Motorcycle Safety Checklist for Spring Riders

May 27, 2015 View Comments by

The Pre-Ride Check – Spring is officially here—time to kick off the riding season. But before you hop on your bike and put on your helmet, take a few minutes to review our safety checklist. By taking the time to inspect your bike for any potential hazards, you can ensure your safety and protect others […]

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Get Your Bike Ready For Summer

Apr 08, 2015 View Comments by

After sitting for months motorcycles need attention before returning to service, which can also help avoid breakdowns and ensure safety. Refer to the owner’s and service manuals for inspection lists before giving your bike a thorough going over. Look for any signs of leakage, such as stains underneath that indicate problems. Check steering head bearings […]

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MotoMojo – Shock & Fork Springs

Nov 19, 2014 View Comments by

During my trip from LA to Panama (see Moto Mundo Maya in the Apr ’10 issue of RoadRUNNER), one of the few shortcomings I noticed on the Kawasaki KLR650 was weak stock springs. Although the bike is a great value, after adding the metal panniers and heavy cargo for the long ride, the rear suspension […]

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Time to Ride: How Long is Long Enough?

Mar 18, 2014 View Comments by

Here in North Carolina we seem to be straddling the front lines in the war between oncoming spring and a winter desperately trying to hold on. Our weather has been alternating between warm and sunny and cold and icy for the last month or so. For example, on Saturday it was bright and clear with […]

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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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Opening Day: Play Ball! Nope . . . Let’s Ride!

Apr 11, 2013 View Comments by

Baseball Season is upon us and that can only mean one thing—less people on the roads when I am out riding. Don’t get me wrong, I like baseball, but what I really like is that Coors Field can remove over 50,000 fans from the road during each game. However, you can’t always count on that […]

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Spring Fever

Mar 13, 2013 View Comments by

Yep, I got it—back in February! It’s partly my fault for going to Hawaii and seeing all that green, which has made me discontent with just our boring gray and white, and there’s way too much “white.” Forget the stupid ground hog; he predicted an early spring, which is why it’s snowing…. again. I go […]

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Touring Tip: Spring Training for Riders

May 11, 2012 View Comments by

Spring has arrived and the “Regular Season” for touring motorcyclists is just around the corner. Similar to spring training for professional baseball players, riders need to make sure we and our mounts are ready for another exciting riding season. Here are a few reminders: Be All You Can Be, Physically: Practically everyone knows that riding […]

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It’s a Spring Thing

Apr 21, 2012 View Comments by

I think it’s safe to say that winter has officially thrown in the towel here in central North Carolina. The trees are green, flowers are blooming, and last year’s shredded Dunlops have officially been retired… get it, retired? All of the moving parts on the Bandit have been checked out, dialed in, oiled down, and […]

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