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This section features motorcycle rallies and clubs, travel features, tour reviews and Favorite Rides. Here, it’s all about the ride and the destination often comes too quick.

A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon

Crater Lake summer ride

Phil Buonpastore
July 8, 2014

The forested Wizard Island is an emerald green jewel in the sapphire blue Crater Lake. How far can you ride in three days? That was the question I asked myself while planning a loop tour from the city of Seattle into western Oregon. In early July, I had a three-day window and had been looking for the... Read more »

Sport Touring in Southeastern Australia

Views from Fitzroy Falls south of Sydney.

Jim Niesel
June 9, 2014

Views from Fitzroy Falls south of Sydney. (Photos by Jim Niesel) If you go by such films as Mad Max and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Australia must seem like a vast desert continent. In his book, The Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson describes Australia as “mostly empty and a long... Read more »

Riding Pennsylvania’s Northeast Corner

Damascus Township Church

Kenneth W. Dahse
June 6, 2014

A stop at a country church in Damascus Township, Pennsylvania. When I want to enjoy a fantastic ride, I look for a place with a diversity of sights, great roads, and the opportunity to cruise through scenic areas with farms, lakes, rivers and small towns. My Favorite Ride that fulfills all of those criteria... Read more »

Rocketing Through the Cascades on Triumph’s Rocket III Touring

North Cascades Scenic Highway

Clement Salvadori
June 3, 2014

The average view when rolling along the North Cascades Scenic Highway is glorious—rides don’t get much better than this. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Bob Reichenberg) One day I got a postcard from friends who were up on the North Cascades Scenic Highway (Washington Route 20), showing the... Read more »

Motorcycle Touring in Cuba with MotoDiscovery

Plaza Major in Santa Rosa

Burt Richmond
May 5, 2014

Wherever we went, like the Plaza Major in Santa Rosa, our BMWs attracted large crowds. (Photos by Burt Richmond) As our early-morning flight from Miami descended into the Havana airport, the pilot came on the PA: “Ladies and gentlemen, we will be landing in a few minutes. I suggest that you turn your... Read more »

Riding Maine’s Rugged, Winding Coast

Cadillac Mountain

Scott A. Williams
May 2, 2014

Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands, as seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain, which is the highest point on the U.S. East Coast. (Photos by Scott A. Williams) Measured in a straight line, the entire coast of Maine from Kittery to Lubec isn’t even 230 miles long. Visit the Maine coast, however,... Read more »

Retrospective: Honda CB1000: 1994-1996

1994 Honda CB1000

Clement Salvadori
May 2, 2014

Year/Model: 1994 Honda CB1000; Owner: Duncan Smith, Providence, Rhode Island. Take a casual glance at the motorcycle in the picture and one might mistake it for Honda’s latest retro-bike, the CB1100. Nope, we’re going back 20 years to what Honda was advertising as a “standard”—a street bike... Read more »

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 »

Las Vegas Auction Action

MidAmerica Las Vegas

Mark Tuttle
April 2, 2014

The circus at MidAmerica Las Vegas. Its huge stage flanked by big screens, runners in the aisles and the non-stop chant of the auctioneer make the Bonhams auction seem like an English tea party by comparison. Both had good crowds and sold millions of dollars worth of motorcycles in early January 2014.... Read more »

Star 2013: Sport Touring is This Club’s Middle Name

MSTA’s STAR 2013 rally.

Lance Oliver
April 2, 2014

The winding backroads of central Kentucky provided daily diversions at the MSTA’s STAR 2013 rally. (Photos by Lance Oliver) The guy at the beer tent at 3 p.m. during STAR 2013 was the loneliest guy in Lexington, Kentucky. People actually felt sorry for him. Not that he wasn’t busy in the evening,... Read more »

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