Deciding which jacket to slip into for a ride often forces you to become a weather forecaster. Cold? Hot? Wet? Some or all of the above? Not a problem with Olympia Moto Sports’ Airglide 4 Mesh Tech Jacket, thanks to its three-piece design. The waist-length outer shell is 500-denier Cordura with removable CE-approved Motion Flex [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Don’t you just hate it when the slots on one of your bike’s Phillips, Pozidriv, Torx or other screw heads get bunged up so badly that you can’t get the screw out? You’re often stuck with attempting desperate, awkward fixes such as using a hammer and chisel to knock the thing loose or trying to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Guy Spangenberg
For riders who love sport-touring, this has gotta be the golden age. A decade and a half ago, motorcycles that could unravel a zigzag backroad nearly as well as a sportbike yet make open-road travel almost as enjoyable as a full-blown touring rig were few and far between. But today, about a dozen bikes can [...]Read Full Post | Comments(27)
Ten Things I Wish The Motorcycle Manufacturers Would Do How to make the world of motorcycling a better place to live and ride.
1. Put angled valve stems on wheels, especially fronts fitted with two big brake rotors. Unless you’re a left-handed spider monkey, reaching straight stems with most conventional tire gauges is a bitch. 2. Design seats that better fit the shapes of human butts. There is no excuse for a seat that makes your rear end [...]Read Full Post | Comments(154)
2013 BMW F800GT – First Ride The name’s almost the same but this middleweight sport-tourer is much better.
Photographer : Jonathan Beck
It’s all in the initials. With the F800ST that BMW has been producing since 2007, the “ST” stands for “sport-touring.” But for 2013, the company rethought and redesigned the ST to provide a little less of the “S” and more of the “T,” then renamed it “GT” for “grand touring.” If any model sold as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide vs. Honda Gold Wing F6B Deluxe – Comparison Test King of Bling meets the Clipped Wing.
Photographer : Bruce Benedict
“What the heck is it?” That’s what most people ask when first laying eyes on the F6B, a Gold Wing whose big touring trunk and full-size windshield have gone AWOL. Without those key items, the F6B couldn’t possibly be the same dominant over-the-road touring rig as always. Could it? Nope. Honda instead bills the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(41)
Photographer : Kevin Wing
Actually, “reinvents” probably is an overstatement; 95 percent of this motorcycle, the new-for-2013 F6B, has been in existence for well over a decade. “Redefines” might be a better word. That’s because the 5 percent that’s no longer there has made a world of difference, and not just in the bike’s name or intentions; the effect [...]Read Full Post | Comments(20)
Graham Tool Company Tap & Die Vise Block – Tool Time A handy tool to tackle those larger repair and rebuild projects.
When using a tap or die to cut new threads or clean up old ones in certain small components, it sometimes is better to hold the tap or die in a vise instead of the part being threaded. Otherwise, the part might be damaged or distorted if clamped in a vise tightly enough to remain [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
When Christmas shopping for your favorite motorcycle gearhead, it’s hard to go wrong with tools. Riders who work on their own bikes just love it when they tear the wrapping paper off a gift to find a new tool that can make their next oil change/tire replacement/chain adjustment/engine rebuild/whatever much easier and more fun. But [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Over the past decade, sport-touring has been on a bit of a roll. And the one bike, more than any other, responsible for getting that ball rolling was the FJR1300. When it burst on the scene here in 2002, the FJR proved wonderfully capable of both carving up the backroads and cruising the open roads, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(7)