Archive for January, 2014

The One Motorcycle Show and 21 Helmets

Jan 31, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re going to be in the area of Portland, OR, over the weekend of February 7–9, you’re definitely going to want to check out the One Motorcycle Show. There will be over 120 custom motorcycles on display along with Bell’s 21 Helmets exhibit. The show seeks to unite area artists, motorcyclists, brewers, and more […]

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Colorado’s Historic and Scenic Byways Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Jan 30, 2014 View Comments by

The state of Colorado is home to many spectacular roads, and 25 of these are recognized as scenic or historic byways. In 1989, the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program was created to promote these fantastic routes, eleven of which are also designated as America’s Byways. This gives the state more national byways than any […]

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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

Not even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between […]

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Pricing Announced for 2014 BMWs

Jan 28, 2014 View Comments by

Over the past few months BMW has unveiled several new and updated models for 2014, and we now know how much they’re going to cost. Here’s a breakdown of the bike and its price, click the links for more info on each one: BMW S 1000 R: $13,150 BMW R nineT: $14,900 BMW R 1200 […]

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Five Ways to Become a Safer Rider

Jan 27, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycling, for all it offers, involves danger. Most RoadRUNNER readers are veterans of the road who take great care to be as safe as possible. However, it’s easy to forget that there are also plenty of new riders who may not be aware of even the simplest methods of reducing their risk. Here are five […]

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Legislation to Protect Black Box Information Falls Short

Jan 26, 2014 View Comments by

Unbeknownst to many drivers and motorcyclists, Event Data Recorders, commonly and mistakenly referred to as “black boxes” are becoming increasingly prevalent in motor vehicles. Though it’s unclear how many and which modern motorcycles have such data gathering capabilities, it’s been estimated that at least 85-percent of late model cars and trucks were equipped with such […]

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Testing Batteries in the Cold

Jan 25, 2014 View Comments by

If there’s one good thing to be said for the recent spell of intensely cold weather (What is a polar vortex anyway?) it’s that it offers a great opportunity to see how tough your battery really is. Last winter I lived in a townhouse and the only place to keep my bike was in the […]

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Interview with Voni Glaves: Her Million Miles of Smiles

Jan 24, 2014 View Comments by

RR: What first interested you in riding motorcycles? VG: Actually it wasn’t my idea. I didn’t know a single woman who rode, so the idea didn’t even occur to me. I loved riding behind my husband, Paul, so much that he suggested I give it a try. I surely didn’t think that would be a […]

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Preview: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Jan 23, 2014 View Comments by

Over the weekend I got the opportunity to ride the new Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and I came away very impressed. Hoping to capitalize on riders who want to graduate from their extremely successful V-Strom 650, Suzuki has introduced what is basically an entirely new motorcycle. Though it shares a name and some parts with its […]

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That Sixth Sense

Jan 22, 2014 View Comments by

Since the start of winter and my recovery (which, by the way, is going fine) I have found myself in the unfamiliar position of passenger, while my wife drives. What I have noticed is that either I have become the world’s worst back seat driver, or I have developed a sixth sense. Logically, I assume […]

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City Escape: New York, New York

Jan 22, 2014 View Comments by

Curve-addicts from New York City can satisfy their cravings on the plethora of motorcycle roads around the lakes in the surrounding areas and through the rolling terrain in Harriman State Park, NY. This tour is best after the first rain in the spring washes away the salt and gravel and before the trees lose all […]

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City Escape: Toronto, Ontario

Jan 22, 2014 View Comments by

Use Kingston Road and Highway 2 to escape Canada’s most populous city; then let the twisty backroads of the Kawarthas take you away from the crush of traffic. Keep watch for the Buckhorn, Dyno, and Northeys Bay Road. The best times to ride are late September, early October, or early July.

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City Escape: St. Louis, Missouri

Jan 22, 2014 View Comments by

Riders will follow the Missouri River along its serpentine course from the outskirts of St. Louis to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Pleasant views of farmland, charming villages, and numerous vineyards abound on this journey through the Missouri Rhineland.

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Book Review: The Good Rider

Jan 20, 2014 View Comments by

In a follow up to his well-received books Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride, author David L. Hough (pronounced Huff) asks the question, “What is a good rider?” He postulates that being a good rider takes much more than simple riding skill; it encompasses a total package that may have different definitions for different motorcyclists. […]

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Camaraderie

Jan 19, 2014 View Comments by

I follow the Dakar Rally every year, partly because it kicks off my riding year as it takes place right after New Year’s Day in sunny South America. I also tune in because I’ve always been a fan of endurance events dating back to my running and biathlon racing days. I just love to watch people test […]

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