Archive for July, 2013

2014 Victory Lineup

Jul 31, 2013 View Comments by

Things must be busy over at Polaris headquarters, at least in the motorcycle department. With the unveiling of the new Indian at Sturgis coming up very soon and the recent announcement of the updated 2014 Victory lineup, they certainly haven’t been slacking off up in Medina, MN. The new lineup, which also aims to celebrate […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 5: The Kindness of Strangers

Jul 31, 2013 View Comments by

Heading west out of Montana, our route from Eureka on down has taken us through some awe inspiring scenery and challenged us at times. Today was no different. On our route through the outback we were showered by grasshoppers, I had a close call with a coyote, and, just shy of the Idaho border, Dave’s […]

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Day 4 – Ghosts, Gas, and Cows

Jul 30, 2013 View Comments by

Today’s route out of Butte included a good mix of dirt, gravel, and pavement connectors. Sublime asphalt loaded with sweepers and switchbacks took us through the forest before connecting with what I think is called the Old Bannack Hwy. Old Bannack, a fantastically smooth dirt road, goes deep into Montana cattle country. Vast, wide-open spaces […]

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Ride the Divide Day 3 – Rough Sailing

Jul 29, 2013 View Comments by

We arrived this evening in Butte, but it wasn’t easy. Today’s route included some difficult roads. Steep rocky downhills that required a good mix of brake, clutch, and engine braking. Of course in order to go downhill we first had to go up. The rocky, rutted uphills took their toll. Dave had a spill on […]

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BMW Motorrad Joins Forces with Dainese

Jul 29, 2013 View Comments by

At RoadRUNNER, we are always pushing for further improvements and breakthroughs in the realm of safety, which is why we get excited over new technologies. One of these innovations is the Dainese D-Air system, which uses bike-mounted sensors to detect a crash and inflate airbags worn by the rider. Dainese and BMW Motorrad will start […]

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Continental Divide Adventure: Day 2

Jul 28, 2013 View Comments by

We headed out from Kalispell, MT this morning having a few miles to make up after our impromptu visit to Glacier National Park yesterday. After pounding a little pavement we got on course and in the dirt. Thanks to a little detour (by way of my insistence that my GPS “can’t be wrong”) we found […]

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On Being Led

Jul 28, 2013 View Comments by

Last week I wrote about leading rides and its challenges and rewards. This week I thought I’d write about what being led feels like. During the Touring Weekend my new friend Ken and I led the leisure group on the northern loop. It was a lot of fun and a long day in the sun; […]

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Continental Divide Adventure: Day 1

Jul 27, 2013 View Comments by

Follow photojournalist Brian Shaney (on a 2006 Suzuki DRZ400) and riding partner Dave (on a 2013 Honda XR650), as they set off on their Continental Divide tour that will take them all the way from Canada to Mexico on approximately 2,700 miles of mostly gravel and dirt roads for 12-14 days. And so the adventure […]

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Enduro Africa: Part 2

Jul 26, 2013 View Comments by

Day 4, Monday: Port Alfred to Morgan’s Bay We set off at our usual time (8 a.m.) and had the obligatory police escort to the city limits. It rained lightly, which helped with the dust problem but made it slippery enough that falling into the deep ruts was a concern. It was that day we had our first […]

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Dual Sport Riders Guide to the Galaxy

Jul 25, 2013 View Comments by

After leaving Maggie Valley, I headed west towards Tellico Plains to begin my route on the “Trans-America Trail.” At some point along the ride I had an epiphany and realized I had been incorrectly referring to the route as the “Trans-American” trail for about 2 years and 3 months and 4.5 days. I am sure […]

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First Annual Trike Only Ride at Sturgis

Jul 25, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re heading to Sturgis on three wheels, you’re in luck. For the first time ever there will be a trike only ride at Sturgis. The ride, which is being organized by Roadsmith Trikes and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, will be the first annual T.O.U.R. (Trike Owners United Ride). The ride will take place on […]

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Second Annual Carson Valley/Lake Tahoe Adventure Moto Rally

Jul 24, 2013 View Comments by

Coming around the corner is the second annual Carson Valley/Lake Tahoe Adventure Moto ride and rally offering a heaping helping of motorcycle fun and travel. Worthy of the mouthful of words used to title it; the adventure moto rendezvous is slated for the weekend of August 22-25 and straddles the California/Nevada border. Mindful that the […]

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RoadRUNNER’s 2013 Touring Weekend

Jul 23, 2013 View Comments by

The return of RoadRUNNER’s annual Touring Weekend to Maggie Valley, NC was a smashing success. Moderate temperatures, sunny skies, and more fantastic roads made for a weekend full of first class motorcycle touring. Now in its eighth year, the 2013 Touring Weekend began with a Mexican fiesta on Thursday night followed by a welcome by […]

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My Fourth of July

Jul 22, 2013 View Comments by

Happy (belated) Fourth of July to all of you Adventurers. Today I am sitting on anchor in Egegik, AK. It’s a small fishing village that is part of the Bristol Bay Region. Our sockeye season came fast and early and now we are all standing down, waiting for more fish to show. Typically the peak […]

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On Leading

Jul 21, 2013 View Comments by

Leading a ride is a funny thing. I can’t speak for everyone who does it; I can only speak for myself. If a group of people agrees to follow you there’s a certain expectation that you will look out for them to the extent that you can. It can be difficult on unfamiliar roads, keeping […]

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