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Las Vegas Moto Vacation: Beyond the Neon and Slot Machines

The Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour from The Strip in Las Vegas. “The Cabins” were a Civilian Conservation Corps project in the mid 1930s. Did Kawasaki get the color for the new Versys 1000 here?

Steven M. Green
September 8, 2015

We all know about Las Vegas, either from our own visits or from movies and television; a constant barrage of lights, dinging slot machines, erupting volcanoes, gargantuan fountains, big name shows and sleepless nights. But after the convention is over and your head clears, the Las Vegas area also has... Read more »

Salt Lake to Sin City: Five National Parks and a Highway Through the Sky

Arches National Park

Greg Stone
October 3, 2014

The Grand View Point at Canyonlands National Park opens to a breathtaking panorama of the White Rim Plateau and the maze of canyons carved by the Colorado and Green rivers. If you want to travel from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Las Vegas, Nevada, by the shortest possible route, the 425 miles of Interstate... Read more »

Nevada’s Loneliest Road…and it isn’t U.S. 50

Cathedral Gorge.

Alan Paulsen
September 12, 2013

U.S. Highway 50 across the breadth of Nevada is billed as the state’s loneliest road. Having traversed U.S. 50 numerous times, I have to disagree. U.S. Highway 93 down the eastern length of Nevada is nearly 200 miles farther and extends through as much emptiness and lonely towns as the former. But... Read more »

Crisscrossing the Lower Colorado River–Hoover Dam to the Oxbow Bridge

n an open road like this, the Gold Wing GL1800 is a wonderful ride.

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2013

For more than 35 years, a contingent of aging Yuppies that includes Yours Truly has been convening at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley in late winter. Now, after three nights of carousing, retelling oft-told tales and ignoring realities, the DV weekend was over. I cranked up the Honda Gold Wing GL1800... Read more »

Great Basin Motorcycle Ride: Nevada, Oregon and California

The Warner Valley

Denis Rouse
April 8, 2011

Story by Denis Rouse; Photography by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli [This Great Basin Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the May 2008 issue of Rider] Quick, you old experienced touring rider out there, arise and identify the largest physical feature of the American West. The Rocky Mountains you... Read more »

Western States Adventure: Rugged Southwest

Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty near Mammoth

Jonathan C. Beck
April 7, 2011

story and photography by Jonathan C. Beck If there’s one constant in adventure touring on a motorcycle, it would be to expect the unexpected. For this Southern California rider and his three East Coast friends, our week-long Western states adventure was, if anything, defined by the unexpected. I got... Read more »

Motorcycle Riding in Death Valley

Friend and photographer Craig Stein admiring Death Valley from Dante’s View.

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2005

You want shock and awe? I was shocked and awed, riding the biggest production V-twin made along a winding road that was dropping thousands of feet from the Inyo Mountains down into Panamint Valley, hustling this 800-pounder along nice new asphalt, occasionally scraping the boards on a turn, heating up... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in Nevada: The Great Basin

A road to nowhere that juts north off Highway 50 somewhere between Eureka and Ely.

Denis Rouse
January 10, 2003

Oh give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above, don’t fence me in. Let me ride through the wide open country that I love, don’t fence me in. Cole Porter Oh yes, but not on a slow nag. I’ll take that new Honda, the silver one with that gorgeous 103-horsepower flat-six engine that... Read more »