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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.

Win Dean Travels: Forty-Eight States on a Free 40-Year-Old Four-Piper

Life begins at 120 (years, that is: combined age of rider and bike).

Andy Saunders
March 4, 2015

Think about your Golden Years. Time to road-test the rocker on the front porch? No way, says Win Dean. Time instead to visit everyone else’s front porch, on two wheels. This adventurous 83-year-old set about the task of seeing the 48 contiguous states in one year from the saddle of his 40-year-old... Read more »

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife)

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2015

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien... Read more »

Two Lanes of Western Washington—Sport Touring in the Evergreen State

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range.

Scott A. Williams
January 5, 2015

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range. Western Washington serves up miles of great two-lane roads. Huge mountains, dense forests and rugged seascapes provide vivid scenery while sweepers and twisties speak to sport-touring riders in the language of speed and motion. This route of roughly... Read more »

Riding the Tail of the Newt in Kansas

High Noon Saloon and Brewery

Rick McNeill
December 8, 2014

We no longer ride horses to the High Noon Saloon and Brewery, but we still ride. Beer is sold in cans, which does well in saddlebags. Kansas City straddles the border of two states, so if you are from the area, starting in one state and finishing in another is no big deal. I’m not sure how the Tail... Read more »

Connecting the Curvy Bits in Eastern Tennessee

Devil's Triangle Tennessee

Clement Salvadori
November 5, 2014

The Devil reminds us to pay strick attention when riding his Triangle; the late-winter bare trees gave excellent visibility. (Photos by Clement Salvadori and Scott Cochran) A sweeping 180-degree turn curved upward into the hills of Frozen Head State Park, and our guides, from the local Harley shop, were... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Rural Santa Barbara and San Luis Obisbo, California

Foxen Canyon Road

Tom Culbertson
October 6, 2014

Gorgeous springtime panoramic view at 4,500 feet from Figueroa Mountain. (Photos by Tom Culbertson) Today I’m riding the rural roads of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California, leaving mid-morning because I want to miss the deer-roaming hours on State Route 154 over San Marcos Pass, just north... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel By Chaptering

motorcycle chaptering

Ray & Jeanine White
September 2, 2014

Chap·ter·ing (chap’-ter-ing) v. 1. To tour cross-country, intermittently, by motorcycle. 2. Completing a series of small road trips that, when combined, are a significant excursion. 3. Storing a motorcycle and gear at varied destinations then returning periodically for more adventure. The authors... Read more »

Searching for Colorado Roots in the Rockies

Independence Pass

Kathleen Kemsley
August 8, 2014

A riot of fireweed makes a brief, Technicolor appearance on south-facing slopes near the top of Independence Pass. (Photos by Kathleen Kemsley) As children, we heard many of Grandma Louise’s stories about Colorado. She was born in a log cabin a few miles outside of Creede, to a mother who had been... Read more »

Riding Old U.S. 66 from Seligman, Arizona, to Barstow, California

National Old Trails Road

Clement Salvadori
August 7, 2014

Although U.S 66 was officially de-certified in 1985, much effort has gone into maintaining the remnants of the National Old Trails Road; it is a great tourist draw. I always like intros where you get to ride the new model home. The new Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack (Rider, July 2014) was introduced... Read more »

Riding the Backwoods of Arkansas, With Scents of Wood Smoke and Apple Pie

Push Mountain Road

Bill Stermer
August 7, 2014

Push Mountain Road shows as an insane squiggle on the map, but offers good pavement and a nice flow. Think of the state of Arkansas and what comes to mind? How about rivers, tree-furred mountains, banjo music, moonshine and the smell of wood smoke? Well, if you’re a rider, what also should come to... Read more »

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