Trans America Trail: Coke Oasis

Oct 10, 2013 View Comments by

For anyone who dares to follow the road less traveled or the road-less trail, not knowing if you are even going in the right direction can be both exhilarating and daunting. For anyone who has tackled the Trans-America Trail you already know that it can be filled with challenges including closed roads, privatization of land, […]

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Preview: KTM 1190 Adventure R

Sep 18, 2013 View Comments by

KTM has seriously one-upped its 990 Adventure motorcycle with the latest new model, the 1190 R. Freshly home and dried out from KTM’s press launch, which was held in rainy Steamboat Springs, CO, I’d like to share some impressions. The rest will be featured in an upcoming issue of RoadRUNNER. Significant changes have been made […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: Colorado College Students Consider Majoring in Ark Building!

Sep 14, 2013 View Comments by

Every adventure rider knows there is nothing better than a great water crossing. I know I love a good one. You can ride miles of slab and your frown is instantly turned upside down the moment you roll through a solid (or more accurately, liquid) water crossing. I admit big water crossings were my biggest […]

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Getting There is All the Fun

Sep 04, 2013 View Comments by

While it is not exclusive, a fairly significant amount of the riding I do is off-pavement. This hasn’t always been the case however. My first motorized two-wheeler was a 1978 Honda CB550. Acquired in a trade, I had never actually ridden a motorcycle before. So, naively, (I was still a teenager at the time) I […]

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Book Review: Red Tape and White Knuckles

Aug 23, 2013 View Comments by

These days motorcycle adventure logs are starting to become a dime a dozen. At one time circumnavigating the globe, or even crossing a continent, on a motorcycle was akin to summiting Mt. Everest. Now, much like Everest, the adventure has been at least somewhat commercialized (though it’s by no means easy). That’s why Lois Pryce’s […]

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Trans America Trail Journal Day 1a

Aug 22, 2013 View Comments by

As the miles click down closer to the starting point in Tellico Plains I feel the excitement and anxiety that comes with exploring a new place. I do not get this feeling when I ride on pavement, but the extra challenges associated with riding off road and in remote locations come with a little more […]

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Continental Divide Adventure – Lessons Learned

Aug 21, 2013 View Comments by

Riding a motorcycle on a route that closely traces the Continental Divide by way of as little pavement as possible, while not unheard of, is definitely an undertaking. As with most people, work, family, and life in general means having a schedule. Dave and I gave ourselves 12-14 days to complete the journey with one […]

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Digital Rider: Aerostich Roadcrafter Light Midsummer Report

Aug 20, 2013 View Comments by

And so the Aerostich is filthy. Like industrial grade filthy. Like I’d better wash it before it gets up and walks away filthy. No, it wasn’t the woods of Ontario that did it, although some of the bugs (big enough to throw a saddle over) left their mark. And no, it wasn’t the mist of […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 12: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

Aug 07, 2013 View Comments by

Crossing the northern New Mexico desert in August you might expect to encounter sand, rocks, and heat. Add to that; mud, ruts, sinkholes, and silt filled riverbeds and it makes for an interesting ride. Today’s 100 plus mile enterprise involved avoiding the road nearly as much as it did favoring it. Heavy rains in the […]

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Ride the Divide – Day 11: Rockin’-n-Rollin’

Aug 06, 2013 View Comments by

With thunderstorms looming in the distance we headed out this morning for Cuba, NM. The route took us west by way of the most technically challenging roads yet. Surface conditions went from demanding to difficult to I hope I brought a change of underwear. The 80-mile expedition took nearly seven hours to complete before dumping […]

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Sand, Sun, and Speed at Cornerspin

Jul 20, 2013 View Comments by

Grit crunches between my clenched teeth as I stay on the throttle deep into a corner, common sense and my survival instincts screaming in protest. After a good handful of brake, I’m back hard on the gas headed for my next trial-by-curve. The results are a solid mixture of the good, the bad, and the […]

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The Overland Expo: Those Who Can…

Jun 29, 2013 View Comments by

“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” Being both a writer and a writing teacher, I have always taken offense at this oft-repeated adage. In the motorcycling world, the idiom is especially flawed. Motorcycle instruction is a realm in which demonstration is key, and imitation is the sincerest form of…learning. The Overland Expo is […]

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