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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.

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 »

Iowa’s Unique Scenic Byway

From Murray Hill Overlook, we observe the vastness of the Missouri River Valley.

Susan Benton
June 6, 2013

What landform is found only in a small part of Iowa and in China? If you answered, “Huh?” you need to ride the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway on Iowa’s western border. You will enjoy a peaceful ride through hills up to 200 feet high. Loess (pronounced luss) is fine-grained, loosely compacted... Read more »

4 Corners 4 Kids: Traveling to the Four Corners of the U.S. For Charity

A smile from two kids at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California.

Laura Melvin
June 5, 2013

I have made some road trips in my nine years of riding, but I’ve never managed to stay gone long enough to want the trip to end. I’m 64 years old and have begun to age like my dog—seven years on the body for one year on the calendar. So I began to think about a long trip before my body declared... Read more »

Southern Loop: Eldorado by Eldorado

One of the most memorable roads on the trip was this one from Uyuni in Bolivia, heading westward through the mountains into Chile.

Andy Saunders
June 4, 2013

Would you set out for South America on a bike you bought last week, from someone in another country? We’re pretty sure what the answer to that one would be…for most people. Bruce Baillie isn’t most people. Bruce has covered much of the globe in his freewheeling blue-collar career, and has taken... Read more »

Motorcycle Tour of Connecticut: A Taste of Nutmeg

West Cornwall’s covered bridge over the riffling Housatonic River dates from 1864.

Alan Paulsen
May 10, 2013

Connecticut is a compact state, some 60 miles wide by 100 miles across. When I studied a map of this coastal New England state, I began to notice that practically every road around its borders is marked a scenic route. So I considered that a perimeter run was in order to taste the spice of the Nutmeg... Read more »

Short Motorcycle Ride through West Virginia and Maryland

The view from this overlook on U.S. 50 shows Saddleback Mountain. The ridge just beyond is where Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, was born.

Mark T. Domenick
May 7, 2013

Done. Finally! The lawn is mowed, trimming completed, garage swept, and I even got the car washed. The Honey-Do List completed, I venture inside the house to suggest to my wife that since it is a glorious day and only mid-afternoon, a motorcycle ride would be in order and I will not be late for dinner. My... Read more »

Wild Texas: A Winter Ride to Big Bend

The Sierra Del Carmen Mountains at sunset on the east side of Big Bend National Park.

Don Mills
May 6, 2013

When winter drifts into North Texas, those of us who ride year-round seek more agreeable climates, yet never have to leave the state. Big Bend National Park, where the Rio Grande does a U-turn on the border between Mexico and Texas, is very attractive between November and April. During the summer months,... Read more »

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