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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.

A Short History of California’s Cuesta Pass on U.S. 101

This gate closes any further access to the original Padre Trail.

Clement Salvadori
August 31, 2015

Here the Padre Trail is approaching Cuesta Pass. I imagine we all have a lot of favorite roads. One of mine is very short. About three miles long, ascending, or descending, a thousand feet along the west side of Cuesta Canyon, just north of San Luis Obispo, California. It’s dirt, one-lane, built... Read more »

Old Roads and Aged Cheese: A Moto-Foodie on the Vermont Cheese Trail

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882.

Ken Aiken
August 11, 2015

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882. It’s  a dicey road for a motorcycle, filled with dips and turns that haven’t changed since the days of horse-drawn wagons. I haven’t ridden it in decades, yet I’m downshifting and braking like... Read more »

The Grand Canyon—Rim-to-Rim on Two Wheels

Tunnels, bridges, narrow ledges and amazing views dot the steep trek down the North Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park.

Tim Kessel
August 5, 2015

It would be one of the world’s greatest loop rides…except for that big crevasse that gets in the way. You’ll just have to settle for a fantastic ride that comes up about 12 miles short of a full circle. Yes, those 12 miles that are impassible on a motorcycle are what make the ride so spectac­ular.... Read more »

Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

The endless straight ribbon of asphalt undulates along the 49th parallel north.

Trevor Marc Hughes
July 10, 2015

I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right,... Read more »

The 28th Annual Clubman’s All-British Weekend

Bryan Thompson (left)receives the People’s Choice trophy, presented by dirt track legend Eddie Mulder, for his 1952 Triumph bobber. The Triumph also took first in its class for modified bikes.

Don Danmeier
July 9, 2015

Alice’s Restaurant sits at the intersection of State Routes 35 and 84, on a ridge above Woodside, California. To be fair, calling those country roads “highways” is a little deceiving. When you ride up to the place, you are faced with two choices: park at Alice’s, where you can eat inside or out... Read more »

People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose

Bob and Val Ford on their ’13 H-D Road Glide Ultra among the redwoods. They’d been at Sturgis for over two weeks and claimed they had “ridden forever.”

Ken Frick
July 8, 2015

At the top of the Beartooth Pass I met David “Shag” Horelica on his ’06 Screamin’ Eagle Harley and Eric Van Praag on his 2010 Street Glide. Riding from Texas, they were on their way to Canada. Like me, they were hoping for dryer weather down the road. Gazing from behind small, wire-framed spectacles... Read more »

Hollister Freedom Rally—Celebrating the Fourth Biker Style

That's a view of San Benito Street from the photo tower; parking is handlebar to handlebar from 10 a.m. on.

Clement Salvadori
July 8, 2015

Lots of noise, lots of music and lots of money spent…which is the way any good motorcycle rally should be. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists, the majority riding Harleys, converged on the California town of Hollister for the 2015 Independence Day weekend, and it all went quite well. Since this... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Wisconsin’s Door County

Wisconsin’s autumn is a Technicolor treat in hi-def.

Paul Garson
June 5, 2015

The first slice of this three-day tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where five intrepid motojournalists landed on a Thursday afternoon at the city’s General Mitchell International Airport. We’d be cruisin’ through the Land of WI, a state known for the Green Bay Packers, as the corporate home... Read more »

Rider’s Annual Touring Events Calendar 2015

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

Rider Magazine Staff
June 3, 2015

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 the national rallies of many of the major clubs and organizations, with a brief description and contact information.... Read more »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Jeff Buchanan
June 3, 2015

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography by the author and Alfonse Palaima) Where exactly do the summers go? As I get older and older the summers seem to get shorter and shorter. When I was a kid summer seemed to last an eternity; from that... Read more »

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