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Waiting for the Volcano: Motorcycle Travel in Ecuador

An active volcano, Tungarahua, is spewing smoke and ash into the clouds about a mile from this spot, up above the mountain-playground town of Baños. Which shows you why it’s a good idea to stay upwind of an active volcano.

Dexter Ford
May 2, 2012

I felt stupid. Not a new experience, to be sure. But this time, even more than usual. I’d been invited to ride a motorcycle through Ecuador. Which sounded like a great idea. It did, however, raise some basic questions. Like what—and where—is Ecuador? I feel just a little smarter now. It took 10... Read more »

Newfoundland Adventure: Motorcycle Travel Feature

Twillingate is the “Iceberg Capital” of Newfoundland. Icebergs arrive from Greenland from March to July. They are composed of snow that fell 15,000 years ago and average the size of a 15-story building. And yes, 90 percent of an iceberg is below water.

Jeff McQueen
April 3, 2012

I had ridden 1,000 miles to catch the 11:30 a.m. ferry to Newfoundland. But I was late and lost and boarding closed in 10 minutes. I had made the classic GPS mistake—punched in a destination without checking a map. I was in Sydney, Nova Scotia, but the ferry was boarding in North Sydney, 12 miles away.... Read more »

Adriatic Motorcycle Tours’ Beautiful Balkans Adventure

Our tour group overlooking Kotor Bay and the ancient city of Kotor in Montenegro. The walled city, once controlled by the Republic of Venice and renowned for its Venetian architecture, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From this overlook, we zigzagged down a steep road with dozens of hair-raising hairpin curves.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 10, 2012

The Balkans. Not usually the first place that comes to mind when planning a motorcycle trip. When tasked with reviewing Adriatic Motorcycle Tours’ 15-day, four-country Beautiful Balkans Adventure, I had few preconceived notions about the region. As it turns out, vast forests, deep canyons, rugged mountains... Read more »

Muskoka by Motorcycle: Riding in Ontario, Canada

The author’s yellow helmet and high-viz jacket act as camouflage alongside these yellow flowers. (Tip: Don’t ride through gardens.)

Scott A. Williams
June 3, 2011

I have never owned a boat. That is not to say I don’t enjoy them. I learned to sail aboard catamarans and to water ski behind speedboats. I have zipped across the water on many personal watercraft, none more fun than the Suzuki-powered Wetbike hydrofoil that behaves remarkably like a motorcycle on... Read more »

Iceland Adventure Motorcycle Tour

Amazing views popped out of nowhere.

Jeremy Bullard
April 11, 2011

story and photography by Jeremy Bullard [this review of KTM Adventure Tours' Iceland adventure motorcycle tour was originally published under the title "Fire and Ice" in the April 2008 issue of Rider] Riding a wave of euphoria off the ferry from Scotland, upon arriving in Seyisfjrur, Iceland, I turned... Read more »

Catalunya MotoGP Motorcycle Tour

Catalunya MotoGP

David Mittleman
April 11, 2011

story and photography by David Mittleman [this review of IMTBike's Catalunya MotoGP motorcycle tour was originally published in the November 2007 issue of Rider] Spain is the mecca of motorcycling and the epicenter of the Formula One equivalent of motorcycle racing, MotoGP. If you’re looking to immerse... Read more »

Edelweiss Baja Motorcycle Tour

On the pacific side, just south of Lazaro Cardenas, are some breathtaking ocean views accessible only by way of some pretty challenging sand washes.

Rich Cox
April 11, 2011

story and photography by Rich Cox [This Edelweiss Bike Travel Baja motorcycle tour was originally published in the April 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Mexico’s Baja California cape is 800 miles long, the fourth longest peninsula in the world. Known as La Frontera (The Frontier), it’s a sparsely populated... Read more »

Exploring Vietnam With Explore Indochina Motorcycle Tours

Terrace farms in Northern Vietnam.

Perri Capell
April 11, 2011

by Perri Capell; photography by the author and Lynn Brown It was twilight when we pulled into Cao Bang, and traffic was picking up. Digby, our guide, motioned to us to park the Minsks at a nondescript building on a street corner about halfway into town. There a grinning man approached carrying a small... Read more »

Experiencing Southern Italy from an Edelweiss Tour Center

In many Calabrian towns, such as in Pizzo, some streets are colorful, narrow canyons.

Bill Stermer
April 8, 2011

story and photography by Bill Stermer Calabria, the region located in the lower foot of the “boot” that is Italy, is a much more laid-back, slower-paced region than the more bustling, upscale north. Warm, rural and hilly, Calabria’s livin’ is simpler and quieter than the more popular Alps. That’s... Read more »

Beach’s Classic Alpine Tour

A little country house in the Austrian Alps, this being the medieval Castle Moosham west of Tamsweg.

Clement Salvadori
April 8, 2011

by Clement Salvadori photography by the author and Sue Salvadori It had been a long day over many glorious miles. Late in the afternoon half a dozen of us, admittedly a bit weary, were standing high on a mountainside overlooking a beautiful Alpine valley…with no sign of our destination. One of our... Read more »

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