Blue Rim’s Peru Tour: A Trip Right Out of National Geographic

Nov 20, 2014 View Comments

Few places on earth can rival Peru’s combination of rugged mountains, rich history, and riding adventure. The country is home to no fewer than eleven UNESCO World Heritage sites including the city of Cusco and the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu. On Blue Rim’s Peru Tour, you’ll carve your way through the soaring Andes […]

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MotoMojo – Shock & Fork Springs

Nov 19, 2014 View Comments

During my trip from LA to Panama (see Moto Mundo Maya in the Apr ’10 issue of RoadRUNNER), one of the few shortcomings I noticed on the Kawasaki KLR650 was weak stock springs. Although the bike is a great value, after adding the metal panniers and heavy cargo for the long ride, the rear suspension […]

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RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: Shamrock Tours – One City, Four Loops

Nov 18, 2014 View Comments

Those who’ve been subscribing to RoadRUNNER Magazine for some time will be very familiar with our trademark Shamrock Tours as they’re the cornerstone of each issue. From  RoadRUNNER’s very beginning in 2001, we wanted to create motorcycle tours that are easy and convenient so that our readers would be able to enjoy as many of […]

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2015 Ducati Multistrada 1200: DVT Upgrade

Nov 17, 2014 View Comments

The biggest update to the 2015 Multistrada is, at least according to Ducati, a first for the motorcycle industry—variable valve timing with independent exhaust and intake camshafts. Ducati calls it Desmodronic Variable Timing (DVT), and the company says it optimizes the engine’s power delivery with better throttle response across the entire rev range, enhanced low […]

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Motorcycle Styling: The Beak

Nov 16, 2014 View Comments by Steve Mauk

Certain categories of motorcycles can be identified at a glance by genre-specific styling attributes. Ultra low seat heights and forward-mounted foot pegs generally won’t be found outside of the cruiser lineup, and the faux “beak” located under a bike’s headlight pegs the motorcycle as an adventure bike. Although most associate the avian styling touch with […]

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RoadRUNNER Editor Spotlight: David Burbach

Nov 15, 2014 View Comments

You’ve read their articles and perhaps met them out on the road or at RoadRUNNER‘s annual Touring Weekend, but what do you know about our illustrious group of writers and editors? We decided to ask each one a few simple questions and share their responses with you, next up, RoadRUNNER photojournalist, David Burbach. Name: David Burbach Current city and state: Winston-Salem, […]

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Tour of the Week – Southwest New Mexico

Nov 14, 2014 View Comments

Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Southwest New Mexico Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Jan/Feb 2006 issue.

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Riding for a Cause

Nov 13, 2014 View Comments by Brian Shaney

I recently crossed paths with a couple of motorcyclists who are using their passion for riding to bring attention to the plight(s) of others. John Nomad (how is that for a name?) is traveling around the world by way of two wheels in an effort to draw support for orphans in Zambia. I met John […]

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MotoMojo: What to Do When a Tire Goes Flat

Nov 12, 2014 View Comments

Eventually, almost every motorcyclist finds themself in that unpleasant situation with a flat tire. Therefore, it’s important to know what to do and what to carry for such an event. As long as you understand that there is some risk involved, you can perform emergency repairs that should get you to a place where permanent […]

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2015 BMW S 1000 XR: Sport Touring Royalty

Nov 11, 2014 View Comments

The recipe for BMW’s newest touring machine reflects a current industry-wide trend. It goes something like this: take a liter bike, in this case BMW’s excellent S 1000 RR, remove some fairings, retune the engine, give it an upright seating position with a wide handlebar, and, voila, you’ve got a potent, naked bike (the BMW […]

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New Bike: The Break In

Nov 10, 2014 View Comments by Steve Mauk

For most riders, myself included, a brand new bike is something special. I made a rare and nearly spur-of-the-moment decision a few weeks ago when I purchased a 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after a brief test ride. One of my favorite dealerships had a V-Strom and a Yamaha Super Ténéré available for test rides, and […]

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2015 Yamaha FJ-09: The FZ Gets Civilized

Nov 09, 2014 View Comments

Last year the motorcycling world was set ablaze by the mid-size, budget priced Yamaha FZ-09 naked bike. Powered by a potent 847cc inline-triple with a MSRP under $8k, the FZ certainly offers a lot of bang for the buck. Building on that success, Yamaha just unveiled a new touring bike based on the FZ called […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Italy’s Stelvio Pass

Nov 08, 2014 View Comments by Jim Parks

Having the pleasure of traveling across the pond in late summer, I got to experiencing one of the most iconic paved roads in the world. The Stelvio is just one of the many pass roads experienced on Blue Rim’s Five-Country Tour. It’s the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in […]

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Touring Tip: Preparing Your Bike for Winter

Nov 07, 2014 View Comments by Jim Parks

Temperatures have started to decline in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s time to consider storage and maintenance of our favorite mounts. Because most mechanical systems perform best when they’re used regularly, the best way of preparing your bike for winter is to simply keep riding and maintaining it. But many riders in […]

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Motorcyclists Remember Operation Hump

Nov 07, 2014 View Comments

Few historians have chronicled the battles of the Vietnam War. Like the brutal conflict in Korea, most politicians that made bad decisions would rather forget it ever happened. Returning veterans were scorned and so disheartened many refused to talk about their roles in combat. Time does not heal the wounds of war. Combat veterans carry […]

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