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Rock and Roll Into Daytona Bike Week With Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson at Daytona.

It’s that time of year again, when racers and riders of all kinds finalize plans to attend the legendary Daytona Bike Week. This year marks the 76th annual event, and once again Harley-Davidson, the official motorcycle of Bike Week, has released their schedule of events.   Harley Headquarters at the Speedway Official Harley-Davidson Bike Week activities are consolidated at one venue ...

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23rd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Kyle Petty Charity Ride

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 23rd annual motorcycle trek. For the first time in almost a decade, the Ride, led by former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty, will travel across the Pacific Northwest. With Manheim, North America’s leading provider of used vehicle services, as returning presenting sponsor, the Ride will ...

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Tour Master Transition Series 4 Jacket – Review

Tour Master Transition Series 4 Men's Jacket.

We motorcyclists purposely prostrate ourselves before the weather gods, because riding’s all about open-air fun. But one road-wise veteran told me long ago, “Any fool can be uncomfortable.” So versatility plays a key role in the makeup of a good riding jacket. We’ve all bundled up on frosty mornings cold enough to see your breath, only to strip off layers ...

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R.I.P Racing Legend Jay “PeeWee” Gleason

PeeWee on his Yamaha V-Max. Photo by Yamaha.

Yamaha sent us the press release below today regarding the passing of Jay “PeeWee” Gleason, who those of us who avidly read and/or worked at Cycle magazine back in the day fondly remember as the magazine’s talented drag-strip fast guy. Be sure to read the personal remembrance from our contributor Ken Lee that follows the release: Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., ...

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Pricing and Updates for Select 2017 BMW Models

2017 BMW R nineT Racer

BMW Motorrad USA is on the throttle. Last fall it announced 16 new or updated models (plus the HP4 RACE prototype), and earlier this month it reported a 48-percent increase in sales for January 2017 compared to the prior year. Pricing, availability and equipment updates for select 2017 models have just been released. 2017 BMW R nineT Racer Racing-oriented boxer ...

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Stayin’ Safe: Hidden Valley

The view of the road ahead looks wide open at first. But look again and notice the stretch of road that is hidden from sight.

Riding a stretch of rising and falling road is fun, but also presents a special kind of challenge for the back-road motorcyclist. While the rider can often see the road stretching out into the distance, parts of the path are hidden from view by one or more low elevation hillcrests. Those shallow dips—often hardly noticeable—can be as dangerous as a ...

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2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special | First Look Review

2017 Harley-Davidson Road King Special.

Harley-Davidson has announced a new model in its 2017 Touring lineup: the Road King Special. This blacked-out, muscular-looking bagger is powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, and offers a fresh and contemporary take on the classic Road King. Got a hankering for a Harley? Read our 2017 Street Glide Review here. Most of the Road King’s chrome was stripped ...

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Riding a Royal Enfield Through Wild West Africa

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How a little touring in England turned into the ride of a lifetime. Buy the bike you want. Never mind what anyone else says. If you love it, get it. It’s your ride. My vice: A Royal Enfield Bullet. “First contact” was during a two-week ride with my dad through the Himalayas in the north of India. At the end of the tour, ...

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Why Are Sidecars Called “Hacks”?

Ural sidecar with passenger.

The word “hack” has a bad rap, at least here in the U.S. It can mean using a hatchet in a violent manner, or employing nefarious means to gain unauthorized access to data. So why in the world would we use it as a slang term for something as innocent and fun as a motorcycle sidecar rig? It’s questions like ...

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Buying a New Bike That’s Been Sitting a While

Honda ST1300

Tech Q&A: Stationary ST1300 Dear Rider, My local Honda dealer has a new 2010 Honda ST1300 with 0 miles. I know Clement Salvadori has owned more than one ST and I need to know if this bike is safe to buy. Is there anything I should look for or be aware of? I’m concerned because it has been sitting for ...

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