City Escapes: Bay City, Michigan

Jul 28, 2020 View Comments

This route’s northern section—from Port Austin to Bay Port—offers a twisting road (Hwy 25) along the Lake Huron shore. The eastern stretch of 25 from Forestville to Grindstone City pulls back from the Lake Huron beaches in some sections of the route, but the area offers interesting lighthouses, historical museums, and monuments to explore.

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2020 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701: Elemental Sports Roadster Gold

Jul 27, 2020 View Comments by Kevin Duke

The Svartpilen 701 reminds me of a childhood friend. Jimmy was a likable boy who always pushed the limits of what was typically deemed reasonable. He had a circle of friends who admired his carefree and adventurous attitude, even if he was pretty rough around the edges. Jimmy was eminently lovable and a source of […]

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City Escape: Hartford, Connecticut

Jul 24, 2020 View Comments by Jim Parks

This daytrip is generally a laid-back ramble through the Connecticut countryside. Riders don’t have to travel far from urban Hartford to experience classic New England scenery and historic locations, some of which date from America’s Industrial Revolution. Take your time and enjoy the scenery and points of interest along the way.

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Giant Loop: MotoTrekk Panniers

Jul 23, 2020 View Comments by Yuval Naveh

For almost a decade I’ve been using hard panniers on different adventure motorcycles. They provided a secure storage space that was easy and quick to mount and dismount. As I moved deeper into the world of off-road adventures and eventually dual sport, I added a Husqvarna 701 Enduro to the stable. A very troubling and […]

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The Litas: Fostering Empowerment on Two Wheels

Jul 22, 2020 View Comments by Jeff Buchanan

In an era when the motorcycle industry has witnessed a gradual tapering off of sales from a peak in 2006, an interesting statistic surfaced in the most recent survey (2018) by the Motorcycle Industry Council: Women make up 19% of motorcycle owners. That is up from less than 10% the previous decade. Even more illuminating […]

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Bucket List Road: Harpers Ferry Road

Jul 17, 2020 View Comments by Jim Parks

What Is It? The nation’s path to the American Civil War was accelerated when abolitionist John Brown led his famous raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, VA (West Virginia today) in October 1859. Some 20 miles north of Harpers Ferry, and almost three years later, the single bloodiest day of the […]

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What to Do When a Tire Goes Flat

Jul 15, 2020 View Comments by Ken Freund

  Eventually, almost every motorcyclist finds themself in that unpleasant situation with a flat tire. Therefore, it’s important to know what to do and what to carry for such an event. As long as you understand that there is some risk involved, you can perform emergency repairs that should get you to a place where permanent […]

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Unusual Destinations: Hotel Lenhart

Jul 14, 2020 View Comments by Jim Parks

While on tour for a forthcoming RoadRUNNER magazine article, I stopped for lunch in Bemus Point, NY, a charming village on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in western New York. While walking around town, Hotel Lenhart came into view. It looked like a filming location for a movie set in the 19th century. With its […]

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City Escape: Austin, Texas Day Ride [Free Map and GPX]

Jul 09, 2020 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

More sweepers than tight curves—explore the countryside southwest of Austin, which will appeal to every type of motorcyclist. From President LBJ’s ranch to German culinary delights, this route has it all. To include all stops along the way, plan ahead and hit the road early in the morning. Don’t forget swimwear in the summer! The […]

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Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycle Owner Makes History

Jul 07, 2020 View Comments

In the past few months, the world has found new ways to celebrate momentous life achievements and riding motorcycles has been one such outlet.    Diego Cardenas, a California resident, was hoping to spend June 30, 2020, in Spain celebrating his 50th birthday. This Spring, he knew he was going to need a new plan, but […]

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Touring Tip: Riding Loaded (Your Bike, Not You!)

Jul 06, 2020 View Comments by Steve Mauk

One of my favorite television shows as a child (and I realize this hints at my age) was The Beverly Hillbillies. The opening shot was of the Clampett clan driving down a palm-lined boulevard in Beverly Hills; an ancient flatbed truck piled high with possessions dangling from every spare inch of the vehicle. If this image […]

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City Escape: Fort Collins, Colorado

Jul 03, 2020 View Comments

This 105-mile section of CO-14 has become an all-time favorite over the years. Leaving Ft. Collins, the road winds alongside the Cache la Poudre River and climbs steadily into Roosevelt National Forest until it reaches Cameron Pass (10,200 ft). From there it descends steeply before flattening out on the high plains for a short ride […]

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Wild Quest through the Wild West Event [with Video]

Jul 01, 2020 View Comments by Heather Oliver

Go Fast. Don’t Die. It’s more than a brand or a slogan—it’s a way of life. It’s a group of like-minded people who love the thrill and spirit of adventure. Who recognize the risk involved in their passion but who do not let fear stop them from living life to the fullest. And in this […]

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2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

Jun 30, 2020 View Comments by Kevin Duke

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 Jim Parks

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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