Break It In Without Breaking It

Break It In Without Breaking It

The Internet is flush with all kinds of tips on how to break in a new bike. The OEMs even have their own take on this with break-in periods varying from 600 miles or more. So we did some hunting around and found what sounded like some good advice. Here’s the one...
Vintage motorcycles, second chances and Shasta Smith

Vintage motorcycles, second chances and Shasta Smith

I get off the freeway and head down a surface street on my way to The Vintage Monkey. I soon find myself riding through the old warehouse district of Sacramento. An area of half-used buildings and old brick structures filled with non-profits intent on helping the...
WTF! This is a Suzuki

WTF! This is a Suzuki

Not sure who decided this would be a good idea, but holy crap…what were they thinking? Definitely a lot of work went into this unholy mashup of 1960s era bicycle with who knows what...
Mother’s Kitchen – Southern California

Mother’s Kitchen – Southern California

We met up with some southern California friends of ours not long ago and started talking about routes down there, and Mother’s came up. So we felt obliged to re-run this piece we did on them almost a year ago. Mother’s Kitchen near San Diego may not have...
MV Augusta F4

MV Augusta F4

Who doesn’t love anything Italian? Bikes, cars, movies…women. And did we say bikes? Of course, when most people say “Italian bikes,” Ducati immediately comes to mind. But MV Augusta makes a bike that is just as beautiful, maybe more finicky,...
Coast to Coast Down Under on a BMW 1200 GSA

Coast to Coast Down Under on a BMW 1200 GSA

by James C. Moore I spend a bit too much time in the Hill Country of Central Texas thinking about Australia. I’ve only been there once, but I’ve been interested in the continent and its culture since I was a boy. There is little wrong with an island that is the size...
Scrambler Classic by Ducati

Scrambler Classic by Ducati

Long before there were big two and three cylinder dual sport bikes, there were scramblers. They gained a sort of mythical status at the hands of people like Steve McQueen who rode them in a way that seemed to make them indestructible. (They weren’t.) Various...
When Fashion Meets Motorcycles

When Fashion Meets Motorcycles

It was only a matter of time before fashionable gear for women started gaining some traction. Well over a year ago, we interviewed Ginger Damon of Gigi Montrose and Arlene Battishill of GoGoGear. Both of whom decided enough was enough when it came to trying to fit a...
Ridin’ Local

Ridin’ Local

Sometimes the best routes aren’t the longest or the ones that take you furthest from home. They can be the ones you go to when you just need to get away for an hour or two. The Bay Area is home to a bunch of those so figuring out which one is worth sharing is a...
Favorite Bikes – Motorcycles as Art

Favorite Bikes – Motorcycles as Art

For those of you who haven’t been to Sturgis, there’s more there than drinking, body paint, and bikini girls washing bikes. Last year at the Buffalo Chip they had a display of custom bikes that proved the point. Here are some of the incredible builds that...
WTF! Road Dog

WTF! Road Dog

The Road Dog is one of the more infamous bikes ever made due to its over the top length and just overall crazy assness. There’s no way this thing isn’t going to get some attention. Here’s a bit from Wikipedia about it and the builder: The bike was...
Blue Mountain Bistro – Ft. Davis, TX

Blue Mountain Bistro – Ft. Davis, TX

If you find yourself riding the Big Bend Road featured in a previous Routes & Trails, you’ll either start or end in Ft. Davis. Consequently, you’ll be looking for something to fill your piehole to get the day going or to end the day after taking in the...
Triumph Bobber – Badass from Britain

Triumph Bobber – Badass from Britain

Thank God for dealers that let you demo bikes! That’s the first thing we’re going to say about our friends at A&S Motorcycles/Powersports. They’ve dedicated every Saturday to demo rides. You sign up, pick the bike(s) you want to ride, you join...
Joe Popp’s Over America

Joe Popp’s Over America

It’s funny how a single event or thing can affect a person. Take Joe Popp, for instance. A ride on his brother’s mini-bike and witnessing a righteous guitar performance at church at the age of 7 set in motion a series of events that would lead to where Joe’s at today...
WTF! – A Bike with Tank Treads?

WTF! – A Bike with Tank Treads?

Our German is spotty, but we’re thinking this WTF bike had to be created in Deutschland! We’re dubbing this the “gropenanything” bike for what looks like its ability to grab hold of anything and just keep going. No idea what’s powering...
Ridin’ in Oklahoma

Ridin’ in Oklahoma

Time for some dirt — Okie dirt that is. Yeah, it’s probably wet and cold out there, but never too early to start planning ahead. We rummaged through Rider Planet and found this killer looking place called Cross Bar Ranch — 6500 acres of ATV and dirt...
Smokin’ Joe’s in Davis, OK

Smokin’ Joe’s in Davis, OK

If you follow our tip in the Routes section and go to the Cross Bar Ranch for some dirt riding, you may decide you’d rather hook up your RV somewhere besides the ranch. Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch and RV Park in nearby Davis, OK may be just the place...
Top 10 Maintenance Tips

Top 10 Maintenance Tips

It’s getting close to Spring and that means more riding, which means the need for more maintenance. But let’s face it, we all get lazy when it comes to that. BIG MISTAKE! There’s a reason your owner’s manual tells you about proper settings,...
Anything Arlen Ness Designs

Anything Arlen Ness Designs

Orange Country Choppers was a great show — the first couple of years. But their bikes were over-designed and the family interactions got to be way over the top, so we (and evidently tens of thousands of others) stopped watching. Having bought two bikes from...
Asphalt & Dirt – Life on Two Wheels

Asphalt & Dirt – Life on Two Wheels

It took over two years to collect 50 stories about different riders from around the US, Canada, Great Britain and, yes, even New Zealand. All of them are now available in one great collection — Asphalt & Dirt — Life on Two Wheels. For those who may be...