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You’re halfway to the next destination on an extended weekend motorcycle tour. Ahead, a smoothly paved and well banked curve begs for that lean angle your bike was designed for. Clipping the apex, your rear tire steps out ever so slightly. The back end feels splashy. Pulling to the side, you find that a tack nail has made its way deep into your sidewall’s tread.
I’ve personally dealt with this situation on three separate occasions. Not one of them involved my own tire. Rather, someone else in my riding group took the hit. Humorously speaking, I was the only rider with tire plugs and the pent up hostility to employ them. Funnier still is that almost every rider had brought their own hand-held air compressor.
Being a sport touring site, let’s bypass the “how much luggage” discussion and assume you’ve got two saddle bags and a top case. The short of it is, you’ve got storage. Where weight capacity might of concern, all of the products we recommend aim to be as light as possible.Read More ...
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 ...