Archive for February, 2017

Classic Roads: Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

Feb 28, 2017 View Comments by

The notion of building a transcontinental highway across America in 1914 was, back then, a very radical idea. Nevertheless, Carl Fisher, who built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Henry Joy, president of Packard Motor Car Company, joined forces to do just that. It was Joy’s idea to name the Lincoln Highway after our sixteenth president, […]

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Review: Vikingbags Medium Back Rest Tailbag

Feb 27, 2017 View Comments by

When it comes to luggage, sturdy and simple are two highly desired traits, and Vikingbags’ medium-sized tailbag delivers. Just under 10 pounds, it’s made of synthetic leather, and at 15.5 x 14.5 x 10 inches, it opens from the top and retains its shape even when empty. You’ll need a nine-inch mounting zone. The bag […]

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DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally Sign-Up Starts March 1, 2017

Feb 25, 2017 View Comments by

Sign up for DirtDAZE, the adventure bike rally in Lake Luzerne, NY, is about to open. This year’s rally will run from June 7 – 10. The event is a fun, adventurous, and educational multi-day festival for dual-­sport and adventure motorcycles in northeastern New York. Guided rides and rider training sessions are known to sell out, […]

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2017 Harley-Davidson Touring Rollout: The Motor Company Does a Heart Transplant!

Feb 24, 2017 View Comments by

Harley’s Twin Cam engines have been around since the last century—heck, the last millennium—so it was time for a change. Change has come in the form of a new powerplant dubbed the Milwaukee-Eight, for its eight valves (four per cylinder, up from the prior two) and, you guessed it, the historic location of the Motor […]

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KTM Announces Its Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Feb 23, 2017 View Comments by

Road racing fans from all over the world can experience the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in a unique fashion this April 21-23. KTM North America is introducing its Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack for the U.S. MotoGP stop at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX. The KTM MotoGP team will […]

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Review: Find It Now GPS Security System

Feb 22, 2017 View Comments by

Whether your motorcycle is the trusty steed that gets you back and forth to work every day or the decked-out tourer that carries you across state lines, preventing theft is a necessary precaution. Designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, Find It Now’s (FIN) GPS security system is made for motorcycles and other recreational vehicles, and the […]

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic: Relive the Past in Luxury!

Feb 21, 2017 View Comments by

Indian’s new Roadmaster Classic model replaces the hard luggage and the black saddle on the regular Roadmaster, introduced last year (read full review in the June 2016 issue), with handsome brown leather items. This transforms the appearance of the big machine, giving it a more vintage look, while retaining the excellent touring capability of the motorcycle. […]

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Bolivia: Salt, Sand, and Altitude Sickness

Feb 20, 2017 View Comments by

The border crossing to enter 
Bolivia is serious. The customs 
officer checks our passports, insurance, VIN numbers, 
registration papers, and license plates. Finally we are good to go, heading for La Paz, where we will meet a group of female Bolivian artisans crafting to gain independence.

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Klim Introduces 626 Collection

Feb 17, 2017 View Comments by

When Klim got together over a two-day, self-created motorcycle challenge, they didn’t know they had started a full-on development project for a new generation of motorcycle riding gear. But that’s just what happened. Klim’s 626 Series was a race before it was an apparel collection. The challenge: take $600 and buy/build a motorcycle. Take two days. […]

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City Escape: Roanoke, Virginia

Feb 16, 2017 View Comments by

This Star City roundabout is a City Escape with an attitude. Seriously folks, only dual sports need apply. The first 40 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway are perfect to relax and shake off the morning kinks. Once you drop off the mountain on Route 812 at the Sunset Field Overlook (Milepost 78.4) it’s game-on. […]

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The Isle of Man TT: A National Treasure

Feb 15, 2017 View Comments by

It is said to be the oldest motorcycle race track in the world still in operation, and there is no living soul on the island that can remember a time when there was no TT (Tourist Trophy). For more than 100 years, motorcycles have raced on the Isle of Man’s 37.75-mile Snaefell Mountain Course. The […]

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2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Makes U.S. Debut

Feb 14, 2017 View Comments by

In 1967 the Moto Guzzi V7, the first Italian superbike, made its market debut and transformed motorcycling, to the delight of experts and the public alike. The brainchild of Giulio Cesare Carcano, the V7 implemented the innovative 90-degree transverse V-twin engine with a displacement of 703cc, a record at that time, and immediately established itself […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 3

Feb 13, 2017 View Comments by

Your GPS device was working fine, accurately reaching waypoint after waypoint. Then suddenly the screen turned black and showed no sign of life. The battery is dead, you realized. Murphy’s law followed and rain started pouring while you had no real idea how to continue. This may have not happened to you yet, but ride […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Washington State Route 14 (“Gorge Highway”)

Feb 12, 2017 View Comments by

Although State Route 14 begins as a continuation of the Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway in downtown Vancouver, WA, we prefer starting a little farther east, where it is less trafficked, at the junction of State Route 14 and Interstate 82. This route hugs the northern shore of the Columbia River, offering travelers unparalleled vistas […]

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City Escape: Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb 10, 2017 View Comments by

Aloha, island riders. This escape from the bustle of Honolulu is a figure eight that features most of what makes Oahu great. The ride includes the can’t-miss twists, turns, and views of Round Top/Tantalus Drive. It also boasts miles of coastal riding and two passes through the impressive Ko‘olau Mountain Range. This is a year-round […]

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