Archive for August, 2014

2014 Northeast V-Strom Rally

Aug 31, 2014 View Comments by

In the spring of 2011 a thread was created on the stromtrooper.com forum asking V-Strom riders in the Northeast region if they wanted to join a camp and ride event. Veteran Connecticut rider Richard Weir, the organizer of the event, noticed that there were no events in this quite large portion of the country and […]

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The Smartphone: A Poor Man’s GPS

Aug 30, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycle GPS units are not cheap. In fact, there are plenty of riders who simply can’t afford, or aren’t willing to pay, the $500 or so required to mount a decent navigational aid on their handlebar. Thankfully, there’s at least a partial solution that most likely you’ve already got in your pocket. As you probably […]

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2015 Harley-Davidson Models: Beyond Rushmore

Aug 29, 2014 View Comments by

Starting with the Project Rushmore models released about a year ago, Harley-Davidson has been releasing new and updated motorcycles at a rate rarely seen by the motor company (the Street 500 and 750 are the company’s first completely new bikes in 13 years). Most likely the Motor Company’s renewed vigor comes, at least partially, as […]

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Trans America Trail: A Desert Oasis in Baker, NV

Aug 28, 2014 View Comments by

A quick bite at Mom’s Cafe in Salina gets us started right. We learn that we missed the crab leg special from the night before. All for the best; I’m not sure, but being a professional Alaskan fisherman, Luke could possibly lose his license for taking part in such a dining experience in the middle […]

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American Road Trip: 30 Facts About Mount St. Helens

Aug 27, 2014 View Comments by

Sarah and I took the opportunity to ride along the Spirit Lake Highway to view Mount St. Helens. On the way we passed the visitor center. So we decided to stop, pay $5 each, and have a quick look, which ended up being a two-hour stay. Besides the artifacts, newspaper clippings, and geology lessons, they […]

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Pot Holes, Sink Holes, and Buckled Roads

Aug 26, 2014 View Comments by

Not a year goes by that we don’t have to put up with these conditions, but this year it has been much worse than usual. The winter has been brutal to our roadways with the thaw and freeze pattern taking much of the blame. This year in the Midwest we had frost down to 14 […]

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Review: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh Jacket

Aug 25, 2014 View Comments by

Joe Rocket’s website lists the Reactor 3.0 as a hybrid mesh/leather jacket, but that’s not really true. This is a mesh jacket that has a few nice leather accents. Since it is a full mesh jacket, you may well imagine that the Reactor 3.0 offers excellent airflow and is ideal for hot summer riding weather, […]

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2014 Edelweiss Feschtl: Party in Lake Placid

Aug 24, 2014 View Comments by

Part reunion, part miniature rally, but mostly just a party, Edelweiss Bike Travel’s annual Feschtl will be held in Lake Placid, NY, September 19-21. Included in the ticket price for the two-day event is a motorcycle tour of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, two nights in a nice hotel, two breakfasts and two dinners, entry into […]

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Coming Soon: 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Aug 23, 2014 View Comments by

It’s no secret that we at RoadRUNNER have thoroughly enjoyed KTM’s 1190 Adventure. Our only lament is that we wish it were a bit faster. I mean, come on! Only 150 horsepower! What are they thinking?* Luckily for us, the rumor mill has recently been circulating some tantalizing spy shots and whispers of a new […]

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Review: Blackbird Hammock from Warbonnet Outdoors

Aug 22, 2014 View Comments by

Hammocks can be great for camping, particularly if one is a motorcyclist traveling alone. They tend to be much smaller and lighter than tents, so they save valuable space on storage-challenged bikes. They’re usually easier to set up and leave more time to enjoy the outdoor experience (with less frustration to boot). Hammocks also have […]

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Trans America Trail: Moab to Salina (Home of the World’s Best Chicken Dumplings!)

Aug 21, 2014 View Comments by

This morning I’ve turned the parking area outside of our room into a garage; opting to rebuild the rear and front brakes just to be thorough. When my fingers prove not to be an adequate vice, I head to the local Ace Hardware store to acquire the “magical C-clamp.” I cannot help feeling like I […]

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Beartooth Pass – America’s Most Beautiful Pass Road

Aug 20, 2014 View Comments by

Leaving Red Lodge, MT, the road quickly snakes its way up the 68-mile long Beartooth Pass, the highest elevation highway in Wyoming at 10,947 feet and Montana at 10,350 feet, and the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies. Dramatic views back down the valley and the vistas of the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges include […]

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I Sold My Bike

Aug 19, 2014 View Comments by

After all my advice in a previous blog “So, You Want To Sell Your Bike?,” I ended up having to wholesale mine to a dealer. Lost some money, but I was able to get the bank off my back with a few bucks to spare. There were no “separation issues”; I was glad to see […]

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Review: Scorpion EXO-R2000 Helmet

Aug 18, 2014 View Comments by

The old adage “you get what you pay for” isn’t always true; in some cases you get more. Premium helmets generally command a premium price, but the feature-packed Scorpion EXO-R2000 offers a long list of amenities for less than $400. Starting with performance ratings, the R2000 meets both Snell M2010 and DOT standards. The R2000’s […]

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MotoMojo: 3M Paint Defender Kit—Protect Your Bike’s Finish and Save Money!

Aug 17, 2014 View Comments by

Up until just recently, about the only thing you could do was apply a coat of wax or pay to have a costly clear film applied by a professional detail shop. Those clear plastic films are tricky to install. Even pros have a tough time as lots of prep work is required, and the film […]

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