Archive for December, 2011

Interview with Ted Simon – Still Orbiting

Dec 31, 2011 View Comments by

RR: You are famous among motorcycle travelers around the world because of your journey in the 70s and the resulting book, Jupiter’s Travels. Why did you choose a motorcycle for traveling? Ted: I didn’t know anything about motorcycles, but I thought it would be the most interesting and unusual and, at the same, time useful […]

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Frontier GORE-TEX® Jacket and Pants

Dec 31, 2011 View Comments by

The Frontier GORE-TEX® jacket and pants are definitely a year-round, all-weather outfit. The jacket is a fascinating piece of good engineering as well as a trendy design. It is nicely organized, with a complex yet well-thought-out system of removable liners, multiple air-flow panels and vents, pockets, chambers, flaps, zippers, elbow and shoulder protectors, and more. […]

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2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Dec 30, 2011 View Comments by

The Motorcycle Cannonball, which had its first running in 2010 and took a hiatus for 2011, has announced it will leave from Newburgh, NY, on September 7, 2012, and finish at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge on September 21. The inaugural Motorcycle Cannonball was for motorcycles from 1915 and earlier. The 2012 event is expanded […]

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Maine: First State to Adopt SAE Sound Test

Dec 28, 2011 View Comments by

Maine has adopted a test that allows motorcyclists to prove their bikes don’t violate Maine’s sound law. Motorcyclists cited for loud exhausts can go to a certified inspection station for sound testing, where the exhaust will be tested using Society of Automotive Engineers International J2825 sound testing procedure. Under the SAE J2825 standard, decibel limits […]

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Motorcycle Thefts Down 24 Percent Since 2007

Dec 27, 2011 View Comments by

The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that during 2007, 65,678 motorcycles were stolen; in 2010, that dropped to 49,791, a 24 percent decrease. During 2010, 12,260 Hondas were stolen; Yamaha was the next most-pilfered brand, followed by Suzuki, Kawasaki and then Harley-Davidson. California had the most motorcycles stolen in 2010, at 5,662, followed by Texas, […]

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Suzuki New Models for 2012

Dec 24, 2011 View Comments by

At their annual meeting, Suzuki introduced new and updated models to their dealers and the media. They used the opportunity for the world launch of the 2012 GSX-R1000 and to provide more information on the 2012 V-Stroms GSX-R1000 In reworking Suzuki’s race bike, engineers focused on improving cornering, braking and acceleration. The outcome is a […]

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Valentino Rossi Live On

Dec 20, 2011 View Comments by

Dainese and AGV are getting into the festive spirit by offering fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with Valentino Rossi, via a live worldwide web stream. On Wednesday 21 December at 10am, Rossi will link directly to an international audience at and answer selected fan questions. All fans will have the […]

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Vintage and Celebrity Motorcycles at the Reagan Library

Dec 20, 2011 View Comments by

Born To Be Wild A significant exhibit of motorcycles recently ended at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Dozens of bikes from 1899 to the present, including some rare models, were on display in the library’s Air Force One pavilion. Included were a 1903 Harley-Davidson replica; 1913 Californian; 1922 Ner-A-Car; 1948 Indian (Floyd Emde’s bike from […]

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Owners Spending More on New Motorcycles, Including Parts and Accessories – J.D. Power and Associates

Dec 16, 2011 View Comments by

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: The Sales Experience, Product and Cost of Ownership Help Drive Improvement in Overall Motorcycle Customer Satisfaction WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: — Overall motorcycle customer satisfaction has increased notably from 2010, driven by marked improvements in the sales experience, the products, and cost of ownership, according to the J.D. Power and Associates […]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 14, 2011 View Comments by

AeroFlow Screens (888) 237-6777 Now BMW GS riders don’t have to choose between style and function: The 2-piece AeroFlow R 1200 GS “Sport Fairing” offers both. Though half the size of the original R 1200 GS Touring Fairings, the Sport version provides drivers with excellent helmet and upper body protection. The smaller design is […]

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Touring Tip: Selecting a Touring Motorcycle

Dec 13, 2011 View Comments by

You’ve been riding locally for a while, but now want to start taking overnight trips of a much greater distance. Although any motorcycle (and many scooters) can be used for touring, some are much better for this purpose than others. Before the shopping phase of selecting a touring bike can begin, however, there are six […]

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Buyers’ Guide – Soft Luggage

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

Every touring enthusiast needs storage space for a multiple-day trip, but not every motorcycle comes with side cases or topcase standard. One option is hard cases, but they always require some sort of mounting system, thus altering the bike’s appearance. If the rider wants an easy-on, easy-off solution, then a soft luggage system is the […]

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Kenda Big Block Tires

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

Kenda’s all-new K784 “Big Block” tires are designed specifically to meet the demands of high-powered adventure motorcycles and serious adventure riders, and they’re DOT-approved as street legal. According to the manufacturer, their aggressive tread pattern is intended for 60 percent street and 40 percent off-road riding, with large tread blocks and sturdy four-ply-rated bias-ply casings […]

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Richa Spirit Jacket

Dec 12, 2011 View Comments by

I love the looks, the comfort and the feeling of the Richa Spirit Jacket. Its fashionable design and retro, bright yellow Reflex™ reflective patches not only make me look good on my bike, but it also makes me very visible on the road for extra security. The outer Dynatec™ fabric is very robust and extremely […]

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Clearwater Voltage Sentry

Dec 11, 2011 View Comments by

Whether it’s a GPS, heated grips, heated seat, heated clothing, a radar detector, auxiliary lights or any one of the numerous other aftermarket electronic devices you’ve added to your bike, they all increase the draw on your motorcycle’s charging system. Because my 2006 Kawasaki KLR has a less than robust charging system, I’ve relied on […]

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