Review: Continental Tire’s New Trail Attack 2

Dec 02, 2013 View Comments by

Good Road Grip and Sporty Handling for Adventure Bikes Continental Tire Company’s management recognized that sales of large adventure-touring motorcycles (or as the Brits say, “big trailies”) have been booming on both sides of the Atlantic. To meet this need for tires, the new Trail Attack 2 is designed for riders of heavy adventure touring […]

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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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Using a Motorcycle as a Utility Vehicle

Nov 30, 2013 View Comments by

I know of several motorcyclists, all very serious riders, who rarely fire up their bikes unless there is a major riding event or tour at hand. The thought of hopping on the bike to perform mundane tasks such as stopping by the bank or picking up a loaf of bread apparently doesn’t cross their minds, […]

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Review: Harley-Davidson Ranger Boots

Nov 29, 2013 View Comments by

Touring boots are fantastic. They offer great protection and comfort on long motorcycle rides, and many are, or at least claim to be, waterproof as well. Where their luster fades is on shorter rides, commuting for instance. For quite a while I wore my touring boots to work every day and changed into a pair […]

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Motorcycle Riding: What the Doctor Said

Nov 28, 2013 View Comments by

“No…not this year for sure.” It was already October here in Wisconsin, cold and wet, so no great loss. I would be tucking away the bike for its long winter nap soon anyway. But what about next spring? “That’s up to you,” he said, “things like balance and strength have to return to normal.” Can […]

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Sony RX10: Could This Be the Perfect Motorcycle Travel Camera?

Nov 27, 2013 View Comments by

Sony has recently introduced the DSC-RX10, a super zoom camera that may well be the perfect motorcycle travel camera. Just what does it take to be the ideal image- capturing device for motorcycle touring? Excellent image quality during the day. Very good performance when the sun starts going down. A nice lens that is wide […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Annual Touring Weekend Comes to West Virginia

Nov 22, 2013 View Comments by

The ninth edition of the RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend will be hosted by the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in Snowshoe, WV July 17-20, 2014. Located in the midst of West Virginia’s highest mountains, Snowshoe is home to some of the best motorcycle riding in the country. So come ready for three days of fantastic motorcycle touring, […]

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First Glance: Yamaha FZ-09 (with video)

Nov 14, 2013 View Comments by

When it was announced earlier this year the Yamaha FZ-09 promised high performance at an extremely reasonable price. We were finally able to get a closer look at this stunning new naked bike a few weeks ago at the AIMExpo in Orlando. Yamaha’s GM of Communications, Bob Starr, gave us a rundown of the FZ’s […]

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Collections: Motorcycles, Gear, and Friendships

Nov 03, 2013 View Comments by

I’ll admit it’s been tough to sit down and write lately. After months of focused attention on preparing my home of fifteen years for sale it sold in under a month, which left me scrambling to give away or sell the bulky items that I couldn’t take with me. It’s funny how many things you […]

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Battle of the Brits

Sep 17, 2013 View Comments by

This past weekend the Detroit Triumph Sports Car Club held the 31st annual “Battle of the Brits–Car and Motorcycle Show.” British (and not so British) made motorbikes of all shapes, sizes, and makes were on display. Along with my wife, my daughter, and myself, several thousand others were in attendance on this perfect late summer […]

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Motorcycle Commuting: The Highs and Lows

Aug 30, 2013 View Comments by

Lately I’ve been commuting to work quite a bit, not every day (especially since here in North Carolina it’s rained at least once a day pretty much all summer long), but at least two or three times a week. The difference between commuting in my car and commuting on a bike is massive. For one […]

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The Twenty-Buck Bike

Feb 26, 2013 View Comments by

Ever notice how twenties can fly out of your wallet like confetti if you’ve got several of them, but how long one can last if it’s all you have? I’ve occasionally made it through a week on twenty bucks for lunches and afternoon coffee, and while it wasn’t quite business as usual, it wasn’t bad. […]

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The Norton Shirt

Oct 08, 2012 View Comments by

The white sheet of paper trembled in my hand, the main paragraph started with one of the most important sentences of my life: “Welcome to the B-52 aerial gunnery school.” I had just been accepted to the school to become a B-52 gunner; a life long dream had come true. But not for long. Thirty days later […]

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The Road Often Traveled: Choosing a Mount

Feb 28, 2012 View Comments by

My first bike was an all black, 1981 Yamaha Maxim that my brother Dave found for me. Having never ridden a motorcycle before, I had no idea what I wanted, what size I needed, how it would handle, what the range was like, or anything else for that matter. All I knew was I wanted […]

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