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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The Western Maryland

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments

As we pull into Community Park in Thurmont, Maryland, on our modern-day Honda ST1300, my ears are immediately serenaded by the mesmerizing music of vintage motorcycles revving up. My wife Karen and I have ridden to this scenic area to attend The Western Maryland Motorcycle Association’s 15th annual vintage motorcycle meet and tour, known as […]

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Staying Single

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments

The design exemplifying the British motorcycle during its golden age in the 1920s and ’30s was the overhead valve single of 350 or 500cc. Every major manufacturer made at least one, and it was usually their bestseller. Simplicity combined with an excellent power-to-weight ratio and (usually) nimble handling made such a machine an ideal mount […]

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The Copper Mountain Cycle Fest 2004

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments

The weather report called for rain all day and even snow at the higher elevations. The more pessimistic reports included a warning for up to two inches of accumulation over ten thousand feet. On the map, Loveland Pass is clearly between Denver and Copper Mountain, and it’s also over eleven thousand feet. “This might not […]

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Choosing a New Motorcycle

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments

Choosing a bike used to be easy. If you wanted laid-back long-distance pleasure, you bought a Harley. For sportier riding, you bought a British twin. Beyond that, the field was pretty thin: mopeds, exotic but fragile Italian screamers, and stodgy, pricey German tugs. That was then and this is now. Dozens of manufacturers offer hundreds […]

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City Portrait: Boston, Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2005 View Comments

In Boston, with a riding season truncated by Old Man Winter, we’re passionate about our bikes; it’s the other drivers we’re not so enthusiastic about. Days before filing this story, I was in the back of a cab (my bike was in the shop) and we had just begun to overtake and pass a motorcyclist […]

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The Alps and Dolomites: Curves, Curves, Curves

Jan 01, 2005 View Comments

Riding up to another set of hairpin switchbacks, the fifth or sixth mountain pass we’ve climbed today – OK, now, focus on the road…set up for that right- hand switch back, downshift, look up the road…no cars coming…drift to the outside curve, look through the curve, lean…lean…lean more…nailed the apex. OK, roll on the throttle…easy…up […]

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Getting Ready for Europe Riding

Jan 01, 2005 View Comments

Some choose to bungee jump, extreme ski, fly ultra-lights or skydive. However you get your thrills, there is one experience that any real motorcyclist should not miss. In September 2004, 20 others and I rode the Alps of Austria and Italy with RoadRUNNER publisher Christian Neuhauser, his brother Daniel, and senior staff member Mike Miller. […]

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