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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Group Riding

Jan 01, 2005 View Comments

Sharing the experience of the road, the companionship and camaraderie make riding with others a great deal of fun. And if you do it right, it’s safer than riding alone: a group of riders is more difficult for a dozing driver to miss than a single bike. Yet if you get it wrong, it can […]

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Vintage Riding in Virginia’s Hunt Country

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

Arriving in Middleburg, about an hour west of Washington, DC, on US 50, I’m at the epicenter of Virginia’s famous “hunt country.” Years ago, the rich and famous equestrian set began settling in the stunningly beautiful rolling hills just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia. In our time, the actor Robert Duvall […]

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World Travelers – Uwe Krauss and Ramona Schwarz

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

“Ramona, please see to it that Uwe brushes his teeth properly!” exclaimed his mom, a dentist, when I gently broke the shocking news that her son and I were planning a motorcycle trip around the world. Her little birdie was about to leave his warm nest and fly away for the next five years – […]

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STARgazing

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

High above Roanoke, atop Mill Mountain, there is an 88-foot tall, illuminated star visible for miles after dark. And I suppose if you are organizing a rally in honor of Yamaha’s Star line of cruising and touring machines, that big beacon could certainly be perceived as a sign. Also consider, Roanoke is part of the […]

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Preparing Your Bike for Winter Storage

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

“A stitch in time saves nine” is the adage to keep in mind when preparing your bike properly for winter storage. It could save you as much as nine times the work – and money – later on. Of course, postponing that work until spring may be an attractive prospect on a chilly fall day; […]

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The Leather Boys

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

The settingThe 1950s were a bleak period in British history. The country had an economy devastated by war, an industrial base undermined by worn-out equipment, and a persistent trade deficit that kept food rationing in place until 1955. But the fifties also brought great social change. The influence of American media, especially movies and rock […]

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The King’s Castle

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

A young couple living from job to job and paycheck to paycheck bore twin sons in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. Gladys Love Smith Presley and Vernon Elvis Presley lived in a small, two-room house when the twins were born – the first died at birth, the second was named Elvis Aaron Presley. In […]

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City Portrait: Kansas City

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

Aprilia and Piaggio are providing their elite scooters, the Scarabeo and Atlantic, for our city excursion. But we have to drive another 172 miles west of KC to pick them up at Salina Powersport. It’s easier with our other mounts, the Vespa and the BV 200 – Vespa Kansas is located in Overland Park just […]

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