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Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

Black Mountains, Arizona

Clement Salvadori
March 6, 2014

The CB500X and I are headed up to Oatman on old Route 66 and have pulled off the road to take a picture of the Black Mountains. There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and... Read more »

Crisscrossing the Lower Colorado River–Hoover Dam to the Oxbow Bridge

n an open road like this, the Gold Wing GL1800 is a wonderful ride.

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2013

For more than 35 years, a contingent of aging Yuppies that includes Yours Truly has been convening at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley in late winter. Now, after three nights of carousing, retelling oft-told tales and ignoring realities, the DV weekend was over. I cranked up the Honda Gold Wing GL1800... Read more »

Southern California Motorcycle Rides: Escape to Arizona

Skull Valley Garage in Arizona

Joe Michaud
August 10, 2011

[This Escape to Arizona Southern California Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] photography by Chris Wykoff Skull Valley, west of Prescott, got its name from settlers who discovered bones left to dry in the hot sun. Living in the lower left corner of California... Read more »

Arizona Motorcycle Roads: Oatman, Kingman and Prescott

Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail

Alan Paulsen
April 5, 2011

story and photography by Alan Paulsen Let’s be honest. The reason many motorcyclists are drawn to the old gold-mining town of Oatman located on historic U.S. Route 66 in Western Arizona, besides the authentic Western atmosphere and wonderful Arizona motorcycle roads, is the saloons and the absence... Read more »

A Motorcycle Ride through Old Arizona

Harley-Davidson in Tombstone, Arizona

Scott Webster
December 4, 2009

Story and Photography by Scott Webster [A Motorcycle Ride through Old Arizona first appeared in the January 2010 issue of Rider magazine] At a party long ago, King Herod offered the fetching young Salome up to half of his kingdom as a reward for her fancy dancing. Clearly, he’d had a few drinks. Lately,... Read more »

On the Road: Riding The Four Corners

On the road to Ouray, Colorado.

J. Joshua Placa
October 15, 2008

story and photos by J. Joshua Placa In the Great Basin of the ancient Southwest, nothing is as it seems. Infinite expanses of petrified sand and rusted rock, cacti and eternal sky spread out before you, seducing the unwary traveler with the matchless excitement and wonder of an undiscovered frontier.... Read more »

Arizona Motorcycle Rides: Florence, Phoenix, Tucson

Cactus along the Apache Trail.

Mike Henry
July 11, 2008

story and photography by Mike Henry [Arizona Motorcycle Rides: Florence, Phoenix, Tucson originally published as a Favorite Ride in the April 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Most motorcyclists dream of that once-in-a-lifetime trek to the Arctic Circle, or even participating in an Iron Butt Rally, but few... Read more »

Praising Arizona: Riding the Grand Canyon State

Rider Magazine
January 2, 2008

The great state of Arizona—which combines endless vistas of scenery beyond description with incredible riding opportunities has always been a favorite of mine. As luck would have it, Harley-Davidson and Best Western International hotels invited American Rider on a multi-journalist press junket in Arizona... Read more »

Arizona Motorcycle Rides: Bloody Basin and the American Southwest

Arizona Motorycle Touring— Bikes with flag

Rider Contributor
October 26, 2007

story and photography by K.D. Margosian [Arizona Motorcycle Rides: Bloody Basin and the American Southwest was originally published in the October 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Big Bug Creek, Table Mesa, Bloody Basin, Montezuma Well, Dead Horse Ranch—graphic names that conjure up images associated... Read more »

Questing The Grand Canyon

Rider Magazine
July 18, 2006

Certainly one worth the pilgrimage is a place so vast and breathless it extends beyond any sense of human scope. If we ever wondered why we ride, arriving at the Grand Canyon offers an epiphany. It is a defining moment that distinguishes the risk and ruggedness of our lifestyle. I think you have to pity... Read more »