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Blog: The Nature of Parental Fear

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Like most motorcyclists, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear of a motorcycle accident. You know the tune—the traffic lady on the morning TV news reports that the “northbound lanes of Highway-whatever are closed due to an accident involving a motorcycle.” Each time I hear something like that, I repeat in my ...

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10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

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Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling. But with 2015 on pace to surpass 2014 as the hottest year on record, you need to be prepared to deal with above-average temperatures, especially on multi-day tours where you’ll be riding several hours per day. These tips will help you keep your cool.  

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Born Again Fairings: Giving New Life to Damaged Bodywork

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Murphy’s Law tells us that, when you borrow someone else’s motorcycle for a photo shoot, it’s the one bike that will end up on the ground. Such was our fate when my brother, Paul, let us use his 2005 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 as a pack mule during an adventure bike comparison. When the going got rough, the V-Strom went horizontal. ...

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Blog: Borderlands Boogie

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You could have written our ride plan on a cocktail napkin and had room left for a pile of beer nuts: explore the back roads of the Nevada-Utah borderlands. We’d passed up dozens of intriguing side roads on previous rides through the eastern fringe of the Basin and Range province; it was time to find out what we’d been missing. ...

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Blog: Shorai Lithium-Iron Battery Follow-up Review

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Four years after putting a Shorai battery (previous story here) into my BMW F 800 GS, I was on a dirt road in eastern Nevada with a bike that wouldn’t start. No, it wasn’t the battery. Instead, the Shorai cell in my bike was a hero for helping keep the bike alive for nearly a week while the stator died ...

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Where Would Jesus Ride?

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The question of what Jesus would ride will obviously never be answered to everyone’s satisfaction. The faithful of all brands would welcome the common bond with the Savior, and who wouldn’t savor a ride with a guy who died and came back, right? Not to mention the son of God. But the question of where He would ride arrived on ...

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Dual-Purpose Glove Liners

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Packing for a tour a couple years back, I tossed in my Elkskin Ropers from RiderWearhouse for normal temps and the warm, waterproof Macna Borax for the worst weather. An obvious comfort gap between the two pair gave me pause. I tried to ignore it, and almost threw in a pair of intermediate gloves to fill the breach. Trying to ...

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Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

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Ten years ago, Ukrainian traveler Anna Grechishkina had no ties to motorcycling. Her family members didn’t ride. Her friends didn’t ride. But she was somehow drawn to it, and it has now become a way of life. On a whim at the age of 25, Anna decided to get her motorcycle license (which she said is quite a lengthy process ...

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