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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.

Coal, Country & Curves—Eastern Kentucky

overlooks along U.S. Route 119 in Eastern Kentucky

Lance Oliver
September 5, 2013

At a certain time of year, the bite in the night air has me working phrases such as “last chance” and “end of the season” into conversations, until my wife finally gets tired of hearing it and kicks me out the door for one final motorcycle trip before the shivering season begins. This year, I... Read more »

Great Roads: Oklahoma

Red Rock Canyon outside Hinton, Oklahoma.

Story by Alan Paulsen, Edited by Heather Reinhart
September 4, 2013

Upon entering Oklahoma, a decorative granite sign demarcates the state line, followed soon by a billboard depicting a Buffalo Bill character, waving his Stetson, astride a spotted horse rearing out of the sign in welcoming exhortation. My next stop was the Route 66 museum in Clinton. This so-called Mother... Read more »

Ohio River Valley: On the Trail of Simon Kenton

No gasoline, but many pleasant memories are available at this unique museum adjacent to the Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio.

William Murphy
August 7, 2013

Simon Kenton is one of America’s least-known heroes. Kenton and Daniel Boone were contemporaries in the beautiful but deadly wilderness of the Ohio River Valley during the nation-building period of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Boone’s story would have ended badly in a 1777 battle with Shawnee... Read more »

The Olympic Peninsula: Travel in Northwest Washington

Taking a roadside break on Highway 101 north of Brinnon.

Rider Magazine
August 7, 2013

Story and photos by Phil Buonpastore When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look out the window. It’s a habit I’ve acquired since moving to the Seattle area. Given the sometimes long periods of cold and rainy weather from October to April, any clear day warrants an immediate change... Read more »

Cruising Yankee Country: A Northeastern Four-State Getaway

The Hudson River flows beneath the Bear Mountain Bridge, as seen from a Bear Mountain overlook.

Kenneth W. Dahse
August 7, 2013

If your goal is to ride Yankee Country with its rural roads, quaint colonial villages and charming churches, there’s no place better than western Connecticut and Massachusetts. On this interesting trip, I had the additional benefit of riding some of the scenic roads of northern New Jersey and southern... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Missouri

The “Big Muddy” Missouri River flows at a rapid pace, seeking its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.

Jim Auckley
July 9, 2013

The crack of the bat and the smell of yeast are never far away in St. Louis, a vibrant city—kingdom of baseball and beer. It’s home of the National League Cardinals and the historical site of the nation’s largest brewer, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This ride from St. Louis to Frankenstein is an... Read more »

Twisted Sisters: The Texas Hill Country’s Most Famous Trio

A ranch valley from Ranch Road 337. These valleys are found in between the ridges in the Hill Country and most of them are jewels.

Russ Locke
July 8, 2013

Three Hill Country Ranch Roads, 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters, and riders come from near and far to enjoy them. For me it is near, just a short ride from my home to the first Sister. The first stop is usually in Bandera at the Old Spanish Trails Restaurant, better... Read more »

Hunting Waterfalls in Oregon

Powerful and thunderous, 120-foot Sahalie Falls on the McKenzie River is easily reached from a marked parking lot off Highway 126.

Tom Culbertson
July 2, 2013

Oregon’s Cascade Mountains were created by volcanic fire and falling water. Today the fire is gone, but the volcanic formations and falling water remain, providing breathtaking natural scenery and motorcycling roads we all dream about riding. This tour crisscrosses Oregon’s central and southern Cascades... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding Along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Riding through this lush, green corridor, you lose your sense of time and place. Progress is measured by simple, brown roadside mile-markers.

Stacy V. Bearse
June 7, 2013

Rod Serling’s words ran through my mind as I turned off Highway 61 to enter the southern portal of the Natchez Trace Parkway: Next stop, the Twilight Zone. Well, the Trace isn’t quite that odd, but it is a world unto itself. This 440-mile strip of Mother Nature is devoid of commercial traffic and... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Montana

In the background, Going-to-the-Sun Road clings precariously to the western flanks of Logan Pass in Montana.

SHERRY JONES AND TODD MOWBRAY
June 7, 2013

Yellowstone National Park, on the south end of Montana, is a veritable three-ring safari and special-effects razzle-dazzle where, no matter what you’re taking in, there’s something else you’re missing. Glacier National Park, on the north end of Montana, is the same way. A bevy of bison graze near... Read more »

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