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...
WTF! A Lamborghini powered motorcycle?

WTF! A Lamborghini powered motorcycle?

The Italians must hate this bike. Someone took what looks like a perfectly fine engine from a Lamborghini Countach and put it in a motorcycle frame. It’s not sleek, not very well laid out, but maybe that seat is Italian leather. Here are some specs on that...
Stilettos on Steel – women empowering women to ride

Stilettos on Steel – women empowering women to ride

During the late Middle Ages, the stiletto was a favorite weapon of mercenaries, knights and ne’er do wells. It was designed primarily for thrusting due to its needle point and narrow blade. Stick it in, pull it out, back away and your done. Four or five hundred years...
Carnegie SRVA – Dirt Bikers Delight

Carnegie SRVA – Dirt Bikers Delight

California has no shortage of place to ride, but If you find yourself somewhere way east of San Francisco with a dirt bike or a dual sport, you’ll want to check out the Carnegie SRVA. The Carnegie SRVA site has the best description of what you’ll find...
Husqvarna 701 Enduro

Husqvarna 701 Enduro

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but video can be worth millions. When we first heard about this Husky, we wondered if any claims that it could be a near perfect dual sport were grounded in reality. But a look at what the rider on this one does with it kills...
Racer Gloves – Grip

Racer Gloves – Grip

Last year, we profiled Lee Block, president of RacerGloves USA. A few days after we met up with him to get a better sense of his business and the RacerGloves line, he was kind enough to give us a pair of the RacerGloves Grip model to review. Since then, we can...
The New Aprilia V4 Lineup

The New Aprilia V4 Lineup

  Aprilia recently unveiled four new versions of their V4 lineup at the International Motorcycle Show in Chicago, and every single one of them is a thing of beauty. Intent to continue to take on Ducati, and the Japanese race bikes, Aprilia has made a number of...
30 Essential Restaurants in Texas

30 Essential Restaurants in Texas

Texas is a big, make that huge, state, which makes it too hard to confine any eating suggestions to just one place. A quick search led us to the appropriately titled article from the Dallas Observer — 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die. By...
Baja Peninsula

Baja Peninsula

Everybody talks about how bad Mexico is, but we’ve read too many first person accounts of travels down the Baja Peninsula to believe that some of that is just plain ignorance and fear mongering. Traveling in a foreign country is always going to have some...
Cycle Wipes – for what’s bugging you

Cycle Wipes – for what’s bugging you

Pretty soon the weather will start getting warmer, and that means bugs…splattered all over windshields and visors. Better to get prepared now than wait! There are any number of products and home brewed techniques for cleaning them away, but we found Cycle...
WTF! — Tractor or Bike or Both

WTF! — Tractor or Bike or Both

We’ve seen our share of “rat bikes,” but this one may top them all. While most of our WTF examples are bikes that look like they’d never work or you’d never want to be seen riding it, this one has a certain appeal. How about that suicide...
Casa Ramos

Casa Ramos

Ahh, Mexican food. It usually comes in three varieties: Great, Good and Terrible. Casa Ramos is north of Great. Serving up great dishes made from recipes that have been around the Ramos family a few generations, they offer portions that could fill the pie hole of the...
WTF! – Where’s Prince Charming?

WTF! – Where’s Prince Charming?

Not really sure what else to say about this one, but someone spent a lot of time making this trike for Cinderella there. Although, by the looks of that engine she could outrun any wicked stepmother on the planet…or a suitors besides Prince...
ADV Essentials

ADV Essentials

  With Spring right around the corner, ADV riding isn’t too far behind. We’ve run this post before, but thought it worth running again. Guest post by Ralph Rodriguez As I get more into off road riding I find that one of the biggest similarities is...
Ridin’ Dirt in Arizona

Ridin’ Dirt in Arizona

While most of the country is currently ensconced in either rain, snow, or mud, we thought a little dirt might be in order. We turned to Rider Planet for its collection of Arizona dirt trails, motocross parks, mountain areas and old mine trails. Some sit on BLM land,...
Frog Toggs

Frog Toggs

Considering the ongoing series of rain storms in northern California, staying dry while riding has become a priority. While some riders like the idea of wearing a full on rain suit, we prefer the ability to strip back to regular riding gear once the rain clears.  So...
Dual Sports for the Everyman

Dual Sports for the Everyman

The two biggest issues we have with many dual sports – regardless of engine displacement and size — is that the seat height seems geared toward those 6 feet and over, and they are expensive. Granted some of the newer dualies from KTM, BMW and Triumph offer...
Pick the Custom Chieftan

Pick the Custom Chieftan

While we’ve seen a few custom Indians so far, we were wondering how long it would take to take their Chieftan to the next level on a broader scale. Well, we didn’t have to wait too long as evidenced by the contest Indian is running to let the public pick...
Asphalt & Dirt — soon to be a book

Asphalt & Dirt — soon to be a book

  In a couple of weeks, all fifty of the profiles we’ve written over the last two-plus years will be published as a collection in a book appropriately titled — Asphalt & Dirt – Life on Two Wheels. What started as an idea for telling the...
WTF — Band on the run!

WTF — Band on the run!

Here’s a whole new meaning to roadies. These guys were making the rounds on YouTube awhile back and in our search for this issue’s WTF bike, they came up. They definitely drew a few stares. Wonder if they play speed metal?
Run Ryan, Run Riot

Run Ryan, Run Riot

Not many custom bike builders can see a castle from their shop – let alone the Windsor Castle, the oldest occupied castle in the world and one of the homes of the Royal Family. But that’s exactly the view from outside the Run Riot shop – an up-and-coming British...