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Backmarker: Finding Kel Carruthers' TR2

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Our Backmarker meets with Chris Hill, owner of an iconic TR2 that once belonged to Kel Carruthers. Looking for the story behind the TR2, the two get Carruthers on the phone for some insight.

2014 BMW R1200GS vs KTM 1190 Adventure R

Monday, November 24, 2014
See the 2014 BMW R1200GS face off against the KTM 1190 Adventure R to see which is the better all-around adventure touring mount.

Nomad’s World Ride: Sakhalin Island

Friday, November 21, 2014
Adventure rider John Nomad continues his round-the-world trek, completing his journey across Russia – once again buoyed by the aid of the local riding community.

Dr. Frazier’s Old BMW Pig in a Poke

Thursday, November 20, 2014
When Dr. G. tries to sell and ship a 30-year-old Beemer over the internet, instead the potential buyer decides to make the 1200-mile journey himself to see the pig in the poke with his own eyes and then ride home.

Backmarker: An American in Japan

Thursday, November 13, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker connects with Mike Harper, who discusses his road-racing past in Japan during the birth of the Japanese motorcycle industry.

AltRider's Taste of Dakar 2015

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Get a sense of what its like to ride the Dakar Rally here in the States with the AltRider Taste of Dakar in 2015, scheduled for March 13-15 in Pahrump, Nevada.

Blue Waves Lake Hovsgol Fundraiser a Success

Monday, November 10, 2014
Blue Waves Campaign successfully secured and delivered 15 Yamaha AG-200 motorcycles and full Merrell gear for park rangers at Lake Hovsgol National Park in Mongolia and now plans are in the works for the next adventure.

Nomad’s World Ride: Ufa to Krasnoyarsk

Friday, November 7, 2014
Round-the-world rider John Nomad continues his route through Russia, crossing the Urals and preparing for the lonely roads of Siberia.

Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours Italy

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours Italy offers a variety of touring packages for riders looking to experience Italy from two wheels.

Backmarker: AMA Mission Creep

Thursday, October 30, 2014
A couple weeks ago, the AMA issued a press release connecting the CDC, Ebola and universal helmet laws... Our Backmarker did not fail to notice.

Dr. Frazier: Cannonball Extreme Adventure

Friday, October 17, 2014
Dr. Frazier recounts some of the great adventures experienced during the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.

Backmarker: MotoAmerica & Flat Track

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wayne Rainey’s new MotoAmerica road racing series is the blockbuster news story in U.S. motorcycle racing. Our Backmarker ponders the possible implications MotoAmerica has for AMA Flat Track racing.

2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure First Look

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
KTM revealed details of its 2015 1290 Super Adventure during the Intermot Show in Germany, with an engine sourced from the 1290 Super Duke and a sophisticated electronics package among highlighted features.

2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally First Look

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Aprilia revealed its 2015 Caponord 1200 Rally, a more off-road worthy version of its flagship adventure-touring mount.

Nomad’s World Ride: Moscow to Ufa

Friday, September 19, 2014
Adventure rider John Nomad’s global trek continues, traveling from Moscow through Tatarstan and Bashkortostan – making more friends along the way.

Backmarker: Situational Awareness for Riders

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Our Backmarker imparts rider safety advice with tips for maintaining situational awareness out on the road.

Nomad's World Ride: Moscow

Friday, September 12, 2014
World traveler John Nomad continues on his global trek, rediscovering that the greatest reward of traveling is forging new friendships – as a benevolent rider comes to his aid in Moscow.

Dr. Frazier: Adventure Rider Genes

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Dr. Frazier makes his annual adventure ride with the Big Dogs, spending three days with like-minded riders in the high-passes of Colorado.

RawHyde Adventures Base Camp Alpha Tour

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Having survived the Intro to Adventure training, MotoUSA saddled up for the optional Base Camp Alpha Tour - a two-day adventure-touring trek into the Mojave Desert.

Backmarker: “I Hate It When That Happens”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Our Backmarker weighs in on a heartbreakingly sober road safety campaign video.
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