Product Review: Dainese Veloster Perforated Suit

Sep 14, 2017 View Comments

Dainese’s Veloster, a mid-range race suit, weighs in at just over 10 pounds. With perforated leather panels around the torso and on the front above the knees, it provided much-needed airflow when tested at the famous Motorland Aragón racetrack near Alcañiz, Spain. The suit is made up of Tutu leather, a cowhide that has gone […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Mount Rainier National Park

Sep 13, 2017 View Comments

“Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest …” —John Muir Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, and America’s fifth oldest national park. But for my family, we simply called this park home. When my tour ended with […]

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Born to Ride: How to Grow a Rider

Sep 12, 2017 View Comments

As a parent, I want the best for my child. I want to offer her the opportunity to explore all that life has to offer. So when she first showed an interest in riding motorcycles, I began scouring the internet for options and opinions on what might be the best “first” bike. With a short […]

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Product Review: Joe Rocket Resistor Mesh Jacket and Phoenix Ion Pants

Sep 11, 2017 View Comments

The Resistor Mesh Jacket is made of high-tech materials including Hitena and RockTex 600, with a FreeAir mesh hybrid outer shell, allowing for abrasion resistance and cooling. Two roomy external pockets and one inside provide plenty of space for storage of small items, with a zip closure for security. A zip-in sleeveless vest-type liner somewhat […]

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Touring Tip: Keep Your Motorcycle Memories Alive!

Sep 08, 2017 View Comments

Having photographed and written about my motorcycle travels over the better part of two decades, I often enjoy taking a trip down memory lane. I’m always grateful later for having taken the time to capture people, places, and experiences. Working for RoadRUNNER, we photojournalists must follow a certain amount of discipline in capturing our tours […]

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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS: Better Than Ever

Sep 07, 2017 View Comments

Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 ABS sport-touring model was first introduced in 2014. For 2017, the model has been revamped and updated in a number of significant ways. The bodywork and gas tank have been redesigned with a sharper cowl, more closely resembling Kawi’s supersport models, along with updated turn signals and front fender. Chin spoilers were […]

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Metzeler Roadtec O1 Tires

Sep 06, 2017 View Comments

Metzeler’s new Roadtec 01 sport-touring tire, which replaces the Roadtec Z8 Interact, was designed to be adaptable to a wide variety of motorcycles, riding styles, and weather. Metzeler paid particular attention to enhancing the tires’ grip on wet and low-friction surfaces, and increasing mileage. Up front, the tires use a 100-percent silica rubber compound to […]

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2018 Kymco New Model Lineup: Smaller Displacement, Still as Fun!

Sep 05, 2017 View Comments

Now in its 54th year of manufacturing, Kymco continues to be a global leader in producing scooters and small motorcycles under its own name, and engines for the likes of BMW and Kawasaki. The last few years, the Taiwanese company has sold many side-by-sides and ATVs and has even won two GNCC and WORCS championships […]

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Product Review: Asphalt & Dirt: Life on Two Wheels

Sep 04, 2017 View Comments

Fifty bikers, 50 stories. In 2014, writer Aaron Heinrich launched the website Asphalt & Dirt with the intent of changing the public’s perception about the stereotypical “biker.” Using the site as a storytelling vehicle, he published 50 stories about people with a passion for riding. Now those stories are available in one book, Asphalt & […]

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Germany: Down by the River

Sep 01, 2017 View Comments

Germany is home to two famous rivers, the Rhine and the Danube. But it’s the underdog, the Main (pronounced “mine”) River, which connects some of the most beautiful motorcycling areas in the country. The Main meanders drunkenly between the most traditional and innovative beer brewing areas in Franconian Switzerland and some of the best white […]

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California and Nevada: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer

Aug 31, 2017 View Comments

In May 1903, George A. Wyman left San Francisco with the then-crazy idea of riding his motorcycle all the way to New York City. In the Beginning I stand at the intersection of Market and Kearny Streets in San Francisco. Tall buildings block the sun and reflect the noise of the city back onto the […]

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City Escape: West Palm Beach, Florida

Aug 30, 2017 View Comments

South Florida riding is always at its best in the wintertime. While roads are usually not technically challenging, they can offer great scenery in gorgeous weather. This loop takes you along the ocean, past multimillion-dollar homes of the rich and famous, down rural canopy roads, and through sugar cane farms. Alligators and celebrities are not […]

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2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer: Sibling Rivalry

Aug 29, 2017 View Comments

The Racer has a half-fairing with a small windshield, clip-on handlebar, and a solo saddle. It is intended to recall the superbike era of the 1970s and ‘80s, which featured models such as the R90S, and its engine is reminiscent of the powerplants used in the BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup. With its aggressive racer-tuck riding […]

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Product Review: AltRider DualControl Brake System

Aug 28, 2017 View Comments

Adventure and dual-sport riders know that cornering maneuvers involve standing on the footpegs and at times heavily depending on the rear brake. Controlling the rear brake becomes an essential skill to master. The problem with most adventure motorcycles, such as the Tiger 800 XCx, is that they are compromise bikes by definition and lean toward […]

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Ligonier, Pennsylvania Shamrock Tour®: On the Road with Friends

Aug 25, 2017 View Comments

It’s that time of the year again, our annual Touring Weekend. A memorial ride for my late father who, along with my mother, started this very magazine. He was riding a sidecar when a freak accident took his life—he was only 45. At the time, I was just 19 years old, and while I’ve lived […]

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