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Stories from the July edition

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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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Early June Beartooth tour is as good as motorcycling gets Early June Beartooth tour is as good as motorcycling gets

Words by Cole Boehler
Pictures by Marilyn Irey and
Cole Boehler

 

 

(Photo) Even while the adrenalin may begin to flow, a serenity and reverie sets in as a rider approaches the wonderful Beartooth Highway.

 

The weather forecast for the Beartooth Highway Friday, June 6, was poor.

Red Lodge, Mont., at the northeast terminus, was to expect a high of 52 degrees with a 40 percent chance of precipitation. This is at 5,568

feet of elevation. The Beartooth Highway summit, just a dozen or so miles away as the crow flies, is near 11,000 feet.

This looked like a recipe for snow or ice, neither of which we wanted to deal with on...

 

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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: Washington's Northern Cascades Highway; great B.C. riding in the Kamploops area
  • Valkyries ride to Valhalla
  • New product review: Moto-Montana tank bag
  • Initial impresion: New Michelin PR 4s at 4,000 miles
  • Business profile: Dobeck Performance (Mark Dobeck founded Dynojet)
  • Patented new Dobeck Performance products, including a new-gen air/fuel ratio measuring tool
  • Tech Talk: How to maximize Dobeck performance products
  • Moto Maids Wyoming event
  • Tech Talk: Telescopic forks need regular servicing
  • NRR rides the new H-D Street 500 & 750 (July)

  • Business Profile: Beartooth Harley-Davidson, Billings, Mont.
  • Wyoming Sweeties on Wheelies rally (July)
  • 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 (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!

dotted horizontal barStories from June

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  • You can keep bikes alive; you won't have a say when it comes to a friend You can keep bikes alive; you won't have a say when it comes to a friend The wrench slips. Cold flesh and sharp steel collide. The meeting is not cordial. A brilliant crimson blob wells up like a sanguineous tear as my knuckle begins to weep. The stinging pain that follows makes me ask again, "Why the hell am I doing this?"
  • A good bike, company and country: a perfect spring ride A good bike, company and country: a perfect spring ride 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. The Weather Channel predicted a full day of sunshine, but I stuffed my rain gear into the saddle bag anyway, wary of the jinx. It was a great day to be on my bike.
  • Firstgear 'Rainman' is well designed, effective barrier to precip, cold Firstgear 'Rainman' is well designed, effective barrier to precip, cold Here's one of those hard-and-fast laws of physics: a rain suit will only fail...when it's raining! And a corollary: a rain suit will leak first only in the worst possible spot...the crotch. Any rider who has experienced such a failure will tell you a cold, wet crotch will turn an otherwise acceptable ride into a miserable experience from hell.
  • At 6,900 miles not much left but Pirelli Angel GTs continue to impress At 6,900 miles not much left but Pirelli Angel GTs continue to impress As of May 4, we had logged 6,900 miles on the Angel GT set, 400 miles more than we've ever achieved previously on any other rear tire (that was a Michelin PR 2). Best yet, there appeared to be another 500 to 1,000 miles possible.
  • Editorial: Used bike market can tell us a lot about the sport and lifestyle Editorial: Used bike market can tell us a lot about the sport and lifestyle The current used motorcycle market is a fascinating place to browse. It tells much about what is happening in our bike world as it relates to economics, trends and riders themselves. Here are some observations gleaned from surfing the used bike markets.

 

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Is a 1983 BMW R65 a ‘classic’?Is a 1983 BMW R65 a ‘classic’?

Definition of ‘classic’ includes age, simplicity and beauty

By David Fletcher
NR Rider Contributing Wr

You’ve got to admit, that classic R65 is as pretty as the Crater Lake backdrop, the blues complementing one another.

clas·sic [klas-ik] adjective.
Also, classical

...of enduring interest, quality, or style: a classic design; classic clothes.

Of or pertaining to automobiles (ormotorcycles) distinguished by elegant styling, outstanding engineering and fine workmanship...

In general, motorcycles appeal to us because they represent all the things we seek in life: freedom, individualism, power, thrills and speed. Motorcycles just make us feel more alive.

Classic motorcycles add a new dimension to owning a bike because they can also tell a story. Classic motorcycles speak for a period of history.

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By Cole Boehler, Editor and Publisher of Northern Rockies RiderPersonal column

Motorcycles as art? They resonate with your mind, spirit, soul

By Cole Boehler
Editor and Publisher
Northern Rockies Rider

It had been a long couple of
weeks. In fact, a long couple of
months with no riding.

Marilyn, my wife of 29 years and “reason for living” for 34, had been absent for two weeks.

She was in Arizona tending to an 81-year-old step-father who had a very serious heart attack and a subsequent triple bypass that was not producing a good prognosis, and her 83-yearold mother (thus, the absence of this month’s “Passenger Perspective” column).

In addition, after the cardiac event, her mother had fallen and bashed her face and broken her hand. All was grim.

I was missing Marilyn so much I was talking to the cat. I did appreciate, however, that it was okay to leave the toilet seat up, though Chef Boy-Ar-Dee raviolis from the can leave much to be desired.

On Saturday, with a deadline looming Wednesday, I went for a ride with good pal Sam who is breaking in a brand new KTM 1190 Adventure. I was hoping for inspiration for a worthy column.

The 225-mile ride was superb, the roads fairly clean, the weather acceptable (30 to 50 degrees) the bikes worked well (I rode the KTM a short distance) and we had no incidents. In other words, just another grand day on motorcycles in Montana.

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