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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City Escape: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Aug 24, 2017 View Comments

This scenic loop west of Colorado Springs includes some great small towns and miles of tree-lined splendor. Some iconic mountains and rock formations are mixed in for good measure. The ride is best made from late spring through early fall. Rocky Mountain weather is, to say the least, variable, so you should pack the full […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: New Mexico’s El Morro National Monument

Aug 23, 2017 View Comments

New Mexico has some of the best, less-traveled parks in America. Whether you go north or south, east or west, it is so rewarding. This state is rich in history with scenery straight out of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. Everyone loves New Mexico, especially on a motorcycle. I was born in the small village of La […]

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Riding High: Conquering the Wall of Death

Aug 22, 2017 View Comments

I’ve been traveling by motorcycle for decades. My love for two-wheeled adventure began simply, by exploring the area around my home in Bavaria. Then it grew. Since then, I’ve ridden mostly solo across the United States, through Scandinavia, Australia, Africa, Mongolia, China, and beyond. Now I’m back to my roots in Munich, up against an […]

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Product Review: HJC FG-17 Helmet

Aug 21, 2017 View Comments

This is a quality lid at an affordable price. Weighing 3.53 pounds, it won’t leave you with a sore neck at the end of a long day ride, and its scoop-top intake vent combines with rear exit vents to pull heat out of the helmet’s interior. A chin bar provides interior airflow, helping to eliminate […]

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MotoMojo: Wiring Accessories the Right Way

Aug 19, 2017 View Comments

More and more electrical accessories are becoming available for motorcycles, putting an ever-growing demand on charging systems and batteries. Before you begin cutting and splicing wires, take a few minutes to consider the best way to approach such a project, as doing the wrong thing could result in a dead battery, fried electrical system, or […]

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Product Review: Sprocket Apparel T-Shirts and Hoodie

Aug 18, 2017 View Comments

North Carolina born and bred, Sprocket Apparel knows what it takes to stay comfortable. This is the state of sweltering summers and snowy winters, after all. The company sells T-shirts and hoodies, which are made with its RideDry technology 100-percent microdenier polyester that is lightweight and moisture wicking, with a cotton-like feel that keeps you […]

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Sidetracked: Blind Spots

Aug 17, 2017 View Comments

Travel with friends is sometimes tough. Sooner or later, patience wears thin and things are said that we often regret. When it happens, it’s next to impossible to look in the mirror. I pulled the nozzle from my new 1972 Honda XL250 and handed it to Norm. He held it vertically so as not to […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750

Aug 16, 2017 View Comments

Comparatively small, very agile, smooth, and very fun to ride. Out of the box the GSX-S750 is a solid motorcycle considering it costs about $8,500, but it won’t win any awards. There’s just nothing fancy worth drooling over. Yet it still provides the exhilaration curve-devouring junkies desire. After a season with the stock setup, I […]

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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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