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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!

Wandering the Hallowed Halls of the Harley-Davidson Museum and Factory

Starting in 1915, Harley pulled one bike from the production line each year. The collection acts like a timeline.

Jim Petersen
October 9, 2012

I am old school, which may explain why I am lost. When you ride a Harley you don’t need no stinking GPS, no dang MapQuest, no thumbtwaddle smartphone. I rattle through the deserted, impersonal industrial section of Milwaukee in search of the Iron Horse Hotel. I pull over to ask directions from a guy... Read more »

2012 Quail Ride and Gathering

On a parade lap at Laguna Seca raceway one is not supposed to pass the CHP officer leading the group—although it is a temptation as one drops into the Corkscrew.

Clement Salvadori
August 9, 2012

If I could use only one word to describe the Quail event, it would be “friendly.” This is not one of those high-zoot, highly competitive “Concours d’Elegance” affairs, but rather a showcase for a lot of good-looking (mostly) motorcycles parked on the immaculate grass of the Quail Lodge Golf... Read more »

Motorcycle Ride with Ride Ottawa Canada

Spectacular lookout view over Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park.

Debbie Macdonald
May 16, 2012

Eight of us were invited to Canada by the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association, Go Ride Ottawa and Trillium Motorcycle Tours to explore the promise of their spectacular province’s slogan, “Yours to Discover,” by traveling the Ottawa Valley and Algonquin Provincial Park. So, after a long day of individual... Read more »

Going Loopy for New Mexico: Motorcycle Travel Feature

Spectacular scenery along the gravel road to Ghost Ranch.

Bill Stermer
April 2, 2012

At an overlook near Cumbres Pass (elevation 10,022 feet) north of Chama, New Mexico, I parked the 2011 Victory Cross Country to take a break. Soon I was joined by a man in a cowboy hat who had climbed out of his pickup truck to stand on a granite outcropping and peer through binoculars. He explained... Read more »

Writers and Riders: Meeting Melissa Holbrook Pierson and John Ryan

Melissa Holbrook Pierson and John Ryan

Greg Drevenstedt
October 4, 2011

In his 1929 short story, Chains, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy hatched the idea of six degrees of separation, whereby every person on earth could be connected to every other person on earth through a “friend of a friend” chain with six or fewer links. Nearly seven decades later, in 1997, American... Read more »

Indianapolis MotoGP & XR1200 Series Weekend

Indy MotoGP

Rider Contributor
August 31, 2011

by Jim Petersen V-Rod drag racer and two definitely not in drag. “How far’d you ride?” My interrogator is a goateed man in an orange Harley-Davidson T-shirt with Shit Happens emblazoned on the chest. In case that shit happens he has a Leatherman in a holster on his belt, next to a similarly sheathed... Read more »

How to Handle the Four Most Common Road Emergencies

Use a hose with a bulb so you won’t have to siphon by mouth.

Bill Stermer
May 13, 2011

You’re on a sport-touring journey and suddenly your bike has a problem. You’re dead in the water. What to do? Fortunately, the four most common road emergencies can usually be prevented by regular inspection and maintenance, but here’s what to do when that doesn’t work. Out of Gas Run out of... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping 101

The rider Staff’s Campout Challenge.

Mark Tuttle Jr.
March 13, 2011

photography by Rich Cox For some the idea of a night in the wilderness, or even at an established campground, is simply unthinkable. How do you survive without a solid roof and hard floor, not to mention TiVo, the Dux bed and all of your stuff? What about insects, wild animals and hot running water?... Read more »

Bonneville To Bonneville: Running the Time Traps at the 2010 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials

Clement is doing a trial run on the west side of the pits to see how far under the paint he can crawl; not very.

Clement Salvadori
January 1, 2011

The eerie thing about the Bonneville Salt Flats is exactly what makes them so good for high-speed runs—-their flatness. I’m sitting on my 2006 Triumph Bonneville T100 in the prestaging area, very glad that I’m the second bike in line, not the first, because I’m not sure where we’re supposed... Read more »

Book review: Harley-Davidson Everything you Need to Know

Harley-Davidson: Everything you Need to Know by Bill Stermer.

Rider Magazine
August 12, 2010

[This Harley-Davidson—Everything you Need to Know Book Review was originally published in American Rider] Like “new and improved,” the phrase “everything you need to know” packs a lot of implications. Aside from promising to deliver information that is both all-inclusive and necessary, the... Read more »

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