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35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

A beautiful day on the Cabot Trail, with the Gulf of St. Lawrence off to the left.

Clement Salvadori
September 3, 2015

Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil, but just in case you do, here are 35 to start your list, arranged alphabetically by state or country. 1. Arizona The longest stretch of genuine old U.S. 66 is in western Arizona,... Read more »

Clement Salvadori’s “No Thru Road”

Clement Salvadori's "No Thru Road: Confessions of a Traveling Man"

Rider Magazine Staff
August 18, 2015

Clement Salvadori’s “No Thru Road: Confessions of a Traveling Man” Rider contributor and moto-journalist Clement Salvadori has been riding motorcycles since the age of 15 and traveling all of his life, accumulating well over a million miles in the saddle across more than 70 countries... Read more »

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014

Clement Salvadori
November 12, 2014

Green grass, white tents, sunny weather, good food and several hundred cool bikes make for a great day. (Photos by Clement Salvadori) Somebody at the The Quail has a secure line to the weather gods. May 17th was a beautiful day in California’s Carmel Valley, as it has been for the previous five Gatherings.... Read more »

The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, 2nd Edition – Book Review

Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, 2nd edition

Clement Salvadori
March 11, 2014

Had I had the benefits of Dale Conyer’s book, The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Travel, back when I took my first real motorcycle trip, I would have been a good deal happier. There we were, two 17-year-olds tearing around for two months on a pair of used 250s, and I think the closest thing we had to... Read more »

Book Review: Motorcycle Journeys Through New England, Fourth Edition


Clement Salvadori
July 19, 2013

I got back from a ten-day trip to New England and found a copy of Ken Aiken’s book in the mail. Dang! I wish I had brought it with me! I would have made some deviations in my brief six-state ride. Ken knows his territory well. Not that I’m a stranger to New England. I grew up there, perfected my... Read more »

Rolling Through the Isles, by Ted Simon – Book Review


Clement Salvadori
September 14, 2012

Somebody asks Ted that if he had only one more motorcycle trip to do, where would he go? Many of us might think about exotic places, like Bali, or adventurous, like Tibet, or sybaritic, like the French Riviera. But Ted, a sensible chap, looks back over a long life, and decides he would like to return... Read more »

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting

Clement Salvadori
November 14, 2011

All sorts of motorcycles were on hand, but the dual-purpose bikes predominated, with lots of KTMs, BMWs, and Japanese singles. Motorcycle events are proliferating – which is a good thing. I was especially tickled when Horizons Unlimited (HU) called me up to say they were having a meeting in Cambria,... Read more »

Retrospective: BSA B25 Starfire 250: 1968-1970

1968 BSA B25 Starfire 250.

Clement Salvadori
October 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article was published in the October 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY and photography BY CLEMENT SALVADORI This little machine was an anomaly when it appeared on the showroom floors in 1968; though it was a rather attractive motorcycle, it was powered by an old-fashioned single-cylinder... Read more »

Retrospective: Yamaha TDM 850: 1992-1993

1992 Yamaha TDM 850.

Clement Salvadori
May 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article appeared in the May 2007 issue of Rider.) New Sports? What was a “New Sports” machine? In this case it seemed to be a “naked” bike partially clothed in a small fairing, which had a curious bicloptic headlight arrangement, the two bulbs side by side. Definitely unusual.... Read more »

2006 Triumph Bonneville T100 Cross Country Motorcycle Tour

The 1898 Hotel Connor is the central focus of activity in Jerome, Arizona; when it opened, rooms were a dollar apiece, but the price has gone up.

Clement Salvadori
April 6, 2006

story and photography by Clement Salvadori [This Triumph Bonneville T100 Cross Country Motorcycle Tour was originally published in the December 2006 issue of Rider magazine] “How come you’re in Post?” he asks. Sensible question, as Post is not really on the main road to anywhere, and I am obviously... Read more »