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California Motorcycle Touring: Reno to Laughlin

Donner Lake was named after the unfortunate Donner Party, which spent its fateful winter near there in 1846.

Mark Travis
July 11, 2008

story and photography by Mark Travis [California Motorcycle Touring: Reno to Laughlin was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Westbound Interstate 80 carried us along the Truckee River from Reno to the Donner Summit, where we looked down on the lake and... Read more »

California Motorcycle Rides: The Ash Creek Wildlife Area

Is there any architecture more honest than that of a grand old barn?

Dennis Rouse
October 26, 2007

story and photography by Denis Rouse [California Motorcycle Rides: The Ash Creek Wildlife Area was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the September 2007 issue of Rider magazine] It’s the third week of January here at home on the high plains of northeast California, and I’m actually going... Read more »

Two Harleys and a Victory: American Rider Editor’s Tour Around CA

Clement Salvadori
October 3, 2007

[This Two Harleys and a Victory tour was originally published in American Rider magazine] The phone rang; I picked it up. “Time for an editorial ride,” I heard Buzzelli say, “mid-May. You figure it out.” Click. Because long ago our Uncle Samuel saw fit to send me to odd spots around the globe,... Read more »

Motorcycle Touring Lake Tahoe: All About the Lake on the Border

Mountain runoff feeds the lake year-round via scenic streams such as this one on the California side.

Olaf wolff
April 6, 2007

Story and photography by Olaf Wolff [Motorcycle Touring Lake Tahoe: All About the Lake on the Border was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the April 2007 issue of Rider magazine] During the record-breaking heat spell of 2006, when the days were too fiercely humid and miserable for anything other... Read more »

California Motorcycle Rides: The Medicine Lake Loop

A stunning view of 14,000-foot Mount Shasta from an overlook on Old Camp Two Road.

Denis Rouse
January 25, 2007

[California Motorcycle Rides: The Medicine Lake Loop was originally published in the January 2007 issue of Rider magazine] From my living room here in Big Valley I can see splayed across the northwestern horizon the seemingly recumbent silhouette of a broad mountain range the National Park Service refers... Read more »

Remembering 1947 Hollister


Reg Kittrelle
July 28, 2006

(This article was published in the August 2006 issue of American Rider.) Fifty-three years after Brando’s wild ride, we went looking for Johnny. You know, Johnny Strabler, the Triumph-riding sneer of a man with a too-cool swagger who, along with his black-jacketed Rebel Motorcycle Club, terrorized... Read more »

Taking Baja by V-Strom

Roads in the Vizcaino Desert are mostly flat and straight.

Clement Salvadori
July 1, 2005

It was a tolerable day, Kurt and I agreed, as we sat in the shade of a palapa on the sand at Bahia Concepción (Conception Bay). Air temp was in the low 90s, water temp at 84 degrees, a couple of puffy cumulus clouds in the light blue sky. Not a soul was to be seen, although a couple of motorhomes were... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Death Valley

Friend and photographer Craig Stein admiring Death Valley from Dante’s View.

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2005

You want shock and awe? I was shocked and awed, riding the biggest production V-twin made along a winding road that was dropping thousands of feet from the Inyo Mountains down into Panamint Valley, hustling this 800-pounder along nice new asphalt, occasionally scraping the boards on a turn, heating up... Read more »

Riding a Small Chunk of Northern California

The ocean is visible from Usal Road.

Clement Salvadori
December 1, 2004

Traveling along the Usal Road, somewhere on Jackass Ridge, I half expected to meet a stagecoach pulled by four horses. Which was the basic conveyance 90 years ago, when this was the main route down the California coast. Much of my little trip was like experiencing a small movement in the fourth dimension,... Read more »

Three Passes, One Snowstorm: Riding California’s Mountain Roads

I’m close to 9,000 feet on CA 120 on May 28, 2004, and I’m going to give up trying to get over 9,945-foot Tioga Pass and retreat back to Lee Vining.

Clement Salvadori
October 1, 2004

It’s late May, a week before Memorial Day, and a new Honda Gold Wing is in the garage. There is perfect spring weather, the whole of California being cool and clear. I read a one-paragraph report in the paper that Tioga Pass, at 9,945 feet in the Sierra Nevada Range, has opened a week before expected.... Read more »

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