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Motorcycle Rallies + Clubs
You guessed it: This section is all about showcasing motorcycle rallies and clubs. Getting to know other riders with similar interests is an excellent way to get the most out of motorcycling. For many people motorcycling is more than getting from point A to point B; motorcycling is a culture and a lifestyle and we think there is some real value in connecting with those who share your passion for motorcycling… even if it’s just to talk about how much you love riding solo!

Moto Guzzi National Owners Club 36th International Rally

A row of Moto Guzzis.

Peter Switzer
May 13, 2011

photography by the author and Peter Switzer Italians love to congregate—whether it is the evening passegiata through the town’s piazza, with everybody having an ice cream cone; or the Mafia bosses gathering in upstate New York, thinking the cops will never know; or a couple of hundred Moto Guzzi... Read more »

Fifteenth Annual Honda Hoot and 2008 Gold Wing GL1800

Honda Hoot at Norris Dam

Greg Drevenstedt
May 5, 2011

by Greg Drevenstedt photography by the author and courtesy American Honda The Honda Hoot celebrated its Crystal Anniversary this year, and Old Man Weather gave the rally his blessing. Held in Knoxville for eight of the rally’s 15 years, eastern Tennessee in June has a reputation for muggy heat and... Read more »

Laconia 2007: Snapshots From Lake Winnipesaukee

The Central New Hampshire VOC chapter.

G.P. Garson
May 5, 2011

story and photography by G.P. Garson Two rules of thumb when traveling to new territory: One, the fastest way to learn the lay of the land and all the riches it has to offer is to literally let your fingers do the walking. But dress them in comfortable shoes. The Yellow Pages is a cornucopia of information.... Read more »

The Top Four Oldest U.S. Motorcycle Clubs

The Bike Club Ultimate Longevity Award goes to the Yonkers MC, DOB 1903.

Paul Garson
May 5, 2011

story and photography by Paul Garson and courtesy of MC, OMC, SFMC, PMC Setting goals keeps us focused, be they geographical or chronological in dimension. Being able to throw a leg over a motorcycle at age 100 (and getting the other one on as well) is one of mine. Four U.S. clubs have reached that century... Read more »

Rounders: The Goal is to Ride Year-Round

Mark Haldane’s KLR650 on Arctic Road with the Chugach Mountains in the background.

Cliff Yankovich
May 5, 2011

by Cliff Yankovich photography by the author, Mark Haldane, Gail Hatch and Steve Williams Are you the kind of rider who wants to get a little more time in the saddle? Does the thought of a “motorcycle season” stick in your craw and maybe even honk you off a little? Do you want to leave your bike... Read more »

2006 Femmoto: A Demo Day for Women

Femmoto participants enjoy a perfect day at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Donya Carlson
May 5, 2011

story and photography by Donya Carlson [From the April 2007 issue of Rider] Several leather-clad women are ogling a guy who looks like he should be on the cover of GQ. He’s holding a pink-and-white umbrella to shade his wife from the sun while she climbs aboard a Ducati and gets ready to head out onto... Read more »

Little Poland Vintage Bike Shop in a Vintage Brooklyn Neighborhood

Gnarly 1973 Triumph arrived at the Works Engineering shop after its “character” was enhanced by fuel-tank fire.

Paul Garson
May 5, 2011

story and photography by Paul Garson Carl Jung, the pioneering psychoanalyst, once wrote a small book titled Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle that describes a mystifying phenomenon in which you encounter a whole bunch of apparently random coincidences clumped together under one particular... Read more »

The Fourth Colorado Honda VTX Ride

VTX riders hammered the Rocky Mountain passes while relishing the twisties.

Dr. Gregory W. Frazier
May 5, 2011

story and photography by Dr. Gregory W. Frazier [This Fourth Colorado Honda VTX Ride was originally published in the July 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Fun. That was the word most often used when VTX Rally Riders were asked to describe their annual rumblings in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. When you... Read more »

Legend of the Motorcycle 2007: Act II

Looking north toward the main display area on the Ritz-Carlton hotel’s golf course.

Clement Salvadori
April 28, 2011

story and photography by Clement Salvadori Ever eat too many desserts? The waiter keeps rolling the dessert trolley by, and you can’t resist? Chocolate truffles. Créme Brule. Strawberry shortcake. Tiramisu. Peach cobbler. Key lime pie? That is rather the way it is at any good concours d’elegance—there... Read more »

A Hot Time in Knoxville at the Ol’ Honda Hoot 2006

Bill Stermer
April 28, 2011

by Bill Stermer photography by the author and courtesy American Honda How many years does it take before a rally is considered to be established? With Daytona and Sturgis already surpassing 60 years, and the Isle of Man TT celebrating its centennial next year, these are the granddaddies of motorcycle... Read more »

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