Archive for November, 2012

After an Accident: Protecting Your Rights

Nov 30, 2012 View Comments by

I’ve helped motorcycle accident victims for over 25 years, so when bikers ask me what I’ve learned during that time, I usually have a lot to say. I’d like to share a few bits of advice to help protect motorcycle riders’ legal rights—specifically related to the reputations of bikers and how an attorney is essential […]

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A Different Approach

Nov 29, 2012 View Comments by

Sometimes distilling a problem down to the barest essentials leads to clarity of thought and surprising answers. One problem confronting those who enjoy short rides around home is how to keep these rides on familiar roads enjoyable. Let’s start by asking, what makes a ride enjoyable? The most common answer to this question would probably […]

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Lunch With a Local Legend

Nov 28, 2012 View Comments by

Recently my riding friend Bob Brown invited me (Jim Parks) to a luncheon in Gettysburg, PA with a group of BMW riders. One of the attendees was Paul Mihalka, an 80-something year old rider who has logged over a million miles on BMWs. Paul, who was born in Hungary, moved with his family to Caracas, […]

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Privateer Dakar Teams Find Corporate Partners

Nov 28, 2012 View Comments by

As the beginning of the world’s most famous off-road race draws near, many companies are stepping up to support the efforts of privateer racers. An event like the Dakar Rally is a huge undertaking, physically, emotionally, and financially. One example is the Australian motorcycle tour company, Compass Expeditions, which has joined with privateer Simon Pavey, […]

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Canon’s New EOS 6D

Nov 27, 2012 View Comments by

When we visited the manufacturers at PhotoPLUS, we asked them to show us one or two cameras that they thought had the qualities that Digital Riders like you and I were looking for. We were looking for cameras that were small, rugged, high quality, with extra credit for features like GPS tagging, weather resistance, and […]

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BMW Ride of Your Life Contest

Nov 27, 2012 View Comments by

In an effort to publicly prove the enduro mettle of their new for 2013 R 1200 GS, BMW is staging a contest to send five lucky (and experienced) enduro riders on five different adventures: Asia, New Zealand, Africa, America, and Europe. The riders will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges from amongst the […]

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Day One

Nov 26, 2012 View Comments by

A picture can say a thousand words, and that’s what this blog is all about. One photo, once a week, with the story behind the lens. It’s only fitting that my first blog here on RoadRUNNER is a photo from my first night ever moto-touring. I was 23 and brand new to the world of […]

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Corbin Offering New Stingray Seat

Nov 25, 2012 View Comments by

No, that’s not its name; it’s what the seat is made of. That’s right, Corbin has now added genuine stingray leather to their long list of material choices. According to Corbin, stingray is thick, tough, durable, and holds colors very well, which is good because Corbin is offering stingray in 15 of them. Due to […]

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Steve McQueen Husky Hits Auction Block in Vegas

Nov 24, 2012 View Comments by

Though he was most closely associated with the Triumph brand, Steve McQueen also had a soft spot for Swedish bikes. Come January, motorcycle collectors and Steve McQueen fans will get a crack at owning one of his personal bikes. Though it isn’t the same bike featured in the famous motorcycle film On Any Sunday, this […]

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One Up, Two Up?

Nov 23, 2012 View Comments by

First let it herein be established…I am a “Lone Wolf.” When it comes to riding I don’t want a passenger, and I don’t want to be one. I come by this prejudice honestly—years ago I was the passenger on a friend’s 305 Honda when he rear-ended a car at a stop sign. Nobody was actually […]

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There and Back Again

Nov 22, 2012 View Comments by

The title for this post just came to me one day last week while I was writing in a coffee shop. I realized only later that it was part of the original title to The Hobbit, one of my favorite books. It’s hard to believe that Tolkien published it as long ago as 1937. Another favorite, […]

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Moto Guzzi California 1400

Nov 21, 2012 View Comments by

Borrowing from other cultures is a time honored human tradition and it permeates virtually all areas of society. Especially here in the “melting-pot” that is America—we are used to this mixing of cultures. In the world of motorcycling, however, manufacturers tend to be closely tied to the nation and culture they come from. Few would […]

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Motorcycle Journeys Through North America

Nov 21, 2012 View Comments by

Dale Coyner’s Motorcycle Journeys Through North America beckons you to not only see what’s over the next hill, but also the one after, and the one after that. The book contains 17 chapters, each dedicated to a different region of North America. From the coasts of Newfoundland to the South Western deserts, each section is […]

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Sony Shows Us the RX100

Nov 20, 2012 View Comments by

We stopped by the Sony booth at PhotoPLUS and asked them to show us a camera for motorcyclists. It wasn’t a surprise when they trotted out their RX100 point-and-shoot, as Sony’s been making quite a stir, promising near-DSLR image quality from a camera you can slip into your jacket pocket. The accolades from the media […]

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It’s Never too Late to Dream: Part 5

Nov 19, 2012 View Comments by

As the summer wore on, Torri was riding more, but practicing less. Clearly, the exhilaration of long, weekend rides with me and fellow bikers took precedence over the mind-numbing drudgery of practicing cone weaves, sharp rights, and U-turns in parking lots. Nevertheless, her October date with destiny, in the form of another MVA test, loomed […]

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