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You guessed it: This section is all about showcasing motorcycle rallies and clubs. Getting to know other riders with similar interests is an excellent way to get the most out of motorcycling. For many people motorcycling is more than getting from point A to point B; motorcycling is a culture and a lifestyle and we think there is some real value in connecting with those who share your passion for motorcycling… even if it’s just to talk about how much you love riding solo!

Quail 2013: Motorcycles of the Future at the Fifth Annual Motorcycle Gathering

Quail 2013

Clement Salvadori
November 8, 2013

Early morning set-up out at the Quail Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Mark Mitchell can be proud of his 1919 Harley-Davidson J Model with sidecar—the combination costing $480 back then. Even though I’ve been to all five of the Quail Motorcycle Gatherings thus far, I still find it a delightful hodgepodge... Read more »

2013 Corsa MotoClassica

Neck-and-neck racing often came down to the finish line, with evenly-matched bikes fighting for every inch of track, no matter the engine size.

Paul Garson
July 3, 2013

Coming or going, three days of high-desert vintage racing brought out bikes of all flavors to the 18th annual Corsa MotoClassica. It was the 18th running of the three-day vintage bike event, a combination of non-stop racing, classic bike show, swap meet and grooving on the high-desert terrain some 55... Read more »

Western Massachusetts BONE Ride

The Golden Eagle Restaurant in Clarksburg, Massachusetts, is at the Mohawk Trail’s famous Hairpin Turn. The second floor balcony offers great views of the valley—and drivers trying to negotiate that turn!

Scott A. Williams
June 6, 2013

I’m a western Massachusetts native who’s been called Bones since childhood, so when I learned about an upcoming “Western Mass BONE Ride,” naturally, I investigated. A BONE Ride, it turns out, involves an organization called New England Riders and roads that its members include among the Best... Read more »

Del Mar Concours 2012

Larry Feece’s 1954 Vincent Black Knight.

Joe Michaud
June 4, 2013

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club track in San Diego, California, has serious history with the motorcycle community. It was long the site of a one-mile AMA flat track race, and has been a venue for classic Concours events for more than two decades. Encroaching urbanization and powerful residential landholders... Read more »

RIDE Motorcycle: A Club For One and All

Top, left: The Day Trip patch is a Challenge Patch earned if a member travels 1,000 miles in 24 hours or less. Middle, left: The Chilly Burger patch is hard won. The rider must ride over Michigan’s Mackinaw Bridge and back in December, January or February. Bottom, left: Members earn the Appalachian Triathlon patch for riding Deal’s Gap, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Ohio Route 555 in the same trip. Center: Our current RIDE logo is often seen as a sticker on members’ motorcycles or on T-shirts. Top, right: If members ride from Hell in Lower Michigan to Paradise in the U.P. they are awarded the To Hell & Back patch. Middle, right: This Best Roads patch is earned for riding Tennessee’s Route 129. Or as Dick says, “$2.50 will get you any patch you want.” Bottom, right: This patch accompanies the doctorate and grants the use of “Dr.” with a member’s handle such as Dr. Pilgrim or Dr. Stranger.

Lisa Gundry
May 7, 2013

Last Fall, I earned my doctorate from Two-Lane University after a seven-day solo ride through six states. I’m now known by fellow RIDE Motorcycle members as Dr. Souldance. Want to find out how I did it? I’ll have to start at the beginning—of the club, that is. Dick Stob and Jerry Fondse founded... Read more »

2013 Trailblazers Banquet

A scene of the sold-out crowd at the 2013 Trailblazers Banquet.

Joe Michaud
April 29, 2013

The Trailblazers are a social organization of pioneer motorcycling enthusiasts who have met annually since 1940. They preserve the memory of those who came before us and have contributed to the sport that we all enjoy. This 2013 banquet, held April 6 in Carson, California, was the 69th annual affair,... Read more »

North American FJR Owners Rally

Slocan Lake near New Denver, one of the many formed by the hydroelectric dams in the region.

Rick Cowine
April 2, 2013

If the opportunity ever arises to go on a ride through British Columbia, don’t hesitate for one moment, GO. That’s what I did as soon as I saw that the third edition of the North American FJR Owners Rally would be held in Castlegar, BC. Located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, this south central... Read more »

The Vintage Rally 2012

When you visit the National Motorcycle Museum, be prepared, as the sheer number of bikes and memorabilia are almost overwhelming.

Thad Wolff
March 8, 2013

Where can a motorcyclist go to experience our sport’s rich and storied past? Anamosa, Iowa, for starters. The National Motorcycle Museum is located in this small Midwestern city three hours due west of Chicago. Why here? As is often the case with museums, there is a passionate person with a vision... Read more »

Motor Maids Matriarch: Gloria Struck

Here’s Gloria at the age of 25, already an experienced motorcyclist and enjoying life on the road.

Thad Wolff
March 8, 2013

Lots of female motorcyclists rode in from around the country to attend this year’s Vintage Rally, and at one point I discovered more than a dozen Motor Maids club members gathered around the Women in Motorcycling display. The Motor Maids club was established in 1940. Its membership includes Gloria... Read more »

The Salt: Bonneville 2012

web-Ken on Salt

Joe Michaud
March 6, 2013

Some people, hearing about an attempt at a land speed record, picture a NASA-like project of crunching terabytes, wind tunnel testing and the ritual burning of cubic volumes of R&D money. T’aint necessarily so. The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville is an annual motorcycle-only event that... Read more »

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