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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.

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 »

Adventure on the Alcan: From Dawson Creek to Delta Junction and Beyond

St. Elias mountain range

Frederick Tressler
October 9, 2013

I had been riding on a level plateau for a couple of days, a place where endless fields of wheat merge with the sky and arrow-straight roads melt into the distance. Western Canada’s Prairie Provinces have a beauty all their own. My thoughts, however, were not on the grassy plain. Instead, all I could... Read more »

Crystal River Riding Reboot—Motorcycle Riding in Florida

Florida motorcycle ride

John Brumm
October 8, 2013

Last summer I relocated from Southern California to Central Florida, primarily to pursue a job opportunity, but in the back of my rider’s mind was the added lure of roads untraveled in what my SoCal riding homies refer to as the “Far Side” of the USA. But the day I rolled my Hona VTX1300 down the... Read more »

Nevada’s Loneliest Road…and it isn’t U.S. 50

Cathedral Gorge.

Alan Paulsen
September 12, 2013

U.S. Highway 50 across the breadth of Nevada is billed as the state’s loneliest road. Having traversed U.S. 50 numerous times, I have to disagree. U.S. Highway 93 down the eastern length of Nevada is nearly 200 miles farther and extends through as much emptiness and lonely towns as the former. But... Read more »

The Kingdom of Saguenay

The Laviolette Bridge

Ken Aiken
September 5, 2013

It was the French El Dorado. Iroquois legend spoke of blond men rich with gold and furs who lived north of the Saint Lawrence River. Whether it was based on early Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland centuries before, or a fabrication created to appease early French explorers is unknown, but in... Read more »

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