2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Feb 16, 2011 View Comments by

As this issue of RoadRUNNER goes to press, Hollywood film and television star Perry King will be hosting the 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The Hall of Fame Class of 2010 includes legendary two-stroke engine tuner Eyvind Boyesen, dirt-track […]

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AGV K3 Multi Helmet

Feb 16, 2011 View Comments by

AGV’s K3 full-face helmet is a good-looking DOT-approved lid at a reasonable price. The tough thermoplastic resin shell comes in 10 brilliant color combos. Inside padding employs Dry-Lex hygienic treatment and is removable and washable (except neckroll). Front, chin, side, and top air vents provide excellent circulation, plus AGV’s Visor mechanism is included with an […]

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Motorcycle Deaths Decline

Feb 15, 2011 View Comments by

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 2009 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, motorcyclist fatalities decreased 16-percent and injuries were 6.3-percent lower, despite the rising number of motorcycle miles traveled. This was the first decrease in fatalities in more than a decade, dropping to 4,462 in 2009 from 5,312 in 2008. According to NHTSA […]

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Free Guide to Safe Motorcycling

Feb 13, 2011 View Comments by

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers a free riding manual that’s designed to help both new and experienced motorcyclists. It’s an illustrated guide with helpful information covering everything from basic riding skills, proper training, DMV tests and licensing requirements, to coping with traffic, weather, and protective gear. The entire guide is available online at msf-usa.org/downloads/Riding_Tips.pdf.

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Forma Safari Boots

Feb 12, 2011 View Comments by

Designed in Italy and manufactured in Europe, this sport-touring boot lies in the middle of the spectrum. A great value for what you get: a classic leather and Cordura® combo boot that features a reinforced front plate, a double, anti-slip rubber sole, and a Velcro and zip closure. The Forma Safari keeps your feet comfortable, […]

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Sidi Adventure Rain Boots

Feb 11, 2011 View Comments by

Adventure touring presents a constant string of unique challenges. Any rider that’s navigated a lonely two-track or backcountry trail will attest that proper foot protection is an absolute necessity. And few boots on the market answer the call of the wild better than Sidi’s Adventure Rain. These stout kicks sport an impressive amalgamation of off-road […]

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HJC RPS-10 Helmet Review

Feb 08, 2011 View Comments by

HJC helmets just released its new lightweight RPS-10 premium full-face helmet. Weighing in at only 54 ounces for sizes XL and XXL (even less for smaller sizes), it offers all-day comfort with less neck fatigue. Designed in the HJC wind tunnel, the RPS-10 is stable and quiet at speed. The lightweight Premium Integrated Matrix (PIM) […]

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Lessons Learned

Feb 05, 2011 View Comments by

Not even a year after I found the passion for riding motorcycles, my best friend Ron and I began discussing plans to take a small two-day test drive starting from a campground in Tecate to San Felipe, Mexico. Lucky for me, he was motorcycle-savvy with years of experience riding and repairing motorbikes. We tried to plan ahead, […]

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Accessorizing the BMW R 1200 RT

Feb 05, 2011 View Comments by

Comfort Heated Rider and Pillion Seats The bike accessories specialists at Touratech have rolled out a new line of High End rider and pillion seats for a smooth and comfy trip. Both are 30mm wider than the original. The seats feature bucket shape platforms that are ergonomically designed to reduce the pressure on the tail […]

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EPA May Raise Ethanol Levels

Feb 04, 2011 View Comments by

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is close to issuing rules allowing up to 15-percent ethanol in gasoline (E15), up from the current 10 percent (E10). Ethanol increases water formation, which can then create formic acid and damage metals, plastics, and rubber. It can also cause hard starting, surging and other drivability problems, especially in […]

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ContiRoad Attack 2 Sport-Touring Tires

Feb 04, 2011 View Comments by

Folks want it all from their sport-touring radial tires, with both ultra-high performance and extended wear. To answer the call, Continental Motorcycle Tyres has developed its new Road Attack 2, which promises the utmost in traction and mileage for street bikes. These new tires further demonstrate Continental’s intention to be at the forefront of motorcycle […]

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Motorcycle World Land Speed Record Shattered

Feb 01, 2011 View Comments by

Rocky Robinson of Grass Valley, California, once again holds the world land speed record for motorcycles, clocking a speed of 376.363 miles-per-hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Robinson’s record run in the Top 1 Oil/Ack Attack (which included a new exit speed of 394 mph) toppled the previous record of 367.382 mph, set by Chris […]

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Intermot 2010

Jan 31, 2011 View Comments by

The 2011 season has already rolled out: on October 6, the Intermot in Cologne – one of the two largest motorcycle consumer shows in Europe – opened its doors for manufacturers to debut their new models. More than 195,000 visitors from 108 countries turned out to see what the two-wheel industry has to offer. Aprilia’s […]

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Loud Pipes…Cost Money!

Jan 31, 2011 View Comments by

California’s Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 435 by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that outlaws aftermarket motorcycle exhausts that don’t meet EPA noise and emission standards. The new law will apply to motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 2013, that don’t meet federal noise and emission rules. Motorcycles will require an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label […]

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Harley-Davidson Receives $25-Million Tax Incentive

Jan 28, 2011 View Comments by

Recently Harley-Davidson union workers voted to accept a number of concessions that will allow them to keep their jobs in the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, the state committed to giving Harley-Davidson, Inc. $25 million in tax credits to encourage The Motor Company to retain jobs at its Wisconsin factories. The Commerce Dept. promised credits over […]

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