Blog Section: Chronicles

Riding Loaded (Your Bike, Not You!)

Jan 22, 2017 View Comments by

Load it Up Right! – One of my favorite television shows as a child (and I realize this hints at my age) was “The Beverly Hillbillies.” The opening shot was of the Clampett clan driving down a palm-lined boulevard in Beverly Hills; an ancient flatbed truck piled high with possessions dangling from every spare inch of […]

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Sidetracked: If it Ain’t Broke … Give it Time

Jan 19, 2017 View Comments by

A Few Thoughts on Being Prepared – Murphy is alive and well, and he is nobody’s fool. Patient, cunning, and devious, he will get you when you least expect it … unless you’re prepared. We’ve been out here almost two weeks on the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route. The sun is about to set and we […]

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Reader Ride: Baja, Mexico

Jan 03, 2017 View Comments by

The year was 1972 … the last time my old man sat on a vinyl seat, pulled on a helmet, and rode off into the sunset. So, when I approached him about riding bikes in Baja for a month long journey down Mexico’s infamous peninsula, I was surprised he agreed to go. However, my father […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Malfunctions—What to Do When Your Bike Quits or Won’t Start

Dec 27, 2016 View Comments by

Motorcycles have become very reliable, but occasionally problems still happen. If the engine stalls on the road, get to a safe place. If it’s losing oil pressure or overheating, stop immediately. Engines need compression, gas, and spark to run; you must determine which is lacking. Most stalls and no-starts are caused by minor problems like […]

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Indian’s Return to Racing: The “War” is On Again in 2017

Dec 26, 2016 View Comments by

Indian Motorcycle announced in June that after a 64-year absence the company would soon be returning to the AMA Pro Flat Track series. Indian has an all-new liquid-cooled, 750cc flat track race bike under development assisted by Jared Mees, the defending AMA Grand National Champion. Mees is also signed to be Indian’s factory team rider […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 2

Dec 19, 2016 View Comments by

In the previous article I described a generic multi-layer mounting stack that can be applied to any combination of GPS device and motorcycle. I also highlighted the importance of selecting a good mounting location and recommended the heads-up display (HUD) position. The recommended design approach for mounting a GPS is to start with the bottom […]

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Sidetracked: Fly and Ride

Dec 16, 2016 View Comments by

The ad read, “2007 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, low miles, pristine mechanically and cosmetically.” I can’t resist the allure of an older bike in good condition. Many of these machines hit the sweet spot in technology and reliability and, armed with a little knowledge and a few mileage points from my United Airlines Visa, […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Exploring the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park

Dec 13, 2016 View Comments by

Everyone knows Yellowstone is America’s first national park. Few, however, know that Sequoia is the nation’s second national park and California’s first. That’s where this story begins. The giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago. Their root system is shallow and they drink about 500 gallons per day. If you come by after a […]

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Track Days: Gearing Up

Dec 04, 2016 View Comments by

In my previous articles, I debunked the myths about track riding and explained how to best prepare for a track day. As with street riding, proper gear is critical. The most common accidents on the track are low-siders, when the front wheel loses traction in a turn and the bike falls to the inside, and […]

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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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