May/June 2010
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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Mountain View, Arkansas

Shamrock Tour® - Mountain View, Arkansas

We race toward the setting sun, darting from curve to curve along Arkansas' Route 14. A glance at the odometer verifies that the miles have really piled up since our departure from North Carolina. But the welcome climb into the foothills of the Ozark Mountains is reenergizing a couple of bottom-sides made weary by the Natural State's vertically-challenged eastern reaches.
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Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia

Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia

Soaring 186 feet above the Chesapeake Bay, on its 4.3-mile namesake bridge, our motorcycles seem to have slipped the surly bonds of earth. Enormous ships glide silently below and seagulls follow our exhilarating descent onto Kent Island, MD. Another bridge crossing and we'll arrive on a rural and historic peninsula of land that's claimed by three states: Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Nowadays this land is known by its acronym: Delmarva. And like our European ancestors, we're here to discover the essence of this place.
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Trails Across Wyoming

Trails Across Wyoming

If Route 66 is the "Mother Road," then Highway 26 could lay claim to "Grand-Mother" status: it runs from the heart of the Great Plains, across the Continental Divide, and through the Cascade Mountains to Seaside, Oregon.
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Lake Superior

Lake Superior

The shore of the northernmost lake is made famous in poetry and song, from Longfellow's tribute to the shores of Gitche Gumee, to the inspiration for Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Tragic shipwrecks, 350 to date. Lonely lighthouses. Gaping mine shafts. Waterfalls. Three states, two countries. Lake Superior, all.
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Scotland, 30 Years Later

Scotland, 30 Years Later

As we sit by the campfire one evening, Herbert recounts his first extended bike trip, 30 years ago. As is the way with travel tales, the wanderlust sets in, and there's only one remedy: to get back on the road.
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Southern California - Reader Ride

Southern California - Reader Ride

Where else could one ride less than 200 miles and experience the Pacific Ocean, the mountains, and the desert, but in Southern California? Take into account that it's virtually always sunny, rains less than 45 days a year, and temperatures generally hover between 60F - 85F. Throw in some great pavement and challenging curves - some of which rival those in the French Alps - and you have a great day of riding in store.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2010 Star® Stratoliner Deluxe

2010 Star® Stratoliner Deluxe

With "baggers" being the hottest trend in the cruiser scene right now and cruisers being the best sellers of all motorcycle categories, we enjoyed a couple days in Southern California riding the new 2010 Star® Stratoliner Deluxe bagger. Star Motorcycles - Yamaha's cruiser division - is now the top-selling metric cruiser brand in this hotly contested market.
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2009 Honda VFR800 Interceptor - Long-term Evaluation

2009 Honda VFR800 Interceptor - Long-term Evaluation

In 1983, performance-riding enthusiasts got their first look at Honda's radical new sportbike, the VF750F Interceptor. For most of them, it was love at first sight. The aggressive lines and racy paint scheme were truly infectious. And after nearly three decades of refinement, the VFR800 is still turning heads.
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Kymco XCiting 500 2010 Models

Kymco XCiting 500 2010 Models

This past fall, Kymco USA debuted their entire 2010 product line in Asheville, North Carolina, and RoadRUNNER was there to get a first-hand look. Though the Taiwanese company's offerings range from 50 to 500cc, we naturally gravitated toward their flagship model, the machine most suited for the open road.
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Also in this issue ...

  • Jim Ford's Rider's Workshop [Read]
  • Sport Touring Makeover [Read]
  • MotoMojo - Shock & Fork Springs [Read]
  • Tents for Staying Warm, Dry, and Bite-Free [Read]