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Colorado Legalizes Lane Filtering

Lane Splitting Lane Filterning
Colorado becomes the fifth state to legalize lane filtering, allowing motorcyclists to filter through stopped traffic. Photo by Kevin Wing.

Colorado has passed a bill to allow motorcycles to lane filter between stopped cars, becoming the fifth state to legalize it after California, Utah, Montana, and Arizona.

Lane sharing remains a controversial topic. In his article “Split Decision: Are Lane Splitting and Lane Filtering Safe?” Eric Trow references studies to show the effects of lane sharing in states where it is legal and found that the practice reduces the risk of rear-end collisions and reduces injuries, although it also introduces some new risks. You can find a deeper dive into the topic of lane sharing by reading Trow’s article.

Read “Split Decision: Are Lane Splitting and Lane Filtering Safe?” here

The Colorado bill goes into effect on Aug. 7, 2024, and it will allow motorcyclists to filter through stopped traffic at a speed of 15 mph or less. For more information on the bill, read the American Motorcyclists Association’s press release below.

Colorado Signs Motorcycle Lane-Filtering Legislation into Law

Colorado has become the fifth state to legalize lane filtering after Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed SB24-079 on April 4, allowing motorcycles to filter between stopped cars in traffic and at stoplights.

The bill passed through both the Colorado House and Senate behind strong bipartisan support. Colorado now joins California, Utah, Montana, and Arizona as states with lane-filtering legislation signed into law.

“The signing of SB24-079 is a significant win for motorcyclists in the state of Colorado,” AMA Central States Representative Nick Sands said. “With this new legislation, motorcyclists will now be allowed to filter through stopped traffic, giving riders the ability to legally remove themselves from vulnerable traffic situations before ever coming into contact with a distracted or inattentive driver.”

The bill — sponsored by Sens. Nick Hinrichsen (D-Pueblo) and Jim Smallwood (R-Douglas), as well as Reps. Javier Mabrey (D-Denver, Jefferson) and Ron Weinberg (R-Larimer) — will go into effect on Aug. 7, 2024. It will allow all motorcycles to pass stopped motor vehicles in the same lane. Motorcycles will be required to travel 15 miles per hour or less when filtering and will only be allowed to do so if the road has lanes wide enough to pass safely. Conditions must also allow for “prudent operation of the motorcycle while overtaking or passing.”

For the next three years, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will collect safety data on lane filtering and issue a report to the Colorado General Assembly regarding the newly passed law.

The AMA continues to support efforts regarding lane-filtering legislation, as its success in several other states indicates its long-term viability in protecting motorcyclists on the open road.

To stay up to date on the latest lane filtering news, visit the AMA Action Center.

The AMA’s position on lane filtering, and lane splitting, can be found here.

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2024 Adventure Bikes with Kevin Duke (Part 2) | Ep. 69 Rider Magazine Insider Podcast

Rider Magazine Insider Podcast 2024 Adventure Bikes Kevin Duke

Episode 69 of the Rider Magazine Insider Podcast is sponsored by FLY Racing. Host Greg Drevenstedt invites his friend Kevin Duke, a veteran motojournalist who is editor-in-chief of American Rider, to talk about adventure bikes, which represent nearly half of the more than 70 new/updated motorcycles announced for the 2024 model year. 

LINKS: FLYracing.com, @flyracingUSA on Instagram 

Related: 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide: New Street Models

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BMW Motorrad Days Americas Returns to Barber Vintage Festival, Oct. 11-13, 2024

BMW Motorrad Days Barber Vintage Festival

After a successful inaugural BMW Motorrad Days Americas last year, the event will return to Alabama for the 2024 Barber Vintage Festival on October 11-13.

Related: Inaugural BMW Motorrad Days Americas at Barber Vintage Festival a Success

The 2023 event, also held during Barber Vintage Festival, celebrated the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad. BMW motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country traveled to Barber Motorsports Park to enjoy the festivities, demo ride BMW motorcycles, and connect with other BMW riders.

BMW Motorrad Days Barber Vintage Festival

“Last year’s celebration of the BMW Motorrad Days Americas at the Barber Vintage Festival was so much fun, there is no way we could not be back,” said Luciana Francisco, head of marketing and product for BMW Motorrad USA. “There is no better community than the global motorcycling community, and we could not ask for a better host than the Barber Vintage Festival. Seeing so many people, from so many different backgrounds, together, celebrating our passion for riding, is truly a special experience.”

BMW Motorrad Days Barber Vintage Festival

The BMW Motorrad Days Americas will include the BMW Motorrad Fan Zone with new and vintage motorcycles, a kid zone, live music, a biergarten, and a great view of vintage racing on the Barber circuit. There will also be on- and off-road demo rides of the newest BMW models, like the R 1300 GS, F 900 GS, R 12, and CE 02.

Related: 2024 BMW R 1300 GS Review | First Ride

Related: 2024 BMW F 900 GS Review | First Ride

Related: 2024 BMW R 12 nineT and R 12 Review | First Look

Related: 2024 BMW CE 02 Review | First Look 

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the return of BMW Motorrad Days to the Barber Vintage Festival, said George Dennis, President of ZOOM Motorsports. “It’s a celebration of passion, performance, and the vibrant community that fuels our love for two-wheel adventures.”

BMW Motorrad Days Barber Vintage Festival

Tickets for the Barber Vintage Festival will go on sale on May 21, and those who purchase event passes through BMW Motorad USA will access ticket discounts.

Visit the BMW Motorrad website or the Barber Museum website for more information and to purchase tickets when they go on sale.

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KTM Warranty Extensions Offered for 2024 Street Models

2023 KTM 790 Adventure
The KTM 790 Adventure is one of several models that will receive a KTM warranty extension.

Owners of 2024 KTM motorcycles with LC8c engines, as well as LC8 Street and Travel models, will now be able to extend their warranties at no charge simply by servicing their motorcycles at an authorized KTM dealer. In addition, the warranty for KTM PowerParts and KTM SpareParts installed by an authorized KTM dealer at the time of purchase will be extended to 24 months for all street models.

“We always advise our customers to use the official KTM network to get their motorcycles serviced, purely because the staff are trained on those particular models – and many more! – and use approved parts and accessories where applicable,” said Jens Tuma, senior head of customer service for KTM. “This way we can ensure best possible quality and value preservation of the bikes, and it’s also a big reason why we’re really happy to make this warranty extension offer for KTM customers around the world.”

Related: 2024 KTM 990 Duke Review | First Ride 

2024 KTM 990 Duke review
2024 KTM 990 Duke (Photo by Francesc Montero & Sebas Romero)

The KTM LC8c non-R models that fall under a 24-month warranty include the KTM 790 Duke, 790 Adventure, 890 SMT, and 990 Duke. If owners of these models get their bikes serviced within the 24-month warranty period, their coverage is extended until the next service up to a max of four years.

Related: 2024 KTM 890 Adventure R Rally Review | First Look

2024 KTM 890 Adventure R Rally
2024 KTM 890 Adventure R Rally

The KTM 890 Adventure R and 890 Adventure R Rally have an initial 12-month warranty that can be extended for another 12 months of coverage when a scheduled service is performed for a max of two years from the initial take-into-use date.

Related: 2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S and Super Adventure R Review | First Look

2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
2024 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

The LC8 non-R range includes the KTM 1290 Super Duke GT and 1290 Super Adventure S, and these motorcycles can get an increase from 24 months of warranty to a max of three years. The LC8 R-range models include the KTM 1390 Super Duke R Evo and 1290 Super Adventure R and can extend from 12 months to an additional 12 months for a max of two years.

For more information or to find your local KTM dealer, visit the KTM website.

Check out new/updated bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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Triumph Motorcycles Joins 2024 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Logo

Triumph Motorcycles will once again support the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a worldwide riding event that raises awareness and funds for men’s mental health and prostate cancer. For 2024, Triumph and the DGR are pushing to host 1,000 rides across the globe, and Triumph will reward the top fundraiser with a Thruxton Final Edition motorcycle.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride began in Sydney, Australia, in 2012 by Mark Hawwa, and it’s the world’s largest charity event for classic and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. To date, the DGR has raised more than $45 million for prostate cancer research and men’s health. This year’s event will take place May 19 at various locations.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Poster

“In 2024, we have set ourselves the goal of reaching 1,000 cities around the world,” said Mark Hawwa, founder and director of DGR. “We have ridden with each other on the same day all around the world since 2012. Our community is one that comes together, despite borders and oceans, riding side by side to raise increasingly critical funds and awareness for men’s mental health and prostate cancer. DGR 2024 is the year that we celebrate our fellow gentlefolk around the world that we ride alongside, united by a passion, and driven by the cause.”

To help inspire riders to raise as much money as possible, Triumph will give away a Thruxton Final Edition to the top fundraiser. This last iteration of the Thruxton features a Competition Green paint scheme and hand-painted gold lining and is signed by the artist. The bike will come with a certificate of authenticity with the bike’s VIN number and signed by members of the design team and Triumph CEO Nick Bloor, as well as a Final Edition engine badge and graphic.

2025 Triumph Thruxton Final Edition
The top fundraiser in the DGR will receive a Triumph Thruxton Final Edition as a reward.

Related: 2025 Triumph Thruxton Final Edition | First Look

This year, Triumph is also releasing a new clothing lineup featuring DGR and Triumph brands to support the ride. In addition, 2024 will launch the Team Triumph global community and give clothing prizes to the top five fundraisers in the Team Triumph group.

“We share the DGR’s ambitious goal for 2024; to bring even more riders together, in more places around the globe, to raise even more money for men’s mental health and prostate cancer,” said Paul Stroud, chief commercial officer of Triumph Motorcycles. “We are working side by side with the DGR and our growing global dealer network to help achieve 1,000 Rides. This year, we will be rewarding the highest fundraiser with an iconic motorcycle, the Thruxton Final Edition, as well as donating five exclusive clothing prizes to Team Triumph fundraisers. In this way, we hope to unite and inspire Triumph riders across the world on May 19 to join Team Triumph, dress dapper, raise money, and enjoy the ride.

Registration for the 2024 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is now open on the DGR website.

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Indian Scout Teaser Video Released

Indian Scout Teaser Video

Indian Motorcycle is set to release a new Indian Scout or Scouts on April 2, and it has been teasing us with a few videos that hadn’t revealed much of anything. But today it posted a new video (see below) that shows a group of five bikes riding across a desert lakebed.

Sadly, the low light in the video doesn’t provide enough illumination to reveal many details, but there appears to be four different variants of the new Scout. For reference, Indian’s current Scout lineup consists of three main models: the classically styled Scout, the stubby Scout Bobber, and the mini-faired Scout Rogue.

In the video, the leading trio of bikes have low-mounted bar-end mirrors, while the rearmost bikes are differentiated by chrome mirrors perched atop their handlebars. Of the trailing pair, the one on the right displays a smallish windshield that suggests some sort of light-duty touring version. The one on the left could be a traditional Scout of some form.

Leading the group is a bike with a mini fairing topped with a small windscreen that looks similar to the bike on its left. One or both could be a new version of the Scout Rogue. The bike second from the left has no fairing and could be a model similar to the existing Scout Bobber.

At this point, we can only speculate based on what we see in the video, so we can’t say what could be inside them regarding their engines or chassis modifications. Full details will be released on April 2. Stay tuned!

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FastTrack Riders Track Day at Laguna Seca, March 16-17

FastTrack Riders Laguna Seca

Looking for something to do this weekend? Itching for a track day at an epic track? Join FastTrack Riders this weekend, March 16-17, at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, where there will be a rare “no sound limit” weekend. To find out more, read the following press release.

Hello, FastTrack Riders!

As we gear up for our upcoming event at Laguna Seca, we wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who stepped up in response to our call for assistance. Your support has been truly overwhelming, and thanks to your efforts, we are nearly at our target rider numbers for maintaining the small group sizes we all value. As a result, there are currently only a handful of spots left in each group. This collective effort has made a significant difference, and it’s clear that our community is stronger than ever because of individuals like you.

FastTrack Riders Laguna Seca

We’ve noticed an increased number of questions and inquiries regarding the Pro Active Coaching offered during our events. To ensure there’s no confusion, we’d like to clarify that this coaching is entirely optional. It’s an added benefit for those looking to hone their skills with professional guidance, but it’s not a requirement to enjoy the day. For those who love the thrill of a traditional track day, feel free to embrace the experience as always. Our commitment to keeping group sizes small, with an average of 20 riders per group, guarantees plenty of open track time for everyone, regardless of whether you opt for coaching or not.

Related: 10 Most Significant Motorcycles of the Last 50 Years

Additionally, to clarify some of the top FAQs:

  • Group Size: Averaging around 20 riders per group. That’s your squad. Not too crowded, not too lonely. Just perfect for drafting and making new pit lane pals.
  • Sound Limit: 105 dB is the magic number. Remember, after unlimited sound, this is your chance to be loud and proud.
  • 105 dB Weekends: Yes, only a precious few exist each year. Catch it while you can!
  • Paddock Camping: It’s free. Bring your tent or camper Friday and Saturday nights.

Now, for the moment that many of you have been eagerly awaiting—the weather update. We’re happy to report that the forecast is looking fantastic for our event! With great weather on the horizon, we’re all set for an incredible day of riding. Perfect conditions mean not only a more enjoyable experience but also the opportunity for everyone to push their limits safely and confidently.

Related: 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide: New Street Models

In closing, we want to thank you again for your unwavering support and enthusiasm. It’s what makes our Fastrack Riders community so special. We’re excited to see you at the track, ready to make the most of the fantastic weather and the camaraderie that defines our events.

Ride on,

The FastTrack Riders Team

“Rewiring riders to ride Faster, Safer, Smarter”

For more information or to register, visit the FastTrack Riders website.

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2024 Moto Guzzi Experience Tour Schedule

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience North America

Moto Guzzi fans can enjoy a ride in some of America’s most picturesque destinations during the Moto Guzzi Experience in 2024. Riders can bring their own Moto Guzzi or rent a Moto Guzzi Stelvio, V100 Mandello, or V85 for use during the event. Adding to the list of past tours, the Moto Guzzi Experience now includes four rides ranging from three to five days in length.

Related: 2024 Moto Guzzi Stelvio Review | First Ride

Related: 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello Review | First Look

Related: 2024 Moto Guzzi V85 Range Review | First Look

“We are excited to invite Moto Guzzi enthusiasts to join us on the 2024 Moto Guzzi Experience,” said Marco d’Acunzo, president and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas. “This event series promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the beauty of the United States while experiencing the thrill of riding our latest Moto Guzzi models on some of the most iconic routes in this beautiful country.”

The experience is open to riders of all skill levels, but spaces are limited, so participants are encouraged to reserve their spot early.

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience North America

Find the 2024 Moto Guzzi Experience tour schedule below, and click the links to access ticket information and reserve your spot. Tickets are $1,500 if you bring your own Moto Guzzi bike or $2,500 to rent a motorcycle.

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience North America

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience Tours

Rocky Mountains – June 5-9 (3-day ride)

Traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the southern Rocky Mountains, taking in sweeping vistas, towering peaks, and winding mountain passes throughout Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Click here to reserve your spot.

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience North America

Pacific Northwest – July 15-21 (5-day ride)

Explore the rugged beauty of the Pacific Northwest from the lush forests and mountains of Oregon’s Cascade region out to the Blue Mountains alongside the meandering riverways of Eastern Oregon.

Click here to reserve your spot.

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience North America

Yellowstone – July 31 – Aug. 5 (4-day ride)

Embark on an epic journey inside and around Yellowstone National Park, where geysers, hot springs, and wildlife await amidst the stunning backdrop of the northern Rocky Mountains on a tour that features exaggerated summits and exploits the breathtaking roads of Montana and Wyoming.

Click here to reserve your spot.

2024 Moto Guzzi Experience North America

Smoky Mountains – Sept. 11-16 (4-day ride)

Conquer the legendary Tail of the Dragon and experience the thrill of riding some of the country’s most technical and exhilarating roads on a tour that takes you back and forth between Eastern Tennessee and North Carolina around the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains’ best roads.

Click here to reserve your spot.

For more information, visit the Moto Guzzi website.

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Suzuki National Demo Tour Schedule Announced

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R in Metallic Triton Blue
The 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R is just one of many Suzuki models that you can test ride during the Suzuki National Demo Tour.

It’s hard to know if a motorcycle is right for you until you’ve ridden it, but many dealers don’t offer test rides. At Rider, we try to provide an in-depth look and honest riding impressions through our motorcycle reviews to give you everything you need to know about a model before visiting your local dealership, but words, photos, and even video don’t quite compare to the experience of a first ride on a new motorcycle.

2024 Suzuki Hayabusa 25th Anniversary Model
Now is your chance to try out the Hayabusa 25th Anniversary Edition.

If you’ve been reading our Suzuki motorcycle reviews and have wanted to get a taste of riding one of these models yourself, you’re in luck! Beginning the week of March 1-9 at Daytona Bike Week, the Suzuki National Demo Tour invites riders to schedule a demo from an extensive list of Suzuki models.

2024 Suzuki Motorcycles V-Strom 800DE Champion Yellow #2
The Suzuki V-Strom 800DE is another option during the Suzuki National Demo Tour.

If you’re at Daytona Bike Week and want to try out a new Suzuki, bring your license and your riding gear to the Suzuki display at Daytona International Speedway. Demo rides will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Schedule a ride on a GSX-8R, GSX-8S, V-Strom 800 or 1050, Hayabusa, or any other Suzuki from the list of available models.

In addition to demo rides, you’ll also find a display of fully accessorized models, custom bikes, Suzuki racing bikes, and Genuine Suzuki Accessories.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT+ Glass Sparkle Black
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT+

If you miss your chance in Daytona, take a look at the Suzuki National Demo Tour schedule at the end of this article. The tour will travel to key MotoAmerica races, the U.S. round of MotoGP, some NHRA drag races, key rallies, and more.

Below is a list of Suzuki models featured during the Suzuki National Demo Tour Schedule. Click on any model to link to a Rider review of that motorcycle.

Available Suzuki Models for Demo

Suzuki National Demo Tour Schedule

  • March 1-9 – Daytona Beach, FL; Daytona International Speedway during Daytona Bike Week
  • March 15-16 – Savannah, GA; Savannah Motorsports
  • March 15-16 – Orange City, FL; Deland Motorsports
  • April 3-7 – Scottsdale, AZ; Arizona Bike Week
  • April 5-6 – Winston-Salem, NC; Kevin Powell Motorsports
  • April 19-May 20 – Plano, TX; Plano Suzuki
  • April 19-21 – Braselton, GA; Road Atlanta
  • May 3-4 – Janesville, WI; Hankster’s Motorsports
  • May 3-4 – Belleville, NJ; The Motorcycle Mall
  • May 31-2 – Plymouth, WI; Road America

Visit the Suzuki website for more information and to stay up to date on schedule additions and changes.

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide  

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Rider Magazine Revamps Touring Webpage

Rider magazine touring website

You may have noticed some changes to the Rider website the past couple months. Some of these changes are more subtle. For example, gone are the page numbers when you scroll down on each page, replaced by “Load more” for a more seamless navigation experience. We’ve also changed the size of the featured photo frames to capture more of the stunning main photos that accompany each story — including more bike details of course.

“At Rider, we know that most readers come to us for our First Look, First Ride, and Road Test reviews of new bikes,” said Rider magazine EIC Greg Drevenstedt, “but once you’ve got that new bike, you’re going to want to have somewhere to take it.”

Enter the Rider Touring page of the website, where we’ve made more significant changes to help you find the perfect ride, regardless of where you live.

If you’re looking for a shorter trip, the Touring dropdown menu still includes our “Favorite Rides” features, but we’ve also narrowed down the previous lengthy list of U.S. regions to the more recognizable Midwest, Northeast, South, and West, as well as International rides and tour reviews.

Rider magazine touring website

If you don’t want to limit yourself to a particular region, on the main “Touring” page, you can hover over any state and click on it for stories that take riders through that state. Or click on the globe for stories that detail international riding.

Rider magazine touring website

All rides include a route map, and rides since 2021 include a link to online REVER routes with downloadable GPX files.

We hope you find these new changes to the website helpful in finding your next great adventure.

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