Review: Blackbird Hammock from Warbonnet Outdoors

Aug 22, 2014 View Comments by

Hammocks can be great for camping, particularly if one is a motorcyclist traveling alone. They tend to be much smaller and lighter than tents, so they save valuable space on storage-challenged bikes. They’re usually easier to set up and leave more time to enjoy the outdoor experience (with less frustration to boot). Hammocks also have […]

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Motorcycle Design Problems: Finding Out the Hard Way

Apr 25, 2014 View Comments by

Last year, on the way back from RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley (this year’s Touring Weekend will be in Snowshoe, WV) I discovered a quirk particular to my specific brand and model of bike. Over the long weekend I’d already racked up around 1,000 miles and all that stood between me and home was […]

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Review: Nelson Rigg AS-3000 Aston 2-Piece Rain Suit

Apr 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rain gear. It’s utterly forgotten when not needed and usually needed when forgotten. It’s the motorcyclist’s first line of defense against the soaking downpour that is sure to catch us sooner or later. Though some riders view these brightly colored plastic ensembles as either a nice luxury or a complete waste of space, most serious […]

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Review: REV’IT! Summit H20 Gloves

Dec 31, 2013 View Comments by

Sport touring gloves should do a few things. They should firstly protect your hands in a crash, secondly they should be all-day comfortable, they should also offer as much dexterity as possible, and, finally, being waterproof doesn’t hurt. When I first put on the Summit H20 gloves from REV’IT! I immediately notice how comfortable they […]

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Touring Tip: Just a Ridin’ in the Rain

Nov 08, 2013 View Comments by

Many, if not most, of us consider riding in the rain a necessary inconvenience when we’re caught out in it while going from point A to point B. The experience is frequently made more burdensome because of: inadequate riding gear, reduced vision of scenery and road hazards, loss of traction, increased navigational challenges, and fogged […]

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Riding Season?

Oct 01, 2013 View Comments by

It’s late September and here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are becoming shorter. On a recent outing I noticed that the leaves are beginning to morph from green to yellow, orange, red, and brown. The air is getting a bit crisp and last week I had to dig out my jacket’s insulated liner. This, […]

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Misery or Memory

Sep 22, 2013 View Comments by

I left Cori’s house in New Jersey last Monday morning under a clear sky. The temperature was in the 60s. I had about a 70-mile trip home. I-95 and 476 (a.k.a. The Blue Route) can be a nerve-wracking ride as anyone who’s ever ridden them at or near rush hour can attest to. I suited […]

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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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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1b: Keeping Dry in the Rain

Aug 29, 2013 View Comments by

As I arrive in Lynchburg, TN it is raining. But I don’t get down. I ride past the large stone and metal gates and park the KLR just as the rain starts to let up. I guess the clouds got the memo about Lynchburg being in a dry county! I head inside the large wooden […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 12: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

Aug 07, 2013 View Comments by

Crossing the northern New Mexico desert in August you might expect to encounter sand, rocks, and heat. Add to that; mud, ruts, sinkholes, and silt filled riverbeds and it makes for an interesting ride. Today’s 100 plus mile enterprise involved avoiding the road nearly as much as it did favoring it. Heavy rains in the […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 8: The Long, Damp Road to Salida

Aug 03, 2013 View Comments by

Moving on from Kremmling to Salida our route took us high above the resort town of Breckenridge by way of Boreas pass. Dark clouds loomed overhead for most of the day but, aside from a short shower about midday, we managed to avoid any real rain. South of the Boreas pass, the route involved a […]

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Cloudy with a Chance of Sun

Jul 18, 2013 View Comments by

We’ve all been there haven’t we? The weather report calls for rain and we have to decide; suit up and dive in, change the route, or park it on the couch. When you are traveling, “park it on the couch” is usually not an option. I usually don’t watch weather reports. I prefer to simply […]

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Risk and Reward

Jun 16, 2013 View Comments by

The other day I got a call from my mother telling me she had taken a bad fall, torn ligaments in her wrist, and had hurt her back. She had seen a doctor and was as comfortable as could be and there was not much I could do. I took a ride over to spend […]

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First Rain

Apr 24, 2013 View Comments by

I wait for the first rain of spring, or at least what passes for spring around here. It’s not because it brings May flowers, which are nice, or that it raises our lake levels and waters our crops—also good things. No, it’s because it washes the salt and sand from the roadways, and most importantly, […]

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Ridin’ the Storm Out

Apr 23, 2013 View Comments by

Our recent Haunted Ohio Tour (in the May/June 2013 issue), my favorite to date, by the way, was interrupted on the first day by possibly the most brutal storm I’ve ever seen here in Ohio. We’d had a great morning, albeit hot, and were en-route to The Buxton Inn in Granville, which is not far […]

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