Archive for May, 2017

Ace Cafe Opens in Downtown Orlando

May 31, 2017 View Comments by

The infamous Ace Cafe is celebrating its first North American location with the grand opening of Ace Cafe Orlando. Spanning 35,000 square feet, the two-story complex includes a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, private and semi-private group spaces, retail shops, an art gallery, and more. It offers motor-diner-inspired comfort food, […]

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Touring Tip: Getting Your Bike Ready to Tour

May 30, 2017 View Comments by

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to make sure your mount is ready to hit the road. If you’re like many of us at RoadRUNNER, during the colder months you scope out touring destinations, research scenic routes, create packing lists, decide on touring dates, and have made at least some reservations. But all […]

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2016 Suzuki Boulevard C90T: Effortlessly Easy

May 27, 2017 View Comments by

Suzuki’s top-of-the-line touring V-twin hasn’t changed much in the past few years, but it’s a solid platform for effortless roaming of backroads, with plenty of opportunity for customization. This model has been tested over the past year, mainly in the Southeast, with plenty of curves in the Appalachians, coastal roads, and sweltering heat and humidity.

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‘Run for the Wall’ Veterans Ride Pulls Into D.C. Today

May 26, 2017 View Comments by

After nearly two weeks on the road, Run for the Wall (RFTW) participants will be arriving today at their final destination: Washington, D.C. With a tagline of “riding for those who can’t,” the cross-country event has a mission to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action; to honor those killed in action […]

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Review: Aerostich Women’s Cousin Jeremy Jacket

May 25, 2017 View Comments by

Made from waxed cotton fabric, Aerostich’s Cousin Jeremy Jacket for women has been refined by more than 30 years of on-road testing. I’ve only tested it on a few rides this spring in cold to bearable temperatures and found it to be functional and well made. With pockets, vents, armor, and details taken from the […]

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Entire Laverda Motorcycle Museum Collection for Sale

May 24, 2017 View Comments by

Some news is too fascinating not to share. Currently, 81 Laverda motorcycles, prototypes, and collectibles are for sale, including every model ever made by Laverda from 1950-2000. Due to long-term health issues, renowned collector and marque specialist Cor Dees is looking to sell the entire collection to someone who will keep the motorcycles on display […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Old is New Again

May 23, 2017 View Comments by

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau It’s early February and I haven’t ridden much in weeks due to weather, but I have kept myself busy with other motorcycle-related projects. I find myself at a crossroads physically, dealing with the still lingering side effects of Lyme disease […]

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DirtDaze Rally to Offer Most Adventure Bike Demos in the U.S.

May 22, 2017 View Comments by

DirtDaze will feature the most adventure bike demo rides of any event in the U.S. Suzuki, Ducati, Beta, Zero, and AJP will be onsite offering demos on pavement and single-track routes. BMW, Yamaha, and Honda will offer off-site demos on pavement. This year’s event is June 7-10, 2017. The rally, held on 53 private acres, offers great adventure […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. Route 421, Richmond, KY to Boone, NC

May 20, 2017 View Comments by

In its totality, U.S. 421 runs for 941 miles (Michigan City, IN, to Fort Fisher in North Carolina), but we believe one of the best sections for motorcyclists is between Richmond, KY, and Boone, NC. The route is mostly two-lane tarmac, winding its way through rural Appalachian Mountain terrain. Best Time to Go: Spring through […]

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Zero Motorcycles Matches Electric Motorcycle Tax Credit

May 19, 2017 View Comments by

Zero Motorcycles is continuing to advocate for the electric motorcycle movement. The company has announced its “Don’t Wait for Washington” program, offering buyers a cash rebate matching the expired Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit, should it not be reinstated in 2017. The U.S. government had been giving buyers of electric motorcycles a tax credit equal to […]

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Washington: Volcanic Venture

May 18, 2017 View Comments by

I won the lottery—and I didn’t even know I was playing. Growing up in Europe where there is usually another town every couple of miles, I wasn’t aware that I could ride for 75 miles without seeing a single gas station. In Washington, I don’t need the additional excitement. Two beautiful passes offer enough adrenaline […]

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‘Your Pass Now’ Helping to Reduce Congestion at National Parks

May 17, 2017 View Comments by

Imagine: your saddlebags are packed, your gear’s on, the sun’s out, and you’re excited to spend several days exploring Sequoia National Park. You roll out of the driveway in a great mood. Then you get there and see the long line to purchase a park pass. Developed in conjunction with the National Park Service, Your Pass Now is […]

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Reader Ride: Namibia, Africa

May 16, 2017 View Comments by

There comes a time in every man’s life when you realize you are never going to meet certain goals you set for yourself. Call it the proverbial “midlife crisis” or just a healthy dose of reality brought on by too many years treading water in the flotsam and jetsam of life. Mine came as I […]

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The 23rd Annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride

May 15, 2017 View Comments by

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America kicked off this Saturday in Portland, OR. Covering eight states in seven days, the group will arrive in Milwaukee, WI, on May 19. For the first time in almost a decade, the ride, led by former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty, will travel across the Pacific Northwest. […]

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 950: The Multi-tool of Motorcycles

May 14, 2017 View Comments by

It’s a great time to be an adventure motorcyclist. The options are nearly endless, with every OEM offering an iteration of the do-everything, go-anywhere motorcycle. Lately, however, there has been a push for smaller displacement ADV bikes, with manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, and BMW offering sub-500cc styles. In an effort to slim down and simplify […]

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