Archive for February, 2014

Interview with Gary Gray: Spirit Lake Revolution

Feb 28, 2014 View Comments by

Gary Gray is the product director of motorcycles for Polaris, the company that founded Victory Motorcycles and now owns Indian as well. With the rollout of the 2014 Indian Chief lineup at Sturgis last August, Polaris has put Indian back on the motorcycle map and continues to whittle away at Harley-Davidson’s domination of the domestic […]

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42nd Annual 49er Rally

Feb 27, 2014 View Comments by

From May 22-26 the BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California will hold their 42nd annual 49er Rally in Mariposa, CA, which sits right on the threshold of Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The event will feature a variety of speakers and activities sure to keep motorcycle enthusiasts entertained (including former California Highway Patrol officer […]

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City Escape: Victoria, British Columbia

Feb 26, 2014 View Comments by

Ride west from historic Victoria via Vancouver Island’s rugged coastline to Port Renfrew, then cross the island through remote villages and ancient forests as well as along rushing rivers back to the Trans Canada Highway by Lake Cowichan. Admire the totem poles in Duncan, and ride the spectacular Malahat Highway. Go from April to October.

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Review: PDM-60 Power Distribution Module

Feb 25, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re one of the many touring riders who can’t resist a good farkle or two, or 10, you may have reached the point where your bike’s battery is obscured by the spaghetti-like tangle of wires connected to it. While this setup may be somewhat functional, it’s neither ideal nor particularly safe. And if, heaven […]

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Like Father, Like Son

Feb 24, 2014 View Comments by

Robb and Kellen are a father son duo hailing from the mountain lion and bear infested state of Montana. Eight years ago Robb (51) gave up riding to instead wash the bikes and take his son to the track for races and practice. You see, there isn’t much single track out in Montana. It’s all […]

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REV’IT! Ventura Ladies’ Jacket and Pants

Feb 23, 2014 View Comments by

Historically, most women’s motorcycle gear has been downsized versions of men’s apparel. Times have changed, however, as more and more companies have responded to the demand for dedicated women’s riding gear. The Ventura from REV’IT! was designed specifically for the female body from the outset; there is no men’s version. The Ventura is a four-season, […]

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Lotus C-01: A Limited Production Superbike

Feb 22, 2014 View Comments by

Lotus is not famous for making motorcycles, in fact they’ve never made one before, but the small British company is well known for their lightweight, great handling sports cars. For the past two years, however, they’ve been working on this, the C-01, and it promises to be quite the performer. The bike is a joint […]

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Consumer Reports on Motorcycle Reliability

Feb 21, 2014 View Comments by

They’ve reported on everything from cars to TVs to baby strollers and now they’ve turned their attention to motorcycles. Last year Consumer Reports conducted a massive customer satisfaction survey of the owners of the top five OEMs in the U.S.: Honda, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Kawasaki. The report (focusing on bikes model year 2009 through […]

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BearTek Bluetooth Moto Gloves

Feb 20, 2014 View Comments by

What will they think of next? With the recent proliferation of Bluetooth audio and communication systems, Willie Blount Jr., BearTek’s founder, had an idea. The idea turned into a Kickstarter campaign, which then became a product and a company. So, what is that product? It’s a Bluetooth-enabled glove capable of controlling your phone, or other […]

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City Escape: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Feb 19, 2014 View Comments by

This route meanders along both sides of the Delaware River through New Hope and Easton to its northernmost point in Columbia, NJ. Spring to fall is the best time to take this shaded scenic ride.

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Blue Rim’s Peru Tour Deadline Extended

Feb 18, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve been thinking about signing up to go to Peru with Blue Rim Tours, you’re in luck! The registration deadline has been extended until Friday, February 28th. For more info head over to: www.bluerimtours.com.   Want to receive free Touring Tips, reviews, deals and contests, and additional content? Sign up for your free newsletter now!

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Daytona Bike Week Tours

Feb 18, 2014 View Comments by

So you’ve decided to head down to Florida to shake off the winter blues at Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach. Sure, there will be no shortage of things to do with all the Bike Week Festivities to participate in, but what if you want to just get out, ride, and enjoy that fabulous Florida […]

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Escape for Winter

Feb 17, 2014 View Comments by

I have managed to do what a lot of people in the north (and south) would dream of this winter. With more snow and colder temperatures than normal, riding a motorcycle, for many of us, has been put on hold. The weather this winter has been crazy. At my home in Michigan, over Christmas an […]

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Helmet Hed: Long Hair Gets some Help!

Feb 16, 2014 View Comments by

Long hair and motorcycle helmets aren’t the most ideal combination. The Helmet Hed offers a unique solution for riders whose long hair is a constant source of frustration while on the road. It is basically an extremely soft, comfortable, and stretchable headband with elastic mesh around the top. The mesh quickly secures your locks in […]

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The Right Stuff

Feb 15, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve owned around forty motorcycles over the years, and recently found myself reflecting on the thought process involved in selecting the bikes I’ve purchased. A definite pattern has emerged, especially when factoring in the length of time that the bikes were kept. I’d like to say that the purchase of my favorite bikes were the […]

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