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Zen Motorcyclist: A Curious Collection

Feb 24, 2020 View Comments by

I’m not by nature a collector of things. I’m actually somewhat of a minimalist and don’t much care for clutter. Tonight, though, I find myself in the garage, on my sofa, looking around at the assortment of items and motorcycles that decorate and beautify the one place, off the bike, where I find the most […]

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The Social Rider: Motorcycle as a Service

Feb 04, 2020 View Comments by

Digital transformation and disruptive technologies are concepts that we’ve all experienced very strongly in the last 20 years. Some traditional business models have been shattered to pieces and ceased to exist. New ideas that started as tiny and harmless worms have developed into either beautiful butterflies or dangerous monsters, depending on your point of view. […]

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2020 Zero SR/F Review: This is the Noise That Speed Makes Now

Dec 30, 2019 View Comments by

Riders who have not experienced an electric motorcycle might think the power output will be quaint, like that of a supercharged electric toothbrush or perhaps one of those ubiquitous city scooters. Despite warnings to the contrary, these same riders have a come-to-Jesus moment when they finally whack open the throttle. This is especially true of […]

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2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S: Diavel at the Crossroads

Dec 19, 2019 View Comments by

When Ducati introduced the Diavel (the name translates to “Devil”) in 2010, the Italian manufacturer broke new ground, entering the somewhat unlikely realm of cruisers. The Diavel was an impressive audition in a world where one manufacturer has enjoyed a virtual stranglehold for some time. The Ducati’s persona and performance helped contribute to the evolution […]

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MotoMojo: Winterizing Your Motorcycle

Nov 01, 2019 View Comments by

Leaving a motorcycle idle for several months can wreak havoc if precautions are not taken. Here are a few minor things you can do to protect your bike and prevent problems when you’re ready to ride again. Gas Before storing your motorcycle for any extended period of time, top off the fuel tank with fresh […]

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Indian PowerPlus Engine: Nostalgia Meets Power and Performance

Oct 23, 2019 View Comments by

 Indian’s new V-twin PowerPlus motor, named after one of the company’s first-ever motorcycles (1916-1924), blends a touch of nostalgia with power and performance. This 108-cubic inch engine delivers 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque and is designed for easy maintenance and reliability.  To put its performance to the test, the engine went through […]

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Tips For How to Make Your Motorcycle Last Forever

Oct 22, 2019 View Comments by

Motorcycles are made better than ever. Their design, materials and machin-ing are more accurate and precise – and reliability is greater than it’s been before. To that end, here are some tips on how to keep your motorcycle going as long as you want and save money too. The three basic tenets to ensure a […]

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The Social Rider: Collaborative Applications

Sep 06, 2019 View Comments by

In previous articles I described the rise of the Internet of Motorcycles era, in which different types of existing and upcoming communication technologies enable motorcycles and riders to share and collaborate on any type of information. What kind of possible applications could emerge? In this article a few futuristic yet realistic scenarios will be examined. […]

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Venom Steel Shop Gloves

Jul 31, 2019 View Comments by

For those of us doing our own maintenance, good shop gloves are a must. Even during light work, other shop gloves often rip at the fingertips in no time, but not Venom Steel. They’re double-layer 6-mil black nitrile gloves that resist rips, tears, and punctures. Plus, the 9.5-inch latex-free and powder-free gloves are textured for […]

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The Chinese Motorcycle Industry: A Broad Look

Jul 11, 2019 View Comments by

Chinese motorcycle manufacturers produced 16 million motorcycles last year, and that makes the East Asian country the largest motorcycle producer on the planet. There are approximately 200 motorcycle manufacturers in China, ranging from the mighty Chongqing 6 (now 4, but more on that in a second) to a broad array of small and midsized manufacturers. […]

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Group Riding: It’s Either Heaven or Hell

Apr 12, 2019 View Comments by

Riding in a group can be an exhilarating experience. It can also be about as fun as getting a root canal. It really just depends on the group you’re in as to which experience you’ll have. As they say, one bad apple can spoil the bunch. And you don’t want to be that apple, do […]

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Products and Accessories to Watch For

Mar 22, 2019 View Comments by

DIAMOND BRAND BELAY BAG Whether it’s strapped to your back or mounted to your motorcycle seat, Diamond Brand Gear’s Belay Bag ($ 139) will store all your adventure essentials securely and stylishly. The bag is durable and built to last. It has a customizable fit and a back pad that’s designed to take the weight […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Breaking Chains

Sep 26, 2018 View Comments by

I’ve had the idea for this essay in the back of my mind for what seems like years now. It’s a natural part of the independence and self-reliance of motorcycling to want to do at least some of your own maintenance. It’s that way for me even given my less than stellar mechanical aptitude. Dad […]

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Electric Bike Comparison: Going Gasless

Jul 19, 2018 View Comments by

“You Brake, You Lose.” Or do you? Taken with a grain of salt, this phrase becomes more meaningful when the subject turns to electric motorcycles. While the energy created by conventional brakes is lost in the form of heat at the disc, it is used to reclaim energy to charge the battery in electric vehicles, […]

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Husqvarna Motorcycles Unveil New 2019 Husqvarna FS 450

Jul 10, 2018 View Comments by

Husqvarna Motorcycles just announced the introduction of the 2019 Husqvarna FS 450 – a new supermoto offering both professional and amateur competitors a machine that features the highest levels of technology available in the supermoto segment today. Sharing the innovative technological evolutions featured in the 2019 FC 450 motocross model, the all-new FS 450 is […]

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