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Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland

Delhi, IA

Susan Benton
May 1, 2008

story and photography by Susan Benton [Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland was first published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Although Iowa probably isn’t on your short list of places to ride, it has a prairie beauty all its own. If you really want... Read more »

Montana Motorcycle Rides: Exploring the Northwestern Corner

Riding the twists and turns of the mountain roads in the challenging Montana Rockies.

Beverly Kennell
September 18, 2007

[Montana Motorcycle Rides: Exploring the Northwestern Corner was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Our 100th Anniversary Harley Electra Glide Ultra Classic was heavily packed and ready for three weeks of road travel, rain or shine. For the past nine years... Read more »

Wisconsin’s Best Motorcycle Roads: The Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour

Apple River Park along Rustic Road 28 in Amery, Wisconsin.

M. Cooper Larson
February 5, 2007

Story and photography by M. Cooper Larson [Wisconsin’s Best Motorcycle Roads: The Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Most of us don’t need a reason to go riding-especially when the riding involves some of the... Read more »

Day-Tripping on the Lincoln Highway in Iowa

Corn and soybeans flank the L.H. as it winds through the Iowa River Valley.

October 1, 2005

Early in the last century, one highway paved the way—literally and figuratively—for the roads we enjoy today. More patchwork quilt than a continuous ribbon, it was stitched together from existing roads to create a route from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Although... Read more »

Riding the Heart and Soul of Montana

The RT, the white-capped Mission Mountains and the sparkling Flathead River: No wonder this place is named Paradise.

August 1, 2005

A whole lot of nothing. That’s what we expected to see on our journey across eastern Montana—flat and drear, sagebrush and maybe the occasional bovine chewing its cud with a bored expression. After all, we’d heard predictions to that effect nearly every time we told anyone we were riding the Central... Read more »

Wisconsin: An Off-Season Rumble Through Harley Country

Finding God on a Harley: If you’re riding the Kettle Moraine near Holy Hill, just look up.

Lawrence Grodsky
March 1, 2005

Oh, what I don’t know about Harleys! Like, um, where’s the toolkit on this thing? There isn’t one? Oh. Well maybe this guy sitting down at the booth next to mine can help. He’s wearing the colors—sporty black letterman’s jacket with the orange logo on the back. It’s 37 degrees outside and... Read more »

A Solo Motorcycle Ride to Sturgis, South Dakota

Rider Contributor
February 15, 2005

photography by Mark Langello and Buzz Buzzelli [A Solo Motorcycle Ride to Sturgis was originally published in American Rider magazine] I was leaving tomorrow morning and my clothes were strewn all over the bed, I had a load of laundry in the washer, my bags were only half packed, and my wife came in... Read more »

Roaming Wyoming: Riding With the Pioneers

Ancient rock frames the bikes in the Wind River Canyon.

Perri Capell
September 1, 2004

We had experienced a little of Wyoming by riding through it on our way to and from Sturgis, South Dakota, one summer. We were struck by the beauty of Wyoming’s barren landscape, red rock and endless desert. It remains relatively undeveloped, which allows you to see the Old Wild West in its original... Read more »

The Four-Stroke Singles National Owners Club Rally in Wyoming

FSSNOC rider sign-in was 95 percent tire-kicking and 5 percent paperwork.

June 1, 2004

Motorcycle celebrations take many shapes and forms. Own a Harley-Davidson in 2003 and you could have rallied in Milwaukee to celebrate 100 years of the company. Own a Harley-Davidson single-cylinder four-stroke model and you could have avoided the traffic snarls, Elton John and $200-per-night hotel rooms,... Read more »

Following the Great River Road in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois

Looking east from the Balltown Ridge is like looking at a Norman Rockwell painting.

Larry Betts
October 15, 2003

Thousands of years ago the glaciers swept across the upper Midwest like a giant bulldozer, flattening everything in their path. Fortunately they missed a small geographic area in northeast Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois. This area, known as the Paleozoic Plateau or Driftless Area,... Read more »

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