July 2015 — Bike Review — Moto Guzzi V7 Stone — A Wonderful Commuter


By David Harrington

Goldilocks Picks Tiramisu-Flavored Porridge.

I probably shouldn’t work on motorcycle articles when I’m hungry. Still, “just right” porridge and hazelnut/chocolate Italian deliciousness are apt, as the motorcycle I’m writing about is the Moto Guzzi V7.

Established as a business in 1921 (the first motorcycle prototype was produced in 1919) Moto Guzzi has been building motorcycles for quite some time. Ownership has changed several times over the years and since late 2004 Moto Guzzi has been part of

July 2015 — Special Section — Touring Bikes

Touring Models to Eat Up the Miles

By Guido Ebert

Sales of Touring-flavored motorcycles accounted for 28.5% of the total motorcycle market in the U.S. last year.

Twelve major motorcycle manufacturers in 2014 sold approx. 129,000 “Touring” bikes in the U.S., up from nearly 123,000 bikes in 2013, according to Minneapolis-based research firm Power Products Marketing.

July 2015 — Geezer With a Grudge — Tires Make the Man


By Thomas Day

I am officially retired as of this summer. “No more pencils, no more books, no more rules, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” Ok, the dirty looks came from me, but I’m done with that too. The next time I hear some kid complaining about how hard school is, I’m just going to laugh at the pampered little cell-phone addict. I, officially, do not have to care any longer.

July 2015 — Tales From The Road — Part I: He Chose Poorly

167_TalesFromTheRoadBy Paul Berglund

I’ve mentioned before that I have a weakness for a brand of motorcycles that are mainly Orange. I’ve owned several now. My first KTM street bike was a 950 Supermoto. I loved that bike. It was pure fun to ride. But, after MMM did a road test on the 990 Super Duke, I found myself lusting after the Duke. I started to watch Craigslist for a used Super Duke. Only one turned up locally all summer. I went to look at it and it was trashed. Over the winter I broadened my search. I had a perfectly good motorcycle, so I didn’t NEED another bike, but the thought still haunted me. Then, in June of the following year, I found the Holy Grail of Super Dukes: the 990R Super Duke. I wasn’t sure exactly what the “R” stood for, but I did know it put out 20 more horsepower than a standard 990 Duke. It was the same price as the crapped out Duke that was still for sale on Craigslist. My problem? The “R” was for sale in Denver.

July 2015 — Feature — Exploring Minnesota’s Northwest Angle


By Jesse Walters

Curiosity got the best of me. I had been staring at a map of Northern Minnesota all winter, intrigued by the isolated sliver of land on the northwestern shore of Lake Of The Woods. The Northwest Angle or “The Angle” as it’s called by the locals, is a piece of Minnesota few riders have been to – 120 square miles of USA surrounded by water and Canada. What is life like up there? They’re Minnesotans on paper but how much Canadian influence is there? Do they root for

July 2015 – From The Hip

167_Hipby: Bruce Mike

As of June 17th the total number of motorcycle fatalities in Minnesota was 24. That’s eight more than last year at this time. That’s a 50% increase. It turns out 11 of these fatal crashes happened while the rider was “negotiating a curve”. In 14 of these deaths they weren’t wearing helmets, in seven, they were. In the remaining three they couldn’t make a

July 2015 — Motorcycling In Minnesota — The Northern Triangle Ride

167TriangleimageBy Guido Ebert


Work your way up Minnesota’s spectacular Lake Superior North Shore, past numerous rivers and waterfalls, state parks and the Superior National Forest. Once in Ontario, you’ll see thick boreal forests, lakes and bogland spreading across valleys between hills. The density of residences surrounding the highway rapidly decreases as you travel westward out of Thunder Bay.

July 2015 — Random Scootering — The Three Types of Scooter Touring

By David Harrington

In my experience, there are three kinds of scooter touring: 1) Two-wheeled touring that happens to occur on a scooter meant for the task, 2) Touring on a scooter that most would consider too small for the task, and 3) Touring on a scooter that most

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