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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!

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 »

Searching for Colorado Roots in the Rockies

Independence Pass

Kathleen Kemsley
August 8, 2014

A riot of fireweed makes a brief, Technicolor appearance on south-facing slopes near the top of Independence Pass. (Photos by Kathleen Kemsley) As children, we heard many of Grandma Louise’s stories about Colorado. She was born in a log cabin a few miles outside of Creede, to a mother who had been... Read more »

Riding the Backwoods of Arkansas, With Scents of Wood Smoke and Apple Pie

Push Mountain Road

Bill Stermer
August 7, 2014

Push Mountain Road shows as an insane squiggle on the map, but offers good pavement and a nice flow. Think of the state of Arkansas and what comes to mind? How about rivers, tree-furred mountains, banjo music, moonshine and the smell of wood smoke? Well, if you’re a rider, what also should come to... Read more »

AMA Calls for RFS Overhaul

AMA Logo

Rider Magazine Staff
August 6, 2014

The federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard is a failed strategy that must be completely reconsidered and restructured, said Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association, last May. “The RFS is not working for Americans who breathe air, eat food,... Read more »

Touring Southern British Columbia on a Honda CBR1100XX

Duffey Lake Road

Scott A. Williams
July 11, 2014

Time for a break along the Haro Strait. The airport security agent lingered on my helmet bag. “I’m just trying to decide whether to hassle you,” she said without smiling. “You rode here on a motorcycle?” “No, ma’am, but I’ll need gear at my destination.” “You’re flying somewhere... Read more »

Following Hemingway: Motorcycle Adventure on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula

Lake Charlevoix

William M. Murphy
July 9, 2014

Walking along the channel connecting Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan is a relaxing way to watch boats and view the Great Lake. Iconic author Ernest Hemingway followed his own path in a distinctively adventurous manner. I’ve compared his approach to life to that of motorcyclists, pursuing adventure... Read more »

A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon

Crater Lake summer ride

Phil Buonpastore
July 8, 2014

The forested Wizard Island is an emerald green jewel in the sapphire blue Crater Lake. How far can you ride in three days? That was the question I asked myself while planning a loop tour from the city of Seattle into western Oregon. In early July, I had a three-day window and had been looking for the... Read more »

Sport Touring in Southeastern Australia

Views from Fitzroy Falls south of Sydney.

Jim Niesel
June 9, 2014

Views from Fitzroy Falls south of Sydney. (Photos by Jim Niesel) If you go by such films as Mad Max and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Australia must seem like a vast desert continent. In his book, The Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson describes Australia as “mostly empty and a long... Read more »

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