Archive for July, 2016

Review: Racer Grip Gloves

Jul 30, 2016 View Comments by

Introduced just a few months ago, the Grip by Racer is a quality leather glove with a pre-curved design for maximum riding comfort. Much of the glove is made of goatskin, for superior feel and fit. The palm has a Pittards leather patch for extra toughness and grip. The gloves are lined for comfort, and […]

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George A. Wyman Reaches the Mississippi River

Jul 29, 2016 View Comments by

“At Clinton I was nearing Chicago, within 150 miles of it, and on the morning of June 18, when I left Clinton, Iowa, at 6:30 a.m.  I hoped to reach it before noon on the following day. Shortly after leaving Dixon. about two miles, I crossed the ‘Father of Waters’ and was at last east […]

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Wyman and the Railroads

Jul 29, 2016 View Comments by

It appears suddenly and without warning over my right shoulder, punching through my peripheral vision like a locomotive, which is not a simile because it is in fact a locomotive. Actually, it’s three locomotives hauling automobiles and whatnot across the Nebraska landscape at 70mph. The Zero is silent (of course) so I can hear the […]

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The Peter Calles Collection: 1949 Gilera 125 Touring

Jul 28, 2016 No Comments

Peter Calles, a noted international collector of classic motorcycles, recently finished a three-year-long restoration of this rare Gilera motorcycle. He acquired the bike from a collector in Florida, who had it shipped to the U.S. directly from Italy. Although many in the U.S. may not be familiar with the Gilera marque, it has been around […]

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Combining Riding with Hobbies: Kayaking

Jul 27, 2016 No Comments

Motorcycle-sized Fun As wonderful as motorcycling is, there are plenty of other enjoyable ways riders like to spend their free time. Some like golf, others hiking, fishing, kayaking, or other outdoor activities. Some dabble in photography, art, writing, or different creative endeavors. Due to limited storage capacity, it can be daunting to incorporate other favorite […]

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Sidetracked: Stealerships and the DIY Guy

Jul 26, 2016 No Comments

Fourteen-year-olds are sensitive creatures. Merle laughs when I ask how to adjust the clutch on my 1969 Yamaha AT1. Instead of offering technical advice he mocks me, saying, “You want to race and you can’t even work on your own bike.” His words cut me to the quick, but mostly, they made me want to […]

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Stayin’ Safe’s Eric Trow to Kick Off the Touring Weekend

Jul 25, 2016 No Comments

The Touring Weekend is just weeks away and we’re looking forward to seeing you there. We have a series of fun rides, talks, and performances lined up. It’ll all kick off on opening night, August 11, 2016. After our Welcome Dinner, Eric Trow will talk about “The Dynamics of Being a Safe Rider.” Eric is […]

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City Escape: Rapid City, South Dakota

Jul 25, 2016 No Comments

The Black Hills of South Dakota are one of the most impressive and interesting riding venues in the U.S. Dramatic scenery, iconic national sites, a plethora of roadside attractions, and beguiling byways are big draws. The best time to go is early or late summer.

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Heading to Cheyenne

Jul 23, 2016 No Comments

I was in Laramie, WY, last night with a full tank of electrons (thanks KOA—charging the bike cost a whopping $1.17!) and had three choices. One, find a place to stay in Laramie. Two, jump on 80 and get to Cheyenne. Three, take the long way to Cheyenne via WY 210. It was 7:45 p.m., […]

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Interview with Aaron Stevenson

Jul 22, 2016 No Comments

Gettin’ Dirty Before Gettin’ Fast RR: Give us a taste of your motorcycle riding and racing background. Aaron Stevenson: I started riding minibikes and motorcycles around the age of eight. Like most kids in the ’70s, I spent a lot of time trail riding and doing motocross, but when I was 14 years old I […]

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2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: The Jack of All Trades

Jul 21, 2016 No Comments

In German, there’s a word that 
describes an animal that lays eggs, has the meat of a pig, and provides milk and wool. In short: something that’s good for everything. Nature knows that this is difficult to achieve. That’s why she created such a wide variety of species. Translated into 
motorcycle language, we find cruisers, […]

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Review: TCX Infinity EVO GORE-TEX Boots

Jul 20, 2016 No Comments

What’s the primary reason for wearing boots while riding a motorcycle? Comfort? Important, but no. Style? Shouldn’t be. If you said protection, then go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Comfort and style could be more easily accomplished with other types of footwear, but only dedicated motorcycle boots can supply the required level of defense […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: The Best Lessons

Jul 19, 2016 No Comments

I have a tendency to meet people at the supermarket when I take the motorcycle for my weekly supply run. I like the looks I get carrying my grocery bags and helmet; people wonder where I’m going to put everything. I’ve written before about others feeling at ease walking up to me when I’m dismounting […]

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Metzeler Roadtec 01 Tires: Reader Road Test

Jul 18, 2016 No Comments

When Rubber Meets the Road In early 2016, we partnered with Metzeler and asked our readers to participate in a unique opportunity to put real-life miles, on real-life motorcycles, while on real-life tours. Metzeler selected riders from across the country on a variety of motorcycles to test the all-new Roadtec 01. Here are their first […]

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Grizzly Returns From Record-breaking Ride Around the World

Jul 16, 2016 No Comments

Remember Grizzly, the Swiss endurance rider who rolled out of Daytona Bike Week in an attempt to make a record-breaking motorcycle trip around the world? Well, he did it! Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita completed his trip on July 10, 2016, after having ridden his Victory Cross Country Tour across five continents in less than 120 days. He covered […]

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