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Rider Profile: Don Danmeier And His Brit Bikes

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Don Danmeier is a sociable fellow with a passion for travel on two wheels, an abiding affection for British bikes of the 20th century and a love for a good deal. It’s a dangerous combination, one that has landed many an enthusiast in divorce court or the poorhouse, or at least shuttling between storage lockers. Having painful experiences with two ...

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Why The Chicken Crossed The Road

Why The Chicken Crossed The Road - Original Magazine Spread. Illustration by Dan Quarnstrom, www.danquarnstromdesign.com.

(Note: This article originally appeared in the May 1985 issue of Rider magazine.) A dozen and more years ago, longer than I care to think about, a troupe of the Ottawa instructors decided we were approaching motorcycle training from the wrong angle. Instead of waiting for students to come to the course, they said, why not take the course to the ...

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UPDATE: 3rd Annual Kurt Caselli Foundation Fundraiser at Doffo Winery

The Kurt Caselli Foundation Special Reserve, 2014 Cabernet.

Update: MotoDoffo event raised $32,000 for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. A beautiful summer Saturday in Temecula, California, was in full swing last June 11. There was a reprieve from the seasonal heat as a layer of cool cloud cover blanketed the endless lines of vines that make up Temecula’s wine country. Located two hours south of Los Angeles, the roads ...

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Top 10 Things You Shouldn’t Forget On Your Next Moto-Camping Trip

We like beer too, but bringing the whole cooler might be overkill...

For most people, camping falls into two categories: the kind where you load up a backpack and hike/scramble/stumble your way to a backcountry campsite, and the kind where you load up your car or truck and drive to a campsite, usually in a designated campground. We’ll just ignore the RV type for the moment, as I’m enough of a camping ...

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1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazer – Road Test Review

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(Note: This article was originally published in the June, 1986 issue of Rider magazine.) Given the task of developing a completely new genre for the 1986 American market, the motorcycle designers at Yamaha must have spent many a sleepless night before settling on the Fazer. No less than six categories of motorcycle already exist, and just about any “new” design can ...

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11th Annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

More than 1,400 bikes are on display at the Barber Motorcycle Museum.

What’s your pleasure? Sidecar racing? Acres of swap meet to be explored? Technical seminars with industry experts? Antique side-shifters whizzing down the racecourse, or million-dollar race bikes popping wheelies on the same course? You could find this and much more at the 2015 Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival, held October 9-11 at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The event ...

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Chasing Dinosaurs in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming

U.S. Route 40 west of Dinosaur, Colorado.

When the dinosaurs roamed the earth, they were tiny and titanic, terrifying and titillating, fleet footed and even flabby. Sounds like me at various ages. My map says the Dinosaur National Monument is way, way up in northeastern Colorado. Next to the town of Dinosaur! And next to nothing else, on a road to nowhere. Excellent, let’s go chase some ...

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2015 Overland Expo West

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There is something that draws me to the Overland Expo West year after year. The three-day event, now held annually near Flagstaff, Arizona, is a showcase of the most rugged and extreme overland machines and gear in the world. But it’s more than a metallic meat market—it is a place to learn, watch and be inspired to literally step outside ...

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Stayin’ Safe: Goldilocks and the Three Gears

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Through our Stayin’ Safe on-road training program, we’ve seen several consistent rider habits. One is failure to shift to an appropriate gear for corners. Riders often pick a low-rpm gear and stick with it, counting on the engine’s torque to do the work. But every motorcycle engine—including a large V-Twin—has a performance sweet spot. Which gear puts it there? Allow ...

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