Book Review: Lee Parks’ Total Control

Aug 24, 2015 View Comments by

Total Control: High Performance Street Riding Techniques, Second Edition by Lee Parks Every motorcyclist who’s serious about the sport is always looking for ways to improve his/her riding skills and become a better and safer rider. One way of becoming a better rider involves studying and mastering the physics and mechanics that govern motorcycles and […]

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World Traveler Allan Karl is Back on the Road

Jul 13, 2015 View Comments by

The World Rider Hits the Road Again – Allan Karl, the special guest speaker at last year’s RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend and author of the motorcycle adventure book Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection, is exploring again. If you’ve read Forks you know that Karl has a pension for adventure and story telling. His […]

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Book Review – FORKS: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection by Allan Karl

Mar 17, 2015 View Comments by

It seems like there could be an entire section of a library or bookstore devoted to motorcycle travel books. Perhaps it’s the legacy of Ted Simon’s famous work Jupiter’s Travels that has created the abundance of motorcycle travel literature over the past few decades. Nevertheless, Allan Karl’s book, FORKS, manages to stand out in the […]

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Book Review – Hodaka: The Complete Story of America’s Favorite Trail Bike by Ken Smith

Nov 30, 2014 View Comments by

From 1964 to 1978, Hodaka was a collaboration of a Japanese manufacturer and an American distributor. Though it only lasted 14 years, the company produced nearly 150,000 bikes. These trail bikes were built in Japan but were distributed by the Pacific Basin Trading Company (PABATCO) based in Athena, OR. Hodaka quickly acquired a strong following […]

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Book Review: Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu

Jun 02, 2014 View Comments by

Though it’s generally a no no, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. In the case of Down and Out by Dr. Gregory Frazier, the cover image of a motorcycle lying on its side on a sandy “road” is a fitting and accurate visual representation of the book’s content. Dr. Frazier refers to […]

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Book Review: Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand

Apr 28, 2014 View Comments by

Author Jack Lyndon Thomas’ Lights on the Water/Impressions in the Sand: A Motorcycling Odyssey is much more about life than it is motorcycling. Though the narrative follows Jack’s physical journey on the “War Horse,” a BMW K 1200 RS, as he journeys across the U.S. and Canada, its purpose and real interest is in the […]

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Book Review: The Good Rider

Jan 20, 2014 View Comments by

In a follow up to his well-received books Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride, author David L. Hough (pronounced Huff) asks the question, “What is a good rider?” He postulates that being a good rider takes much more than simple riding skill; it encompasses a total package that may have different definitions for different motorcyclists. […]

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Book Review: Jupiter’s Travels in Camera

Jan 06, 2014 View Comments by

When Ted Simon’s round-the-world motorcycle adventure saga Jupiter’s Travels was first published in 1979, it did not include more than a few of the thousands of images he captured along the way. Now, over 30 years later, Mr. Simon has released 300 of his favorite photographs in the book Jupiter’s Travels in Camera from Haynes […]

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Riding in the New Year: The Snail and Gazelle

Jan 05, 2014 View Comments by

I attempt to get out and ride on every New Year’s Day. Some years it’s just not possible but this year it was dry and in the mid 30s, which is rare here in the northeast in January, so I was glad I could head out for a comfortable first ride. I don’t tend to […]

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Book Review: Anxiety Across the Americas, A Great Read

Nov 10, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve always ridden in all kinds of weather and don’t always pack rain gear so I keep a book stowed in my saddlebag for those times when I need to sit out a storm or just want to stop for a hot cup of coffee, get warm, and take a break. Generally my book choices […]

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RoadRUNNER Interviews American Picker Frank Fritz (video)

Nov 04, 2013 View Comments by

American Pickers is one of the History Channel’s most popular series. The show features Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel the country looking for antiques and collectibles. Vintage motorcycles are a frequent theme as both hosts are avid motorcycle enthusiasts. Recently we caught up with Frank Fritz at the AIMExpo in Orlando and […]

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Book Review: Red Tape and White Knuckles

Aug 23, 2013 View Comments by

These days motorcycle adventure logs are starting to become a dime a dozen. At one time circumnavigating the globe, or even crossing a continent, on a motorcycle was akin to summiting Mt. Everest. Now, much like Everest, the adventure has been at least somewhat commercialized (though it’s by no means easy). That’s why Lois Pryce’s […]

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New Jupiter’s Travellers Announced!

Jun 06, 2013 View Comments by

A mere 60 years after Carl Stearns Clancy completed his motorcycle trip around the world, a young 42-year old man named Ted hopped aboard a Triumph Tiger and for the next four years, followed some of those same routes. Me? I was three years old. I believe there are two types of motorcycle riders in […]

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Sharpen Your Tools

Apr 03, 2013 View Comments by

About the only good thing I can say about this time of year is the “time” you get to use as you see fit. After all, it’s too cold to ride, so let’s take this opportunity to truly sharpen our riding tools, so that when the sun pops out and temps rise, we are ready […]

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There & Back Again to See How Far It Is

Apr 12, 2012 View Comments by

Tim Watson tells about his trials and tribulations while exploring America on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Watson, who was born in the U.K. before moving to the States, recalls how he got into motorcycling and rode the first bike he bought home without stopping . . . because he didn’t know how! Later, Tim and his […]

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