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Interview with Aaron Stevenson

Jul 22, 2016 View Comments by

Gettin’ Dirty Before Gettin’ Fast RR: Give us a taste of your motorcycle riding and racing background. Aaron Stevenson: I started riding minibikes and motorcycles around the age of eight. Like most kids in the ’70s, I spent a lot of time trail riding and doing motocross, but when I was 14 years old I […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: The Best Lessons

Jul 19, 2016 View Comments by

I have a tendency to meet people at the supermarket when I take the motorcycle for my weekly supply run. I like the looks I get carrying my grocery bags and helmet; people wonder where I’m going to put everything. I’ve written before about others feeling at ease walking up to me when I’m dismounting […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service

Jul 14, 2016 View Comments by

The wind, the open road, and my motorcycle: this is my mantra. Motorcycles have been a part of my of life since I was 16. My first bike was an 80cc Yamaha, and for a high school kid it was magic. I am 67 years old and still riding motorcycles. Today I ride a Yamaha […]

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Combining Riding with Hobbies: Bicycling

Jul 11, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycle-sized Fun As wonderful as motorcycling is, there are plenty of other enjoyable ways riders like to spend their free time. Some like golf, others hiking, fishing, kayaking, or other outdoor activities. Some dabble in photography, art, writing, or different creative endeavors. Due to limited storage capacity, it can be daunting to incorporate other favorite […]

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Combining Riding with Hobbies: Fishing

Jul 07, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycle-sized Fun As wonderful as motorcycling is, there are plenty of other enjoyable ways riders like to spend their free time. Some like golf, others hiking, fishing, kayaking, or other outdoor activities. Some dabble in photography, art, writing, or different creative endeavors. Due to limited storage capacity, it can be daunting to incorporate other favorite […]

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The Joys of Camping: Honey, I Shrunk Our Stuff

Jul 06, 2016 View Comments by

My campground neighbors must have enjoyed the show, watching the idiot, yours truly, wander over to a small coffee pot sitting on the ground, lift the lid, and peer into it every couple of minutes. They were probably somewhat bewildered as I poured steaming water into two cups, brewing some Starbucks instant coffee for my […]

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MotoMojo: Seat Height & the Factors That Contribute to It

Jul 03, 2016 View Comments by

It can be a real hassle to try to ride a bike that’s too tall for you—and it also can be very intimidating—particularly for newer riders who may be a little unsteady or nervous about balancing a heavy bike at a standstill. In many cases, a too-high seat is a real deal-breaker, when a potential […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Soothed Through Movement

Jun 30, 2016 View Comments by

When my daughter was little, maybe six or seven, I took her outside on a summer night and we climbed a ladder up to the roof of our house to look at the moon and stars. I’ll never forget it; she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “are we allowed to?” I said, […]

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Shopping for a Used Motorcycle

Jun 23, 2016 View Comments by

Buying a used motorcycle intelligently requires considerably greater effort than just walking into a showroom and selecting a new one. There are both risks and rewards with a previously owned machine. You can get far more bang for your buck, while letting the original buyer take the big depreciation loss. A used motorcycle purchase can […]

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The Dads Trip

Jun 19, 2016 View Comments by

I don’t spend a lot of time with my dad. When I was a kid my dad was always very busy providing for our family, so spare time was rare. On top of that, our interests have always been very different. He is a classic man who likes to hunt and fish and play basketball […]

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The Joys of Camping: Packing Like Quigley

Jun 17, 2016 View Comments by

It’s funny how the mind files insignificant bits of information away, sometimes to be retrieved decades later for the strangest reason. I once watched a movie called Quigley Down Under, a Western set in Australia starring Tom Selleck as Matt Quigley. One scene shows Quigley packing for a trip into the Outback by assembling a few […]

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The Joys of Camping: Picking a Site, Sight Unseen

Jun 08, 2016 View Comments by

Lyrics of Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” were bouncing around in my head, compliments of my cerebral sound system, as I rode south toward the Ohio/West Virginia border one evening in August, 1983. A fitting occasion for the song, I thought, as this was my first out-of-state motorcycle camping trip. My Friday evening ride […]

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Interview with Daniëlle Boelens of the Riding Reporters: Two Women Tackle South America

Jun 02, 2016 View Comments by

  Two Dutch journalists, Daniëlle Boelens and Irene Wouters, decided to undertake an epic adventure—to ride motorcycles across South America. Calling themselves the Riding Reporters, they’re reporting on and raising funds for five projects in six different South American countries. In the midst of this epic journey, Boelens took time to catch up with RoadRUNNER. […]

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Electric Powered Odyssey: From the United States to South America

May 31, 2016 View Comments by

Set against a backdrop of swaying Carolina pines, the motorcycle’s shiny red paint sticks out like a hitchhiker’s sore thumb. Brightly painted bikes like this one might be a common sight on paved urban avenues, but here on a dusty driveway in rural North Carolina, the appearance of a street bike is not an everyday […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Using a Digital Atlas Instead of Getting GPS’d Off

May 27, 2016 View Comments by

Prologue I was hiking with my family in a New Jersey state forest, viewing a static image of the park’s map using my Android smartphone. It was contained in a PDF file that we downloaded by scanning a QR code that was printed on the entrance’s billboard. For digital technologists like me, these are good […]

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