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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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AIMExpo to Welcome Record Number of OEMs

Aug 01, 2017 View Comments by

The fifth annual AIMExpo is just around the corner, and the show, set to take place September 21-24, will host the largest number of exhibiting manufacturers in its history. This year, the expo will take place in Columbus, OH, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. So far, 24 OEMs have signed on. Cinnamon Kernes, show director, said, “The […]

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Getting ‘Sleeping License Holders’ Back on the Road

Jul 27, 2017 View Comments by

There’s one area of the motorcycling world that doesn’t get a lot of attention: “sleeping license holders,” the nearly eight million Americans who have a motorcycle designation on their license but don’t own a motorcycle. Motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson and Indian are looking to get them back out on the road. In a recent story […]

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BMW Issues Recall for 2014-2017 R 1200 GS Models

Jul 26, 2017 View Comments by

BMW has officially issued a recall for approximately 14,600 of its 2014-2017 R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure models due to fork issues. According to the company, the fork stanchion may suffer damage if subjected to momentary high stress. If this happens, a gap could develop at the fork plug that connects that […]

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The 7th Annual Strider Cup World Championship

Jul 25, 2017 View Comments by

Nearly 400 toddlers aged 18 months to five years were ready to ride at the 7th Annual Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City, UT, on July 22, 2017. Families traveled from across the U.S., and there were 50 competitors representing 14 additional countries: Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Russia, Sweden, […]

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REVER and Honda’s Pass-Bagger Challenge

Jul 24, 2017 View Comments by

REVER and Honda recently announced a new program: the Honda Pass-Bagger Challenge. The free challenge, which is hosted on the REVER mobile app and website, lists every rideable mountain pass in the United States and encourages riders to visit as many as possible. REVER automatically recognizes when a rider has snagged a pass and keeps […]

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Indian Sets Three Land Speed Records at El Mirage

Jul 21, 2017 View Comments by

Fifty years ago, Burt Munro rode an Indian Scout Streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats and made history, setting an under-1,000cc record of 183.58 mph. In preparation for the Burt Munro 50th anniversary commemorative run, Indian Motorcycle has set three new land speed records during test runs at El Mirage Dry Lakebed in California. First among […]

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AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days a Success

Jul 18, 2017 View Comments by

Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country gathered to enjoy three days of vintage motorcycle racing product displays and demo rides, bike shows, seminars, a bustling marketplace, entertainment, and camaraderie at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 7-9. The annual event, organized and promoted by […]

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