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20 Most Essential Things You Need on a Motorcycle Tour

TomTom Rider GPS

Greg Drevenstedt
November 4, 2015

Free spirits throw caution to the wind and hope everything works out. City slickers think their smartphone and a credit card will bail them out of whatever trouble may arise. But smart motorcycle travelers, those who have logged enough miles to know that anything can go wrong, know that common-sense... Read more »

35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

A beautiful day on the Cabot Trail, with the Gulf of St. Lawrence off to the left.

Clement Salvadori
September 3, 2015

Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil, but just in case you do, here are 35 to start your list, arranged alphabetically by state or country. 1. Arizona The longest stretch of genuine old U.S. 66 is in western Arizona,... Read more »

Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

On a Goldwing, Williams Arizona

Paul and Sheila Robino
August 31, 2015

While checking into our hotel in Williams, Arizona, after the first day of our 16-day road trip, we started talking to a guy named Josh. He told us he and many others from all over the county were in town for the memorial service for a fallen war veteran. Their group is composed of ex-military veterans... Read more »

Blog: The Nature of Parental Fear


Tim Kessel
August 11, 2015

Like most motorcyclists, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear of a motorcycle accident. You know the tune—the traffic lady on the morning TV news reports that the “northbound lanes of Highway-whatever are closed due to an accident involving a motorcycle.” Each time I... Read more »

10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

Summer is made for epic rides.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 4, 2015

Summer is made for epic rides. Warm, sunny weather and long days make summer an ideal time for motorcycling. But with 2015 on pace to surpass 2014 as the hottest year on record, you need to be prepared to deal with above-average temperatures, especially on multi-day tours where you’ll be riding several... Read more »

Blog: Borderlands Boogie

Where do I put all this stuff? Giant Loop’s Tillamook dry bag and Siskyou panniers carried my camp kit.

Arden Kysely
July 13, 2015

You could have written our ride plan on a cocktail napkin and had room left for a pile of beer nuts: explore the back roads of the Nevada-Utah borderlands. We’d passed up dozens of intriguing side roads on previous rides through the eastern fringe of the Basin and Range province; it was time to find... Read more »

Blog: Shorai Lithium-Iron Battery Follow-up Review

We thought that September would be a good time for desert travel; the weather thought otherwise.

Arden Kysely
May 8, 2015

We thought that September would be a good time for desert travel; the weather thought otherwise. Four years after putting a Shorai battery (previous story here) into my BMW F 800 GS, I was on a dirt road in eastern Nevada with a bike that wouldn’t start. No, it wasn’t the battery. Instead, the Shorai... Read more »

From Generation to Generation: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

If any one place is a symbol of SoCal riding, it is the Rock Store, nestled on the serpentine Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu. On any given weekend, you’ll see hundreds of bikes coming and going, encompassing all types and ages of two-wheeled motordom. This was the first Scout that the riders had seen. If Leah had an order pad, she could have sold a dozen of them that day.

Steven M. Green
March 3, 2015

Having an option to borrow a pair of new Indians for some test riding, Leah and I rode up the legendary State Route 33 north of Oaji, California, as the fall colors added to the spectacular riding and scenery. Photos by Remy Frank and Steven M. Green “Dad! I have a surprise for you in the garage,”... Read more »

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Grease Monkey Gorilla Grips

Arden Kysely
February 4, 2015

Packing for a tour a couple years back, I tossed in my Elkskin Ropers from RiderWearhouse for normal temps and the warm, waterproof Macna Borax for the worst weather. An obvious comfort gap between the two pair gave me pause. I tried to ignore it, and almost threw in a pair of intermediate gloves to... Read more »

Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

Anna posing with her motorcycle in Sydney, Australia.

Heather Reinhart
January 9, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine—not long before the start of Anna’s world trip in July of 2013. Ten years ago, Ukrainian traveler Anna Grechishkina had no ties to motorcycling. Her family members didn’t ride. Her friends didn’t ride. But she was somehow drawn to it, and it has now become a way of life. On... Read more »

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