Archive for May, 2013

Project Bike: 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King

May 31, 2013 View Comments by

Royal Treatment It only had 10,000 miles on the odometer when it arrived at our garage, and we think we know why. It’s completely stock! When purchasing a used motorcycle, especially a Harley, it is very rare that it doesn’t already sport any farkles. Let’s get to work. The stock suspension and seat aren’t at […]

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Motorcycle Touring: It’s Not Where You Go

May 30, 2013 View Comments by

I am often asked if it is scary riding alone. The answer is always the same. “Sometimes.” For example, when I am off paved roads for extended periods of time. I know there is always a risk that something could happen and I may need help. I also know that in some remote locations it […]

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Neale Bayly Rides Peru

May 29, 2013 View Comments by

  Veteran motorcycle journalist, and RoadRUNNER contributor, Neale Bayly was adventuring through Peru when he arrived at the Hogar Belen orphanage. The abandoned children he met there turned his motorcycle adventure into a humanitarian cause. Upon returning to the U.S. he founded Wellspring International Outreach, a non-profit organization focused on coming to the aid of […]

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Vespa’s 50cc Golden Anniversary

May 29, 2013 View Comments by

Growing out of war-ravaged Italy in the late 1940s, the iconic Vespa soon came to symbolize the freedom and mobility of a new generation (with some help from the film Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck). Rather surprisingly, however, the 50cc Vespa didn’t come on to the scene until 1963. Now, 50 years […]

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Cycle News Releases 50 Years of Back Issues

May 28, 2013 View Comments by

If you are at all interested in motorcycle history, then Cycle News has just opened up a great resource. Over 2,300 issues dating back to the 1960s are now available digitally. The archive is organized by decade and can be accessed for $1.99 for three months or $4.99 for a year (per decade). The subscription […]

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Allstate’s Interactive Rider Risk Map

May 28, 2013 View Comments by

You’re most likely familiar with particularly dangerous stretches of road in your local area and tend to avoid certain places at certain times. However, when you’re in an unfamiliar place, you may not have the knowledge you need to bypass problem areas. That’s why Allstate Insurance created the Rider Risk Map. Allstate’s Facebook fans were […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Americade Events

May 27, 2013 View Comments by

The Americade Rally is just around the corner. Don’t forget to register and sign up for RoadRUNNER’s special events. You won’t want to miss our unguided Mount Equinox lunch tour, which traverses the steepest and longest privately owned toll road in the country to the mountain’s peak, and features a group lunch at the New […]

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All Who Wander: Exploring New Roads

May 26, 2013 View Comments by

“Not all who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien. Lately it seems like every day is busier than the last. I’ve started making lists first thing in the morning to remind me of what I intend to accomplish, in order of priority, for the day. Last Wednesday my list was a long one. […]

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New RoadRUNNER Mobile Apps Now Available

May 25, 2013 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine is now on iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and NOOK. With our new mobile app, you can enjoy the same great motorcycle touring and travel content on the mobile device of your choice. Download our mobile app for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play by searching for […]

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Asheville, NC Rider’s Loft – The Best Place to Stay

May 24, 2013 View Comments by

Bookmark this for your next visit to Asheville! Owners Jack and Dominique are no strangers to motorcycling as Jack has traveled around the world on two wheels. The loft is located in the middle of downtown Asheville, NC just steps away from world-class restaurants, breweries, and bars. Of course it wouldn’t be a rider’s loft […]

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The Not Yet: Your Future Travels

May 23, 2013 View Comments by

Have you ever ridden in Istanbul? No. Have you ever ridden in Ireland? No. Have you ever ridden in Italy? No. Have you ever found yourself in one of these conversations? Being asked question after question about rides you haven’t done and destinations you haven’t been to? Do you find yourself replying—“No?” If you do […]

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Used Motorcycles: The Swap Meet Queens

May 22, 2013 View Comments by

If there is a hierarchy of used motorcycles, then the swap meet queen must be at the bottom of the list, just before landfill/junk yard. To be honest, I have been known to “feed” at this end of the food chain now and then, which is my way of saying “been there, done that.” The […]

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Ethanol Free Recreational Gas

May 21, 2013 View Comments by

Last weekend was fairly typical; play one day and work the other. The work being the kind that doesn’t pay anything, of course. For some reason, I wasn’t satisfied purchasing a house with a normal yard. I wanted, and got, an “estate” (at least in terms of the yard), though I lack the funds necessary […]

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First Ride: 2013 BMW R 1200 GS Waterboxer

May 20, 2013 View Comments by

I had the privilege of being the first moto-journalist in the country to try out the new waterboxer R 1200 GS for an extensive (1,433 miles with half of that accumulated off-road during the AZ BDR and the other from high-speed highway riding) first test. So far the verdict is “wow, this machine can do […]

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Motorcycling in Africa: Camels are Funny

May 20, 2013 View Comments by

Camels are funny. I didn’t know this until I was stuck behind a camel convoy in Djibouti, Africa and couldn’t stop laughing and smiling. Luckily, Nick and I had intercoms so we could laugh together as we passed truck after truck hauling camels. It’s like riding a Segway; it’s impossible not to smile while driving […]

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