Lance Oliver

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Lance Oliver

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 […]

Dunlop RoadSmart III sport-touring motorcycle tire review

I had a shock last year when I changed the front tire on my Kawasaki Versys and went to write down the mileage in my maintenance log. According to the numbers, that Dunlop Roadsmart II had been on the front wheel of my Versys for 25,000 miles! I was certain it was a mistake. I […]

Indian promises the future, but for now we get a fringed monstrosity

Ever since Polaris decided to shut down Victory Motorcycles after 18 years and go all-in (motorcycle-wise) on resurrecting the Indian brand, just about every public comment by company executives has reassured us that they know they have to attract new customers, that they will expand the product line beyond heavy cruisers and great things are […]

One man’s idea of the perfect sport-touring motorcycle

What comes to mind if I say the words “custom motorcycle?” Maybe a themed cruiser where form always trumps function, sitting on a bike show pedestal. Maybe a lowered sportbike gleaming with custom paint and neon lights. Mark Morel’s bike wouldn’t get a second look (at least not an admiring one) from the people who […]