Bittersweet

Aug 24, 2013 View Comments by

This blog could be about one of our favorite late fall activities; riding the rural southern Ohio roads in search of bittersweet for seasonal decorating, but it’s not. It’s about the frame of mind a ride from last year put me in. I’ve been debating on whether to write it or not, seeing as it’s […]

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RoadRUNNER’s 2013 Touring Weekend

Jul 23, 2013 View Comments by

The return of RoadRUNNER’s annual Touring Weekend to Maggie Valley, NC was a smashing success. Moderate temperatures, sunny skies, and more fantastic roads made for a weekend full of first class motorcycle touring. Now in its eighth year, the 2013 Touring Weekend began with a Mexican fiesta on Thursday night followed by a welcome by […]

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Touring Tip: Risk Mitigation Strategies When Riding in Extreme Heat

Jul 05, 2013 View Comments by

Extreme heat is when temperatures and/or humidity levels are noticeably above historical averages. In 2001 some 300 deaths were, reportedly, caused by excessive heat exposure. As we roll into the middle of summer, thermometers already have reached record highs in many parts of the country. Heat Related Health Risks When riding in extreme hot weather, […]

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The Great Bully

Jun 23, 2013 View Comments by

My girlfriend Cori sent me a quote in an email last week (see below) and, as always with things she sends, it resonated with me. To be honest our lives are in flux at the moment, with houses we’re trying to sell and careers we’re trying to change. We have our marks to make on […]

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Touring Tip: Setting Touring Priorities To Maximize Your Enjoyment

Jun 17, 2013 View Comments by

Being creatures of habit, humans usually fall into a routine anytime they repeat the same task or series of tasks day after day. The same is usually true for motorcycle touring. We may have adopted a habitual touring routine without realizing that the enjoyment factor of our trips is not being maximized. For this reason, […]

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Stress

May 15, 2013 View Comments by

I recently took a class in stress management, which was broken down into four categories: physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral. Believe me when I say I don’t take this lightly. I have been on the receiving end of stress throughout most of my adulthood; it comes with the territory. I also know it can really […]

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The Cure For Grief

Feb 24, 2013 View Comments by

The Cure for Grief is movement. I’m not sure where I first heard that but once I did I never forgot it. The motorcycle has been my cure for grief for as long as I’ve been riding. Motorcycling is largely about repetition and ritual—doing things the same way each time. Repetition and ritual keep us safer; […]

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Snow Day

Feb 21, 2013 View Comments by

I can remember as a kid waking up earlier for school in the winter for one reason, to see if the local newscaster would make the ultimate announcement . . . Snow Day! Today the ultimate snow day is not really a snow day at all—it’s when you get unseasonably warm temperatures during the winter. […]

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Do What You Love

Feb 03, 2013 View Comments by

“Do what you love, it’s gonna lead to where you want to go.” -Wayne White. When I was a kid of 15 we lived in the country and I loved running at night, even in winter. I loved the silence, no cars, no birds or barking dogs, nothing but the moon and stars carefully arranged, it […]

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Epic Adventure Under an Hour

Jan 24, 2013 View Comments by

“Honey, I’ll be right back, I am just heading out to get some milk for the kids.” These are words my wife would never believe. First, because I never call her “honey;” second, we have our milk delivered, and third, if I am throwing my leg over the bike the chances of me being right […]

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Too Cool for School

Jan 13, 2013 View Comments by

I’m sure I’ve mentioned in prior posts that my first bike was a 1981 Yamaha Maxim. The Maxim was impressive in its day, with narrow cruiser styling draped over a Japanese 4-cylinder. Mine was flat black with gold lettering and a missing air box, my brother found it for me for $400 back in ’98. […]

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Errands and Adventures

Dec 30, 2012 View Comments by

The other day I was out riding in the rain on a cold dark day, just some errands around town. I’ve always liked the feeling of being warm and dry while all around me everything is wet and cold. You can only get a sense of the weather on the parts of you that aren’t protected, your […]

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Comfort Zones

Dec 23, 2012 View Comments by

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot. I’ve always loved that quote, but for me I’d alter it to “Only if you are willing to risk going too far can you possibly find out how far you can go”. This is my 50th […]

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Soothed Through Movement

Dec 09, 2012 View Comments by

When my daughter was little, maybe six or seven, I took her outside on a summer night and we climbed a ladder up to the roof of our house to look at the moon and stars. I’ll never forget it; she looked at me with wide eyes and said, “are we allowed to?” I said, […]

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Better Late Than Never

Sep 29, 2012 View Comments by

My friend Norb and his wife Bobby have been married for about 40 years, and, even though Bobby was raised only 150 yards from the front door of Harley’s 35th street factory, she was by no means a “biker chick.” In fact her parents had always forbidden her from hanging around “those people,” which makes […]

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