Monthly Archives: May 2007

McGregor & Boorman Arrive in Africa

The Long Way Down team has arrived in Africa and the challenges have started. In this latest update Russ Malkin describes some of the problems they had with Customs in Tunisia. Heads up for Mac users — the BBC video … Continue reading

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KTM Recall on 2005 to 2007 Dirt Bikes

Last week KTM and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain models in the 2005 to 2007 model years. The recall says there have been over 5,000 incidents of a seal failing and allowing fuel to … Continue reading

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Bolts, Bolts, Where to Find Bolts

Some of us are fortunate enough to have a local source for metric fasteners for our bikes. For those who aren’t, a recent thread on the Airheads mailing list points out some good mail order suppliers. Bolt Depot (no minimum … Continue reading

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Michigan Legislation To Allow Helmet-Free Riding — For a Price

Michigan motorcyclists have been fighting for years to repeal their longstanding helmet law. The Detroit Free Press reports that this year, proposed legislation offers a trade — if a rider meets some requirements they can purchase a license sticker that … Continue reading

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Long Way Down Website Launches

It’s official. The Long Way Down site has replaced its longstanding “Coming Soon” page with some new stuff. The site is Flash-based, I think — is that why it took so long? They have some great information, including details of … Continue reading

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How to Choose a Motorcycle — A New Rider's Guide

I saw an article the other day from a Washington newspaper about a guy who crashed on his way home after purchasing a new motorcycle. The article is short on details but immediately conjures visions of a familiar tale — … Continue reading

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Who Wants a Denim Motorcycle Helmet?

Boing Boing points out an open face helmet by Nexx covered in denim. Denim? I can’t say that I’ve ever felt a burnining desire to have a denim-covered helmet. And I’m usually an advocate of full face helmets, because I … Continue reading

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BBC Long Way Down Site

The BBC has a Long Way Down site with video, photos and journals from the trip. The journals aren’t current — right now, they contain one entry each from May 5 — but I’m hoping that they get updated soon … Continue reading

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Charlie Boorman and Ewan McGregor Hit the Road

A UK Honda Trail Bike forum thread says that Charlie and Ewan have started their new motorcycle adventure, The Long Way Down. Following up on their round the world trip chronicled in The Long Way Round television series and book, … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Criticism in the Chicago Tribune

I often see articles written by non-riders ranting about some aspect of motorcycling. Today there’s a commentary in the Chicago Tribune called Highly stupid at high speeds. (I can’t say how long the link will be valid; I think the … Continue reading

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