MotoMojo: The Octane Problem

Aug 19, 2015 View Comments by

What’s Right For Your Bike – For many motorcyclists, the octane numbers such as 85, 87, 89, and 91 (or 93) on the gas pump might as well read “nope,” “almost there,” and “that’s the stuff.” And it’s a logical assumption that when something costs more, it must be better, right? Not necessarily. The best […]

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Touring Tip: Motorcycle Performance Metrics

Jun 05, 2015 View Comments by

Part 1: What’s Horsepower Got To Do With It?  It seems that almost every month or so a new motorcycle model is crowned king of the horsepower hill. For many years, manufacturers have been competing for consumer dollars based on the published performance statistics of their various models. In addition, consumers are bombarded with a […]

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Interview with Chad Dappert of All Seasons Electric Vehicles

Jan 05, 2015 View Comments by

Most motorcyclists have come to realize that electric bikes are destined to be a part of the future of motorcycling. Companies like Zero and Brammo have been selling battery-powered bikes for several years now, and consumers may believe that one of these bikes is their only option if they want to leave gasoline behind. There […]

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Buyers’ Guide: Motorcycle Tire Pumps

Jan 01, 2015 View Comments by

Keeping the Rubber Side Round They are one of the few pieces of motorcycle gear that you’d be happy never to use, but if you do find yourself needing a tire pump one day, you’ll be beyond happy you made the investment. Flat tires are an unfortunate fact of life for motorcyclists. Sooner or later […]

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R: A New Era of Speed

Oct 09, 2014 View Comments by

Kawasaki’s marketing team has been working overtime for the past few months making sure that everyone knew Big Green was working on something big. Even with all the hype, the newly unveiled Ninja H2R still comes as a bit of a shock. We don’t have many details about the new bike, but we do know […]

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2015 KTM Freeride E: The Electric Dirt Bike

Sep 22, 2014 View Comments by

It seems like more electric bikes come on the market every week. Some are from major motorcycle companies and others are from start-ups hoping to capitalize on the future market potential of the environmentally friendly rides. But at least with current technology (no pun intended), electric power has two glaring drawbacks when compared with internal […]

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The Smartphone: A Poor Man’s GPS

Aug 30, 2014 View Comments by

Motorcycle GPS units are not cheap. In fact, there are plenty of riders who simply can’t afford, or aren’t willing to pay, the $500 or so required to mount a decent navigational aid on their handlebar. Thankfully, there’s at least a partial solution that most likely you’ve already got in your pocket. As you probably […]

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2015 Ducati Diavel: The Italian Power Cruiser

Mar 05, 2014 View Comments by

In a press release rife with Italian hyperbole Ducati has announced several updates to its “sport cruiser” for the 2015 model year. These improvements mostly focus on the Diavel’s engine, though peak power figures haven’t changed much. The 11º Testastretta Duel Spark engine (also seen in various states of tune in the Multistrada and Monster […]

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Akrapovič Introduces Exhaust for Harley-Davidsons

Mar 03, 2014 View Comments by

Slovenian purveyor of aftermarket exhaust systems Akrapovič is usually associated with high performance European motorcycles, but that perception is about to change. The company’s new Open-Line of exhaust systems are made to fit the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, Electra Glide, Switchback, Road King, and more. The kits are available in either chrome or black to fit […]

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Review: PDM-60 Power Distribution Module

Feb 25, 2014 View Comments by

If you’re one of the many touring riders who can’t resist a good farkle or two, or 10, you may have reached the point where your bike’s battery is obscured by the spaghetti-like tangle of wires connected to it. While this setup may be somewhat functional, it’s neither ideal nor particularly safe. And if, heaven […]

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Group Riding: Keepin’ Up

Nov 16, 2013 View Comments by

My primary touring motorcycle is a 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, and I’ve noticed that an interesting thing happens when I ride with a group of larger displacement bikes. Invariably, someone will comment on how my bike “kept up just fine” at the end of the ride, as if they didn’t think it possible that a […]

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Adventure Power Foldable Solar Panel

Jun 05, 2013 View Comments by

Electricity. You don’t think about it until you don’t have any, and when you’re riding far away from civilization, there just aren’t many sources to be found. Luckily, there’s a big one—the sun. That big burning ball of hydrogen 93 million miles away is radiating all the energy we could ever need, and Adventure Power’s […]

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