Archive for March, 2016

Samsung’s Smart Windshield Designed to Make Riding…Safer?

Mar 31, 2016 View Comments by

Recently, Samsung—the Korean tech company with an extensive product line—unveiled its latest concept: the Smart Windshield for motorcycles. Call us old-school, but we believe riding should be just that: riding. If your phone is really that smart, it can wait to tell you all the super important texts and emails you missed. Head up, look around. You’re on […]

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Touring Weekend 2016: Things to Do Around Bolivar, PA

Mar 30, 2016 View Comments by

So you’ve purchased your pass for this year’s Touring Weekend and booked your hotel room, but maybe you’re wondering about the area around Bolivar, PA, our base for the three-day event. Located in the Laurel Highlands region of southwestern Pennsylvania, Bolivar is a small, mostly residential community, bounded on the east by Laurel Hill and […]

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Review: HJC RPHA Max Helmet

Mar 29, 2016 View Comments by

The RPHA Max is HJC’s top-of-the-line modular option with the look and appeal of a sport helmet. Engineered with carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass materials, and organic fibers, it’s the company’s lightest weight modular helmet yet. Developed in HJC’s wind tunnel laboratory to mitigate wind level noises, the RPHA Max’s “ACS” advanced channeling ventilation system skims […]

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City Escape: Billings, Montana

Mar 28, 2016 No Comments

Wide open spaces, hundred-mile views, and light traffic highlight this loop southwest of Billings, MT. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nearby waterways with most of the route flanked by beautiful Montana rivers like the Yellowstone, Stillwater, Rosebud, Bear Creek, and Clark Fork. This is a ride best made in late spring through early fall.

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Bill Dragoo to Lead MotoVermont’s Off-Road Training Tour

Mar 24, 2016 No Comments

This summer, Bill Dragoo will act as chief instructor for MotoVermont’s 2016 Vermont Motorcycle Training Tour, July 9-12. Fran Tully of Dual Sport School and Guided Adventure Rides in Utah will co-teach. Bill has been on the podium at the Rawhyde Adventure Rider’s Challenge two of the three times he has competed, with first and […]

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MotoMojo: ABS and Cornering ABS

Mar 23, 2016 No Comments

When a bike has to slow down or change direction rapidly, it is most susceptible to loss of traction and rider control. Hence, the vast majority of motorcycle mishaps occur while braking and/or cornering. As a result, the greatest challenge for technical safety improvement for motorcycles is to mitigate this problem by using technology which […]

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Honda Africa Twin Comparison – 1997, 1999, and 2016

Mar 22, 2016 No Comments

New editions of “classic” motorcycles can often pale in comparison to their predecessors. Honda’s latest offering can meet, exceed, or fall short of expectations, depending on one’s perspective. The Africa Twin’s roots go back to the legendary NXR750, which in the late 1980s rolled through the Paris-Dakar finish line in first place four times. Then […]

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Motorcycle Navigation: Did the Smartphone Kill the GPS Unit? Part 2

Mar 21, 2016 No Comments

In the December issue I analyzed the gaps between smartphones and stand-alone GPS devices in the context of hardware. I arrived at the conclusion that the smartphone has better or equal hardware components, except perhaps for waterproofing, and a stand-alone GPS unit is still better for the specific task of motorcycle navigation. Hardware is just […]

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DirtDAZE to Welcome Award-winning Riders and Instructors

Mar 18, 2016 No Comments

The DirtDAZE Adventure Bike Rally is happening June 7-11, 2016. A fun, educational multi-day festival for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles, DirtDAZE’s inaugural event will be held on private property in Lake George, NY, with nearby dirt roads that snake through New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains. DirtDAZE has recently added a series of award-winning instructors […]

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Timbersled: Motorcycling in the Snow?

Mar 17, 2016 No Comments

For much of North America, winter brings an end to the riding season. Riders bring their bikes into the garage, hook up a battery tender, and look forward to spring. However, while this routine is bound to continue for street riders, dirt bike owners are just a few swapped parts away from a whole new […]

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Second Annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis

Mar 17, 2016 No Comments

The second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) will be hosted this summer and a new nomination program, “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime,” has been added. Starting in Los Angeles, CA, on July 30, the nine-day ride to Sturgis, SD, will provide 20 veterans a chance to use motorcycle therapy as a way to […]

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DIY: The Ducati Meccano Monster 1200 S

Mar 16, 2016 No Comments

At RoadRUNNER, we love our motorcycles … and our motorcycle models and toys, too! Riders and builders alike will love tinkering with the new build-it-yourself version of the Monster 1200 S. Thanks to a new collaboration, Spin Master Corp., a leading company worldwide in the children’s entertainment sector, is working with Ducati to create and distribute a […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: To Each His Own

Mar 15, 2016 No Comments

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day—or to celebrate each special day.” —Rasheed Ogunlaru I’ll admit I was at a bit of a loss regarding this column. I had the “bones” (as I like to refer to the overall theme), but the structure was […]

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Sidetracked: Pack Mentality—Group Riding

Mar 14, 2016 No Comments

Pack mentality (n.) The tendency for a group of individuals to act together without planned direction. Humans, like many of our four-legged fellow inhabitants of planet Earth, are social animals. We tend to mimic the behavior of those around us. Alone, your pet malamute may be mild-mannered and cuddly. But take him to doggie daycare and it […]

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Bucket Roads: Day Trip in New York’s Catskills

Mar 12, 2016 No Comments

What is it? The Catskills are a large rural area in southeastern New York, about 100 miles northwest of New York City. Also known as the Catskill Mountains, the area is what geologists call a mature dissected plateau. Millions of years ago this once-flat region was uplifted by tectonic forces and then eroded into sharp […]

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