Touring Tip: Be a Safer Night Rider

Aug 09, 2017 View Comments by

A rider’s risk factors increase once the sun goes down. To avoid an accident, it’s important to see and be seen. Here are some tips for avoiding road hazards at night: Keep a Clear View: In low light conditions, wearing sunglasses or having a tinted shield on your helmet further diminishes your already restricted ability […]

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Touring Tip: Getting Your Bike Ready to Tour

May 30, 2017 View Comments by

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to make sure your mount is ready to hit the road. If you’re like many of us at RoadRUNNER, during the colder months you scope out touring destinations, research scenic routes, create packing lists, decide on touring dates, and have made at least some reservations. But all […]

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Touring Tip: What is a Touring Motorcycle?

Apr 26, 2017 View Comments by

Ask 10 people the definition of a touring motorcycle and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. Many would think they need a large motorcycle with a windscreen, fairing, hard luggage, big displacement motor, and various electronics and other features for safety and comfort. But not all touring riders subscribe to the theory that bigger […]

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Touring Tip: The Importance of Effective Wind Protection

Oct 31, 2016 View Comments by

The first visual clue that a motorcycle may be used for touring is the presence of a windscreen and/or other wind management devices. On the other hand, around town riders often eschew the look of a windscreen protruding above their handlebars. After a few months of riding my Suzuki cruiser back in the day I […]

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Touring Tip: Make Time for Break Time

Sep 09, 2016 View Comments by

Experienced motorcyclists already know that riding is much more fatiguing than driving. On top of that, sore muscles often occur during the first few days of a long trip, particularly when most of a motorcyclist’s previous riding has been on weekend day trips. In addition to sore muscles, there are the environmental factors, which can […]

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Touring Tip: Making Your Motorcycle Helmet Last

Jan 08, 2016 View Comments by

I have the benefit of testing and using a variety of motorcycle helmets, but there’s a particular one I especially like and use often. I want it to last as long as possible—well-made ones are expensive to replace. Here are some tips for having a long-term relationship with yours: Don’t Drop: The integrity of a […]

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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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Touring Tip: How Many Miles Per Day?

May 08, 2015 View Comments by

Too Long, Too Short…Where is Just Right? – When on tour I often get this question from my pillion partner at the beginning of each day’s ride: How many miles are we riding today? Sometimes, if we’re just letting the road be our guide, I don’t really know. But usually, I’ve planned the route and […]

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Touring Tip: Top Five Touring Accessories

Mar 13, 2015 View Comments by

Some bikes come with all of the touring accessories a rider could possibly want, but for many of us our bike requires a few additions. Having gone on many multi-day tours, I’ve developed a top five list in order of my own personal preference: A Comfortable Seat: It’s hard to imagine any other component on […]

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Touring Tip: What To Take?

Dec 05, 2014 View Comments by

Deciding what to take on a multiday motorcycle trip can be as important as deciding where to go. Taking too little or the wrong items can pose certain risks and taking too much can make the daily loading and unloading a hassle. Less seasoned moto-tourists typically take too much, possibly because they have not yet […]

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Touring Tip: Helmet Check

Jul 11, 2014 View Comments by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that DOT-compliant helmet use by riders is on the increase, even in states without universal helmet laws. And you probably already know that full-face DOT-approved motorcycle helmets are the single most important component of protective gear for saving your life in a crash. Short of a crash, […]

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Touring Tip: Trip Planning

May 09, 2014 View Comments by

Last month we discussed ideas for deciding where to go and what to see on your 2014 motorcycle adventures. Assuming that’s been resolved, let’s consider the actual planning steps. Here are my “Four Rs” for trip planning: Research: Assuming that you don’t already know your intended destination, the route to it and the things you want […]

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Touring Tip: Spring Forward

Apr 11, 2014 View Comments by

Although it’s still snowing in some parts of the U.S., it’s technically spring, we’re on daylight savings time, and we need to get serious about planning our 2014 riding season. Last month I talked about using the digital cache of tours on RoadRUNNER’s website (www.roadrunner.travel) to plan a trip. Once a touring destination has been […]

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Touring Tip: Risk of Winter Riding

Jan 10, 2014 View Comments by

We’ve recently been caught in the grip of a particularly cold blast of winter weather. So it bears repeating, from a previous Touring Tip, some of the additional risks of riding in cold weather. Here are seven worth keeping in mind: Wind Chill: As most everyone knows, wind velocity effectively lowers ambient temperature. The National […]

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Touring Tip: East vs. West

Dec 06, 2013 View Comments by

This month’s installment is not about which of our two coasts offers the best motorcycle touring venues, that’s a debate that could continue without any foreseeable end. And, like beauty itself, what constitutes the best riding area is, truly, in the eye of the beholder. Having ridden across most of America’s lower 48 states, some […]

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