2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

May 04, 2013 View Comments by

BMW’s top of the range adventure machine, the R 1200 GS Adventure, finally has a little brother. Though the F 800 GS has been around for quite awhile, the 2014 model will be the first to gain the “Adventure” treatment. Mechanically the new middleweight adventure is identical to the standard F 800 GS with its […]

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MotoMark 1: Gaining Confidence

Apr 20, 2013 View Comments by

Motorcycling, like most anything worth doing, requires multiple investments. There are the obvious financial expenditures— the bike itself, insurance, gas, gear, tires, maintenance—as well as the actual riding. All in all, we pour a lot of time, money, and energy into the sport we love, and we’re more than happy to do it. But there’s […]

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Riding Switzerland in Colorado

Apr 18, 2013 View Comments by

Born in Japan but taking its name from Africa’s south central Sahara, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is the catalyst that is attracting a group of riders to the appropriately nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Before I get into the details of the event, I want to emphasize the motorcycle neutral aspect of this free weeklong event […]

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Beater Bikes

Apr 17, 2013 View Comments by

Temperatures climbed into the low forties last weekend, not ideal but sufficient for a ride with the assistance of some heated gloves. I headed straight for one of my favorite destinations, Roscoe Village in Coshocton, OH, for a stop at the local coffee house. The trip isn’t much of a ride on pavement, but I […]

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Heading Off-Road at RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend

Mar 27, 2013 View Comments by

At last year’s Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley, many people were interested in dual-sport riding. They wanted to explore the multitude of dirt roads and trails that the mountains of western North Carolina have to offer. Many did get to enjoy some off-road riding on our 54-mile dual-sport tour. This year, however, we have a […]

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Icon Variant Helmet

Mar 20, 2013 View Comments by

Icon’s daring design of the Variant helmet is a hybrid dual sport inspired helmet that typically finds its home on a rider with a motard, urban, or adventure type bike or on someone wanting to make a dramatic statement with this aggressive and sharp looking lid. The helmet is available in 16 vastly different graphic […]

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BMW Releases Pricing for New R 1200 GS

Feb 21, 2013 View Comments by

Well, the suspense is over, we can now tell you just how many of your hard earned Washingtons it’s going to take to place a shiny new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS in your garage. If you can exercise almost super-human self-control when it comes to checking off option boxes, you can ride off into […]

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Making the Leap from On-to-Off-Road

Dec 27, 2012 View Comments by

So you’ve got the bug. You’ve seen the photos in RoadRUNNER. You are officially ready to discover your own long way around (or down). Only one problem, you don’t have any experience riding off-road. Perhaps two problems, you don’t have an off-road or dual sport bike. If you had the chance to see the now […]

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Not All Horses Were Meant For the Trail

Dec 20, 2012 View Comments by

You pull your pristine (Iron) Horse up to a road clearly designed more for mules than the chromed out, low pipe-hanging, highway tire wearing outfit that you now sit upon. Is it worth trying to go up just a little bit of the trail? Do you turn around and miss out on the unknown? Do […]

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A Different Approach

Nov 29, 2012 View Comments by

Sometimes distilling a problem down to the barest essentials leads to clarity of thought and surprising answers. One problem confronting those who enjoy short rides around home is how to keep these rides on familiar roads enjoyable. Let’s start by asking, what makes a ride enjoyable? The most common answer to this question would probably […]

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What the…?

Nov 06, 2012 View Comments by

My wife Sharon and I recently returned from several days of riding in the North Carolina and Georgia mountains with our friends Pete Tamblyn and Jackie Hogue. Pete is one of the few other riders who seek out scenic dirt roads to explore on his bike, which coincidentally happens to be a Suzuki 650 V […]

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Kenda K761 Dual Sport Tires

Aug 13, 2012 View Comments by

Do you find that you do more street riding than trail riding on your dual sport motorcycle? Kenda’s K761 tires are designed for dual sport and lighter adventure bikes, and they’re D.O.T. approved as street legal. According to the manufacturer, their tread pattern is intended for 80 percent street and 20 percent off-road riding, with […]

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