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Motorcycle Touring and Rallies
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.

Rider’s Annual Touring Events Calendar 2015

Americade, the East’s largest touring rally, takes place in beautiful Lake George, New York, June 1-6.

Rider Magazine Staff
June 3, 2015

What could be more fun than saddling up your bike, hitting the road, and joining a few thousand of your closest friends at a major bike event? To simplify life for our readers, we have listed the national rallies of many of the major clubs and organizations, with a brief description and contact information.... Read more »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Jeff Buchanan
June 3, 2015

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography by the author and Alfonse Palaima) Where exactly do the summers go? As I get older and older the summers seem to get shorter and shorter. When I was a kid summer seemed to last an eternity; from that... Read more »

Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan)

Clement Salvadori
May 12, 2015

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan) The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people... Read more »

Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line.

Frederick Tressler
May 8, 2015

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line. I was about an hour outside of Kansas City heading south on U.S. Route 169, a lightly traveled four-laner, and it was great to finally be on the open... Read more »

A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive.

Scott A. Williams
May 1, 2015

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive. Motorcycles grabbed my attention from a young age, and since I grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts, the original home of Indian Motocycles (no “r”), I’ve seen... Read more »

Mountains, Oceans and Back Roads in California, Oregon and Washington

(Photos by Clement Salvadori)

Clement Salvadori
May 1, 2015

(Photos by Clement Salvadori) “Less than half a mile after you go over the old swing bridge, the first road to the right is Lower Smith River Road. Take it. It’s a great ride!” With that suggestion from a total stranger at a gas station, I did. Lower Smith River Road, just north of Reedsport, Oregon,... Read more »

Hodaka Days 2014: Keep On Hodakin

More than 130 Hodakas finish up the largest Hodaka Days parade lap on record through the streets of Athena.

Story and photos by Ben Getz
April 15, 2015

In a modern day’s twist on the “Old Testament” plagues of ancient Egypt, the tiny Oregon town of Athena is swarmed, infested if you will, once a year for three days. Wombats, Rats, Squirts, Thunder Dogs and Road Toads besiege the town’s very core and squirm about in a pall of aromatic blue smoke.... Read more »

Utah Splendor: Native American history and geologic revelations.

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Story and photos by Tom Culbertson
April 15, 2015

Riding in Utah is always a treat. You are served a wide variety of motorcycle roads, a cornucopia of awesome and incredibly beautiful parks and endless exotic landscapes. As you might conclude, Utah is one of my favorite rides. This time I’m riding the southern third, west to east. Taking a photo/rest... Read more »

A Baja Encounter

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Story by Bob Whitby, Photos by Bob Whitby and Brian hayashi
April 14, 2015

Here’s what I took away from three weeks on the road, from Arkansas to the middle of Baja, California: You really have to want to see the whales. By the time I logged the 1,500-plus miles between my home and La Mesa, California, to rendezvous with my group in March 2014, I’d been battered by a headwind... Read more »

Broadleaf Tobacco Road

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Story and photography by Scott A. Williams
April 8, 2015

It’s late summer in the Connecticut River Valley. As I ride narrow back roads past small farms that dot the region, the early morning air is heavy with a dense, sweet aroma that’s both familiar and pleasant. The distinctive smell is broadleaf tobacco curing inside tobacco sheds, slowly developing... Read more »

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