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The Grand Canyon—Rim-to-Rim on Two Wheels

Tunnels, bridges, narrow ledges and amazing views dot the steep trek down the North Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park.

Tim Kessel
August 5, 2015

It would be one of the world’s greatest loop rides…except for that big crevasse that gets in the way. You’ll just have to settle for a fantastic ride that comes up about 12 miles short of a full circle. Yes, those 12 miles that are impassible on a motorcycle are what make the ride so spectac­ular.... Read more »

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) DVD and Map Review

Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR) documentary DVD, by Noren Films.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

Kicking up dust on the Arizona Backcountry Discovery Route (AZBDR). (Photo by Jon Beck) A couple of years ago, with two friends, I completed Route 5 of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR), a 750-mile, north-south mostly off-road route from California to Washington through the central and eastern... Read more »

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 »

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