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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City Portrait: New Orleans

Mar 01, 2004 View Comments

With a full moon overhead, a warm spring breeze hums through the streets of New Orleans. I’m walking down Magazine Street to the French Quarter with the pulse of excitement quickening within. A man in a mask walks by with a drink in his hand. At the corner of Bourbon and Canal, another man quotes […]

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Ride to Read

Jan 01, 2004 View Comments

Last June a new fundraising event was inaugurated in the Gem State – Idaho’s Ride to Read Rally, a 300-mile roundtrip ride between Boise and Stanley. Initiated by Jerome Eberharter, founder/CEO of White Cloud Coffee and an avid motorcyclist, the ride incorporated his love of motorcycling and his passion for reading. “Literacy,” he states, “is […]

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City Portrait: Vancouver

Jan 01, 2004 View Comments

Even for the New World, Vancouver is a young city. Until 1886, it existed only as a sawmill settlement called Granville at the mouth of Burrard Inlet, just north of the 49th parallel. In 1871, offered the prospect of a railroad connecting it to the east, British Columbia was beguiled into joining the confederation that […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Camp Zama Motorcycle Club

Jan 01, 2004 View Comments

In the beginning was the bike, the bike was with the rider, and the rider formed the club. Not long ago on the Kanto Plain in the Land of the Rising Sun an entity was born. It was in the form of a motorcycle club that does honor to all aficionados of this two-wheeled conveyance. […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School

Nov 01, 2003 View Comments

As I sit patiently waiting for the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School to begin, I am struck that it’s nothing like I imagined. Secretly expecting a group of die-hard squids and road racers with weird color hair, scuffed-up leathers and nose rings, I am pleasantly surprised to find that this is not so. My fellow classmates […]

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HSTA (Honda Sport Touring Association)

Nov 01, 2003 View Comments

It all started with a bike! In the case of Dana L. Sawyer, HSTA founder and member #0001, it was a 1982 Honda V-45 Sabre, which he enjoyed riding very much. Wondering if other people were having the same experience with this bike, he sent a short one-paragraph letter to the editors of motorcycle magazines. […]

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City Portrait: Sacramento Shining

Nov 01, 2003 View Comments

…the Neuhausers, waiting for all the excitement to die down, arrived in Sacramento, the capital of California, on four Ducatis in 2003. Our expectations were mixed. Some people who never laid eyes on the place wondered why we wanted to tour a “cow town” and, given the current state of California politics, we weren’t sure […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Riding Skills Series

Sep 01, 2003 View Comments

The Line is something that racers, and even street riders who take their riding seriously, are forever looking for and striving to improve. At the Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School we don’t believe that there is only one correct line. Watch videotapes of Schwantz throughout his career and you’ll see he often made use of unconventional […]

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City Portrait: Seattle’s Coffee Culture

Sep 01, 2003 View Comments

In the middle of the last century, Seattle pondered a critical decision: Should Interstate 5 run through the city center? Deciding in favor of an urban freeway has shaped the city’s growth, spawning “Pugetropolis,” a sprawl of communities along the I-5 corridor around Puget Sound including Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia. Already numbering three million people […]

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Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School – Cornering Reference Points

Jul 01, 2003 View Comments

As your speed through a given corner rises, it becomes increasingly more important to be precise with your cornering lines. If you’re riding slow enough, any number of lines is acceptable and you have a relatively broad path measured in feet or even yards to choose from. But as the speed increases that line gets […]

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City Portrait: Vermont’s Queen City

Jul 01, 2003 View Comments

That was my first solo ride. Cruising down Lake Street on my current Beemer (I still cancel my throttle return), I reflect on the changes that have taken place during the past 30 years. The rundown row of clapboard warehouses that once housed the BMW dealership is gone. So are the fuel storage tanks, the […]

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Loveride

May 01, 2003 View Comments

Sunday morning at Glendale Harley-Davidson’s 19th LOVERIDE the crowd is so tightly packed we’re on a first-name basis. Twenty-four hours ago I took farm roads, not freeways, south from Monterey to Los Angeles. Most of these frontage roads were built over stagecoach runs profiling the land’s natural features. Conversely, hopping one of the major freeways […]

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City Portrait: Sydney, Australia

May 01, 2003 View Comments

Some historyIn 1300, Marco Polo murkily described for Europeans a southern land later added to Renaissance maps as Terra Australis. It then took 316 years for the first European to step on Australian soil. Dirk Hartog sailed from Amsterdam and nailed a pewter plate to a pole when he landed on the western shore. The […]

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