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New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride

Tapetes de Lana, a cottage industry in Mora, New Mexico.

Laura Melvin
January 24, 2012

[This New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] The name Las Vegas is generally associated with glitzy gambling in Nevada and Sin City, the fastest-growing city in the United States. But there is another Las Vegas that sits quietly... Read more »

Riding the Best of Arkansas in this Peak-to-Peak Motorcycle Run

Antique Bike Run in Arkansas

Rider Contributor
August 11, 2011

[This Peak-to-Peak Alaskan Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by David Bell This group from the Antique Bike Run takes on the tight curves and 2,300-foot elevation change of AR 309 below Magazine. Living in one of the nation’s top... Read more »

Spring in Big Bend, Texas

Remote Big Bend National Park.

Laura Melvin
April 8, 2011

story and photography by Laura Melvin Three old riders, two motorcycles and one honeymoon, a week before the wedding. It doesn’t take much to justify a road trip, so Eleanor and I took Lew, her soon-to-be husband, on their honeymoon. We left Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Highway 285, heading to Big Bend... Read more »

U.S. and Canadian Rockies Motorcycle Tour

Beartooth Highway

Jim Petersen
April 8, 2011

story and photography by Jim Petersen [this article about a U.S. and Canadian Rockies motorcycle tour, "Road to Wisdom," was originally published in the July 2008 issue of Rider] When Don Scott, my neighbor and riding buddy, mentioned he wanted to go on a long ride—nothing but blue highways, maybe... Read more »

Ancient Ways in the Southwest

Ridig the Indian Lands.

Kathleen Kemsley
April 7, 2011

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley The climate can be too hot and rainy in the summer, too cold and windy in the winter. But motorcycling conditions in the high desert during the spring and fall months are nearly perfect. A commitment-free week in September beckoned my husband and me to ride the... Read more »

Kansas Encore: Return to Prairyerth

The essence of the Sunflower State shines upon the author and his Beemer.

Alan Paulsen
April 7, 2011

Wherever I journey I seek out regional motorcyclists for their advice about the best local riding. Far too often, though, I’m told by the brethren that they dash out of state, jaded I suppose, by the familiarity of their own surroundings. Such was the case when I last visited Kansas; the flatlanders... Read more »

Santa Fe Trail: History and drama from New Mexico to Kansas

Rider Contributor
April 6, 2011

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley We planned to attend a regional sidecar club rally in September. There was just one drawback, we thought: The rally took place in eastern Kansas. Kansas? What is there to see in Kansas? Though I had never set foot in the state, I had heard plenty about how flat... Read more »

Italian Bikes in a German Town: Aprilias in East Texas

Ed Cook (center) and Micah Shoemaker (right) founded AF1Racing.com in 2001. They opened their dealership in 2005, which is when roadracer Jon Francis (left) joined the team.

Steve Natt
May 5, 2010

by Steve Natt; photography by the author and Ted Phillips It was with more than a modicum of skepticism that I fielded the invitation to attend a weekend riding “some of the most beautiful roads in America,” in Texas, on exotic, high-performance Italian motorcycles. Reading the fine print had me... Read more »

Arkansas Motorcycle Rides: Ozarks Dual-Sport

Dual Sport Bridge crossing White River at Beaver, Arkansas

Bill and Susan Dragoo
October 28, 2009

photography by Bill and Susan Dragoo [Arkansas Motorcycle Rides: Ozarks Dual-Sport was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] I glance in my rear-view mirror, watching headlights emerge from the gloom…one, two, three. I look at the road ahead, back at... Read more »

Colorado Motorcycle Rides: Cañon City, Monarch Pass and Beyond

Switzerland of America Lookout Point.

Warren Renshaw
June 22, 2009

story and photography by Warren Renshaw [Colorado Motorcycle Rides: Cañon City, Monarch Pass and Beyond was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] In the April 2005 issue of Rider magazine I vowed to return to Colorado as long as I was able. It has beauty... Read more »

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