Blog Section: News

March Moto Madness: Tennessee’s ‘Mother Rally’

Sep 17, 2019 View Comments by

Every March, hundreds of cabin-fever-ridden motorcyclists load up their bikes for the trek to Tellico Plains, TN, and the world-famous March Moto Madness. The adventure rally is a family reunion of sort. It all started back in 2006 when six friends, led by Kevin Shrader (the MMM-meister), decided to venture to East Tennessee. After being […]

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2019 Ducati Multistrada 950 S: A Mount for Life’s Many Roads

Sep 16, 2019 View Comments by

Ducati’s aptly named Multistrada (“many roads”) has significantly upped the definition of the word sport in sport touring. Imbued with the leading-edge performance and sensual styling that has always been the vanguard of the Italian manufacturer, the new 950 S is a highly consummate and sophisticated motorcycle married to practicality. The 950 Multistrada is available […]

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The 2019 Quail Motorcycle Gathering: 
Remembrance of Things Past

Sep 11, 2019 View Comments by

Virtually anyone who rides motorcycles is prone to the tug of nostalgia. If you’re of a certain age, there is a residual emotion stemming from the passion for various machines that fueled our early two-wheel experiences. Though we may differ with regard to which motorcycles drove those early lusts, it’s safe to say we all […]

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2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+

Sep 10, 2019 View Comments by

Since Kawasaki first brought the Versys 1000 to market in 2012, the bike has seen a few changes. With the 2019 SE LT+ model, the Japanese manufacturer is upping the ante across the board, offering improved performance, new suspension, more aggressive styling, and loads of high-tech wizardry. What’s New Electronic throttle valves replace the mechanical […]

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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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Life Lessons and Inspiration For Motorcyclists

Aug 28, 2019 View Comments by

In this 48-page collection of essays, Waypoints, Volume I: Zen Motorcyclist, motojournalist Bud Miller touchingly and eloquently shares introspections and lessons learned during his more than 200,000 miles traveled on a motorcycle. Although his writings originated from the metaphorical waypoints visited along his riding journeys, riders and nonriders alike will find plenty to enjoy in these […]

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Shoei GT-Air II

Aug 02, 2019 View Comments by

Shoei has given the GT-Air helmet a design update and several new features: internal sun shield; improved ventilation, defogging, aerodynamics, and noise reduction; and the ability to integrate with the new SENA SRL2 Bluetooth system. Designed for the GT-Air II, the SRL2 allows riders to pair gadgets like GPS systems and phones, and of course […]

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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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Inspiration for Your Next Motorcycle Tour or Bike [Preview]

Jul 30, 2019 View Comments by

The Sept/Oct issue of RoadRUNNER is coming soon! As usual, this issue is packed with exciting new tours as well as extensive bike and product reviews. Featured tours include: Lighthouses & History:  John M. Flores cruises along the Chesapeake Bay. Fredericksburg, Texas Shamrock Tour®: Ride along with Bill Dragoo as he explores the Texas hill country. French […]

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Scorpion Covert Tactical Vest

Jul 22, 2019 View Comments by

The Scorpion Covert Tactical vest allows you to carry all your essential gear wherever you go—right on your body. Wear it over your jacket or jersey and you’ll have plenty of easy-to-access storage compartments. Made from abrasion-resistant 600D polyester, the vest has MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) compatible webbing situated to distribute weight evenly across […]

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Racer Verano Glove

Jul 19, 2019 View Comments by

Racer Gloves, the Austrian motorcycle apparel brand that claims to have the best-fitting gloves available, has a new glove for summer riding. The Racer Verano Glove is a fully vented short cuff made of soft cowhide. The lightweight, comfortable glove has hard knuckle protection, an extra layer of leather in the palm, and a Velcro […]

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RoadRUNNER Rides App

Jul 12, 2019 View Comments by

The new RoadRUNNER Rides mobile app turns your smartphone into a navigation device. The app lets you navigate more than 500 expertly planned tours published in RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine, with full GPS navigation, including turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. You can also easily create your own custom routes using the in-app route planner, […]

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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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Lucas oil SAFEGUARD Ethanol Fuel Conditioner

Jul 10, 2019 View Comments by

Ethanol-based fuel isn’t exactly an engine’s best friend. Lucas SAFEGUARD Ethanol Fuel Conditioner with Stabilizers was designed to protect against damage caused by ethanol-based fuels. It contains additives to prevent rust and corrosion that are associated with E-10, E-15, E-85, pure ethanol, and any other gasoline-ethanol blends. The product is soluble and will not harm […]

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AGV Sport Modular: 100 Percent Carbon Fiber Flip-up

Jul 04, 2019 View Comments by

AGV has created the Sport Modular, a 100 percent carbon fiber (including the chin guard) flip-up. It’s compact, lightweight, and promises the same performance and impact absorption as the Italian brand’s highly rated, top-of-the-line Pista GP R helmet. It comes in three shell sizes and has a rear lip profile that directs rain away from […]

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