Archive for May, 2016

Sixth Annual National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally

May 31, 2016 View Comments by

This Saturday, June 4, 2016, is the sixth annual National Motorcycle Museum Vintage Rally, showcasing new exhibits, bike shows, and a swap meet. The Anamosa, IA-based museum will also host a Classic & Antique Motorcycle & Bike Show, including motorcycles, vintage bicycles, and scooters from around the world. Owners of vintage bikes (1988 and older) […]

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Electric Powered Odyssey: From the United States to South America

May 31, 2016 View Comments by

Set against a backdrop of swaying Carolina pines, the motorcycle’s shiny red paint sticks out like a hitchhiker’s sore thumb. Brightly painted bikes like this one might be a common sight on paved urban avenues, but here on a dusty driveway in rural North Carolina, the appearance of a street bike is not an everyday […]

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Review: Scorpion Yosemite Jacket and Pants

May 28, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycle touring gear is almost always an exercise in compromise. If something is designed to be all-season it’s nearly always too hot for the middle of summer. That’s why I prefer three-season gear, as it’s a middle ground between versatility and comfort. The Yosemite jacket and pants from Scorpion are a fine example. Even with […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Using a Digital Atlas Instead of Getting GPS’d Off

May 27, 2016 View Comments by

Prologue I was hiking with my family in a New Jersey state forest, viewing a static image of the park’s map using my Android smartphone. It was contained in a PDF file that we downloaded by scanning a QR code that was printed on the entrance’s billboard. For digital technologists like me, these are good […]

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Harley-Davidson Reveals the XG750R, Its First All-New Flat-Track Race Bike in 44 Years

May 26, 2016 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle Factory Team has unleashed the XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois. Powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Revolution X V-twin engine, the bike will be raced by […]

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Ruin’d: The Olympic Peninsula—Hunting for Abandoned Military Bunkers

May 26, 2016 View Comments by

More than 300 vertical feet separated us from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We were standing on a small tuft of grass five feet from the backside of an abandoned World War II bunker set high above one of Washington’s most important waterways. We’d been riding all day, searching spur roads for the ruins […]

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Review: Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra Tire

May 25, 2016 View Comments by

Designed for cruisers and touring machines, Metzeler’s new ME 888 Marathon Ultra tire line directly replaces the outgoing ME 880 series. According to Metzeler’s Marketing Director, Chet Plewacki—who introduced the tires to the motorcycle press—this is the market segment most important to the company in the U.S. Metzeler, using state-of-the-art computerized development programs—verified by millions […]

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Indian Motorcycle Teams Up with Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride

May 24, 2016 View Comments by

Today, Indian announced its partnership with the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride, a cross-country group ride that celebrates the 100th anniversary of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren’s courageous and unprecedented motorcycle journey across the United States. In 1916 the Van Buren sisters were the first women to traverse the country, each on her own Indian motorcycle. Their […]

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MotoMojo: Spark Plugs—What They Say About Your Engine

May 24, 2016 View Comments by

Spark plugs can provide invaluable information on the mechanics of your bike. After plugs are run for a while, the tips show the overall condition of the engine, including pistons, rings, valve guides and seals, carburetion or fuel injection, ignition, and spark advance. You can also diagnose a variety of conditions, including detonation, pre-ignition, overheating, […]

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Back in the Saddle—Again

May 23, 2016 View Comments by

As you may or may not know, I have been “off my feet” for quite awhile. Well, the worst of that stuff (God willing) is behind me. If you follow my blogging you will also know that I sold my Honda VTX1300 last year. Now, that would make you think that I would then be […]

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2016 Indian Springfield: Merging Old-School Looks with New Technology

May 21, 2016 View Comments by

Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle—Springfield, MA, back in 1901—the new 2016 Springfield combines nostalgic styling cues with modern touring amenities like a tall windscreen, cruise control, and remote-locking hard saddlebags.

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13th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally

May 20, 2016 View Comments by

Join KTM staff and enthusiasts August 19-21, 2016, in scenic Deadwood, SD, for the 13th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally. Providing riders of all skill levels with an opportunity to ride with and learn from adventurers from all over the world, the rider rally is designed for KTM 640, 690, 950, 990, 1190, and 1290 […]

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Cycle Trader’s New Site Offers Motorcycle Reviews By Riders, For Riders

May 19, 2016 View Comments by

Cycle Trader has long been a go-to for motorcyclists looking to buy and sell online. Now with the launch of Reviews.Motorcycles, the company’s consumer-generated motorcycle review website, motorcyclists can find reliable reviews in order to be more confident about a purchase. Featuring more than 27,000 reviews and pictures of motorcycles and other powersport vehicles, the […]

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Backroads and Buggy Tracks

May 18, 2016 View Comments by

Try as we might, the “grass is greener somewhere else” syndrome is hard to shake, and we often overlook some very interesting local attractions while focusing on distant destinations. Such was the case for me with Ohio’s rural Amish community centered in the Millersburg area. Although we had visited Millersburg and some of the surrounding […]

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MV Agusta and Pirelli Unveil the Stunning ‘Diablo Brutale’

May 17, 2016 View Comments by

MV Agusta and Pirelli have been working together for several decades, and since 2011 the historic motorcycle manufacturer has relied only on Pirellis to equip its models. So it’s no surprise the two teamed up on a special project: the Diablo Brutale, a combination of MV’s Brutale 800 and Pirelli’s new Diablo Rosso IIIs. The […]

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