Archive for July, 2018

Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41
 and Battlax Sport Touring T31

Jul 31, 2018 View Comments by

A typical motorcycle tire’s contact patch with the road is roughly the size of a credit card, so the way a tire performs in that narrow arena becomes perhaps the most critical aspect of a motorcycle’s overall performance. The demands on tires are not only to provide handling, feedback, and safety, they must also provide […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Chasing Curves on the Pacific Coast Highway

Jul 30, 2018 View Comments by

It has been over a year since I planned this motorcycle ride along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or California’s Highway One. A few days ago, in fact at 9:45 am on July 18, 2018, State Route 1 at Mud Creek re-opened after a 14-month closure due to a massive landslide followed by an […]

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AltRider BMW R 1200 GS/GSA Reinforcement Crash Bars

Jul 30, 2018 View Comments by

The water-cooled R 1200 GS and GSA have a weak spot: the OEM crash bars. Specifically, the rubber pad between the OEM crash bar and the valve cover. Even during a tip over, the rubber pad can damage the valve cover. AltRider’s solution beefs up the OEM part by reinforcing the whole structure and directing […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: Lost (and Found)

Jul 29, 2018 No Comments

This year marks two anniversaries for me, one joyous, one tragic. I’ll celebrate 20 years of motorcycle riding (and nearly 250,000 miles) and also commemorate the 20 years since the premature death of my father, Mr. Bud Miller. This is also the third year since the purchase of another home in my beloved Hellertown, PA, […]

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Trilobite Apparel

Jul 28, 2018 No Comments

Now available in the U.S. through Moto-
nation, Trilobite offers riding jeans for men and women, shirts, gloves, and a jacket. With an emphasis on protection and style, Trilobite appeals to the rider who doesn’t want to don that full GORE-TEX suit or leathers yet values safety. Jeans range from $159 to $274, $49-$79 for gloves, […]

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Ten Questions to Ask a Motorcyclist Before Becoming a Passenger

Jul 27, 2018 No Comments

Many of us were first introduced to motorcycling as a passenger. In the world of street riding, there is a broad range of skill levels and safe riding practices. Before putting your life in the hands of a motorcycle rider, it’s wise to first understand his or her competence. Here are 10 questions to ask […]

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Route 66 Tequila

Jul 26, 2018 No Comments

To toast the occasion of our 100th issue, we wanted some motorcycle-themed spirits. Route 66 Tequila delivered with its Platinum Award reposado enclosed in a motorcycle-shaped bottle. We know motorcycles and geography much better than we know reposados, but according to one tippling expert’s review, “The entry is soft and gentle, and then it expands, […]

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10 Must-See Motorcycle Museums Across America

Jul 25, 2018 No Comments

1. Barber Motorsports Museum The Barber collection includes more than 1,400 restored motorcycles and cars; over 600 bikes are on display in the museum. Established to preserve motorcycle history, the collection represents 216 different manufacturers from 20 countries. Barber is generally acknowledged as the preeminent motorcycle museum in the U.S. 6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, […]

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PhotoMojo: The Art of the Phone

Jul 24, 2018 No Comments

I have a closet full of camera gear and used to carry a camera with me wherever I went, but like so many others I now rely on my phone for capturing imagines of day-to-day life. Judging by the photography workshops I’ve given, I’m not alone. Many of you are using your phones to document […]

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The 2018 Star Venture: Tradition Meets the Future

Jul 23, 2018 No Comments

2018 will be remembered as the year Yamaha unveiled a new range of luxury touring in the form of the Star Venture. The bike is a deliberate cross between tradition and modernity with an alluring mix of big bore V-twin character augmented with the latest in technical gadgetry. And the open road virtually calls one […]

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Kammok Roo Single

Jul 22, 2018 No Comments

Whether you’re into motorcycle camping or not, having a hammock along for the ride will dramatically enhance your traveling experience. Take a nap in style or revel in the super-compact and lightweight design (3.75” x 5” packed). The Roo Single weighs only 10 ounces, is made out of Gravitas™ 40D nylon, which helps protect against […]

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Metzeler KAROO

Jul 21, 2018 No Comments

Most large adventure bikes are used mostly on road, yet riders of these bikes want the ability to take occasional forays onto the dirt when their travels place them there. Metzeler recently introduced a new line, called KAROO Street, designed specifically for this, the need for versatile tires. Designed to provide excellent handling and grip […]

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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering: Ten Years On

Jul 20, 2018 No Comments

For the past 10 years the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel Valley, CA. has welcomed motorcycles onto its finely manicured grounds, offering up the stunning backdrop of the Central Coast for an artful motorcycle event. Each May, the quiet valley (a bastion of old wealth and secure retirement) is awakened from tranquility to […]

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Electric Bike Comparison: Going Gasless

Jul 19, 2018 No Comments

“You Brake, You Lose.” Or do you? Taken with a grain of salt, this phrase becomes more meaningful when the subject turns to electric motorcycles. While the energy created by conventional brakes is lost in the form of heat at the disc, it is used to reclaim energy to charge the battery in electric vehicles, […]

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2018 Triumph Speedmaster: A New Kind of Old School

Jul 18, 2018 No Comments

The Speedmaster of old was originally launched in 2002 and powered by a 790cc air-cooled twin. This year, the newly redesigned bike has gotten a complete makeover, at the heart of which is a massive 1200cc liquid-cooled powerplant. At first sight, the bike appears as a custom “one-off “cruiser with its fat rear tire, low, […]

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