Archive for June, 2020

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

Jun 30, 2020 View Comments by

The Ninja 1000 has been one of the best values in the high-performance sport-touring class since it was introduced in 2014. But what it wasn’t, especially relative to the latest offerings from Europe, was sophisticated. Revisions for 2017 included monoblock brake calipers and an inertial measurement unit for uprated traction and braking safety controls, bringing […]

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Unusual Destinations: Big Brutus

Jun 25, 2020 View Comments by

A giant lurks near West Mineral, Kansas. Not far from town riders can catch first sight of him, towering above the surrounding tree line. His dimensions are massive: 16 stories tall, a boom that’s 150 feet long, and weighing in at 11 million pounds. He’s known simply as Big Brutus and you wouldn’t want to […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: No Mud, No Lotus

Jun 22, 2020 View Comments by

I almost didn’t submit a column for this issue, not wanting to revisit the events of last summer, but many years ago on the advice of a dear friend I promised myself I’d write what’s true for me and hope it finds a sympathetic ear. As you’re reading this, riding season is well underway, but […]

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MotoMojo: Motorcycle Brake Service

Jun 19, 2020 View Comments by

Replacing brake pads is something that most home mechanics can do with only a few common hand tools. A repair manual for the specific model should be available, and if you don’t have the proper equipment or skills, have a professional do the job. Manufacturers give specifications for minimum pad thickness; typically this is somewhere […]

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Kawasaki To Reproduce Cylinder Heads for 1970s Z1 Motorcycles

Jun 17, 2020 View Comments by

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. just announced that it will now offer reproduced cylinder heads, manufactured in Japan, for the legendary Z1, KZ900 and KZ1000 motorcycles. Introduced in 1972, the original Z1 was one of the first models designed with the US market in mind and went on to solidify Kawasaki’s position as a global leader […]

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City Escape: New York, New York [Free Map and GPX File]

Jun 16, 2020 View Comments by

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle into New Jersey’s backcountry. It’s not nicknamed the Garden State for nothing! Ride through beautiful farmland, forests, and past too many lakes to count. Crossing the Delaware River, this route pokes into Pennsylvania and New York countryside.

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Close Encounters of the Four-Legged Kind

Jun 12, 2020 View Comments by

Among the most difficult hazards for motorcyclists to avoid are four-legged animals, which can appear suddenly, without warning and cause a rider to part company with his or her motorcycle. I learned this lesson the hard way early in my motorcycling career. Nowadays, I find myself continually scanning the road and terrain ahead, looking for […]

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Here’s a Preview of What’s to Come in Our July/August Issue

Jun 09, 2020 View Comments by

The next issue of RoadRUNNER will be headed your way soon! Our July/August issue is packed with exciting rides that boast stunning scenery and plenty of points of interest to help inspire your next epic tour. There’s also in-depth motorcycle tests and product reviews, as well as other compelling pieces we just know you’ll love! […]

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2020 CSC Motorcycles RX4

Jun 05, 2020 View Comments by

Everyone needs a getaway vehicle at the ready. For an ever-increasing number of motorcyclists, that vehicle is an ADV bike. Stereotypical adventure-touring rigs are tall and heavy. Speaking directly to those looking for a smaller, lighter, cheaper getaway vehicle, CSC calls the 450-pound, $4,995 RX4 “your adventure within reach.” The 450cc RX4 was developed by […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Great Basin National Park

Jun 03, 2020 View Comments by

Rarely do I ride 1,800 miles just because a stranger suggests an awesome ride, but I had just met a fellow rider, Scott, in Springerville, AZ, and he was already persuading me to take a ride near his home in Utah. He called it the Nebo Loop, but it’s also known as the Mount Nebo […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Wander Often, Wonder Always

Jun 01, 2020 View Comments by

The photograph that accompanies this column was taken by my friend Bob on a ride a year or so ago. We had planned a three-day trip to a BMW rally in Wellsboro, PA, near the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania (Pine Creek Gorge). It’s a beautiful area a few hundred miles from my home. We planned […]

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