Collections: Motorcycles, Gear, and Friendships

Nov 03, 2013 View Comments by

I’ll admit it’s been tough to sit down and write lately. After months of focused attention on preparing my home of fifteen years for sale it sold in under a month, which left me scrambling to give away or sell the bulky items that I couldn’t take with me. It’s funny how many things you […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Top Five Big Adventure Bikes for 2014

Nov 02, 2013 View Comments by

The large displacement adventure bike category has been a bright spot for the motorcycle industry over the past few years. The segment has seen sales growth that bucks the trend across the rest of the motorcycle landscape. This has resulted in a plethora of choices for the buyer. But which bike is best? We’ve ranked […]

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Not Just Yet

Oct 20, 2013 View Comments by

Big Red’s odometer is ticking close to 70,000 miles and increasingly I find myself considering what will be next. I look at all types of bikes at the dealership and usually fantasize about making a change. The decision will be based in part on the commute I end up having as I am in the […]

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More from the AIMExpo in Orlando

Oct 19, 2013 View Comments by

We first reported on the new V-Strom 1000  here, but we got our first look at the AIMExpo this week, check it out in the video below.     Moto Machines offers Hepco & Becker’s full line of motorcycle luggage, with storage solutions for virtually every motorcycle made. Take a look with the video below. […]

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Whydoanchagitcha…

Oct 19, 2013 View Comments by

A couple of years ago, my wife and I rolled up to a small town donut shop for an afternoon coffee break. Before we got the chance to order, the proprietor of the shop asked us what we were riding, and I replied that we were on a Suzuki V-Strom. The next ran-together string of […]

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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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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

Sep 25, 2013 View Comments by

There are certainly many members of our motorcycle touring community who swear by Suzuki’s little wonder-bike, the DL650 V-Strom. For some reason, however, the 650’s big brother, the V-Strom DL1000, has never enjoyed the same level of popularity. With the 2014 version, Suzuki aims to change that. We don’t have all the details on the […]

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Weld86 Motoparts Skidplate for Suzuki DL650 V-Strom

Sep 15, 2013 View Comments by

Proper protection is a necessity for any motorcycle traversing terrain that contains hazards capable of causing serious motor damage should an impact occur. Though oriented toward the street end of the adventure bike spectrum, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is certainly capable of all-surface road duty, but lacks a factory skid plate or safeguard of any […]

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Getting There is All the Fun

Sep 04, 2013 View Comments by

While it is not exclusive, a fairly significant amount of the riding I do is off-pavement. This hasn’t always been the case however. My first motorized two-wheeler was a 1978 Honda CB550. Acquired in a trade, I had never actually ridden a motorcycle before. So, naively, (I was still a teenager at the time) I […]

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Open Source Motorcycle

May 06, 2013 View Comments by

Open source (definition): a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge, i.e., open. Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community. Open source […]

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Decisions, Decisions

Jan 18, 2013 View Comments by

The close of a riding season is the perfect time to reassess the state of one’s two-wheeled stable and think about the possibility of a new bike. Three of my four bikes are beginning to acquire that well-worn patina, and I thought I’d share some of the thoughts that have been swirling around in my […]

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Long May You Run

Apr 24, 2012 View Comments by

The title is from a Neil Young song, a favorite of mine which begins: “We’ve been through some things together with trunks of memories still to come, we found things to do in stormy weather, long may you run”. The song was the title track of the Stills-Young Band album of the same name from […]

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