Test ride for Andy’s Lake Como trip

Andy is contemplating a MC ride in this area in the fall. Yesterday I checked it out. West out of Treviso to Trento, then north to Revo. West over passo del Tonale, then Colico at far north end of Lake Como, then down the east shoreline, bypass Milan, through Verona… Continue reading

Innovation of the Month: Low cost garage helmet holder

By Steve Larsen You don’t have to be a committed motorcyclist for long before you begin to notice that motorcycle helmets tend to multiply in rough proportion to riding socks disappearing. This article will not explore the many reasons behind this phenomenon (e.g. breeding in dark garages), but if you… Continue reading

Dakar update

Cordoba, Argentina Dakar conclusion: I’ve just arrived back in Cordoba, Argentina for a couple of days of rest and a Malbec fueled recovery, before flying to Santiago on Monday afternoon, then overnight to Dallas and then on to Phoenix on Tuesday morning. It has been an amazing 13 days! The… Continue reading

Dakar 2011 begins

I arrived in Argentina yesterday for the start of what most off-road riders consider the ultimate test – the Dakar race. Have no illusions – I will be trailing and observing the race on a BMW 1200GS – not competing personally, although we will average over 300 miles per day… Continue reading

Phoenix Police pick a new police motorcycle

For this story which ran in the December 2009 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News, I spend more time researching than any other story I’ve ever written. I reviewed three years of repair records (nearly 10,000 total), on over 240 police motorcycles. I talked with officers, instructors and mechanics. In the… Continue reading