100th Anniversary Issue: 10 Amazing Shamrock Tours – Full Articles With Maps and GPS Files

Jun 01, 2018 View Comments

The 100th issue of RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine is an important milestone in the life of the publication. To celebrate, we’re providing you with 10 Shamrock Tours. If you’re not already acquainted with these tours, they are our signature motorcycle trips. They involve four separate daylong loops out of the same home base […]

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China: Keeping up with Indiana Jones

Jun 18, 2018 View Comments

Riding across China is a motorcycle adventure like no other. Our China journey includes the Tibetan Plateau’s frigid mountains and grassy plains, the Gobi Desert’s towering pale beige sand dunes, and the Central Basin’s sweltering heat and humidity. We cover it all on small displacement Zongshen motorcycles, sharing the road with goats, camels, cattle, people, […]

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Western Washington: Wilderness & Waves

Jun 16, 2018 View Comments

A photographic journey through Washington. Log in to see the full article. By Denis Rouse.

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Alaska: From Whitehorse to Deadhorse and Back

Jun 14, 2018 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

“Somebody will pick you up at the airport and drive you to where the bike is, about 30 kilometers outside of town. Bring cash.” Those were more or less my instructions for a loaner bike I somehow found by pure luck, combined with a healthy dose of trust. I’m sitting in my last airplane of […]

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Honda Unveiling New Models at Annual Smoky Mountain Crawl

Jun 09, 2018 View Comments

The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee boast some of the best motorcycling roads in the country like the infamous “Tail of the Dragon” with 318 exhilarating curves in 11 miles or the stunning panoramic views along the Foothills Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway. Nestled at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee […]

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Slatin Motogear

Jun 08, 2018 View Comments

It’s hot as Hades in the shade, kids are frying eggs on the sidewalk, and you just have to ride somewhere. Are you going to stick your head inside the steam cabinet your regular helmet will soon become and suffer through it, or do you become a bona fide member of the Jetson Generation and […]

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Yamaha Announces 2019 Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT

Jun 07, 2018 View Comments

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today announced price and availability information for the versatile 2019 Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT Sport Touring motorcycles that were introduced in November. 2019 Tracer 900 Set to replace the company’s existing FJ-09 model for 2019, the Tracer 900 features several updates and refinements while continuing to offer performance, versatility […]

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2018 Yamaha Star Eluder: Eluding Convention

Jun 05, 2018 View Comments

The allure of escape has always been synonymous with motorcycles. The appointed destination of any trip often holds less importance than the act of traveling the roads between points A and B. A motorcycle will do that to you. If your own particular escape entails long-haul touring—especially that which falls under the heading “transcontinental”—Yamaha has […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Dandelion Rides

Jun 04, 2018 View Comments by Bud Miller

“So, raise a glass to 
turnings of the season
 and watch it as it arcs 
towards the sun” —Don’t Carry It All, 
The Decemberists   It’s the beginning of February as I write this. February in eastern Pennsylvania is usually a bitter month for me and this is always the most difficult chronicle to write […]

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Klim F5 Koroyd

Jun 02, 2018 View Comments

Built for all-day comfort, the lightweight F5 Koroyd is the latest iteration of Klim’s safety and ventilation advances. For heightened strength and safety, the F5’s full carbon-fiber shell incorporates Koroyd and MIPS, the company’s energy-absorbing and head-protection technologies. It’s designed to take in copious amounts of air at speed and vent heat at low speed […]

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Michelin Road 5: Coming to Grips with New Rubber

Jun 01, 2018 View Comments

  At the Michelin world press launch for the new Road 5 tire line, held outside of Seville, Spain, at the Circuito Monteblanco track and the surrounding countryside, we had a full day to ride a variety of motorcycles fitted with their new rubber on public roads, and under dry and wet track conditions. Proclaimed […]

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2018 Motorcycle Events

May 31, 2018 View Comments

Americade in Lake George, NY, June 4-9 “The world’s largest touring rally” has 50,000 attendees annually. It’s a family event with plenty of scenic riding, from solo to group, boat cruises, and a ton of activities to ensure that you’ll have to prioritize the list of things you want to do. At the same time […]

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PhotoMojo Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

May 30, 2018 View Comments

We’ve all (hopefully) been there, out on a mountain ride and feeling absolutely gobsmacked by the scenery. So, you stop and snap a photo, hoping to capture the power and grandeur of the mountains. But when you look at your picture the mountains look tiny (like hills at a flea circus), the blue sky has […]

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Touring Tip: Get Suspended!

May 29, 2018 View Comments

  No, I’m not encouraging inappropriate behavior that might get your license suspended. I want to talk to you about your motorcycle’s suspension. This is an area that OEMs often shortchange in order to keep the MSRP of their products in a lower price range. They know that a bike’s suspension performance is difficult to […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Death Valley National Park

May 28, 2018 View Comments

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in America. It’s a summer day and I’m filling up my motorcycle gas tank in Baker, CA, when I asked the gas station attendant how hot it is. I’m a bit surprised when he points upwards and says, “The thermometer reads 112 degrees. […]

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