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The Long Way to Monterey and Morro Bay, California

View from Hwy. 33 out of Ojai, looking out over the morning coastal fog bank.

Tom Culbertson
October 9, 2012

It’s 6 a.m. on a Wednesday as I head out of Port Hueneme, California, north to Monterey—the long way! There are so many fantastic back roads through this remote and pristine Central-Coast countryside that every trip is a unique and rewarding adventure. Today, riding my BMW R 1100 R, I catch Highway... Read more »

Touring the Forgotten Iron Range in Wisconsin and Michigan

The view north from atop Mt. Zion takes in the rugged country that stretches toward Lake Superior.

Gary Ilminen
September 6, 2012

Late in the 19th century, in Wisconsin’s far north and on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, above ground thousands of men hacked out a living logging the state’s vast hardwood forests. At the same time, thousands of feet below the surface, hard rock miners blasted and hammered out millions of tons of... Read more »

Two-up on the Redwood Coast: Motorcycle Travel in California and Oregon

Road King and V-Strom, Oregon Coast.

Steve Mustoe
July 5, 2012

(This Favorite Ride was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) We were twisting our way up Highway 1, tight curve after tight curve, stunning ocean views off to our right barely registering as I focused on the road ahead. The line of cars behind us grew more distant as we kept climbing.... Read more »

Colorado Chasms: Riding the other Canyonlands

The serpentine park road winds along the edge of the canyon for 23 miles.

Kathleen Kemsley
June 4, 2012

(This Favorite Ride was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Story and photos by Kathleen Kemsley Colorado is best known for its lofty peaks, and rightly so. Those reaching at least 14,000 feet in elevation, known as Fourteeners, number 53 in this not-flat state. A lesser-known side of... Read more »

California’s Angeles Crest Highway and Beyond

Mount Wilson Observatory boasts a 60-inch telescope, among the largest available for public viewing.

Gary Koz Mraz
April 4, 2012

Snaking through the San Gabriel Mountains, California’s 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway, part of State Route 2, provides exceptional riding and spectacular views. Part of the road was closed for repairs for five years before it was reopened briefly in May 2009, then the road was closed again due to fires.... Read more »

Winter Musings

Jim Hale
January 4, 2012

As old man winter sweeps through the south the weather changes aren’t nearly as drastic as those in the northern parts of our country. No snow banks line the roads down here below the Mason-Dixon Line; no bitter winds rattle the windows or cause those out on the streets to bundle up like artic explorers.... Read more »

Americade Day Trip to Lake George, New York

Crowd and balloons at Americade

Lance Oliver
November 14, 2011

I’m 25 miles north of Lake George, New York, taking a break alongside the shore of the lake of the same name, when four riding buddies pull in beside me. Nothing unusual about that. Except for the mix of motorcycles they’re riding: a brand-new, big-ticket Harley-Davidson cruiser, a 1980s-era 750cc... Read more »

From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape

BMW overlooking skyline of Los Angeles

Rider Contributor
October 14, 2011

story and photography by Steven W. Ross [This Favorite Ride: From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] My Beemer overlooking the skyline of Los Angeles. In 1980 British artist David Hockney produced the painting “Mulholland... Read more »

Relaxing Oregon Motorcycle Rides: Exploring Unity, Oregon

Cornering confidence in Unity, Oregon

Rider Contributor
September 15, 2011

[This Motorcycle Ride through Unity, Oregon was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by Ben Getz My wife Mari shows off her recently acquired cornering confidence from the track day she took. Not bad for a grandmother of four! What distinction does this... Read more »

A Western Montana Motorcycle Ride to Wisdom, Opportunity and Treasure

Big Hole Battlefield, Montana

Kathleen Kemsley
August 12, 2011

[This Western Montana Motorcycle Ride was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the July 2011 issue of Rider] story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley Three wishes I made, three places I sought on a warm and breezy summer day in western Montana. Riding south through the Bitterroot Valley, my red... Read more »

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