Archive for December, 2012

Sick on the Road

Dec 31, 2012 View Comments by

People get sick, in fact I’m sick right now as I write this—I have a headache that won’t quit. My routine for the last few days has been gargling warm salt water and Hydrogen peroxide and brushing my teeth multiple times a day. I’m still congested even after going to the gym and sitting in […]

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Vega Recalls 30,000 Helmets

Dec 31, 2012 View Comments by

Vega Helmet Corp.  is recalling certain XTS model motorcycle helmets in L, XL and XXL sizes, because they may not provide adequate impact protection based on federal safety standards. The company said the recall affects 30,546 helmets that were manufactured from May 2011 through October 2012. The company said the helmets fail to conform to certain requirements […]

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Errands and Adventures

Dec 30, 2012 View Comments by

The other day I was out riding in the rain on a cold dark day, just some errands around town. I’ve always liked the feeling of being warm and dry while all around me everything is wet and cold. You can only get a sense of the weather on the parts of you that aren’t protected, your […]

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Cruiseman’s Garage Goldwing Basics DVD

Dec 29, 2012 No Comments

As important as motorcycle maintenance is, over time the costs can certainly add up. With most shops charging anywhere from $60-$100 an hour for labor, doing the work yourself is a great way to save some money. But what if you happen to think lefty-loosey righty-tighty is a dance move from the 80s? Well, if […]

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Custom Motorcycle Registration

Dec 28, 2012 No Comments

Planning to build a custom motorcycle? From using safe parts to having a certified mechanic inspect your bike, there are many things to consider in order to protect your legal rights. One of the most common questions people have is: “How do I register a custom motorcycle?” Here are a few tips to ensure that […]

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Making the Leap from On-to-Off-Road

Dec 27, 2012 No Comments

So you’ve got the bug. You’ve seen the photos in RoadRUNNER. You are officially ready to discover your own long way around (or down). Only one problem, you don’t have any experience riding off-road. Perhaps two problems, you don’t have an off-road or dual sport bike. If you had the chance to see the now […]

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Dangerous Area?

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

Lonely Planet says Belize City is fairly safe, with the most dangerous part being near the river. The hostel I chose for the evening is next to the river. It is a dump, but at $12 a night, it is the cheapest option. Everywhere else was at least $30. It is dark now and I […]

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The Motorcycle Theft Prevention Initiative

Dec 26, 2012 No Comments

What began as a small, Australian website seeking to recover stolen dirt bikes, has now blossomed into an international database for stolen motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, trikes, scooters, and snowmobiles. It’s called the Stolen Motorcycle Directory ( and it aims to provide an online bulletin board for owners seeking to recover their bikes as well […]

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Remember Beginnings

Dec 25, 2012 No Comments

Do you ever sit back and think about how important things begin? Maybe it’s watching your son or daughter walk across a stage and receive a diploma that makes you think about when they were first learning to walk. Maybe a sidelong glance across the room at your spouse reminds you of that fateful first […]

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uglyBROS Shovel Motorcycle Jeans

Dec 24, 2012 No Comments

The South Korean motorcycle gear company uglyBROS may have an entertaining name, but their line of women’s and men’s motorcycle jeans is undoubtedly fashionable and functional. All jeans feature diversely styled accordion panels (above the knee and below the belt-line on the backside), external pockets on the knee for easily replaceable CE- approved armor, internal CE-approved […]

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Tis’ the Seasons

Dec 24, 2012 No Comments

I can’t believe December has rolled around again already. The countdown to Christmas has begun, and there’s barely time to finish up remaining fall lawn chores, get the house decorated for the holidays, and finish (or perhaps start) shopping for gifts. And which of these daunting tasks did I tackle today? Sorry, but with temperatures […]

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Comfort Zones

Dec 23, 2012 No Comments

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot. I’ve always loved that quote, but for me I’d alter it to “Only if you are willing to risk going too far can you possibly find out how far you can go”. This is my 50th […]

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Spark Artu’ Balaclava

Dec 22, 2012 No Comments

Made in Italy and distributed in the U.S. by Advanced Motorcycle Gear, the Spark clothing company produces a variety of high-end motorcycle clothing and accessories. One of these is the Artu’ Balaclava. The business part of the Artu’ (the area covering the chin and neck) is made from Spark’s trademark “Windless” material, and the fabric […]

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Americade’s Tradeshow Extended to Eight Days

Dec 21, 2012 No Comments

The Americade rally draws between 50,000 and 100,000 motorcyclists to Lake George, NY annually. Many of these riders come looking forward to Americade’s impressive tradeshow. For 2013 that show has been extended. TourExpo Beach, the rally’s biggest tradeshow location, will be open three days longer than in the past, opening on Saturday, June 1 and […]

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Not All Horses Were Meant For the Trail

Dec 20, 2012 No Comments

You pull your pristine (Iron) Horse up to a road clearly designed more for mules than the chromed out, low pipe-hanging, highway tire wearing outfit that you now sit upon. Is it worth trying to go up just a little bit of the trail? Do you turn around and miss out on the unknown? Do […]

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