The evolution of motorcycle crash protection has been a slow process with over a century separating those first leather jackets and helmets from the high-tech headgear and armor protection we enjoy today. Several companies have risen to the forefront of the rider protection industry, but first let’s take a moment to talk about CE ratings. […]
While working on a construction site years ago, one guy in particular had a habit of muttering the phrase “The Thangs Yew Larn” in typical Appalachian hill country drawl every time someone had a minor accident such as shooting a spike through their hand with a nail gun. In any case, the words somehow stuck […]
Pirelli’s new SCORPION Trail II tire lineup is designed for the latest generation of adventure touring and enduro street motorcycles and is a direct successor of the previous SCORPION Trail series. They were developed for models such as the Aprilia Caponord, BMW R 1200 GS, Ducati Multistrada, Honda Crosstourer (VFR1200X in the U.S. market), Kawasaki […]
In 1916 the Van Buren Sisters were the first women to cross the continental United States, each on her own motorcycle. They became the first women to reach the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak each on her own motorcycle. In 2002 the Sisters were inducted into the American Motorcyclists Association Hall of Fame and […]
“We’ll take it slow,” they said. “Keep it at a reasonable speed,” they warned. I guess words have a different meaning depending on when and where they’re spoken. Their definition suits me just fine. This thing is a blast to ride.
The Harley-Davidson Museum is swinging its doors wide open to all Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members around the world by adding unlimited admission and VIP access to more than 112 years of Harley-Davidson history to its package of exclusive membership benefits. Beginning this month, all Full, Life and Associate H.O.G. members will be treated to […]
Having spent the last dozen plus years guiding marketing and bike builds for several aftermarket companies, Dave Zemla set out to build a motorcycle just for him. “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in a number of great builds, but a bike constructed for marketing is generally built with a specific parts collection and […]
The S Series, New Sportsters, and The Road Glide Ultra is Back! Unlike most other OEMs, Harley-Davidson likes to unveil an entire model year’s worth of bikes all at once, instead of one at a time. For 2016 that means a dizzying array of mechanical upgrades, new engine options, color choices, the return of the […]
This southern Arizona loop ride includes varied road types, picturesque scenery, and well-placed historic towns. Riders will get a taste of the Old West, peruse eclectic art, and enjoy rich desert flora and fauna. It’s a fall, winter, and spring ride since the summer temperatures in the southwest desert can be stifling.
BMW’s S 1000 XR is the fourth model in its lineup of inline, four-cylinder motorcycles. They call the XR an “adventure sport.” It’s not really “adventure,” but there is quite a bit of “sport.” Nevertheless, it’s a great combination for the twisties.
“All that he knew was that the years flow by like water and that one day men come home again.” – Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again Last Sunday I left a friend’s home early in the morning. I had ridden my motorcycle there the night before with a suit and dress shoes neatly […]
Steel Horse Sisterhood Charities Announces Kickstands Up – The 2016 Women’s Motorcycle Summit season and the two(2) unique planned events pairing skilled women riders in the motorcycle community with women at the novice and intermediate levels to compete in Summit Challenges. These two events are the first of their kind in the Women’s Motorcycle Community. […]
The 2014 Royal Enfield Continental is slow, terrible on the highway, and completely and utterly impractical. Not only that, but it vibrates excessively at any speed above 10 mph, doesn’t have ABS or traction control, and lacks engine mapping modes and other technological advances. And I love it.