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This section features motorcycle rallies and clubs, travel features, tour reviews and Favorite Rides. Here, it’s all about the ride and the destination often comes too quick.

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 »

Star 2013: Sport Touring is This Club’s Middle Name

MSTA’s STAR 2013 rally.

Lance Oliver
April 2, 2014

The winding backroads of central Kentucky provided daily diversions at the MSTA’s STAR 2013 rally. (Photos by Lance Oliver) The guy at the beer tent at 3 p.m. during STAR 2013 was the loneliest guy in Lexington, Kentucky. People actually felt sorry for him. Not that he wasn’t busy in the evening,... Read more »

WindBlownAmy: Artist, Rider, Survivor

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 »

AltRider’s 2014 Taste of Dakar

South America too far away? Head to Pahrump, Nevada, instead. (Photo by Dave Wachs)

Greg Drevenstedt
March 28, 2014

South America too far away? Head to Pahrump, Nevada, instead. (Photo by Dave Wachs) Sun, rain, wind. Hot and cold. Sand, mud, gravel, snow, even some asphalt. Long hours in the saddle, challenging routes, motorcycle field repairs. Grizzled rally veterans, group meals and camping. Sounds a lot like the... Read more »

The 15 Best U.S. Roads Motorcycle Challenge

California Bixby Bridge

Bob Roger
March 26, 2014

The Southern California Motorcycling Association produces an annual Best 15 U.S. Roads Challenge. The 15 roads are announced annually as the “collection” for that year, with some being retained from year to year. The entire distance of each road must be traveled between the locations listed for the... Read more »

Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

Black Mountains, Arizona

Clement Salvadori
March 6, 2014

The CB500X and I are headed up to Oatman on old Route 66 and have pulled off the road to take a picture of the Black Mountains. There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and... Read more »

An Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-To

Alaska by Motorcycle

Steven M. Green
February 28, 2014

Every adventurous motorcyclist dreams of riding to a far-off destination like Alaska on the spur of the moment; just drop everything and take off for a month or a year. If you’re not going on an organized tour, though, the reality requires some serious planning. Especially if you have just returned... Read more »

The Ultimate Alps with Edelweiss Bike Travel

Dolomites

Dexter Ford
February 5, 2014

Austrians and Italians have fought for centuries over the Dolomites. Now we know what all the fuss was about. About 50 million years ago, Africa, which was probably glancing down at its iPhone, crashed headfirst into Europe, which was just sitting in plate-tectonic traffic, minding its own business. Like... Read more »

Motogiro D’Italia 2013

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Laura Byrd
February 4, 2014

From the mountains of Terni in central Italy, to the Mediterranean at sea level, the Motogiro d’Italia course included a long stretch of the famous Amalfi Coast. “My friend Giuseppe was down for the count,” said Burt Richmond of Illinois. “He was laid out on a stone wall with a medic holding... Read more »

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