Motorcycle Navigation: Keeping up With the Weather

Jun 20, 2017 View Comments by

As touring motorcyclists who are constantly exposed to the elements, weather is a major consideration for our safety and comfort. The term “weather” is actually an abstraction for many atmospheric conditions, and riders have different personal thresholds. For some, air quality might be the most important factor (e.g., people suffering from asthma). However, by and […]

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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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Storm Watch 101

Oct 26, 2016 View Comments by

Three of us rode out of Palm Springs on a coolish March morning—me, the Electra-Glide, and Doris, my chatty Garmin GPS. Cool is 70 degrees in Palm Springs, so I’d dressed in Draggin’ Jeans, an Olympia leather jacket, and summer gloves. I was heading for Idyllwild, the hippie town in the San Jacinta mountains, and […]

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Review: Sidi Adventure Rain and GORE-TEX Boots

Oct 17, 2015 View Comments by

High End Adventure Footwear from Sidi – Sidi Adventure boots are widely considered the gold standard for durable on and off-road touring footwear. Whether on the bike or walking, I never felt hindered by their formidable protection. An articulating ankle system makes walking a simple task while providing plenty of protection against hyperextension during a […]

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Road Rash: I Wanna Be a Weatherman

Oct 13, 2015 View Comments by

The Rain on My Parade – Becoming a member of the RoadRUNNER team was a memorable experience for obvious reasons, and a reoccurring thought formed as I began to anticipate touring for the magazine. I soon realized I was expecting a future of rain-free tours, a belief no doubt fostered by the endless photos of […]

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Touring Tip: RIDING IN FOG

Sep 27, 2015 View Comments by

How to Stay Safe in Murky Weather – Riding in fog—especially when it’s combined with rain and darkness—heightens a number of risk factors that prudent motorcyclists usually seek to avoid: Rider visibility of potential hazards, both ahead and from behind (like being rear-ended by a faster moving vehicle) is severely restricted. Accumulation of moisture on […]

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Review: iXS Women’s Zephyra Jacket and Archer Pants

Jul 14, 2015 View Comments by

Swiss Summer Gear for the Female Rider –  iXS Motorcycle Fashion is just now making their first incursions into the U.S. gear market, but the Swiss company has been making high-end riding apparel in Europe for over 30 years. In fact, iXS has a comprehensive gear line that includes everything from GORE-TEX technical gear and […]

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Review: Sidi Cobra Air Boots

May 24, 2015 View Comments by

Summer Track Boots that Work Great on the Street – Here in North Carolina winter seems to have broken. My lawn is starting to turn from brown to green, which means I’ll have to dust off the lawn mower soon, but it also means that riding season is finally here. Spring is coming and summer […]

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Summer Motorcycle Gear Buyers’ Guide: For the Daily Commute

May 14, 2015 View Comments by

Practical Gear for Riding to Work It’s a great time to be a rider. Never before in the history of motorcycles have there been so many options when it comes to both motorcycles and riding gear. There’s a bike for every riding style, preference, and price—whichever mount you choose, there’s plenty of gear to match. […]

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Cool Weather Camping Tips

Feb 11, 2015 View Comments by

I’ll take the crisp, cool days of fall, spring, or even winter over the summer heat any day, and nothing puts me in a good mood faster than strapping my camping gear on the bike for a long weekend. We found ourselves camping in Pennsylvania a while back, and had a great time riding the […]

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Touring Tip: The Importance of Effective Wind Protection

Jan 09, 2015 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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Heated Clothing: Getting Wired

Dec 31, 2014 View Comments by

Mom knew there was a problem when the ceiling fell in. A sharp winter frost had frozen and ruptured a water pipe in the loft above our under-heated English house, and when the thaw came, there was water everywhere. It was 1943, and Dad was otherwise occupied in the Royal Air Force. But when he […]

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Review: Sidi On Road GORE-TEX Boots

Dec 28, 2014 View Comments by

Most of us purchase gear that corresponds to our particular riding style. Race track and sportbike riders have their leathers, as do the Harley-Davidson and the cruiser crowd, albeit with a somewhat different look, adventure riders have their matching jacket and pants suits, while urban commuters have another look altogether. It’s a system that works […]

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Review: M-Tech Men’s Adventure Jacket

Sep 23, 2014 View Comments by

The challenge with multi-season motorcycle gear is that, in trying to be all things for all seasons, they end up being all-compromise, not quite vented enough on a hot summer day and vents that leak cold air (and possibly water) when the temperature drops. Multi-purpose liners do help in colder weather, but when removed result […]

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Review: Blackbird Hammock from Warbonnet Outdoors

Aug 22, 2014 View Comments by

Hammocks can be great for camping, particularly if one is a motorcyclist traveling alone. They tend to be much smaller and lighter than tents, so they save valuable space on storage-challenged bikes. They’re usually easier to set up and leave more time to enjoy the outdoor experience (with less frustration to boot). Hammocks also have […]

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