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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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Top 10 Motorcycle Travel and Adventure Books

Around The World On A Motorcycle

A motorcycle is like a flying carpet, taking the rider to places all over this planet. And riders are often moved to write about their trips, short or long, and we can read about their exploits in newspapers, magazines or books. Probably the first such narrative was written by George Wyman, who rode a California Motor Bicycle from San Francisco ...

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Riding to the Grand Canyon During National Park Week

Standing on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, trying to take it all in.

In Northern Arizona, mid-April spells the beginning of the thaw of the snowpack in mountains, and the corresponding bloom of the hardiest of wild flowers below. It is also the time when early-season motorcyclists begin taking to the open road. This year, my first extended ride of the season is a spectacular roll along the South Rim of the Grand ...

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2016 The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon

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The 2016 One Motorcycle Show Keeps Giving Back Sure, Portland, Oregon, can be considered a bike town, but you could argue that’s more for its love of derailleurs than of, say, Deus Ex Machina. Out on the city streets, 20-speed bicycles outnumber motorcycles probably 10 to 1. Lucky for us, local motorhead Thor Drake is doing a lot to even ...

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Caffeine and Customs: See See Motor Coffee Co. Has Your Fix

The One Show concept came from the guys who now run the See See Motor Coffee Co. Fresh brewed java up front, bikes in the back.

The See Motor Coffee Co. may be part of the vast See See Motorcycles “empire,” but you couldn’t ask for a less pretentious hangout if you tried. The coffee house-cum-custom motorcycle shop dreamed up by Thor Drake as a place to base his See See Motorcycles brand and build a motorcycle community upon, may be off the beaten path, but ...

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Blog: The Attraction of the Solo Rider

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There’s a pleasant solitude in a solo journey on two wheels, but in my case riding alone has not always meant being alone. Non-riders seem especially willing to approach a solo motorcyclist stopped for a break. Perhaps romantic notions of freedom and self-reliance implied by a rider going it alone draw non-riders. Perhaps a non-rider’s perception of risk in approaching ...

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Top 10 Motorcycle Maintenance Fails

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Like human bodies, motorcycles can take a lot of abuse and keep on running. But there are some sure-fire ways to screw up your motorcycle, often done through a combination of ignorance, incompetence and neglect. Treat your motorcycle right and it will do the same for you. 1. Not Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure Motorcycles, cars, trucks, you name it—there are ...

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