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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!

Life Lessons on the Moonshine Lunch Run

The camaraderie of long distance riders is the foundation of the Moonshine experience.

Scott A. Williams
September 1, 2015

Even now that the property has changed hands, MLR riders are still welcome to camp at Terry Hammond’s farm. (Photos by Carole Helstrom) If you enjoy riding long distances and spending time with other people who enjoy riding long distances, there’s nothing else like the Moonshine Lunch Run (MLR).... Read more »

Ron Ayres Rides On

Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures.

Rider Magazine Staff
August 28, 2015

Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures, passed away on August 26, 2015, at his home in Galveston, Texas. Ron had been diagnosed with cancer early last year. Ron went from a successful career in the corporate world to start one of the biggest motorcycle touring companies in the world, with a tour catalog... Read more »

Old Roads and Aged Cheese: A Moto-Foodie on the Vermont Cheese Trail

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882.

Ken Aiken
August 11, 2015

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882. It’s  a dicey road for a motorcycle, filled with dips and turns that haven’t changed since the days of horse-drawn wagons. I haven’t ridden it in decades, yet I’m downshifting and braking like... Read more »

Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country

September 1915: Effie and Avis pose in front of the House of Hopper, a Harley-Davidson dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were on their way home, following the Lincoln Highway. Norman Hopper, the owner, expressed his admiration of the pair in a letter sent to Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee.

David V. Herlithy
August 4, 2015

Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become... Read more »

People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose

Bob and Val Ford on their ’13 H-D Road Glide Ultra among the redwoods. They’d been at Sturgis for over two weeks and claimed they had “ridden forever.”

Ken Frick
July 8, 2015

At the top of the Beartooth Pass I met David “Shag” Horelica on his ’06 Screamin’ Eagle Harley and Eric Van Praag on his 2010 Street Glide. Riding from Texas, they were on their way to Canada. Like me, they were hoping for dryer weather down the road. Gazing from behind small, wire-framed spectacles... Read more »

Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour

All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Steven M. Green
June 26, 2015

Living in Michigan in my youth, I once took a multi-day motorcycle camping tour on a Honda CB750, traveling into Canada and around the Great Lakes. My gear consisted of a basic Boy Scout pup tent, sleeping bag and a mess kit. Wearing a leather jacket and jeans and packing a yellow rain suit from the... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping Checklist

All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Steven M. Green
June 26, 2015

Use this as a baseline to get started. Add or remove items to suit. Once you’ve camped a few times, add your location on the bike for each item to the list, as putting items in the same location consistently will help you find things and set up camp. For instance, “TENT – left pannier.” RIDING... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Wisconsin’s Door County

Wisconsin’s autumn is a Technicolor treat in hi-def.

Paul Garson
June 5, 2015

The first slice of this three-day tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where five intrepid motojournalists landed on a Thursday afternoon at the city’s General Mitchell International Airport. We’d be cruisin’ through the Land of WI, a state known for the Green Bay Packers, as the corporate home... Read more »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Jeff Buchanan
June 3, 2015

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography by the author and Alfonse Palaima) Where exactly do the summers go? As I get older and older the summers seem to get shorter and shorter. When I was a kid summer seemed to last an eternity; from that... Read more »

Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan)

Clement Salvadori
May 12, 2015

Riding in Death Valley. (Photography by the author and Mike Callahan) The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people... Read more »

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