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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.

Retrospective: Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC (Turbocharged): 1978-1979

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California.

Clement Salvadori
September 4, 2014

Year/Model: 1978 Kawasaki KZ1000 Z1-R TC; Owner: Daniel Schoenewald, Camarillo, California. As the old adage goes, when enough is good, more is better. In late 1977, Kawasaki’s new Z1-R, a somewhat sexier version of the KZ1000, was good for a quarter-mile in a hair under 12 seconds at 110 mph. For... Read more »

Riding Vermont Historic Route 7A

Vermont Route 153

Ken Aiken
September 3, 2014

Many of Vermont’s roads were built a couple of centuries ago when oxen pulled wagons. Now merely covered by asphalt, these narrow serpentine roads still undulate across the landscape through the moist shade of forests and fields bordered by stone walls. It’s motorcycle-riding paradise. Vermont Route... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel By Chaptering

motorcycle chaptering

Ray & Jeanine White
September 2, 2014

Chap·ter·ing (chap’-ter-ing) v. 1. To tour cross-country, intermittently, by motorcycle. 2. Completing a series of small road trips that, when combined, are a significant excursion. 3. Storing a motorcycle and gear at varied destinations then returning periodically for more adventure. The authors... Read more »

Chuck’s Race—Anything Can Happen….

Chuck Frick

Ken Frick
August 14, 2014

Youngest brother Chuck, front and center as usual on his 1979 Gold Wing, with Ken, the author (or oldest brother) in back. Thirty-five years ago our lives were less omplicated. (Photo by Susan Kost) I’m one lucky guy. Since I was a kid it seems things have somehow gone the right way for me. Whenever... Read more »

Clancy’s Conquest: The First Ride Around the World

Carl Stearns Clancy

David V. Herlihy
August 8, 2014

Clancy strikes a pensive pose in the French countryside in the spring of 1913. After brokering an order for 100 Hendersons from a Paris dealer, he had the means to resume his ride. (Photos courtesy of Liam O’Connor & the Clancy Family Collection) Carl Stearns Clancy had a curious mind and a restless... Read more »

Searching for Colorado Roots in the Rockies

Independence Pass

Kathleen Kemsley
August 8, 2014

A riot of fireweed makes a brief, Technicolor appearance on south-facing slopes near the top of Independence Pass. (Photos by Kathleen Kemsley) As children, we heard many of Grandma Louise’s stories about Colorado. She was born in a log cabin a few miles outside of Creede, to a mother who had been... Read more »

Riding the Backwoods of Arkansas, With Scents of Wood Smoke and Apple Pie

Push Mountain Road

Bill Stermer
August 7, 2014

Push Mountain Road shows as an insane squiggle on the map, but offers good pavement and a nice flow. Think of the state of Arkansas and what comes to mind? How about rivers, tree-furred mountains, banjo music, moonshine and the smell of wood smoke? Well, if you’re a rider, what also should come to... Read more »

Great American Motorcycle Expedition of a Polish Girl

Weronika Kwapisz

Weronika Kwapisz
July 23, 2014

Weronika Kwapisz recently crossed North American on a Triumph Bonneville. Weronika Kwapisz, a rider, traveler, and author of the e-book Everything Starts From a Dream, recently crossed North America on an 80-day solo adventure on a Triumph Bonneville. Weronika, who is known for her lonely, daring expedition... Read more »

Touring Southern British Columbia on a Honda CBR1100XX

Duffey Lake Road

Scott A. Williams
July 11, 2014

Time for a break along the Haro Strait. The airport security agent lingered on my helmet bag. “I’m just trying to decide whether to hassle you,” she said without smiling. “You rode here on a motorcycle?” “No, ma’am, but I’ll need gear at my destination.” “You’re flying somewhere... Read more »

A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon

Crater Lake summer ride

Phil Buonpastore
July 8, 2014

The forested Wizard Island is an emerald green jewel in the sapphire blue Crater Lake. How far can you ride in three days? That was the question I asked myself while planning a loop tour from the city of Seattle into western Oregon. In early July, I had a three-day window and had been looking for the... Read more »

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