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On the Record—Event Data Recorders

Event Data Recorders

There’s a feature on several new 2014 motorcycles that the dealer probably won’t tell you about unless you ask. It’s called an Event Data Recorder, or EDR, a kind of “black box” similar to those on airplanes, except that an automotive EDR typically only records a few seconds’ worth of data before, during and after a crash. EDRs have been ...

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2012 Triumph Speedmaster vs. Triumph Thruxton

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Retro is in; retro is cool. If a motorcycle looks old and works like a modern one, you can have the best of both worlds. A nostalgic appearance is pleasing to young and old, and the rider enjoys classic style, sound and feel, with brakes that stop and no oil puddles on the ground. Among the U.S. manufacturers, no one ...

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2012 Ural T Side-By-Side Review

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Among all of the ways to ride on three wheels, I think sidecars are the most fun, and challenge your riding skills in the heart-starting way we used to enjoy before computers began saving us from ourselves. With two wheels in front like the Can-Am Spyder, the ride is fast and sporty; with two wheels in back you can carry ...

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Scooters: BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Review

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By Mark Tuttle, photography by Arnold Debus If you live in a large city, it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why BMW is jumping into the scooter market now. Traffic congestion and parking restrictions are escalating, and in the new economy some of us just can’t afford to waste time with either—we need to get there, dang it, ...

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BMW C 600 Sport / C 650 GT Scooters – First Ride

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If you live in a large city, it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why BMW is jumping into the scooter market now. Traffic congestion and parking restrictions are escalating, and in the new economy some of us just can’t afford to waste time with either—we need to get there, dang it, and ASAP. With their twist-and-go automatic CVT ...

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POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit Review

POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit

Water is everywhere, even one of the main byproducts of combustion, yet it’s also the enemy of virtually every component on your motorcycle. The bare-metal interiors of steel fuel tanks are especially susceptible to moisture in the air and water absorbed by oxygenated fuels. Once a tank rusts inside, flakes and particles can get into your bike’s fuel system and ...

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Sport Touring’s Most Common Mistakes

As a solo and two-up sport tourer of many moons, in my experience there are two mistakes many canyon strafers make more often than most. No. 1 is hugging the centerline in blind left turns. No. 2 is riding over your head in order to keep up with a faster group. I have seen more accidents as a result of ...

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Motorcycle Windshields, Er, Windscreens

Here at Rider magazine, we get mail. Boy, do we get mail–email, snail mail, even hand-delivered letters and notes on occasion (though no one ever brings us a cookie. Sniff.). We love it all, good, bad, critical and even incoherent, except maybe the ones pieced together from letters cut out of a magazine. Your correspondence helps us maintain a good handle ...

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Ducati Multistrada Caption Contest Winners

Win a hardback copy of Rider Contributor Clement Salvadori’s book, 101 Road Tales! Submit a ficticious, humorous, imaginative and non-offensive caption in the comments section below for the photo(s) posted in this blog entry. The best caption–as determined by Rider’s not-entirely sober editorial staff some night later this week or next–will win the book! It’s that simple! We reserve the right to delete ...

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Rider Alaska and Yukon Tour, The Last Frontier

Final Cell Phone Blog Most photos by Genie Tuttle Penultimate evening, Talkeetna, Alaska. Denali’s ulu-knife top is sheathed in ever-present clouds, then clears suddenly and slices the red-orange skin of sunset, opening a stream of darker shadowy blood across the sky. It’s only the second clear day in this part of Alaska after raining for 32 straight. We are blessed, ...

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