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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.

Getting Hacked and Lovin’ It: 41st Griffith Park Sidecar Rally

Woody Wagon: Just one of several custom sidecars Doug Bingham has built over the last 40 years, this one, owned by veteran sidecarist Russ Smith, is matched to the new Triumph.

Paul Garson
November 1, 2012

The Los Angeles famous Griffith Park is known for its sky-high observatory, its world class zoo, its miniature train playground for children, its vintage merry-go-round and acres of picnic grounds. And for the past four decades it’s been home to the annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally, a traditional... Read more »

Cloverleaf Around Yakima, Washington

Mt. Rainier displays its majestic profile alongside the road to Paradise.

Alan Paulsen
September 11, 2012

When I last visited my friends Brian and Pam Rafferty in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to develop an article (Connecting the Dakotas, Rider, August 2009), they weren’t of a mind to leave one of America’s most livable cities. Well, the economic travails of the times dictated that they pull up stakes... Read more »

Ride for Kids Raises Funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

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Press Release
May 3, 2012

Dozens of Ride for Kids events are being held throughout the United States this summer and fall to raise funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, whose mission is to find the cause of and the cure for childhood brain tumors through support of medical research.  Each event is slightly different,... Read more »

Motorcycle Rallies and Clubs: Del Mar Concours 2011

Paddock area at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Joe Michaud
May 2, 2012

The affluent city of Del Mar in San Diego County has had a motorcycle history for decades. In the past, the one-mile dirt oval at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was a favorite for AMA Grand National events and, in recent years, has enjoyed a brief period of reinstatement for those events. Encroaching development,... Read more »

Custom V Star 950 Sweepstakes Bike to be Unveiled at Laughlin River Run

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Press Release
April 18, 2012

One lucky person will be the proud owner of a 2012 V Star 950 customized by Chris Hagest and his crew at Low and Mean. The bike will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the Laughlin River Run on April 25, 2012. After that this fully customized V Star can be seen in the Star display at many... Read more »

Motorcycle Rallies & Clubs: National Motorcycling Events Calendar

R&C Quail Gathering David Fairchild

Rider Magazine
April 5, 2012

It’s time to change the oil, check the tires, tune up your credit cards and go flatten some bugs. But where? Here’s a list of some of the major motorcycle rallies and events this year, along with contact info and a brief description of what’s happening. So mark your calendar, grab some friends,... Read more »

The Haul Road: A Motorcycle Tour of Alaska’s Dalton Highway

Vegetation is sparse on the North Slope of the Brooks Range. A plant no taller than knee-high is probably decades old.

Frederick Tressler
April 4, 2012

My first ride to Alaska in 2008 was a 15-day, 7,600-mile affair and the fulfillment of a long delayed dream. Yet I still had the nagging feeling of unfinished business. In many ways it merely stoked my appetite for northern travel. This time getting to Alaska involved a 21-day, 8,400-mile round trip... Read more »

High Adventure in Colorado and Utah

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Steve Larsen
February 1, 2012

[This High Adventure in Colorado and Utah was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Few regions in the United States have more low-traffic miles of wonderful twisty roads and stunning natural beauty than western Colorado and southern Utah. The goal this time is to link great... Read more »

Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6

Old U.S. 6 and I-70 in Colorado

Ken Bingenheimer
January 24, 2012

[This Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6 was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] I’ve eyed it longingly on countless trips on Interstate 70 across the Colorado mountains. The sparsely traveled two-lane winds its way alongside the interstate, at times close by, at... Read more »

Victory Motorcycle Tour in the Ozark Mountains

Clement Salvadori and Chastity Decorum in Ozarks

Clement Salvadori
January 17, 2012

[This Victory Motorcycle Tour in the Ozark Mountains feature was originally published in the December 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The day could not have been more beautiful. The world was fresh, sparkling, sunlit; the sky a robin’s egg blue, flowers of all colors popping out, cows contentedly grazing... Read more »

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