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In this section you’ll find motorcycle-related feature articles including biographies, technical endeavors, historical spotlights and other articles that focus on interesting aspects of motorcycling culture. If it’s not a road test, motorcycle spotlight, news, gear, rally, blog or tour article, you’ll find it here!

Meandering the Texas Hill Country

In the Hill Country, the Three Sisters route provides twisting roads and gorgeous views like this.

Bill Stermer
November 5, 2015

What better synonyms are there for riding than “motorcycles” and “Texas”? No matter your type of riding, the Texas Hill Country—the south-central area in and around Fredericksburg—will certainly appeal to your motorcycling instincts. The Fredericksburg area was settled by German immigrants... Read more »

Tour Review: Leod Motorcycle Escapes’ Mugello & Italian Backroads

The ancient city of Orvieto sits atop a butte of volcanic tuff, overlooking lush vineyards.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 3, 2015

The ancient city of Orvieto sits atop a butte of volcanic tuff, overlooking lush vineyards. (Photos by Greg Drevenstedt and Nancy Macleod) Why should you tour Italy on a motorcycle? With the Alps in the north, the Apennine Mountains running down the middle and nearly 5,000 miles of rugged coastline,... Read more »

Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Pearl of the Adriatic Tour

Our group leaves an overlook above Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Bill Stermer
October 9, 2015

Our group leaves an overlook above Dubrovnik, Croatia. As our jetliner began its lumbering descent over Dubrovnik, Croatia, I noted from the window the contrast between a modern suspension bridge hanging by threadlike cables, and the Old City fronting on the Adriatic Sea, its blocky buildings with red... Read more »

Pacific Northwest Odyssey: Mountains, Coulees and the Palouse on a Tri-State Ride

Wallowa Lake, dammed naturally by a glacial moraine.

E. David Evans
October 6, 2015

Wallowa Lake, dammed naturally by a glacial moraine. Whenever possible, I like to take a longer, more scenic route between La Grande, Oregon, and Richland, Washington, than my regular Interstate commute. Two of these routes make a nice 2-day, 500-mile motorcycle odyssey through the tri-state region of... Read more »

Stayin’ Safe: Goldilocks and the Three Gears

Select the appropriate gear for corners.

Eric Trow
September 15, 2015

Select the appropriate gear for corners. Through our Stayin’ Safe on-road training program, we’ve seen several consistent rider habits. One is failure to shift to an appropriate gear for corners. Riders often pick a low-rpm gear and stick with it, counting on the engine’s torque to do the work.... Read more »

Las Vegas Moto Vacation: Beyond the Neon and Slot Machines

The Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour from The Strip in Las Vegas. “The Cabins” were a Civilian Conservation Corps project in the mid 1930s. Did Kawasaki get the color for the new Versys 1000 here?

Steven M. Green
September 8, 2015

We all know about Las Vegas, either from our own visits or from movies and television; a constant barrage of lights, dinging slot machines, erupting volcanoes, gargantuan fountains, big name shows and sleepless nights. But after the convention is over and your head clears, the Las Vegas area also has... Read more »

Life Lessons on the Moonshine Lunch Run

The camaraderie of long distance riders is the foundation of the Moonshine experience.

Scott A. Williams
September 1, 2015

Even now that the property has changed hands, MLR riders are still welcome to camp at Terry Hammond’s farm. (Photos by Carole Helstrom) If you enjoy riding long distances and spending time with other people who enjoy riding long distances, there’s nothing else like the Moonshine Lunch Run (MLR).... Read more »

Ron Ayres Rides On

Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures.

Rider Magazine Staff
August 28, 2015

Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures, passed away on August 26, 2015, at his home in Galveston, Texas. Ron had been diagnosed with cancer early last year. Ron went from a successful career in the corporate world to start one of the biggest motorcycle touring companies in the world, with a tour catalog... 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 »

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 »

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