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How to Handle the Four Most Common Road Emergencies


You’re on a sport-touring journey and suddenly your bike has a problem. You’re dead in the water. What to do? Fortunately, the four most common road emergencies can usually be prevented by regular inspection and maintenance, but here’s what to do when that doesn’t work. Out of Gas Run out of gas on tour and you’ll need a donor bike ...

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Motorcycle Camping 101


photography by Rich Cox For some the idea of a night in the wilderness, or even at an established campground, is simply unthinkable. How do you survive without a solid roof and hard floor, not to mention TiVo, the Dux bed and all of your stuff? What about insects, wild animals and hot running water? And for goodness sake, if ...

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Book review: Harley-Davidson Everything you Need to Know


[This Harley-Davidson—Everything you Need to Know Book Review was originally published in American Rider] Like “new and improved,” the phrase “everything you need to know” packs a lot of implications. Aside from promising to deliver information that is both all-inclusive and necessary, the phrase also promises to tailor this information to “your” needs. While in most cases grandiose claims of ...

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Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Handling low-speed maneuvers


[Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Handling low-speed maneuvers was originally published in the February 2008 issue of American Rider] Attend any bike week event or rally and you’ll see riders doing things that make you nervous: paddling their feet at stops, duck-walking their bikes across gravel drives and dropping their bikes in parking lots. Though not usually injurious (except cosmetically to ...

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Motorcycle Safety and Skills: Group Riding Tips for a Safe Experience

Summer is coming and with it, the rally and event season. Whether it’s Daytona, Laughlin, Myrtle Beach, Sturgis or a H.O.G. Chapter ride, if you attend these crowded events and go on these rides you’ll be doing some formation or group riding. Many rallies also include parades, which combine close-formation riding with the distraction of acknowledging the spectators. To better ...

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How to Build a Proper Motorcycle Roadside Tool Kit


by Reg Kittrelle [This How to Build a Proper Motorcycle Roadside Tool Kit feature was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider magazine] Harley-Davidson motorcycles are more reliable now than at any other time in their 107-year history, but they are also much more mechanically and electrically complex. These last factors usually mean that if your Harley ...

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Motorcycle Weaves and Wobbles: How to avoid them and deal with them


There are some aspects of motorcycles that motorcycle manufacturers are reluctant to talk about. Weave and wobble are two of them. Either can put you down and hurt you, so you need to know what these things are, and how to prevent their onset. We all know that motorcycles are not inherently stable. When stationary, they require stands to hold ...

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1300 miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART ONE


By Reg Kittrelle [This 1300 miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200 two-part road test was originally featured in American Rider magazine] Why? Denver, Colorado, is approximately 1,300 miles from my home in Santa Cruz, California. I need to be there no later than Monday, July 27, to attend the press introduction of the 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. I could fly out Monday ...

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Suspension and Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail


By Reg Kittrelle [Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail was originally published in American Rider magazine] “I may be the only rider to not know this, but what is ‘trail’ about when discussing the front fork?” Variations of this question from reader Bruno Izzo can be found, at one time or another, in every motorcycle publication. When talking about motorcycle suspension ...

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