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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.

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 »

Tag-O-Rama — A motorcycle game of You’re It.

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Lee Goodwin
April 2, 2015

Have you ever ridden just to see a large boulder painted like a reclining, smiling pink pig? Would you jump on your bike to find a statue of Teddy Roosevelt? Is finding a decommissioned ICBM silo just 25 miles away more than enough reason to throw on the gear? If your answer is any variation of, “Well,... Read more »

Rider’s 2015 National Motorcycle Touring Events Calendar

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

Bill Stermer
March 19, 2015

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

Mototouring Italian Factories Tour

My Mototouring BMW F 700 GS, and Italy’s soaring, twisting Alpi Dolomiti were made for each other.

Dexter Ford
March 5, 2015

Mototouring is the Milano, Italy-based outfit that has been delighting novelty-seeking riders in places like South Africa, Vietnam and all over Europe since 1994. It is the creation of Eligio Arturi, a roguish, rumpled Milanese with a taste for good cigars, aged Grappa, great Italian roads and vintage... Read more »

The Borderlands: A Colorful Cruise Through the Northeast

Just rolling along State Route 97, at the Hawks Nest, north of Port Jervis.

Kenneth W. Dahse
March 4, 2015

Just rolling along State Route 97, at the Hawks Nest, north of Port Jervis. Like many riders, my favorite motorcycle-touring season is the fall. Mother Nature explodes with bountiful colors, scented breezes, vibrant blue skies and dramatic clouds floating across the heavens. That’s why my friends,... Read more »

Win Dean Travels: Forty-Eight States on a Free 40-Year-Old Four-Piper

Life begins at 120 (years, that is: combined age of rider and bike).

Andy Saunders
March 4, 2015

Think about your Golden Years. Time to road-test the rocker on the front porch? No way, says Win Dean. Time instead to visit everyone else’s front porch, on two wheels. This adventurous 83-year-old set about the task of seeing the 48 contiguous states in one year from the saddle of his 40-year-old... Read more »

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife)

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2015

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien... Read more »

Meandering Through the Midwest

The rails follow the river.

James R. Petersen
February 3, 2015

The rails follow the river. The planning session for the ride had been laughable. We were three old farts, card-carrying AARP members, edging into retirement. Gary had suggested a three-day trip to Red Wing, Minnesota. Dick fiddled with a recently acquired GPS. I unrolled a map. “What’s to figure... Read more »

2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Legendary dirt trackers at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. One on the far right is signed “Scott Parker, 9 championships, 94 wins.”

Greg Drevenstedt
January 30, 2015

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has been headquartered in or near Columbus, Ohio, since the late 1920s, with a leafy green campus in the suburb of Pickerington serving as the AMA’s home since 1998. Riding through the gate and down the winding driveway is like entering a lush city park,... Read more »

New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

Rider Magazine
January 8, 2015

The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless... Read more »

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