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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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Retrospective: 1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica

1974 Norton Commando 850 John Player Replica.

This was a minor marketing coup: Dress up a stock Norton Commando to look like the genuine race motorcycles that had been doing well in the Formula 750 races in 1972 and 1973. As one quite literate journalist wrote, it was “a titivated sports bike with a flashy fairing…” To save you looking up the word, titivate means “to make ...

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Stayin’ Safe: What’s Mine Is Yours

Where one lane ends and another begins is up for interpretation on unmarked back roads like this one. Anticipate oncoming drivers using the middle of the road.

If you’re like me, your favorite roads are the lesser-known gems that wind through the backcountry, away from traffic and civilization. While those wonderful rural roads can offer up a relaxing ride, they can also present their own set of threats, especially the “lane-and-a-half” variety with no lane markings. On these stretches, “sharing the road” can suddenly mean sharing the ...

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Profile: Quinn Redeker, Ventura Police’s ‘Top Gun’ Rider

Corporal Quinn Redeker of the Ventura Police Department competing at the Third Annual International Police Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2015. Negotiating tight cone patterns with speed and precision requires remarkable clutch and throttle control, excellent balance and laser-like focus. (Photography by the author)

On a cloudy Sunday morning, Corporal Quinn Redeker queued up for his first timed run on a pier at San Francisco’s Embarcadero, beneath the massive Bay Bridge. Dressed in full uniform, with a gun belt, dark sunglasses, a three-quarter helmet and tan roper gloves (a nod to the character Jon Baker on CHiPs), Quinn raced down a narrow, traffic cone-lined ...

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Video: Quinn Redeker’s Police Motorcycle Rodeo Runs

Quinn Redeker competing at the Third Annual International Police Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2015. Negotiating tight cone patterns with speed and precision requires remarkable clutch and throttle control, excellent balance and laser-like focus. (Photography by the author)

During the Third Annual International Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2015, Corporal Quinn Redeker of the Ventura Police Department completed two timed runs on the 2015 liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT-P. He allowed Rider magazine to mount a GoPro video camera on his bike (first run) and on his helmet (second run) during the ...

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The Moto Talbott Collection

Bikes in the Moto Talbott Collection's workshop. From right to left: 1925 BMW R37 Racer 494cc, 1965 BMW R69S 600cc, 1974 Laverda SFC 750cc

It all started on a borrowed Dream. Over fifty years ago, a barely teenage Robb Talbott, of Carmel Valley, California, secretly swung a leg over a friend’s Honda Dream. He was hooked. The love affair with motorcycles has waxed and waned throughout his life, but has always been a key part of his most memorable adventures. Highlights include mid-winter racing ...

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Mr. Wheel Works Keeps On Rolling

Would you trust this man to rebuild your BSA wheel? You bet!

“So you’ve found a twin-cap 1968? No rust? And you paid $500 for it? Well, that bike would be worth the most in parts—you’ll get $2,000 for the cylinder head alone….” Chris Quinn is on the phone with a friend who’s made a great discovery in the frozen north of Michigan: a low-mileage, original Ducati 350 Scrambler with rare twin-cap ...

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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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Ron Ayres Rides On

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Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures, passed away on August 26, 2015, at his home in Galveston, Texas. Ron had been diagnosed with cancer early last year. Ron went from a successful career in the corporate world to start one of the biggest motorcycle touring companies in the world, with a tour catalog of more than 90 pages. While an ...

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