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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.

WindBlownAmy: Artist, Rider, Survivor

Amy Jean Nichols

Frederick Tressler
April 1, 2014

Amy displays her 200,000-mile award with The Old Man. The dual-disc K-model front end is an asset in hauling down the often heavily loaded machine. (Photos by Frederick Tressler) The sidecar rig had an unlikely driver, a small woman with long, braided, graying hair. Some might have dismissed her as just... Read more »

AltRider’s 2014 Taste of Dakar

South America too far away? Head to Pahrump, Nevada, instead. (Photo by Dave Wachs)

Greg Drevenstedt
March 28, 2014

South America too far away? Head to Pahrump, Nevada, instead. (Photo by Dave Wachs) Sun, rain, wind. Hot and cold. Sand, mud, gravel, snow, even some asphalt. Long hours in the saddle, challenging routes, motorcycle field repairs. Grizzled rally veterans, group meals and camping. Sounds a lot like the... Read more »

The 15 Best U.S. Roads Motorcycle Challenge

California Bixby Bridge

Bob Roger
March 26, 2014

The Southern California Motorcycling Association produces an annual Best 15 U.S. Roads Challenge. The 15 roads are announced annually as the “collection” for that year, with some being retained from year to year. The entire distance of each road must be traveled between the locations listed for the... Read more »

Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

Black Mountains, Arizona

Clement Salvadori
March 6, 2014

The CB500X and I are headed up to Oatman on old Route 66 and have pulled off the road to take a picture of the Black Mountains. There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and... Read more »

An Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-To

Alaska by Motorcycle

Steven M. Green
February 28, 2014

Every adventurous motorcyclist dreams of riding to a far-off destination like Alaska on the spur of the moment; just drop everything and take off for a month or a year. If you’re not going on an organized tour, though, the reality requires some serious planning. Especially if you have just returned... Read more »

The Ultimate Alps with Edelweiss Bike Travel

Dolomites

Dexter Ford
February 5, 2014

Austrians and Italians have fought for centuries over the Dolomites. Now we know what all the fuss was about. About 50 million years ago, Africa, which was probably glancing down at its iPhone, crashed headfirst into Europe, which was just sitting in plate-tectonic traffic, minding its own business. Like... Read more »

Motogiro D’Italia 2013

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Laura Byrd
February 4, 2014

From the mountains of Terni in central Italy, to the Mediterranean at sea level, the Motogiro d’Italia course included a long stretch of the famous Amalfi Coast. “My friend Giuseppe was down for the count,” said Burt Richmond of Illinois. “He was laid out on a stone wall with a medic holding... Read more »

Return to Baja

Sea of Cortez

Steven M Green
January 20, 2014

Stopping to enjoy the view outside of Puertecitos, a short ride south of Ensenada, we rested and admired the Sea of Cortez. My buddy Dave’s rental BMW F 800 GS, from MotoQuest, was perfect for the trip. Having completed a long tour, everyone asks me: “Where ‘ya going next?” After reading a newspaper... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding Through Scenic Eastern New York

New York Horses

Scott Williams
January 3, 2014

I glanced down at the clock on my GPS and saw the time change from 6:59 to 7:00 a.m. I looked back up and saw Doug Gray pull into our meeting spot. Punctuality is a quality I have long associated with Doug. I’ve also learned to appreciate his ability to combine interesting roads into great routes. That... Read more »

2013 Celebration of the Motorcycle at Del Mar

An 8-valve Indian board tracker owned by Larry Feece, who took home multiple concours awards.

Joe Michaud
December 20, 2013

An 8-valve Indian boardtracker owned by Larry Feece, who took home multiple concours awards. In September, the Del Mar Fairgrounds near San Diego, California, hosted the 2013 Celebration of the Motorcycle, a three-day event that included a charity ride, motorcycle auction and concours d’elegance. The... Read more »

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