Blog Section: Chronicles

PhotoMojo: Great Bike Portraits in Five Steps

Sep 22, 2017 View Comments by

You know you’ve met a fellow rider when they take out their phone to show you a picture of their ride. Most have a snapshot after a wash or while on a trip. But if you want to be the person with the awesome photo of your bike that makes other riders go “wow!” then […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Putting It All Together—An End-to-End GPS Setup

Sep 21, 2017 View Comments by

Often when meeting with other riders, I get asked, “What is your bike’s GPS setup?” I reply with the same answers and direct them to my RoadRUNNER articles on the subject—but those discuss general principles and concepts. Instead, this article will present a real-life GPS setup as a case study, which could benefit riders who […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Mount Rainier National Park

Sep 13, 2017 View Comments by

“Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest …” —John Muir Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, and America’s fifth oldest national park. But for my family, we simply called this park home. When my tour ended with […]

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Born to Ride: How to Grow a Rider

Sep 12, 2017 View Comments by

As a parent, I want the best for my child. I want to offer her the opportunity to explore all that life has to offer. So when she first showed an interest in riding motorcycles, I began scouring the internet for options and opinions on what might be the best “first” bike. With a short […]

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Touring Tip: Keep Your Motorcycle Memories Alive!

Sep 08, 2017 View Comments by

Having photographed and written about my motorcycle travels over the better part of two decades, I often enjoy taking a trip down memory lane. I’m always grateful later for having taken the time to capture people, places, and experiences. Working for RoadRUNNER, we photojournalists must follow a certain amount of discipline in capturing our tours […]

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MotoMojo: Wiring Accessories the Right Way

Aug 19, 2017 View Comments by

More and more electrical accessories are becoming available for motorcycles, putting an ever-growing demand on charging systems and batteries. Before you begin cutting and splicing wires, take a few minutes to consider the best way to approach such a project, as doing the wrong thing could result in a dead battery, fried electrical system, or […]

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Sidetracked: Blind Spots

Aug 17, 2017 View Comments by

Travel with friends is sometimes tough. Sooner or later, patience wears thin and things are said that we often regret. When it happens, it’s next to impossible to look in the mirror. I pulled the nozzle from my new 1972 Honda XL250 and handed it to Norm. He held it vertically so as not to […]

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Oops, I Fixed It! All Hail the Hamfisted

Aug 15, 2017 View Comments by

Rain slants down outside my garage as utility trucks scurry about, fixing downed power lines. A fire truck screams past, heading up the canyon to deal with the latest meetup of a car and tree. Meanwhile, a dull glow emanates from my garage shop, like an ember—I’m in there working. This is a day for […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: GPS Block 3—The Future of GPS Navigation

Aug 11, 2017 View Comments by

In previous articles, I covered the past and present state of global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS. Now may be a good time to look at the future of GNSS, particularly at GPS. On July 17, 1995, the United States’ GPS satellite constellation reached full operational capability, evolving from a 1960s design for pure military […]

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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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