Archive for June, 2013

The Overland Expo: Those Who Can…

Jun 29, 2013 View Comments by

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Being both a writer and a writing teacher, I have always taken offense at this oft-repeated adage. In the motorcycling world, the idiom is especially flawed. Motorcycle instruction is a realm in which demonstration is key, and imitation is the sincerest form of…learning. The Overland Expo is […]

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Milwaukee’s Finest: The Harley-Davidson Museum

Jun 28, 2013 View Comments by

By now you’ve probably heard about Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary celebrations. In the midst of all the build up to what’s sure to be one heck of a party, it’s easy to forget that you can get your fill of Harley-Davidson history year round at the HD Museum in Milwaukee. Recently, RoadRUNNER got to ask Brook […]

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Part-time Adventure Hermit . . . Fulltime Dad

Jun 27, 2013 View Comments by

There is always an air of excitement when getting ready for a big trip. However, with little ones at home it can also be a struggle. The road beckons, but family does too. Several years ago when I was still a touring musician and a stage manager I missed my oldest daughter Sophia’s loss of […]

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Americade 2013

Jun 26, 2013 View Comments by

This year’s Americade was much like the many before it, dating all the way back to the inaugural rally in 1983, with tens of thousands of motorcyclists descending on Lake George, NY. The rally, which occurs the first week of June every year, continues to draw more motorcyclists than any other multi-brand event. This year, […]

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Sounds Like the Future (2013 Zero S in Manhattan)

Jun 25, 2013 View Comments by

Zero Motorcycles recently brought their 2013 lineup of electric motorcycles to New York City. I was lucky enough to grab one to ride around the Big Apple and to stop by the Ear Inn (the motorcycle gathering spot on Tuesday nights) before bringing the bike home for the evening. There will be a write-up in […]

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Minimalist Camping Comfort

Jun 24, 2013 View Comments by

The adage “less is more” can be traced back to a 19th century poem by Robert Browning. The concept has been adopted by musicians, artists, and architects. However, nowhere is the principle more appropriate than in the lexicon of motorcycling. Motorcycling is a minimalist activity by its very nature, and carrying camping gear on our […]

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The Great Bully

Jun 23, 2013 View Comments by

My girlfriend Cori sent me a quote in an email last week (see below) and, as always with things she sends, it resonated with me. To be honest our lives are in flux at the moment, with houses we’re trying to sell and careers we’re trying to change. We have our marks to make on […]

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RoadRUNNER’s World Travelers Come Stateside

Jun 22, 2013 View Comments by

Having ridden through over 70 nations since leaving their home and jobs in the U.K. almost 10 years ago, RoadRUNNER’s World Travelers Simon and Lisa Thomas are in the U.S. again. Over the next month and a half or so they will be visiting various BMW dealerships in California and Nevada and sharing what’s sure […]

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What’s in Wisconsin?

Jun 21, 2013 View Comments by

We recently had a conversation with Greg Smith, managing director of Discover Wisconsin, to figure out what America’s dairy land has to offer motorcyclists. We were intrigued by an episode of their online TV show entitled Ride Wisconsin, which you can view below. RR: What are some things that set Wisconsin apart as a motorcycling […]

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Ride to Live . . . Live to Ride . . . Keep on Riding!

Jun 20, 2013 View Comments by

“When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I have just finished entering the VIN number onto the state of Connecticut’s Form H-13; otherwise known as the OFFICIAL REGISTRATION […]

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Kawasaki and Hollywood Join Forces

Jun 19, 2013 View Comments by

In a stroke of what may be cross marketing genius, Kawasaki has teamed up with the forthcoming big budget remake of The Lone Ranger (staring Johnny Depp as Tonto) to create their “Live the Legend” ad campaign. The video, which you can see below, likens the modern Kawasaki rider, whether it’s a KX, Ninja, or […]

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New Yamaha FZ-09 Shakes Up the Naked Bike World

Jun 18, 2013 View Comments by

Look out Triumph, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki … okay, let’s just say any OEM with a naked bike in their stable has now been put on notice. Yamaha has recently carved out a new rung on the ladder with the FZ-09. The bike, which will replace the FZ-8, is powered by an all-new 847cc triple. The […]

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Touring Tip: Setting Touring Priorities To Maximize Your Enjoyment

Jun 17, 2013 View Comments by

Being creatures of habit, humans usually fall into a routine anytime they repeat the same task or series of tasks day after day. The same is usually true for motorcycle touring. We may have adopted a habitual touring routine without realizing that the enjoyment factor of our trips is not being maximized. For this reason, […]

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Risk and Reward

Jun 16, 2013 View Comments by

The other day I got a call from my mother telling me she had taken a bad fall, torn ligaments in her wrist, and had hurt her back. She had seen a doctor and was as comfortable as could be and there was not much I could do. I took a ride over to spend […]

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Bell Revolver Evo Helmet

Jun 15, 2013 View Comments by

The combination of protection and convenience offered by modular helmets is hard to beat, but for all their versatility, modular helmets also tend to be noisier, heavier, and more expensive than full-face helmets as well as not providing quite the same level of protection. The Bell Revolver Evo addresses two of these concerns quite well; […]

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