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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 »

Louisiana Motorcycle Rides: Nothing Like Natchitoches

Dan Devaney on his Harley Softail at the Melrose Plantation

David Bell
April 28, 2009

story and photography by David Bell [Louisiana Motorcycle Rides: Nothing Like Natchitoches was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the June 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Natchitoches, Louisiana—It’s not Natchez, as in the Natchez Trace; it’s not Nacogdoches, the town in east Texas. It’s... Read more »

Firstgear Motorcycle Ride in Utah and Colorado

Rain in Crested Butte allowed us to test the water resistance of our gear and chase rainbows.

Greg Drevenstedt
April 9, 2009

(This “Favorite Ride” was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider Magazine.” As a 15-year-old mountain biker living in Georgia, I dreamed of riding in two places: The slickrock trails of Moab, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain trails near Crested Butte, Colorado. Since those... Read more »

Firstgear Colorado Motorcycle Ride: 2,252 miles from CA to CO

The riders in Crested Butte and a rainbow in the background.

Rider Magazine
February 24, 2009

photography by Greg Drevenstedt and Mark Kincart [Firstgear Colorado Motorcycle Ride: 2,252 miles from CA to CO was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Rain in Crested Butte allowed us to test the water resistance of our gear and chase rainbows. As a 15-year-old mountain... Read more »

On the Road: Riding The Four Corners

On the road to Ouray, Colorado.

J. Joshua Placa
October 15, 2008

story and photos by J. Joshua Placa In the Great Basin of the ancient Southwest, nothing is as it seems. Infinite expanses of petrified sand and rusted rock, cacti and eternal sky spread out before you, seducing the unwary traveler with the matchless excitement and wonder of an undiscovered frontier.... Read more »

Crossing the Ozark Mountains on an Ultra Classic Electra Glide

Rider Magazine
August 20, 2008

I could feel the disgruntlement of the Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide, the one with all the options, as we swung on to I-155. Her sentiment was that I might as well be in a Winnebago if I wanted to go on the Interstate. The Ultra, whom I will call Ullie as she has the lines of a well-fed... Read more »

New Mexico Motorcycle Rides: Lincoln National Forest

Capitan Mountains east of Valley of Fires, NM

Kathleen Kemsley
July 11, 2008

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley [New Mexico Motorcycle Rides: Lincoln National Forest was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Question: What’s black and white and red all over? Answer: A motorcycle route through the region surrounding Lincoln... Read more »

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