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It's that time of year again! With great anticipation, T.R.O. authors Robin Dean, Travis Burleson and Tim Clarke plow through February's slush to attend the annual International Motorcycle Show, sponsored by Progressive Insurance. This event is definitely one for the books.
Robin was enamored by and immediately fell in love with Energica Motorcycles for their electric catalog. Travis took note of Honda's CB1000 and Kawasaki's KLX250, among others. Tim brought out the big guns with his camera lenses, visually documenting in hi-res.
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Before writing for this website, I'll sometimes race off to a remote location in an effort to become more inspired. Ten miles of twisties might become twenty, then forty, eighty, maybe a full ton of warm-up curve carving to get my head goin'. The result is always the same: fatigued in some indie cafe, an espresso drink in my hand, surfing social media while paying bills.
Why did I come here again? Eh, whatever.
A laptop can prove pretty handy while on any motorcycle trip but good tech doesn't come cheap ... or does it? There are various deal promotions on the web listing the "best laptops under 500" among others. I say that's still too much money for something I'll regularly overhand into my hard luggage before shaking it rigorously for as many as three hundred miles per day, occasionally punctuated with an assault on Deals Gap.Read More ...
2016 is coming to a close and we here at The Riding Obsession (TRO) want to take a moment to thank you for your support and community. TRO is a labor of both passion and necessity. Passion needs no explanation, does it? Riding brings joy and excitement.
TRO is a necessity because it's our vehicle for sharing knowledge, building community and helping fellow riders. It allows us to immerse further into the motorcycle world beyond a pleasure cruise or summer rally. Every new product, initiative, app, route and bike we try, review and document has been the work of dedicated enthusiasts along with our in-house writers and riders.
As beginners continually learning and expanding our knowledge of wrenching, we vlog our journey. As experts who've been maintaining our bikes for 20+ years, we outline efficiencies that come only from years of experience. We wanted someone to show us step-by-step how to sync carburetors or bleed brakes. TRO is work. It is labor. It is difficult and it is time-intensive. It is also fun, interesting and personal to us and, we hope, for you.Read More ...
Nashville marks the next leg of our Tennessee trip and we're looking forward to getting there via the Natchez Trace Parkway. NTP is a two-laner, much like the Blue Ridge Parkway but less traveled, following the countryside like any rider should. There are no commercial trucks, traffic lights, billboards or stop signs.
We're on high deer alert while enjoying the quiet and rustic scenery. The Trace between Memphis and Nashville isn't intensely twisty per-say but beats taking I-40 East direct hands down. Thanks to our Sena SMH10s, Robin and I have the option of listening to music, podcasts or e-books. Still, we often choose to talk as if we were in our car. We discuss life and our goals/dreams. We make each other laugh. We practice the art of communication.
Traveling on a gentler roadway like Natchez Trace facilitates that. You don't always have to fill space with noise but if you do, why not fill it with real conversation and connection?Read More ...
All of the materials in the photo above will soon be in our store's suggested reading section. Within the scope of their demographic, you'll find technical riding tips, mechanical know-how and even worldly travel etiquette but what about motorcycling's human experience? For that, we look to three "must reads" in the world of long distance motorbike travel.
Now, until ten+ years ago, I wasn't a big reader. That isn't to say I wasn't always reading something. Rather, it's that my hectic schedule, lack of familiarity with which books are worth starting and a rebellious defiance remaining from my childhood always made it one of the last things on my thousand-topic "I'm totally going to do that every day" list.
Reading shouldn't be about a non-reader's most prevalent fears. Total length, reading speed (especially while observing the twenty novels your bookworm buddy just got through five minutes ago) and uninspiring topics are all problematic illusions to ignore. Reading is about "you time", so anyone with a moment to spare should know that reading one half paragraph for one minute before putting a book down for the rest of the day is absolutely fine.Read More ...
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If you've ever found yourself fumbling through the pages of multiple motorcycle manuals in search of that figure regarding the mileage at which some part needs to be re-torqued to a freakishly minuscule yet somehow absolutely necessary value, you might be interested in downloading Cooloy.com's Maintenance Reminder Pro. It's designed to help wrenchers keep track of what's supposed to be done and when. By providing both a default list of typically standard maintenance procedures as well as user-customized entry slots, remembering what you've forgotten no longer requires that enormous machine from Total Recall or the Doc's mind reading helmet.
Even the most bulletproof of motorcycles has it's temperamental side. Attending to regularly scheduled maintenance is the only way to keep 'er from getting the better of you. Oil, tires, air filter, valves, fork seals ... the list goes on yet each is a priority for safe and smooth mechanical operation. That's where Maintenance Reminder Pro comes into play.Read More ...
Well rested in the quiet town of Lemmon, South Dakota, the sky is clear and the air cool. We pack up, now reenergized after yesterday's terrible riding. Sampling the opportune continental breakfast at the Dakota Lodge, we cruise a few blocks to the Petrified Wood Museum and Park.
The park's interesting. They present a bunch of pyramids that are constructed from petrified shards. There are a few large specimens, intact stumps and one almost complete tree. The ride over has Robin on edge as the clacking from his chain is getting louder, enough to hear it echoing off of local buildings. We set off east on US-12 hoping that Robin's chain can handle the 200 miles to Aberdeen.
Michael J. Fox mentions in one of his books the positive effects of high altitude on his Parkinson's. With respect for his condition, I think I can understand why. Even with all of Denver's beautiful roads begging to be caressed by a motorcycle, it's difficult to "just leave" such a beautiful city.
Regardless of last night's dinner and drinks and with less than six hours of sleep to my name, I feel energized and refreshed; ready to see what curves lie ahead. Travis is asleep on the patio even though our hosts have a day bed not thirty feet away. Maybe he subjects himself to this torture as an offering to the God of speed.Read More ...