Archive for March, 2013

Canon Enters the Mirrorless Fray with the EOS-M

Mar 18, 2013 View Comments by

There’s a new breed of cameras that drawing a lot of interest from photographers. They’re so new that people can’t seem to agree on what to call them – ILCs (Interchangeable Lens Cameras), CSC (Compact System Cameras) or Mirrorless (due to the fact that unlike DSLRs, they don’t have mirrors). In any case, the benefit […]

Tags: Categories: Digital Rider Read more

Recalls for BMW’s New R 1200 GS

Mar 17, 2013 View Comments by

For a bike that’s barely even touched North American soil, the new R 1200 GS certainly has already had its share of recalls. Though the first two are fairly minor. The first, reportedly affecting only 31 bikes, is for a transmission oil pressure issue. Apparently, if the oil pressure exceeds a certain threshold, the seal […]

Tags: , , , Categories: News Read more

Concours Owners Group Rally

Mar 16, 2013 View Comments by

Owners of Kawasaki’s quintessential sport-tourer will meet up for a weekend of riding, food, and fellowship in Suches, GA April 19-21. The annual “Run With the Wolf Rally,” as it’s known, is hosted by the Southeast chapter of the Concours Owners Group at the Wildcat Lodge and Campground. The event kicks off Friday night with […]

Tags: , , Categories: Events and Rallies, News Read more

Touring Weekend Photo Tour With John Flores

Mar 15, 2013 View Comments by

Motorcycle touring and photography go better together than baseball and apple pie. After all, when was the last time you had apple pie at a baseball game? On the other hand, we’re all lucky enough to ride in some pretty special places, and for some of us it’s natural to stop, smell the roses, and […]

Tags: , , , Categories: Events and Rallies Read more

Around the World on a Motorcycle 1928-1936

Mar 15, 2013 View Comments by

Long before there was Ewan and Charley (and their film and support crews) there was Zoltán and Gyula. In the years between the world wars, the two Hungarian boys set out to see the world and chose a sidecar equipped Harley-Davidson to carry them. The trip lasted almost eight years and took them through 68 […]

Tags: , , Categories: Product Reviews Read more

Lowe Pro Saves the Day

Mar 14, 2013 View Comments by

Every motorcyclist knows that having the proper tools can mean the difference between getting out of a jam quickly and an extreme change of plans. A few years back I learned this lesson the hard way. This story begins with a simple weekend ride to the annual Irish Festival in Fort Collins, CO. In typical […]

Tags: , , , Categories: Adventure Hermit Read more

New Breakout from Harley-Davidson

Mar 13, 2013 View Comments by

If you found yourself coveting last year’s Harley-Davidson CVO Breakout, but couldn’t quite come up with the $26,499 required from raiding your pockets and couch cushions, you’re in luck. The Motor Company has just released a standard version of the Breakout and it comes in at a relatively affordable $17,899 (in black). Though the new […]

Tags: , , , Categories: Motorcycles, News Read more

Spring Fever

Mar 13, 2013 View Comments by

Yep, I got it—back in February! It’s partly my fault for going to Hawaii and seeing all that green, which has made me discontent with just our boring gray and white, and there’s way too much “white.” Forget the stupid ground hog; he predicted an early spring, which is why it’s snowing…. again. I go […]

Tags: , , Categories: Wayne's World Read more

New Bolt and Bolt R-Spec from Star Motorcycles

Mar 12, 2013 View Comments by

Yamaha’s Star sub-brand boasts a full stable of cruisers, baggers, and touring bikes and that lineup just got a little bigger with the addition of the new Bolt and Bolt R-Spec. The new bike is basically a budget priced entry-level cruiser that, according to Star, is “a modern interpretation of old-school bobbers.” The new model […]

Tags: , , , Categories: News Read more

Olympus Cameras for the Digital Rider

Mar 12, 2013 View Comments by

Olympus is one of the oldest-remaining names in photography. They released their first camera in 1936, which I think is before most of you were born. In that time they’ve seen their share of drama, most recently with an accounting scandal that threatened to sink the ship. But even through the gloom they’ve managed to release some […]

Tags: , , , Categories: Digital Rider Read more

Indian’s New Engine Unveiled in Daytona

Mar 11, 2013 View Comments by

After weeks of hints and teases, including hearing it start, Indian finally broke cover on the engine that will power the brand’s next generation at Bike Week in Daytona, FL. Dubbed the Thunder Stroke 111, the new engine displaces, you guessed it, 111 cubic inches (1,811cc). The motor, rather unsurprisingly, is an air/oil cooled V-twin, […]

Tags: , , Categories: News Read more

When Nature Calls

Mar 11, 2013 View Comments by

Let’s just be honest here. Traveling on a motorcycle in a foreign country will eventually have you in an inconvenient place when nature calls. As an American, we have this taboo not to talk about it. Some people even take such extreme measures as turning on the faucet to hide their bathroom noise. After traveling […]

Tags: , , Categories: Luke Swab Read more


Mar 10, 2013 View Comments by

Life can be an endless string of looking ahead and planning other things. The beauty, for me, has always been in realizing that now might be all we have. My dad died watching TV. I’ve wondered, on occasion, what kind of day he’d had; did he have an argument at work? Was he happy? Did […]

Tags: , , Categories: Zen Motorcyclist Read more

Win a Free GlowRider Jacket from Adaptiv Tech

Mar 09, 2013 View Comments by

For the month of March, Adaptiv Tech is giving away one of their GlowRider Jackets in a contest that’s open to everyone (if you already have a GlowRider Jacket, you can win an Adaptiv Tech TPX Detector instead). If you are not yet an Adaptiv Tech customer, just send an email to stating why […]

Tags: , , Categories: News Read more

Touring Tip: Planned vs. Unplanned Routes and Destinations

Mar 08, 2013 View Comments by

How do you like your multi-day motorcycle travel adventures, planned in the greatest detail, or completely ad hoc, wake up and go wherever the spirit moves you? This is a topic on which virtually every touring rider has a preference. So let’s explore the benefits of each approach. Planned: In our hectic everyday lives, taking […]

Tags: , , Categories: Touring & Safety Tips Read more