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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Bristol, Virginia

Shamrock Tour® - Bristol, Virginia

A late spring tour in the southern mountains often brings rainstorms along for the ride. On the way to Bristol, the dark and ominous clouds chase us wherever we go. Then, finally, in Jefferson, the rain gets a hold of us and doesn't let go until we get back to Bristol.This late May trip combines many objectives. Spend time with my mum, Christa, and my girlfriend, Sarah, scout the area for the 2010 Touring Weekend, celebrate my birthday, and test out Midland Radio's BT2 communication system. Will all this prove to be too much for a first journalism assignment? Perhaps, but I'm more worried about riding in thunderstorms and using a communication system with Sarah for the entire trip. All three of us were supposed to be connected, but I put my foot down arguing that one woman in my helmet was more than enough! Christa is riding the 2009 Honda VFR800, and Sarah and I are on the 2010 Triumph Tiger — great motorcycles for this part of the country.
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Apostle Islands, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

Apostle Islands, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

The rustle of autumn leaves and the sight of a golden pumpkin can bring back memories of high school football games, neighborhood battles of Kick-the-Can, and the sweet smell of leaded exhaust from your first bike. This kind of nostalgia can be dangerous, especially if you still own a bike without an electric start, because where will it lead? To a fall tour on a vintage bike, obviously. After mentioning my trip down memory lane to my wife, Linda, we decide to take two of our oldest cycles — a 1948 Vincent Rapide and a 1975 Honda CB400 Four Super Sport — out for a tour of Wisconsin's North Shore.
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Part II: Four-State Anasazi Archeology Tour: Utah, Arizona and New Mexico

Part II: Four-State Anasazi Archeology Tour: Utah, Arizona and New Mexico

The modern-day popular media has often portrayed the Anasazi people as having mysteriously vanished without a trace. Some have even implied that there is a paranormal or extraterrestrial explanation for their "sudden" disappearance. In our quest to better understand the more earthly explanation for the Anasazi's disappearance, Steve and I continue our September riding adventure, along the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway, into the remote southeast corner of Utah.
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Malaysia, Motosikals & MotoGP

Malaysia, Motosikals & MotoGP

Malaysia Tourism asked RoadRUNNER if we'd like to come and see what this booming Asian country has to offer. The roots of this tour really began back in 2008 when I rode a Borneo expedition with the "Bumi Bikers," a large group of prominent motorcyclists active in promoting tourism in Malaysia - so I was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity to go back. Arriving at Kuala Lumpur (KL) International Airport in late October, I'm whisked to the downtown Seri Pacific Hotel and greeted by hosts Ina and Hisham, co-owners of Wheel Technik, Malaysia's largest-selling motosikal (motorcycle) magazine. Harris Andria — route captain from the Borneo ride — is there to join the tour, as well as my South African friend and Bike SA moto-journalist, Howard Stafford and his wife June.
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Part I: California, Nevada, and Utah via Route 50

Part I: California, Nevada, and Utah via Route 50

While the Interstate Highway system may be the quickest way to wheel from sea to shining sea, it certainly lacks the personality that most motorcycle travelers seek. On the other hand, the process of discovering small towns, local color, and scenic stretches can eat into those precious vacation days. Well, just because our bicoastal escapade is tempered with an expeditious reality doesn't mean we can't map out the best of both worlds.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2011 Victory Lineup

2011 Victory Lineup

The New American Motorcycle, as Victory likes to call itself, is now moving comfortably into adolescence. It's been 13 years since the first 92 cubic-inch Victories went on sale, and the 2011 range now comprises 12 models across the cruising spectrum from boulevard bruisers to country-crossing baggers. As well, there are three generations of Ness-family limited edition customs from patriarch Arlen, son Cory, and grandson Zach Ness.
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2010 Ducati Multistrada

2010 Ducati Multistrada

Every so often, a motorcycle manufacturer comes out with a new design that moves the state-of-the-art forward a significant and noticeable amount — a "game changer" if you will. With the new Multistrada 1200 S, Ducati's engineers have significantly advanced motorcycle design by merging Italian style and excitement with high technology to produce a versatile new type of motorcycle that is very fast and sporty, while remaining comfortable and practical. In fact, a Multistrada 1200 S Sport even won at this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb. It is in recognition of this multi-talented milestone machine that we name this bike as our first "Motorcycle of the Year."
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2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2010 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

When Kawasaki invited us to ride the Vulcan 1700 Voyager in sunny California, I jumped at the chance. What could be better than touring the Golden State's vast highways and beautiful byways on a comfortable machine equipped with everything touring riders need to rack up the miles? Besides nice styling, there's a large frame-mounted fairing, ample storage capacity, a plush saddle, cruise control, a premium sound system, and a big engine.
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2010 Honda VFR1200F

2010 Honda VFR1200F

The V-4 engine was Soichiro Honda's favorite engine, and he wasn't alone. Since 1983, Honda has built V-4 motorcycles that have been hugely popular among riders around the world. In the late 80s, the VFR even outsold the English and Italian bikes in their respective countries. Now entering the next generation of new technologies from the Moto-GP world and other cutting-edge environments, the VFR, still true to its heritage and tradition, is for the experienced rider who rides long and often, and even hard. The all-new VFR1200F showcases an astonishing amount of revolutionary technology, from the world's first dual clutch transmission (DCT) for a large displacement motorcycle, to the 28-degree-phase crankshaft, asymmetric cylinder layout, and throttle by wire.
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