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Stories from the September edition

  • 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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Sturgis 2014: bigger, older, tamer than 32 years ago Sturgis 2014: bigger, older, tamer than 32 years ago

by Cole Boehler

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo) Sturgis is still a carnival and circus for about 10 days every August. The best people watching in the world.

 

Back in April, beer buddy and fellow rider Joe Moma began bugging me to ride with him to Sturgis. I told him I'd think about it.

He kept it up and around the first of May I told him I'd let him know within 30 days. I was waiting for some crisis to intervene. None

developed.

By the first of June I told him, "I'm in," and the stage was set for a reprise of my last ride to Sturgis – 1982!

I often wind up leading group rides. Not...

 

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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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  • 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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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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