City Portrait: San Antonio

Mar 01, 2002 View Comments

Texas is known for the dry, arid climate that holds sway to the northwest and south of here. But on the banks of the San Antonio River, there’s no indication of the harsh conditions endured by Native Americans and frontiersman for ages. Like an oasis of civilization making a last stand, San Antonio is inviting […]

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Concentration

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

THINK AHEADSpeaking of focus, remember to keep your attention focused in front of (and never behind) your motorcycle. It sounds simple, but all too often we find ourselves thinking about the mistake we made in the last corner while we’re rushing into the next corner at 100 feet-per-second (just over 68 mph) or faster. Every […]

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Harley-Davidson European Bike Week

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

Saturday, eight in the morning, and I’m sitting in the kitchen with a toasty mug of Italian coffee. The weather channel summary says: No showers on the horizon. So I can ride the 140 miles from my hometown of Graz to Faak without slipping into any of my foul weather gear. This dark green coffee […]

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Château Morrisette, Virginia

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

Given a map of the world and a handful of pushpins most wine lovers would locate their favorite vineyards by punching holes in a series of valleys – Napa Valley, the Sonoma Valley, the Loire Valley, the Rhine and Rhone Valleys. But many in Virginia and North Carolina will hover above the Blue Ridge Parkway […]

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City Portrait: Denver, CO

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

Monika is shaking a little bit. Not because of the curvy road without a railing we just encountered. It’s because she’s freezing. No wonder, it’s 30 degrees; and while sitting at the top of Mount Evans, it starts snowing on us. Unbelievable, it’s the middle of August. But the weather can turn cold and foul […]

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Freedom Fest

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

My brother Daniel, his girlfriend Andrea, and I are fanatical bikers and whenever we can we like to associate with others who feel the same about our favorite pastime. That’s why we decided our July shamrock tour in West Virginia should coincide with a visit to Snowshoe’s Freedom Fest. You’ll meet friendly bikers on virtually […]

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Ducatisti

Jan 01, 2002 View Comments

It was the sound of tuned exhausts echoing from ancient walls that did it. Until then it was just another great ride on another great motorcycle. Riding down that steeply pitched, much too narrow, ancient Etruscan street I was captivated by the Ducati mystique and it’s been with me ever since. Ducati began as a […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Riding Skills Series

May 01, 2001 View Comments

The first thing we want you to do is look where you want to go. It sounds so basic, but especially in panic-provoking situations, it can be your greatest undoing. Your mind tells your body to go where you’re looking, whether you want to go there or not. Don’t fixate on what triggered your panic. […]

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Bikers Welcome: Honda Hoot

May 01, 2001 View Comments

Presenting four days (June 19 – June 22) of pure motorcycle magic, the Eighth Annual Honda Hoot greeted more than 18,000 riders in Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park where 167 vendors displayed everything from tires and new leathers to accessories and magazines. The city of Knoxville is situated in a lush, green river valley and surrounded by […]

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Christian Motorcyclists Association

May 01, 2001 View Comments

(Text by Text: Joel A Wise, CMAUSA Director, International Coalition) Christian Motorcyclist Association is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian organization, dedicated to reaching people for Christ on the high­ways through motorcycling. Founded in the early 1970s, CMA now has over 90,000 members and over 600 chapters in the United States and Canada. Our Ministry Team program […]

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City Portrait: Atlanta

May 01, 2001 View Comments

When my brother Daniel and his girlfriend Andrea visited us this summer, Christa and I decided to take them with us to Atlanta to test drive two Aprilias, the new Scarabeo scooters, and thus began a delightful tour of the city. No stranger to Atlanta, Daniel has visited many times because one of his best […]

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Colorado 500 Road Bike Ride – For Fun and Charity

May 01, 2001 View Comments

What a scene! I hadn’t expected such a colorful combination of bikes and people. They come from all over: North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and California. That’s a partial list of the license plates I recognize while […]

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Brake Dance

Mar 01, 2001 View Comments

For years drum brakes were the best way to slow your motorcycle down until a more effective system took over: the disc brake. Honda was the first manu­facturer to introduce this new brake system in series production. The legendary CB 750 Four (1969) was the first production bike incorporating a hydraulically operated disc brake at […]

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Headgear From Switzerland

Mar 01, 2001 View Comments

As a foreigner I wonder sometimes “What’s going on in this country?” They still prefer the old measurement system to the metric, they play games with rules we’ll never fathom, broadcast sports and TV shows we’ve never seen (sooner or later they will appear in Europe), and they sometimes ride their motorcycles without helmets, even […]

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City Portrait: Charlotte, NC

Mar 01, 2001 View Comments

From Winston-Salem, I wind along highways 150 and 16, much of which is bordered by lovely rural scenery. Not so heavily traveled, these roads feature some pretty good curves too. It’s a relaxing ride, not particularly challenging, but what’s the hurry? Along the way towns like Spencer, Salisbury, and Mooresville have embraced their heritage and […]

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