Octane Press has released the 2015 Adventure Motorcycle Calendar featuring adventure riders and their bikes captured in spectacular settings by world famous photographers including Lee Klancher, Gregor Halenda and Sephi Bergerson. The locations range from Utah’s Seven-Mile Rim Trail and Colorado’s Rollins Pass to the high mountains of the Himalayas and desserts of Kazakhstan, with supporting images for each month. Generously sized at 17 inches by 11.5 inches, this high-quality wall calendar is a daily visual reminder of why adventure riders like to ride outside the lines. $15.99. MC
No-Mar Tire Changers, famous for developing unique tire tools and products with a primary focus on the motorcycle industry, is making things a lot easier for their Australian customers. Starting this month, No-Mar Tire Changers is warehousing and selling their products and accessories direct from a new location in Sydney, Australia. By stocking their celebrated equipment Down Under, No-Mar is paving the way for better service, better pricing and easier access for their international customers.
No-Mar Tire Changers began making a name for themselves by developing new designs and manufacturing tools that revolutionized the tire changing industry. For the last ten years, their distinctive brand has been sold all over the world to motorcycle enthusiasts who appreciate the intricate assembly and care that goes into fabricating each part and accessory. Their creativity and attention to detail has even earned them eight different patents in their field, including patents for their Mount Demount Bar, Cam Wheel Lock, Large Clamping Cones, SpoonBar and more. And now these products will be sold direct to consumers in Australia.
“Our customers asked for it, and we listened,” said No-Mar Enterprises President, Stephen Nemish Jr. “We have a lot of demand in Australia, but our shipping costs were just too high. So we did what we had to do to move our tire changing systems and accessories closer to our international customers and make it easier for them to make purchases at the value they deserve.”
Currently, a variety of No-Mar Tire Changers products and accessories are available for pre-order and direct purchase from their Australian warehouse. Two of their flagship products lead the international charge: The Classic Model Tire Changer (a commercial-grade product designed for all standard, sport and sport touring wheels) and the Cycle Hill Tire Changer (a product intended for home use that is designed to service dirt bikes, ATVs, standard and vintage wheels).
Learn more about the products available in Australia by visiting No-Mar Motorcycle Tire Changer online.
Triumph specialists Britech New England say their alloy pressure plate cures the clutch problems Triumph owners experience both on the track and on the street. Made from T6 aluminum alloy, the pressure plate is a bolt-on replacement for the original but provides increased rigidity and ventilation while also providing a wider surface (0.50-inch versus 0.125-inch on the stock plate). The result is superior clutch grip and a lighter clutch feel. Available for 1963-1983 Triumph and BSA 500, 650 and 750 twins. $99.95. MC
In the small theater of motorcycle journalism and on the even smaller stage of vintage motorcycles, there’s probably no writer better known than Peter Egan. A former mechanic and sometime motorcycle and car racer, Egan penned his first feature article for Cycle World in 1977. Other articles followed, and readers quickly warmed to Egan’s humorous, personal and insightful musings on motorcycles and motorcycling. In 1980 CW made the wise decision to hire Egan as a regular staffer, and for the next 33 years Egan became a fixture in the magazine, his monthly column, Leanings, becoming the first page many readers turned to when their new issue arrived.
In 2013 Egan announced his retirement, and his fans collectively despaired at the thought they’d no longer enjoy the reflections of the man who’d become the friend they’d never met. Egan has continued to make semi-regular feature appearances in CW, but his regular Leanings column ceased with the October 2013 issue. With the release of Leanings 3, however, Peter Egan fans can rejoice in the opportunity to read just about every column Egan wrote between 2005 and his final October 2013 “farewell.”
As the title suggests, Leanings 3 is the third in a series. The first, simply called Leanings, included his earliest features for CW along with selected Leanings columns from the 1980s up through 2002, with a decided focus on his work during the 1990s, a particularly rich period in Egan’s life as a motorcycle journalist. Leanings 2 pulled in more material from the 1980s and ‘90s, and columns and features up through 2004.
Leanings 3 takes us, ostensibly, to the end of Egan’s career at CW, covering his columns from 2005-2013 along with five features penned by Egan between 2006 and 2013. The material is recent enough that regular Egan fans will likely remember much of it, but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. Egan is one of the greatest writers and storytellers to ever have graced any motorcycle magazine’s pages, and whether you’re rereading a piece of his prose for the fourth time or just discovering him for the first, you’ll be rewarded and thankful for every page. Motorbooks: 304 pages, $28. To order a copy, go to the Motorcycle Classics online store. MC
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According to motorcycle travel writer Clement Salvadori, we should thank his Uncle Erminio for Salvadori’s lifelong pursuit of the road less traveled. As Salvadori explains in the introduction to No Thru Road, his latest compilation of traveling stories, Italian country doctor Uncle Erminio gave an 8-year-old Salvadori his first motorcycle ride, taking him along on patient rounds aboard an old Sertum 250.
That experience lit a flame, and although it would be a few years before Salvadori would buy his first bike, by the age of 16 he was committed to life on two wheels, and has been riding regularly ever since. That’s a bit of an understatement, actually, as Salvadori has, in the intervening 50-plus years, racked up innumerable miles riding on six continents through at least 70 countries — including an around the world trip in the 1970s — in often less than hospitable conditions.
Salvadori’s travel stories have appeared in just about every motorcycle magazine produced, including Motorcycle Classics. Along with current travel articles, he shares lessons learned from the road in his popular Road Tales column in Rider magazine. An adventure rider before the category existed, Salvadori has a habit of seeking out the road less traveled. Uniquely comfortable in the saddle and apparently requiring little more than a rain suit, a good sleeping bag and a bottle of red wine to keep him happy, Salvadori is the rare traveler, reveling in the journey and rarely concerned about the destination.
It’s a disposition that’s taken him from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and seemingly all points in between.
Like the author, this latest compilation follows its own unique path, tracking Salvadori’s rides alphabetically rather than chronologically or thematically. The result is a series of motorcycling adventures that hop around the world, jumping back and forth in time between Salvadori’s earliest tour through Europe in 1957 and a more recent expedition to the Bonneville Salt Flats, in 2010. In between are memorable rides like Kashmir in 1973, Peru in 1998, the former Soviet Union in 1988 and Tanzania in 1974.
The rides are all memorable and the story telling unforgettable, taking us to places most of us can only dream of visiting. Available through Amazon: 416 pages, $25. MC
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Motorcycle windshield manufacturer Parabellum is now making Scout Fairings to fit Hinkley Triumph Bonnevilles. Previously available for BMW models only, the Scout Fairing provides smooth aerodynamic touring protection and better gas mileage in a sport-sized package that only weighs 4.5lb, Parabellum says. Four stainless steel and aluminum mounts make removal a snap, and windshields are available in five different heights ranging from 10 inches to 20 inches. $599 unpainted, $799 painted. MC
Ducati clutch hydraulics
Ducati specialist Bevel Heaven has hydraulic clutch conversion kits to make shifting easier on bevel drive Ducati twins. The kits include a new Brembo master cylinder, a hard anodized slave cylinder, choice of silver or black handle perch with mirror or no-mirror clamp, and clear or black cover stainless steel hose. Three kits cover most bevel drive twins without a crossover shaft, including a kit with a special standoff to hold the slave for engines with Bosch ignition. $479.07 plus options. MC