Archive for July, 2012

Introducing the Victory Boardwalk

Jul 31, 2012 View Comments by

Victory continues its quest to release a new model every six months with their latest creation, the Victory Boardwalk. Powered by the same Freedom 106 cubic inch V-twin and six-speed transmission as previous models, what sets the Boardwalk apart is its ultra-relaxed ergonomics and classic cruiser style. The Boardwalk features a super-low 25.9-inch seat height […]

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The Perfect Motorcycle Touring Camera?

Jul 31, 2012 View Comments by

Sony has recently released upon the world the Cyber-shot RX100, and all other cameras are cowering in the corner muttering, “We are not worthy. We are not worthy.” Ok, that’s a bit much, but David Pogue from the New York Times went so far as to call it “The best pocket camera ever made.” And if […]

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MotoGP 2012: Laguna Seca – Race Report

Jul 30, 2012 View Comments by

At this weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca it was Repsol Honda Team’s Casey Stoner who recorded a hard-fought victory ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, after reaping the benefits of gambling with the softer rear tire. It was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo who took the holeshot into the tricky turn […]

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The Son of Kelud

Jul 30, 2012 View Comments by

The small town of Sarangan was busy, busy, busy! Loads of bikers were enjoying the mountain roads in this area but strangely we kept on being waved down and stopped… “Simon, Simon…Lisa!!  Take photo, yes?” Weird, they knew our names. Was there something in a local newspaper? We knew that the Indonesian TV guys we […]

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Pocket Watches and Monsters

Jul 29, 2012 View Comments by

When I was 10 my brother, our friends, and I would ride our bikes to Bob Milheims General Store. Behind the counter on the shelves they kept all the things we couldn’t afford but wanted so badly. My particular obsession was with a silver pocket watch. We must have made that ride a hundred times. […]

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Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Ride for Kids Mourn Loss of Founder

Jul 28, 2012 View Comments by

On July 20, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation co-founder and president, Dianne Traynor, passed away in her hometown of Atlanta, GA, at the age of 67. In 1984, Dianne and her late husband Mike founded the Ride for Kids motorcycle charity program as a way of raising money for childhood brain tumor research. They organized rides […]

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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Have Legal Implications

Jul 27, 2012 View Comments by

Riding a motorcycle can be very exciting. Unfortunately, it can also be very dangerous because motorcycle riders are at greater risk for traffic fatalities and injuries than are car drivers. If you’re a biker, take a look at these common factors involved with motorcycle accidents. If you’re in an accident, any of the following could […]

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BMW MOA Celebrates 40 Years

Jul 26, 2012 View Comments by

Thousands of BMW owners and enthusiasts descended on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia on July 19-22, for the 40th annual BMW Motorcycle Owners Association “Howlin’ at the Moon” International Rally. The 326-acre fairgrounds were dotted with brightly colored tents of all shapes and sizes as the BMW faithful turned out to camp in spite […]

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Sometimes Photos Aren’t Enough

Jul 25, 2012 View Comments by

Sometimes you stumble upon something special on the road, like when I was recently in Quebec and bumped into a music festival in the small town of Tadoussac. A handful of musicians were gathered on the boardwalk by the bay entertaining festival goers as the sun set. I snapped a number of photos with my […]

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Rainmaker For Hire

Jul 24, 2012 View Comments by

For openers, I’m truly sorry to have dampened (pardon the pun) the festivities at our recent Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley. I take full responsibility for the rain that persisted for most of the event. And what, you ask, did I do to trigger some of the worst consecutive days of summer weather that the […]

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Meet the Team – Mandy Barrett, Art Director

Jul 23, 2012 View Comments by

When anyone asks what I do for a living, my answer is always the same: I make things pretty. I have a passion for design and have made a living making things beautiful. I’ve worked in a variety of fields, but I always seem to find my way back to publication design.

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Near Misses and Near Perfection

Jul 21, 2012 View Comments by

Today the riding on the island of Java was not so much ‘joy riding’ as it was joy to still be alive!  I experienced one of my closest calls with a charging 4×4. I held my breath and waited for the slam as the truck slid over the white line into our lane. I made […]

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Ride On

Jul 20, 2012 View Comments by

It’s a wet Saturday morning in Maggie Valley. It’s July but it feels like early May. The clouds are low, shrouding the surrounding hills and dumping thick, fat raindrops on the grass, gravel, road, and helmets and hats and umbrellas of all assembled. As the drops land, they make a percussive sound that seems to […]

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Image vs. Content

Jul 19, 2012 View Comments by

What’s the best ride? Is it a bike with history, tradition, and image, or one with engineering, technology, and dependability? Without getting into name calling, there are only a blessed few bikes that can lay claim to a brand name that goes back decades and an image that is the essence of the word “motorcycle.” […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Tips & Tricks – Part 3

Jul 18, 2012 View Comments by

I posted Tips & Tricks Part 1 in March and Tips & Tricks Part 2 in May. Here is another installment with a few more observations that occurred to me lately on my daily commute. Be Wary of Gaps Here in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to use a cell phone while driving. There is a ban on texting but […]

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