Archive for September, 2013

Framing the Shot

Sep 30, 2013 View Comments by

Framing a photo is an art, or at least an important part of hitting that shutter button.  Framing allows us to manipulate a scene. It lets us focus on what is really there. It can highlight something that would otherwise be overlooked; conversely, it can also be used to hide objects. I’m choosing the above […]

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Sense Memory

Sep 29, 2013 View Comments by

I’m a sentimental sort, as anyone who’s read any of my posts is aware. There are a couple things I bring with me on every ride. One is my dog Chester’s collar tags, which are on my key-chain. He passed away last year at the age of 13. The jingling of his tags has become […]

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Love at First Bike

Sep 28, 2013 View Comments by

What was the first bike you really fell in love with? You know, the one that managed to find that mystical mix of form, function, and foibles and work its way into your heart. For many people, this happened with their first motorcycle, and it’s no surprise since they didn’t have anything to compare it […]

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Vega Touring Boots

Sep 27, 2013 View Comments by

Vega’s touring boot uses a double zipper configuration, with a longer one on the outside, to ease putting them on and taking them off. Each of the zippers is sewn under the outer leather and above the inner liner. Although the zippers are not waterproof, leather Velcro flaps at the top of the zippers track […]

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Race Tech Emulators Explained

Sep 27, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re interested in the black magic that goes into suspension design and improvement, check out the video below. Paul Thede, founder of Race Tech, explains how their Gold Valve Cartridge Emulators work, and though technical, it’s some interesting stuff.

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Trans America Trail: All Things Must Pass

Sep 26, 2013 View Comments by

None of life’s strings can last So, I must be on my way And face another day ~ George Harrison I am excited this morning. Today I will cross into another state on my journey. I am headed to Mississippi. It’s funny how just knowing that you are crossing an imaginary line can create such […]

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Sep 25, 2013 View Comments by

There are certainly many members of our motorcycle touring community who swear by Suzuki’s little wonder-bike, the DL650 V-Strom. For some reason, however, the 650’s big brother, the V-Strom DL1000, has never enjoyed the same level of popularity. With the 2014 version, Suzuki aims to change that. We don’t have all the details on the […]

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Carpe Diem

Sep 24, 2013 View Comments by

It is hard for me to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since my father passed away at the age of 70. I was the last of six boys and came along a little later in his life. For this reason (and others), growing up we didn’t have what would be called a typical […]

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Crash Data from Marc Marquez’s Tech Air Suit

Sep 24, 2013 View Comments by

On September 1st MotoGP rookie sensation Marc Marquez crashed between turns seven and eight during warm up laps at Silverstone. At the time he was wearing the Tech Air airbag suit from Alpinestars. The graph above shows the impact forces recorded by Marquez’s suit as the event unfolded. The yellow line down the middle indicates […]

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Passport to Paradise

Sep 23, 2013 View Comments by

My heart is still pounding from the scare. Just a few moments ago we found my passport. Let’s back up to two hours ago. I’m in Bolivia right now visiting my friend Bianca for a week. I found out about a place that rents motorcycles by the day and not just for a big guided […]

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Misery or Memory

Sep 22, 2013 View Comments by

I left Cori’s house in New Jersey last Monday morning under a clear sky. The temperature was in the 60s. I had about a 70-mile trip home. I-95 and 476 (a.k.a. The Blue Route) can be a nerve-wracking ride as anyone who’s ever ridden them at or near rush hour can attest to. I suited […]

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Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket

Sep 21, 2013 View Comments by

Touring apparel has a tall order to fill; they must keep a rider dry, warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s warm, provide protection in the event of a crash, and possibly help prevent a crash through high visibility coloration. The DayGlo/Black Kilimajaro jacket by Firstgear tackles this long list of demands admirably with […]

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Ducati Opens Up New Financial Services

Sep 21, 2013 View Comments by

Want a Panigale or a Multistrada but don’t have $20k in cash stuffed in your mattress? With the backing of the mighty Volkswagen Group, the small Italian manufacturer of mostly very fast red motorcycles is now able to offer in house dealer financing. Ducati Financial Services (DFS) officially went to work on September 5th offering […]

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Erik Buell Racing to Unveil New Model at AIMExpo

Sep 20, 2013 View Comments by

EBR has announced that a follow up to the limited edition 1190RS superbike will make its debut at high noon on October 16th at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando. The new model will be called the 1190RX and will use the same 1190cc V-twin engine as the RS but will apparently be more […]

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Schuberth C3 Pro Modular Helmet, Pinlock Lens, & SRC System

Sep 20, 2013 View Comments by

The new Schuberth C3 Pro model represents the latest step in the company’s march along the path of continuous enhancements to their line of motorcycle headgear. The C3 Pro comes in two outer shell sizes to help achieve an aerodynamically optimal shape, a greater degree of rider protection, high-speed stability, and low weight. The inner […]

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