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Favorite Rides: Motorcycle Rides from Rider Readers
Favorite Rides are YOUR favorite motorcycle rides. Published monthly in Rider magazine, each ride is from a different contributor. To submit your Favorite Ride for consideration, check out the Rider Magazine Editorial Guidelines.

A Fiery Lap — Pleasant Detours in Colorado

Goose, goose – duck! Overlooking the stunning San Miguel Mountains on Colorado Route 145.

Lee Goodwin
June 4, 2015

Goose, goose – duck! Overlooking the stunning San Miguel Mountains on Colorado Route 145. I’m barreling along a tiny Colorado highway on a sparkling sunny June afternoon with Asleep at the Wheel’s country music in my ears and a shiny new Moto Guzzi in full song. I turn north and there, over the... Read more »

Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line.

Frederick Tressler
May 8, 2015

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line. I was about an hour outside of Kansas City heading south on U.S. Route 169, a lightly traveled four-laner, and it was great to finally be on the open... Read more »

Utah Splendor: Native American history and geologic revelations.

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Story and photos by Tom Culbertson
April 15, 2015

Riding in Utah is always a treat. You are served a wide variety of motorcycle roads, a cornucopia of awesome and incredibly beautiful parks and endless exotic landscapes. As you might conclude, Utah is one of my favorite rides. This time I’m riding the southern third, west to east. Taking a photo/rest... Read more »

South Carolina Secrets: Throttle Therapy in the Palmetto State’s National Heritage Corridor

A ride into the backcountry of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain traverses miles of therapeutic scenery, including bucolic homesteads, pastures and grazing livestock.

Marshall Swanson
March 5, 2015

A ride into the backcountry of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain traverses miles of therapeutic scenery, including bucolic homesteads, pastures and grazing livestock. If the weekend arrives and I only have time for a ride of a few hours instead of days, there’s a good chance I’ll aim my Honda Magna... Read more »

Meandering Through the Midwest

The rails follow the river.

James R. Petersen
February 3, 2015

The rails follow the river. The planning session for the ride had been laughable. We were three old farts, card-carrying AARP members, edging into retirement. Gary had suggested a three-day trip to Red Wing, Minnesota. Dick fiddled with a recently acquired GPS. I unrolled a map. “What’s to figure... Read more »

Sierra Nevada Three-Pass Motorcycle Ride

Sandy was the tail gunner on his Can-Am Spyder on the high part of Sonora Pass.

Rick Brown
December 30, 2014

Jake, Jerry and the group on the way up Sonora Pass. Our ride with the Sacramento Road Cruisers today starts in Folsom, California, and heads out of town via Latrobe Road through rural Sacramento County, past cattle ranches and oak woodlands. From there, State Route 49 take us south, twisting and turning... Read more »

Riding the Tail of the Newt in Kansas

High Noon Saloon and Brewery

Rick McNeill
December 8, 2014

We no longer ride horses to the High Noon Saloon and Brewery, but we still ride. Beer is sold in cans, which does well in saddlebags. Kansas City straddles the border of two states, so if you are from the area, starting in one state and finishing in another is no big deal. I’m not sure how the Tail... Read more »

Exploring Wisconsin State Route 67

State Route 67 Chilton

Mark Gutschenritter
November 7, 2014

State Route 67 ends at U.S. Highway 151 near Chilton. Turning right (east) would take you to Manitowoc and Lake Michigan. My Dad told me, “Always go home a different way than you went, or you’ll never learn your way around.” I’ve always tried to follow that advice, and as a result, I’ve ridden... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Rural Santa Barbara and San Luis Obisbo, California

Foxen Canyon Road

Tom Culbertson
October 6, 2014

Gorgeous springtime panoramic view at 4,500 feet from Figueroa Mountain. (Photos by Tom Culbertson) Today I’m riding the rural roads of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, leaving mid-morning because I want to miss the deer-roaming hours on State Route 154 over San Marcos Pass, just north... Read more »

Motorcycle Ride in Door County, Wisconsin

U.S. Route 151 in Wisconsin

Susan Benton
September 8, 2014

Door County, Wisconsin, covers the tip of a narrow peninsula, with Lake Michigan lapping at its eastern beaches and Green Bay gracing its western shores. On U.S. Route 151 in Wisconsin, we take a quick, safe break to admire the wandering road. A popular summer destination, its shoulder-to-shoulder vacationers... Read more »

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