Archive for June, 2016

2017 Can-Am Spyder F3-S Now with Sport Mode

Jun 29, 2016 View Comments by

In our May/June 2016 issue, we rode a 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3-S up and down North Carolina’s beautiful coastline and had a blast. New for 2017, the brand is introducing the F3-S with Sport mode, allowing drivers to perform controlled rear tire spins, enhancing fun while maintaining vehicle stability. When activated by the driver, the gauge displays “SPORT Mode” and […]

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2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame Inductees

Jun 28, 2016 View Comments by

This year’s inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame range from pioneers and innovators to customizers and dealers. The museum was chartered in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. This year’s inductees will be honored during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August […]

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Ecuador: Journey to Middle Earth

Jun 27, 2016 View Comments by

Ecuador is a small country on the northwestern side of South America, sandwiched between 
Colombia to the north and Peru to the south. Earth’s dividing line runs through the northern part of Ecuador, which is Spanish for “equator.” The Galapagos Islands lay about 560 miles to the west. But we came to ride motorcycles, not […]

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Prince Edward Island: Carving Coastal Canada

Jun 26, 2016 No Comments

Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, but every summer I try to prove him wrong by taking a motorcycle trip to Prince Edward Island, where I grew up and learned to ride. In 2015, I tried something new; I took my brother-in-law Ty on his first two-wheeled tour and added some of Nova […]

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Victory’s Gas vs. Electric Battle at Pikes Peak

Jun 24, 2016 No Comments

This weekend, Victory will be placing two of its own bikes in competition against one another at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Dubbed ‘Thunder vs. Lightning,’ it’s set to be a gas versus electric battle. Victory Racing’s gas-powered Project 156 will be piloted by former Pikes Peak Champion Jeremy Toye. The electric Empulse RR, which is a race-ready […]

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Shopping for a Used Motorcycle

Jun 23, 2016 No Comments

Buying a used motorcycle intelligently requires considerably greater effort than just walking into a showroom and selecting a new one. There are both risks and rewards with a previously owned machine. You can get far more bang for your buck, while letting the original buyer take the big depreciation loss. A used motorcycle purchase can […]

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Honda Grom Gets a Reboot for 2017

Jun 22, 2016 No Comments

Honda’s sporty little motorcycle, beloved by veterans and newbies alike, has gotten a reboot for 2017. With fresh competition from Kawasaki’s nimble Z125 Pro, the 2017 Grom has a sharper, more aggressive look, and a handful of new color options. The bike boasts a stacked LED headlight, sportier handlebar, two-tier seat, low-mount muffler design, upswept tail unit, […]

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MSF Basic eCourse Now Available on Mobile Devices

Jun 21, 2016 No Comments

Riders who’ve participated in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse (BRC) know that the engaging and informative Basic eCourse is a key component. The three-hour course covers theory, facts, operational procedures, riding and safety tips, and more, and helps potential riders determine whether motorcycling is something they really want to pursue. To make the course more […]

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2016 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Jun 20, 2016 No Comments

This year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, boasts a full three-day schedule. Taking place July 8-10, 2016, it’s just weeks away and tickets are still on sale. Vintage Motorcycle Days includes the country’s largest motorcycle swap meet, stars of past and present, demo rides, bike shows, custom builders, raffles, live […]

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The Dads Trip

Jun 19, 2016 No Comments

I don’t spend a lot of time with my dad. When I was a kid my dad was always very busy providing for our family, so spare time was rare. On top of that, our interests have always been very different. He is a classic man who likes to hunt and fish and play basketball […]

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California’s Lane Splitting Bill Gains Ground

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments

This week, the California state senate committee on transportation and housing unanimously approved a revised version of AB 51, the state’s lane splitting bill. With an 11-0 vote, AB 51 is being sent to the Appropriations Committee. The proposed bill would formally legalize lane splitting—riding between lanes of vehicles driving in the same direction— in California, […]

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The Joys of Camping: Packing Like Quigley

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments

It’s funny how the mind files insignificant bits of information away, sometimes to be retrieved decades later for the strangest reason. I once watched a movie called Quigley Down Under, a Western set in Australia starring Tom Selleck as Matt Quigley. One scene shows Quigley packing for a trip into the Outback by assembling a few […]

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Harley-Davidson to Sell Electric Motorcycles Within Five Years

Jun 16, 2016 No Comments

Harley-Davidson will be selling electric motorcycles within the next five years, according to Sean Cummings, senior vice president of global demand, in a recent interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal.  In 2014, the company released its LiveWire electric motorcycle prototype to the media, making it available for test rides at Harley dealerships around the country—and Canada, Malaysia, and Europe in 2015. Sporting a 74 […]

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2014 EBR 1190SX: The Superfighter

Jun 15, 2016 No Comments

Mention Erik Buell’s name and it’s instant street cred. When 
Harley-Davidson shut down Buell’s line during the financial crisis, 
the entrepreneur found a backer in India’s Hero Motorcycles, and 
Erik Buell Racing (EBR) was born. But after declaring bankruptcy and restructuring, the company, now owned by Liquid Asset Partners, is expected to resume production. Manufactured […]

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MotoMojo: What to Do When a Tire Goes Flat

Jun 14, 2016 No Comments

Eventually, almost every motorcyclist finds themself in that unpleasant situation with a flat tire. Therefore, it’s important to know what to do and what to carry for such an event. As long as you understand that there is some risk involved, you can perform emergency repairs that should get you to a place where permanent […]

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