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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!

Crystal River Riding Reboot—Motorcycle Riding in Florida

Florida motorcycle ride

John Brumm
October 8, 2013

Last summer I relocated from Southern California to Central Florida, primarily to pursue a job opportunity, but in the back of my rider’s mind was the added lure of roads untraveled in what my SoCal riding homies refer to as the “Far Side” of the USA. But the day I rolled my Hona VTX1300 down the... Read more »

Moto Guzzi’s California 1400 Touring in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Lone Pine and the almost-dry Owens Lake

Clement Salvadori
October 4, 2013

Back roads make me happy. Two lanes, little traffic, preferably with lots of curves and undulations, rather like the better parts of California Routes 58, 120 and 178. Lots of gear changes, lots of lean, maybe a little braking on occasion when the yellow and black warning sign says 30 mph and the speedo... Read more »

The Kingdom of Saguenay

The Laviolette Bridge

Ken Aiken
September 5, 2013

It was the French El Dorado. Iroquois legend spoke of blond men rich with gold and furs who lived north of the Saint Lawrence River. Whether it was based on early Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland centuries before, or a fabrication created to appease early French explorers is unknown, but in... Read more »

Coal, Country & Curves—Eastern Kentucky

overlooks along U.S. Route 119 in Eastern Kentucky

Lance Oliver
September 5, 2013

At a certain time of year, the bite in the night air has me working phrases such as “last chance” and “end of the season” into conversations, until my wife finally gets tired of hearing it and kicks me out the door for one final motorcycle trip before the shivering season begins. This year, I... Read more »

Great Roads: Oklahoma

Red Rock Canyon outside Hinton, Oklahoma.

Story by Alan Paulsen, Edited by Heather Reinhart
September 4, 2013

Upon entering Oklahoma, a decorative granite sign demarcates the state line, followed soon by a billboard depicting a Buffalo Bill character, waving his Stetson, astride a spotted horse rearing out of the sign in welcoming exhortation. My next stop was the Route 66 museum in Clinton. This so-called Mother... Read more »

Sidehacking into History

Dirt roads just south of four-lane Highway 401 in southern Ontario.

Eric Daeuber
September 4, 2013

Many motorcyclists consider freeway speed limits to be a barrier. On a Ural, they’re more like an accomplishment. But the thrill one feels at 75 mph on three wheels fades fast, and not much of life happens at that speed anyway. So less than a hundred miles of our 2,800-mile round-trip to the Niagara... Read more »

The Patagonia Experience: Touring Chile and Argentina with RIDE Adventures

The Cuernos del Paine glow like beacons in the morning sun. The weather is fickle, though—clouds were already gathering as we motored off for our last day of riding.

Arden Kysely
August 8, 2013

The Cuernos del Paine stop us in our tracks. One rider after another pulls over to gaze at the chiseled peaks jutting up like deformed teeth in a Tolkien monster’s mouth. Gliding into the scene on motorcycles only enhances the experience. We slalom down a canyon road that reveals new vistas at each... Read more »

The Olympic Peninsula: Travel in Northwest Washington

Taking a roadside break on Highway 101 north of Brinnon.

Rider Magazine
August 7, 2013

Story and photos by Phil Buonpastore When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look out the window. It’s a habit I’ve acquired since moving to the Seattle area. Given the sometimes long periods of cold and rainy weather from October to April, any clear day warrants an immediate change... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Missouri

The “Big Muddy” Missouri River flows at a rapid pace, seeking its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.

Jim Auckley
July 9, 2013

The crack of the bat and the smell of yeast are never far away in St. Louis, a vibrant city—kingdom of baseball and beer. It’s home of the National League Cardinals and the historical site of the nation’s largest brewer, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This ride from St. Louis to Frankenstein is an... Read more »

Riding Adventure in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with Edelweiss Bike Travel

Though the crater looks quite peaceful, the Irazú Volcano is still listed as active; the last time it belched massive quantities of fire, lava and rock was a mere 50 years ago, so I kept the ignition key in my hand.

Clement Salvadori
July 8, 2013

At 11 a.m. we were parked 10,000 feet up at a small restaurant on the two-lane Pan-American Highway, sipping excellent coffee and putting on an extra layer of clothing in the cool air. Hummingbirds hummed around the feeders outside the view window. We had just passed the cloud-shrouded 11,450-foot Cerro... Read more »

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