Indian FTR1200 "Collections"

Out of the 40 individual accessories Indian has already cataloged for its new FTR1200 street tracker, it’s gone ahead and “curated” bunches of them into four packages for buyers who want to one-stop shop their FTR into something a bit more specific: Tracker, Rally, Sport or Tour. That’s the Sport in our lead image. Here’s the scoop on all of them, which Indian sprung on the public earlier today at EICMA.

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Trizzle's Take: You Don't Have To Be In Class To Go To School

There’s a motorcycling renaissance happening right now in a location you’d never expect. It’s far from any coast, and temperatures can be downright brutal in the winter. Nevertheless, for three seasons out of the year it’s not unusual to hear the sounds of roaring American V-Twins interspersed with the wail of Japanese Fours, British parallel-Twins, and everything else in between. Motorcycles new and old roam this land, and when the winter months make their presence felt, the locals make lemonade out of lemons – out come the dirtbikes, on go the studded tires, and off to the frozen lakes they go, shredding the ice in the land of never-ending traction.

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Things to Do in Dallas When You're Bored: Haas Moto Museum

The Haas Moto Museum opened earlier this year, April 11 to be exact, with a beginning collection of 140 motorcycles. Six months later, there are over 180 cycles spanning 12 decades housed in the Museum and in an adjacent gallery in almost downtown Dallas, Texas.

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V-Strom 1000XT: Damage Report, Mr. Suzuki

Our V-Strom 1000XT didn’t win the big 2018 Big-Bore Adventure Touring Shoot-Out, but then it didn’t lose either: Fourth place (out of six) isn’t bad for a bike that undercut the next least expensive bike in the test (Honda Africa Twin DCT) by $1600, and the most expensive one (BMW R1250 GS) by $9,000.

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Best Beginner Cruiser Motorcycles

There are a variety of options to choose from when you think of beginner bikes, many of them centered around sport-type models or standards. This is often because manufacturers spend more of their marketing dollars hyping their beginner sportbikes or standards. But fear not, cruiser rider – there are great entry-level models for those craving the feet-forward stance. Here, we’ve gathered eight of those great choices for your viewing pleasure.

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The Best Investment You Can Make For Your Motorcycle Is The RiCKdiculous Racing School

Photos by: Evans Brasfield Video by: Sean Matic and Nik Wogen

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Church of MO: 2008 Naked Middleweight Comparison: Triumph Street Triple 675 Vs. Aprilia SL750 Shiver

Has it only been ten years? In those days, King Duke and Pete the Apostle had nothing better to do than compare a pair of naked middleweights, thereby calling it Naked Middleweight Comparison, and it was good. Let he who is without sin stow the first throne.

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2019 Ural Gear Up Air LE

If not a lighter, slimmer version of the Gear Up, what could the Ural Gear Up Air be? A $17,999 launch pad for a drone! That’s what! The latest limited edition Ural to be announced from our Russian comrades (the Americanized ones in Redmond, Washington at least) is the Ural Gear Up Air, a brand mashup from none other than: DJI, a popular drone manufacturer; Ram Mounts, a manufacturer of mounts of all sorts; and Stratasys, experts in the 3D printing and manufacturing landscape. The cool thing about paying $18k for a drone launchpad, is that you also get a fun sidecar motorcycle out of the deal. Essentially a rolling Russian command post for your surveillance drone!

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AC Sanctuary Comes to SoCal: Radical Construction Manufacture

What to do if your resto-mod Z1 just doesn’t feel up to snuff? First of all, relax, and realize you are not suffering alone. Here’s what RCM, an offshoot of AC Sanctuary, has to comfort you, according to its website:

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Whatever: European Vacation

There, I was rocketing across the German countryside on the way from Cologne to Heidelberg with number-one son at my side. With no traffic ahead, my mechanical steed lowered its head and plunged ahead, bit firmly in teeth, rolling along the silky smooth bahn… 240 kph said the digital speedo, 260, 288, 303… yo that’s 188 mph! The telephone poles looked like a picket fence as the countryside flew past. We’d just spent a couple days at the big Intermot motorcycle show, and now were rewarding ourselves with a couple days of European vacation. How could it get any better than this, I asked myself as we sped crazily along? Pinch me.

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10 Cool Products Seen At AIMExpo 2018

We’re back from AIMExpo 2018 and have had time to noodle over what we saw at the annual event. The good news is that, by having the show a few weeks later than 2017, more 2019 motorcycles were announced, and some that were previously unveiled at Intermot were on display in Las Vegas. The tone for the show was upbeat with the aftermarket on hand to display their new wares. Naturally, you may be curious to see what caught our eye as we wandered the show floor. So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 shiny objects sighted at AIMExpo 2018.

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Don't Miss This Motorcycle Helmet Sale at Cycle Gear

This motorcycle helmet sale over at Cycle Gear is a big one, including a ton of our favorite helmet brands including Arai, Bell, HJC, Shoei, and many more. Literally hundreds of offerings are up for grabs for discounts ranging from 15% to over 60% off, covering a healthy mix of styles from full-face street helmets to helmets for motocross and ATV/UTV riders as well. Solid colors, race replicas, and bold graphic helmets are all part of the equation as well, and a quick skim revealed that a number of HJC’s Marvel Comics series helmets ( Captain America, The Punisher, Iron Man, and others) are up for grabs for a reasonable 20% off. If you missed the info on the Revzilla End of Season Clearout sale we covered a few weeks back (it’s still on!), here’s another chance to save big on new gear.

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Scooter Versus Motorcycle, Pros and Cons!

What starts out on four legs in the morning, walks on two in midday and three in the evening? Wait, that’s the riddle of the Sphinx and has nothing to do with this. Or does it? Lots of us (at one time anyway) started off on cheap little scooters, graduated to bigger, faster motorcycles – and may return again to the scooter in our, ahhh, golden years. Not that there’s anything wrong with riding a scooter at any life stage in between. Today we are tasked with listing the advantages of each, motorcycle and scooter.

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Kawasaki H2R Takes On All Comers In The World's Ultimate Drag Race

Only a company like Red Bull could pull together the resources to rent the largest airport in the world to stage the world’s ultimate drag race. Seeing as how this yet-to-open airport is in Istanbul, Red Bull called up seven of the fastest vehicles and pilots – including fighter pilots – Turkey has to offer to go head-to-head in this exhibition of speed.

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Get Covered-Huge Fall Savings on Motorcycle Covers

In many corners of the country, it’s turning into that time of year where your favorite toys are due to be tucked away until next spring. Thankfully we’ve found a huge sale on motorcycle covers, RV covers, and covers for all of your other favorite weekend toys over on carcovers.com. Dubbed the  Fall Super Sale, every item in their online store is on sale for up to 50% off, and includes free shipping throughout the US and Canada.

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Driver Who Ran Into Nicky Hayden Gets Prison

According to the story in Rimini Today, the 31-year old driver of the car that hit Hayden last May is off to prison for a year, pending further appeals, will pay court costs and lose his license. That driver, a 31-year old identified only as being from Morciano, was reportedly going just over 70 kph in a 50 kph zone (42 mph in a 30) in his Renault when the collision occurred. It might’ve gone worse for the driver, though, if the court had not found Hayden also negligent. The court found Nicky had rolled through a stop sign on his bicycle at about 20 kph (12 mph) when he was struck, and assigned him 30% of responsibility for the crash. Italian law requires a criminal investigation any time there’s a fatality as a result of a crash.

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Gear Up For Next Season-Up To 65% Off At Revzilla

As we roll into fall, you’re looking at primetime motorcycle gear shopping. With roughly half the continent reaching the end of riding season, motorcycle helmets, jackets, and other types of motorcycle gear are popping up on sale across the web. In particular, Revzilla.com has recently opened up a significant closeout sale featuring all sorts of gear from Dainese, Alpinestars, Icon, and many of your other favorite brands, with savings ranging from 20% to 65% off!

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Battle of the Titans: Aprilia RSV4 RF Vs. Ducati Panigale V4 S - Track

We teased you recently with a dyno shootout between the Aprilia RSV4 RF and the Ducati Panigale V4 S, with the Ducati blowing the doors off the less powerful – and smaller displacing – Aprilia to the tune of 187 hp for the Panigale and 168 hp for the RSV4. This set the stage for our track shootout between the two Italians nicely, as on paper, anyway, the Ducati seemingly has the Aprilia’s number. A bigger engine clearly gives it a power advantage, while 20 pounds less mass on the official MO scales and electronic Öhlins suspension prevails over the RSV4’s extra heft and manual Öhlins bits. But what does that all translate to once the tire warmers come off and fast lap times need to be set?

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Why California is Superior: Lane-Splitting Codified

Lane-splitting has been formally legal in California since Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown signed A.B. 51 into law in 2016; before that, it just wasn’t illegal, and so we all just did it without giving it much thought – much like what most riders around the rest of the world do. But most assuredly not in the other 49 states, where lane-splitting can seem to be construed as invading somebody’s space and is liable to get you shot. Since passage of the bill two years ago, we’ve been eagerly waiting for (ok, not really) the California Highway Patrol to release its official guidelines on lane-splitting. Thursday, they did, and here they are.

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Basic Maintenance Every Rider Should Do

It’s fair to say most, if not all, of us prefer riding over wrenching, but as much as our beloved motorcycles provide us with happy memories and roadside therapy, these machines also need a little loving. Basic maintenance isn’t difficult, but it does require periodic attention. Adhere to the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance intervals and your machine will provide you with miles upon miles of trouble free riding. The best part is that most of the things we suggest below don’t require special tools! Curious what you should be on top of when it comes to motorcycle maintenance? Then keep on reading.

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First Glimpse of the New 2019 Suzuki Katana

We’re less than a week from the official introduction, but Suzuki has released the first look at the new Katana in its latest teaser video.

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Krazy Horse Indian Scout Street Hooligan

If you can’t wait for the new Indian FTR1200 that we’re pretty certain will appear within a month or two, then you might be interested in what the people at Krazy Horse in the United Kingdom have been up to. Apparently there’s a “Hooligan” racing series going on across the pond just like the one here in the US, and Krazy Horse has put together a kit to transform your Scout or Scout 60 into a Street Hooligan that’s, as the kids say, tasty AF.

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This Is Not Funny

It’s never funny to laugh at the misadventures of others, but sometimes we do it anyway – especially if it’s a short, chubby person trying to climb onto an SV650 in the rain. We still wouldn’t laugh, if not for the narration provided by the two Brit bricklayers. And the “I Need a Miracle” soundtrack playing in the background. And the fact that most of us have been there who’ve ridden Ducati Multistrada Enduros and Africa Twin Adventure Sports. Watch it here at The Sun.

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Archive: 1971 Yamaha GL 750

In 1971, I was no more than a pup, but that was probably about the time I started reading all the motorcycle magazines at the drugstore, of which there were a bunch. Twenty years later, when writing motorcycle magazines became my business, and I spent a large amount of time rooting through back issues in the library (how quaint) and old press kits – BG (before Google) – I’d still never seen this motorcycle until somebody threw it up on Facebook a few days ago, on the Classic Japanese page. (I’m told it was on the cover of Cycle Guide back in the day, don’t know how I missed it?)

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2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Review - First Ride

When I first saw Indian’s photos of the updated Chieftain line, I immediately thought of the presentation during the 2015 Indian Scout introduction. During his speech, Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycle Product Director, said that with Indian’s initial models under Polaris ownership, “we needed to earn the right to change the brand. So, how do you earn the right? You pay the deepest respects you can for the brand, and you pay honor to the people that came before you, and you build a bike that people clearly will see as an Indian.” All of the Indian models prior to the Scout were classically styled in a way that harkened back to the company’s early history, the nod to the past that Gray referred to.

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2019 Suzuki Katana Takes Shapes in New Teaser

Suzuki has released yet another teaser for what is expected to be a brand new Katana model. This is actually the third video, with the first one released Sept 5 and the second last week. The first two didn’t show much, beside confirm the bike has something to do with a sword, but the latest video offers the first look at the 2019 Suzuki Katana’s fuel tank.

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MO Maintenance: Restore Your Plastic Reservoirs

Personally, I call it patina and embrace the aging process. But if you’re the kind of person who’s driven crazy by things like brake and clutch reservoirs that have gone all discolored and yellow over the last 20 years, there is a cure that doesn’t involve buying new ones.

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Why Should You Change Your Motorcycle's Gearing?

Generally speaking, the first thing people look for when modifying their motorcycle is more power. It’s been so ingrained in our psyche to change the exhaust, let the bike breathe easier, and adjust the machine’s fueling (whether mechanically with a carburetor or digitally via electronic fuel injection) to gain a couple ponies. Next probably comes suspension, because power is nothing without control.

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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon First Look

Ahead of our press introduction of the 2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon, we’ve received details of some of the nuances surrounding the upcoming model release. The Italian firm will continue to push its Land of Joy branding campaign that has surrounded the Scrambler marque since its inception in 2015. This latest “Joyvolution” focuses on new safety features and updated styling components, which add an “extra layer of untroubled freedom.”

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Better Hurry: There Are Only Two Ronins Left

In 2009, the firearms engineers at Magpul in Denver, Colorado, began an interesting side project – turning 47 Buell 1125s (acquired in the first Buell fire sale) into 47 unique customs. We’re not sure which came first, 47 Buells or 47 Ronin, but the 47 Ronin were legendary samurai warriors of Japanese history: Each bike was named for one of them and numbered, and now there are only two more left for sale. The one in our lead image is the #2 Teraoka Nobuyuki:

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Track Rage May Cost Romano Fenati His Career In Motorcycling

Moto2 Rider Romano Fenati has long been known for having a fiery temper in the racing paddock. The 22-year-old Marinelli Snipers team rider from Ascoli made the unforgivable decision to grab Stefano Manzi’s front brake lever during the 2018 San Marino GP this sunday in Misano. Dorna, MotoGP’s sanctioning body, dealt the Italian rider a two race suspension penalty on Sunday after Fenati was black flagged from the race “irresponsible riding”.

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MO Tested: Velomacchi Speedway Backpack 40L Review

Velomacchi has quickly made a name for itself in the motorcycle backpack and luggage biz. The company was founded by Kevin Murray, a design executive who has worked for The North Face as well as establishing his own design firm in the performance outdoor and tactical rescue markets. Murray has now set his sights on creating unique, elegant, timeless motorcycle luggage that performs just as well as it looks.

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5 Reasons To Use a Professional Manual for DIY Motorcycle Repair

Clymer Manuals are an ideal addition to your DIY motorcycle repair kit.

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Whatever: Adventure Riding The John Burns Way

It’s not that I didn’t want to go on the big Adventure Bike Shootout a couple weeks ago; it’s just that I didn’t want to die a hot, thirsty death in the middle of nowhere. My perfectly legit excuse, though, was that as a team player, I want what’s best for MO, and having anybody less than a guy who really knows how to ride 600-pound motorcycles over terrain Marines would refuse to assault would be a disservice to both the manufacturers and MO’s faithful readers. Am I right? Of course I’m right. I know people who can ride a Triumph 1200 Explorer up and down vertical single-track trails; I’m not one of them.

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Destinations: Iconic Motorbikes, Marina Del Rey, L.A., Californ-i-ay

Photos by Kevin Wing

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MO How-To: Change Your Front Wheel Without a Stand

Most home bike mechanics have a rear-wheel stand, but not everybody has a front-end one – and that can lead to all sorts of possible disasters and awkwardness as you attempt to elevate that front end by balancing your bike on a jack, hoisting it from the garage rafters, having your Significant Other hold it in the air – I think we’ve all been there.

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Beat the Heat: Riding Gear for Hot Weather

You’re free to believe global warming is a Chinese hoax if you want to – it being America and all – but in the here and now, we can’t help noticing it’s bloody hot out a lot more lately than it used to be. That doesn’t mean we’re not going to still enjoy our motorcycles, but it does require a bit more preparation and gear savvy.

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Bott Power XR1R "Special" Street-Legal Race Bike For Sale

Harley-Davidson can’t seem to catch a break lately. The Motor Co. has come under fire for a multitude of different reasons, but mostly because everyone’s a bunch of whiners. That’s right, I said it. It seems like most people complaining about all the new Harley-Davidsons aren’t people who would consider buying one anyway, so what’s the point in voicing your displeasure other than for kicking someone while they’re down? Didn’t your parents raise you better? One of the new models coming out is the Street Fighter, which we can expect sometime in 2020, but Harley-Davidson, under Erik Buell’s leadership, used to build some pretty wicked bikes that were easily transformed into badass street fighters. Unfortunately, though, they went the way of the dinosaur.

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2019 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup Announced

The Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations line continues to showcase the most exclusive and advanced motorcycles the Motor Company can offer, with higher end finishes, paint and technology. Getting the CVO treatment for 2019 are the Limited, Street Glide and Road Glide.

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The RSD Moto Bay Classic Photo Recap

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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First Look: PLY Smart Helmet

“Smart” technology: it’s a buzzword that tells you a device is enhanced in some way, usually by connectivity to other devices. Odds are your helmet is dumb: it’s just a helmet. But in an era of smartphones, houses, appliances, cars and even eyeglasses, odds are you want your helmet to do more than just protect your melon from wind, weather, or bouncing off the ground. 

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EZ ADV Upgrades: In Darkness, Let There Be Light

In this four-part series, we take a look at five easy bolt-on parts that will transform your ADV bike from a Starbucks-destined road queen, to a Dakar-ready desert blasting rally winner. Or something like that. This series is designed to show how much of a difference a few well-thought-out adventure bike upgrades can make to the off-road prowess of your big ADV bike.

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MO Tested: Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet Review

Helmets are a lot like shoes, and like a good pair of shoes, the right helmet can be incredibly versatile and can complement a variety of different outfits, or gear sets in this case, for an assortment of various riding disciplines. The Shoei VFX-Evo has been my number one go-to off-road helmet since the day I got it back in January, and I’ve been reaching for it almost exclusively anytime any sort of dirt riding is on the menu.

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Head Shake - Retreat From Richmond

“From the time that the brigade struck the river at Rappahannock Bridge on the 15th, up to the crossing of the river on the 29th, it seemed as though the elements were combined against our advance; such rains and roads I had never seen.” —General John Buford

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5 Partzilla Tips for Faster OEM Parts Shipping

When you order OEM parts online, you need an exact part, for an exact motorcycle, and you need it exactly yesterday. In this article Partzilla – a major online OEM parts retailer with over three million orders fulfilled – gives you a glimpse behind the scenes to help you understand where OEM parts come from, what causes backorders, how shipping OEM parts “really” works, why your retailer isn’t a big, fat, awful, devious, liar, and what you can do to get your OEM parts shipped to your doorstep as fast as humanly possible.

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Marc Marquez Goes For a Drive

The week before the Austrian MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring (where Marquez finished second to J Lo by 0.13 second), the small Spaniard was granted the opportunity to schwantz around the circuit in a Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car for a few laps.

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Levis Are Back: V6 Cafe Racer

Levis began churning out lightweight two-stroke motorcycles in Birminghan, Old Blighty, beginning in 1911, and were good enough to win IoM Junior TTs in 1920 and `22. Later the company expanded into the four-stroke market, too, but production ceased in 1940, no doubt because of that little misunderstanding with the Germans.

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First Annual Inaugural MO Adventure Touring Motorcycle Quiz!

Some of these are way too easy, and some of them are pretty easy. Answering a couple others correctly will have required you to pay more attention over the years than you apparently have to your expanding waistline, and at least one of them you can’t get wrong. Rememember to keep your eyes on your own paper, and that the visual aids are not always there to aid you. Alright, let’s begin. (Lead photo courtesy Alls Wallenda that Ends Wallenda)

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EZ ADV Upgrades: Helping the Katoom Breathe Freer and Cleaner

For this four-part series, we take a look at five easy bolt-on parts that will transform your ADV bike from a Starbucks-destined road queen, to a Dakar-ready desert blasting rally winner. Or something like that. This series is designed to show how much of a difference a few well-thought-out adventure bike upgrades can make to the off-road prowess of your big ADV bike.

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Our Friend David (Pecker)

Not to get political or anything, but it’s interesting to note in an it’s-a-small-world way, that the David Pecker in the news now is the same guy who made the call to kill off Cycle magazine in 1991. At the time, Pecker was CEO of Hachette magazines, which owned both Cycle and Cycle World, along with a bunch of other titles. (“Magazines” were large-format softbound books of about 100-200 pages which arrived in your mailbox, usually once a month.)

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An Owner's Perspective: Aprilia Tuono Upgrades - Pt 3

[Frequent MO readers will know that our friend, Thai Long Ly, is not a man of few words. Consequently, we should’ve known what we were getting into when he offered to write up his experience with Tuono modifications. Still, we never expected an 8,400-word opus. So, we decided to break the story into easier to digest pieces. Here is Part 3 for your reading enjoyment. If you missed it, catch up on the part one and part two. –Ed.]

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Motorcycle Camping Gear Buyer's Guide – The Basics

Motorcycles and camping go hand in hand, and it’s one of our favorite pastimes. There’s nothing like hitting the open road with everything you need to be self-sufficient strapped to your bike – it’s quite liberating in fact. It kind of makes you feel like a modern-day cowboy. Whether you’re camping overnight, for a few days, or an entire month, there are a few necessities you need to bring with you, and truthfully, not much else. When it comes to living off your bike, less is more.

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Indian Scout Bobber Build-Off Finalists Unveiled at Sturgis

The trip from drawing board to reality is complete for the three finalists in Indian’s Scout Bobber Build-Off: That’s  Christian Newman‘s concept bike in the lead photo, and here it is in the metal along with Christian, who’s a mechanical engineer dealing with mining equipment in Buffalo, NY.

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Alpinestars Supertech M10 Helmet Review

With the release of the all-new Supertech M10 helmet, Alpinestars is now the only manufacturer in the industry to offer complete and comprehensive rider protection from head to toe. The Supertech M10 helmet is the result of over five years of intensive study, development and testing, and after riding in it almost exclusively over the past few weeks, we’re happy to report that Alpinestars definitely did its homework and created an impressive helmet.

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Whatever: Brand Loyalty

“If you want a friend in this world, get a dog.”
—Harry S. Truman

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EZ ADV Upgrades: Some Of The Cheapest Insurance You Can Buy

For this four-part series, we take a look at five easy bolt-on parts that will transform your ADV bike from a Starbucks-destined road queen, to a Dakar-ready desert blasting rally winner. Or something like that. This series is designed to show how much of a difference a few well-thought-out adventure bike upgrades can make to the off-road prowess of your big ADV bike.

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Best Motorcycle Touring Companies

Nothing spells adventure like hitting the open road on a motorcycle with your family and friends. America is an incredibly big country, encompassing seemingly endless places to go and see. With all its vastly different landscapes and attractions, the U.S. is a haven for motorcycle travel and adventure. So, where do you even start? Well, you could plan your own trip, map out your route, make your lodging arrangements, find places to eat and fuel up along the way, and hope you don’t run into any bike troubles. Or, you can kick back, relax, and let one of the many motorcycle touring companies here in the U.S. take care of all that for you. After all, they’re experts on the subject with everything you need to know, and more. All you have to do is enjoy the ride and the beautiful scenery (and fork over a little cash).

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Upcoming Motorcycle Events: July 31 – August 28

Upcoming Motorcycle Events: July 31 – August 28

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2018 Indian Roadmaster Elite Review
Top Things to Take When You're Touring

About the time you’re sophisticated enough as a rider to bungee on a milk crate and hit the road for a day or three, it’s time to start thinking about what to bring along – that fine line between overpacking and wishing you’d brought your dang ____________. Here’s a quick list of the things we hate to be stuck without when the fickle finger of fate pokes us in the eyeball.

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