Archive for December, 2014

Heated Clothing: Getting Wired

Dec 31, 2014 View Comments by

Mom knew there was a problem when the ceiling fell in. A sharp winter frost had frozen and ruptured a water pipe in the loft above our under-heated English house, and when the thaw came, there was water everywhere. It was 1943, and Dad was otherwise occupied in the Royal Air Force. But when he […]

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Review: Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof Jacket

Dec 30, 2014 View Comments by

Who doesn’t want to look cool riding that tricked out adventure bike? This Icon jacket makes me feel like I can ride like Ernie (famous from Icon’s Portland to Dakar video). Plus, the six company logos adorning the chest make me appear like a Dakar racer. Besides the ridiculously good looks, it functions very well […]

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Motorcycle Industry Council Tire Guide Video

Dec 29, 2014 View Comments by

Though the information it contains is basic stuff that should be old hat for experienced motorcyclists, this video from the Motorcycle Industry Council is a good reminder that your tires are essential to your safety. It’s hard to overstate the importance of properly maintaining your bike’s rubber. Unfortunately, many riders tend to neglect this simple […]

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Review: Sidi On Road GORE-TEX Boots

Dec 28, 2014 View Comments by

Most of us purchase gear that corresponds to our particular riding style. Race track and sportbike riders have their leathers, as do the Harley-Davidson and the cruiser crowd, albeit with a somewhat different look, adventure riders have their matching jacket and pants suits, while urban commuters have another look altogether. It’s a system that works […]

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Motorcycle Relationships: In it for the Long Haul

Dec 27, 2014 View Comments by

Some guys seem to switch motorcycles like they change clothes: never satisfied with the one they’ve got. Others will stick by a good bike through thick and thin, in spite of the machine’s faults and weaknesses. I fall into the second category, if only because my wallet isn’t fat enough to support any other habit. […]

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City Escape: Little Rock, Arkansas

Dec 26, 2014 View Comments by

This route takes you from Little Rock into the Ouachita Mountains and provides riders with some of the best roads and scenic overlooks in Arkansas, plus the opportunity for a relaxing mineral bath in historic Hot Springs.

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Happy Holidays from the RoadRUNNER Editors

Dec 25, 2014 View Comments by

Happy Holidays from the RoadRUNNER editors!  

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Happy Holidays from the RoadRUNNER Office Team

Dec 24, 2014 View Comments by

  Happy Holidays from the RoadRUNNER Office Team!

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Manufacturers really do want to hear from you

Dec 23, 2014 View Comments by

PowersportsConnect offers a cool program that gives people the opportunity to voice their opinions to the manufacturers of motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, accessories and more. As a member of PowersportsConnect, you may get to participate in online and paid in-person studies where you get to see, interact with, and even test new products. There’s an added […]

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Review: SHOEI Neotec Helmet

Dec 23, 2014 View Comments by

During the last two years, I have almost exclusively worn the SHOEI Neotec helmet on tours. It’s very comfortable and fits a wide range of head shapes. I have a long, oval shape and there are no pressure points within the Neotec. Besides comfort, the modular design is perfect for my work. While taking pictures, […]

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City Escape: Charlotte, North Carolina

Dec 22, 2014 View Comments by

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the Queen City, it doesn’t take long to find curvy, scenic mountain roads that will delight any motorcyclist. There are several interesting stops along the way, but this loop is all about the ride. The area’s moderate climate makes this route rideable from spring through fall.

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Imagine Touring Cuba by Motorcycle

Dec 21, 2014 View Comments by

President Obama recently announced that the U.S. and Cuba are starting diplomatic conversations about loosening sanctions, establishing embassies, and ultimately opening up Cuba for American tourists. With its close proximity, Cuba has the potential to become a favorite destination for American tourists. The rich history would make for more than a memorable trip, especially if […]

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Motorcycles and GPS: Satellite Navigation, Part 1

Dec 20, 2014 View Comments by

Navigation: A Modern-Day Necessity for Riders For motorcyclists, navigating from one point to another was previously quite a demanding task. Working out the maps required a lot of skill and time, holding many maps took space, as well as continuously determining the current position of the motorcycle, all while exposed to the elements. In recent […]

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Tour of the Week – Shamrock Tour: Around Gillette, Wyoming

Dec 19, 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 Gillette, WY Shamrock Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s May/June 2005 issue.

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Review: Happy Trails Teton 9” Aluminum Panniers for Kawasaki KLR 650

Dec 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rugged simplicity is what sets the Kawasaki KLR 650 apart from its fuel-injected, sensor-laden adventure bike brethren. When selecting luggage for my KLR, it only made sense to outfit the bike with luggage that followed the same design principles. The Happy Trails Teton series of panniers does just that. The KLR 650 panniers are constructed […]

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