $200 motorcycle, and then set a course for California… The webpage of his epic adventure is as barebones and […]

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Three Rivers

May 29, 2012 View Comments by

In late April the club had organized a combo camping-motel trip to the Three Rivers area near the entrance to Sequoia National Park. Located along the Kaweah River, which drains a lot of the watershed from the southern Sierras, the area is beautiful and offered our members “country club” camping or full motel accommodations. The […]

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Meet the Team – Simon and Lisa Thomas, Contributing Editors

May 28, 2012 View Comments by

In May 2003, Lisa and I left our jobs, sold everything and on two BMW motorcycles set off to see the world. The plan seemed simple enough – ride, eat, sleep and repeat until we had our fill of the 122 countries and 7 continents the planet has on offer.

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Today I Ride

May 27, 2012 View Comments by

I ride along a perfect ribbon of pavement as a myriad of shades of green appear in the distance, lose focus, and then disappear behind me in a blur – the green rushing toward me and disappearing ahead at the same time into an endless single shade of blue. There’s no yesterday, no tomorrow, no […]

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Big Boys On Little Toys

May 26, 2012 View Comments by

It doesn’t take much to draw me in to something a little crazy (or as Kathy would say, “a lot stupid) especially when it comes to bikes. For years, I’ve wanted to race motorcycles, but just never really had the chance. Money, time, school, and chasing other fantasies, like being a rock star, always seemed […]

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Two Wheels Good – Motorcycle Support of Bicycle Races

May 25, 2012 View Comments by

Motorcycles play an important role in bicycle racing, carrying spare wheels, taking photographers into the heart of the action, and providing real time race information and traffic control. There are usually cars on the course as well, but motorcycles are particularly suited to staying close to the cyclists and weaving their way to where they […]

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Leading

May 24, 2012 View Comments by

I started a motorcycle touring group back in the fall of 2010. I got the idea after returning from a solo ride over three days from Pennsylvania to North Carolina via the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. We have over 100 members now, and plan a dozen or so rides throughout the year. The […]

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Cycle Trader Accessible On www.RoadRUNNER.travel

May 23, 2012 View Comments by

The newest addition of tools available to motorcyclists on our website includes the Cycle Trader classifieds via www.roadrunner.travel/classifieds. Now visitors to RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel’s website can search for over 100,000 new and used motorcycles without having to leave the site. “We have been asked by our readers as soon as we started the […]

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Motion Induced Blindness

May 22, 2012 View Comments by

I get a lot of chain emails. Some funny, some not so funny, and then the rare email that offers great insight. Just like this one: This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you ‘ re on a motorcycle […]

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I Bought the Wrong Bike

May 22, 2012 View Comments by

Yep, I screwed up, and not a cheap screw-up, this one cost me $8,000 for a bike I loved to look at but was afraid to ride and own. Me, afraid? I, who have ridden every kind and size of machine known to man, afraid? Yes. The shame of it—but yes. It all started a […]

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I Love Showing Old Bikes…

May 21, 2012 View Comments by

…just not enough to miss a race. That was the dilemma that Yates and I faced last weekend. Saturday, May 12th was the day of the Carolina Classic Motorcycle show sponsored by the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. It is always a super cool event, especially considering that admission is free. And believe me, […]

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Lorenzo Finishes First But Everyone Is Talking About Rossi

May 20, 2012 View Comments by

The fourth round of the MotoGP™ at the Le Mans race circuit in France added quite the handicap for the racers with the relentless rain that made conditions extremely challenging. Though Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) was in pole position until the end, the true excitement followed Valentino Rossi (Ducati). Through most of the race […]

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Meet the Team – Uwe Krauss, Contributing Editor

May 20, 2012 View Comments by

I grew up in East Germany, where almost every boy in our small town got his bike license at the age of 15. Cars really weren’t an option, as they literally took years to arrive after ordering. Bikes, though, were affordable and easy to come by.

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Curves, Corners and Classrooms

May 19, 2012 View Comments by

We had had such a good day’s ride yesterday that we were all looking forward to getting on the bikes today, despite still feeling a bit tired. The road to the town of Bukkitinggi had been a stunning nonstop ride. We spent most of the day throwing the bikes around the road, which twisted and […]

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