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Three Rivers

May 29, 2012 View Comments by

In late April the club had organized a combo camping-motel trip to the Three Rivers area near the entrance to Sequoia National Park. Located along the Kaweah River, which drains a lot of the watershed from the southern Sierras, the area is beautiful and offered our members “country club” camping or full motel accommodations. The […]

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Autocom Logic Review

May 02, 2012 View Comments by

Several years ago we reviewed the J&M Integratr IV, a device that connected a cell phone, GPS unit, intercom, radar detector, bike-to-bike radio, as well as FM and MP3 or satellite radio functions. This system worked pretty well, and connected with a wide variety of communications gear. However, as time has passed, new and improved […]

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Camping in Morro Bay

Apr 29, 2012 View Comments by

In December my riding buddy Peter proposed that the BMW Club of Southern California set-up a three-day camping trip to Morro Bay State Park. A number of the club members were enthusiastic about the idea, but since the trip was planned for the middle of January, we were a little concerned about the weather. As […]

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Go Cruise Throttle Control Review

Apr 02, 2012 View Comments by

Those of us who don’t enjoy the comfort and convenience of BMW’s electronic speed control often use a throttle lock, to help relieve the strain and constant pressure needed to hold the throttle open.  Two popular throttle locks are the Throttle Meister and Kaoko, both of which work well, but are fairly expensive ($120-$130 range), […]

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A Guide to Visit Mexico

Feb 05, 2012 View Comments by

As noted in the companion article about my trip through Baja, Chad and I found Mexico to be an interesting place with good roads, nice people and ample security.  We had no problems, and I highly recommend to anyone interested, give it a try and not be dissuaded by all the negative television news reports.  […]

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Down to Mexico Part 2

Feb 04, 2012 View Comments by

La Paz is a tourist town along a very beautiful section of the Sea of Cortez.  Very popular with sail boaters the bay is surrounded by timeshares, condos and resort hotels.  Our hotel was right along the water, which has a beautiful esplanade that allowed one to enjoy a quiet walk next to the bay.  […]

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Down to Mexico Part 1

Feb 03, 2012 View Comments by

In early December my friend Chad McCaskill called me and asked if I would be interested in heading down to Cabo San Lucas in Baja California in the first week in January.  After a little thought, and a check of the budget, I said yes and we began to plan our trip.  The original idea […]

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Alaska Recap – Reader Ride

Oct 09, 2011 View Comments by

The ambition for many motorcyclists is to ride to and/or in Alaska.  The lure of the far country, the stories of magnificent glaciers, primeval forests, huge rivers teaming with salmon, wild animals everywhere you look, breath taking scenery, and challenging road conditions all create the fantasy of riding off into the wild.  Well, after spending […]

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North to Alaska: Day 2

Aug 17, 2011 View Comments by

My serendipitous find of the Basque Inn provided a good nights sleep and hearty breakfast to see me on my way. My goal today was to meet up with my friends in Boise Idaho at Happy-Trails. Tim Bernard and his manager Jason Ward have been very supportive and I have done some product testing for […]

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North to Alaska: Day 1

Aug 12, 2011 View Comments by

Day 1 Friday August 5th: Leaving Los Angeles I headed north on Hwy-14 past Mojave and continued up US-395. The highway out of the LA area isn’t very interesting until you get north of Bishop California. The road begins to climb up the toward Mammoth and June Lakes. Reaching over 5,000 feet the high desert […]

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North to Alaska – Planning the trip

Jul 26, 2011 View Comments by

If you’ve been following my RoadRUNNER blog you know that over the past couple of years I’ve begun to realize that I’m getting older, which is more than just marking off days on a calendar. Even though I don’t feel it, I’m coming up on my 62nd birthday, and the sad fact of the matter […]

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Taking That Epic Trip

Jul 19, 2011 View Comments by

“You work and work for years and years, you’re always on the go You never take a minute off, too busy makin’ dough Someday, you say, you’ll have your fun, when you’re a millionaire Imagine all the fun you’ll have in your old rockin’ chair Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think Enjoy yourself, while […]

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Fuzeblock FZ1

Aug 17, 2010 View Comments by

There is no shortage of useful electronic gadgets to attach to our motors. Satellite navigational systems, heated clothing, cell phones, to name only a few, are all great fun but do present some challenges. Arguably the four most critical are: Overloading the often anemic electrical systems of our bikes Connecting all the wires in a […]

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