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Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country

September 1915: Effie and Avis pose in front of the House of Hopper, a Harley-Davidson dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were on their way home, following the Lincoln Highway. Norman Hopper, the owner, expressed his admiration of the pair in a letter sent to Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee.

David V. Herlithy
August 4, 2015

Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become... Read more »

South Carolina Secrets: Throttle Therapy in the Palmetto State’s National Heritage Corridor

A ride into the backcountry of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain traverses miles of therapeutic scenery, including bucolic homesteads, pastures and grazing livestock.

Marshall Swanson
March 5, 2015

A ride into the backcountry of South Carolina’s Coastal Plain traverses miles of therapeutic scenery, including bucolic homesteads, pastures and grazing livestock. If the weekend arrives and I only have time for a ride of a few hours instead of days, there’s a good chance I’ll aim my Honda Magna... Read more »

The Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures

town of Cingoli Italy

Clement Salvadori
January 6, 2015

The tree-shaded road is cut into the side of the mountain, approaching a village that has been on the hilltop for a thousand years or more. An elderly man is walking his dog through the fallen leaves—it is October—and offers a minor salute as we pass. The asphalt gives way to cobblestones as the... Read more »

Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Touring Center Norway

Savoring blue skies and empty roads on Norway’s western coast.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 8, 2014

Savoring blue skies and empty roads on Norway’s western coast. (Photos by Greg Drevenstedt) First came bone-chilling rain. Then came strong, erratic wind, followed by thick fog that swallowed our conga line of BMWs as we chugged our way up the steep, rough, single-lane road to Vestkapp. Knuckles white,... 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 »

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 »

Sierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California’s Motorcycle Playground

Capitol Rock

Tom Culbertson
April 3, 2014

Capitol Rock as seen from Sierra Way Highway just north of Johnsondale, California. For most motorcyclists, riding the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California means cruising over passes like Ebbetts, Carson, Monitor, Sonora or Tioga, or visiting the great national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings... Read more »

Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

Black Mountains, Arizona

Clement Salvadori
March 6, 2014

The CB500X and I are headed up to Oatman on old Route 66 and have pulled off the road to take a picture of the Black Mountains. There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and... Read more »

An Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-To

Alaska by Motorcycle

Steven M. Green
February 28, 2014

Every adventurous motorcyclist dreams of riding to a far-off destination like Alaska on the spur of the moment; just drop everything and take off for a month or a year. If you’re not going on an organized tour, though, the reality requires some serious planning. Especially if you have just returned... Read more »

Down To Downieville: Rural California Motorcycle Ride

Sierra Buttes

Denis Rouse
February 3, 2014

Sierra Buttes as seen from the lookout near Bassetts Station on Highway 49. My machine had been idle too long during a busy summer, occupied by matters far less important than riding, so I said to Cookie (Gwen’s father called her that and it stuck and I like it), “Let’s blow out of here on an overnighter... Read more »

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