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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 […]

The American motorcycle company death of the week

We are 26 days into the new year and I’ve already written about two motorcycle companies ceasing operations. If the closure of Victory came as a bit of a shock, the shuttering (again) of Erik Buell Racing felt more like a mere formality, a begrudging recognition of the inevitable.

The not-so-polar-bear ride

Some people say going for a ride on the first day of the year brings good luck for the following 364 days. That’s probably just an excuse to ride, but in the gray days of winter at these latitudes, I’ll take what I can get.

A look back at my 2016 in riding

In the waning days of December, the nights come early and the tendency to look back comes easily. For me, the year of riding was far from the best or the worst. For some, riding a motorcycle is a hobby, maybe even an expensive and time-consuming one, like playing golf or owning a boat. These […]