Blog Section: Outside the Lines

Serious Bikes

Jul 05, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life waiting for that magical time when the kids were raised, the house was paid off, and I could go shopping for a “serious” bike. I loosely defined a serious bike as being something exotic, expensive, or possessing class-leading performance. I’ve always owned at least one bike, […]

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Local Destinations

May 31, 2014 View Comments by

This one is a follow-up to the “PP Breaks” blog that was recently posted, and highlights the Honey Run Falls area located a few minutes ride from Spearman’s Restaurant in Howard, OH. I mistakenly listed Millville as the location for Spearman’s, and although the two are close, the actual location is Howard. I’ve ridden extensively […]

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The Vis Biz

May 24, 2014 View Comments by

I was topping off my Transalp’s gas tank years ago when a guy walked up to me and asked in a very offensive tone of voice why I wasn’t wearing a white helmet. Here in Ohio we don’t have a helmet law, and sadly only a small minority of us even wear head protection. I’d […]

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After the Ride

May 03, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve got a friend who takes great pride in the fact that the only water to ever touch his bike is rain. He rides a 1200cc adventure bike, and I suspect that he wants to cultivate that “Indiana Jones” world traveler persona despite the fact that his bike is rarely off the tarmac. Then again, […]

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PP Breaks

Apr 26, 2014 View Comments by

Now that I’ve got your attention, this one isn’t about what you think it is. One “P” stands for pie, and the other for petrol. Fortunately for me, there’s a place that sells both located the perfect distance from my house for an afternoon or evening ride. Short local rides are a major part of […]

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My Dual Sport: The Chameleon

Apr 19, 2014 View Comments by

Bad things happen with alarming frequency when one rides a motorcycle in the woods. Not major league bad things necessarily, but bad things nonetheless. I rarely venture off-road without taking at least one spill, and I sometimes have several mishaps during an off-road outing, although they usually involve nothing more than dusting myself off and […]

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Winter’s No Fun (OK, Maybe a Little)

Mar 15, 2014 View Comments by

Anyone else ever notice how inviting the photos of other riders on a winter outing are? The Aerostich catalog often features winter riding photos on the cover, and I usually head into the season with a firm resolve to ride regularly so long as the roads aren’t covered with salt or patches of ice and […]

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The Voice: When Your Mind Affects Your Ride

Mar 08, 2014 View Comments by

With several decades of riding under my belt, I’d like to say that I’ve got it down pat and take to the road with unflappable confidence and consistency, but I don’t. I consider myself a fairly decent rider, one who has a reasonably accurate assessment of his limitations and abilities, and who doesn’t venture too […]

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The Right Stuff

Feb 15, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve owned around forty motorcycles over the years, and recently found myself reflecting on the thought process involved in selecting the bikes I’ve purchased. A definite pattern has emerged, especially when factoring in the length of time that the bikes were kept. I’d like to say that the purchase of my favorite bikes were the […]

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Relics

Feb 10, 2014 View Comments by

Last summer before the start of an “official” RoadRUNNER tour, I spent a few personal days with my friends John and Martha DeVito exploring some of Colorado’s dirt road mountain passes. I love dirt roads as well as mountains, and the combination of the two made for some memorable riding. Although the roads were in […]

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Seeing It vs. SEEING IT: How Do You Tour?

Feb 01, 2014 View Comments by

It’s interesting how widely varied the preferred daily mileage of touring motorcyclists can be. Some folks don’t consider it a day unless they’ve rolled over five or six hundred miles of tarmac, while others are perfectly content to cover a hundred miles as long as it’s engaging. I strongly favor the latter train of thought […]

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Back Roads and Buggy Tracks

Jan 18, 2014 View Comments by

Try as we might, the “grass is greener somewhere else” syndrome is hard to shake, and we often overlook some very interesting local attractions while focusing on distant destinations. Such was the case for me with Ohio’s rural Amish community centered in the Millersburg area. Although we had visited Millersburg and some of the surrounding […]

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Balance

Dec 21, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve always been attracted to bikes with less than universal public appeal and appreciation for some reason. How many people do you know who seriously considered purchasing a Cagiva Elefant? I rest my case. I didn’t buy the Cagiva, mainly due to the bike’s seat height and the uncertainty of maintenance issues, but I came […]

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Wrong Bike, Right Road (Or Vice Versa)

Dec 14, 2013 View Comments by

When on RoadRUNNER tours, we occasionally get a route surprise thrown at us, and sometimes the road/bike combination puts us in a bit of a predicament. Before I began writing for the magazine, I assumed that the routes were somehow completely previewed before being ridden for an article. In reality, while a great deal of […]

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Using a Motorcycle as a Utility Vehicle

Nov 30, 2013 View Comments by

I know of several motorcyclists, all very serious riders, who rarely fire up their bikes unless there is a major riding event or tour at hand. The thought of hopping on the bike to perform mundane tasks such as stopping by the bank or picking up a loaf of bread apparently doesn’t cross their minds, […]

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