Blog Section: Back Road Biker

The V-Strom Returns to the Fold

Sep 07, 2014 View Comments by

In the spring of 2011, I sold my Suzuki V-Strom 650. Since 2004, I had owned no less than three DL650s. Blue, red, and lastly my 2008, which was yellow and dubbed the “BeeStrom.” It’s safe to say I really liked the DL650. It’s affordable, easy to maintain, comfortable on long distance rides, off-road capable, […]

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Want to Beat the Heat? Run to the Hills

Jul 26, 2014 View Comments by

Summer throughout North America means riding season is in full swing. Here in the Phoenix area, triple digit temperatures have a lot riders parking their bikes until fall and cooler days return. However, it hasn’t taken me long to figure out a good way to beat the heat. Something many locals know well. Answer: head […]

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In Over My Head

Jul 06, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been just about a month since Kris and I relocated to Arizona. I haven’t had many opportunities to get out and ride. My schedule, along with triple digit afternoon temperatures, has left little time to “play.” So I made a conscious effort to clear my morning schedule and plan a ride. After some research, […]

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Jun 30, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been more years than I care to count since I returned to the Great Lakes state. It’s safe to say that in that time I have likely ridden every road within a few hundred miles of home. One of my favorite places to ride in southeastern Michigan is Washtenaw County. With a plethora of […]

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Overland Expo 2014

May 23, 2014 View Comments by

This past weekend I attended what is billed as “The premier event for overland adventure travel,” the Overland Expo. Held for the second year in a row in Flagstaff, AZ, it offers much to see and do for both the two and four-wheeled enthusiast. The three day long event featured off-road rider training classes held […]

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Return to the Great Wide Open

Mar 02, 2014 View Comments by

I don’t need to tell anyone that most of the U.S. has been experiencing one long, cold, and snowy winter. Shortly after the holidays were over, Kris and I started looking for an escape. Having had a great time on our first trip to Big Bend (see the April 2014 issue of RoadRUNNER), we decided […]

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Hunting Season: Making the Roads Safer for Motorcyclists

Nov 01, 2013 View Comments by

The fall colors are in full bloom here in the Midwest and that makes for some spectacular scenery. Along with the reds, yellows, browns, and other colors are the hunters. Fall means hunting season and that means paying a bit more attention to your surroundings when riding the backroads, even more so if you’re going […]

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Love Lost and Found

Oct 22, 2013 View Comments by

I can still remember the first time I saw her. Dressed provocatively in Orange. She demanded my attention and got it. That was 2006 and “she” was a Buell XB12X otherwise known as a “Ulysses.” It has been several years since I first got “Uly fever” that day while attending a trade show, but for […]

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Riding Season?

Oct 01, 2013 View Comments by

It’s late September and here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are becoming shorter. On a recent outing I noticed that the leaves are beginning to morph from green to yellow, orange, red, and brown. The air is getting a bit crisp and last week I had to dig out my jacket’s insulated liner. This, […]

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Carpe Diem

Sep 24, 2013 View Comments by

It is hard for me to believe that it’s been nearly 20 years since my father passed away at the age of 70. I was the last of six boys and came along a little later in his life. For this reason (and others), growing up we didn’t have what would be called a typical […]

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Battle of the Brits

Sep 17, 2013 View Comments by

This past weekend the Detroit Triumph Sports Car Club held the 31st annual “Battle of the Brits–Car and Motorcycle Show.” British (and not so British) made motorbikes of all shapes, sizes, and makes were on display. Along with my wife, my daughter, and myself, several thousand others were in attendance on this perfect late summer […]

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Getting There is All the Fun

Sep 04, 2013 View Comments by

While it is not exclusive, a fairly significant amount of the riding I do is off-pavement. This hasn’t always been the case however. My first motorized two-wheeler was a 1978 Honda CB550. Acquired in a trade, I had never actually ridden a motorcycle before. So, naively, (I was still a teenager at the time) I […]

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Continental Divide Adventure – Lessons Learned

Aug 21, 2013 View Comments by

Riding a motorcycle on a route that closely traces the Continental Divide by way of as little pavement as possible, while not unheard of, is definitely an undertaking. As with most people, work, family, and life in general means having a schedule. Dave and I gave ourselves 12-14 days to complete the journey with one […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 14: Run for the Border

Aug 09, 2013 View Comments by

After 2665 miles and 14 days, our journey has come to a conclusion. Recent road closures meant changing our destination from Antelope Wells to Columbus, NM. Reaching the nondescript border town meant several miles of pavement and passing an inspection station about 15 miles from the border where we were asked a few questions. It […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 13: Over the Mountains and Through the Woods

Aug 08, 2013 View Comments by

The terrain in New Mexico has been the most varied of the states we’ve crossed. Today’s ride couldn’t have been more different from those before it. Instead of crossing a vast stretch of desert, our route took us into the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forests. Over and around lush green mountains we worked our way […]

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