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When Joe Konrardy wrote his exploratory history on sport touring motorcycles, he included both his own extensive familiarity with the topic as well as a study into why the classification remains somewhat vague. Balancing what I learned from Joe’s article with a bit of online data mining, I found myself caught in a unique spiral between inspiration and frustration, one that I’d need some time to think on. Having spent the past few years doing just that, I’m confident I can provide a more exacting definition based on relatable terms.
Defining the sport touring motorcycle platform, one that I’m sometimes made fun of for having so much dedication to, is sort of like deciding which decimal point to round π (pi) to every time you calculate your restaurant server’s tip. It’s a bike-to-bike instance whereby certain subliminal “ingredients” tell you whether or not a specific ride qualifies or not. Focusing on those ingredients more directly, however makes the yay/nay score count pretty clear.
The reason “sport touring” has vague overtones is because the term is derived from a combination of bike and rider. Citing one without the other corrupts the concept. Let’s break it down …Read More ...
A handful of experienced motorcyclists, some of them industry professionals, played “customer” to our newly established group motorcycle tours. While each rider enjoyed their two-wheel vacation, they also focused on problems and respective solutions. Their post-ride reports strengthened our planning process to ensure greater comfort, convenience and safety-minded thrills just for you!
Critiques, be them compliment or complaint, have proven integral to the development of our route collection. Ranging between 100 and 1500+ miles in length, each itinerary begs for “spirited” riders whose hunger for twisty roads is matched only by their dedication to all things sport touring. All the same, we also welcome relaxed sightseers on any year, make or model that’s running reliably. Yes, that includes cruisers. Yes, that includes trikes.
Seven riders, covering seven states, in seven days? What a trip! The mental/physical demands of this tour conjured many highs and lows, mandatory ingredients for any event worth remembering.Read More ...
Some maintenance tasks in modern motorcycling are so spaced out mileage wise that our knowledge of their steps can go rusty. In this case, it’s the chain alignment on my daily rider’s double-sided swing arm. Because drive chain adjustment is rarely necessary, the effects of turning one bolt versus another can be easily forgotten, so I’ve elected to document the process.
For those new to wrenching, motorcycle chains stretch slowly over time and must be adjusted accordingly. The rear axle should then be tuned so that the sprocket’s teeth are aligned center within each chain link. Where some riders may blindly trust alignment markings or a third party tool, others (myself included) will align the chain by sight. This technique is far more efficient and effective once we learn to equalize the alignment bolts, insuring the rear wheel’s horizontal axis is properly positioned.
On my Bandit 1200, I “experimentally” trusted the alignment markings along its swing arm. This is a proven mistake. The outcome is a wheel that’s off center, with a chain that’s too tight to boot. Below are images of the very same nuts, bolts and markings after correcting the alignment. Comparing the left and right notch positions, the difference is obvious.Read More ...