In Pursuit of Wildness: Joshua Tree National Park

Mar 09, 2017 View Comments

“… Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow …” —Johnny Cash Joshua Tree National Monument is a special place in the desert. I say that because I’ve walked along some of its lonely trails, camped there, scrambled over the huge boulders, looked up at the night sky, and served as acting superintendent when working for […]

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Using New Metzeler MC 360 Tires, Team Sets Three World Records in South America

Mar 08, 2017 View Comments

The brand new Metzeler MC 360 tire, which will be available in April, already boasts three world records. Last weekend, the tires went through the final stage of the test, which challenged it with extreme trials at the Nevado Ojos del Salado volcano, located at the border between Argentina and Chile. At 22,615 feet, it is the […]

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Review: Biltwell Gringo S Full-Face Helmet

Mar 07, 2017 View Comments

Southern California-based Biltwell has been in the business of producing stylish motorcycle riding gear as well as parts and accessories for over a decade now, and the retro-inspired Gringo S is one of the company’s staple products. Reminiscent of the original Bell Star (circa the 1970s), the Gringo S offers riders old-school styling and “new-school” […]

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Touring Tip: Riding Year-Round

Mar 06, 2017 View Comments

As fall turns to winter and temperatures spiral downward, seasonal motorcyclists all but disappear from the roadways. Except for possibly venturing out on the rare warm day, their backroad riding passion is put into cold storage along with their bike. This needn’t be the case, but gear and strategies must change with the seasons. Here […]

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Indian’s New Flat Tracker Retails for $50,000

Mar 05, 2017 View Comments

Want Indian’s new flat track racebike? It’ll cost you. The Scout FTR750 is now available for purchase for $50,000. This is the same bike currently being run by Indian’s new “Wrecking Crew” in the American Flat Track series. A purpose-built, high-performance 750cc V-twin engine powers the Scout FTR750. It features a unique, ultralight steel frame, […]

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MV Agusta’s New Brutale 800

Mar 03, 2017 View Comments

Fifteen years after its first appearance, the new Brutale 800 is now available in the U.S. With a new take on its proportions—including a more sculpted shapes and a focus on the front end—the Brutale 800 enhances the reinterpretation of the bike’s main stylistic features, such as the elliptical shape of the headlamp, now a full LED, and […]

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Kanab, Utah Shamrock Tour®: The Greatest Earth on Show

Mar 02, 2017 View Comments

It’s a beautiful late spring morning as Kris and I prepare for the first of four days 
exploring southwestern Utah. It’s no secret the state has some of the most fantastic scenery and roads this side of anywhere, and we are more than eager to get underway.

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Federal Trade Agency Holding Motorcyclists Hostage

Mar 01, 2017 View Comments

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef that contains hormones. So, instead of working out a solution based on agricultural products, the Trade Representative included motorcycles in its proposed 100 percent tariffs on some products imported from Europe. The tariff would affect motorcycles with an engine […]

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Classic Roads: Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor

Feb 28, 2017 View Comments

The notion of building a transcontinental highway across America in 1914 was, back then, a very radical idea. Nevertheless, Carl Fisher, who built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Henry Joy, president of Packard Motor Car Company, joined forces to do just that. It was Joy’s idea to name the Lincoln Highway after our sixteenth president, […]

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Review: Vikingbags Medium Back Rest Tailbag

Feb 27, 2017 View Comments

When it comes to luggage, sturdy and simple are two highly desired traits, and Vikingbags’ medium-sized tailbag delivers. Just under 10 pounds, it’s made of synthetic leather, and at 15.5 x 14.5 x 10 inches, it opens from the top and retains its shape even when empty. You’ll need a nine-inch mounting zone. The bag […]

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DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally Sign-Up Starts March 1, 2017

Feb 25, 2017 View Comments

Sign up for DirtDAZE, the adventure bike rally in Lake Luzerne, NY, is about to open. This year’s rally will run from June 7 – 10. The event is a fun, adventurous, and educational multi-day festival for dual-­sport and adventure motorcycles in northeastern New York. Guided rides and rider training sessions are known to sell out, […]

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2017 Harley-Davidson Touring Rollout: The Motor Company Does a Heart Transplant!

Feb 24, 2017 View Comments

Harley’s Twin Cam engines have been around since the last century—heck, the last millennium—so it was time for a change. Change has come in the form of a new powerplant dubbed the Milwaukee-Eight, for its eight valves (four per cylinder, up from the prior two) and, you guessed it, the historic location of the Motor […]

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KTM Announces Its Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Feb 23, 2017 View Comments

Road racing fans from all over the world can experience the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in a unique fashion this April 21-23. KTM North America is introducing its Red Bull KTM MotoGP Fan Pack for the U.S. MotoGP stop at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, TX. The KTM MotoGP team will […]

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Review: Find It Now GPS Security System

Feb 22, 2017 View Comments

Whether your motorcycle is the trusty steed that gets you back and forth to work every day or the decked-out tourer that carries you across state lines, preventing theft is a necessary precaution. Designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, Find It Now’s (FIN) GPS security system is made for motorcycles and other recreational vehicles, and the […]

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic: Relive the Past in Luxury!

Feb 21, 2017 View Comments

Indian’s new Roadmaster Classic model replaces the hard luggage and the black saddle on the regular Roadmaster, introduced last year (read full review in the June 2016 issue), with handsome brown leather items. This transforms the appearance of the big machine, giving it a more vintage look, while retaining the excellent touring capability of the motorcycle. […]

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