Blog Section: Chronicles

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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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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