Archive for November, 2014

Book Review – Hodaka: The Complete Story of America’s Favorite Trail Bike by Ken Smith

Nov 30, 2014 View Comments by

From 1964 to 1978, Hodaka was a collaboration of a Japanese manufacturer and an American distributor. Though it only lasted 14 years, the company produced nearly 150,000 bikes. These trail bikes were built in Japan but were distributed by the Pacific Basin Trading Company (PABATCO) based in Athena, OR. Hodaka quickly acquired a strong following […]

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Rider Safety: The Dynamic Nature of Lane Positioning

Nov 29, 2014 View Comments by

Optimum lane positioning is a vital safety consideration for all motorcyclists to recognize and practice. In the second installment of the rider skills information gleaned from TEAM Arizona’s seminars at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Phoenix, we will look at key components of this concept. Rider Coach Bill Seltzer started his seminar by defining […]

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Tour of the Week – Coastal Maine

Nov 28, 2014 View Comments by

Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Coastal Maine Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Sep/Oct 2003 issue.

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So, Your Baby Wants to Ride

Nov 27, 2014 View Comments by

Your “baby” is your son or daughter of 16-plus years of age—who will of course, be your “baby” forever. You feel very protective of them, and that’s natural. Unfortunately, you know too much about riding, and all the bad drivers out there just waiting to ruin their day. In your mind’s eye they are still […]

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MotoMojo: Changing Gearing

Nov 26, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycles come from the factory with gearing that is a compromise designed for typical or average conditions. Many manufacturers gear for rapid acceleration to give them bragging rights rather than offer final ratios that allow for relaxed highway cruising. Other motorcycles may be geared so you can hardly ever get into top gear. Fortunately, there […]

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It’s Electric! My First Ride on a Zero

Nov 25, 2014 View Comments by

When I first heard about battery-powered motorcycles several years ago, I was more than a bit skeptical. Automobiles, after all, receive far more R & D dollars than motorcycles, and practical electric cars are (debatably) just now reaching the market. I also figured that the weight penalty of heavy batteries would be even more pronounced […]

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Alpinestars Tech-Air System: The Future of Impact Protection

Nov 24, 2014 View Comments by

With the proliferation and advancement of armored riding gear as well as electronic aids like ABS and traction control and the increased popularity of advanced rider training, motorcycling is perhaps safer than it’s ever been. However, it looks like the next great advancement in rider safety may be arriving in stores this spring. It’s called […]

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World’s Fastest (Modern) Indian

Nov 23, 2014 View Comments by

Indians of old were known as some of the best performing machines of their day. So how do their Polaris-built progeny stand up to the rigors of high speed riding? Gary Gray, Polaris’ Director of Indian Motorcycle Products, and Robert Pandya, the company’s PR Manager, decided to find out. They took a lightly modified Indian […]

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Rider Safety: See and be Seen

Nov 22, 2014 View Comments by

Every time I attend a big motorcycle event in Arizona, I seem to cross paths with Bill Seltzer of TEAM Arizona (www.motorcycletraining.com). It’s not a coincidence. The premier motorcyclist training organization in Arizona is a fixture wherever motorcyclists congregate, and Seltzer is the “voice” of the organization. As a concerned motorcyclist and writer, I gravitate […]

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Tour of the Week: Southern Minnesota

Nov 21, 2014 View Comments by

Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Southern Minnesota Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Nov/Dec 2005 issue.

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Blue Rim’s Peru Tour: A Trip Right Out of National Geographic

Nov 20, 2014 View Comments by

Few places on earth can rival Peru’s combination of rugged mountains, rich history, and riding adventure. The country is home to no fewer than eleven UNESCO World Heritage sites including the city of Cusco and the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu. On Blue Rim’s Peru Tour, you’ll carve your way through the soaring Andes […]

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MotoMojo – Shock & Fork Springs

Nov 19, 2014 View Comments by

During my trip from LA to Panama (see Moto Mundo Maya in the Apr ’10 issue of RoadRUNNER), one of the few shortcomings I noticed on the Kawasaki KLR650 was weak stock springs. Although the bike is a great value, after adding the metal panniers and heavy cargo for the long ride, the rear suspension […]

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RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: Shamrock Tours – One City, Four Loops

Nov 18, 2014 View Comments by

Those who’ve been subscribing to RoadRUNNER Magazine for some time will be very familiar with our trademark Shamrock Tours as they’re the cornerstone of each issue. From  RoadRUNNER’s very beginning in 2001, we wanted to create motorcycle tours that are easy and convenient so that our readers would be able to enjoy as many of […]

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2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200: DVT Upgrade

Nov 17, 2014 View Comments by

The biggest update to the 2015 Multistrada is, at least according to Ducati, a first for the motorcycle industry—variable valve timing with independent exhaust and intake camshafts. Ducati calls it Desmodronic Variable Timing (DVT), and the company says it optimizes the engine’s power delivery with better throttle response across the entire rev range, enhanced low […]

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Motorcycle Styling: The Beak

Nov 16, 2014 View Comments by

Certain categories of motorcycles can be identified at a glance by genre-specific styling attributes. Ultra low seat heights and forward-mounted foot pegs generally won’t be found outside of the cruiser lineup, and the faux “beak” located under a bike’s headlight pegs the motorcycle as an adventure bike. Although most associate the avian styling touch with […]

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