Archive for May, 2014

Local Destinations

May 31, 2014 View Comments by

This one is a follow-up to the “PP Breaks” blog that was recently posted, and highlights the Honey Run Falls area located a few minutes ride from Spearman’s Restaurant in Howard, OH. I mistakenly listed Millville as the location for Spearman’s, and although the two are close, the actual location is Howard. I’ve ridden extensively […]

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Ducati Unveils New Monster 821

May 30, 2014 View Comments by

Earlier this year Ducati announced the range-topping Monster 1200 and 1200 S but it seems that the Italian brand hasn’t been content to leave its naked bike lineup alone. The 1200 now has a new little brother, the 821. Though full specs have not yet been released, we know the 821 is powered by the […]

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Trans America Trail: No Rest for the Wicked….but Plenty for Me

May 29, 2014 View Comments by

Soon, the beauty of the Illinois River gives way to what will be the rest of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma I expected after reviewing the maps; hard packed dirt roads that crisscross the highway back and forth extending the journey in an effort to stay off pavement. I oblige for a while before choosing to give […]

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Review: Touratech Locking Oil Filler Cap for 2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

May 28, 2014 View Comments by

Sometimes I think that access to the Touratech website should be regulated like a controlled substance, because once I’m in there it’s hard to resist all of the nifty accessories for sale—especially the ones for adventure bikes. When traveling in sketchy areas, which adventure riders sometimes do, the possibility of someone doing harm to your […]

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South American Tour Companies Join Forces

May 27, 2014 View Comments by

PeruMotors and Bolivia Bound have now combined to become BoliviaMotors. Cory Rowden, founder of Bolivia Bound, says, “joining forces made sense from a number of angles. Combining our experience and resources means BoliviaMotors will now be the largest and best equipped motorcycle tour operator in Bolivia. We’ll have the biggest motorcycle fleet with full workshop […]

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The Lightning LS-218 the Electric Superbike

May 26, 2014 View Comments by

Like it or not, electric bikes are here to stay. Whether they’ll eventually replace their fossil fuel powered brethren remains to be seen, but for now it seems like a new electron driven two-wheeler hits the market every few months. Watching this new technology as it grows and evolves is certainly exciting and the latest […]

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BMW RA Rally Comes to Birmingham

May 25, 2014 View Comments by

The 42nd edition of the BMW Riders Association International Rally is coming up soon, May 29th through June 1st to be exact. The event will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, home of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which boasts more than 1,000 motorcycles from all different time periods and manufacturers. Unlimited […]

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The Vis Biz

May 24, 2014 View Comments by

I was topping off my Transalp’s gas tank years ago when a guy walked up to me and asked in a very offensive tone of voice why I wasn’t wearing a white helmet. Here in Ohio we don’t have a helmet law, and sadly only a small minority of us even wear head protection. I’d […]

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Overland Expo 2014

May 23, 2014 View Comments by

This past weekend I attended what is billed as “The premier event for overland adventure travel,” the Overland Expo. Held for the second year in a row in Flagstaff, AZ, it offers much to see and do for both the two and four-wheeled enthusiast. The three day long event featured off-road rider training classes held […]

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Trans America Trail: Chewbacca Bridge!

May 22, 2014 View Comments by

When I look around at the roads that I am riding, both paved and dirt, it is hard to believe I am riding across America. I have driven across country before, but like others it has usually been with a focus on going fast, zipping down the highway, not stopping to learn anything. Simply traveling […]

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Report: Motorcycle Fatalities Decreased in 2013 (A Closer Look)

May 21, 2014 View Comments by

According to a recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Administration, the number of motorcyclists killed in accidents on the country’s roadways is projected to have gone down seven-percent in 2013, only the second such decrease since 1997. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the GHSA predicts that the […]

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An Old Fart and Young Punk Ride the COBDR: Part Two

May 20, 2014 View Comments by

This is part two of John Privette’s story, you can read part one here. Day 5: The nice leisurely breakfast at Jan’s Family Restaurant had us all primed to hit the trail. However, while packing my bike, I realized the Blue Beast had a broken left windshield bracket. It must have been damaged during the […]

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Review: SHAD SH50 Topcase

May 19, 2014 View Comments by

A topcase can be a wonderful, practical addition to a motorcycle, though they come with a few inherent drawbacks. The first of these is aesthetics. Even the best looking topcases generally only detract from the overall style of your machine. The second is in performance. With their mounting point high off the ground and to […]

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Product Introduction: Helmet Hook

May 18, 2014 View Comments by

It’s perhaps one of the most persistent problems in all of motorcycling. Where do you put your helmet when you make a quick stop for gas or to take in a roadside view? If you’re like me, you’ve set your helmet on the seat—only to have it slide off and fall to the ground with […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Budget Project Bike

May 17, 2014 View Comments by

Here are the criteria we started with when we set out to choose RoadRUNNER’s next project bike. Cheap, as in $1,000 or less. Running, it had to be able to be ridden before we sank any money or time into it. No title issues. Ready to go on tour with minimal investment. And that’s pretty […]

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