Lance Oliver

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Lance Oliver

REV’IT Enterprise II motorcycle pants review

When I went to the press intro for the BMW G 310 R in December, RevZilla sent me a pair of REV’IT Enterprise II pants to wear in the photo shoots, along with the REV’IT Shield jacket I reviewed earlier. Now, after more than half a year of wearing the pants in all kinds of […]

Two images that show why the AMA is going nowhere

A few months ago, AMA President Rob Dingman wrote a scolding column titled “Fake news in motorcycling,” in which he asserted there was “a deliberate attempt to defame and undermine the AMA” using information from AMA tax filings, an approach he called “naive at best and intentionally misleading at worst.” He cited a specific article […]

Short shift: A quick review of the 2018 Triumph Street Triple RS

On paper, the 2018 Triumph Street Triple RS looks like just about the perfect motorcycle for me. It seems to combine the best attributes of the three motorcycles I currently own — only better in every category. It is the descendant of my 1997 Speed Triple, but improved by any measure except, arguably, looks. The […]

It’s a motorcycle: You gonna look at it or ride it?

Two of my colleagues at RevZilla were considering my 1997 Triumph Speed Triple. “It’s kind of sad that a bike owned by someone in the industry is in that condition,” one of them said after a minute’s hesitation. OK. So maybe that’s not what I was expecting to hear. Or, on another level, maybe I […]

Why we’ll miss Nicky Hayden more than most

Even if he had never won a motorcycle race, Nicky Hayden was the kind of guy who would be greatly missed. But of course millions more will miss him precisely because he did win a lot of motorcycle races. That’s not the only reason, or even the main reason, why we’ll miss him, however. Nicky […]

REV’IT Shield jacket review

I know not every motorcyclist is consumed by the pursuit of the perfect jacket. “Consumed” is too strong a word for me, as well, but I am on a more or less endless quest to find jackets that do everything I want without adding unwanted complication or expense. My most recent test case is the […]

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod: I don’t get this motorcycle

Most people were underwhelmed by the Harley-Davidson Street 750, Harley’s new liquid-cooled “world” motorcycle. Performance was nothing amazing, which is not that surprising for Harley-Davidson, but what was surprising was the general quality of the fit and finish and the looks. In introducing the 2017 Street Rod, Harley had been unusually responsive to criticism. This […]

A Scootour of Puerto Rico

This story originally appeared in Rider magazine. Sometimes you just need to take a ride. Even if circumstances aren’t optimal. Even if there are obstacles to overcome. Even if those around you react with, “You want to do what?” That’s how I came to find myself on Puerto Rico Route 191, a narrow road of […]