Archive for August, 2020

SW-MOTECH Opens US Division

Aug 31, 2020 View Comments by

Since the 1990s, has provided aftermarket accessories in categories that now include adventure, sport touring, retro, and cruiser riders. Today the company employs more than 300 people, and its products are available in 65 countries. Twisted Throttle has been the U.S. importer and distributor since 2002, but since June, the newly formed SW-MOTECH USA will […]

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2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4S

Aug 28, 2020 View Comments by

Anyone dreaming of a superbike that could do 400-mile days will be intrigued by Ducati’s latest V4 creation. With 208 horsepower stuffed into a race-bred chassis, the Streetfighter V4 provides reasonably placed ergonomics to deliver a MotoGP experience for the street. While it would be a misnomer to describe the raucous Streetfighter as practical, several […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Manzanar National Historic Site

Aug 26, 2020 View Comments by

Once upon a time, Manzanar National Historic Site was called Manzanar War Relocation Center. It was one of 10 camps where Japanese American citizens were incarcerated during World War II. I had never been there, and I knew little about this site, though I knew that it is managed by the National Park Service, for […]

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Indian Motorcycle Returns To The Hill With Custom Bike After 80 Years

Aug 25, 2020 View Comments by

 Indian Motorcycle is set to participate in the 2020 AMA Pro Hillclimb series, marking the company’s return to the sport after an absence of more than 80 years. Indian will be represented by 10-time hillclimb champion John Koester, who will take a custom Indian FTR750 bike to compete in AMA Pro Hillclimb’s new Twins […]

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Just Ride: Support Women Riders on International Female Ride Day

Aug 21, 2020 View Comments by

 Gone are the days of motorcycle stereotypes. If you automatically think of Sons of Anarchy when you think of motorcyclists, you haven’t been paying attention. And if you still think of motorcycling as a male sport, well, you can throw that notion out the window too. Women don’t just ride pillion anymore. Females now […]

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Shiny Side Up Motorcycle Book Review

Aug 18, 2020 View Comments by

Author Ron Davis has published a book compiling his best stories and reflections on his 50-year motorcycling odyssey. Shiny Side Up: Musings on the improbable inclination to travel on two wheels covers such diverse topics as the typical “First Motorcycle Purchase,” an attempt at a money-saving “Do It Yourself Oil Change,” and the “Worst Weather […]

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Evan McGregor, Charley Boorman Take ‘Long Way Up’ in New Apple TV+ Documentary

Aug 14, 2020 View Comments by

Apple TV+ has given us a sneak peek at Long Way Up, a motorcycle documentary series, starring the actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. Set to premiere globally on Apple TV+ on September 18, the series will cover McGregor’s and Boorman’s riding trip from Patagonia, Argentina to California, U.S.  The series is a spiritual sequel […]

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride: Ride Solo for a Good Cause

Aug 11, 2020 View Comments by

Britain’s largest motorcycle OEM Triumph is again organizing the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), an annual global riding event to raise funds for fund and awareness for men’s health issues. The ride takes off on September 27 in cities all over the world. Triumph invites motorcycle enthusiasts to support research into prostate cancer and men’s mental […]

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Classic Roads: Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon

Aug 10, 2020 View Comments by

These two classic roads, taken together, offer motorcyclists one of the most challenging days of mountain riding available anywhere. The full 138-mile route starts and ends in Tellico Plains, TN, at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center. From there the road rapidly gains altitude on SR 165. At around the halfway point of the 43-mile-long Skyway, […]

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Joe Rocket Sonic X Boot Review

Aug 08, 2020 View Comments by

First and foremost, a motorcycle boot should provide ample protection in case of an accident, and the newest Joe Rocket boot offers plenty of that. The internally reinforced ankle, toe, and heel, as well as the reinforced shin and Achilles areas, cover the essential parts. But the price-conscious Sonic X has two notable shortcomings. While […]

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Harley-Davidson Challenges Riders to Socially-Distanced Adventure

Aug 06, 2020 View Comments by

Harley-Davidson launched its Let’s Ride Challenge on July 29 to celebrate motorcycling and offer riders an opportunity for a socially-distanced adventure. Running through the end of August, the event invites riders from all over the country to engage in motorcycling activities suitable for all skill levels. Through these activities, participants can earn entries for a […]

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2020 BMW F 900 R/XR: Not-So-Identical Twins

Aug 05, 2020 View Comments by

Since the introduction of its first motorbike, the R32 in 1923, BMW has been known for designing and manufacturing quality machines. With the extremely popular GS being its core business, in November the brand unveiled a pair of new middleweight street machines, the F 900 R and the F 900 XR. The models are designed […]

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Indian Motorcycle Features Apple CarPlay in its 2020 Lineup

Aug 01, 2020 View Comments by

Good news for Apple and Indian Motorcycle fans! Models in Indian’s 2020 lineup that are equipped with the company’s Ride Command system are now fully integrated with Apple CarPlay. This includes the Chieftain, Roadmaster, and the Challenger. Designed to enrich the riding experience, this integration supports an optional Bluetooth headset and allows riders to send […]

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