Trans America Trail: The Blindside

Jul 24, 2014 View Comments by

It’s our first full day ride together and we are getting a late start. I have been up for a while, but have yet to see my riding partner. Maybe he has a bit of altitude sickness, or it’s the spirit of my dad keeping things at a slow and easy pace, or possibly it […]

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In Over My Head

Jul 06, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been just about a month since Kris and I relocated to Arizona. I haven’t had many opportunities to get out and ride. My schedule, along with triple digit afternoon temperatures, has left little time to “play.” So I made a conscious effort to clear my morning schedule and plan a ride. After some research, […]

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Trans America Trail: Salida, CO and Home

Jul 03, 2014 View Comments by

Ben arrives in time for dinner and once again the chef does not disappoint. Southwestern cuisine, in the form of cattleman steaks, is on the menu tonight and it’s soon in my belly. As we work through out steaks, I spy two riders rolling up outside. One on a KLR and the other on a […]

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Trans America Trail: Nothin’ New in New Mexico (It’s Still Beautiful)

Jun 19, 2014 View Comments by

Finally! Today is the day I leave Oklahoma. I am not so much excited to be leaving Oklahoma, as I am to know that I will soon be home in Colorado, my halfway point on the TAT. I have been on the road for about a month since first leaving Connecticut. I am really looking […]

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Review: Touratech Stainless Steel Headlight Guard, GD Hand Guards, and Handlebar Risers for Kawasaki KLR650

Jun 16, 2014 View Comments by

The Kawasaki KLR650 is one of the most versatile motorcycles ever produced, but it does have some off-road weaknesses that need to be addressed. Touratech, a world leader in touring and adventure-oriented aftermarket accessories, offers an extensive array of products for many motorcycles including the KLR. I selected three Touratech items: the headlight guard, hand […]

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KTM Adventure Rally Video

Jun 06, 2014 View Comments by

If you needed any more incentive to attend KTM’s 11th annual Adventure Rally, this video will give you all that and more. The rally will take place September 19-21 in Taos, NM. You can get all the info you need from our previous post here.   Want to receive free Touring Tips, reviews, deals and contests, […]

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Overland Expo 2014

May 23, 2014 View Comments by

This past weekend I attended what is billed as “The premier event for overland adventure travel,” the Overland Expo. Held for the second year in a row in Flagstaff, AZ, it offers much to see and do for both the two and four-wheeled enthusiast. The three day long event featured off-road rider training classes held […]

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An Old Fart and Young Punk Ride the COBDR: Part Two

May 20, 2014 View Comments by

This is part two of John Privette’s story, you can read part one here. Day 5: The nice leisurely breakfast at Jan’s Family Restaurant had us all primed to hit the trail. However, while packing my bike, I realized the Blue Beast had a broken left windshield bracket. It must have been damaged during the […]

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An Old Fart and Young Punk Ride the COBDR: Part One

May 13, 2014 View Comments by

Smart motorcyclists stay safe by using good judgment. David, my adventure seeking, 18-year-old Austrian foreign exchange student asked where I got my good judgment. I answered: “From experience of course.”  “Where’d you get the experience?” My answer: “Bad judgment.” The battle between my good judgment and his wanderlust constantly surfaced on our nine-day ride through […]

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Riding Courses Offered at RoadRUNNER’s Annual Touring Weekend

May 09, 2014 View Comments by

To sign up for either course, you must do so directly through their websites or by calling them directly: (919-637-0947) and (724-771-2269). Here at RoadRUNNER, we strongly believe that one of the best investments any rider can make is in the area of motorcycle training. Many motorcyclists conclude their riding instruction with the MSF’s Basic […]

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11th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally

Apr 23, 2014 View Comments by

Beautiful Taos, NM, will be the site for KTM’s 11th Annual Adventure Rider Rally, which will be held September 19-21, 2014. The rally is geared towards adventure riders who want to get out on the trail with seasoned adv and enduro veterans as well as meet KTM sponsored racers like Andrew Short, Mike Lafferty, Chris […]

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BMW R 1200 GS Plug & Travel Suspension from Touratech

Apr 21, 2014 View Comments by

Upgrading the suspension is a popular modification for many motorcyclists, especially adventure riders who want to get the most out of their big bore machines. For owners of the new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, perhaps the most intriguing suspension option is Touratech’s innovative Plug & Play set up. What makes this system unique is […]

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Tyler Kinkade: Trouble for a Tour Leader

Mar 17, 2014 View Comments by

I’m not the best rider, I’d honestly just call myself average with lots of potential to improve. The thing is, I don’t ride every week; I don’t even ride every month. Yes weather (winters in Michigan) is part of the reason, and in the past finances were part of this equation as well, but the […]

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Yamaha Super Ténéré Gets Updates for 2014

Mar 12, 2014 View Comments by

Since its introduction to the U.S. market in 2012, the Yamaha Super Ténéré has gone basically unchanged. This year, however, a series of thoughtful updates as well as a new ES model keep the Super Ten a relevant option in the highly competitive large displacement adventure category. Highlighting the changes are revisions to the Ténéré’s […]

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Return to the Great Wide Open

Mar 02, 2014 View Comments by

I don’t need to tell anyone that most of the U.S. has been experiencing one long, cold, and snowy winter. Shortly after the holidays were over, Kris and I started looking for an escape. Having had a great time on our first trip to Big Bend (see the April 2014 issue of RoadRUNNER), we decided […]

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