Archive for August, 2013

Appalachian Tough

Aug 31, 2013 View Comments by

Finding new small town diners while riding is one of our favorite pastimes, and we found a great one in southeastern Ohio recently. The food is good, the prices reasonable, and we get a sense that the owner really cares about the place. It’s the kind of establishment where it’s fun to sit quietly in […]

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Motorcycle Commuting: The Highs and Lows

Aug 30, 2013 View Comments by

Lately I’ve been commuting to work quite a bit, not every day (especially since here in North Carolina it’s rained at least once a day pretty much all summer long), but at least two or three times a week. The difference between commuting in my car and commuting on a bike is massive. For one […]

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90 Years of BMW Motorrad in 90 Seconds

Aug 30, 2013 View Comments by

This video, which we think is pretty cool, runs through the entire history of BMW Motorrad in a minute and a half. But don’t worry; it’s more of a visual spectacle than a history lesson. Enjoy!  

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1b: Keeping Dry in the Rain

Aug 29, 2013 View Comments by

As I arrive in Lynchburg, TN it is raining. But I don’t get down. I ride past the large stone and metal gates and park the KLR just as the rain starts to let up. I guess the clouds got the memo about Lynchburg being in a dry county! I head inside the large wooden […]

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Classic and Contemporary Japanese Motorcycles Up for Auction

Aug 28, 2013 View Comments by

If you’ve got a thing for Japanese motorcycles and happen to be spending October in England, you’ll be excited to learn that Dutch entrepreneur and motorcycle collector Michael Buttinger will be offering his collection of nearly 100 Japanese motorcycles for auction at Bonhams Autumn Stafford Sale. The auction will take place on October 20th and […]

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2014 Harley-Davidson Preview

Aug 27, 2013 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson just rolled out its 2014 model lineup and there’s a lot of news! Touring models will have more power, better brakes and ergonomics, updated styling, infotainment systems with voice-recognition, and other improvements. All 2014 touring models get lower-profile front fenders and cast-aluminum wheels, which are lighter and stronger than prior models. The Electra Glide […]

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Snakes

Aug 26, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve been on the road for 16 days now exploring mostly west of the continental divide aboard my half pint sized (do the conversion) WR250R. The most memorable experiences for me on this trip have been seeing the wildlife. The WR has put me in some remote locations where I have stumbled across a few […]

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BMW Motorrad Achieves Record Sales

Aug 25, 2013 View Comments by

The financial footing of the major motorcycle manufacturers is an important measuring stick for the health of the motorcycle industry as a whole, and, at least as BMW is concerned, the future is looking pretty good. The hard economic times since 2008 have seen the industry muddle through stagnant sales. There response, in general, has […]

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Bittersweet

Aug 24, 2013 View Comments by

This blog could be about one of our favorite late fall activities; riding the rural southern Ohio roads in search of bittersweet for seasonal decorating, but it’s not. It’s about the frame of mind a ride from last year put me in. I’ve been debating on whether to write it or not, seeing as it’s […]

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Book Review: Red Tape and White Knuckles

Aug 23, 2013 View Comments by

These days motorcycle adventure logs are starting to become a dime a dozen. At one time circumnavigating the globe, or even crossing a continent, on a motorcycle was akin to summiting Mt. Everest. Now, much like Everest, the adventure has been at least somewhat commercialized (though it’s by no means easy). That’s why Lois Pryce’s […]

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Ride the Green Serpent at the Killington Classic

Aug 23, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re headed up (or down) to Vermont for the Killington Classic over Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 29th-Sept. 1st), you’ll definitely want to check out the Green Serpent. With twisties galore, great views, and lunch at the Waybury Inn (where TV’s The Bob Newhart Show was based), the Green Serpent is sure to be a […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1a

Aug 22, 2013 View Comments by

As the miles click down closer to the starting point in Tellico Plains I feel the excitement and anxiety that comes with exploring a new place. I do not get this feeling when I ride on pavement, but the extra challenges associated with riding off road and in remote locations come with a little more […]

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Continental Divide Adventure – Lessons Learned

Aug 21, 2013 View Comments by

Riding a motorcycle on a route that closely traces the Continental Divide by way of as little pavement as possible, while not unheard of, is definitely an undertaking. As with most people, work, family, and life in general means having a schedule. Dave and I gave ourselves 12-14 days to complete the journey with one […]

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Project Rushmore: Harley-Davidson Embraces Liquid Cooling

Aug 20, 2013 View Comments by

Okay, that might be a bit of an overstatement, yet not even two weeks after Indian finally unveiled its new Chief line up, Harley-Davidson has come out with a major announcement of its own (coincidence?). Code-named Project Rushmore, Harley-Davidson has announced sweeping updates to its 2014 touring lineup. Headlining these improvements is the new “Twin-Cooled” […]

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Digital Rider: Aerostich Roadcrafter Light Midsummer Report

Aug 20, 2013 View Comments by

And so the Aerostich is filthy. Like industrial grade filthy. Like I’d better wash it before it gets up and walks away filthy. No, it wasn’t the woods of Ontario that did it, although some of the bugs (big enough to throw a saddle over) left their mark. And no, it wasn’t the mist of […]

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