2019 Triumph Speed Twin | First Ride Review No ratings yet.

The newest member of the Bonneville family, Triumph’s all-new 2019 Speed Twin offers the performance and handling of the Thruxton café racer but with a more upright riding position, less weight and a lower price. (Photos by Kingdom Creative) In Triumph’s nomenclature, some motorcycle names result from a mix-and-match game using four simple words–Speed, Street,…

Favorite Ride: Washington’s Glacier-Fed Jewel No ratings yet.

Weaving ridiculously close to Lake Chelan’s western shore at times, State Route 971 serves travelers up a scenic platter of lakefront views. Photos by the author. When the need arises for a quick, fun jaunt that includes great food, I point my front wheel north through a landscape that at times appears to be from…

Retrospective: 1974-1977 Montesa Cota 247-T No ratings yet.

1977 Montesa Cota 247-T. Owner: Pete Gray, Atascadero, California. The Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, and then the rest of Europe spun out of control. Spain sensibly decided to stay neutral in World War II. With a limited domestic market, business stagnated. But by 1944, with the end of that conflict in sight, Spaniards…

Switchback Challenge: The Ayres Adventures Dramatic Dolomites Tour No ratings yet.

Switchbacking up to Passo Gardena. Photos by the author. Every organized motorcycle tour worth its salt has interesting roads, captivating scenery, tasty food and comfortable accommodations. That’s what you’re paying for, in addition to experienced and knowledgeable guides and the convenience of having a motorcycle waiting for you when you arrive. All you have to…

Powder Coating: Is It For You? No ratings yet.

The three steps for powder application are surface prep to remove contaminants, protection of sensitive areas and careful application of the product. Photos by the author. Powder coating is a durable and protective surface treatment that has become ubiquitous in automotive and motorcycle restorations. Applied correctly, it resists UV, moisture and moderate impact. For me…

Pendleton Bike Week 2018 No ratings yet.

Hundreds of bikes of many different styles and descriptions descend upon the Pendleton convention center during Bike Week. Some wait to go on organized rides, others visit the vendors, and the numbers continue to grow through the weekend. Photos by the author. Nestled among ranchland and wheat fields in the state’s northeast corner, reviewing the…

Original Grip Buddies Smartskin Lite Comfort Grips | Gear Review No ratings yet.

Smartskins Lite Technology is thinner than original Smartskins (3.2mm vs. 4.7mm). Original Grip Buddies neoprene motorcycle comfort grips with Smartskin Technology add cushion to hard rubber OEM grips and provide a grippy, tactile feel through gloved hands. Because they fit over OEM grips, they add slightly to grip circumference. Many riders like that added grip…

A Motorcycle Trek to Yellowknife, Canada No ratings yet.

Cathedral Mountain and Mount Stephen are twin 10,500-foot peaks viewed from Kicking Horse Pass on the edge of Banff National Park. Photos by the author. “So, what’s in Yellowknife?” asked my doctor while he examined me after I informed him about my upcoming plans. “Well,” I responded, “it’s an isolated city on the Canadian Shield in…

Harley-Davidson Announces LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Pricing No ratings yet.

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle. Harley-Davidson today announced pricing for the 2020 LiveWire, its first electric motorcycle, which is now available for U.S. dealer preorder. MSRP on the LiveWire is $29,799. Learn more about Harley-Davidson’s plans for 2019 and beyond The LiveWire, which Harley says represents the next chapter in the 116-year-old company’s history, offers…