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Going Loopy for New Mexico: Motorcycle Travel Feature

Spectacular scenery along the gravel road to Ghost Ranch.

Bill Stermer
April 2, 2012

At an overlook near Cumbres Pass (elevation 10,022 feet) north of Chama, New Mexico, I parked the 2011 Victory Cross Country to take a break. Soon I was joined by a man in a cowboy hat who had climbed out of his pickup truck to stand on a granite outcropping and peer through binoculars. He explained... Read more »

2013 Victory Judge – First Ride

Victory Judge Motorcycle Full Closeup

Bill Stermer
March 18, 2012

Victory Motorcycles introduced a new model called the Judge to the press in Palm Springs, California, in February. It is a model that joins the Cross Country Tour and Hardball as the latest in its line. The Judge is the first of the 2013 models from this Medina, Minnesota, company that is a division... Read more »

2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod 10th Anniversary Road Test

H-D is celebrating with a 10th Anniversary edition of its hot-rod, drag-styled V-Rod, with an engine The Motor Company refers to as the Revolution, a play on the earlier Evolution air-cooled Big Twins.

Bill Stermer
March 1, 2012

I’ll never forget the first time I rode a Harley-Davidson V-Rod. It was in the summer of 2001, just after the 2002 models had been introduced. I had ridden it up to Santa Barbara, California, and was just rolling along a surface street when a motor cop on a Harley dresser, coming the other way, made... Read more »

Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel

Aerostich Airvantage Electric Vest

Bill Stermer
February 7, 2012

This Buyers Guide: Heated Riding Apparel was originally published in the March 2012 issue of Rider magazine] It was cold. Colder than a banker’s heart. Colder than a letter from your ex-wife’s lawyer—I mean it was cold! I was riding to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, it was March, and patches... Read more »

2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Road Test

2011 Aprillia Mana GT ABS action

Bill Stermer
January 25, 2012

This 2011 Aprilia Mana GT ABS Road Test was originally published in the February 2012 issue of Rider magazine] Back when I learned to drive, most cars had a stick-shift transmission and drivers came to understand the relationship between clutches, gears and shifting points…which came in handy if they... Read more »

2008 Victory Kingpin 8-Ball Road Test

The Kingpin 8-Ball is a new model for 2008, and like its namesake from the pool hall, it is simple, direct, basic and commands attention.

Bill Stermer
February 5, 2008

If you play pool, you know that the 8-ball is black, with a black numeral against a white circle. And you also know that—in the game of the same name—if you sink the 8-ball unintentionally, you’ve lost; sink it at the right time, however, and you win. It’s an important, dangerous orb, and if... Read more »

2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S Road Test

This big, powerful four-cylinder roadburner has always been a favorite of OURS, a sporty standard-style bike with fairing, and it’s sized for adults.

Bill Stermer
July 3, 2007

When an existing motorcycle model is revamped, I hold my breath. Who will win in the corporate tug of war: The bean counters or the moto enthusiasts? How will they “improve” it? How much higher will that “new and improved” price be? For these reasons I was concerned when I heard... Read more »

2007 Harley-Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail Classic Review

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Bill Stermer
March 19, 2007

Anyone who has ever owned a vintage motorcycle understands the deal. You pull your old iron out of the garage and dust it off, tinker with it, try to start it, tinker with it some more and then maybe, maybe, get it running and ride on down to the roadhouse. There, the guys on their high-tech bikes and... Read more »

2007 Moto Guzzi Griso 1100 Road Test

Drink in the Griso’s emotional Italian styling, from the stressed-member engine with its exo-skeleton, double-cradle tube-steel frame to its two-into-one exhaust, the purposeful black male-slider fork, touches of brightwork and that single-sided swingarm.

Bill Stermer
March 2, 2007

An experienced street rider will approach a motorcycle and immediately begin sizing it up as to type and affixing certain expectations to it. It’s usually obvious whether a bike is a tourer, sport tourer, dual-sport, sportbike, cruiser or naked bike; we decide that as easily as a cat categorizes... Read more »

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