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On the Record—Event Data Recorders

Event Data Recorders

Mark Tuttle
August 14, 2014

There’s a feature on several new 2014 motorcycles that the dealer probably won’t tell you about unless you ask. It’s called an Event Data Recorder, or EDR, a kind of “black box” similar to those on airplanes, except that an automotive EDR typically only records a few seconds’ worth of data... Read more »

2012 Triumph Speedmaster vs. Triumph Thruxton

Triumph’s Speedmaster cruiser and Thruxton café racer are two distinctly different retro motorcycles based upon the same engine.

Mark Tuttle
August 8, 2012

Retro is in; retro is cool. If a motorcycle looks old and works like a modern one, you can have the best of both worlds. A nostalgic appearance is pleasing to young and old, and the rider enjoys classic style, sound and feel, with brakes that stop and no oil puddles on the ground. Among the U.S. manufacturers,... Read more »

2012 Ural T Side-By-Side Review

No, this isn’t one of those “dark customs.” The 2012 T side-by-side is Ural’s new stripped-down, low-cost bike-and-sidecar combo, and like the famous Ford you can get it in any color you like (as long as it’s black) for $9,999.

Mark Tuttle
June 4, 2012

Among all of the ways to ride on three wheels, I think sidecars are the most fun, and challenge your riding skills in the heart-starting way we used to enjoy before computers began saving us from ourselves. With two wheels in front like the Can-Am Spyder, the ride is fast and sporty; with two wheels... Read more »

Scooters: BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Review

The narrow, agile Sport was just the thing for bobbing and weaving through the mad traffic of Madrid.

Mark Tuttle
May 31, 2012

By Mark Tuttle, photography by Arnold Debus If you live in a large city, it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why BMW is jumping into the scooter market now. Traffic congestion and parking restrictions are escalating, and in the new economy some of us just can’t afford to waste time with either—we... Read more »

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Review

The 456-pound Ninja 650 accelerates smoothly, quickly and impressively enough that most solo riders will never long for more motor.

Mark Tuttle
April 2, 2012

Before a burst of technology and specialization in the mid 1980s commenced sharpening our motorcycles into sportbikes, long-distance luxury tourers and cruisers, a street bike was a street bike. In those days you pretty much used the same one for everything: touring, commuting, canyon carving, even dirt... Read more »

BMW C 600 Sport / C 650 GT Scooters – First Ride

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Mark Tuttle
March 28, 2012

If you live in a large city, it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why BMW is jumping into the scooter market now. Traffic congestion and parking restrictions are escalating, and in the new economy some of us just can’t afford to waste time with either—we need to get there, dang it, and ASAP.... Read more »

POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit Review

POR-15 kit for motorcycles and other small steel fuel tanks includes a quart each of Marine Clean gum and varnish remover and Prep & Ready rust remover, plus the 8-ounce can of sealer and a patching cloth and brush. A Heavy-Duty kit is available for removing sealers that have failed before resealing with POR-15.

Mark Tuttle
March 2, 2012

Water is everywhere, even one of the main byproducts of combustion, yet it’s also the enemy of virtually every component on your motorcycle. The bare-metal interiors of steel fuel tanks are especially susceptible to moisture in the air and water absorbed by oxygenated fuels. Once a tank rusts inside,... Read more »

Sport Touring’s Most Common Mistakes

Mark Tuttle Jr.
May 13, 2011

As a solo and two-up sport tourer of many moons, in my experience there are two mistakes many canyon strafers make more often than most. No. 1 is hugging the centerline in blind left turns. No. 2 is riding over your head in order to keep up with a faster group. I have seen more accidents as a result... Read more »

Motorcycle Windshields, Er, Windscreens

Rider Magazine
November 17, 2010

Here at Rider magazine, we get mail. Boy, do we get mail–email, snail mail, even hand-delivered letters and notes on occasion (though no one ever brings us a cookie. Sniff.). We love it all, good, bad, critical and even incoherent, except maybe the ones pieced together from letters cut out of a magazine.... Read more »

Ducati Multistrada Caption Contest Winners

Rider Magazine
September 20, 2010

Win a hardback copy of Rider Contributor Clement Salvadori’s book, 101 Road Tales! See Wining Captions at end of post. Submit a ficticious, humorous, imaginative and non-offensive caption in the comments section below for the photo(s) posted in this blog entry. The best caption–as determined by... Read more »

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