Blog Section: Chronicles

The Joys of Camping

Apr 29, 2016 View Comments by

For starters, I suggest that, unless there’s no other option, pass on the RV parks. These places are designed for large vehicles primarily, not tent camping. As such, shade and grass are usually in short supply, and the distance to the restroom usually requires lacing up your hiking boots. When nature calls at 2 a.m., […]

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Lost Camera? How to Get Your Photos Back

Apr 28, 2016 View Comments by

With summer approaching and many motorcycle tours on the calendar, what should you do if you lose your camera on the road? What happens to the pictures and videos stored on the device? All of those precious moments captured and memories stored in a snapshot, lost to the world. With two billion smartphones world wide, […]

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So, Your Baby Wants to Ride

Apr 27, 2016 View Comments by

Your “baby” is your son or daughter of 16-plus years of age—who will of course, be your “baby” forever. You feel very protective of them, and that’s natural. Unfortunately, you know too much about riding, and all the bad drivers out there just waiting to ruin their day. In your mind’s eye they are still […]

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Interview with Bill Dutcher: The Americade Man

Apr 16, 2016 View Comments by

RR: You’ve had a very long and fruitful career in motorcycling that’s included racing, adventure touring, working for manufacturers, and as organizer of the eminently successful Americade event. At what age did that career begin? Bill: Maybe at birth. My career grew from my passion for motorcycles. I was a motor-head even as a child. I […]

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MotoMojo: ABS and Cornering ABS

Mar 23, 2016 View Comments by

When a bike has to slow down or change direction rapidly, it is most susceptible to loss of traction and rider control. Hence, the vast majority of motorcycle mishaps occur while braking and/or cornering. As a result, the greatest challenge for technical safety improvement for motorcycles is to mitigate this problem by using technology which […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Did the Smartphone Kill the GPS Unit? Part 2

Mar 21, 2016 View Comments by

In the December issue I analyzed the gaps between smartphones and stand-alone GPS devices in the context of hardware. I arrived at the conclusion that the smartphone has better or equal hardware components, except perhaps for waterproofing, and a stand-alone GPS unit is still better for the specific task of motorcycle navigation. Hardware is just […]

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Sidetracked: Pack Mentality—Group Riding

Mar 14, 2016 View Comments by

Pack mentality (n.) The tendency for a group of individuals to act together without planned direction. Humans, like many of our four-legged fellow inhabitants of planet Earth, are social animals. We tend to mimic the behavior of those around us. Alone, your pet malamute may be mild-mannered and cuddly. But take him to doggie daycare and it […]

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Track Days: Myth Buster Edition

Mar 11, 2016 View Comments by

Riding on the track is a terrific experience that every enthusiastic motorcyclist should try at least once. Unfortunately, some common misconceptions about track riding keep many from even considering it. They miss out on a great learning opportunity and a fun day on the bike. I’d like to set the record straight and hopefully entice […]

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Why Take a Guided Motorcycle Tour vs DIY?

Jan 18, 2016 View Comments by

We came across this info from MotoQuest, one of the best motorcycle tour operators in the biz. We couldn’t agree more with Phil, so here’s some info for you to consider over the weekend and as you plan your next adventure.   You’ve probably wondered “Why Take a MotoQuest Tour Instead of DIY?” Well let […]

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Evolving by Way of Motorcycle

Jan 07, 2016 View Comments by

Coolness Is in the Eye of the Beholder I was buzzing around town a while back on my little Honda 350 K5 when something started “blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.” The sign said: Library Book Sale. Suddenly, a strange force took control of the motorcycle and before I could resist, I had pulled […]

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Yamaha Champions Riding School

Jan 06, 2016 View Comments by

Taking It to the Track Rush hour is kicking in, turning the Garden State Parkway into a parking lot. Unbothered by the impeding delay, I’m going over my mental checklist. Gloves? Check. Back protector? Check. Boots? Check. Helmet? Bringing two. Leathers? My worn-in
 two-piece suit and new
 Alpinestars one-piece—my 
Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS) adventure […]

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The Billy Joel Collection: The Piano Man’s Toy Box

Jan 04, 2016 View Comments by

It’s Sunday morning and my wife, Karen, and I are driving back to D.C. from a weekend on Long Island. Being in a New York State of Mind, we take a slight detour off of the Long Island Expressway and motor through the charming seaside burg of Oyster Bay, NY. I had read about an […]

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Motorcycle Armor – Gladiator Gear for the Road

Jan 02, 2016 View Comments by

The evolution of motorcycle crash protection has been a slow process with over a century separating those first leather jackets and helmets from the high-tech headgear and armor protection we enjoy today. Several companies have risen to the forefront of the rider protection industry, but first let’s take a moment to talk about CE ratings. […]

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Road Rash: The Thangs Yew Larn

Dec 31, 2015 View Comments by

While working on a construction site years ago, one guy in particular had a habit of muttering the phrase “The Thangs Yew Larn” in typical Appalachian hill country drawl every time someone had a minor accident such as shooting a spike through their hand with a nail gun. In any case, the words somehow stuck […]

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1983 Suzuki Katana Custom

Dec 12, 2015 View Comments by

Wild Kats – Fans of the long-running TV 
sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 and 
the movie The Fantastic Four
 will likely have seen Rob Wilton on their screens without
 realizing it. You’re not usually supposed to recognize him. Rob is a stunt coordinator and stunt performer with a long list of credits in the movie and […]

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