Month: March 2019

Cruz Tools M1 EconoKit

I recently acquired a Cruz Tools M1 EconoKit from the good folks at BikeBandit, and I must say, this is the quintessential traveling motorcycle tool kit. Compact, lightweight, but with all the basics, the Cruz Tools kit is the right companion to carry in your saddlebags, tail bag, or tank bag.

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A Soldier’s Road Home

The sky was clear and the air was cool that morning. I had received my discharge paperwork only the day before. After four years of full time active duty in the Army, including a year in Iraq, I was finally free to do what I wanted. All I wanted to do was ride. I didn’t know where I was going or exactly when I would be back. I just knew I needed to go.

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American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway

A fan once remarked to me, “If motorcycle racing were a rock concert, flat track would be the mosh pit.” A humorous but apt description. Racing handlebar to handlebar, wide open on mile and half-mile dirt ovals and TT courses, flat track is as close to the original form of closed-course motorcycle racing as one can experience. With a history dating back nearly 100 years, the racing is raw, loud, up-close and personal.

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2019 Daytona Bike Week

During our pilgrimage to Daytona’s 78th Annual BIke week this year my riding buddies and I experienced a few new ride routes in the area, larger than normal crowds and had the chance to introduce the event to some old friends.

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Bell Qualifier DLX Helmet

Motorcycle helmet companies and industry safety foundations recommend replacing your cranium bucket every three to five years, with some manufacturers suggesting seven years from the date of the helmet’s construction. With that in mind, I figured I was due a new full-face lid. My old AFX had protected me for seven years, through track days and road trips, blazing sun and driving rain, from short hops uptown to cross-country adventures. It was time.

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Cycle Gear Bike Night

From early spring until deep into fall, many motorcycle shops, gear/apparel stores, and restaurant/bars host monthly “bike nights”, inviting riders to come enjoy great food, entertainment, demo rides, door prizes, and of course, interaction with fellow bikers. Cycle Gear is one of those motorcycle stores that hosts monthly bike nights, and Road Dirt recently joined them at their Lawrenceville location.

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Half Century Road Trip

A few years back I completed a magnificent road trip with my childhood chum Lyle Branton. We both hit the big 5-0 within a month of each other, so we planned to motorcycle ride across the southern states, with specific objectives being riding the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway end to end, then riding across the entire stretch of Alabama and panhandle Florida beach front.

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Brother Moto

It’s a unique model- part repair shop, part coffee shop, part accessory and clothing shop, and all about building relationships and community. Very few places exist like it across America, and yet I can’t help but ask, is this the wave of the moto-future?

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