Blog Section: Chronicles

Motorcycle Navigation: Keeping up With the Weather

Jun 20, 2017 View Comments by

As touring motorcyclists who are constantly exposed to the elements, weather is a major consideration for our safety and comfort. The term “weather” is actually an abstraction for many atmospheric conditions, and riders have different personal thresholds. For some, air quality might be the most important factor (e.g., people suffering from asthma). However, by and […]

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MotoMojo: Wheel Bearing Maintenance and Repair

Jun 16, 2017 View Comments by

Wheel bearings are among those vital motorcycle components that are out of sight and out of mind … until something goes wrong. Wheel bearing failures can do expensive damage to your bike and can result in a dangerous loss of control and a crash as well. So let’s give them some love! Check your motorcycle […]

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The Odyssey of the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle

Jun 12, 2017 View Comments by

I recently dropped by The Hopkins Collection BMW Motorcycle Museum to check out a recent addition to Jim Hopkins’ rapidly expanding assemblage of vintage BMW motorcycles and rare marque artifacts. The new centerpiece of the post-World War II collection is, to date, the world’s fastest BMW motorcycle. How this 2010 S 1000 RR evolved into […]

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Giving Riders in Need a ‘Leg Up’: Interview with Pete Giarrusso from LegUp LandinGear

Jun 07, 2017 View Comments by

A touring motorcycle, especially when packed with gear and pillion, can be a beastly thing to keep upright. Now throw in bad knees, bad hips, or weak legs. Pete Giarrusso is the founder of LegUp LandinGear, a unique retractable stabilization system designed for aging riders and those with disabilities. Run out of Chopper Design, his […]

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Sidetracked: Turkey Scout

Jun 01, 2017 View Comments by

“Be Prepared!” The Boy Scout motto is a good mantra to live by. Unfortunately, even as a bona fide Eagle Scout my adherence to the wisdom often undulates. “Flat again! Come get me.” These words, texted to the rescue team (my wife), articulate a reluctant tossing-in of the towel after a completely unnecessary ordeal. Three […]

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The Dark Side

May 08, 2017 View Comments by

A gas tank miscalculation means I’m riding through the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest after dark. Dense evergreens crowd the road, filtering out any moonlight that might have squeezed through the clouds, and the dark tarmac seems to drain the brightness from my headlight. As I round a right-hander, the dappled rear end of a deer, as […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Pinnacles National Park

Apr 24, 2017 View Comments by

Once upon a time, it was called Pinnacles National Monument, but today it is America’s newest national park. That’s where this story begins. Graduating from San Jose State, getting married, and landing my first permanent job with the National Park Service all within one week was a miracle. “We’d like to offer you a job […]

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MotoMojo: Chain and Final Drive Maintenance

Apr 13, 2017 View Comments by

Motorcycle chains and final drives are strong, durable, and efficient, but they do need occasional maintenance. Fortunately, these are fairly simple procedures and can be accomplished by most owners in a reasonably short time. A quick inspection should be performed before every ride. On bikes equipped with chains, a thorough inspection, lubrication, and adjustment should […]

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Travel Enduro Shootout

Apr 11, 2017 View Comments by

Four different adventure bikes, with four different engine layouts, from four different countries—that sounded like an interesting comparison as Lyndon, Ted, Florian, and I were riding around the southwesternmost part of Virginia. But it has been done before. So we are taking a slightly different approach: pairing a 20-year-old adventure bike against some modern competition. […]

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Get Your Bike Ready for Summer

Apr 03, 2017 View Comments by

After sitting for months motorcycles need attention before returning to service, which can also help avoid breakdowns and ensure safety. Refer to the owner’s and service manuals for inspection lists before giving your bike a thorough going-over. Look for any signs of leakage, such as stains underneath that indicate problems. Check steering head bearings for […]

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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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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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Interview with 6D Helmets’ Bob Weber: A Safer Helmet Standard

Mar 13, 2017 View Comments by

Bob Weber, co-founder of 6D Helmets, is a lifetime motorcycle enthusiast that started riding when he was eight or nine years old. He started racing motocross in 1977 and became a pro in 1980, and still races today for fun, to challenge himself, and to stay fit and involved in the sport he loves. His […]

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Sidetracked: My Brother’s Keeper, A “Lost” Art

Mar 11, 2017 View Comments by

Getting lost in the backcountry is no joke. Whose job is it to keep the group together when the ride leaves the pavement? What responsibility does the individual have? “Where’s Rick?” asks Ken, our ride leader. Our group of 11 men is on the way to Copper Canyon, Mexico. It’s springtime and it’s hot this […]

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The Isle of Man TT: A National Treasure

Feb 15, 2017 View Comments by

It is said to be the oldest motorcycle race track in the world still in operation, and there is no living soul on the island that can remember a time when there was no TT (Tourist Trophy). For more than 100 years, motorcycles have raced on the Isle of Man’s 37.75-mile Snaefell Mountain Course. The […]

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