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2018 Honda Gold Wing Video and Timeline

Nov 14, 2017 View Comments by

HONDA GOLD WING TIMELINE 1972 A team led by Soichiro Irimajiri develops the M1 prototype (also known as Project 371), a flat-six, 1,470cc precursor of the Gold Wing. 1974 The first Gold Wing—the 1975 GL1000 KO—makes its public debut at the Cologne Show in Germany. Developed by Toshio Nozue (also responsible for the CB750), the […]

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Motorcycle Film – A Man in La Mancha

Nov 13, 2017 View Comments by

A life-tired and timid accountant is shaken from his complacency when his son is killed while serving in Iraq. In the emotional aftermath the father discovers his son was planning a motorcycle trip when he returned from the war; to retrace the route of his hero, Don Quixote. In an unexpected and uncharacteristic turn, the […]

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Suzuki V-Strom 650 & 1000: The Latest Adventure Duo

Nov 10, 2017 View Comments by

It’s not every day that a motorcycle manufacturer holds a press launch for two motorcycles of different model years. Yet, that’s exactly what Suzuki did recently, high up in California’s lovely San Bernardino Mountains. Both 650 V-Stroms—the standard and XT versions—are listed as 2017 models, while the standard and XT 1000 V-Stroms are denoted as […]

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2018 Honda Gold Wing & Gold Wing Tour

Oct 24, 2017 View Comments by

Honda officially released information on the all-new 2018 Gold Wing models. The current model has been around since 2001, a long time, a testament to its reliability and solid holder of the touring king title. For 2018 Honda incorporates the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with two offered models. The Gold Wing comes without a top […]

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Strider Launches new 14x Model – From Balance Bike to Pedal Bike in 5 Minutes

Oct 16, 2017 View Comments by

Strider is the go-to brand for balance bikes, and the company has launched a new model today that transforms into a pedal bike in 5 minutes. Weighing only 12.5lbs (5.7kg) the Strider 14x weighs half of “regular” kids bikes, thus making it much easier to ride. The new model is suggested for children between 3 […]

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California: Digging Up History in San Diego County

Oct 10, 2017 View Comments by

Eighty years ago, travelers to the gold rush town of Julian in remote eastern San Diego County had a different tale to tell about getting off the beaten path. Today, paved roads and the civilized world occupy nearly every mile of the backcountry. Escape isn’t so remote anymore, but it’s much easier on the body […]

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Public Auction of the Late John Parham’s Barn Finds

Oct 09, 2017 View Comments by

ANAMOSA, IA – The lot list for the Parham Barn’s Auction posted online recently. The family of John Parham, founder of J&P Cycles, will hold an auction of Parham’s “barn finds” – personal property that’s never been shown in the National Motorcycle Museum. The Live and Online auction will be from John’s “back barns” with motorcycles, […]

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Metzeler Roadtec O1 Tires

Sep 06, 2017 View Comments by

Metzeler’s new Roadtec 01 sport-touring tire, which replaces the Roadtec Z8 Interact, was designed to be adaptable to a wide variety of motorcycles, riding styles, and weather. Metzeler paid particular attention to enhancing the tires’ grip on wet and low-friction surfaces, and increasing mileage. Up front, the tires use a 100-percent silica rubber compound to […]

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Product Review: AltRider DualControl Brake System

Aug 28, 2017 View Comments by

Adventure and dual-sport riders know that cornering maneuvers involve standing on the footpegs and at times heavily depending on the rear brake. Controlling the rear brake becomes an essential skill to master. The problem with most adventure motorcycles, such as the Tiger 800 XCx, is that they are compromise bikes by definition and lean toward […]

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Ligonier, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®: On the Road with Friends

Aug 25, 2017 View Comments by

It’s that time of the year again, our annual Touring Weekend. A memorial ride for my late father who, along with my mother, started this very magazine. He was riding a sidecar when a freak accident took his life—he was only 45. At the time, I was just 19 years old, and while I’ve lived […]

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City Escape: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Aug 24, 2017 View Comments by

This scenic loop west of Colorado Springs includes some great small towns and miles of tree-lined splendor. Some iconic mountains and rock formations are mixed in for good measure. The ride is best made from late spring through early fall. Rocky Mountain weather is, to say the least, variable, so you should pack the full […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: New Mexico’s El Morro National Monument

Aug 23, 2017 View Comments by

New Mexico has some of the best, less-traveled parks in America. Whether you go north or south, east or west, it is so rewarding. This state is rich in history with scenery straight out of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. Everyone loves New Mexico, especially on a motorcycle. I was born in the small village of La […]

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Riding High: Conquering the Wall of Death

Aug 22, 2017 View Comments by

I’ve been traveling by motorcycle for decades. My love for two-wheeled adventure began simply, by exploring the area around my home in Bavaria. Then it grew. Since then, I’ve ridden mostly solo across the United States, through Scandinavia, Australia, Africa, Mongolia, China, and beyond. Now I’m back to my roots in Munich, up against an […]

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Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments by

The new Metzeler Tourance NEXT enduro street tires are ready for any weather condition and any road. The 90/10 tire features new compounds, profiles, structure, and tread pattern for unmatched levels of stability, safety on wet, and mileage. Derived from Metzeler’s Z8 Interact, the rear tires are now dual compound. The Tourance NEXT features Metzeler’s Zero […]

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Going Electric Off-Road: The 2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments by

KTM is getting a jump on the electric off-roader market. The company recently announced a pilot program in North America for its Freeride E-XC, an electric version of the Freeride 250R. The E-XC’s easily removable KTM PowerPack uses a 260V, 2.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 80 minutes. The bike has […]

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