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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!

Win Dean Travels: Forty-Eight States on a Free 40-Year-Old Four-Piper

Life begins at 120 (years, that is: combined age of rider and bike).

Andy Saunders
March 4, 2015

Think about your Golden Years. Time to road-test the rocker on the front porch? No way, says Win Dean. Time instead to visit everyone else’s front porch, on two wheels. This adventurous 83-year-old set about the task of seeing the 48 contiguous states in one year from the saddle of his 40-year-old... Read more »

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife)

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2015

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien... Read more »

New Rider to Iron Butt Record-Holder in Three Years Flat

Kate Johnston celebrates gaining a spot in the Iron Butt Association record books.

Lance Oliver
January 29, 2015

What did you do in your third year of riding motorcycles? Maybe that was when you stepped up to a bigger bike, or decided you were ready for that weeklong trip. Kate Johnston marked her third year on two wheels by riding coast to coast. And back. And it’s not the two coasts you think. In July, Johnston... Read more »

The Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures

town of Cingoli Italy

Clement Salvadori
January 6, 2015

The tree-shaded road is cut into the side of the mountain, approaching a village that has been on the hilltop for a thousand years or more. An elderly man is walking his dog through the fallen leaves—it is October—and offers a minor salute as we pass. The asphalt gives way to cobblestones as the... Read more »

Two Lanes of Western Washington—Sport Touring in the Evergreen State

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range.

Scott A. Williams
January 5, 2015

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range. Western Washington serves up miles of great two-lane roads. Huge mountains, dense forests and rugged seascapes provide vivid scenery while sweepers and twisties speak to sport-touring riders in the language of speed and motion. This route of roughly... Read more »

Track Day for Street Bikes

Track Day Motorcycle

Scott A. Williams
December 31, 2014

Riders work to enhance their skills in an environment free of the dangers and distractions present on public roads. (Photography by Arcy Kusari) When I get on a motorcycle I want to ride far, preferably somewhere I haven’t been before. The idea of repeating the same 1.7 miles over and over never really... Read more »

Sierra Nevada Three-Pass Motorcycle Ride

Sandy was the tail gunner on his Can-Am Spyder on the high part of Sonora Pass.

Rick Brown
December 30, 2014

Jake, Jerry and the group on the way up Sonora Pass. Our ride with the Sacramento Road Cruisers today starts in Folsom, California, and heads out of town via Latrobe Road through rural Sacramento County, past cattle ranches and oak woodlands. From there, State Route 49 take us south, twisting and turning... Read more »

Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Touring Center Norway

Savoring blue skies and empty roads on Norway’s western coast.

Greg Drevenstedt
December 8, 2014

Savoring blue skies and empty roads on Norway’s western coast. (Photos by Greg Drevenstedt) First came bone-chilling rain. Then came strong, erratic wind, followed by thick fog that swallowed our conga line of BMWs as we chugged our way up the steep, rough, single-lane road to Vestkapp. Knuckles white,... Read more »

Riding the Tail of the Newt in Kansas

High Noon Saloon and Brewery

Rick McNeill
December 8, 2014

We no longer ride horses to the High Noon Saloon and Brewery, but we still ride. Beer is sold in cans, which does well in saddlebags. Kansas City straddles the border of two states, so if you are from the area, starting in one state and finishing in another is no big deal. I’m not sure how the Tail... Read more »

Relaxed Riding on the Sunshine State’s Bridges and Backroads

Indian Chief Vintage at the Dakotah Vineyards in Chiefland, Florida.

Phil Buonpastore
December 3, 2014

A new Indian Chief Vintage at the Dakotah Vineyards in Chiefland, Florida. Enjoying a motorcycle ride through Florida is an exercise in skillful navigation. The highways around Orlando and Tampa, and from West Palm Beach to Miami are crowded and crazy with traffic, so the challenge for a rider is to... Read more »

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