Why I Ride (and Hike and Bike)

What do adventure motorcycling, long distance hiking, and endurance cycling all have in common? More importantly, what inspires people to put themselves out there and challenge themselves in new ways? This is a post about what might drive someone to a life of adventure, to take risks, and to push themselves in ways they wouldn’t have expected they were capable of!
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The New Sportster 1200T – Acknowledgement The Sportster Can Be More Than Just A City Bike

One of the posts that we get a lot of searches landing people here at Rubber on Road is one I wrote way back in 2010 about taking a Sportster on long haul trips. We’ve gotten a lot of great comments over the years on that post from other Sportster enthusiasts voicing their agreement and sharing some stories of their own tours on Sportsters. With the right aftermarket customizations, such as a wider seat, windscreen, highway pegs, saddle bags, and a luggage rack, coupled with some of the features on later models that include the rubber mounted engine (to reduce vibrations) and the 4.5 gallon tank, the Sportster can make a great touring bike. The lighter build makes it very nimble which is great for taking it through the Tail of the Dragon or weaving through city traffic on your commute. Introducing The New Sportster Superlow 1200T Well it looks
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Getting Close To The World Record On The Great Ride Of China

So it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted any updates here from my current trip, The Great Ride of China. For those who haven’t been following along, my girlfriend Amy and I are riding our CFMoto 650TR (I the driver and Amy the navigator) through every province in China in an attempt to break the world record for longest motorcycle trip within a single country. It’s been quite an adventure so far. We’ve gotten caught in a sandstorm at the 3rd lowest point on earth (or first or second depending on who you ask), ridden our bike through snowstorms and up to Everest Base Camp, visited the largest stone Buddha in the world, taken a trek up a sand dune, eaten pig brains and much more! Just earlier this week we passed our original goal which was to ride 25,000km or a little over 15,000 miles. A few months
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From the Perfecto to Prêt-à-Porter

Two-wheeled enthusiast Morgan Sansotta blogs on behalf of Jafrum.com. She owns half a dozen leather jackets. None of them are a Perfecto. It’s a legend. And it all started with a cigar. 1928 was the year, Irving Schott the man and the product — the world’s first leather motorcycle jacket. The Schott brothers dubbed this particular cut of rugged outerwear “The Perfecto” in homage to their favorite stogie. Previously relegated to outfitting New Yorkers with raincoats (made in their basement and peddled door-to-door) they gained notoriety for being the first to incorporate a zipper on a jacket. Pretty revolutionary stuff. Soon the U.S. Air Force would be knocking on their door. Tapped by the military at the outbreak of WWII, the world would soon be introduced to Schott’s “bomber jacket”. The leather staple wasn’t their only contribution to the men overseas. They also designed the classic wool pea coat favored
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Women passengers to be banned from straddling motorcycles under new law in Indonesia

A friend just sent this to me and I had to share. Apparently, a woman sidesaddling and not holding on to the driver will make her curves less visible, and so it really is safer for all concerned parties. Except for women, who the prophet clearly wanted to see launched off motorcycles at every turn. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1311359–women-passengers-to-be-banned-from-straddling-motorcycles-under-new-law-in-indonesia#.UOzpbImoLz0.facebook LHOKSEUMAWE, INDONESIA—Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province are pressing ahead with a proposed Islamic law that would ban female passengers from straddling motorbikes despite reported opposition from the central government. Aceh introduced a version of Shariah, or Islamic law, in 2009, after it gained autonomy from the government in a 2005 peace deal to end a long-running separatist war there. The Aceh laws regulate women’s dress and public morality, require shops and other places to close at prayer time, and are enforced by a special unit. Punishments can include public caning. On Monday, authorities in
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