Archive for January, 2013

BMW Sells Husqvarna

Jan 31, 2013 View Comments by

Citing its desire to refocus its business on urban mobility and e-mobility, BMW Motorrad has announced the sale of its subsidiary, Husqvarna Motorcycles, to the Austrian firm Pierer Industrie AG. The deal is a somewhat confusing resolution to rumors of KTM’s impending acquisition of the Swedish motorcycle maker, as it turns out, Pierer Industries AG […]

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Where the Pavement Ends

Jan 31, 2013 View Comments by

There is a place where the pavement ends and the dirt begins,  There the rocks are large and inviting and the peaks above oh so exciting,  The air beckons and the throttle opens and the pavement ends and excitement beckons . . . (Inspired by Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein) The poem above was inspired by […]

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Destination Paradise: Hawaii Part – 1

Jan 30, 2013 View Comments by

It’s been 15 years since I have been to Hawaii; in many ways it seems nothing has changed. The air is still charged with a sense of possibility, and the light makes shadows deeper and sunsets glow amber. Yeah, I really like Hawaii. I would live here if I could afford it, just think, 365 […]

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Thinking Small

Jan 29, 2013 View Comments by

What displacement does a serious two-up touring bike need to be? I haven’t taken a survey, even an informal one, but my guess is that most people would say that true touring capability starts at around the 1000cc mark. I started looking for a bike suitable for touring in 2003. Our children were getting old […]

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Finding Timmer

Jan 28, 2013 View Comments by

In 2011 I embarked on a five-month journey with my best friend Nick. The plan was to ride from the southernmost tip of Africa to the northernmost tip of Norway. Since we were planning big, it only made sense to also attempt summiting Kilimanjaro on the way. Nick and I were going to meet our […]

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Rider to Driver II

Jan 27, 2013 View Comments by

Back in June of 2012 I wrote Rider to Driver , which made the case that riders and drivers can share the road with each other if we act on a case-by-case basis and don’t label a group based on the irresponsible or reckless behavior of a small percentage of that group. This morning I had an […]

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Drifting in France: Part One

Jan 26, 2013 View Comments by

I got married on October 29, 2004 in Macon, GA. This date was hastily chosen because it was the last good weekend to profit from the wonderful colors of the autumn leaves. My French bride, a newcomer to the motorcycling world, was excited about the idea of honeymooning on a motorcycle. After a simple wedding […]

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Cherohala Skyway to Reopen Soon

Jan 25, 2013 View Comments by

Known as the “Mile High Legend” the Cherohala Skyway runs 43 miles from Robbinsville, NC to Tellico Plains, TN and offers one of the best rides in the area (which is saying a lot). Unfortunately, on Thursday, January 17, after three days of heavy rain, a 150-foot section of the Skyway near the North Carolina-Tennessee […]

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Epic Adventure Under an Hour

Jan 24, 2013 View Comments by

“Honey, I’ll be right back, I am just heading out to get some milk for the kids.” These are words my wife would never believe. First, because I never call her “honey;” second, we have our milk delivered, and third, if I am throwing my leg over the bike the chances of me being right […]

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Track Attack

Jan 23, 2013 View Comments by

Like a squadron of F-18 jet fighters preparing to launch off the deck of an aircraft carrier, 40 students and instructors in my Cornerspeed track class at Virginia International Raceway are revving-up the engines of their high performance motorcycles in a snarling, deafening roar.  Finally, the pit boss receives the track all-clear message through his […]

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Victory Cross Country Tour 15th Anniversary Edition

Jan 22, 2013 View Comments by

This year Victory Motorcycles turns 15 years old and to celebrate they’re releasing a special anniversary edition of their Cross Country Tour. This anniversary edition CCT will be limited to 150 units and will feature a Antares Red and Gloss Black paint scheme with gold pin striping reminiscent of Victory’s inaugural model, the 1998 V92C. […]

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BiLT Freeze-Out Thermal Gear

Jan 22, 2013 View Comments by

When testing thermal wear, it can be hard to determine what effect comes from the clothing, and what is the result of the jacket over it. That said, BiLT’s Freeze-Out gear is certainly something I want to have on when the temperature drops. I recently tried out two products from the Freeze-Out line, the BL […]

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It’s What You Make It

Jan 21, 2013 View Comments by

I’m in Maui, HI right now dodging the coldness of Michigan. I have a couple friends who live here and have been urging me to visit for quite a while now. Just getting off the plane, I understood why. My three short weeks of vacation have already reached their waning portion, and I wish I […]

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Precious Cargo

Jan 20, 2013 View Comments by

One of my favorite quotes is, “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” By Khalil Gibran. Cori and I visited her stepmother Gladys last summer on a riding/hiking weekend. Gladys is a kind soul, a family matriarch much like my own […]

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Donates $50,000 to Charities

Jan 19, 2013 View Comments by

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRi), the not-for-profit organization that sponsors a weeklong event in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has donated $50,000 to the Sturgis Rally Charities Foundation. Run by volunteers, SMRi raises funds by collecting fees from the hundreds of vendors that attend the yearly celebration, which includes bike shows, concerts, and races. […]

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