Archive for April, 2014

Motorcycle Sport Touring Association to Give Away FZ-09

Apr 30, 2014 View Comments by

Growing out of a small Honda Sabre and Magna owners club, the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association has become a multi-brand organization for sport touring enthusiasts. The club, which espouses safety, fun, camaraderie, and riding skill improvement, holds a National Rally every year. 2014’s event will take place in Rapid City, SD, June 8th through 11th. […]

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Mustang Super Touring Seat Available for Older Models

Apr 29, 2014 View Comments by

Getting comfortable on a motorcycle can be especially challenging for those who fall into the “big and tall” category. For these riders, as well as those simply wishing for a bit more room, Mustang’s Super Touring Seat moves the rider further back on the motorcycle resulting in additional leg room and more comfortable reach to […]

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Book Review: Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand

Apr 28, 2014 View Comments by

Author Jack Lyndon Thomas’ Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand: A Motorcycling Odyssey is much more about life than it is motorcycling. Though the narrative follows Jack’s physical journey on the “War Horse,” a BMW K 1200 RS, as he journeys across the U.S. and Canada, its purpose and real interest is in the […]

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RoadRUNNER Tour Guide and World Traveler Lars Caldenhoven to Attend Touring Weekend

Apr 27, 2014 View Comments by

When Lars Caldenhoven left his native home in the Netherlands to travel the world, he had no idea that his journey would lead him to put down roots on the other side of the world in Arequipa, Peru. As a boy, he was very interested in Native American culture, and as a man this interest […]

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PP Breaks

Apr 26, 2014 View Comments by

Now that I’ve got your attention, this one isn’t about what you think it is. One “P” stands for pie, and the other for petrol. Fortunately for me, there’s a place that sells both located the perfect distance from my house for an afternoon or evening ride. Short local rides are a major part of […]

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Motorcycle Design Problems: Finding Out the Hard Way

Apr 25, 2014 View Comments by

Last year, on the way back from RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley (this year’s Touring Weekend will be in Snowshoe, WV) I discovered a quirk particular to my specific brand and model of bike. Over the long weekend I’d already racked up around 1,000 miles and all that stood between me and home was […]

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Bob’s BMW Spring Open House

Apr 24, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re going to be in the Washington, D.C. area, make plans to spend this Saturday, April, 26th at Bob’s BMW in Jessup, MD. To celebrate spring and the beginning of the riding season, Bob’s is holding their annual Spring Open House. The event will feature lots of food, a bike show, vendors (including RoadRUNNER […]

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11th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally

Apr 23, 2014 View Comments by

Beautiful Taos, NM, will be the site for KTM’s 11th Annual Adventure Rider Rally, which will be held September 19-21, 2014. The rally is geared towards adventure riders who want to get out on the trail with seasoned adv and enduro veterans as well as meet KTM sponsored racers like Andrew Short, Mike Lafferty, Chris […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Jeans

Apr 22, 2014 View Comments by

For a combination of comfort, style, and protection, it’s hard to beat a good pair of specifically designed motorcycle jeans. But, with the marketplace full of options, which pair is right for you? Manufacturers take a variety of routes to produce motorcycle trousers with the look, feel, and practicality of a pair of blue
jeans but […]

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BMW R 1200 GS Plug & Travel Suspension from Touratech

Apr 21, 2014 View Comments by

Upgrading the suspension is a popular modification for many motorcyclists, especially adventure riders who want to get the most out of their big bore machines. For owners of the new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, perhaps the most intriguing suspension option is Touratech’s innovative Plug & Play set up. What makes this system unique is […]

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Lake Erie Shores and Ohio Bike Week

Apr 20, 2014 View Comments by

If you read part one of Brian Shaney’s Lake Erie Circle Tour (October 2013 issue) then you’ve already gotten a taste of some of the great riding available along Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline. There are also plenty of attractions to bring riders and non- riders alike to the area. These include both indoor and outdoor […]

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My Dual Sport: The Chameleon

Apr 19, 2014 View Comments by

Bad things happen with alarming frequency when one rides a motorcycle in the woods. Not major league bad things necessarily, but bad things nonetheless. I rarely venture off-road without taking at least one spill, and I sometimes have several mishaps during an off-road outing, although they usually involve nothing more than dusting myself off and […]

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Review: Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-Piece Rain Suit

Apr 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rain gear. It’s utterly forgotten when not needed and usually needed when forgotten. It’s the motorcyclist’s first line of defense against the soaking downpour that is sure to catch us sooner or later. Though some riders view these brightly colored plastic ensembles as either a nice luxury or a complete waste of space, most serious […]

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The Swerve: A Lesson in Hazard Avoidance

Apr 17, 2014 View Comments by

An estimated 100,000 motorcyclists walked through the gates of the 2014 Arizona Bike Week event in Scottsdale earlier this month. Black leather, burnouts, and body art abounded throughout the expansive WestWorld venue. Thankfully, there were also ample opportunities for attendees to improve and enhance their skill and knowledge as riders. The majority of these learning […]

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Cooling Vests: Air Conditioning on Your Motorcycle?

Apr 16, 2014 View Comments by

It’s mid July and you’re on tour. If you happen to be riding anywhere south of the Canadian border, you’re likely to get rather hot, especially in the south and west. We’ve all been there. The sun beats down, your eyes squint, and beads of sweat roll down your face. Your clothes are drenched and […]

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