Blog Section: Chronicles

Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 1

Oct 20, 2016 View Comments by

It is surprising how much energy riders will devote to deciding which GPS device is right for them, while overlooking or ignoring issues related to mounting it on their motorcycle. I’ll try to shed some light on why choosing the proper placement is so important. Generic Mounting Stack With a generic stack, the proposed layout […]

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Interview with Justin Kell, Hollywood’s Go-to Custom Builder

Oct 14, 2016 View Comments by

Justin Kell started riding when he was eight years old. The self-taught mechanic learned his trade tinkering with vintage bikes as a young man. After moving to Los Angeles, he made it a career. His business, Glory Motor Works, is a design studio, custom shop, and vintage motorcycle service center with a client base of […]

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MotoMojo: Electronic Suspension

Oct 07, 2016 View Comments by

Electronics have gotten into almost everything, and we can expect even more integration of microchips into our daily lives in the future. Light weight, instantaneous response, compact size, and relatively low cost have driven this revolution. Motorcycle manufacturers have followed the auto industry, introducing electronic controls for ignition systems, electronic fuel injection, ABS, and now […]

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina: Riding to James Dickey’s Grave

Oct 06, 2016 View Comments by

My favorite day trips usually involve food, not the deceased. But All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, SC, offers too much to ignore: the grave of poet and novelist James Dickey, a famous ghost, and other Southern historical gems. And to make this destination even more desirable, it is close to good food and excellent […]

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Track Days: It’s All About Preparation

Oct 03, 2016 View Comments by

In one of the last issues, I enjoyed demystifying track riding in “Track Days: Myth Buster Edition” and trust that I piqued some riders’ interest. Preparation is the key to having the best possible experience, so I’d like to share what I’ve learned after riding with multiple organizers and on different tracks. Bike Prep Before […]

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Sidetracked: Thirdendary Roads

Sep 26, 2016 View Comments by

“Daddy, where is that car going?” My son spoke those words to me three decades ago as he stood tiptoe, looking out the window of our home on the edge of town. The curiosity of a child has inspired many an adventure. They are an elusive lot, adventure riders. To begin with, no one has […]

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Peter Calles’ Magnificent Obsession

Sep 20, 2016 View Comments by

As a nationally and internationally recognized collector, former amateur racer, and daily motorcycle commuter, Peter Calles is living his dream. A total of 17 exotic Italian models and other vintage machines are on display throughout Peter’s house, located in suburban Washington, DC, and another 10 timeless rides occupy the garage, turning his residence into a […]

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Make Your Motorcycle Last Forever

Sep 19, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycles are made better than ever. Their design, materials, and machin-ing are more accurate and precise—and reliability is greater than it’s been before. To that end, here are some tips on how to keep your motorcycle going as long as you want and save money too. The three basic tenets to ensure a bike’s longevity […]

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Gettin’ Started in Motorcycling

Sep 15, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycling used to be just another way of getting around, but now it’s one of a growing number of “powersports” that may also lay claim to major portions of your discretionary spending: ATVs, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, and any number of four-wheeled and water-based diversions. However, for me, motorcycle touring is still much closer to bicycle […]

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Tour Article

Sep 13, 2016 View Comments by

In my experience, most memorable adventures start with either a bang on the head, a tap on the shoulder, or an unplanned detour during an otherwise well-planned ride. I have already banged my head yesterday night on the cover of my trailer. Now comes a tap on my shoulder, and this is Christa Neuhauser herself. […]

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Road Rash: Expanding Gear

Sep 07, 2016 View Comments by

Over the years, I’ve noticed a pattern of occurrences that seem to defy the laws of physics. Several of these situations happen so consistently that I’m convinced they’re an absolute truth. The general rules regarding probability simply don’t apply to my motorcycling-related activities, and the following is a partial list of the most perplexing circumstances. […]

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MotoMojo: Bleeding Brakes

Sep 01, 2016 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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Reader Ride: The Road to Mono Lake

Aug 15, 2016 View Comments by

When exploring a new road, there is no good time to lose the light. We’re riding west through northern California toward Yosemite National Park, and highway has given way to a sidewinder, cliffside stretch of Route 120. As we negotiate the twisted ascent, each new turn is a mystery, full of promise and peril, and […]

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The Riding Reporters: The Journey Begins

Aug 08, 2016 View Comments by

New Year, New Journey It’s January 2014 and we are at my dining table with pen and paper in front of us, making a list of all needed preparations. We need a name. A Facebook page. A website. We need to figure out which projects we want to visit and write about. We need to […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Navigating Off-Road with Digital Topo Maps

Aug 02, 2016 View Comments by

Barry is an expert yacht builder and adventure motorcyclist from Maine. Although we share many similarities and a passion for riding, in many ways he is my alter ego. I’m always trying to be on the cutting edge of digital technology, surrounded by e-stuff as I design and develop complex software for a living, whereas […]

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