RoadRUNNER’s Motorcycle Reviews Now Free Online

Sep 11, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re thinking of purchasing a new or used bike sometime soon, be sure to check out RoadRUNNER’s extensive archive of motorcycle reviews to help you narrow down the possibilities. Previously, you could only access our riding impressions attached to issues that were included in your subscription period. Now, however, every review article the magazine […]

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The V-Strom Returns to the Fold

Sep 07, 2014 View Comments by

In the spring of 2011, I sold my Suzuki V-Strom 650. Since 2004, I had owned no less than three DL650s. Blue, red, and lastly my 2008, which was yellow and dubbed the “BeeStrom.” It’s safe to say I really liked the DL650. It’s affordable, easy to maintain, comfortable on long distance rides, off-road capable, […]

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Serious Bikes

Jul 05, 2014 View Comments by

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life waiting for that magical time when the kids were raised, the house was paid off, and I could go shopping for a “serious” bike. I loosely defined a serious bike as being something exotic, expensive, or possessing class-leading performance. I’ve always owned at least one bike, […]

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City Escape: Victoria, British Columbia

Feb 26, 2014 View Comments by

Ride west from historic Victoria via Vancouver Island’s rugged coastline to Port Renfrew, then cross the island through remote villages and ancient forests as well as along rushing rivers back to the Trans Canada Highway by Lake Cowichan. Admire the totem poles in Duncan, and ride the spectacular Malahat Highway. Go from April to October.

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Balance

Dec 21, 2013 View Comments by

I’ve always been attracted to bikes with less than universal public appeal and appreciation for some reason. How many people do you know who seriously considered purchasing a Cagiva Elefant? I rest my case. I didn’t buy the Cagiva, mainly due to the bike’s seat height and the uncertainty of maintenance issues, but I came […]

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Interview with Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters: The Long Version

Nov 11, 2013 View Comments by

Editor’s note: This interview was featured in the Nov/Dec ’13 issue of RoadRUNNER. To make the text fit within the space constraints of the magazine we had to cut it down quite a bit. Here is the full-length text from the interview. Jamie Hyneman is the epitome of a modern day Renaissance man. His list […]

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Whydoanchagitcha…

Oct 19, 2013 View Comments by

A couple of years ago, my wife and I rolled up to a small town donut shop for an afternoon coffee break. Before we got the chance to order, the proprietor of the shop asked us what we were riding, and I replied that we were on a Suzuki V-Strom. The next ran-together string of […]

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Love at First Bike

Sep 28, 2013 View Comments by

What was the first bike you really fell in love with? You know, the one that managed to find that mystical mix of form, function, and foibles and work its way into your heart. For many people, this happened with their first motorcycle, and it’s no surprise since they didn’t have anything to compare it […]

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Motorcycle or Convertible?

Jun 14, 2013 View Comments by

Really? Yes, really. The first time I heard this comment I thought it was just a fluke, an odd thought. But then it kept coming … more “riders” thinking of trading their two wheels for four. In fairness, these were mostly older riders; those for whom two-wheeling was no longer comfortable or even safe. In […]

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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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John Longo, the Motorcycle Seat Doctor

Feb 13, 2013 View Comments by

OEM seats are often cheaply made and can become uncomfortable during a long day in the saddle. This shortcoming in meeting touring riders’ needs has created a robust aftermarket for motorcycle seat makers. I’ve owned some of them and they usually are better-designed, made from higher-quality materials, and provide more long-distance comfort than an OEM […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Custom Seats

Feb 12, 2013 View Comments by

Except for a few plush touring models, it seems like little effort goes into designing motorcycle saddles for all-day comfort. Although they look great in the showroom and allow inseam-challenged riders to feel the security of touching the ground, most standard equipment leaves the distance rider to discover “the agony of ‘da seat!” Pressure points, […]

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Aprilia Announces New Caponord 1200

Nov 13, 2012 View Comments by

The newest offering from the Noale, Italy based company is blessed with enough acronyms to make any bureaucrat jealous. It comes standard with Ride by Wire (RbW), ABS, and Aprilia Traction Control (ATC), and can be equipped with Aprilia Dynamic Damping (ADD) and CC. Other acronyms that may be associated with the new bike include, […]

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Honda Releases 2013 Models

Nov 12, 2012 View Comments by

Honda is at it again. The Japanese brand has a long history of shaking up the motorcycle establishment with innovative, and at times, game changing motorcycles. (Anyone remember the CB750?) It looks like this will be another milestone year for the company as they announce the release of no fewer than six new models for […]

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2013 Yamaha FZ8 & 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A

Oct 04, 2012 View Comments by

Yamaha’s liquid-cooled, 16-valve, inline-four, 779cc FZ8, which was brought to the U.S. market for 2011, filled the gap between the 600cc and 1,000cc range. It looks very much like its 998cc big brother, the FZ1, sans fairing, and is praised for its upright seating position, lots of torque in low- to midrange-rpm, and top-notch cornering […]

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