Month: December 2020

Road Dirt 2020 Year In Review

Concluding our 2nd year as a motorcycle media source, we at Road Dirt experienced quite a trip around the sun in 2020. Incredible road trips, fantastic bike and gear reviews, breathtaking places, heart-pounding racing, but best of all, amazing people.

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Suzuki Unveils 2021 GSX-R1000R Legends Bikes

Now with this year’s crowning of Joan Mir in the 2020 MotoGP road racing series, Suzuki has revealed a special edition run of their GSX-R monarchs over the years, each in the paint scheme of the year it stood atop the GP championship. Each will come stock with an Akrapovic exhaust system and livery-matched seat cowling. They are beautiful recreations of their championship counterparts, and we thought we’d share them with you, if you haven’t beheld them yet.

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15 Best Motorcycle Rides in the USA

Whether it’s weather, holidays, or some other circumstances that keeps me from riding, being off the bike for too long always leaves me with an itch- something many of us can relate to. Being cooped up in the house even without the occasional escape for a few hours of riding can get old. I have the overwhelming urge to pack my gear on the bike, throw a dart at a map and hit the road! You know what that means- get out your motorcycle road trip checklist and start the planning process. This will be over before we know it, so we had best be ready!

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Christmas 2020 Reflections

What a year this has been. Unlike anything most of us have ever lived through before. A pandemic that resulted in national and worldwide shutdowns, and it’s rebounding as we near the end of the year; a crazy, toxic election that has left many Americans deeply divided and resentful of each other; riots, wildfires, quarantining, isolation, separation, virtual meetings and Zoom calls. And now a stimulus bill that scatters American wealth to the four winds yet tosses bread crumbs to struggling families and businesses. Oh, and did I mention “murder hornets” and Joro spiders?
We all could use a little “peace on earth, goodwill to men” this Christmas.

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Health Benefits of Motorcycling

An old motorcycling adage asserts, “You’ll never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist’s office”, and medical science has proven it true. In a neurobiological study conducted by a team of researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and funded by Harley-Davidson, it was found that motorcycling “increased metrics of focus and attention, and decreased relative levels of cortisol, a hormonal marker of stress.” Of course, we riders already knew this in general principle, but now the science bears it out.

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Harley-Davidson To Reveal 2021 Models Virtually

Throughout Harley-Davidson’s 118-year history, the brand has never before brought the entire world together to experience the debut of all-new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. On Jan.19th, 2021, that all changes with a single virtual event. During “H-D 21”, the company’s first virtual launch experience, Harley-Davidson will announce new 2021 motorcycles, parts and accessories, riding gear and apparel.

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Triumph Launches 2021 “Sneak Peek Tour”

The all-new Trident 660 and Tiger 850 Sport have begun making their first public debuts at Triumph dealerships across the United States. For a limited time, these two new models will be on display for customers to get a first-hand look at the bikes. Two pairs of each bike, which are the only units currently anywhere outside of Europe, will make stops at select dealerships around the country. While test rides are not yet offered, riders are encouraged to visit dealerships to see the bikes in person before they become available for sale in US dealerships.

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Legendary Bikes: Harley’s VR1000 and V-Rod Destroyer

By 1987, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company had regained its financial footing after independence from corporate owner AMF. Part of the company’s plan for reinvigorating the brand lay in a time-honored strategy – factory-sponsored racing. But years of tepid technical advancement in their product line had left the Motor Company woefully uncompetitive on the racetrack. A radical leap in engine and chassis development was needed – advancements which would help Harley-Davidson navigate the subsequent decades.

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