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Favorite Rides: Motorcycle Rides from Rider Readers
Favorite Rides are YOUR favorite motorcycle rides. Published monthly in Rider magazine, each ride is from a different contributor. To submit your Favorite Ride for consideration, check out the Rider Magazine Editorial Guidelines.

The Blue Ridge Parkway from the Backseat

Mabry Mill, built in 1910, is a working mill and the most photographed sight along the way.

Susan Benton
February 4, 2013

Plenty of riders have sung the praises of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I’m here to give you the straight story from the passenger’s point of view. You remember us; we’re the ones in the turbulence, with no handlebars to hang onto and no clear view of the road ahead. Ours is a different experience... Read more »

Southern Utah Splendor

As a tribute to our favorite motorcycle writer, Ted and I donned berets and posed for a photo in Castle Valley, Utah, east of Moab. Castleton Tower is in the background.

Michael S. Brown
January 3, 2013

For three decades, my buddy Ted and I have taken long rides from our homes near Portland, Oregon. Years ago, we exhausted all the scenic roads within a day’s ride, so we bought a Kendon Stand-Up trailer in order to get our 60-year-old selves and Suzuki V-Strom 650s farther afield with enough energy... Read more »

St. Augustine SaddleSore

Taking a break by the palmetto trees on Interstate 95 in South Carolina.

Gary Dean Joyce
December 5, 2012

My favorite rides are usually on the Blue Ridge Parkway by way of the connecting back roads that bring multitudes of motorcycle riders to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. My home in Mayodan, North Carolina, is just 50 miles from the arterial ribbon of asphalt up on the Blue Ridge,... Read more »

Catskills Escape: Curves and Coolness in New York’s Reservoir Valleys

The Catskill Mountain region of New York State is home to green mountains, blue water and great motorcycle riding.

Mike Koplen
November 7, 2012

Say “New York” and people think of Manhattan with its skyscrapers. But most of New York State is rural, with excellent motorcycle roads throughout. From my home in the lower Hudson Valley, I can ride 25 minutes south across the George Washington Bridge into the Big Apple, or head north and cruise... Read more »

The Long Way to Monterey and Morro Bay, California

View from Hwy. 33 out of Ojai, looking out over the morning coastal fog bank.

Tom Culbertson
October 9, 2012

It’s 6 a.m. on a Wednesday as I head out of Port Hueneme, California, north to Monterey—the long way! There are so many fantastic back roads through this remote and pristine Central-Coast countryside that every trip is a unique and rewarding adventure. Today, riding my BMW R 1100 R, I catch Highway... Read more »

Touring the Forgotten Iron Range in Wisconsin and Michigan

The view north from atop Mt. Zion takes in the rugged country that stretches toward Lake Superior.

Gary Ilminen
September 6, 2012

Late in the 19th century, in Wisconsin’s far north and on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, above ground thousands of men hacked out a living logging the state’s vast hardwood forests. At the same time, thousands of feet below the surface, hard rock miners blasted and hammered out millions of tons of... Read more »

A Scootour of Puerto Rico

Just a few miles by Chinese scooter from the urban area of San Juan, the beaches at Piñones are uncrowded, undeveloped and unspoiled.

Lance Oliver
August 7, 2012

Sometimes you just need to take a ride. Even if circumstances aren’t optimal. Even if there are obstacles to overcome. Even if those around you react with, “You want to do what?” That’s how I came to find myself on Puerto Rico Route 191, a narrow road of tight switchbacks that climbs 2,000 feet... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in Iowa: Taking The Old Lincoln Highway Across The Hawkeye State

This is part of the old Lincoln Highway, with a Parker truss bridge going over the stream; these steel girder bridges were very popular in the 1920s.

Clement Salvadori
July 24, 2012

Story and Photos By Clement Salvadori I was a little concerned about riding through Iowa in June of 2011. Nothing to do with bandits, earthquakes or extra-terrestrial beings, just two big rivers. That spring, middle America was in full flood, with huge amounts of snow melting and heavy rains, and I was... Read more »

Alaska Roadhouse Run: The Valdez to Fairbanks Trail

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Dennis Bible
July 6, 2012

(This story was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story and photos by Dennis Bible When gold was discovered in the 1890s in the Klondike and later in Fairbanks, one of the fastest ways for prospectors to get to the gold fields was a steamship ride from San Francisco or Seattle to Valdez,... Read more »

Two-up on the Redwood Coast: Motorcycle Travel in California and Oregon

Road King and V-Strom, Oregon Coast.

Steve Mustoe
July 5, 2012

(This Favorite Ride was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) We were twisting our way up Highway 1, tight curve after tight curve, stunning ocean views off to our right barely registering as I focused on the road ahead. The line of cars behind us grew more distant as we kept climbing.... Read more »

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