Touring Tip: Taking a Passenger for Their First Ride

Feb 07, 2014 View Comments by

Friends and other acquaintances often see motorcyclists riding and want to join in on the fun. Before you take someone for a ride on your bike, here are my top ten things to consider: 1. Legal: Each state has its own laws that apply to riding with a passenger. For example, in many states bikes […]

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Riding in the New Year: The Snail and Gazelle

Jan 05, 2014 View Comments by

I attempt to get out and ride on every New Year’s Day. Some years it’s just not possible but this year it was dry and in the mid 30s, which is rare here in the northeast in January, so I was glad I could head out for a comfortable first ride. I don’t tend to […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Top 10 Riding Roads in the U.S.

Jan 01, 2014 View Comments by

As we established in our previous top ten list, the two main criteria for a great motorcycle road are scenery and curves. Since we’ve already listed our favorite scenic routes, it’s time to share our top ten pure rider’s roads. Once again, RoadRUNNER touring expert Jim Parks gives us the scoop. 1.     Tail of the […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Dec 15, 2013 View Comments by

I have a sort of tradition of taking Big Red to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t always do it but this year “Aunt Cori” had arranged to spend the rest of the weekend with her dear friend Paula and Paula’s daughters Kristen (13) and Lauren (11). Hi guys! The fact that it […]

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Golden Spinning Wheel: An Unexpected Soundtrack

Dec 08, 2013 View Comments by

I rode Big Red to the office this week since the weather has been mild for December. The morning ride was uneventful and featured the usual Philadelphia traffic. On the way home, though, I had an odd experience. Traffic was heavy on the Blue Route and I rode along as the sun set towards the […]

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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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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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Just Ride

Oct 15, 2013 View Comments by

It’s 7:00 a.m. and we’re heading down Route 9 in eastern Kentucky. There’s a morning chill in the air, fifty-something degrees, tempered by the raised windshield and heated grips of the Kawasaki Concours 14 and the closed vents of the Aerostich. Sandy’s on my six with his FJR. Directly ahead of us is a scene […]

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Bachin’ It

Oct 12, 2013 View Comments by

My usual riding companion, my wife Sharon, is away occasionally for out of town work, and as my grandmother used to say, I’m “bachin’ it” while she’s gone. Our usual Sunday breakfast ride is something we both look forward to, and without her here, I’m tempted to eat at home and tackle the perpetual list […]

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Time Travel

Oct 06, 2013 View Comments by

Today was one of those unseasonably warm October days. I was working from home and had a scheduled car oil change, then errands, and a stop at the shop for an oil filter for Big Red (which only whet my appetite for riding). I hurried home, finished up my work, quickly changed the bike’s oil, […]

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Ride the Green Serpent at the Killington Classic

Aug 23, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re headed up (or down) to Vermont for the Killington Classic over Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 29th-Sept. 1st), you’ll definitely want to check out the Green Serpent. With twisties galore, great views, and lunch at the Waybury Inn (where TV’s The Bob Newhart Show was based), the Green Serpent is sure to be a […]

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City Escape: Phoenix, AZ

Aug 10, 2013 View Comments by

You’ll experience a diverse loop that includes a high desert lake and historic mining towns. This route is rideable virtually all year.  

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First Annual Trike Only Ride at Sturgis

Jul 25, 2013 View Comments by

If you’re heading to Sturgis on three wheels, you’re in luck. For the first time ever there will be a trike only ride at Sturgis. The ride, which is being organized by Roadsmith Trikes and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, will be the first annual T.O.U.R. (Trike Owners United Ride). The ride will take place on […]

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The 2014 Indian Chief’s Sturgis Debut

Jul 06, 2013 View Comments by

As Indian Motorcycle continues to keep the energy and anticipation high during the run up to the new Indian Chief’s unveiling at this year’s Sturgis rally, the company has announced that the reveal party will take place Saturday, August 3rd at 8 p.m. in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. The celebration (which […]

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Today I Ride

May 27, 2012 View Comments by

I ride along a perfect ribbon of pavement as a myriad of shades of green appear in the distance, lose focus, and then disappear behind me in a blur – the green rushing toward me and disappearing ahead at the same time into an endless single shade of blue. There’s no yesterday, no tomorrow, no […]

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