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Stories from the September edition

  • 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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Looking into the future, Harley hits the bull's eye with the Street 750 Looking into the future, Harley hits the bull's eye with the Street 750

by Cole Boehler

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo) We had heard pejoratives applied to Harley-Davidson's ground-up new bike models, the Street 500 and Street 750. So we went and rode one. We say to the negativists, "Balderdash! Twaddle! Baloney! B.S.!"

 

"Baby V-Rod."
"Sell-out."
"Low quality."
"Built in India."
"Not a 'real' Harley."

We had heard all these pejoratives applied to Harley-Davidson's ground-up new bike models, the Street 500 and Street 750.

So we went and rode one.

We say to the negativists, "Balderdash! Twaddle! Baloney! B.S.!"

The fact is, Harley-Davidson is one of the premier American companies, and the "bar and shield" is one of the premier brands. You don't get that way with fools...

 

Full Story button for Sturgis 2014: bigger, older, tamer than 32 years ago

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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: Alberta Badlands highlights a good day-trip
  • Product review: End of the line: Michelin PR 4s update
  • Business profile: Dobeck Performance (Mark Dobeck founded Dynojet)
  • Tech Talk: How to maximize Dobeck performance products
  • Business profile: Riders Retreat tent camp in Nakusp, B.C.
  • Personal column by Chuck Conrad, Atty.: Avoid getting a ticket if you're in an accident
  • Feature: Hodaka Days in Athena, Oregon
  • Product review: Pirelli Scorpion Trail ADV tires
  • NRR rides the new H-D Street 500 & 750
  • Business Profile: Beartooth Harley-Davidson, Billings, Mont.
  • Axmaker on safety and technique
  • Montana 500 rally; NRR competes! (preview Sept., event report Oct.)
  • Publisher column: Rally virgins run the "Montana 500"; 'Excessive noise' complaints creating citizen backlash
  • Product Review: Symtec Heat Demons grip heater - (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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  • Dobeck SAFR points to V-Strom rich fueling under top gear cruise load Dobeck SAFR points to V-Strom rich fueling under top gear cruise load Dobeck Performance, out of Belgrade, Mont., a company whose principals have decades of engine fueling solutions and diagnostics under their belts, has developed a new analog air-to-fuel-ratio (AFR) gauge for the do-it-yourselfer or the commercial mechanic's shop. We traveled to the Dobeck facility August 8 to explore an actual installation and use of the tool, called a "SAFR" for "standalone air-fuel ratio."
  • From Kamloops, the best riding in B.C. is within reach From Kamloops, the best riding in B.C. is within reach I have other recollections regarding that trip: I had done it too late in the year. I ran into cold and rain and, coming back over Lolo Pass, heavy snow. These things, and memories of later trips through the area, were streaming through my head as our small group of riders – three bikes, five people – approached Kamloops from the west last July.
  • Personal column: Not sure you need to hire an attorney? Consult with one for free Personal column: Not sure you need to hire an attorney? Consult with one for free If I've been in a motorcycle accident, when should I hire an attorney? I believe this is the wrong question. The question should be, “When should I consult with an attorney?” Consulting with an attorney and hiring an attorney are two different things
  • Opinion: Those who do not ride admire, or disdain, those who do Opinion: Those who do not ride admire, or disdain, those who do Opinion: What is a "motorcyclist" or "biker" or "rider"? Obviously, anyone who rides a motorcycle. Who is a motorcyclist or biker or rider? What characteristics define this species? This one is a little trickier.
  • Michelin PR 4s offer solid performance, extended mileage Michelin PR 4s offer solid performance, extended mileage The Michelin PR 3s weren't on the market that long before Michelin issued an upgrade – the Pilots Road 4s. We spooned on a set at the beginning of June. When we returned from Sturgis August 3, we'd logged almost 6,000 miles on the 4s.
  • Everyone has one, The always subjective 'Top Ten' list of best motorcycle roads Everyone has one, The always subjective 'Top Ten' list of best motorcycle roads Northern Rockies Rider readers sent us another recent compilation of "best motorcycle roads" based on a "readers' choice" survey conducted by USA Today. Any such list is only as worthy as the sample surveyed. If the sample contains inherent biases, so does the list of Top Roads.

 

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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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