Blog Section: Luke Swab

Tail of the Dragon

Mar 04, 2013 View Comments by

“Hey Nick, you are getting really low on that bike. Let me get a picture of you dipping into a turn.” I set up at a corner where my friend Nick just scraped the pegs on his rented KLR. This should be a good spot I think. I have one eye on the viewfinder of […]

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Flat Out of Fixes

Feb 25, 2013 View Comments by

I think I should do a series on flat tires. Rarely do they occur at an opportune time with this particular flat having the worst timing of the lot. This flat happened the next morning after my “Finding Timmer” post. Here is a little back-story. Nick and I were in Africa rushing to meet up […]

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GoPro or Go Home

Feb 18, 2013 View Comments by

GoPro’s are all the rage these days, and the motorcycle world is no exception—and for good reason too. You can get some great shots and video with this little device. It’s a great tool, but it’s not perfect yet. When I go out for a ride, I usually set the camera in either two or […]

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Parking

Feb 04, 2013 View Comments by

In 2010, four of us had the silly idea of taking a motorcycle ride in Mexico. Now riding bikes in Mexico is not silly at all, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. I am all about riding south of the border and have no qualms about the safety aspect or anything else. […]

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Finding Timmer

Jan 28, 2013 View Comments by

In 2011 I embarked on a five-month journey with my best friend Nick. The plan was to ride from the southernmost tip of Africa to the northernmost tip of Norway. Since we were planning big, it only made sense to also attempt summiting Kilimanjaro on the way. Nick and I were going to meet our […]

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It’s What You Make It

Jan 21, 2013 View Comments by

I’m in Maui, HI right now dodging the coldness of Michigan. I have a couple friends who live here and have been urging me to visit for quite a while now. Just getting off the plane, I understood why. My three short weeks of vacation have already reached their waning portion, and I wish I […]

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Flat Out Fun

Jan 14, 2013 View Comments by

I haven’t had to change a tire in a year and a half, so I obviously forgot that sometimes it doesn’t go smoothly, like today, when all I had to do was change two tires before we could ride. I’m staying at my friend Chris’s house in Maui, HI. He has a passion for off-roading […]

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Mazatlán Mexico

Jan 07, 2013 View Comments by

This photo brings back so many memories for me. The year was 2007 and I was in Mazatlán Mexico on my first big solo motorcycle trip. I was posting avidly on ADVrider.com and my thread “Three Months on a Husky Te610” was really starting to take off. Upon mentioning that my next destination was Mazatlán, […]

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Sick on the Road

Dec 31, 2012 View Comments by

People get sick, in fact I’m sick right now as I write this—I have a headache that won’t quit. My routine for the last few days has been gargling warm salt water and Hydrogen peroxide and brushing my teeth multiple times a day. I’m still congested even after going to the gym and sitting in […]

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Dangerous Area?

Dec 26, 2012 View Comments by

Lonely Planet says Belize City is fairly safe, with the most dangerous part being near the river. The hostel I chose for the evening is next to the river. It is a dump, but at $12 a night, it is the cheapest option. Everywhere else was at least $30. It is dark now and I […]

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Getting the Shot

Dec 17, 2012 View Comments by

Last week I talked about taking the road less traveled and finding the hidden gem of Dos Lagunas, which was in a ranger station in remote northern Guatemala near the border of Mexico. The most common way in is a two-day donkey ride, which the locals would take, or in the dry season you can […]

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The Road Less Traveled

Dec 10, 2012 View Comments by

I like to get off the beaten path when traveling on my motorcycle. Over time I have realized that this is easier said than done. The world certainly has a lot of people in it, I think it’s up to seven billion now; so when the road forks, I tend to take the less traveled […]

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The 50-mile Dead End Road

Dec 06, 2012 View Comments by

You can never fully trust the GPS. In this case it was a blessing. Had I known I was embarking down a 50-mile dead end road I never would have had the following experience. The year was 2009 and I was traveling south in the Yucatan of Mexico heading for Belize. My GPS showed a […]

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Day One

Nov 26, 2012 View Comments by

A picture can say a thousand words, and that’s what this blog is all about. One photo, once a week, with the story behind the lens. It’s only fitting that my first blog here on RoadRUNNER is a photo from my first night ever moto-touring. I was 23 and brand new to the world of […]

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