Archive for March, 2017

Eastern Ohio’s Best Dam Motorcycle Poker Run

Mar 31, 2017 View Comments by

Ride and play poker for a good cause. On Saturday, June 3, riders are invited to enjoy a scenic tour of eastern Ohio’s Lake Region with stops at five dams to complete your poker hand. Registration is from 12-1 p.m. at Atwood Lake Park Activity Center in Mineral City, OH. Last bike in at 5:30 p.m. at Atwood’s Lighthouse […]

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Sidetracked: Honey, We Need to Talk!

Mar 30, 2017 View Comments by

“Can I talk to you for a minute?” my wife asked as she led me down the aisle of a ma and pa grocery store in Northern California. We were exploring the epicenter of the 1849 Gold Rush with a group of brisk riding friends. The morning had been spent on a twisted entanglement of […]

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2016 Zero DSR: Riding Toward the Future

Mar 29, 2017 View Comments by

In the hills above Santa Cruz, the yellow diamond sign with the thick, curved black arrow pointing left says “20 MPH.” I roll off the throttle and the 2016 Zero DSR washes off speed like it’s a big V-twin, but instead of the bark of an engine under compression I hear the whine of the […]

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Review: REV’IT! Women’s Monroe Jacket

Mar 28, 2017 View Comments by

Where I live in eastern North Carolina, the weather is unpredictable in fall and winter. One day it’s 80 degrees; two days later, it’s snowing. I wanted a jacket that was safe, well fitted, affordable, and could get me comfortably through the erratic ups and downs of winter weather in this region. REV’IT! describes the […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: More Alike

Mar 27, 2017 View Comments by

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” —”Human Family” by Maya Angelou There are times when the deadline to finish this chronicle sneaks up on me. I am by nature a procrastinator and work better under pressure. As it happens, I’m writing this one from a hospital waiting room as my mother […]

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Whitehorse Gear to Close

Mar 26, 2017 View Comments by

In a recent email, we learned that Judy and Dan Kennedy, founders of Whitehorse Gear, are closing their Conway, NH, storefront and online business this spring. The couple’s love of motorcycling spawned Whitehorse Press, then Whitehorse Gear. Last year, the publishing arm closed. As the Kennedys state in their letter, they’re retiring from day-to-day business “to spend […]

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City Escape: Portland, Oregon

Mar 24, 2017 View Comments by

Fuel up at See See Motor Coffee in northeast Portland and head west through the Coast Range to explore Oregon’s logging heritage and see where Lewis and Clark spent a soggy winter in 1805-06. The city of Astoria thrives as a port and tourist destination, and winding roads along the Columbia River feed endless smiles […]

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BMW Motorrad Announces Pricing for 2018 K 1600 B Bagger

Mar 23, 2017 View Comments by

BMW Motorrad has announced pricing and product highlights for its much-anticipated K 1600 B, the bagger developed specifically with “American riders and great open American roads in mind.” The 2018 K 1600 B will have an MSRP of $19,995.00 (plus a $495.00 destination fee). Largely based on the technology used in the BMW six-cylinder tourer K […]

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National Geographic Site Lets You Print Topo Maps for Free

Mar 22, 2017 View Comments by

We wanted to take a second and remind readers of a really cool website National Geographic launched last summer. The easy-to-use site lets you download and print any 7.5-minute topo map (named because the maps cover 7.5 minutes of latitude and 7.5 minutes of longitude) in the continental U.S. Basically, the magazine uploaded every U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographical […]

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Neale Bayly Rides: Peru 2.0

Mar 22, 2017 View Comments by

Last year, motorcycle journalist and philanthropist Neale Bayly premiered his show, “Neale Bayly Rides: Peru,” on MAVTV. The series followed a group of riders with varying degrees of experience on a trek through the mountains and desert of Peru, ending with a stop at an orphanage for abandoned children in Moqugua, for which Neale continues […]

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Review: Aerostich AD-1 Light Pants

Mar 21, 2017 View Comments by

Aerostich has been in the motorcycle clothing business for quite some time now, constantly improving the usability (if not the now-iconic style) of their jackets, pants, and suits until they audibly hum with refinement*. The AD-1 Light Pants are no different and ooze with the kind of thoughtful touches that have made them my go-to […]

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Before Riding Season Starts, It’s Time to Take a Brake

Mar 20, 2017 View Comments by

The start of a new season: your bike has been stored away for the winter and now it’s time to ride … not so fast, though. You’ll need to check a few things first, and maybe some light maintenance is in order. Sure, you’ve changed the oil, charged the battery, and checked your tires. What […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Turquoise Trail (New Mexico)

Mar 18, 2017 View Comments by

The Turquoise Trail, a designated National Scenic Byway, is believed to be an ancient path used by native people for traveling between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. Iconic geological formations are plentiful along the route. People of European descent were first attracted to the area in the 19th century to mine precious metals. This ruggedly […]

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Revved-Up Women Texas Motorcycle Expo

Mar 17, 2017 View Comments by

Designed for women riders, the Revved-Up Women Texas Motorcycle Expo is April 28-30, at Retama Park, near San Antonio, TX. Attendees will enjoy guided rides, workshops, and panel discussions by recognized leaders in the motorcycle industry, beginner and advanced rider classes, a fashion show, and a free Sunday brunch. “It’s a combination rally, conference, and tradeshow […]

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Review: Mission Vaporactive Men’s Base Layers

Mar 16, 2017 View Comments by

Mission, which designs gear to meet the needs of athletes, also caters to individuals with a whole lot of perseverance—an apt description for anyone on two wheels. The brand’s Vaporactive technology is infused with naturally derived active particles embedded at the fiber level. These particles use the body’s energy to rapidly attract, grasp, and evaporate […]

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