Blog Section: On The Road

RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. 276, A Hidden Southern Gem

Sep 10, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? As many East Coast riders know, Western North Carolina has some of the best motorcycling roads in America. U.S. 276, however, is one of the less-celebrated routes in the area. It doesn’t have an evocative name, like The Rattler, Tail of the Dragon, Hellbender 28, The Copperhead Loop, or Devil’s Whip. But […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Great River Road

Aug 06, 2016 View Comments by

This National Scenic Byway traces the mighty Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana, passing by Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin along the way. America’s longest river slices through the country’s heartland, meandering past charming river towns and major cities. In Minnesota the journey begins near the Mississippi’s headwaters at Lake Itasca […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: New Mexico State Route 4

Jul 09, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? New Mexico State Route 4 is part of the Jemez Mountain Trail National Scenic Byway. Beginning in San Ysidro, Route 4 follows the Jemez River through a deep canyon for much of its length. Nearing Bandelier National Monument, riders ascend up and over the southern side of the steep gorge, until finally […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: California Highway 49

Jun 04, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? California State Route 49 was first established during the famed 1849 California Gold Rush, connecting gold mining towns located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Today, the paved route traverses this former gold mining country and the splendidly preserved towns and artifacts from this iconic time in American history. Points of Interest: Frenchman […]

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Electric Powered Odyssey: From the United States to South America

May 31, 2016 View Comments by

Set against a backdrop of swaying Carolina pines, the motorcycle’s shiny red paint sticks out like a hitchhiker’s sore thumb. Brightly painted bikes like this one might be a common sight on paved urban avenues, but here on a dusty driveway in rural North Carolina, the appearance of a street bike is not an everyday […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Harpers Ferry Road

May 14, 2016 View Comments by

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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Lost Camera? How to Get Your Photos Back

Apr 28, 2016 View Comments by

With summer approaching and many motorcycle tours on the calendar, what should you do if you lose your camera on the road? What happens to the pictures and videos stored on the device? All of those precious moments captured and memories stored in a snapshot, lost to the world. With two billion smartphones world wide, […]

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Everything Starts With a Dream: One Woman’s Motorbike Journey Across Europe

Apr 13, 2016 View Comments by

Weronika Kwapisz’s love of motorcycles started more than 20 years ago at the age of four, and in many ways was inevitable. One day a friend of her father’s showed up on his sportbike, and her father promptly placed her on the back, fastening a helmet on her head. Weronika, who grew up in her grandmother’s motorcycle workshop, rode […]

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Way of Ella—Three Mopeds Across the United States

Apr 07, 2016 View Comments by

Three German philanthropists are riding their vintage Zündapp mopeds across the United States to raise money that will help children in Vietnam who suffer from damage caused by the use of Agent Orange years ago. The war might be over, but the effects of the chemical warfare linger. One hundred percent of donations will benefit the […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Historic Route 66 in Arizona (Arizona SR 66)

Apr 02, 2016 View Comments by

What is It? Riding Historic Route 66 from Chicago, IL, to Santa Monica, CA, or vice versa, has long been a right of transcontinental passage for many touring motorcyclists. RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel has published several articles on riding all, or parts, of the famed Mother Road. If time is limited and riders want […]

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Touring Tip: Riding in Reverse

Apr 01, 2016 View Comments by

In between those looked-forward-to multi-day touring expeditions, most of us satisfy our need to ride with the proverbial weekend lunch day ride, near where we live. These are great opportunities to enjoy the camaraderie of riding and breaking bread with friends and new acquaintances. Once a particular route becomes fixated in our minds, we tend […]

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Project Bike: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Part 2

Mar 01, 2016 View Comments by

If the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx was a shirt, it would have a large tag. I needed an extra-large tall. Yet this motorcycle needed to be a real ADV ride, covering many miles, not a showcase bike. I wanted to keep it functional and reliable. The accessories were hand-picked by me, best of breed in […]

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Project Bike: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx, Part 1

Feb 29, 2016 View Comments by

Taking My Tiger to New Heights – I’ve been a loyal Stromtrooper for the past four years. Not the Stormtroopers from the Star Wars movies, but riders of Suzuki V-Strom motorcycles. The DL650, aka ‘the Wee,’ was a very reliable adventure partner. It took me on its back to many places, never complained or caused […]

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Aerostich’s ‘ZeroBelowZero’ Winter Riding Experiment

Feb 10, 2016 View Comments by

Aerostich started the ‘ZeroBelowZero’ riding experiment this winter with one question in mind: will an electric motorcycle work for everyday transportation all winter long in frozen Duluth, MN? Makers of textile-based clothing and gear for motorcyclists, Aerostitch is no stranger to riding in unfavorable conditions. Since 1983, the company’s goal has been to create gear […]

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A Photographer and His Royal Enfield Set Out Across the Globe

Feb 10, 2016 View Comments by

Before photographer Walter Astrada set out on his journey less than a year ago, he didn’t have a lot of funds, or a motorcycle. He also didn’t know how to ride a motorcycle. Since 2015, however, he’s traveled atop his Royal Enfield from his home in Barcelona, Spain, to Turkey, Russia, Mongolia, South Korea (by […]

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