Archive for December, 2016

City Escape: Jacksonville, Florida

Dec 30, 2016 View Comments by

The low-lying coastal region surrounding Florida’s largest city isn’t home to lots of curves that many motorcyclists crave. However, what a rider will find along this day ride from the city are lovely little seaside towns, southern swamps, and quiet rural communities to give one a much-needed break from city life. Best travel times are […]

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Touring Tip: Riding in Fog

Dec 29, 2016 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 face […]

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2017 Metzeler Calendar Celebrates Female Motorcyclists

Dec 28, 2016 View Comments by

Metzeler is celebrating female motorcyclists with its 2017 calendar, titled “Natural Born Lady Rider.” This initiative also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the company’s motorcycle tire production. Natural Born Lady Rider is a theme Metzeler launched last November with a 48-hour movie marathon that focused on female motorcyclists. The calendar year opens with Vaune Phan, a blogger […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Malfunctions—What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Dec 27, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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Indian’s Return to Racing: The “War” is On Again in 2017

Dec 26, 2016 View Comments by

Indian Motorcycle announced in June that after a 64-year absence the company would soon be returning to the AMA Pro Flat Track series. Indian has an all-new liquid-cooled, 750cc flat track race bike under development assisted by Jared Mees, the defending AMA Grand National Champion. Mees is also signed to be Indian’s factory team rider […]

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Merry Christmas from RoadRUNNER!

Dec 25, 2016 View Comments by

On Donner, on Blitzen, on Dasher, on Prancer All we wish for Christmas Is that the riding season come faster With new destinations, new bikes, and lots of new gear Here’s to a happy holiday season and ride-filled New Year! Merry Christmas, friends! We hope you are reading this in the company of loved ones, […]

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Christmas and My Harley-Davidson

Dec 23, 2016 View Comments by

It was close to the Christmas of 1947. I was helping to support the family, a mom and dad who didn’t work, and two sisters who did. I was working part-time for my brother-in-law in his body shop in Ohio City and commuted back and forth from Ft. Wayne by bus on the cold days. The distance […]

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2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin: Party Crasher

Dec 22, 2016 View Comments by

With enduros enjoying a continued rise in popularity for not only their off-road capabilities but long 
distance comfort, many riders are already familiar with what’s on the market. But Honda’s long-awaited big adventure bike spells trouble for the competition. Carefully planned and expertly engineered, the Africa Twin arrives at the perfect moment to 
capture the […]

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Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit Set to Expire in 10 Days

Dec 21, 2016 View Comments by

As 2016 is coming to a close, one of the questions consumers may be asking themselves is if the tax incentive for two-wheel vehicles will be renewed. Buyers of plug-in electric motorcycles benefit from a 10-percent federal tax credit on their purchase. Zero Motorcycles is reminding potential buyers that on December 31, 2016, that tax credit is set […]

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Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental Launches Self-Guided Luxury Dirt Tour

Dec 20, 2016 View Comments by

Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental has announced its latest self-guided, off-road excursion, called Dirt Deluxe. The new tour combines award-winning luxury accommodations with an exciting unpaved route that takes riders into the more remote and obscure areas of Ecuador, giving a glimpse into ways of life that have largely disappeared. The six-day tour crisscrosses the northern Ecuadorian […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 2

Dec 19, 2016 View Comments by

In the previous article I described a generic multi-layer mounting stack that can be applied to any combination of GPS device and motorcycle. I also highlighted the importance of selecting a good mounting location and recommended the heads-up display (HUD) position. The recommended design approach for mounting a GPS is to start with the bottom […]

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2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Pricing Announced

Dec 18, 2016 View Comments by

Combining the fuel-efficient 296cc parallel-twin from the Ninja 300 with the structure of the Versys 650, Kawasaki has created an entry-level model to the Versys family: the 2017 Versys-X 300. And pricing has just been announced: $5,399 for the standard non-ABS model, and $5,699 for ABS. Compact and responsive, with a lightweight chassis and long-travel suspension, […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway

Dec 16, 2016 View Comments by

Following U.S. 285 north from Santa Fe, and then SR 68, riders take the exit for New Mexico 76. The route travels through a landscape that is rich in history, culture, art, and scenic beauty. Points of Interest: Highlights of the three two-lane roads include: SR 76: High desert terrain takes motorcyclists through the village of […]

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Sidetracked: Fly and Ride

Dec 16, 2016 View Comments by

The ad read, “2007 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, low miles, pristine mechanically and cosmetically.” I can’t resist the allure of an older bike in good condition. Many of these machines hit the sweet spot in technology and reliability and, armed with a little knowledge and a few mileage points from my United Airlines Visa, […]

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Indian Recalls Select 2014-2017 Models

Dec 15, 2016 View Comments by

Indian Motorcycle is recalling certain 2014-2017 motorcycles for a potential fuel leak. This includes Chief Classic, Chief Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftan, Chieftan Dark Horse, Springfield, and Roadmaster models manufactured between April 15, 2013, and July 15, 2016. In the affected motorcycles, the fuel rail may contact other components and result in a fuel leak; in […]

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