Augusta, Georgia Shamrock Tour

Jun 11, 2017 View Comments

It’s June—high season for a motorcycle magazine. Just a short five months ago, my wife, Sarah, and I welcomed Oliver, our first child, into this world. Like most new parents, I think, we questioned the hospital for letting us take this fragile little human home just a few days after birth. Well, he made it, […]

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Review: Chain Monkey Chain Tensioning Tool

Jun 09, 2017 View Comments

Regular drive-chain maintenance is a necessary evil to ensure prolonged chain and sprocket life, and, of course, rider safety. Most of us fulfill this requirement with a few squirts of lube periodically, and some even give the chain a nice cleaning first. Far less, however, take the time to accurately check the chain tension. Taking […]

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Metzeler’s Karoo 3 Tires for Enduros

Jun 08, 2017 View Comments

Metzeler’s Karoo 3 are a new concept of adventure and enduro on/off tires dedicated to off-road expeditions. The tires feature improved off-road traction and on-road stability, and excellent mileage. Suitable for light and heavy enduros, the Karoo 3s are available in three front and six rear sizes. The tires boast a new tread pattern, larger […]

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Giving Riders in Need a ‘Leg Up’: Interview with Pete Giarrusso from LegUp LandinGear

Jun 07, 2017 View Comments

A touring motorcycle, especially when packed with gear and pillion, can be a beastly thing to keep upright. Now throw in bad knees, bad hips, or weak legs. Pete Giarrusso is the founder of LegUp LandinGear, a unique retractable stabilization system designed for aging riders and those with disabilities. Run out of Chopper Design, his […]

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Loretta Lynn Ranch to Host Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival Sept 28 – Oct 1

Jun 06, 2017 View Comments

Got fall plans? The Loretta Lynn Ranch will be hosting the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival September 28 – October 1, 2017. The event will host motorcycle riders of all makes, models, and years at one of the most storied and beautiful ranches in Tennessee. Located 60 miles west of Nashville, the ranch will feature live […]

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Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma: Riding the Cherokee Trail of Tears Part III

Jun 06, 2017 View Comments

We pick up the Cherokee removal journey in central Missouri: “We travelled about 12 miles to a settlement called Port Royal (believed to be Waynesville by researchers), on the banks of a beautiful stream, named Rubedoo. Here we had a delightful place, on the bank of the river, convenient to wood and water. We employed […]

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Bell and Fasthouse Partnership Kicks off With Special Edition Moto-9

Jun 06, 2017 View Comments

Bell Helmets, an industry leader in helmet technology since 1954, and Fasthouse, one of motocross’ core lifestyle brands, have kicked off an official partnership with the unveiling of a special edition Fasthouse Moto-9 helmet. The two brands will produce an ongoing range of special edition Bell helmets and accessories, in addition to distinguishing Bell as the […]

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Review: Sena FreeWire Bluetooth Adapter for Harley-Davidson and Honda Gold Wing

Jun 05, 2017 View Comments

Less mess, less stress. The FreeWire is a Bluetooth adapter designed for both Harley-Davidsons and Honda Gold Wings that allows riders to wirelessly connect to their bike’s infotainment system. Once connected to your Bluetooth headset, you can use it to communicate via CB radio, hear turn-by-turn directions from the GPS system, listen to your favorite […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: McKenzie Pass—Santiam Pass Scenic Byway

Jun 03, 2017 View Comments

McKenzie Highway (State Route 242) started out in the 1870s as a wagon toll road, which wound its way through massive lava flows. The road was widened in 1920, graded and surfaced between 1920 and 1924, and became an Oregon State Highway in 1925. The first recorded crossing of the pass was in April 1859 […]

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RoadRUNNER at Americade 2017

Jun 02, 2017 View Comments

One of our favorite events of the year is just a few days away—Americade! Celebrating its 35th year, the Americade Motorcycle Rally will take place June 6 – 10 in beautiful Lake George, NY. Here’s a few of the things we’re looking forward to: Following George A. Wyman: Tracing the First Transcontinental Road Trip In 1903, […]

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Sidetracked: Turkey Scout

Jun 01, 2017 View Comments

“Be Prepared!” The Boy Scout motto is a good mantra to live by. Unfortunately, even as a bona fide Eagle Scout my adherence to the wisdom often undulates. “Flat again! Come get me.” These words, texted to the rescue team (my wife), articulate a reluctant tossing-in of the towel after a completely unnecessary ordeal. Three […]

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Ace Cafe Opens in Downtown Orlando

May 31, 2017 View Comments

The infamous Ace Cafe is celebrating its first North American location with the grand opening of Ace Cafe Orlando. Spanning 35,000 square feet, the two-story complex includes a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, private and semi-private group spaces, retail shops, an art gallery, and more. It offers motor-diner-inspired comfort food, […]

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Touring Tip: Getting Your Bike Ready to Tour

May 30, 2017 View Comments

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to make sure your mount is ready to hit the road. If you’re like many of us at RoadRUNNER, during the colder months you scope out touring destinations, research scenic routes, create packing lists, decide on touring dates, and have made at least some reservations. But all […]

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2016 Suzuki Boulevard C90T: Effortlessly Easy

May 27, 2017 View Comments

Suzuki’s top-of-the-line touring V-twin hasn’t changed much in the past few years, but it’s a solid platform for effortless roaming of backroads, with plenty of opportunity for customization. This model has been tested over the past year, mainly in the Southeast, with plenty of curves in the Appalachians, coastal roads, and sweltering heat and humidity.

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‘Run for the Wall’ Veterans Ride Pulls Into D.C. Today

May 26, 2017 View Comments

After nearly two weeks on the road, Run for the Wall (RFTW) participants will be arriving today at their final destination: Washington, D.C. With a tagline of “riding for those who can’t,” the cross-country event has a mission to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action; to honor those killed in action […]

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