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Motorcycle Features: Bikes, Blokes, Culture and Beyond
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 news or a road test, gear, rally, blog or tour article, you’ll find it here!

Stayin’ Safe: Goldilocks and the Three Gears

Select the appropriate gear for corners.

Eric Trow
September 15, 2015

Select the appropriate gear for corners. Through our Stayin’ Safe on-road training program, we’ve seen several consistent rider habits. One is failure to shift to an appropriate gear for corners. Riders often pick a low-rpm gear and stick with it, counting on the engine’s torque to do the work.... Read more »

The Salton Sea: The Strange Beauty of the Post-Apocalypse

A forlorn welcome to a once-thriving resort mecca.

Tim Kessel
September 4, 2015

A forlorn welcome to a once-thriving resort mecca. “Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation.” That was how astronaut Buzz Aldrin described what he saw as he left his famous boot prints on the moon’s surface. I am compelled to repeat those sparse, succinct words as I leave my decidedly un-famous... Read more »

Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country

September 1915: Effie and Avis pose in front of the House of Hopper, a Harley-Davidson dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were on their way home, following the Lincoln Highway. Norman Hopper, the owner, expressed his admiration of the pair in a letter sent to Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee.

David V. Herlithy
August 4, 2015

Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become... Read more »

A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive.

Scott A. Williams
May 1, 2015

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive. Motorcycles grabbed my attention from a young age, and since I grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts, the original home of Indian Motocycles (no “r”), I’ve seen... Read more »

Mountains, Oceans and Back Roads in California, Oregon and Washington

(Photos by Clement Salvadori)

Clement Salvadori
May 1, 2015

(Photos by Clement Salvadori) “Less than half a mile after you go over the old swing bridge, the first road to the right is Lower Smith River Road. Take it. It’s a great ride!” With that suggestion from a total stranger at a gas station, I did. Lower Smith River Road, just north of Reedsport, Oregon,... Read more »

New Rider to Iron Butt Record-Holder in Three Years Flat

Kate Johnston celebrates gaining a spot in the Iron Butt Association record books.

Lance Oliver
January 29, 2015

What did you do in your third year of riding motorcycles? Maybe that was when you stepped up to a bigger bike, or decided you were ready for that weeklong trip. Kate Johnston marked her third year on two wheels by riding coast to coast. And back. And it’s not the two coasts you think. In July, Johnston... Read more »

Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

Anna posing with her motorcycle in Sydney, Australia.

Heather Reinhart
January 9, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine—not long before the start of Anna’s world trip in July of 2013. Ten years ago, Ukrainian traveler Anna Grechishkina had no ties to motorcycling. Her family members didn’t ride. Her friends didn’t ride. But she was somehow drawn to it, and it has now become a way of life. On... Read more »

Track Day for Street Bikes

Track Day Motorcycle

Scott A. Williams
December 31, 2014

Riders work to enhance their skills in an environment free of the dangers and distractions present on public roads. (Photography by Arcy Kusari) When I get on a motorcycle I want to ride far, preferably somewhere I haven’t been before. The idea of repeating the same 1.7 miles over and over never really... Read more »

Salt Lake to Sin City: Five National Parks and a Highway Through the Sky

Arches National Park

Greg Stone
October 3, 2014

The Grand View Point at Canyonlands National Park opens to a breathtaking panorama of the White Rim Plateau and the maze of canyons carved by the Colorado and Green rivers. If you want to travel from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Las Vegas, Nevada, by the shortest possible route, the 425 miles of Interstate... Read more »

Riding the Backwoods of Arkansas, With Scents of Wood Smoke and Apple Pie

Push Mountain Road

Bill Stermer
August 7, 2014

Push Mountain Road shows as an insane squiggle on the map, but offers good pavement and a nice flow. Think of the state of Arkansas and what comes to mind? How about rivers, tree-furred mountains, banjo music, moonshine and the smell of wood smoke? Well, if you’re a rider, what also should come to... Read more »

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