Archive for September, 2015

New Automatic Transmission Honda Trike Conversions

Sep 30, 2015 View Comments by

Three Wheels and No Shifting Required – For riders looking for the ultimate simple ride, Yelvington Designs has just released trike conversion kits for a couple of Honda’s automatic transmission equipped machines—the Honda CTX700 motorcycle and Silver Wing scooter. The Yelvington 3.0 Conversion Assembly creates a stable two-wheeled rear end for the Hondas, which utilizes […]

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Road Rash: GPS’d OFF

Sep 29, 2015 View Comments by

When Technology Gets Under Your Skin – “Recalculating! Recalculating!” The synthesized female voice of my new GPS begins chanting this familiar mantra 
the instant I turn into the parking lot. “Pop a Valium, Erma—I’m 50 feet off the route to pump gas and process my last cup of coffee, so deal with it,” I mutter, […]

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A True Story: Protective Motorcycle Gear Saved My Life

Sep 28, 2015 View Comments by

It was Labor Day of 2007, a Sunday. I’m a teacher and school had begun for me the previous week so this was my last real gasp of summer and I was looking forward to the ride. I was with a group of about six riders. My friend Jonathan and I were riding solo, and the rest of […]

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Touring Tip: RIDING IN FOG

Sep 27, 2015 View Comments by

How to Stay Safe in Murky Weather – Riding in fog—especially when it’s combined with rain and darkness—heightens a number of risk factors that prudent motorcyclists usually seek to avoid: Rider visibility of potential hazards, both ahead and from behind (like being rear-ended by a faster moving vehicle) is severely restricted. Accumulation of moisture on […]

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First Ever Female BMW GS Trophy Team

Sep 26, 2015 View Comments by

Competition in the Dirt – The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition pits teams of amateur riders from all over the world against each other in a grueling competition to see who’s got the skills to pilot an R 1200 GS over some of the world’s toughest terrain. The 2016 event, which will be held […]

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Tour of the Week: Edgar Evins State Park, Tennessee Shamrock Tour

Sep 25, 2015 View Comments by

Touring on a Budget – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is 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 Edgar Evins State Park, Tennessee Shamrock Tour comes from the Jul/Aug 2012 issue.

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Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson

Sep 24, 2015 View Comments by

Not Your Average Motorcycle Dealership – Most motorcycle dealerships, particularly in predominately rural areas, are small and low-key. Not so with Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville, Tennessee. Owner and founder Scott Maddux bought an abandoned Lowe’s Home Improvement store and converted the 60,000 square foot building into a one of a kind Harley-Davidson dealership some […]

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Do You Wear the (Motorcycle Safety) Gear?

Sep 23, 2015 View Comments by

ATGATT? – When I first started riding, a friend of mine who’d been riding just a little bit longer showed me his fairly cheap textile motorcycle jacket with built in shoulder and elbow armor. Up until that time I had been riding in a t-shirt, jeans, and a beat up old helmet my brother gave […]

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Chrome Thunder Motorcycle Tours

Sep 22, 2015 View Comments by

Five Star All the Way – Luxury isn’t a word often associated with motorcycle touring or tour companies. By nature, motorcycles just aren’t that opulent, which is part of their appeal. Being out in nature, feeling the wind and the weather is an incomparable and wonderful, if hardly luxurious, experience. While there’s not a whole […]

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Vespa World Days

Sep 21, 2015 View Comments by

Scooting to the International Party – Each year the Vespa World Days rally celebrates all things related to the iconic Italian scooter brand. (Fun fact: the word vespa means “wasp” in Italian.) The event takes place in a different city each year; 2014’s Vespa World Days was held in Mantova, Italy while the 2015 event […]

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BMW Navigator Street

Sep 20, 2015 View Comments by

A Budget GPS Unit from BMW Motorrad? – Inexpensive isn’t a word usually associated with anything related to BMW, but in the literature for the company’s latest GPS unit it appears in the first sentence. At $550.99, the new entry-level navigation tool from BMW features a 4.3-inch touchscreen that’s bright enough to be easily legible […]

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2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R: More Power, Less Weight

Sep 19, 2015 View Comments by

Ducati’s Latest Naked Bike – The open class naked bike segment has exploded over the past few years with a plethora of new models boasting potent combinations of power and performance, with that all-important upright seating position. Ducati’s entries into this competitive arena, the Monster 1200 and 1200 S, have mostly played second fiddle to […]

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Tour of the Week: Pennsylvania Steam

Sep 18, 2015 View Comments by

A Trip Down the Tracks – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is 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 Pennsylvania Steam Tour comes from the Jul/Aug 2011 issue.

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Kawasaki Teases New ZX-10R

Sep 17, 2015 View Comments by

The Super Bike Arms Race Continues – One of the most tell tale signs of a healthy motorcycle industry is raging battle amongst the major OEMs over who can produce the fastest, highest horsepower, and most technologically advanced super bikes. During the world wide financial doldrums that followed 2008’s recession motorcycle manufacturers yanked their R&D […]

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Touring Tip: Eating Right on the Road

Sep 16, 2015 View Comments by

The Best Fuel for Your Body – I like a Krispy Kreme “donut run” or a Haagen-Dazs “ice cream run” as much as the next rider, especially when it also includes a hot cappuccino or latte. There seems to be something in our human genetics that has us hard wired for sugar-laden treats and other […]

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