Vintage Motorcycle Mania At Mid-Ohio

Mar 01, 2006 View Comments

Set amid the contours of 330 tree-lined acres, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is considered one of the most technically challenging and beautiful racing circuits in the US. The 15-turn, 2.4-mile, asphalt-paved, permanent road course was established in 1962 by Les Griebling, a local businessman, as a place to indulge his passion […]

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Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops

Mar 01, 2006 View Comments

If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, we all can admit to occasionally feeling the need to apply our brakes in the middle of a corner, or to cross the center line to save a turn we entered into too hot, or too early. As we leave the offending arc behind, smirking at us in […]

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If octane is good, is more better?

Jan 01, 2006 View Comments

Have you ever taken your baby to the gas station and decided to treat her? (I’m talking about the bike, of course.) So you pull up to the pumps and go for the highest octane you can get. After all, nothing’s too good for your bike, or is it? What’s special about higher octane fuel? […]

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The Benefits of Becoming a Scooter Commuter

Jan 01, 2006 View Comments

Back When Gas was 25 Cents A GallonAs a youngster I remember our car’s glove box held a little book in which my father dutifully tracked the gas mileage. Although gas only cost about 25 cents a gallon then, gas mileage was discussed among family and friends with an intensity that bordered on religious fervor. […]

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At the Sign of the Wolf

Jan 01, 2006 View Comments

When I started out in motorcycling, my second bike was a BMW 1100 GS. And since it’s routine, simply a matter of good form to do so here in Austria, I mounted a Remus Racing exhaust on it. What a sound! Before the Remus Company began developing and producing high-end vehicular components in the Styrian […]

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Not Your Typical BMW Emporium

Jan 01, 2006 View Comments

The San Francisco Bay area is unique in many respects. One that readily registers in a motorcyclist’s mind is that, for all its urban congestion – three major cities and a dozen smaller ones surround the bay, there are still amazing amounts of quiet, crowd-free, winding roads. Perfect for a Sunday ride and most of […]

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Cornercraft: Staying Safer in the Swerves

Nov 01, 2005 View Comments

The Hurt Report identified one of the most common single-vehicle motorcycle accidents as ‘a slideout and fall due to overbraking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.’ Barring unexpected intrusions, mechanical failure or changes in surface, you should never crash in a curve – as long as you take care […]

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The Barber Vintage

Nov 01, 2005 View Comments

Which motorcycles would you most like to see? Maybe that first bike you owned or the one Dad or Granddad rode during the war. Maybe you want to examine a legendary, historic or a one-of-a-kind ride? If you could see them all in one place, up close and personal, would the destination be worth the […]

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EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals

Nov 01, 2005 View Comments

Logistics. When used in conversation, the word is often accompanied by depressing qualifiers (nightmare, headache, royal pain in the…), assembled references that essentially mean “bummer,” a term you shouldn’t have to use when it comes to your hard-earned vacation and riding time. We work hard all year for those coveted two or, if you’re lucky, […]

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Left Side Story

Sep 01, 2005 View Comments

A pickup truck (called a “ute” in these parts) is heading straight for me on “my” side of the road. For a long second I can’t work out what’s wrong with this picture. Instinct (the incorrect one) kicks in, and I push the Yamaha to my right, onto the shoulder. Simultaneously, the ute veers too, […]

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Bill Mayer Saddles

Sep 01, 2005 View Comments

If memory serves me, the main character in “The Six Million Dollar Man” hailed from Ojai, California. You remember him, Colonel Steve Austin, in that totally cool 70s series about a pilot “barely alive” after an airplane crash. Rebuilt from bionic parts by Dr. Rudy Wells, he was deemed to be “better, stronger, faster.” Go […]

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Transalp Rally in Red Rock Country

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments

When Honda introduced its unique “Rally Touring” XL 600V Transalp to the U.S. market in 1989, the reaction was a dispirited ho-hum. American riders didn’t know what to make of the bike. Based initially on the rugged, rally-type motorcycles Honda built to enter in long-distance races, such as the Paris-Dakar rally, the Transalp seemed ahead […]

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Touratech Portrait

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments

If you follow the roots of the Touratech company all the way back, you’ll find a bicycle speedometer. In the mid-eighties, Herbert Schwarz mounted one on his R80 G/S for an Africa tour. A trained electronics engineer, he had soon given it an illuminated housing and otherwise improved and refined it. Reiner Frach programmed the […]

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Exploring the Lincoln Highway on a Vintage Honda

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments

America’s First Coast-to-Coast Highway is BornIn the early 1900s, automobiles were mostly playthings for the wealthy and roads were often nothing more than twin ruts through the mud. A road was “improved” if it had been graded and travelers were fortunate if it also had a gravel covering. In 1912, Carl Fisher, owner of the […]

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Road Bites

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments

Got the munchies? We’ve all been there: it’s mid-afternoon at a gas station. You missed lunch, and breakfast is a distant memory. No problem – there’s plenty of food in the store: chips, pop tarts, candy bars. You eat your fill, wash it down with diesel-flavored coffee, and hit the road. For an hour you […]

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