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Motorcycle Rides, Roads and Self-Guided Travel
This section focuses on local and international motorcycle rides, roads and self-guided travel experiences from the editors of Rider magazine. Some of the articles you will recognize from print, and others are web exclusive. Click on any of the images to see the sites in a larger format. Planning a trip of your own? Check out RiderDiaries.com to see over 100 tour articles from the editors of Rider complete with large-scale ride maps, and dealership, accommodation and biker-friendly locators.

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 »

Motorcycle Touring in West Virginia (and a Bit of Virginia)

Burkes Garden, Virginia

Michael F. McQueary
April 1, 2014

The road to Burkes Garden, Virginia, is beautiful in the fall. (Photos by Michael F. McQueary) There’s an old joke about the Mountain State that goes something like this: “If you could flatten out West Virginia, it would be as big as Texas!” While my goal was to spend a few days riding my Buell... Read more »

Great Motorcycle Riding in Southeastern Ohio

southeastern Ohio State Route 93

Nathan Kitts
March 3, 2014

Hills and curves are the norm in southeastern Ohio, and State Route 93 is no exception. Each day in Jackson, Ohio, I ride State Route 93, which shares its title with Main Street until it pops out on the other side of town. Seeing it wind its way north, presumably to other small towns, made me wonder... 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 Real South Carolina—Once Around The Palmetto State

Sunflowers Savannah River National Scenic Highway

Alan Paulsen
January 31, 2014

Landscape along the Savannah River National Scenic Highway. (Photos by Alan Paulsen) Frankly, I don’t understand why a rally was ever held in Myrtle Beach. The resort town is a congested strand with residents and police who dislike us motorcyclists, perhaps not without just cause. Even the helpful... Read more »

Return to Baja

Sea of Cortez

Steven M Green
January 20, 2014

Stopping to enjoy the view outside of Puertecitos, a short ride south of Ensenada, we rested and admired the Sea of Cortez. My buddy Dave’s rental BMW F 800 GS, from MotoQuest, was perfect for the trip. Having completed a long tour, everyone asks me: “Where ‘ya going next?” After reading a newspaper... Read more »

The Cascade Loop: The Best of the Northwest

Whidbey Island

Phil Buonpastore
December 31, 2013

Whidbey Island’s beautiful sunset is the finale of a perfect riding day. (Photos by Phil Buonpastore) Riding a motorcycle in the Pacific Northwest is chock full of yin and yang. The sometimes long dreary winters feature predominantly gray skies and rain that lasts for weeks, but the summer months can... Read more »

New England: Revisiting Old Haunts, And Some New, In The Six States

Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island

Clement Salvadori
December 4, 2013

The view is looking along part of the 10-mile Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island; this tasty bit of road is best ridden very early in the morning. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) The sun was shining, the day was warm, and traffic minimal. It was like old times, traveling along Route 66 (Massachusetts,... Read more »

Climbing the Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway scenic stops

Stacy V. Bearse
December 3, 2013

The year was 1806. After traversing the flat plains of what is now eastern Colorado, Zebulon Pike saw a smudge on the horizon. The next day the smudge became a bump. By the third or fourth day, Pike realized he had a mountain to climb. I had the same feeling as I cruised westward on State Route 24, headed... Read more »

Palouse Wheatland Treasures: Motorcycle Ride Through Washington

Benjamin B. Getz
November 11, 2013

The fall crop of Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) seems to be thriving along State Route 26, but looks like an unpleasant encounter should one leave the road. (Photos by Benjamin B. Getz) Fall…not my favorite verb, but definitely my favorite time of year for riding at the latitude where I live. Those... Read more »

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