Blog Section: Chronicles

MotoMojo Spark Plugs – What They Say About Your Engine

Oct 15, 2014 View Comments by

Spark plugs can provide invaluable information on the mechanics of your bike. After plugs are run for a while, the tips show the overall condition of the engine, including pistons, rings, valve guides and seals, carburetion or fuel injection, ignition, and spark advance. You can also diagnose a variety of conditions, including detonation, pre-ignition, overheating, […]

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KTM 70,000-mile Maintenance in South America

Oct 08, 2014 View Comments by

For three years we have been riding our KTMs on a long and winding road around the world. When we got to Colombia, our gauges had ticked over a distance of some 70,000 miles, roughly equivalent to two and half trips around the globe along the equator. Our trusty companions have not always had an […]

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MotoMojo: 3M Paint Defender Kit—Protect Your Bike’s Finish and Save Money!

Aug 17, 2014 View Comments by

Up until just recently, about the only thing you could do was apply a coat of wax or pay to have a costly clear film applied by a professional detail shop. Those clear plastic films are tricky to install. Even pros have a tough time as lots of prep work is required, and the film […]

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Interview with Eliza Massey: Solo Through the World

Aug 12, 2014 View Comments by

Eliza Massey set out to travel the world on her BMW G 650 GS on October 11, 2012. Her mission was to spread awareness and raise funds for African aid, and Women for Women, while seeing and interacting with people all over the planet. Since her departure, she has journeyed from her hometown of Hope, […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Budget Project Bike

May 17, 2014 View Comments by

Here are the criteria we started with when we set out to choose RoadRUNNER’s next project bike. Cheap, as in $1,000 or less. Running, it had to be able to be ridden before we sank any money or time into it. No title issues. Ready to go on tour with minimal investment. And that’s pretty […]

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MotoMojo: Bleeding Brakes

Apr 15, 2014 View Comments by

The polyethylene glycol-based brake fluid that comes in our motorcycles is hygroscopic, which means that it attracts moisture from the air. Over time, the fluid absorbs more water, which lowers its boiling point. This can result in a total loss of brakes, due to fluid vaporization, and is likely to happen during hard braking when […]

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Talking Motorcycle Gear Tech: Interview with First Gear’s Greayer Clover

Apr 14, 2014 View Comments by

Greayer Clover is currently the Brand Manager for the high-tech company Firstgear. He has worked extensively in the industry and is an expert in the field of touring and adventure outfitting. RR: How did you get started in the motorcycle and apparel industries? Greayer Clover: My first foray into technical attire was with The North […]

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Interview with Gary Gray: Spirit Lake Revolution

Feb 28, 2014 View Comments by

Gary Gray is the product director of motorcycles for Polaris, the company that founded Victory Motorcycles and now owns Indian as well. With the rollout of the 2014 Indian Chief lineup at Sturgis last August, Polaris has put Indian back on the motorcycle map and continues to whittle away at Harley-Davidson’s domination of the domestic […]

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Interview with Voni Glaves: Her Million Miles of Smiles

Jan 24, 2014 View Comments by

RR: What first interested you in riding motorcycles? VG: Actually it wasn’t my idea. I didn’t know a single woman who rode, so the idea didn’t even occur to me. I loved riding behind my husband, Paul, so much that he suggested I give it a try. I surely didn’t think that would be a […]

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Interview with Grant & Susan Johnson of Horizons Unlimited: The Long Version

Jan 02, 2014 View Comments by

Editor’s note: This interview was featured in the Jan/Feb ’14 issue of RoadRUNNER. To make the text fit within the space constraints of the magazine we had to cut it down quite a bit. Here is the full-length text from the interview. “Inspiration, information, and connection” is the motto for Horizons Unlimited and its founders, […]

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Interview with Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters: The Long Version

Nov 11, 2013 View Comments by

Editor’s note: This interview was featured in the Nov/Dec ’13 issue of RoadRUNNER. To make the text fit within the space constraints of the magazine we had to cut it down quite a bit. Here is the full-length text from the interview. Jamie Hyneman is the epitome of a modern day Renaissance man. His list […]

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MotoMark 1: Gaining Confidence

Apr 20, 2013 View Comments by

Motorcycling, like most anything worth doing, requires multiple investments. There are the obvious financial expenditures— the bike itself, insurance, gas, gear, tires, maintenance—as well as the actual riding. All in all, we pour a lot of time, money, and energy into the sport we love, and we’re more than happy to do it. But there’s […]

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MotoMojo: Fuel Fiasco

Feb 12, 2013 View Comments by

With the price we pay for gasoline today, you would expect that the fuel would be far better than back when it was about a quarter per gallon. But such is not necessarily the case. There are many more additives now, which are designed to change the rate of evaporation and burn more cleanly, but […]

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Drifting in France: Part Three

Feb 09, 2013 View Comments by

We ride small quiet roads in search of Les Elyzes. It’s considerably colder than yesterday but not unbearable, and everything is covered with low gray clouds and the specter of the impending storm. Le Elyzes is a small, run of the mill village, but its proximity to numerous prehistoric attractions makes it a busy hub […]

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Drifting in France: Part Two

Feb 02, 2013 View Comments by

As we arrive in Sarlat, we can see that this medieval town is spotless, its buildings made with tan/light peach colored stones. The deeper we go the narrower the streets become, until we’re cruising at 20 mph in second gear on cobblestone streets where there are businesses of all sorts. We advance with the rhythmic […]

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