Glasses vs. Goggles

Glasses vs. Goggles

For those of you who prefer to wear half or open-face helmets, you may get stuck thinking that sunglasses are your only option. Maybe you think goggles are for hipsters and guys who are trying too hard to look retro. Well, we’re not here to change your...
Crab Trap, Tennessee

Crab Trap, Tennessee

As you can see this place is biker friendly, and why not considering it’s proximity to Deal’s Gap (the Dragon) and our featured route the Cherohala Skyway. Located in the small town of Tellico Plains, TN, the Crab Trap begs the question – seafood in...
Garage Set Up

Garage Set Up

With cold weather not that far around the corner, we thought it time to revisit the garage – namely how to get it into order for those weekend projects you’ll want to start to keep yourself busy. Guys who like to wrench have their own way of setting up...
A Ride in Spain

A Ride in Spain

This article first ran in our 9/23/2015 issue. We thought it was worth running again. Since launching Asphalt & Dirt, we’ve concentrated most of our routes and trails in the U.S. But we’ve picked up quite a few European, Australian, Canadian and South...
Favorite Bike – Honda Grom

Favorite Bike – Honda Grom

This is motorcycling’s version of The Little Engine That Could. So it’s not big, it doesn’t go fast, and it may not win races. But it has created a small legion of enthusiasts that love it’s big heart in a small package. Coming in at a...
What doesn’t kill you…

What doesn’t kill you…

In 1963, on what was probably a warm summer day somewhere in Pennsylvania, 14-year old Frank Esposito swung a leg over a Sears All-State moped and learned to ride. That small bike and a big grassy field awakened a passion for motorcycles that would, over the next...
Snacks to Go

Snacks to Go

Sometimes the ride just doesn’t allow for a long leisurely lunch. Especially if you’re out on an Iron Butt and trying to rack up the miles or you’re in the freakin’ boonies on your dirt bike losing track of time. Most energy bars are loaded...
Keeping dry in the rain

Keeping dry in the rain

We’ve all done it. You come to a red light stop and as soon as the bike is at a standstill you drop one or both arms. Sometimes just to take the weight off if you’re riding a crotch rocket, sometimes just because. But, guess what, you do that in the rain...
262 Motorcycle Routes in Canada

262 Motorcycle Routes in Canada

That’s right, 262 of them. Yeah, we know, now may not be the time to ride in Canada, but it’s never too late to start planing for one. We found this list thanks to Best Biking Roads, so we’ll be poring over this over the next several weeks to see if...
WTF! Dude get a bigger bike!

WTF! Dude get a bigger bike!

We’ve seen some crazy ass bikes to include as an example of a WTF, and some really unbelievably overloaded bikes. But we think this is the biggest guy on the smallest bike we’ve seen yet. He must not have gotten the memo – the one about size to...
Pat Jacques – A Life at Full Throttle

Pat Jacques – A Life at Full Throttle

There was a popular country western song in the late 70s titled ‘Mommas Don’t Let your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys.’ Sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, it bemoaned the dire outcome of boys who took up the cowboy life as opposed to growing up to be “doctors...
WTF! Size evidently matters

WTF! Size evidently matters

We’ve come across a few long bikes in the WTF category, but this one is probably the topper. With seating for what looks like nine, two engines to power this beast, and a liquor holder near the rear passenger, this is probably the motorcycle version of a party...
Favorite Bike – BMW Concept

Favorite Bike – BMW Concept

Sometimes concept bikes are so far out there that you can’t imagine how they’d ever be rideable, let alone something someone would want to throw a leg over. This concept bike that BMW debuted earlier this week as part of its anniversary celebration takes...
Drayko Jeans Helps Protect from Down Under

Drayko Jeans Helps Protect from Down Under

Drayko jeans of Australia may well be the best motorcycle jeans for the money for anyone who wants a helluva lot of protection without dressing up in a leather monkey suit to get it. Thanks to our friend, Joe Distefano at ProMarket Power Sports, he was able to land us...
Easy California Coastal Ride

Easy California Coastal Ride

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again…sometimes the best routes are the ones you discover near your own backyard. Such was the case with a group ride we took over the past weekend. We met up in beautiful Los Gatos, CA – a small, but very upscale berg near Silicon...
U.S. Fall Foliage Routes

U.S. Fall Foliage Routes

Fall isn’t far off and it presents not only great riding weather, but also lots of opportunity for riding in different scenery. So rather than nail down a specific fall foliage route, we scoured the Internet for a list of different routes to open up the...
WTF! – Bigger Engine Please

WTF! – Bigger Engine Please

We’ve run one or two of these big engine powered bikes before, but each time there’s something about them that runs contrary to all common sense. And by the look on this rider’s face, he might be agreeing with us. It’s almost like he...
Favorite Bike – Victory Vision

Favorite Bike – Victory Vision

When this bike first came out in 2008, there were open jaws, lots of jeers, and a collective head scratching from most of the motorcycle community. Designed for Victory by legendary custom bike builder Arlen Ness, the Victory Vision resembled something from either the...
Mercat Municipal de l’Olivar

Mercat Municipal de l’Olivar

Eating in a foreign country is an individual experience and subjective as hell. So we decided that since we were sending you to Spain for this week’s route, we might as well find a place to eat that would appeal to a variety of tastes. Welcome to the Mercat...
The Power Slide

The Power Slide

Ever wonder about the technique flat track racers use to power slide around corners? We did, so we scrounged around for what might be the most helpful insider advice. Hell, you never know when you might need it out on a dirt or street ride! After sliding through a few...
VStream touring windshield from National Cycle

VStream touring windshield from National Cycle

Windshields for some are like shoes – you have to go through a few pairs before you find one that really fits. We should know because we’ve gone through a few over the last couple of years. Earlier this summer, National Cycle sent us their VStream Low...
Foiling Bike Thieves

Foiling Bike Thieves

We recently read an article about the rate of motorcycle thefts and recoveries by state in the U.S. Unfortunately, we live in the worst state possible for both – high rate of thefts and low rate of recovery. Yes, that would be California. So how to keep the...
Favorite Bikes – 2001BMW R1100SLA

Favorite Bikes – 2001BMW R1100SLA

There’s not a biker alive that will tell you, truthfully, that the bike they have is the only bike they’ve ever wanted or that they’ve owned the perfect bike. We’ve met guys who have one bike who wish they had two, and others who have 16 and...
Time for Socks

Time for Socks

There’s a big craze going on in men’s fashion right now around socks. Seems the crazier the pattern and brighter the color, the better. Well, we’ve never prided ourselves on being trend followers…or setters…but we do recognize the...
Giusti’s Place on the Delta

Giusti’s Place on the Delta

We went local and thought that Giusti’s on the California Delta was a fine place to send you for some good cooking and a waterside locale. THE LOWDOWN At some point, you may find yourself riding along the 160 as it sidles up along the Delta between Sacramento...
WTF! – A Tracked Motorcycle

WTF! – A Tracked Motorcycle

Here’s one for you. Not sure of the practicality of this front track, but someone spent a lot of time engineering this. So the front goes over rocks, what does the back do when it gets there? Not to mention the possibility of the frame catching something. This...
National Cycle’s VStream Low

National Cycle’s VStream Low

You see guy’s on baggers riding around with “blade” windshields and you wonder just how much wind could those be deflecting away from your piehole and noggin. Well, we got a chance to find out for ourselves when National Cycle sent us their VStream...
WTF! — It’s a Uni

WTF! — It’s a Uni

That’s right — a one-wheeled motorcycle. There are a few modernized, electric versions of these running around, but this one looks like it’s got some, shall we say, history.  And that includes racing! Although, it wouldn’t qualify for the...
Weimers Diner and Donuts – Sturgis, SD

Weimers Diner and Donuts – Sturgis, SD

Riding dirt through the Black Hills is bound to leave you hungry. And while the biker throngs of the Sturgis Rally have yet to descend here, the big places like One-Eyed Jacks and the Knuckle Saloon might still seem overwhelming. Especially when all you might want is...
Kawasaki KZ 650C

Kawasaki KZ 650C

Time for a bit of nostalgia. This Kawasaki was the first bike our publisher ever did 100 mph on. And that was with a passenger! The 650s were made between 1976 and 1983, and its 652 cc engine featured a double overhead camshaft with two valves per cylinder, and a five...