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Stories from the August edition

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  • 10 days and 2,750 miles on the bike will cure your summertime blues 10 days and 2,750 miles on the bike will cure your summertime blues It had been a few years since we were able to string together enough free days to actually get out for a week or so. So we were greatly looking forward to a 2,750-mile June 27-July 7 touring loop of Washington and British Columbia; three bikes and five riders.
  • Rent or own: Dobeck Performance has developed an AFR measuring tool Rent or own: Dobeck Performance has developed an AFR measuring tool Dobeck Performance is taking a somewhat new tack in addressing EFI fueling issues 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.
  • Kyle Bryant launches 'Moto-Montana' textile luggage business Kyle Bryant launches 'Moto-Montana' textile luggage business Kyle Bryant of Moto-Montana Outfitters is, aside from offering guided motorcycle adventure and dual-sport tours, ramping up production of a new tank bag he has designed, developed and is producing.
  • Wolfman and MotoCentric tail bags add different levels of utility Wolfman and MotoCentric tail bags add different levels of utility My wife is a researcher. I tend not to be. So, when it came time for the purchase of a new tail bag, she conducted a web search and looked into dozens of options. She recommended not one, but two: The Wolfman and the MotoCentric.
  • Telescopic forks need regular maintenance, not just when they leak Telescopic forks need regular maintenance, not just when they leak What mechanical device, primarily made of metal, that is in a constant state of friction with its mating bits, and uses bushings subject to wear to minimize the friction, does not need regular – albeit perhaps infrequent – service? Telescopic forks are certainly one of these.
  • Passenger Perspective By Marilyn Irey Passenger Perspective By Marilyn Irey The right selection of personal care products is essential
  • Editorial Editorial Motorcycle tourism is a booming business opportunity; get on board
  • Personal column By Cole Boehler Personal column By Cole Boehler The 'buddy system': break the rules, pay the price
  • Guest Editorial By Charles T. "Chuck" Conrad Guest Editorial By Charles T. "Chuck" Conrad There's another kind of damage your bike can suffer: 'stigma' damage

 

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North Cascades Highway is the jewel of a cross state Washington run North Cascades Highway
is the jewel of a cross-state Washington run

Words by Cole Boehler
Pictures by Marilyn Irey and
Cole Boehler

 

 

(Photo) The North Cascade Highway itself makes for a spectacular ride. Now thrown in stunning scenery in all directions. Photo courtesy Cascade Loop Scenic Highway

 

The forecast called for a 90 percent chance of rain on Friday and 97F degrees by Wednesday...and that’s pretty close to what we got, though everything between those extremes was exceptionally pleasant.

We’d planned a 10-day excursion taking us from Montana across Idaho and Washington with 1,500 miles of bike play in British Columbia, 2,750 miles in all.

In our party was my always-at-pillion wife, Marilyn; my sister, Mary, and her husband, Tim Miller, on another bike; and finally our relatively youthful riding friend, Sam Park on his mount – three bikes, five folks; quite manageable.

Marilyn and I had ridden the North Cascades Highway (NCH) several times in the past, but it had been a long while and a reprise was due. We’ve been learning Washington’s...

 

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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 Reviews: Great B.C. riding in the Kamploops area
  • Product review: Life and times of Michelin PR 4s
  • Hazards riders face
  • Observed trials riding in the Northern Rockies
  • Business profile: Dobeck Performance (Mark Dobeck founded Dynojet)
  • Tech Talk: How to maximize Dobeck performance products
  • NRR rides the new H-D Street 500 & 750
  • Business Profile: Beartooth Harley-Davidson, Billings, Mont.
  • Route review: Riding Vancouver island
  • Alpinestars leather pants
  • Custom leather shop in Laramie, Wyo.
  • Axmaker on safety and technique
  • Publisher column: Failure of group discipline ruins the day; 'Excessive noise' complaints creating citizen backlash
  • Product Review: Symtec Heat Demons grip heater - next fall
  • Montana 500 rally; NRR competes! (preview Sept., event report Oct.)
  • Track Day at Miller Motorsports Park (October)
  • Christmas Gift Guide (Nov./Dec.)
  • And who knows what else we'll come up with before deadline!

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  • Opinion: All riders should go to Sturgis...at least every 32 years Opinion: All riders should go to Sturgis...at least every 32 years Personal column By Cole Boehler, Editor and Publisher Northern Rockies Rider
  • Pulling wheels will save $; may save your bacon with roadside flat Pulling wheels will save $; may save your bacon with roadside flat For those of us short of mechanical acumen, and without a full complement of quality tools, there aren't many maintenance or repair tasks we can tackle when it comes to our bikes. Personally, I'm limited pretty much to changing my own oil and pulling and reinstalling wheels.
  • Passenger Perspective: There is a learning curve for you and your passenger Passenger Perspective: There is a learning curve for you and your passenger During an evening post-ride "bench racing" session, one of our companions remarked that husband Cole and I look like one person on a bike. He pointed out it is hard to discern there are two people on the bike.
  • NR Rider does camping 'dry run' in prep for Sturgis NR Rider does camping 'dry run' in prep for Sturgis I will be riding to Sturgis this year and tenting it at the famed (or infamous) Buffalo Chip Campground. I thought it would be wise to do a camping trial before the "big trip" to work out logistics – packing and loading, as well as gear selection and deployment.
  • Opinion: Motorcycles transcend the ages and generation Opinion: Motorcycles transcend the ages and generation Editorial: By Cole Boehler
  • Guest Editorial: A lack of adequate insurance has devastating consequences Guest Editorial: A lack of adequate insurance has devastating consequences Guest column: By Charles T. "Chuck" Conrad, Attorney, Spokane
  • Super commuter John Hessler: 162-miles a day Super commuter John Hessler: 162-miles a day John (Johnny) Hessler from Anaconda, Mont., is bucking the norm and has turned his daily commute into sheer pleasure. John begins his work day by riding from Anaconda to Helena on his 2004 GL 1800 Gold Wing. That’s a 162-mile round-trip commute!

 

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A good bike, company and country: a perfect spring rideA good bike, company and country: a perfect spring ride

By Suzanne Shafer
Special to Northern Rockies Rider

Suzanne Shafer on her Honda Shadow VLX, with faithful riding buddy, Charlie.

It was Easter Sunday in the Walla Walla Valley of Oregon. The daffodils were fading but the dogwoods were popping pink and white all over town.

It was a great day to be on my bike. The Weather Channel predicted a full day of sunshine, but I stuffed my rain gear into the saddle bag anyway, wary of the jinx.

Charlie had trotted at my heels since I began putting on my gear. He loves to ride. Now he was leashed into his carrier, waiting for his first ride this year. I packed for an overnighter, but hadn't chosen a destination. I love traveling that way.

It was slightly past noon when the 2001 Honda Shadow VLX, Charlie and I crossed the Columbia River on I-82, but it felt like our day had just begun. This would be my first ride on Hwy. 14 and I was pleased when no other vehicle took the exit.

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At 6,900 miles not much left but Pirelli Angel GTs continue to impressAt 6,900 miles not much left but Pirelli Angel GTs continue to impress

By Cole Boehler

In the January/February 2014 edition of Northern Rockies Rider, we quite positively reviewed the latest sport-tour tire from Pirelli, the Angel GTs.

We reported we liked their feel. The bike, a Yamaha FJR, a notorious tire eater, seemed significantly lighter and turned with less effort, tracked truly in the curves and, at 5,400 miles, appeared to be delivering exemplary wear.

Since then: the Pirellis lost almost no pressure whatsoever during layups and periods of infrequent use; we saw perhaps a pound or two in four months, better than any previous tire experience.

We've now added 1,500 more miles and have some additional observations.

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