Blog Section: Chronicles

Moto Classique: The Hopkins Collection—1964 BMW R60/2 Polizei

Nov 28, 2016 View Comments by

This BMW police motorcycle was manufactured on February 4, 1964, one of 24 delivered to the Wiesbaden, Germany, police department on March 31, 1964. It came to America in the late 1960s and had a few owners before being acquired by Jim Hopkins in 2011. The Hopkins Collection contains both historic BMW motorcycles and an […]

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MotoMojo: Performance Upgrades

Nov 17, 2016 View Comments by

With the plethora of motorcycle styles and 
models available, for many two-wheel enthusiasts OEM motorcycles still merely serve as a starting 
point for building a unique machine. Given the performance-centric modifications in this 
MotoMojo, results are most useful for track 
riding. Depending on your motorcycle, usable street performance can also be improved. Air Filter and […]

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MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Nov 13, 2016 View Comments by

Leaving a motorcycle idle for several months can wreak havoc if precautions are not taken. Here are a few minor things you can do to protect your bike and prevent problems when you’re ready to ride again. Gas Before storing your motorcycle for any extended period of time, top off the fuel tank with fresh […]

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Cool Weather Camping Tips

Nov 04, 2016 View Comments by

I’ll take the crisp, cool days of fall, spring, or even winter over the summer heat any day, and nothing puts me in a good mood faster than strapping my camping gear on the bike for a long weekend. We found ourselves camping in Pennsylvania a while back, and had a great time riding the […]

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The Perfect Fit: Interview with iXS USA’s Didier Devaux

Nov 02, 2016 View Comments by

The story of iXS USA began in Switzerland more than a century ago with a tiny bicycle repair shop. Started by the Hostettler family in 1906 and still owned by them to this day, that tiny shop evolved into what is now known as the Hostettler Group, a diversified international trading conglomerate consisting of eight […]

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Storm Watch 101

Oct 26, 2016 View Comments by

Three of us rode out of Palm Springs on a coolish March morning—me, the Electra-Glide, and Doris, my chatty Garmin GPS. Cool is 70 degrees in Palm Springs, so I’d dressed in Draggin’ Jeans, an Olympia leather jacket, and summer gloves. I was heading for Idyllwild, the hippie town in the San Jacinta mountains, and […]

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Left Side Story

Oct 25, 2016 View Comments by

It happened to me; it can happen to you. Pulling out of a gas station in Tasmania, Australia, onto the A2 road skirting the island’s north coast with no other traffic in sight, I accelerate briskly, shifting the 900 Diversion into fifth gear. We settle into a comfortable cruising speed and I’m thinking about the […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 1

Oct 20, 2016 View Comments by

It is surprising how much energy riders will devote to deciding which GPS device is right for them, while overlooking or ignoring issues related to mounting it on their motorcycle. I’ll try to shed some light on why choosing the proper placement is so important. Generic Mounting Stack With a generic stack, the proposed layout […]

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Interview with Justin Kell, Hollywood’s Go-to Custom Builder

Oct 14, 2016 View Comments by

Justin Kell started riding when he was eight years old. The self-taught mechanic learned his trade tinkering with vintage bikes as a young man. After moving to Los Angeles, he made it a career. His business, Glory Motor Works, is a design studio, custom shop, and vintage motorcycle service center with a client base of […]

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MotoMojo: Electronic Suspension

Oct 07, 2016 View Comments by

Electronics have gotten into almost everything, and we can expect even more integration of microchips into our daily lives in the future. Light weight, instantaneous response, compact size, and relatively low cost have driven this revolution. Motorcycle manufacturers have followed the auto industry, introducing electronic controls for ignition systems, electronic fuel injection, ABS, and now […]

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina: Riding to James Dickey’s Grave

Oct 06, 2016 View Comments by

My favorite day trips usually involve food, not the deceased. But All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, SC, offers too much to ignore: the grave of poet and novelist James Dickey, a famous ghost, and other Southern historical gems. And to make this destination even more desirable, it is close to good food and excellent […]

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Track Days: It’s All About Preparation

Oct 03, 2016 View Comments by

In one of the last issues, I enjoyed demystifying track riding in “Track Days: Myth Buster Edition” and trust that I piqued some riders’ interest. Preparation is the key to having the best possible experience, so I’d like to share what I’ve learned after riding with multiple organizers and on different tracks. Bike Prep Before […]

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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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