Fred Rau, former senior editor at Motorcycle
is (in my mind) one of the best and most interesting journalists in the
industry. He recently started an online subscription magazine about
motorcycling that I think I will prove to be one of the most useful
publications available to us as motorcyclists. "Fred Rau
accepts no advertisements but, like many print magazines, is
purchased as an annual subscription. Based on what I know of Fred's
work (having read a lot of it over the past 20 years) and having seen
the new magazine so far, I think the content he and his co-writers
(David Hough for example) provide will end up being a bargain purchase.
Almost nothing on the web is ever truly free and I would rather pay to
read an independent writer than pay by viewing advertising when what I
really want is content.
(Pittsford, VT) is run by Bud Provin whom NMT owner Sean Reid considers
one of the best BMW motorcycle technicians in the USA. Bud (Llloyd
junior) is the son of the late Lloyd Provin who ran Provin Motorsports
in the same building for decades. Either father or son have worked on
most of Reid's motorcycles, dating back to an R75/6, and he can't
recommend this shop highly enough. Bud is a perfectionist
lot of experience - just what one wants in a technician. He also has
created his own line of custom brake lines. Nickwackett specializes in
older British motorcycles and BMWs made through 2005.
owner Sean Reid and staff have found The Helmet Shop
to provide excellent service. We've bought riding gear there while down
in Florida and the shop was a pleasure to deal with.
has been providing communications gear to NMT since our founding in
1996. Wayne and Kevin, in particular, have often gone the
extra mile to advise on technical installation questions. We
||In keeping with NMT's
careful attention to detail, we have been installing CDT braxial and
component speakers in our chase vehicles to give them superb
sound. NMT owner and music lover Sean Reid calls them: "the
best mobile speakers I have ever heard".
||We purchased a Leisure
Travel RV-Conversion Van as our primary chase vehicle and
we're very impressed with it. Follow the LTV
link or see our Support
Vehicles page for more information.
L.A. Chock - We first learned about this wonderful little
invention from Fred Rau at Motorcycle Consumer News and
now have one permanently mounted in our main NMT chase
trailer. Essentially, you just ride the bike into the chock
and it automatically closes around the front wheel as that wheel rolls
over the clamping mechanism. Once in the chock, the bike is
held up and you simply need to add a rear tie-down strap to each side
of the bike (pulling out and forward) and you're ready to
roll. The whole process takes about five minutes and is a
vast improvement over the traditional "wheel chock and four tie-downs"
system. It's especially handy with newer BMWs and other bikes
with modern fairings that don't have good mounting points for front
tie-downs. With the Baxley chock, we don't need front
tie-downs at all. Highly recommended.
designs and manufactures high quality sidecars, fairings and motorcycle
trailers. Our staff recently had the opportunity to test a
BMW K1200LT / Hannigan Astro 2+2 sidecar rig and found both the
handling and the build quality to be exceptionally good.
||The Free to
Ride discussion list at eGroups was, and here we quote, "...designed
to bring together motorcycle riders on a regular basis to ride as a
group and to connect solo riders to other singles or groups to go
Heated Clothing - Chilli is owned by Steve Attwood, winner of
the 1993 "Iron Butt" competition and a true motorcycle
enthusiast. In addition to heated clothing, Chilli also
carries other useful motorcycle accessories including the Schuberth
Concept flip-up helmet .
Modified is one of our favorite aftermarket suppliers because
they build functional pieces which always seem to improve on stock
components. The company is most famous for their
unique adjustable handlebars which can greatly improve the ergonomics
of many motorcycles. They also manufacture a range of very
trick products that enhance the handling, braking and performance of
the Honda GL1500 Goldwing.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation - We strongly recommend that all
riders complete an M.S.F. course, or the international equivalent,
prior to joining a tour with us. Both introductory and experienced
rider courses are available.
Our friends at Whitehorse
Press publish and sell the widest variety of motorcycle
related books in the world. A must-visit site.
section of About.com is a particularly
well-organized collection of of articles and information edited by
Walter Kern, a motorcyclist who really seems to know his
stuff. Definitely worth a visit.
Consumer News - MCN is one of the most objective cross-brand
motorcycle magazines published in the United States and a real favorite
of experienced touring riders. The site is worth a visit and we also
recommend a subscription to the printed version.
||River City BMW
Riders - "A Northern California club of BMW
motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to having fun and sharing the joy of
motorcycling." - from the homepage
Yankee Beemers - "Ride to eat and eat to ride..." This very
active New England BMW club sponsors special events throughout the
Trailers - We've chosen to use Chariot trailers on our
tours because, in our opinion, they're the best designed
units money can buy. They are durable, load easily, tow well, balance
properly and are lightweight.
Motorcycle Adventures - If you've already explored and
enjoyed every corner of New England and the Canadian Maritimes,
consider the Alps, Norway or New Zealand.
Luggage Systems - We have a set of Jesse saddlebags on the
NMT BMW F650 and
they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. In all
are the best designed saddlebags we've ever used and are tough as
If you ride a BMW adventure tourer (or a Kawasaki KLR 650) and want the
the best, check this site out. Highly recommended.
BMW Riders - This is
the online mecca for BMW motorcycle riders and admirers. Join the
discussion list and locate all kinds of BMW moto-wisdom.
Motorcyclist - A
thought-provoking motorcycle e-zine; check out the fiction
section especially. This is really worth a visit.
BMW Site - Great
starting source for all things BMW.
Motos - You've gotta
love motorcycling to ride in the Big Apple.
On the Internet - A
great web source for riders of the famous Honda Goldwing.
Gold Wing Home Page - Another
great site for Wingers.
Motorcycles - U.K. BMW
Motorcycle Club of Victoria, Australia - BMW
riders from "Down Under"
Sport-Touring Association - For
riders on any brand of motorcycle who love to sport-tour.
K75RS Conversion Page - For those of you who ride and modify BMWs,
here's a description of the conversion we did to modify our first lead
bike. Links to related suppliers for the aftermarket parts are also
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