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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Unlimited Horizons

Jul 01, 2005 View Comments

After an article in RoadRUNNER whets your appetite for traveling have you ever wondered where you could meet like-minded people with the same spirit of adventure? Do you need some encouragement to pursue your dreams? One particular website, www.horizonsunlimited.com, was constructed with just those questions in mind. Founded by a Canadian couple, Grant and Susan […]

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Secrets of Successful Baking

May 01, 2005 View Comments

Wolfram Schleicher’s last name means “slow goer” in German – which is about the only thing slow about him. We recently met up with the CEO of Nolan Germany in the southern German town of Lindau for a ride across the Alps to Bergamo, to visit one of the world’s most modern helmet plants. At […]

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Leather or Synthetic?

May 01, 2005 View Comments

“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,” Henry David Thoreau advised in Walden. It’s unlikely Thoreau had motorcycling in mind, but as you’re reading RoadRUNNER, you’ve probably decided to ignore his counsel anyway. So why do we need special clothing? If you have to ask, perhaps you wouldn’t understand. Motorcycling is dangerous. When riding, […]

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The Passion Of Mark Jurus

May 01, 2005 View Comments

A Hobby Turns into a BusinessUntil a few years ago, there were few dealers in the U.S. offering new scooters for sale. Most riders acquired their machines used and then sought out specialists to help restore and maintain them. It was exactly this market that Mark Jurus tapped into in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1993, when […]

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A Softail Standard takes on Laguna Seca

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments

While trying to keep up with a group of metrics through some back road twisties, you find out biking is more than cruising, that your Harley was designed for more than freeway riding, and that it’s time to sign up for track lessons. I know you’ve ridden to Sturgis but think of your loved ones, […]

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