Pot Holes, Sink Holes, and Buckled Roads

Aug 26, 2014 View Comments by

Not a year goes by that we don’t have to put up with these conditions, but this year it has been much worse than usual. The winter has been brutal to our roadways with the thaw and freeze pattern taking much of the blame. This year in the Midwest we had frost down to 14 […]

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Review: Firstgear Heat Pump Vest

Apr 05, 2014 View Comments by

It’s not what you think. Though its name would seem to imply that the vest is actively heated, it isn’t, well at least not with electricity. Do you remember when your mom, uncle, or whomever used to extoll to you the benefit of dressing in layers when it’s cold? Have you ever wondered why wearing […]

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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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Winter’s No Fun (OK, Maybe a Little)

Mar 15, 2014 View Comments by

Anyone else ever notice how inviting the photos of other riders on a winter outing are? The Aerostich catalog often features winter riding photos on the cover, and I usually head into the season with a firm resolve to ride regularly so long as the roads aren’t covered with salt or patches of ice and […]

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Escape for Winter

Feb 17, 2014 View Comments by

I have managed to do what a lot of people in the north (and south) would dream of this winter. With more snow and colder temperatures than normal, riding a motorcycle, for many of us, has been put on hold. The weather this winter has been crazy. At my home in Michigan, over Christmas an […]

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I Dislike Winter

Feb 12, 2014 View Comments by

I am sorry. I tried to get through this season without my yearly rant against Mother Nature, but this year “mother” has been downright mean! Throughout this country we have been in a snowy deep freeze. If it isn’t snow, and 30 degree below zero weather, it’s ice, wind, sleet, and power outages—sometimes all in […]

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Testing Batteries in the Cold

Jan 25, 2014 View Comments by

If there’s one good thing to be said for the recent spell of intensely cold weather (What is a polar vortex anyway?) it’s that it offers a great opportunity to see how tough your battery really is. Last winter I lived in a townhouse and the only place to keep my bike was in the […]

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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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Riding in the New Year: The Snail and Gazelle

Jan 05, 2014 View Comments by

I attempt to get out and ride on every New Year’s Day. Some years it’s just not possible but this year it was dry and in the mid 30s, which is rare here in the northeast in January, so I was glad I could head out for a comfortable first ride. I don’t tend to […]

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Let Me Try

Dec 29, 2013 View Comments by

Last week temperatures were predicted to hit the mid-60s and above here in southeastern New Jersey. A rare late December gift that lets us get out on the road in normal gear after thinking it’d be a few more months of dressing like a NASA astronaut to get a ride in. I looked forward to […]

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Thanksgiving Traditions

Dec 15, 2013 View Comments by

I have a sort of tradition of taking Big Red to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t always do it but this year “Aunt Cori” had arranged to spend the rest of the weekend with her dear friend Paula and Paula’s daughters Kristen (13) and Lauren (11). Hi guys! The fact that it […]

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Review: Rukka Armas Jacket and Pants

Dec 09, 2013 View Comments by

I first saw this combo on Uwe Krauss (world traveler extraordinaire and guide for some of our European tours) while on the Grand Alps tour in June 2013. It impressed me that he wore it during a bitter rain shower near St. Moritz without getting wet or cold. Almost all four-season suits claim to be […]

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Using a Motorcycle as a Utility Vehicle

Nov 30, 2013 View Comments by

I know of several motorcyclists, all very serious riders, who rarely fire up their bikes unless there is a major riding event or tour at hand. The thought of hopping on the bike to perform mundane tasks such as stopping by the bank or picking up a loaf of bread apparently doesn’t cross their minds, […]

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Tour Master’s Lawndale Leather Jacket

Nov 07, 2013 View Comments by

Tour Master’s Lawndale jacket is a classically styled, high-grade, three-quarter length buffalo leather jacket. In addition to its attractive retro look, the Lawndale has many of the features expected in contemporary motorcycle riding gear. These include, front and rear zippered vents for flow-through ventilation on warm days, a quilted zip-out liner with removable sleeves, a […]

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Riding Season?

Oct 01, 2013 View Comments by

It’s late September and here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are becoming shorter. On a recent outing I noticed that the leaves are beginning to morph from green to yellow, orange, red, and brown. The air is getting a bit crisp and last week I had to dig out my jacket’s insulated liner. This, […]

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