Blog Section: Chronicles

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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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 3

Feb 13, 2017 View Comments by

Your GPS device was working fine, accurately reaching waypoint after waypoint. Then suddenly the screen turned black and showed no sign of life. The battery is dead, you realized. Murphy’s law followed and rain started pouring while you had no real idea how to continue. This may have not happened to you yet, but ride […]

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MotoMojo: Paint Touch-Up Repairs

Feb 09, 2017 View Comments by

Stuff happens! It may not be today or tomorrow, but eventually that beautiful paint job on your pride and joy will be “compromised,” shall we say. Perhaps it’s best if you think of paint as a sacrificial coating, which protects the metal underneath from corrosion, along with providing cosmetic properties. When that time comes, you […]

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California and Nevada: Riding the Highs and Lows of the Old West

Feb 05, 2017 View Comments by

“So we beat on, boats against the current, 
borne back ceaselessly 
into the past.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald Scott’s famous metaphor, the last line of The Great Gatsby, applies to motorcycle touring, for much of what we seek aside from the joyful highs of the road and the wind is an appreciation of the history we […]

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Riding in Ketchikan, Alaska: Totem Poles, Salmon, and a Rain Forest

Jan 31, 2017 View Comments by

You can’t ride your motorcycle directly to Ketchikan. Alaska’s southeasternmost city is on an island. Thankfully, you can ride in and around it once you get there. That is exactly what my wife and I did after our cruise ship docked in town. “The Salmon Capital of the World” is a port of call for […]

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A Few Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Jan 26, 2017 View Comments by

A month or so ago, the time had come to purchase a new bike. Since I wasn’t looking for anything new, the daily scanning of craigslist began. It didn’t take me long to find what I was looking for: a cheap, reliable, and fun highway cruiser in the form of a 2002 Honda Shadow 750. […]

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Riding Loaded (Your Bike, Not You!)

Jan 22, 2017 View Comments by

Load it Up Right! – One of my favorite television shows as a child (and I realize this hints at my age) was “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The opening shot was of the Clampett clan driving down a palm-lined boulevard in Beverly Hills; an ancient flatbed truck piled high with possessions dangling from every spare inch of […]

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Sidetracked: If it Ain’t Broke … Give it Time

Jan 19, 2017 View Comments by

A Few Thoughts on Being Prepared – Murphy is alive and well, and he is nobody’s fool. Patient, cunning, and devious, he will get you when you least expect it … unless you’re prepared. We’ve been out here almost two weeks on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route. The sun is about to set and we […]

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Reader Ride: Baja, Mexico

Jan 03, 2017 View Comments by

The year was 1972 … the last time my old man sat on a vinyl seat, pulled on a helmet, and rode off into the sunset. So, when I approached him about riding bikes in Baja for a month long journey down Mexico’s infamous peninsula, I was surprised he agreed to go. However, my father […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Malfunctions—What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Dec 27, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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Indian’s Return to Racing: The “War” is On Again in 2017

Dec 26, 2016 View Comments by

Indian Motorcycle announced in June that after a 64-year absence the company would soon be returning to the AMA Pro Flat Track series. Indian has an all-new liquid-cooled, 750cc flat track race bike under development assisted by Jared Mees, the defending AMA Grand National Champion. Mees is also signed to be Indian’s factory team rider […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 2

Dec 19, 2016 View Comments by

In the previous article I described a generic multi-layer mounting stack that can be applied to any combination of GPS device and motorcycle. I also highlighted the importance of selecting a good mounting location and recommended the heads-up display (HUD) position. The recommended design approach for mounting a GPS is to start with the bottom […]

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Sidetracked: Fly and Ride

Dec 16, 2016 View Comments by

The ad read, “2007 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, low miles, pristine mechanically and cosmetically.” I can’t resist the allure of an older bike in good condition. Many of these machines hit the sweet spot in technology and reliability and, armed with a little knowledge and a few mileage points from my United Airlines Visa, […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Exploring the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park

Dec 13, 2016 View Comments by

Everyone knows Yellowstone is America’s first national park. Few, however, know that Sequoia is the nation’s second national park and California’s first. That’s where this story begins. The giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago. Their root system is shallow and they drink about 500 gallons per day. If you come by after a […]

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Track Days: Gearing Up

Dec 04, 2016 View Comments by

In my previous articles, I debunked the myths about track riding and explained how to best prepare for a track day. As with street riding, proper gear is critical. The most common accidents on the track are low-siders, when the front wheel loses traction in a turn and the bike falls to the inside, and […]

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