Archive for June, 2012

MotoGP 2012: Assen – Race Report

Jun 30, 2012 View Comments by

The Iveco TT Assen provided three exciting races this Saturday, as Repsol Honda Team’s Casey Stoner took victory in an incident-packed premier-class race, holding off the challenge from teammate Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso. The race started with high drama as San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista took out Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in […]

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A Few Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Jun 30, 2012 View Comments by

A month or so ago, the time had come to purchase a new bike. Since I wasn’t looking for anything new, the daily scanning of Craigslist began. It didn’t take me long to find what I was looking for: a cheap, reliable, and fun highway cruiser in the form of a 2002 Honda Shadow 750. […]

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It’s a Green Land

Jun 29, 2012 View Comments by

I could go on and on about another day with yet another very early start to avoid nightmarish traffic and another entertaining selection of pot-holed roads to jar our bones along Sumatra…but all of that makes it sound like we are having a terrible time, and we are not! Sumatra is beautiful. It’s just so […]

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One Day…

Jun 28, 2012 View Comments by

One day I’m going to do this, go there, chuck it all, make that change, just you wait and see. Yeah, about that “one day” and its close personal friend, “next year.” Promises we make to ourselves to do things differently, take that leap of faith, or, as I call them, Put-Offs. These are the […]

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The Lotus

Jun 27, 2012 View Comments by

I’ve always admired the symbolism of the Lotus flower in many of the world’s religions. The Lotus grows in ponds, its strong roots unseen in the mud below, and blooms clean above the water. Symbolically the mud represents materialism, the water experience, and blooming above the water enlightenment. I like the symbolism so much I […]

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Western Alps Tour

Jun 27, 2012 View Comments by

Greetings from the Western Alps! RoadRUNNER’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Christa Neuhauser, and Contributing Editor, Uwe Krauss, are currently leading a group of American and Canadian riders on a tour through the mountains of France and Switzerland. Enjoy the views!          

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2013 Triumph Trophy

Jun 26, 2012 View Comments by

Triumph is continuing its impressive run by introducing another model aimed to compete with BMW. The Trophy has been developed at the same time as the Tiger Explorer 1200, but features completely different body work. The Explorer now competes head-on with BMW’s R1200GS, while the Trophy will surely take a bite out of BMW’s luxury […]

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How Long Does it Take to Break Down a Campsite?

Jun 26, 2012 View Comments by

On last fall’s trip to the Pennsylvania Wilds, I timed how long it took to break down my campsite. After several days of doing it, I got pretty fast – it took one minute and eleven seconds! Watch: Ok, I lied. It took much longer than that. My DSLR (Pentax K-5) has a time-lapse mode, […]

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New England’s First Full-Service Motorcycle Rental Company

Jun 25, 2012 View Comments by

Motorcyclists wishing to explore New England’s picturesque landscape now have a place to go for bike rentals. MotoVermont is New England’s first full-service motorcycle rental company. Catering to motorcyclists from all over the U.S. and the world, they offer BMW’s full range of enduro motorcycles from the F 650 GS to the R 1200 RT. […]

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Personal Chase Vehicle from Touring Products

Jun 24, 2012 View Comments by

There’s a new kid on the motorcycle pull-behind trailer block. Touring Products has just released the Personal Chase Vehicle (PCV) in a variety of sizes to mate with virtually any bike 500cc and up. What sets the PCV apart from other pull-behind trailers is its intended purpose. While most trailers are built simply to haul […]

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Henry’s Motorcycle

Jun 23, 2012 View Comments by

Earlier this spring, Yates put the finishing touches on his Norton Commando. It runs like a top and looks beautiful, as a Norton Commando should. He’s been riding it to work on a regular basis. The poor guy has a 20-plus mile commute to work, most of which is down a windy country road that […]

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Back to the Basics

Jun 22, 2012 View Comments by

The awkward meet and greet at the beginning of class reveals what is most likely a fairly accurate cross section of new motorcyclists. There’s a lady who’s tired of riding on the back of her husband’s bike and wants her own, several teenagers ready to make the jump from dirt bikes to street bikes, an […]

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Farewell

Jun 21, 2012 View Comments by

As I wheeled the weekly trash down the drive for tomorrow morning’s pickup, there was an unusually dear part of me in one of the bags.  Earlier in the evening I’d made the painful decision to throw away my worn out riding boots, and it seemed that they somehow deserved a more dignified fate than […]

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Self Reliance

Jun 20, 2012 View Comments by

I’m holed up in a Dunkin Donuts sipping coffee; I got caught in a sudden downpour on my way home after a long day. It looks like it’ll pass and I can be on my way, but it’s got me thinking about how much we, as riders, need to be prepared for any eventuality. Sometimes […]

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This is How I Roll

Jun 19, 2012 View Comments by

I’m getting ready to leave for my next assignment – a trip up to the Canadian province of Quebec with a 2012 BMW R 1200 RT. What cameras and lenses to bring is always part of the puzzle. The BMW’s got a pair of decent-sized panniers, but I don’t consider that an invitation to pack […]

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