Motorcycle Styling: The Beak

Nov 16, 2014 View Comments by

Certain categories of motorcycles can be identified at a glance by genre-specific styling attributes. Ultra low seat heights and forward-mounted foot pegs generally won’t be found outside of the cruiser lineup, and the faux “beak” located under a bike’s headlight pegs the motorcycle as an adventure bike. Although most associate the avian styling touch with […]

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New Bike: The Break In

Nov 10, 2014 View Comments by

For most riders, myself included, a brand new bike is something special. I made a rare and nearly spur-of-the-moment decision a few weeks ago when I purchased a 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after a brief test ride. One of my favorite dealerships had a V-Strom and a Yamaha Super Ténéré available for test rides, and […]

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Motorcycle of the Year: KTM 1190 Adventure

Oct 27, 2014 View Comments by

Last year we awarded the MOTY to a brand new model that changed the game dramatically (the Indian Chieftain). Under consideration again this year was an Indian motorcycle, namely the Scout, but also Harley-Davidson’s electric experiment Project LiveWire and BMW’s touring models (the RT and GTL). In the end, the editors at RoadRUNNER all agreed […]

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23rd Annual Ride to Work Day

Jun 09, 2014 View Comments by

For the last 23 years the third Monday in June has held a special significance for motorcyclists. It’s the day when, whether you normally commute on your bike or scooter or not, you take your ride to work. The goal is to raise awareness among the non-motorcycling community about the advantages of two-wheeled travel as […]

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Harley-Davidson World Ride

Jun 08, 2014 View Comments by

What began in 2008 as Million Mile Monday has now become Harley-Davidson’s annual two-day World Ride event. The idea is for motorcyclists (okay, Harley riders) to take a collective break from the daily rat race and “just ride.” This year’s World Ride will take place on Sunday, June 22nd and Monday, June 23rd and participants […]

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Yamaha Rolls Out New Models

Apr 13, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha has updated its Super Ténéré adventure touring model, spawned a range topping “ES” version of it, and added the SR400 retro-style model. The big news for touring enthusiasts is Yamaha’s addition of a premium 2014 Super Ténéré ES model, which adds electronic suspension controls and various other upgrades. The ES model employs KYB suspension […]

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Harley-Davidson to Bring Demo Fleet to Americade

Mar 20, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re interested one of the Project RUSHMORE Harley-Davidsons or perhaps the new Street 500 or 750, the Motor Company is going to be offering test rides on all of their models at this year’s Americade Rally. The rally continues to be a great place for potential buyers to try out new bikes as most […]

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Yamaha Super Ténéré Gets Updates for 2014

Mar 12, 2014 View Comments by

Since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2012, the Yamaha Super Ténéré has gone basically unchanged. This year, however, a series of thoughtful updates as well as a new ES model keep the Super Ten a relevant option in the highly competitive large displacement adventure category. Highlighting the changes are revisions to the Ténéré’s […]

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Interview with Gary Gray: Spirit Lake Revolution

Feb 28, 2014 View Comments by

Gary Gray is the product director of motorcycles for Polaris, the company that founded Victory Motorcycles and now owns Indian as well. With the rollout of the 2014 Indian Chief lineup at Sturgis last August, Polaris has put Indian back on the motorcycle map and continues to whittle away at Harley-Davidson’s domination of the domestic […]

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42nd Annual 49er Rally

Feb 27, 2014 View Comments by

From May 22-26 the BMW Motorcycle Club of Northern California will hold their 42nd annual 49er Rally in Mariposa, CA, which sits right on the threshold of Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The event will feature a variety of speakers and activities sure to keep motorcycle enthusiasts entertained (including former California Highway Patrol officer […]

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2014 Honda CBR650F

Feb 07, 2014 View Comments by

Honda seems to have no intention on letting up with the release of new model after new model, and here is the latest, the CBR650F. Honda calls it “an affordable middle-weight sport bike” and with its 649cc in-line four, it certainly looks to fit that billing. Unlike a pure sport bike, however, the engine is […]

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2014 Honda CB1100 and CB1100 Deluxe

Feb 06, 2014 View Comments by

Headlining the updates to Honda’s reincarnation of the classic CB750 is a new six-speed transmission that replaces the five-speed unit in the previous model. This should increase the bike’s comfort and fuel economy. There’s also a new meter package with gear position indicator, MPG readout, and trip function. The base CB will come exclusively in […]

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2014 Honda Interceptor

Feb 06, 2014 View Comments by

It’s official; the Honda VFR 800 is coming to the U.S. as the 2014 Interceptor. Honda fans are sure to rejoice as the V-four powered sport-touring machine finds its way to American roads. The base model Interceptor will feature a 782cc VTEC V-four engine, Pro Arm single sided swingarm, adjustable Pro-Link rear suspension, pre-load adjustable […]

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2014 MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster

Feb 05, 2014 View Comments by

The press kit for the new Brutale 800 Dragster is about as Italian as they come with multiple references to things like “emotional freedom” and “motorcycling passion” along with the obligatory personification of the motorcycle as some sort of pre-historic monster. They can’t help it. This is, after all, the country that has produced some […]

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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

Not even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between […]

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