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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!

Learning to Ride the Alps With Edelweiss

Hotel Bemelmans Post

Jon Langston
October 6, 2014

The view from my room at Hotel Bemelmans Post of the Rosengarten massif in the Dolomites. Who could ask for more? (Photos by Jon Langston) Riding the Alps is the dream of many a rider, but the challenge of motorcycling Europe’s famous mountain range can sometimes prove to be overwhelming. Even those... Read more »

Salt Lake to Sin City: Five National Parks and a Highway Through the Sky

Arches National Park

Greg Stone
October 3, 2014

The Grand View Point at Canyonlands National Park opens to a breathtaking panorama of the White Rim Plateau and the maze of canyons carved by the Colorado and Green rivers. If you want to travel from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Las Vegas, Nevada, by the shortest possible route, the 425 miles of Interstate... Read more »

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Learn-to-Ride Class

MSF RiderCourse

Bill Stermer
October 1, 2014

MSF RiderCourse How did you learn to ride a motorcycle? If you’re an old-timer like me, you likely learned to ride when a friend who had a bike took you through the “Here’s the brake, here’s the clutch” routine. Then you tottered out onto the street and, with luck, didn’t run into a light... Read more »

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy

Harley-Davidson Street 500

James Parchman
September 8, 2014

Remember the Coca-Cola commercial that began with young vocalists harmonizing, “I’d like to teach the world to sing” and ending with, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke”? It helped put the brand on the international stage. Well, take out the harmony, and cue up some American rock ’n’ roll... Read more »

Motorcycle Ride in Door County, Wisconsin

U.S. Route 151 in Wisconsin

Susan Benton
September 8, 2014

Door County, Wisconsin, covers the tip of a narrow peninsula, with Lake Michigan lapping at its eastern beaches and Green Bay gracing its western shores. On U.S. Route 151 in Wisconsin, we take a quick, safe break to admire the wandering road. A popular summer destination, its shoulder-to-shoulder vacationers... Read more »

Riding Vermont Historic Route 7A

Vermont Route 153

Ken Aiken
September 3, 2014

Many of Vermont’s roads were built a couple of centuries ago when oxen pulled wagons. Now merely covered by asphalt, these narrow serpentine roads still undulate across the landscape through the moist shade of forests and fields bordered by stone walls. It’s motorcycle-riding paradise. Vermont Route... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel By Chaptering

motorcycle chaptering

Ray & Jeanine White
September 2, 2014

Chap·ter·ing (chap’-ter-ing) v. 1. To tour cross-country, intermittently, by motorcycle. 2. Completing a series of small road trips that, when combined, are a significant excursion. 3. Storing a motorcycle and gear at varied destinations then returning periodically for more adventure. The authors... Read more »

On the Record—Event Data Recorders

Event Data Recorders

Mark Tuttle
August 14, 2014

There’s a feature on several new 2014 motorcycles that the dealer probably won’t tell you about unless you ask. It’s called an Event Data Recorder, or EDR, a kind of “black box” similar to those on airplanes, except that an automotive EDR typically only records a few seconds’ worth of data... Read more »

Chuck’s Race—Anything Can Happen….

Chuck Frick

Ken Frick
August 14, 2014

Youngest brother Chuck, front and center as usual on his 1979 Gold Wing, with Ken, the author (or oldest brother) in back. Thirty-five years ago our lives were less omplicated. (Photo by Susan Kost) I’m one lucky guy. Since I was a kid it seems things have somehow gone the right way for me. Whenever... Read more »

Clancy’s Conquest: The First Ride Around the World

Carl Stearns Clancy

David V. Herlihy
August 8, 2014

Clancy strikes a pensive pose in the French countryside in the spring of 1913. After brokering an order for 100 Hendersons from a Paris dealer, he had the means to resume his ride. (Photos courtesy of Liam O’Connor & the Clancy Family Collection) Carl Stearns Clancy had a curious mind and a restless... Read more »

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