I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bikes”? So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”. My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ 😉 with an in seam of 30.5 inches.
If you do plan on going to Alaska in the Summer of 2014 promise us you will ride this road….take a look at one of our posts from our trip in 2011….if you don’t want to read the entire post scroll down to the McCarthy-Kennicott section…you will thank us if you ride this road…;-) Many pass up this little side trip and we don’t know why. If you have been on this road feel free to comment.
July 27th 2011
It was a good thing we decided to motel it last night. It poured in Valdez all night. As for Cheryl and myself we do not feel the need to camp in the rain on a holiday because, well, it just makes us miserable and not worth it. Our trucker neighbour finally settled down in his room around 12. Motel walls are so thin! When we woke up it was really foggy but you could see the sun. Had a bite to eat at the motel restaurant and headed out to the Salmon Hatchery about 5 miles out of Valdez to see if there were any bears or otters around.
The large displacement adventure bike category has been a bright spot for the motorcycle industry over the past few years. The segment has seen sales growth that bucks the trend across the rest of the motorcycle landscape. This has resulted in a plethora of choices for the buyer. But which bike is best? We’ve ranked what we think are the top five 1,000cc plus adventure bikes on the market for 2014. Continue reading “RoadRUNNER’s Top Five Big Adventure Bikes for 2014”
2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XCPhoto Credit: Rich Cox
When Triumph introduced its Tiger 800 and 800XC for 2011 and Tiger Explorer for 2012, the British manufacturer clearly wanted a slice of the rapidly growing adventure-touring market, with its sights set primarily on BMW’s popular GS line. The Tiger 800/XC compete head-to-head with the BMW F 650 GS and F 800 GS, respectively, and the Tiger Explorer competes with the BMW R 1200 GS, as well as other big-bore adventure bikes such as the Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM 990/1190 Adventure and Yamaha Super Ténéré. Continue reading “2013 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC Review”
I’ve said this before an I am certain some that read this blog might think the same way…when getting a service or anything done to my bike I could sit at the dealer all day like I did yesterday. However, I ended up working from the dealer, making T Con calls, emails, you know work stuff but also walked around the showroom, had lunch with a fellow rider who has TONS of mileage on her 1200RT. I mean like over 200,000 KM on her 2004 bike.
The Mayans seriously screwed up. Either that, or we are not very good at reading their hieroglyphs. Most of us woke up last December 22nd and realized that the predicted doomsday hadn’t materialized. But it got the Cycle World staff thinking… Continue reading “2013 Adventure Bike Comparison Test”
Cheryl and I rode out to the Vancouver Show Saturday to check out the latest and greatest. Not that we haven’t been keeping an eye out for all these great bikes but seeing them in person is always a treat. Riding out to the show we were confronted with our infamous FOG. Cold out and frosty, this fog makes it almost impossible to see. At times it freezes on your shield but the real nuisance is how the fog saturates your shield making you wish you actually had a wind shield wiper.
Both Cheryl and I agree riding in this type of FOG is not fun and we would rather be poured on versus this crap. Having said that, there were pockets where the sun broke through and the glare off the wet roads was blinding. Sun glasses came out, FOG rolled back in and it was like this to the show and back home. We only live about 40 minutes away from Abbostford but riding in this stuff makes it seem further. In the end worth it though, we get to park for free and right in front of the entrance. Anyone driving a cage by the time we got there, around noon had to park FAR away and paid! 😉
For 2013, Triumph’s venerable Tiger 1050 gets a new name and becomes a more focused street machine. Splitting the difference between its stable mates the 800cc Tiger 800 and 1200cc Tiger Explorer, the new Tiger Sport’s 1050cc triple gets a substantial power boost for 2013, up to a claimed 123 hp and 77 lb. ft of torque. This newfound grunt comes courtesy of new exhaust and a revised intake system. In addition, new fuel injection calibration increases fuel economy by seven percent. Other changes for 2013 include a new (and very handsome) single-sided swingarm, new headlights, improved ergonomics, revised spring rates and damping, tweaks to the steering geometry, and Triumph’s latest ABS system. The new Tiger will be available in either Crystal White or Diablo Red, though U.S. availability and pricing have yet to be announced.