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Motorcycle Touring and Rallies
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.

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

The endless straight ribbon of asphalt undulates along the 49th parallel north.

Trevor Marc Hughes
July 10, 2015

I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right,... Read more »

The 28th Annual Clubman’s All-British Weekend

Bryan Thompson (left)receives the People’s Choice trophy, presented by dirt track legend Eddie Mulder, for his 1952 Triumph bobber. The Triumph also took first in its class for modified bikes.

Don Danmeier
July 9, 2015

Alice’s Restaurant sits at the intersection of State Routes 35 and 84, on a ridge above Woodside, California. To be fair, calling those country roads “highways” is a little deceiving. When you ride up to the place, you are faced with two choices: park at Alice’s, where you can eat inside or out... Read more »

People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose

Bob and Val Ford on their ’13 H-D Road Glide Ultra among the redwoods. They’d been at Sturgis for over two weeks and claimed they had “ridden forever.”

Ken Frick
July 8, 2015

At the top of the Beartooth Pass I met David “Shag” Horelica on his ’06 Screamin’ Eagle Harley and Eric Van Praag on his 2010 Street Glide. Riding from Texas, they were on their way to Canada. Like me, they were hoping for dryer weather down the road. Gazing from behind small, wire-framed spectacles... Read more »

Hollister Freedom Rally—Celebrating the Fourth Biker Style

That's a view of San Benito Street from the photo tower; parking is handlebar to handlebar from 10 a.m. on.

Clement Salvadori
July 8, 2015

Lots of noise, lots of music and lots of money spent…which is the way any good motorcycle rally should be. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists, the majority riding Harleys, converged on the California town of Hollister for the 2015 Independence Day weekend, and it all went quite well. Since this... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Wisconsin’s Door County

Wisconsin’s autumn is a Technicolor treat in hi-def.

Paul Garson
June 5, 2015

The first slice of this three-day tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where five intrepid motojournalists landed on a Thursday afternoon at the city’s General Mitchell International Airport. We’d be cruisin’ through the Land of WI, a state known for the Green Bay Packers, as the corporate home... Read more »

Rider’s Annual Touring Events Calendar 2015

Americade, the East’s largest touring rally, takes place in beautiful Lake George, New York, June 1-6.

Rider Magazine Staff
June 3, 2015

What could be more fun than saddling up your bike, hitting the road, and joining a few thousand of your closest friends at a major bike event? To simplify life for our readers, we have listed the national rallies of many of the major clubs and organizations, with a brief description and contact information.... Read more »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Jeff Buchanan
June 3, 2015

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography by the author and Alfonse Palaima) Where exactly do the summers go? As I get older and older the summers seem to get shorter and shorter. When I was a kid summer seemed to last an eternity; from that... Read more »

Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan)

Clement Salvadori
May 12, 2015

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan) The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people... 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 »

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 »

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