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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!

Rising From the Ashes

Jim Key took a moment to mourn the loss of his 1971 BMW R75/5 after the High Park Fire in Colorado destroyed his home last June.

Heather Reinhart
May 2, 2013

Motorcycling is everything to Jim Key. He got his first motorcycle at age 10 and makes a living doing what he loves, running a videography business filming motorcycle trips and races. Jim met his wife, Jeannie, at a motorcycle rally and they both love to ride. Jeannie has done some work for Honda’s... Read more »

Great Roads: North Carolina

North Carolina Route 28 carves its way south to Highlands through some of the oldest mountains on earth.

By Scott A. Williams, Edited by Heather Reinhart
April 4, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the article Of Ribs and Roads: Barbecue and Byways in the Carolina Mountains printed in the June 2004 issue. Franklin, North Carolina (population 3,800) is the self-described Gem Capital of the World, owing to the rubies and sapphires found in the area’s mountainside... Read more »

BMW in the Americas, Interview: Hans Blesse

Hans Blesse, Vice President BMW Motorrad USA.

Mark Tuttle
April 4, 2013

In conjunction with the introduction of the new liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, Rider Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle sat down for an interview with Hans Blesse, who was recently appointed to the position of Vice President BMW Motorrad USA to succeed the retiring Pieter de Waal. The 51-year-old Blesse started... Read more »

El Tanque: A Russian Conquest of Latin America

Having recently left Bolivia and entered Chile, I was astonished by even more incredible snowcapped volcanoes and breathtaking vistas that had me constantly stopping in admiration. In this region of South America, many of these high-altitude alkaline or saline lakes host flocks of Andean Flamingos. For another two days, I was able to enjoy this barren paradise before making my way to Antofagasta along the coast of Northern Chile, where I managed to catch the Dakar Rally.

Tyler Keys
April 4, 2013

I looked at the steep slope in front of me, littered with large boulders, deep ruts and debris, and wondered how I’d gotten myself into such a mess. I had already walked up the trail to check if my big Ural would make it around one particularly large boulder in the center of the narrow path. It was... Read more »

Riding The Santa Fe Trail: A Journey Back in Time From Missouri to New Mexico

Black Beauty, my Harley-Davidson steel horse, in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail (U.S. Route 350) heading for Trinidad, Colorado, 80 miles of arrow-straight history.

Bob Jacobs
April 2, 2013

In 1821, everything south of the Arkansas River was Mexico. Newly free from Spain, the Mexican government took new resources north to the provincial capital of Santa Fe and welcomed trade with America—we just had to get there. For centuries, Indian tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Comanche and... Read more »

Riding Sardinia and Corsica with IMTBike

This is the little port of Castelsardo on the north coast of Sardinia, crowned with the traditional castle, built in the late 1200s; that was Homeland Security, 13th century-style.

Clement Salvadori
March 8, 2013

It was our second morning in Sardinia. After a bountiful breakfast we were riding along 30 miles of coast road that could cause California’s Big Sur Highway 1 to look a bit boring. A couple of hours later found us in the Gennargentu Mountains, where the well-paved byways, twisting and turning like... Read more »

Motor Maids Matriarch: Gloria Struck

Here’s Gloria at the age of 25, already an experienced motorcyclist and enjoying life on the road.

Thad Wolff
March 8, 2013

Lots of female motorcyclists rode in from around the country to attend this year’s Vintage Rally, and at one point I discovered more than a dozen Motor Maids club members gathered around the Women in Motorcycling display. The Motor Maids club was established in 1940. Its membership includes Gloria... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in the Appalachians

Typical vistas along the Virginia/Kentucky border.

Dale Coyner
March 8, 2013

“I think I’m lost.” Twenty miles had passed since departing the only hotel in Cumberland, Kentucky, that had a sign hanging in a broken window that read, “Closed.” That’s when the thought came to mind that I might be in trouble. I’d been traveling lonely State Route 522 for a while now,... Read more »

Crisscrossing the Lower Colorado River–Hoover Dam to the Oxbow Bridge

n an open road like this, the Gold Wing GL1800 is a wonderful ride.

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2013

For more than 35 years, a contingent of aging Yuppies that includes Yours Truly has been convening at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley in late winter. Now, after three nights of carousing, retelling oft-told tales and ignoring realities, the DV weekend was over. I cranked up the Honda Gold Wing GL1800... Read more »

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 »

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