Blog Section: Outside the Lines

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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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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Backroads and Buggy Tracks

May 18, 2016 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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Another Reason

Apr 19, 2016 View Comments by

After forty years of riding (if you count my early dirt bikes), I figured out yet another reason to swing a leg over the seat. Bird watching. Yes, you read it right…. bird watching. And no, we don’t ride around with binoculars dangling around our necks and bird identification guides stuffed in the tankbags, although […]

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Road Rash: The Thangs Yew Larn

Dec 31, 2015 View Comments by

While working on a construction site years ago, one guy in particular had a habit of muttering the phrase “The Thangs Yew Larn” in typical Appalachian hill country drawl every time someone had a minor accident such as shooting a spike through their hand with a nail gun. In any case, the words somehow stuck […]

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Motorcycles and Photography: Unexpected Opportunities

Mar 07, 2015 View Comments by

The combination of photography and motorcycling can be addictive, and it wasn’t until I starting writing for RoadRUNNER that I discovered the appeal of having a camera at the ready while riding. My attempt at a budget, rainproof GPS case was a miserable failure, but I kept the ten-dollar waterproof box mounted above the handlebar […]

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Guy’s Night Out, Literally

Feb 28, 2015 View Comments by

Last spring, my wife made her annual trip to Florida with her sister and I was left with the tantalizing list of options that confront married folk when their spouses are away. Being alone once in a while is good, but the typical tug of war over what to do with my time began immediately. […]

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Law Enforcement: The Understanding

Jan 04, 2015 View Comments by

Several friends of mine were touring in a relatively remote section of a northern state, trying to make some time by tossing the concept of speed limits aside. Rolling along at around ninety-five mph, they expected the worst when a state trooper who was tucked off of the side of the road pulled them over. […]

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Motorcycle Styling: The Beak

Nov 16, 2014 View Comments by

Certain categories of motorcycles can be identified at a glance by genre-specific styling attributes. Ultra low seat heights and forward-mounted foot pegs generally won’t be found outside of the cruiser lineup, and the faux “beak” located under a bike’s headlight pegs the motorcycle as an adventure bike. Although most associate the avian styling touch with […]

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New Bike: The Break In

Nov 10, 2014 View Comments by

For most riders, myself included, a brand new bike is something special. I made a rare and nearly spur-of-the-moment decision a few weeks ago when I purchased a 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after a brief test ride. One of my favorite dealerships had a V-Strom and a Yamaha Super Ténéré available for test rides, and […]

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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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