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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 »

A Tale of Two Lakes: Riding the Circle Tour

Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, already one of the country’s great sporting arenas, is being expanded to add 6,600 seats. The Packers are the only community-owned franchise in the NFL.

Stacy V. Bearse
May 1, 2012

I’m a careful planner, but the key to this journey was decided by the flip of a coin. Heads, clockwise, tails, counterclockwise. It was tails, so my journey would take me up the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, across the top of Lake Superior, and back home along Lake Michigan’s western shore. My... 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 »

Wisconsin Motorcycle Rides: Touring the Lower Wisconsin Riverway

State Highway 60 Wisconsin Riverway

Rider Contributor
July 19, 2011

story and photography by Gary Ilminen [This Favorite Ride was originally published in the December 2010 issue of Rider magazine] State Highway 60 is the centerline of the lower Wisconsin Riverway tour, clinging to the north bank of the meandering river. From Sauk City to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin,... Read more »

A Three-State Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington

American Flyers Motorcycle Club

Rider Contributor
July 19, 2011

by Steve Larsen, photography by Bob Meador [This Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] BMWs dominated this run, but there were also two Suzuki V-Stroms and an H-D Ultra Classic. The ride begins with members of the... Read more »

National Parks Motorcycle Touring: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

Teton Scenic Byway 33 is like a gentle roller coaster and has a stunning view of the Teton Mountain Range.

Rider Magazine
July 13, 2011

Story and photography by Donya Carlson [This Yellowstone National Park Motorcycle Tour was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider] Teton Scenic Byway 33 is like a gentle roller coaster and has a stunning view of the Teton Mountain Range. As a native Southern Californian, I’m used to... Read more »

Motorcycle Tour of Glacier, Yellowstone and Teton National Parks

Grand Tetons and BMW F650

Kathleen Kemsley
June 15, 2011

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley There’s a reason our national parks are preserved: they are special, magic, even extraordinary. Yet in the most popular, swarms of tourists can be as oppressive as the heat of summer. Many memories of these places consist of fighting motorhome traffic jams,... Read more »

Essay Contest Winner Enjoys Edelweiss’ Montana Touring Center

Just about as close to the sun as you get on the Riding to the Sun Highway.

Greg Hohn
April 11, 2011

story and photography by Greg Hohn As an inveterate lone wolf when it comes to motorcycling, I wasn’t sure a group tour was going to be my cup o’ Clorox. In my 200,000 miles-plus of riding experience, I’ve learned I like traveling at my own pace and stopping as physiology and scenery demand. Still,... Read more »

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