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Stories from the November/December edition

  • Clarkston's Mac's Cycle's legacy goes back 70 years Clarkston's Mac's Cycle's legacy goes back 70 years "Word-of-mouth" can make or break a business. And that's how we learned about Mac's Cycle in Clarkston, Wash., just across the state line and river from Lewiston, Idaho.
  • The new Suzuki 650 V-Strom is a do-everything bargain bike The new Suzuki 650 V-Strom is a do-everything bargain bike We got a chance to try out the 2014 650 V-Strom at Mac's Cycle in Clarkston, Wash., on a gorgeous day in early October. While the crew at Mac's were wonderful to work with, we got the added bonus of being able to run the (in)famous Rattlesnake Grade (woohoo!) just south of town.
  • Editorial: Bike meets deer: what are the odds for you? Editorial: Bike meets deer: what are the odds for you? We've been saying it for years: The thing we fear most while riding a motorcycle is wildlife, especially deer. State farm insurance recently issued a report that said Montana is the third most likely of the states for deer-vehicle collisions. Each year, a driver has a 1 in 75 chance of colliding with a deer.
  • When the Motorcycle Gods speak, you need to learn to listen When the Motorcycle Gods speak, you need to learn to listen Sometimes the Motorcycle Gods are speaking to us but we will not hear. At the end of August, we and some usual riding cohorts set aside Friday-Sunday, Sept. 19-21 for a late-season – maybe season closer – tour. For good reasons my premonition (Motorcycle Gods speaking?) was this tour was doomed to be a screwed up mess.
  • Motorcycling: as much a state of mind as a state of being Motorcycling: as much a state of mind as a state of being I am a fortunate rider who goes on a lot of long trips, the kind where you have time to think, enjoy and be in the moment. When you’re putting on 300 to 500 miles in the saddle, you have plenty of time to think. What is it that calls us to the road, and not just to the road, but on a motorcycle? Because really, there is nothing else like it.

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An unheralded Idaho routes that is world class An unheralded Idaho route that is world class

by Cole Boehler

 

 

 

 

 

(Map) Almost all serious riders are familiar with U.S. Hwy. 12 over Lolo Pass at the Idaho-Montana border. Once you've covered the Idaho-side descent, where do you head afterward? How about Idaho Hwy. 13 between Kooskia and Grangeville while tossing in Hwy. 14 up to Elk City – what we call "The Clearwater South Fork"?

 

Almost all serious riders are familiar with U.S. Hwy. 12 over Lolo Pass at the Idaho-Montana border.

It is worthy of anyone's Top Three, featuring curves and gorgeous county for 99 miles on the Idaho west slope. The highway signs pointing out this fact are highly photographed with bikes and riders in the foreground. The

Montana side isn't half-bad, either.

Once you've covered the descent down the Lochsa (pronounced like "lock-saw") and Clearwater Rivers, the usual objective of a great tour, where do you head afterward?

How about Idaho Hwy. 13 between Kooskia (pronounced like "koos-key") and...

 

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  • Best route reviews
  • Rider profiles
  • Business profiles
  • Formal opinion editorial
  • Staff personal columns
  • Letters-to-the-editor
  • Passenger perspective
  • Calendar of events
  • Product reviews
  • Tech talk
  • Safety/technique article

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  • Route Review - The Magruder Corridor, Terry Gauthier
  • Mini-feature: Riding the Baja, Simon Bois
  • Three Ferries Tour,Cole Boehler
  • What do non-riders think of us? David Fletcher
  • Seattle Motorcycle Show report, Ben Getz
  • H & H Trikes profile, Steve Kelley
  • Tech Talk: tubed v. tubeless tires
  • Meet the NR Rider team
  • Stacey "Ax" Axmaker on safety
  • Atty. Chuck Conrad on legal considerations
  • "Old School" column, Steve Kelley
  • "Passenger Perspective," Marilyn Irey
  • Product review - Alpinestars leather riding pants
  • Business Profile - Rich Rossburg's CFMoto dealership
  • And who knows what else we'll come up with?

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  • Bearooth Harley-Davidson's Usher: 'If we take care of our customers, our paychecks will take care of themselves' Bearooth Harley-Davidson's Usher: 'If we take care of our customers, our paychecks will take care of themselves' It's not an incredibly unusual story: a successful business owner or professional comes to a career cusp and makes a 180-degree turn...and winds up owning and operating a motorcycle dealership.
  • Alberta: The Canadian Badlands and other destinations Alberta: The Canadian Badlands and other destinations It was a beautiful Alberta Monday morning and I still had two days off before going back on shift. I would love to do the ride down to Drumheller and stop for lunch in Wayne. Now if I can just find someone who wants to go for the ride with me…
  • Out of the motel rut: Motorcycle tent camp was excellent alternative Out of the motel rut: Motorcycle tent camp was excellent alternative Motorcycle touring is about adventure and discovery. We'd dallied a bit and were running an hour or so behind our desired ETA at our lodgings in Nakusp, B.C. Rebecca Jewell, who manages Rider's Retreat tent camp, met us for check in. She showed us around and allowed us to pick our particular accommodations.
  • Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires are impressive in first 400-mile break-in Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires are impressive in first 400-mile break-in We were talking with a tire authority about replacing the Bridgestone Trail Wings that are OEM equipment on our DL 1000 V-Strom adventure bike. One brand and model he recommended was the Scorpion Trail ADV tires from Pirelli. We had the Scorpions levered on August 14.
  • Inaugural 'Montana 500' 'soft' rally had plenty of surprises, much fun Inaugural 'Montana 500' 'soft' rally had plenty of surprises, much fun When the Last Chance Riders Motorcycle Club out of Helena, Mont., announced a "soft" rally for Sept. 6-7, we signed up. Riders from Missoula, Shelby, Bozeman, Butte and Helena assembled in Helena beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. At 7:30 "rally packs" were distributed, a drivers' meeting was conducted at 7:50 and at 8 a.m. riders were flagged away.
  • Hodaka Heaven: 50th anniversary celebrated in hometown Athena, Oregon Hodaka Heaven: 50th anniversary celebrated in hometown Athena, Oregon In a modern-day twist of "Old Testament" plagues on ancient Egypt, the tiny Oregon town of Athena sees swarms, an infestation if you will, once a year for four days. Wombats, Rats, Squirts, Thunder Dogs and Road Toads besiege the town and squirm about in a pall of blue smoke. It was the 50th anniversary of that quirky marque of motorcycles generated from this very hamlet – Hodaka.
  • Here's a highly economical solution to cold hands Here's a highly economical solution to cold hands If you're considering heated grips, you can spend up to $300 for fancy factory or after-market set-ups ... or you can spend the price of a decent dinner out with the SO. We checked out Symtec's Heat Demons: $44.95. What? Really? On they went.

 

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Kyle Bryant launches 'Moto-Montana' textile luggage businessKyle Bryant launches 'Moto-Montana' textile luggage business

By Cole Boehler

The Moto-Montana tank bag mounted on a sport-tour bike, power cable running into side port ready to charge devices. We immediately found a use for the military pack-style webbing: hang the old Kryptonite disc lock.

As a small business ourselves, we may be partial to our small-business counterparts. That's why we are always delighted to discover another entrepreneur launching a new motorcycle related cottage enterprise.

Kyle Bryant, Helena, Mont., with his Moto-Montana Outfitters, is one such optimistic pioneer.

Aside from offering guided motorcycle adventure and dual-sport tours, Bryant is ramping up production of a new tank bag he has designed, developed and is producing.

"I did this because I could not find a commercially produced tank bag that really fit my needs," he says. "While there are plenty of adequate bags out there, they all seemed to lack something, some feature I wanted."

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Rent or ownRent or own
Dobeck Performance has developed an AFR measuring tool

By Cole Boehler

 

The Dobeck Performance SAFR unit is available for rent or purchase. See the air/fuel ratio, then decide if corrections are necessary.

It takes fuel mixed with air, compression and ignition to create force that will move you down the road.

Carburetors used to do the air/fuel mixing job, relatively inefficiently, before the advent of modern fuel injection.

Computers and electronic sensors, coupled with sophisticated electronic fuel injection systems, now allow internal combustion engines to be fed a calculated air/fuel mixture for all prevailing conditions. Done right, power is maximized while fuel is burned efficiently with clean emissions.

But pity the engineers who must design a fueling system that meets the demands of drivers while meeting government regulations for mileage and emissions. Talk about compromises!

The unfortunate result is that engines that meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards often suffer from drivability issues. To get a clean burn with low emissions, the air-to-fuel ratio (AFR) will sometimes be set too lean by the manufacturer – not enough fuel relative to air for the engines to run well in all circumstances.

Most motorcycle riders understand some of this.

Dobeck Performance is taking a somewhat new tack and one component of that new direction is an exceedingly user-friendly device developed by Dobeck called the "SAFR" or "Standalone Air Fuel Ratio" diagnostic tool.

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