Archive for January, 2017

Riding in Ketchikan, Alaska: Totem Poles, Salmon, and a Rain Forest

Jan 31, 2017 View Comments by

You can’t ride your motorcycle directly to Ketchikan. Alaska’s southeasternmost city is on an island. Thankfully, you can ride in and around it once you get there. That is exactly what my wife and I did after our cruise ship docked in town. “The Salmon Capital of the World” is a port of call for […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Better Shared

Jan 30, 2017 View Comments by

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. —Mark Twain As I sit down to write this, summer is over and we’re well into autumn. I try to ride all year here in eastern Pennsylvania, but from late fall until spring I have very little company on the […]

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2017 M.A.D | Motorcycle. Art. Design Exhibition Coming to Greensboro

Jan 28, 2017 View Comments by

M.A.D | Motorcycle. Art. Design is a multi-media, experiential exhibition combining art, sound, industrial design and cultural elements that will be held at GreenHill in Greensboro, NC, from February 3 – June 8, 2017. GreenHill is dedicated to promoting the visual arts of North Carolina. The organization is collaborating with University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) on […]

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City Escape: Las Vegas, Nevada

Jan 27, 2017 View Comments by

This loop south of Las Vegas is a serene escape from the urban bustle. Once free from the neon lights and the traffic of Sin City, riders will experience the raw beauty of the Mojave Desert. The clear desert air allows awe-inspiring views of rugged mountains, expansive sand dunes, and whimsical Joshua trees. This is […]

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A Few Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Jan 26, 2017 View Comments by

A month or so ago, the time had come to purchase a new bike. Since I wasn’t looking for anything new, the daily scanning of craigslist began. It didn’t take me long to find what I was looking for: a cheap, reliable, and fun highway cruiser in the form of a 2002 Honda Shadow 750. […]

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Parks Canada Offering Free Admission in 2017

Jan 25, 2017 View Comments by

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, last year we launched In Pursuit of Wildness, a new series about exploring our country’s national parks on two wheels. Penned by Robert Griego, a motorcyclist who spent 35 and a half years with the National Park Service, we’ve covered Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, […]

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Samurai, a Motorcycle Based on Traditional Japanese Aesthetic Principles

Jan 24, 2017 View Comments by

Upon first glance, it might look like someone set out to make yet another futuristic moto machine, but there’s an interesting concept behind the Samurai. Designers Artem Smirnov of Belarus and Vladimir Panchenko of the Ukraine wanted to create a motorcycle that adhered to traditional Japanese aesthetic principles. “The Japanese approach to design has always been […]

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“Freedom” Riding Boot from Bates Footwear Now In Stock

Jan 23, 2017 View Comments by

The latest offering from Bates Footwear, the Freedom riding boot, is now in stock and available online and through select powersports dealers. The new boots offer motorcyclists premium performance, protection, and all-day comfort, and are 100-percent sourced and manufactured in the U.S. Constructed from water-resistant leather and nylon uppers, the six-inch Freedom boot features Dri-Lex lining to keep cool, […]

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Riding Loaded (Your Bike, Not You!)

Jan 22, 2017 View Comments by

Load it Up Right! – One of my favorite television shows as a child (and I realize this hints at my age) was “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The opening shot was of the Clampett clan driving down a palm-lined boulevard in Beverly Hills; an ancient flatbed truck piled high with possessions dangling from every spare inch of […]

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2017 Stolen Pig Rally

Jan 20, 2017 View Comments by

The second annual Stolen Pig Rally is being held by Donald and Kathy McCoy at the Real McCoy Trails and the Hatfield-McCoy Resort in historic Matewan, WV, April 27-30. The rally is for street-legal adventure and enduro bikes. There will be guided and self-guided routes available, including the historic Feud Loop, named for an 1893 feud between the […]

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Sidetracked: If it Ain’t Broke … Give it Time

Jan 19, 2017 View Comments by

A Few Thoughts on Being Prepared – Murphy is alive and well, and he is nobody’s fool. Patient, cunning, and devious, he will get you when you least expect it … unless you’re prepared. We’ve been out here almost two weeks on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route. The sun is about to set and we […]

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Voice Your Opinion on Higher Import Fees for European Motorcycles

Jan 18, 2017 View Comments by

The Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments regarding its proposal to include tariffs on motorcycles imported to the U.S. from the European Union with an engine size between 51 and 500cc. The proposed tariff would be 100 percent or higher and is a result of the U.S.’ beef trade dispute with the EU. Motorcycles are included […]

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Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour

Jan 17, 2017 View Comments by

As an expert on the region, author Tamela Rich has recommended many Appalachian destinations in her TV appearances and social media streams. This coming June, Rich is leading a five-day motorcycle tour through the Blue Ridge province. The Appalachian Mountains & Music Motorcycle Tour commences in Front Royal, VA, in the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The […]

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Spidi 4Season H2Out Jacket for Women

Jan 16, 2017 View Comments by

Spidi has released its 4Season Lady jacket, a women’s version of the company’s best-selling removable membrane jacket, designed for demanding touring riders. With water-repellent treatment and a detachable H2Out membrane, the jacket is entirely waterproof. Moreover, the removable quilted liner and large air intakes make it “ideal for expeditions on every corner of the world.” […]

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Suzuki Announces Colors and Pricing for 2017 and 2018 Models

Jan 14, 2017 View Comments by

Suzuki surprised the motorcycling world by announcing several new models for the 2017 selling season, like the adventure-minded 2018 V-Strom 1000XT. Now the company is announcing availability dates, colors, and MSRPs for its most anticipated new models. 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z The 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z feature significant engine and chassis advancements focused on […]

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