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George A. Wyman Reaches the Mississippi River

Jul 29, 2016 View Comments by

“At Clinton I was nearing Chicago, within 150 miles of it, and on the morning of June 18, when I left Clinton, Iowa, at 6:30 a.m.  I hoped to reach it before noon on the following day. Shortly after leaving Dixon. about two miles, I crossed the ‘Father of Waters’ and was at last east […]

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Wyman and the Railroads

Jul 29, 2016 View Comments by

It appears suddenly and without warning over my right shoulder, punching through my peripheral vision like a locomotive, which is not a simile because it is in fact a locomotive. Actually, it’s three locomotives hauling automobiles and whatnot across the Nebraska landscape at 70mph. The Zero is silent (of course) so I can hear the […]

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Heading to Cheyenne

Jul 23, 2016 View Comments by

I was in Laramie, WY, last night with a full tank of electrons (thanks KOA—charging the bike cost a whopping $1.17!) and had three choices. One, find a place to stay in Laramie. Two, jump on 80 and get to Cheyenne. Three, take the long way to Cheyenne via WY 210. It was 7:45 p.m., […]

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Pop Quiz-Do You Know This Man?

Jul 08, 2016 View Comments by

  -First Man to Motor Across the Country- If your idea of a good time is chasing the horizon until your bladder forces you to take a break, you should. After all, this fellow is our Ferdinand Magellan, our Charles Lindbergh, our Lewis and our Clarke. This guy is our Homer (and I don’t mean […]

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A Bright Light in My Winter of Discontent

Feb 15, 2015 View Comments by

Winter can kill a man. No, I’m not talking about the single digit cold—that’s what wool is for. What I’m talking about is the sheer, unmitigated boredom of winter, when the short days and the icy roads and the salt and the sand conspire to ruin every apex within a hundred miles. Months without counter-steering […]

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TESTED: Kriega R25 Backpack

Nov 03, 2014 View Comments by

“How am I going to tour on this thing?” I think to myself, as I look at the single seat 2015 Indian Scout. The bike has no pillon, no rack, and no means to mount a tailpack or saddlebags. To be honest, I know exactly what I was thinking…“OMG that thing is HAWT. I wanna […]

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Review: M-Tech Men’s Adventure Jacket

Sep 23, 2014 View Comments by

The challenge with multi-season motorcycle gear is that, in trying to be all things for all seasons, they end up being all-compromise, not quite vented enough on a hot summer day and vents that leak cold air (and possibly water) when the temperature drops. Multi-purpose liners do help in colder weather, but when removed result […]

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RadarNow! Answers the Eternal Question, “Should I Put on the Rain Gear?”

Jul 09, 2014 View Comments by

While I like the visual drama of an approaching summer thunderstorm as much as the next guy, I hate getting caught up in one. Even worse than that is the thirty miles of, “Should I put the rain gear on or shouldn’t I?” which is often followed by, “Oh my heavens it’s like a sauna in […]

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Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire Act

Jun 24, 2014 View Comments by

With a sound that is decidedly un-potato-potato-like, Harley-Davidson has surprised the motorcycle world and legions of faithful with the first electric motorcycle by a major manufacturer.* Well, it’s not quite a production motorcycle yet, it’s more of a prototype or trial balloon; what Harley-Davidson is trying to do here is gauge whether or not the […]

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Review: Aerostich Darien Light Pants

Jan 15, 2014 View Comments by

This is the second pair of Aerostich Darien Light Pants that I’ve had. The first set was purchased at the end of the last century (or thereabouts) and withstood well over a decade of regular use. They were (and are) great pants to wear over a pair of slacks, and they’re cut quite conservatively. From […]

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NUVIZ Ride:HUD is a Heads Up Display That You Can Use with Your Own Helmet

Dec 17, 2013 View Comments by

There must be something in the water, because 2014 is already shaping up to be the year of the Heads Up Display, and we’re not even there yet. Hot on the heels of the Skully P-1 comes the NUVIZ Ride:HUD, a HUD that you can add to your existing helmet (as long as that helmet […]

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Nikon 1 AW1: Could THIS be the Ultimate Motorcycle Touring Camera?

Dec 12, 2013 View Comments by

A couple of weeks ago I posited that the Sony RX10 was the perfect motorcycle travel camera. I’ve changed my mind; the Nikon 1 AW1 is the ultimate motorcycle travel camera. And no, Nikon didn’t pay me to say that. Let me explain… For the past year I’ve been doing a lot of shooting with […]

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Sony RX10: Could This Be the Perfect Motorcycle Travel Camera?

Nov 27, 2013 View Comments by

Sony has recently introduced the DSC-RX10, a super zoom camera that may well be the perfect motorcycle travel camera. Just what does it take to be the ideal image- capturing device for motorcycle touring? Excellent image quality during the day. Very good performance when the sun starts going down. A nice lens that is wide […]

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You Can Take it With You. All of it, With the Skully P-1 Helmet with Heads Up Display

Nov 09, 2013 View Comments by

There used to be a time when we thought of motorcycles as escape vehicles from the hum drum of the same old everyday. And indeed, some of us still view them that way. But modern life is finding ever more insidious ways to embed itself into our escapes, from Bluetooth headsets and GPS navigation to […]

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Just Ride

Oct 15, 2013 View Comments by

It’s 7:00 a.m. and we’re heading down Route 9 in eastern Kentucky. There’s a morning chill in the air, fifty-something degrees, tempered by the raised windshield and heated grips of the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the closed vents of the Aerostich. Sandy’s on my six with his FJR. Directly ahead of us is a scene […]

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