Blog Section: Chronicles

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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The Peter Calles Collection: 1949 Gilera 125 Touring

Jul 28, 2016 View Comments by

Peter Calles, a noted international collector of classic motorcycles, recently finished a three-year-long restoration of this rare Gilera motorcycle. He acquired the bike from a collector in Florida, who had it shipped to the U.S. directly from Italy. Although many in the U.S. may not be familiar with the Gilera marque, it has been around […]

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Sidetracked: Stealerships and the DIY Guy

Jul 26, 2016 View Comments by

Fourteen-year-olds are sensitive creatures. Merle laughs when I ask how to adjust the clutch on my 1969 Yamaha AT1. Instead of offering technical advice he mocks me, saying, “You want to race and you can’t even work on your own bike.” His words cut me to the quick, but mostly, they made me want to […]

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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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