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Calabogie Dreaming: Riding the Lake Country of Eastern Ontario, Canada

West of Calabogie riders enjoy Centennial Lake Road.

Scott A. Williams
June 2, 2009

A cool, dry breeze blows in from the northwest. It’s a welcome change. Rainfall totals this summer are setting records, and my riding buddies and I wonder if the monsoon has come to New England. But now, for the first time in months, there is nothing but sun in the forecast—perfectly aligning with... Read more »

BMW R1200GS Adventure African Tour and Motorcycle Test

Baviannskloof River

Clement Salvadori
November 1, 2006

photography by Mark Tuttle and Arnold Debus Since BMW has used the word “Adventure” in the name of this latest big boxer model, as it did with its R1150GS predecessor, the company decided to show us the machine’s real intent. It so happened that nine of us Yankee scribblers were in South Africa... Read more »

Iberian Moto Tour’s Bandolero, Spain Tour

A little wet weather did not dampen our enthusiasm for riding roads such as this.

September 16, 2005

Remember the passage often associated with the beloved postal courier, or postman? “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” For the members of the Bandolero Tour of the Andalucia region of southern Spain, held in... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in New Zealand with Edelweiss Bike Travel


Mark Tuttle
August 22, 2005

If an extended motorcycle tour in the prime spring and summer months is difficult for you—your career is busiest then, perhaps—and you can’t change careers, just change hemispheres. Fall and winter in North America are New Zealand’s spring and summer, and this lush and lovely country down under... Read more »

Brazil Motorcycle Tour with Ayres Adventures

Rio from the “Ayre.” Fifteen minutes in the ’copter will wear out a photographer’s shutter finger.

Lawrence Grodsky
July 17, 2005

There are 45,000 motorcycle couriers in São Paulo, the world’s third-largest city. On an average day, says Tour Director Mauricio Fernandes, one will earn his heavenly wings. Observing the busy, rain-slicked boulevards and the slim margins these daring deliverymen allow for conditions, I surmise that... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Northern Portugal with Motocadia Tours

The Belem Tower in Lisbon was built in 1515 and had some particularly nasty dungeons.

Clement Salvadori
June 22, 2005

The road rose out of the valley with smooth turns built into the ascending hillsides, climbing, climbing, climbing, the motorcycles leaning gracefully left, right, left, right. The lightly wooded slopes had the occasional pile of cut logs neatly stacked beside the two-lane byway, waiting for a truck... Read more »

Centopassi: Ducati Ride Through the French Maritime and Western Italian Alps

Riders admiring the view of the Massif de la Vanoise [Mountains] from the Maurienne Valley.

Gary Eagan
May 17, 2005

Riding a Ducati through the Alps is roughly akin to stepping into the swelter of an old-time, biblethumpin’, Holy Rollin’, Glory Be To Everything tent revival. Salvation by the bucket, euphoria by the bale. Revivals claim to nourish your soul. Flogging a Ducati through the Alps gluttonizes it. A... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in Mexico’s Copper Canyon Nature Park

The road down to La Bufa and Batopilas is slippery fun!

Clement Salvadori
April 20, 2005

We were down at the bottom of the canyon, right by the bridge at La Bufa that crossed over the churning, frothing Batopilas River, huddling under an overhang to protect us from the rain. The seven of us had just descended thousands of feet on 20 miles of rough dirt switchbacks, and one of our group found... Read more »

Motorcycling in Morocco: An Iberian Moto Tours Journey

Humbling view from the roof of the Hotel Kasbah Xaluca, six klicks outside of Erfoud in the Sahara Desert.

Olaf Wolff
March 21, 2005

Were I to believe everything on the news, I almost certainly never would have ventured into Morocco. And if I had listened to my friend’s jealousy-rooted rants, I may have been convinced that indeed, after 50, great adventures were all behind me. I’m pleased to declare that both sources were wrong. Scott... Read more »

Emilio Scotto’s Epic Motorcycle Journey Around the World

Emilio Scotto at 30 years old, three months after he started his 10-year sojourn around the world. The Black Princess still looks very clean.

Honda’s Red Rider magazine
August 17, 2004

Reprinted with permission from Honda’s Red Rider magazine People today often complain the age of adventure is dead, that there are no more frontiers left to explore. Emilio Scotto proved them wrong … by riding his Gold Wing (the Black Princess) 485,000 miles in 10 years, visiting 232 countries, islands,... Read more »

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