Archive for June, 2014

Out With the Old, In With the New

Jun 30, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been more years than I care to count since I returned to the Great Lakes state. It’s safe to say that in that time I have likely ridden every road within a few hundred miles of home. One of my favorite places to ride in southeastern Michigan is Washtenaw County. With a plethora of […]

Tags: , , , , Categories: Back Road Biker Read more

Review: Alpinestars Toucan GORE-TEX Boot

Jun 29, 2014 View Comments by

What to wear, what to wear—this is the question when heading for rough terrain on an adventure bike. Street boots aren’t up to the rigors of even light off-road riding, yet dirt-only boots are overkill and lack the comfort demanded by touring riders who wear their boots the entire day, both on and off the […]

Tags: , , , , , Categories: Product Reviews Read more

In Praise of British Experimentation

Jun 28, 2014 View Comments by

During a recent lecture, I discussed how in the early stages of our language there was an amazing amount of linguistic creativity. As an English teacher, I am intrigued by how those Medieval Brits were taking various language influences and melding them into something new and unique a millennium ago. This is true of the […]

Tags: , , , , , , , Categories: Motorcycles Read more

Allan Karl to Join RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend

Jun 27, 2014 No Comments

Every year guests at RoadRUNNER’s annual Touring Weekend get to enjoy keynote speakers that are of special interest to us touring enthusiasts. This year, we’re in for a special treat as Allan Karl will be joining us in Snowshoe, WV to share stories and lessons garnered from his extensive international motorcycle adventures. Allan’s bestselling book, […]

Read more

Trans America Trail: Making a Pass or Two in La Veta

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

As promised, I pick up where I left off last week in the middle of a hail storm just south of Trinidad on my way to La Veta, CO, pronounced like the cheese (Velveeta). For almost 20 years I have insisted on pronouncing it with a short “e” sound, but upon arrival in town I […]

Read more

RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 1984 Honda Shadow VT700C

Jun 25, 2014 No Comments

Touring on a Tiny Budget Motorcycling can be an extremely expensive hobby, and in a media world obsessed with the latest, greatest, and newest products, it can certainly seem like you need to be a well-heeled member of the gentry before you can turn to a life on two wheels. Fortunately, that’s not the case. […]

Read more

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire Act

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

With a sound that is decidedly un-potato-potato-like, Harley-Davidson has surprised the motorcycle world and legions of faithful with the first electric motorcycle by a major manufacturer.* Well, it’s not quite a production motorcycle yet, it’s more of a prototype or trial balloon; what Harley-Davidson is trying to do here is gauge whether or not the […]

Read more

Weekend for Two: Staunton, Virginia

Jun 23, 2014 No Comments

Small-town Southern Charm Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton, VA, is a cultural crossroads offering a weekend of art, history, and motorcycling. The city is home to the American Shakespeare Center, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and the Museum of American Frontier Culture. Staunton’s quaint downtown features many buildings dating to the […]

Read more

Review: Akrapovic Slip-On Exhaust for BMW F 800 GS Adventure

Jun 22, 2014 No Comments

Although not a fan of loud pipes, I do know that a less restrictive aftermarket exhaust system can boost engine performance, reduce weight, improve bike aesthetics, and produce greater aural satisfaction for riders. For me, a virile exhaust note from an internal combustion motorcycle engine is a key contributor to a pleasurable riding experience. Although […]

Read more

Weekend for Two: Paso Robles, California

Jun 21, 2014 No Comments

Wine Country Adventure When you head on tour with your special someone, you aren’t just looking for nice roads and pretty views; you’re on the hunt for a place where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy some quality time together. That’s just what you’ll find in Paso Robles, CA. Conveniently located midway between San Francisco […]

Read more

Review: SHAD Zulupack SW55

Jun 20, 2014 No Comments

If you’ve ever gone on an international tour, you know the value of being able to use the same luggage on your motorcycle as you did on the flight. Traveling by airplane with your motorcycle gear isn’t an easy task. Bulky items like riding jackets, boots, and pants, as well as your helmet leave you […]

Read more

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

Jun 19, 2014 No Comments

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 […]

Read more

MotoMojo: Basic Electrical Troubleshooting

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

Many motorcycle owners are intimidated by electrical systems and fear working on them. Electrical issues can be mastered with some simple step-by-step diagnostics. Let’s start with a few terms. Voltage is electrical potential measured in volts (V for short). Amperes (shortened to amps or A) is a measure of electrical current (represented by the letter […]

Read more

RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Utah Route 12 Scenic Byway

Jun 17, 2014 No Comments

This route is a two-lane byway through some of the most iconic red rock scenery in the West. Parks along the way include: Capitol Reef National Park, Anasazi Indian Village State Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Car and Driver magazine reportedly rated this route as one of the top […]

Read more

City Escape: Québec City to
 the Charlevoix Area

Jun 17, 2014 No Comments

Panoramas, mountains, history, geography, and gastronomy are along this route. Venture on Avenue Royale (Route de la Nouvelle-France), one of the oldest roads in Canada. Take the side roads to quaint villages on the shores of the St. Lawrence and enjoy bakeries and local cheeses.

Read more