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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!

New England: Revisiting Old Haunts, And Some New, In The Six States

Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island

Clement Salvadori
December 4, 2013

The view is looking along part of the 10-mile Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island; this tasty bit of road is best ridden very early in the morning. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) The sun was shining, the day was warm, and traffic minimal. It was like old times, traveling along Route 66 (Massachusetts,... Read more »

Climbing the Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway scenic stops

Stacy V. Bearse
December 3, 2013

The year was 1806. After traversing the flat plains of what is now eastern Colorado, Zebulon Pike saw a smudge on the horizon. The next day the smudge became a bump. By the third or fourth day, Pike realized he had a mountain to climb. I had the same feeling as I cruised westward on State Route 24, headed... Read more »

Palouse Wheatland Treasures: Motorcycle Ride Through Washington

Benjamin B. Getz
November 11, 2013

The fall crop of Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) seems to be thriving along State Route 26, but looks like an unpleasant encounter should one leave the road. (Photos by Benjamin B. Getz) Fall…not my favorite verb, but definitely my favorite time of year for riding at the latitude where I live. Those... Read more »

Pigeon River Country: Sport Touring in Michigan

KB Valley Michigan

Kari Chamberlain
November 6, 2013

Michigan riders looking for sporting back roads with minimal traffic and serious curves in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula need only follow the elk herd. The state of Michigan introduced seven elk to the Wolverine area in 1918, and now a free-ranging herd numbering nearly 1,000 animals roams... Read more »

Adventure on the Alcan: From Dawson Creek to Delta Junction and Beyond

St. Elias mountain range

Frederick Tressler
October 9, 2013

I had been riding on a level plateau for a couple of days, a place where endless fields of wheat merge with the sky and arrow-straight roads melt into the distance. Western Canada’s Prairie Provinces have a beauty all their own. My thoughts, however, were not on the grassy plain. Instead, all I could... Read more »

Crystal River Riding Reboot—Motorcycle Riding in Florida

Florida motorcycle ride

John Brumm
October 8, 2013

Last summer I relocated from Southern California to Central Florida, primarily to pursue a job opportunity, but in the back of my rider’s mind was the added lure of roads untraveled in what my SoCal riding homies refer to as the “Far Side” of the USA. But the day I rolled my Hona VTX1300 down the... Read more »

Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Lone Pine and the almost-dry Owens Lake

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2013

Back roads make me happy. Two lanes, little traffic, preferably with lots of curves and undulations, rather like the better parts of California Routes 58, 120 and 178. Lots of gear changes, lots of lean, maybe a little braking on occasion when the yellow and black warning sign says 30 mph and the speedo... Read more »

The Kingdom of Saguenay

The Laviolette Bridge

Ken Aiken
September 5, 2013

It was the French El Dorado. Iroquois legend spoke of blond men rich with gold and furs who lived north of the Saint Lawrence River. Whether it was based on early Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland centuries before, or a fabrication created to appease early French explorers is unknown, but in... Read more »

Coal, Country & Curves—Eastern Kentucky

overlooks along U.S. Route 119 in Eastern Kentucky

Lance Oliver
September 5, 2013

At a certain time of year, the bite in the night air has me working phrases such as “last chance” and “end of the season” into conversations, until my wife finally gets tired of hearing it and kicks me out the door for one final motorcycle trip before the shivering season begins. This year, I... Read more »

Great Roads: Oklahoma

Red Rock Canyon outside Hinton, Oklahoma.

Story by Alan Paulsen, Edited by Heather Reinhart
September 4, 2013

Upon entering Oklahoma, a decorative granite sign demarcates the state line, followed soon by a billboard depicting a Buffalo Bill character, waving his Stetson, astride a spotted horse rearing out of the sign in welcoming exhortation. My next stop was the Route 66 museum in Clinton. This so-called Mother... Read more »

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