Oops, I Fixed It! All Hail the Hamfisted

Aug 15, 2017 View Comments

Rain slants down outside my garage as utility trucks scurry about, fixing downed power lines. A fire truck screams past, heading up the canyon to deal with the latest meetup of a car and tree. Meanwhile, a dull glow emanates from my garage shop, like an ember—I’m in there working. This is a day for […]

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Arkansas: The Untamed Side of the Natural State

Aug 14, 2017 View Comments

A tawny, striped face stares at me, unblinking. The Bengal tiger must weigh almost 400 pounds, and she is only a few steps away. I didn’t know there were tigers in Arkansas. Her name is Crysta and she is a permanent resident at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, seven miles south of Eureka Springs. Thankfully, two […]

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Product Review: Michelin Pilot Road 3

Aug 12, 2017 View Comments

They’re round, they’re black, yet tires are debated over intensely among riders. Many swear by a certain brand or model, even while switching motorcycles, geographic location, and riding style. The average rider doesn’t use a tire’s full potential though. Yes, that includes me, and I rate myself as above average due to the many miles […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: GPS Block 3—The Future of GPS Navigation

Aug 11, 2017 View Comments

In previous articles, I covered the past and present state of global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS. Now may be a good time to look at the future of GNSS, particularly at GPS. On July 17, 1995, the United States’ GPS satellite constellation reached full operational capability, evolving from a 1960s design for pure military […]

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City Escape: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Aug 10, 2017 View Comments

Enjoy a relaxing ride through small towns and farmland to the northwest before dipping south into the Irish Hills, which got its name from the Irish immigrants who settled there in the 1800s. Some of the best scenery and roads in southeastern and central Michigan are incorporated in the route. May through September is a […]

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Touring Tip: Be a Safer Night Rider

Aug 09, 2017 View Comments

A rider’s risk factors increase once the sun goes down. To avoid an accident, it’s important to see and be seen. Here are some tips for avoiding road hazards at night: Keep a Clear View: In low light conditions, wearing sunglasses or having a tinted shield on your helmet further diminishes your already restricted ability […]

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Product Review: Warbonnet Outdoors Blackbird XLC Hammock

Aug 08, 2017 View Comments

You’d camp more if only you could sleep better at night, right? We never suspected that a gathered-end hammock might be the solution, but string up Warbonnet Outdoors’ Blackbird XLC and you’ll feel cradled in a cocoon. You may not even want to emerge. Approximately 162 x 36 inches, the XLC will fit anyone up […]

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England on Enfields: Stay Left, Look Right

Aug 07, 2017 View Comments

“Look for Big Al. Tell him Tall Paul sent you …” With a wave, these words end our first black cab ride in London. Who’d have thought our cabbie would know someone at the one Royal Enfield dealer in East London, where we are staying, on a trip that will have us riding two Enfields—a […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (Utah Route 128)

Aug 05, 2017 View Comments

The western end of this route out of Moab, which borders Arches National Park, quickly engulfs riders in massive canyon walls. If you can imagine what it would be like to ride through the Grand Canyon, it would be a little like this, though this canyon obviously is on a smaller scale. The eastern section […]

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Metzeler Tourance NEXT Tires

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments

The new Metzeler Tourance NEXT enduro street tires are ready for any weather condition and any road. The 90/10 tire features new compounds, profiles, structure, and tread pattern for unmatched levels of stability, safety on wet, and mileage. Derived from Metzeler’s Z8 Interact, the rear tires are now dual compound. The Tourance NEXT features Metzeler’s Zero […]

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Going Electric Off-Road: The 2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments

KTM is getting a jump on the electric off-roader market. The company recently announced a pilot program in North America for its Freeride E-XC, an electric version of the Freeride 250R. The E-XC’s easily removable KTM PowerPack uses a 260V, 2.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 80 minutes. The bike has […]

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Costa Rica: Call of the Wild

Aug 03, 2017 View Comments

Arriving in Costa Rica a day 
early, Kris and I decide to take a walking tour of San José, the 
small country’s bustling capital. A first, chance encounter with the legendary Pan-American Highway stops us in our tracks. Standing curbside at the busy roadway with no crosswalks or signals, navigating by foot doesn’t seem wise […]

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Product Review: Kriega Duo-28 Saddlebags and Precision Motorcycle Racks

Aug 02, 2017 View Comments

British-based Kriega has been in the business of producing top-shelf luggage for motorbikes and riders alike since 2000. With the Duo-28 Saddlebags, the expectation for a well-designed product was already set. The saddlebags are billed as having a universal fit to modern retro-styled bikes, and as these would be finding a home on a 2015 […]

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AIMExpo to Welcome Record Number of OEMs

Aug 01, 2017 View Comments

The fifth annual AIMExpo is just around the corner, and the show, set to take place September 21-24, will host the largest number of exhibiting manufacturers in its history. This year, the expo will take place in Columbus, OH, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. So far, 24 OEMs have signed on. Cinnamon Kernes, show director, said, “The […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: The Road Not Yet Traveled

Jul 31, 2017 View Comments

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. —”The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost When I started blogging for RoadRUNNER five years ago or so, I used the title “The Road Often Traveled” for my first few posts. Commuting by […]

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