Archive for March, 2013

Magic Along The Way

Mar 31, 2013 View Comments by

Last fall my buddy Stan led us on a group ride from Hellertown, PA, to Conowingo Dam in Maryland. The dam, which spans the lower Susquehanna River, was built in 1928 and at the time was the second largest hydroelectric project by power output in the United States (Niagara Falls was the largest). The original […]

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Bucket Lists

Mar 30, 2013 View Comments by

Ever since the movie The Bucket List came out, an entire generation has become obsessed with getting in their collective last shot. It’s no accident that this generation is the baby boomers; just look at our average age (62) and you can see why. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with a bucket […]

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Interview with Brian Smyj: Stunt Coordinator for The Place Beyond the Pines

Mar 29, 2013 View Comments by

With a filmography that includes movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Limitless, I Am Legend, Gladiator, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Dark Knight Rises, and literally dozens more, Brian Smyj (pronounced Smy) is truly a veteran Hollywood stuntman. He recently spoke to us over the phone about his latest film, The Place Beyond the […]

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Alpinestars Overland Drystar Gloves

Mar 29, 2013 No Comments

Winter gloves are usually a compromise between warmth and feel, and it’s often the attention to detail that helps strike the right balance. The Alpinestars Overland Drystar gloves incorporate many of the features that their racing-oriented gloves are known for—full gauntlets, knuckle protectors, pre-curved fit, and a “finger bridge” connecting the pinky and ring fingers […]

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Up Hill Both Ways

Mar 28, 2013 No Comments

To the best of my knowledge I’ve never experienced traversing a hill that is actually “uphill both ways.” This ecological marvel seems to have met extinction soon after my parents grew up. I really wish there was such a thing. Personally, I will always choose charging up a hill over death-gripping my way down. My […]

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Heading Off-Road at RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

At last year’s Touring Weekend in Maggie Valley, many people were interested in dual-sport riding. They wanted to explore the multitude of dirt roads and trails that the mountains of western North Carolina have to offer. Many did get to enjoy some off-road riding on our 54-mile dual-sport tour. This year, however, we have a […]

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KTM E-Speed Electric Scooter

Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

Over the weekend, KTM unveiled their latest venture into the world of electron motivation at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show. The E-Speed is designed for urban mobility (read: short distances) and is powered by a liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor producing 36Nm (about 27 foot pounds) of torque and 11kW (about 15 hp) of power. A […]

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The Rockies & Canyons Expedition from Frank Covucci Tours

Mar 26, 2013 No Comments

This tour, beginning in Grand Junction, CO and returning 12-days and 2,500 miles later, explores the paved roads of the Central Rockies and southwestern U.S. canyon country. Along the way, the ride passes through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona with visits to Aspen, the Black Canyon, the Million Dollar Highway, Ouray, Mesa Verde, the Four Corners, […]

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Mar 25, 2013 No Comments

Less than one week into Mexico, I find myself staring into my GPS, and then back at this “road” that has become more or less a goat path. At a dry creek bed, I dismount my Husky TE610 and track on foot to see where the path leads. I don’t want to get stuck out here […]

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Stay Gold

Mar 24, 2013 No Comments

One of my all time favorite poems is “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost. I’ll admit I know it by heart because of the movie The Outsiders in which it figures prominently. As much as I love the poem I think I love the song “Stay Gold” by Stevie Wonder even more. As I understand the […]

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Spring Forward

Mar 23, 2013 No Comments

A form of precipitation meteorologists call a “wintry mix” blankets the ground as I write this blog on a cold Wednesday morning, but memories of the weekend before last are still on my mind. Temperatures had soared to seventy degrees that Sunday, and the weekend marked the long anticipated change to daylight savings time. I […]

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RoadRUNNER Counts Down Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

Mar 22, 2013 No Comments

Since we are a touring and TRAVEL magazine, RoadRUNNER has decided to count down our list of the top five vacation destinations on earth. Enjoy… 5. Paris, France Ah Paris, the city of lights…. there’s just so much to love, you’ve got the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, an art museum or two, loads of trash, […]

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The Biker Code: Sewing Circles and Secret Handshakes

Mar 21, 2013 No Comments

Have you ever been out for a ride when suddenly another motorcyclist passes you? Then another. Then another. Before you know it, you are hugging the right side of the road as a very large group of riders begins to roll by. When I see these groups I often wonder what it is that has […]

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Icon Variant Helmet

Mar 20, 2013 No Comments

Icon’s daring design of the Variant helmet is a hybrid dual sport inspired helmet that typically finds its home on a rider with a motard, urban, or adventure type bike or on someone wanting to make a dramatic statement with this aggressive and sharp looking lid. The helmet is available in 16 vastly different graphic […]

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Stuck in Africa

Mar 19, 2013 No Comments

This is a picture of celebration. Five minutes ago we left the Yemen Embassy in Djibouti, Africa. We were told to come back in the afternoon to pick up our visas. We finally have a way out of Africa!!! Backstory: In 2011 Nick Rader and I went on a five-month trip from the bottom of Africa […]

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