Trans America Trail: The Blindside

Jul 24, 2014 View Comments by

It’s our first full day ride together and we are getting a late start. I have been up for a while, but have yet to see my riding partner. Maybe he has a bit of altitude sickness, or it’s the spirit of my dad keeping things at a slow and easy pace, or possibly it […]

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Trans America Trail: Introducing Luke Swab

Jul 17, 2014 View Comments by

Heading out on the second half of the TAT lacks any real fanfare. It’s a day like any other, trying to get too many things done, in not enough hours—the girls are at school and Beth is at work so I merely get on the KLR and leave. As expected, the excitement of my return […]

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2015 BMW Model Updates

Jul 16, 2014 View Comments by

BMW Motorrad recently released an overview of the updates to its 2015 lineup. The first few entries aren’t all that interesting with the F 700 GS, F 800 GS, F 800 GS Adventure, and F 800 GT all getting nothing more than new paint colors. Starting with the R 1200 GS, though, things get a […]

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Trans America Trail: The Middle (Fanfare for Return)

Jul 10, 2014 View Comments by

Arriving home is a strange and bittersweet feeling. The journey is only half over but coming home in the middle creates some type of finality. From this point forward I will have riding companions for the majority of the trip. For many people the Colorado portion is the highlight of their TAT experience. It really […]

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In Over My Head

Jul 06, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been just about a month since Kris and I relocated to Arizona. I haven’t had many opportunities to get out and ride. My schedule, along with triple digit afternoon temperatures, has left little time to “play.” So I made a conscious effort to clear my morning schedule and plan a ride. After some research, […]

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Trans America Trail: Salida, CO and Home

Jul 03, 2014 View Comments by

Ben arrives in time for dinner and once again the chef does not disappoint. Southwestern cuisine, in the form of cattleman steaks, is on the menu tonight and it’s soon in my belly. As we work through out steaks, I spy two riders rolling up outside. One on a KLR and the other on a […]

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Out With the Old, In With the New

Jun 30, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been more years than I care to count since I returned to the Great Lakes state. It’s safe to say that in that time I have likely ridden every road within a few hundred miles of home. One of my favorite places to ride in southeastern Michigan is Washtenaw County. With a plethora of […]

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Review: Alpinestars Toucan GORE-TEX Boot

Jun 29, 2014 View Comments by

What to wear, what to wear—this is the question when heading for rough terrain on an adventure bike. Street boots aren’t up to the rigors of even light off-road riding, yet dirt-only boots are overkill and lack the comfort demanded by touring riders who wear their boots the entire day, both on and off the […]

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Allan Karl to Join RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend

Jun 27, 2014 View Comments by

Every year guests at RoadRUNNER’s annual Touring Weekend get to enjoy keynote speakers that are of special interest to us touring enthusiasts. This year, we’re in for a special treat as Allan Karl will be joining us in Snowshoe, WV to share stories and lessons garnered from his extensive international motorcycle adventures. Allan’s bestselling book, […]

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Trans America Trail: Making a Pass or Two in La Veta

Jun 26, 2014 View Comments by

As promised, I pick up where I left off last week in the middle of a hail storm just south of Trinidad on my way to La Veta, CO, pronounced like the cheese (Velveeta). For almost 20 years I have insisted on pronouncing it with a short “e” sound, but upon arrival in town I […]

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Trans America Trail: Nothin’ New in New Mexico (It’s Still Beautiful)

Jun 19, 2014 View Comments by

Finally! Today is the day I leave Oklahoma. I am not so much excited to be leaving Oklahoma, as I am to know that I will soon be home in Colorado, my halfway point on the TAT. I have been on the road for about a month since first leaving Connecticut. I am really looking […]

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Review: Touratech Stainless Steel Headlight Guard, GD Hand Guards, and Handlebar Risers for Kawasaki KLR650

Jun 16, 2014 View Comments by

The Kawasaki KLR650 is one of the most versatile motorcycles ever produced, but it does have some off-road weaknesses that need to be addressed. Touratech, a world leader in touring and adventure-oriented aftermarket accessories, offers an extensive array of products for many motorcycles including the KLR. I selected three Touratech items: the headlight guard, hand […]

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Trans America Trail: Kansas Detour (I Don’t Think We’re in Oklahoma Anymore)

Jun 12, 2014 View Comments by

As I continue to pass through “No Man’s Land,” their wording not mine, the views become more and more desolate. Without a doubt the most prevalent street sign markers are for cemeteries. I have no idea why, but every few miles there is another one. You can’t see the graveyards from the road, and since […]

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KTM Adventure Rally Video

Jun 06, 2014 View Comments by

If you needed any more incentive to attend KTM’s 11th annual Adventure Rally, this video will give you all that and more. The rally will take place September 19-21 in Taos, NM. You can get all the info you need from our previous post here.   Want to receive free Touring Tips, reviews, deals and contests, […]

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Trans America Trail: The Great Salt Plains

Jun 05, 2014 View Comments by

Even when traveling on pavement, Oklahoma is still one big ol’ state to try to cross. As I approach the town of Jet I can’t resist a quick “selfie” with a town who’s name shares my initials. Following the morning’s photo-op, today is once again set aside for detours as I head up to the […]

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