The Case for Camping

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments

Why Camp? Communing with nature is one of the most enticing reasons to camp out, but there are many others. Self Sufficiency – Taking one’s own food and shelter, in addition to two-wheeled transportation, conveys a greater sense of freedom to roam and explore. Having camping gear along on any motorcycle trip also provides back-up […]

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Riding to Work

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

Approaching my office building, the traffic is heavier, but I soon dive underground into the parking garage The attendant and I exchange waves as I’m allowed to bypass the line of cars backed-up at the entrance gate. Pulling into my parking space five levels down, I dismount, remove my protective gear, grab my briefcase and […]

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Rebel Without a Clue

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

It’s the B-movie western we’ve all seen a hundred times. Outlaws ride into town, get drunk in the saloon and clash with the locals. The ineffectual, alcoholic sheriff won’t intervene; his daughter, meanwhile, falls for the gang leader. The locals form a lynch mob, and the sheriff, shamed into action, tries to intervene. There’s an […]

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MotoVentures Training

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

Some of us are constantly working to keep our skills up to date and expand our motorcycling knowledge. This means studying books, reviewing videos, or even attending a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. Some take that thirst for knowledge to the track in the form of a track day or they enroll in courses at one […]

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Protection Racket

Nov 01, 2006 View Comments

There are two kinds of riders, it’s said: Those who are going down and those who have been down. Falling off a motorcycle is something that almost all of us will experience at one time or another. RoadRUNNER readers, being well above average in intelligence, experience and perspicacity, therefore understand the importance of getting good […]

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City Portrait: Knoxville, Tennessee

Sep 01, 2006 View Comments

All motorcyclists covet great roads, and everyone has their favorites. But when it all boils down, certain common denominators remain. The twists, turns, sweeps, and swoops of lonely two-lanes snaking their way through the mountain ranges across the land usually comprise the cream of the collective crop. And every motorcyclist who can’t resist the thrills […]

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New York’s Scooter Scene

Sep 01, 2006 View Comments

New York, New York. So nice they had to name it twice. The Big Apple. Gotham, the city that never sleeps, is an unlikely place to find two-wheeled communion, plagued as it is with manic cabbies, potholes that swallow small children, and suburban sprawl that pushes any scenic back roads well beyond the city limits. […]

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BMW Mendoza

Sep 01, 2006 View Comments

For five years running, the BMW Biker Meeting has been a huge success in Garmisch, Germany, and for three years in the Vale de Aran, Spain, both of which I was fortunate to have enjoyed attending this past year. Having selected Mendoza, Argentina, for this big weekend event, BMW was surely starting something great in […]

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Christian Neuhauser Memorial Ride 2006

Jul 20, 2006 View Comments

Everyone here at RoadRUNNER would like to thank all the great people that came out to join us for the first annual Christian Neuhauser Memorial Ride. We met at the Village Inn in Clemmons, NC this past July 15th to celebrate Christian’s life by doing what he would have wanted us to do – go riding. The sheer diversity of bikes and riders was absolutely amazing. Christian would have been proud. After lunch at the Station’s Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway, different groups set off to enjoy a variety of routes the RoadRUNNER staff had laid out. Despite a few afternoon showers, the ride proved to be a great success thus cementing the “annual” to the name of the event.

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Beautiful Views, Dangerous Distractions

Jul 01, 2006 View Comments

During the five-year period between 1998 and 2002, the number of motorcycle accidents on The Blue Ridge Parkway increased over 60 percent. When Chief Parks Ranger John Garrison cited that statistic, he prefaced it by saying they had noticed a significant rise in accidents. But 60 percent isn’t significant, it’s catastrophic. And most of those […]

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Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club National Meet

Jul 01, 2006 View Comments

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is a freaky place.Your average city is a place where history happens in the course of incidents inevitably occurring over the duration of time. But Oak Ridge is a place created specifically to make history. Big history. History that mankind will remember for as long as man exists. History that changed the […]

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Welcome To Beemerville!

May 01, 2006 View Comments

The Lima Allen County Fairgrounds became the landing point for Beemerville settlers in 2005. Many questioned the choice of Lima for the rally location. After all, the Midwest is not known to have the greatest riding in the country. The roads are flat and pretty straight – usually not the first or even the fifteenth […]

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The Dark Side

May 01, 2006 View Comments

A gas tank miscalculation means I’m riding through the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest after dark. Dense evergreens crowd the road, filtering out any moonlight that might have squeezed through the clouds, and the dark tarmac seems to drain the brightness from my headlight. As I round a right-hander, the dappled rear end of a deer, as […]

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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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