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Motorcycle Features: Bikes, Blokes, Culture and Beyond
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 news or a road test, gear, rally, blog or tour article, you’ll find it here!

Motorcycle Touring in Cuba with MotoDiscovery

Plaza Major in Santa Rosa

Burt Richmond
May 5, 2014

Wherever we went, like the Plaza Major in Santa Rosa, our BMWs attracted large crowds. (Photos by Burt Richmond) As our early-morning flight from Miami descended into the Havana airport, the pilot came on the PA: “Ladies and gentlemen, we will be landing in a few minutes. I suggest that you turn your... Read more »

WindBlownAmy: Artist, Rider, Survivor

Amy Jean Nichols

Frederick Tressler
April 1, 2014

Amy displays her 200,000-mile award with The Old Man. The dual-disc K-model front end is an asset in hauling down the often heavily loaded machine. (Photos by Frederick Tressler) The sidecar rig had an unlikely driver, a small woman with long, braided, graying hair. Some might have dismissed her as just... Read more »

Motogiro D’Italia 2013

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Laura Byrd
February 4, 2014

From the mountains of Terni in central Italy, to the Mediterranean at sea level, the Motogiro d’Italia course included a long stretch of the famous Amalfi Coast. “My friend Giuseppe was down for the count,” said Burt Richmond of Illinois. “He was laid out on a stone wall with a medic holding... Read more »

USA Tour Companies 2013/2014

Lake Mead

Rider Magazine
January 2, 2014

Why go on a guided tour? Because motorcycles are meant to be fun, not hard work. You can enjoy the solitary freedom of the open road if you choose, or the camaraderie of the group ride. You don’t have to spend all afternoon worrying about where you will sleep that night. You may meet new friends out... Read more »

Nevada’s Loneliest Road…and it isn’t U.S. 50

Cathedral Gorge.

Alan Paulsen
September 12, 2013

U.S. Highway 50 across the breadth of Nevada is billed as the state’s loneliest road. Having traversed U.S. 50 numerous times, I have to disagree. U.S. Highway 93 down the eastern length of Nevada is nearly 200 miles farther and extends through as much emptiness and lonely towns as the former. But... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Montana

In the background, Going-to-the-Sun Road clings precariously to the western flanks of Logan Pass in Montana.

SHERRY JONES AND TODD MOWBRAY
June 7, 2013

Yellowstone National Park, on the south end of Montana, is a veritable three-ring safari and special-effects razzle-dazzle where, no matter what you’re taking in, there’s something else you’re missing. Glacier National Park, on the north end of Montana, is the same way. A bevy of bison graze near... Read more »

Motorcycles at the Audi Museum

Motorcycles at the Audi Museum

Greg Drevenstedt
October 29, 2012

When German car manufacturer Audi purchased Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati last April, many motorcyclists scratched their head in confusion. Ducatisti wept, concerned that the automotive giant would impose Teutonic rigidity on their beloved, flamboyantly Italian marque. The hand-wringing wasn’t... Read more »

Wandering the Hallowed Halls of the Harley-Davidson Museum and Factory

Starting in 1915, Harley pulled one bike from the production line each year. The collection acts like a timeline.

Jim Petersen
October 9, 2012

I am old school, which may explain why I am lost. When you ride a Harley you don’t need no stinking GPS, no dang MapQuest, no thumbtwaddle smartphone. I rattle through the deserted, impersonal industrial section of Milwaukee in search of the Iron Horse Hotel. I pull over to ask directions from a guy... Read more »

2012 Quail Ride and Gathering

On a parade lap at Laguna Seca raceway one is not supposed to pass the CHP officer leading the group—although it is a temptation as one drops into the Corkscrew.

Clement Salvadori
August 9, 2012

If I could use only one word to describe the Quail event, it would be “friendly.” This is not one of those high-zoot, highly competitive “Concours d’Elegance” affairs, but rather a showcase for a lot of good-looking (mostly) motorcycles parked on the immaculate grass of the Quail Lodge Golf... Read more »

Motorcycle Ride with Ride Ottawa Canada

Spectacular lookout view over Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park.

Debbie Macdonald
May 16, 2012

Eight of us were invited to Canada by the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association, Go Ride Ottawa and Trillium Motorcycle Tours to explore the promise of their spectacular province’s slogan, “Yours to Discover,” by traveling the Ottawa Valley and Algonquin Provincial Park. So, after a long day of individual... Read more »

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