Tennessee Wildfire Threatens Trail of Tears

Nov 18, 2016 View Comments by

Just as we were preparing James T. Parks’ upcoming piece for print—part one of his journey across the historic Trail of Tears—we heard about the wildfire in eastern Tennessee. Since Wednesday, the wildfire in Monroe County, near Tellico Plains, has threatened homes, a business, and section of the historic trail. When, in 1838 and 1839, […]

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Pop Quiz-Do You Know This Man?

Jul 08, 2016 View Comments by

  -First Man to Motor Across the Country- If your idea of a good time is chasing the horizon until your bladder forces you to take a break, you should. After all, this fellow is our Ferdinand Magellan, our Charles Lindbergh, our Lewis and our Clarke. This guy is our Homer (and I don’t mean […]

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Tour of the Month – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia

Jan 12, 2016 View Comments by

Mid-Atlantic Civil War States – We celebrate biking because it propels us forward to new vistas, but what about when it takes us back in time? For five days, atop his Honda ST1300, James T. Parks traces the path of the American Civil War through Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Winding through the Blue […]

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Tour of the Week: Pennsylvania Steam

Sep 18, 2015 View Comments by

A Trip Down the Tracks – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Pennsylvania Steam Tour comes from the Jul/Aug 2011 issue.

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RoadRUNNER Behind the Scenes: The Annual Touring Weekend

May 19, 2015 View Comments by

10th Anniversary Ride –  Christa and Christian Neuhauser moved to the United States from Austria in 1999. The couple, and their two sons (Florian and Manuel), were avid motorcycle touring enthusiasts having already traveled the country extensively by motorcycle. After their move it wasn’t long before the idea was hatched for an American motorcycle touring […]

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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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RoadRUNNER Editor Spotlight: John Flores

Sep 06, 2014 View Comments by

You’ve read their articles and perhaps met them out on the road or at RoadRUNNER‘s annual Touring Weekend, but what do you know about our illustrious group of writers and editors? We decided to ask each one a few simple questions and share their responses with you, first up, RoadRUNNER‘s Digital Rider, John Flores. Name: John […]

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American Road Trip: 30 Facts About Mount St. Helens

Aug 27, 2014 View Comments by

Sarah and I took the opportunity to ride along the Spirit Lake Highway to view Mount St. Helens. On the way we passed the visitor center. So we decided to stop, pay $5 each, and have a quick look, which ended up being a two-hour stay. Besides the artifacts, newspaper clippings, and geology lessons, they […]

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Day Trip to Saint Nazaire, France

Jul 18, 2014 View Comments by

It’s Monday and I have the day off, and it just so happens that I’m the bearer of a freshly issued “kitchen pass.” I have some money, a bike, and the weather is nice, the only thing left is to find a destination. I decide on Saint Nazaire, France. I like the place, and a […]

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Cannonball Run 100th Anniversary

May 04, 2014 View Comments by

In a quest to set a new cross country speed record, Erwin “Cannonball” Baker left San Diego, CA, on May 3, 1914 on an Indian motorcycle. He arrived in New York City 11 days later besting the previous record by a whopping nine days. Baker went on to make 143 long distance record attempts in […]

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George Brough’s Brough Superior Hits the Auction Block

Apr 09, 2014 View Comments by

It’s always interesting when iconic motorcycles from the past resurface to tell their stories, and, usually, to fetch their owners a princely sum at auction. Such is the case with this, a 1939 Brough Superior SS100 owned and raced by George Brough himself. Two days after it was registered in his name, Mr. Brough ran […]

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Signed Indian Chieftain Tank to be Auctioned for Charity

Jan 03, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re a collector of artifacts from motorcycling history, feel like supporting a worthy cause, or both, you’re in luck. The designers, engineers, and developers responsible for creating the new Indian lineup for Polaris (along with Polaris’ CEO, Scott Wine) have all autographed an Indian Chieftain fuel tank, which is up for auction to benefit […]

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The Romance of Riding

Dec 01, 2013 View Comments by

A comment on last week’s post contained a quote that led me to do some reading about President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1883, at just 24 years old, near sighted and asthmatic he set foot, for the first time, in the American West to hunt buffalo. As the story goes he endured horrible weather to pursue […]

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90 Years of BMW Motorrad in 90 Seconds

Aug 30, 2013 View Comments by

This video, which we think is pretty cool, runs through the entire history of BMW Motorrad in a minute and a half. But don’t worry; it’s more of a visual spectacle than a history lesson. Enjoy!  

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Bittersweet

Aug 24, 2013 View Comments by

This blog could be about one of our favorite late fall activities; riding the rural southern Ohio roads in search of bittersweet for seasonal decorating, but it’s not. It’s about the frame of mind a ride from last year put me in. I’ve been debating on whether to write it or not, seeing as it’s […]

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