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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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'Bones, y’all need tars' – Rider Blog

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In just a few days I was leaving on a 3,500 mile trek that would include some of the best mountain twisties in the East. After giving my Honda ST1300 a careful once-over, I felt confident that my dual-compound sport touring tires had more than enough tread remaining for the trip. Alas, not so. The combination of a big sport ...

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Muriel’s Gentlemen Friends on Motorcycles

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North Carolina state road 28, also known as Moonshiner 28, is one of the best twisty mountain roads anywhere. (Shhhh…don’t tell anyone.) My Aunt Muriel’s neighborhood conveniently empties onto it, and whether you turn south toward Georgia or north toward Tennessee, there are curves and switchbacks aplenty. Muriel is a septuagenarian, a seasoned world traveler, and what people in her ...

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Confronting PMS with the Lonesome Weirdoes

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New Englanders know the thrill of taking that first ride of the season—and the melancholy that settles in after putting your bike away for the season. If you live in the Snow Belt, you know about PMS. So you non-Northerners understand, up here PMS stands for Parked Motorcycle Syndrome. It’s winter. You’re not out riding. It’s something riders confront up ...

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Pay It Forward: Rider Blog

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Even well-designed and well-maintained machines break down. Problems as minor as a broken chain, flat tire or dead battery can immobilize a motorcycle and strand a rider. Many of us on motorcycles have the skills and carry the tools to attempt minor roadside repairs, but occasionally a solution appears out of the blue when a rider stops to render assistance. ...

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Blog: Signs Along the Way

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I love word play as much as I love motorcycles, and entertaining ways to combine these two passions are conveniently posted along roads where I ride. Signs guide the way and state the rules, but more than a few give me reason to laugh out loud. Often it’s by accident, but other times by design. Signs have alerted me to ...

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If I Have to Explain…

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Motor vehicles that expose their riders and passengers to the elements and fall over if you don’t plant your feet at every stop just don’t register with everyone. Many folks will never understand how joy arises from the speed and motion created on a motorcycle. To each his own. Gladly most people driving cars, even those who don’t “get” motorcycles, ...

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Keystone State Byways: Exploring Pennsylvania's Northern Tier

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The topography appears to have been created for the benefit of motorcyclists. Mountains and rivers carve winding routes for sport riding. Rolling hills set the pace for laid-back cruising. Roads less traveled, some with asphalt and some without, serve up the wonder of exploring. It’s easy to steer clear of interstates because there aren’t any. However you define sport touring, ...

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