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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.

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 »

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 »

Pigeon River Country: Sport Touring in Michigan

KB Valley Michigan

Kari Chamberlain
November 6, 2013

Michigan riders looking for sporting back roads with minimal traffic and serious curves in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula need only follow the elk herd. The state of Michigan introduced seven elk to the Wolverine area in 1918, and now a free-ranging herd numbering nearly 1,000 animals roams... Read more »

Nevada’s Loneliest Road…and it isn’t U.S. 50

Cathedral Gorge.

Alan Paulsen
September 12, 2013

U.S. Highway 50 across the breadth of Nevada is billed as the state’s loneliest road. Having traversed U.S. 50 numerous times, I have to disagree. U.S. Highway 93 down the eastern length of Nevada is nearly 200 miles farther and extends through as much emptiness and lonely towns as the former. But... Read more »

Sidehacking into History

Dirt roads just south of four-lane Highway 401 in southern Ontario.

Eric Daeuber
September 4, 2013

Many motorcyclists consider freeway speed limits to be a barrier. On a Ural, they’re more like an accomplishment. But the thrill one feels at 75 mph on three wheels fades fast, and not much of life happens at that speed anyway. So less than a hundred miles of our 2,800-mile round-trip to the Niagara... Read more »

The Patagonia Experience: Touring Chile and Argentina with RIDE Adventures

The Cuernos del Paine glow like beacons in the morning sun. The weather is fickle, though—clouds were already gathering as we motored off for our last day of riding.

Arden Kysely
August 8, 2013

The Cuernos del Paine stop us in our tracks. One rider after another pulls over to gaze at the chiseled peaks jutting up like deformed teeth in a Tolkien monster’s mouth. Gliding into the scene on motorcycles only enhances the experience. We slalom down a canyon road that reveals new vistas at each... Read more »

Ohio River Valley: On the Trail of Simon Kenton

No gasoline, but many pleasant memories are available at this unique museum adjacent to the Clifton Mill in Clifton, Ohio.

William Murphy
August 7, 2013

Simon Kenton is one of America’s least-known heroes. Kenton and Daniel Boone were contemporaries in the beautiful but deadly wilderness of the Ohio River Valley during the nation-building period of the late 1700s and early 1800s. Boone’s story would have ended badly in a 1777 battle with Shawnee... Read more »

Cruising Yankee Country: A Northeastern Four-State Getaway

The Hudson River flows beneath the Bear Mountain Bridge, as seen from a Bear Mountain overlook.

Kenneth W. Dahse
August 7, 2013

If your goal is to ride Yankee Country with its rural roads, quaint colonial villages and charming churches, there’s no place better than western Connecticut and Massachusetts. On this interesting trip, I had the additional benefit of riding some of the scenic roads of northern New Jersey and southern... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Missouri

The “Big Muddy” Missouri River flows at a rapid pace, seeking its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.

Jim Auckley
July 9, 2013

The crack of the bat and the smell of yeast are never far away in St. Louis, a vibrant city—kingdom of baseball and beer. It’s home of the National League Cardinals and the historical site of the nation’s largest brewer, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This ride from St. Louis to Frankenstein is an... Read more »

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