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In this section you’ll find motorcycle-related feature articles including biographies, technical endeavors, historical spotlights and other articles that focus on interesting aspects of motorcycling culture. If it’s not a road test, motorcycle spotlight, news, gear, rally, blog or tour article, you’ll find it here!

Sport Touring in Southeastern Australia

Views from Fitzroy Falls south of Sydney.

Jim Niesel
June 9, 2014

Views from Fitzroy Falls south of Sydney. (Photos by Jim Niesel) If you go by such films as Mad Max and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Australia must seem like a vast desert continent. In his book, The Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson describes Australia as “mostly empty and a long... Read more »

Kevin and Karen Browne’s ‘Round the World Journey

Kevin Karen Browne Moto Guzzi

Steven M. Green
June 4, 2014

At first glance, you don’t believe your eyes; then you’re convinced it’s a leftover movie prop from Mad Max. The reality is, it’s a brilliant piece of backyard engineering that is taking a couple from England on an around-the-world odyssey, and which brought them near Rider magazine’s SoCal... Read more »

Rocketing Through the Cascades on Triumph’s Rocket III Touring

North Cascades Scenic Highway

Clement Salvadori
June 3, 2014

The average view when rolling along the North Cascades Scenic Highway is glorious—rides don’t get much better than this. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Bob Reichenberg) One day I got a postcard from friends who were up on the North Cascades Scenic Highway (Washington Route 20), showing the... Read more »

The 40-Year Ride: A Look Back at Four Decades of Rider Magazine

Rider Magazine 40th Anniversary

Rider Magazine Staff
May 9, 2014

You can look at 452 issues of Rider magazine in a lot of ways. End-to-end, for example, they would run just over 400 feet, or in a stack more than 10-feet high. Another way that’s a bit more impressive is to consider the hundreds of thousands of motorcycle miles our staff and contributors have ridden... Read more »

Exploring Southwest New Mexico By Motorcycle

Grants New Mexico lava flows

Clint Milne
May 7, 2014

State Route 117, south of Grants, hugs the Jurassic sandstone cliff edge to the basin of lava flows. Some flows are visible in the dark area on the far right. (Photos by Clint Milne) Not caring for Interstate highways, I choose to ride the “blue highways” north and south of Interstate 40 from Grants,... Read more »

Motorcycle Touring in Cuba with MotoDiscovery

Plaza Major in Santa Rosa

Burt Richmond
May 5, 2014

Wherever we went, like the Plaza Major in Santa Rosa, our BMWs attracted large crowds. (Photos by Burt Richmond) As our early-morning flight from Miami descended into the Havana airport, the pilot came on the PA: “Ladies and gentlemen, we will be landing in a few minutes. I suggest that you turn your... Read more »

Riding Maine’s Rugged, Winding Coast

Cadillac Mountain

Scott A. Williams
May 2, 2014

Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, as seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point on the U.S. East Coast. (Photos by Scott A. Williams) Measured in a straight line, the entire coast of Maine from Kittery to Lubec isn’t even 230 miles long. Visit the Maine coast, however,... Read more »

Sierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California’s Motorcycle Playground

Capitol Rock

Tom Culbertson
April 3, 2014

Capitol Rock as seen from Sierra Way Highway just north of Johnsondale, California. For most motorcyclists, riding the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California means cruising over passes like Ebbetts, Carson, Monitor, Sonora or Tioga, or visiting the great national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings... Read more »

Las Vegas Auction Action

MidAmerica Las Vegas

Mark Tuttle
April 2, 2014

The circus at MidAmerica Las Vegas. Its huge stage flanked by big screens, runners in the aisles and the non-stop chant of the auctioneer make the Bonhams auction seem like an English tea party by comparison. Both had good crowds and sold millions of dollars worth of motorcycles in early January 2014.... Read more »

WindBlownAmy: Artist, Rider, Survivor

Amy Jean Nichols

Frederick Tressler
April 1, 2014

Amy displays her 200,000-mile award with The Old Man. The dual-disc K-model front end is an asset in hauling down the often heavily loaded machine. (Photos by Frederick Tressler) The sidecar rig had an unlikely driver, a small woman with long, braided, graying hair. Some might have dismissed her as just... Read more »

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