Never too old

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

We have all heard that lame excuse: “I’m too old for that!” Perhaps it is true for some things. But it is not necessarily true about experiencing the thrill of a motorcycle ride. I came to this realization when I had the opportunity to give my mother-in-law a ride on the back of my Kawasaki […]

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Shake, Rattle & Roll

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

Parkfield, California, lies along the San Andreas Fault where trails and streams can change direction with each quake and local property lines might as well be drawn with an Etch-a-Sketch. Ride into Parkfield with a group of Monterey Bay HOG members and you may even create your own little quake, shake a few leaves loose, […]

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Packing a Bike

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

The most useful advice I ever got about travel in general was “Take half as many clothes and twice the money!” And while credit cards have rendered that advice partly obsolete, the first item still applies. The best way to pack those “just in case” items is to leave them at home, just as Robert […]

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De Soto National Forest

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

The De Soto National Forest, located in the southeastern corner of Mississippi, is 501,000 acres of protected woodlands, the largest national forest of the six located in the state. The serpentine creeks and rivers coursing through the longleaf, slash, and loblolly pine forests are tinted black – the result of tannic acid seeping from the […]

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Tour Planning Nuts & Bolts

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

Planning a tour isn’t something I’ve had to do for a while. Christian tells me where he wants me to go, and I always do as I’m told! Joking aside, where to go and what kind of tour you’re looking for are the two most important decisions you’ll make. Everything else pretty much follows. What […]

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

As the largest city in Ohio, Columbus is a superb riding destination with its friendly people, clean air and incredible range of activities. Adding to the attraction is the nearby Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, just a short ride south and east of the city at the junction of Interstates 70 and 71. Quietly […]

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City Portrait: Covington Kentucky

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

Eric Jones, my riding companion, and I are rolling along Hwy 8 through the suburbs of Covington. We pass the first of the four bridges that cross the river here and then we ride up on the Newport Aquarium, a modern marvel housing some 60 marine exhibits (7,000 animals) within its one-million-gallon, 100,000 square-foot domain. […]

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The 66 Diner

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

Along American roadways there is probably no more appealing example of cultural iconography than the simple chrome-plated diner. Defining the “fast” food concept of the time, they were everywhere in the fifties; and Route 66, the nation’s first cross-country highway, supported its fair share of them. The heyday for both has long passed, but nostalgia […]

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Bike Prep – For the New Season

May 01, 2004 View Comments

They say the best time to plant an oak tree is 40 years ago. And the best time to prepare your bike for this season was the end of last season. We’ll be covering that in a later issue of RoadRUNNER, but let’s assume you parked your bike when the weather turned last year and […]

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London, England

May 01, 2004 View Comments

Heady days they were most certainly. Rock ‘n’ roll was beginning to come of age, and jukebox diners, winkle-picker boots and fast, raucous motorbikes were all the rage. If you were a biker in swinging London, the North Circular Road became the place to be. Every night swarms of riders on all sorts of Triumph, […]

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City Portrait: Nashville, Tennessee

May 01, 2004 View Comments

I rolled into Nashville late in the evening on a Honda Gold Wing 1800 from Memphis on I-40, a stretch of road better known as The Music Highway. Heading straight for historic Second Avenue, I find the Wildhorse Saloon rollicking with the best country-western dancers in the world. A 1,400-capacity multilevel nightclub with 3,300 square […]

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Nemesis and 952

May 01, 2004 View Comments

Some famous bike-building towns: Mandello del Lario, Milwaukee, Spandau, Hinckley, Gladstone… Gladstone? Huh? OK, it’s not so famous maybe, not yet, but the Portland, Oregon suburb of Gladstone is where you’ll find Kenny Dreer’s Norton Motorsports Inc. The current custodian of this illustrious name is the first in more than a decade who can lay […]

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Mid-Atlantic Italian Motofest

May 01, 2004 View Comments

About six years ago, my friend Travis stumbled across a sweet deal. You know the deal I’m talking about: the slightly damaged bike that’s totaled by the insurance company and resold at a song. The kind of deal that always seems to elude me. Anyway, the bike was a Ducati 900ss. He put some money […]

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Tools to Go

Mar 01, 2004 View Comments

Nowadays the quality and reliability of most motorcycles are so high that serious break downs are rare. But you never know. Sometimes a slight defect can slow you down or interrupt your trip. For instance, your bike could suffer from a broken bulb (headlight, taillight, brakelight), a flat tire, or a broken clutch/throttle cable. Or […]

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Mar 01, 2004 View Comments

The day before I embarked on a Gold Wing 1800 to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, I opened a Backpacker Magazine article entitled “Organ Pipe Cactus – The Most Dangerous Park in America.” Flipping to the story, I was shocked to learn that my standard riding Kevlar might be pulling double duty – protecting me […]

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