Big Bend, Texas: Into the Great Wide Open

Nov 02, 2016 View Comments

We wake to sunny skies, a forecast in the mid-70s, and our bikes are ready to go. As I pull on my boots, my pulse quickens. I sense that this is going to be a great day for riding. Stepping outside, I find it hard to believe that it’s February. Fewer than 24 hours ago, […]

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Victory Dealers Competing in “Operation Octane” Custom Build Contest

Nov 01, 2016 View Comments

Victory Motorcycles has launched Operation Octane, a contest that has Victory dealers competing against each other to create the ultimate custom Victory Octane motorcycle. Participating dealers were asked to put their own spin on a 2017 Octane, and over 20 from around the world signed up. There will be four winners—a North America champion, North American […]

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Touring Tip: The Importance of Effective Wind Protection

Oct 31, 2016 View Comments

The first visual clue that a motorcycle may be used for touring is the presence of a windscreen and/or other wind management devices. On the other hand, around town riders often eschew the look of a windscreen protruding above their handlebars. After a few months of riding my Suzuki cruiser back in the day I […]

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Arizona and New Mexico: Southwestern Diversity

Oct 30, 2016 View Comments

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” 
Author, Aldo Leopold As motorcyclists, we are by nature attracted to the lines and dots on a map. However, those blank places that 
Leopold referenced are what make a tour visually stunning. Thankfully we […]

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Aerostitch AD-1 Pants

Oct 28, 2016 View Comments

Aerostich’s new AD-1’s are waterproof all-weather advanced-technology protective pants suitable for all types of riding. They provide the classic jeans-cut fit, meaning the waist will fall at about the same location as the belt-line of your jeans (versus Aerostich’s similar-looking Darien Pants, which fit like khaki pants). Full-length separating side zippers help the pants go […]

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2016 Los Angeles Ride for Kids

Oct 27, 2016 View Comments

West Coast riders can participate in the 2016 Los Angeles Ride for Kids charity event this Saturday, October 29, 2016. American Honda Motor Company will commemorate its 25-year anniversary by serving as the presenting sponsor and hosting the event at its Torrance headquarters. Local communities are highly encouraged to come out in support. Ride for Kids—the Pediatric […]

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Storm Watch 101

Oct 26, 2016 View Comments

Three of us rode out of Palm Springs on a coolish March morning—me, the Electra-Glide, and Doris, my chatty Garmin GPS. Cool is 70 degrees in Palm Springs, so I’d dressed in Draggin’ Jeans, an Olympia leather jacket, and summer gloves. I was heading for Idyllwild, the hippie town in the San Jacinta mountains, and […]

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Left Side Story

Oct 25, 2016 View Comments

It happened to me; it can happen to you. Pulling out of a gas station in Tasmania, Australia, onto the A2 road skirting the island’s north coast with no other traffic in sight, I accelerate briskly, shifting the 900 Diversion into fifth gear. We settle into a comfortable cruising speed and I’m thinking about the […]

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Rolling Thru America Rolls Into Canada in 2017

Oct 24, 2016 View Comments

Rolling Thru America is Americade’s hugely popular high-end September-only tour company, and for 2017 its destination is the beautiful and little known Montebello region of Quebec. Montebello is a quaint village sitting among lush natural landscape at the foothills of Canada’s Laurentian Mountains. The group will stay at a stunning hotel, and will enjoy several days of guided riding […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (NY 97)

Oct 22, 2016 View Comments

What is It? Paralleling the course of the upper Delaware River, this byway was constructed in the 1930s to link Port Jervis, NY with Hancock, NY. From the beginning it was envisioned as both a scenic highway and a means of opening up this western section of New York. Today, it’s one of the favorite East […]

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Revelstoke, BC Shamrock Tour®: The Unexpected Motorcycling Mecca

Oct 21, 2016 View Comments

To many drivers, Revelstoke is just a stopover between Vancouver and Calgary. But for motorcyclists, the Kootenay-Columbia region around the city contains some of British Columbia’s best highways and byways, from sublime cruising to cuss-word challenging.

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Motorcycle Navigation: Mounting a GPS Device to Your Motorcycle, Part 1

Oct 20, 2016 View Comments

It is surprising how much energy riders will devote to deciding which GPS device is right for them, while overlooking or ignoring issues related to mounting it on their motorcycle. I’ll try to shed some light on why choosing the proper placement is so important. Generic Mounting Stack With a generic stack, the proposed layout […]

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Albania: Carving a Country of Contrast

Oct 19, 2016 View Comments

There’s a man taking his bear for a walk. Traffic is a bit heavy and quite chaotic, but he doesn’t appear concerned. Drivers yield as if there is a codified rule of the road providing bears the right-of-way. This scene might seem unusual in Los Angeles or Munich, however this is Albania. Shkodër, to be […]

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Product Review: SW-MOTECH Legend Gear and Ducati Sport Headlight Fairing

Oct 18, 2016 View Comments

We’re seeing more scramblers on the road and for good reason. They’re small and fun to ride, but above all they look like the motorcycles of yesteryear. There’s no need to make a full-blown touring machine out of one. But with two additions, we greatly improved comfort and functionality of the Ducati Scrambler Classic: Ducati’s […]

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2016 Ducati Multistrada
 1200 Enduro: On New Terrain

Oct 17, 2016 View Comments

Somebody said something about a revolution. But revolutions change things radically; Ducati just put a bigger front wheel and a larger tank onto the Multistrada and called it the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. At least that’s what I thought when I heard about the new bike. My expectations were raised when Ducati noted that only experienced […]

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