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Pigeon River Country: Sport Touring in Michigan

KB Valley Michigan

Kari Chamberlain
November 6, 2013

Michigan riders looking for sporting back roads with minimal traffic and serious curves in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula need only follow the elk herd. The state of Michigan introduced seven elk to the Wolverine area in 1918, and now a free-ranging herd numbering nearly 1,000 animals roams... Read more »

Sidehacking into History

Dirt roads just south of four-lane Highway 401 in southern Ontario.

Eric Daeuber
September 4, 2013

Many motorcyclists consider freeway speed limits to be a barrier. On a Ural, they’re more like an accomplishment. But the thrill one feels at 75 mph on three wheels fades fast, and not much of life happens at that speed anyway. So less than a hundred miles of our 2,800-mile round-trip to the Niagara... Read more »

Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Missouri

The “Big Muddy” Missouri River flows at a rapid pace, seeking its junction with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis.

Jim Auckley
July 9, 2013

The crack of the bat and the smell of yeast are never far away in St. Louis, a vibrant city—kingdom of baseball and beer. It’s home of the National League Cardinals and the historical site of the nation’s largest brewer, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. This ride from St. Louis to Frankenstein is an... Read more »

Iowa’s Unique Scenic Byway

From Murray Hill Overlook, we observe the vastness of the Missouri River Valley.

Susan Benton
June 6, 2013

What landform is found only in a small part of Iowa and in China? If you answered, “Huh?” you need to ride the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway on Iowa’s western border. You will enjoy a peaceful ride through hills up to 200 feet high. Loess (pronounced luss) is fine-grained, loosely compacted... Read more »

Great Roads: South Dakota

Where the buffalo roam at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.

Alan Paulsen
May 3, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the article Connecting the Dakotas: The Long Way Around North and South, originally printed in the August 2009 issue. As a motorcyclist who enjoys vacant, isolated roads, I stared longingly at the Dakotas on my National Geographic wall map while planning my next excursion.... Read more »

Riding The Santa Fe Trail: A Journey Back in Time From Missouri to New Mexico

Black Beauty, my Harley-Davidson steel horse, in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail (U.S. Route 350) heading for Trinidad, Colorado, 80 miles of arrow-straight history.

Bob Jacobs
April 2, 2013

In 1821, everything south of the Arkansas River was Mexico. Newly free from Spain, the Mexican government took new resources north to the provincial capital of Santa Fe and welcomed trade with America—we just had to get there. For centuries, Indian tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Comanche and... Read more »

South Dakota Escape

Looking northwards from a high vantage point on the Black Hills’ Iron Mountain Road, one has a bird’s eye view across the valley to Mt. Rushmore.

Mike Koplen
March 6, 2013

As a young boy, my stamp collection included a green 1952 three-cent commemorative of Mt. Rushmore. The four presidential faces gazing wisely across America from the top of a mountain were mesmerizing, almost mystical in their patriotic magnificence. In my child’s imagination, they embodied the historical... 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 »

Motorcycle Travel in Iowa: Taking The Old Lincoln Highway Across The Hawkeye State

This is part of the old Lincoln Highway, with a Parker truss bridge going over the stream; these steel girder bridges were very popular in the 1920s.

Clement Salvadori
July 24, 2012

Story and Photos By Clement Salvadori I was a little concerned about riding through Iowa in June of 2011. Nothing to do with bandits, earthquakes or extra-terrestrial beings, just two big rivers. That spring, middle America was in full flood, with huge amounts of snow melting and heavy rains, and I was... Read more »

The Long Road to Indy, A Scenic Sport-Touring Ride to the MotoGP

Is this the road to Indianapolis? It is if you believe that a straight line is the least fun between two points.

Lance Oliver
June 6, 2012

(This Long Road to Indy feature was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Imagine a multi-state Main Street for Motorcycling, a cross-country route made just for riding. Miles of sinuous asphalt draped over rolling hills, winding past tumbledown barns with faded Mail Pouch tobacco ads,... Read more »

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