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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The Great Ride of China Video Teaser Just Released!

Well there was a lot of footage to go through after nearly 5 months on the road (we were carrying a total of about 1.3TB of data by the end, both photos and video), but we finally managed to put together a teaser/sizzle reel from all of it. Below you can see our quick 5 minute intro to The Great Ride of China, some of the challenges we faced and amazing things we saw. We hope you enjoy the video and that it succeeds in bringing you a bit closer to the amazing adventure that we had while on The Great Ride of China! If you have any problems viewing the above video, you can also watch the trailer on Vimeo or Youku.
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The Great Ride of China Recognized By Guinness World Records

Guinness has officially recognized Amy and my motorcycle ride around China for being the longest continuous motorcycle ride in a single country! We just found out a few days ago and have shared the news on our dedicated trip website over at The Great Ride of China. Here’s the quote from Guinness’ website: The longest journey by motorcycle in a single country is 33,357.15 km (20,727.13 miles) and was achieved by Buck Perley (USA) and Amy Mathieson (UK) who rode throughout China from 19 July to 11 December 2013. The duo’s journey took 146 days and took them through all of China’s provinces. The motorcycle used was a Chinese CFMOTO CF650-TR.
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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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