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Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country

September 1915: Effie and Avis pose in front of the House of Hopper, a Harley-Davidson dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were on their way home, following the Lincoln Highway. Norman Hopper, the owner, expressed his admiration of the pair in a letter sent to Harley-Davidson headquarters in Milwaukee.

David V. Herlithy
August 4, 2015

Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become... Read more »

People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose

Bob and Val Ford on their ’13 H-D Road Glide Ultra among the redwoods. They’d been at Sturgis for over two weeks and claimed they had “ridden forever.”

Ken Frick
July 8, 2015

At the top of the Beartooth Pass I met David “Shag” Horelica on his ’06 Screamin’ Eagle Harley and Eric Van Praag on his 2010 Street Glide. Riding from Texas, they were on their way to Canada. Like me, they were hoping for dryer weather down the road. Gazing from behind small, wire-framed spectacles... Read more »

Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour

All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Steven M. Green
June 26, 2015

Living in Michigan in my youth, I once took a multi-day motorcycle camping tour on a Honda CB750, traveling into Canada and around the Great Lakes. My gear consisted of a basic Boy Scout pup tent, sleeping bag and a mess kit. Wearing a leather jacket and jeans and packing a yellow rain suit from the... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping Checklist

All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Steven M. Green
June 26, 2015

Use this as a baseline to get started. Add or remove items to suit. Once you’ve camped a few times, add your location on the bike for each item to the list, as putting items in the same location consistently will help you find things and set up camp. For instance, “TENT – left pannier.” RIDING... Read more »

A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive.

Scott A. Williams
May 1, 2015

This 1936 Indian Traffic Car, outfitted as a beer wagon, features the 42-degree, 45-cubic-inch V-twin of the Scout and two-wheel drive. Motorcycles grabbed my attention from a young age, and since I grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts, the original home of Indian Motocycles (no “r”), I’ve seen... Read more »

Win Dean Travels: Forty-Eight States on a Free 40-Year-Old Four-Piper

Life begins at 120 (years, that is: combined age of rider and bike).

Andy Saunders
March 4, 2015

Think about your Golden Years. Time to road-test the rocker on the front porch? No way, says Win Dean. Time instead to visit everyone else’s front porch, on two wheels. This adventurous 83-year-old set about the task of seeing the 48 contiguous states in one year from the saddle of his 40-year-old... Read more »

New Rider to Iron Butt Record-Holder in Three Years Flat

Kate Johnston celebrates gaining a spot in the Iron Butt Association record books.

Lance Oliver
January 29, 2015

What did you do in your third year of riding motorcycles? Maybe that was when you stepped up to a bigger bike, or decided you were ready for that weeklong trip. Kate Johnston marked her third year on two wheels by riding coast to coast. And back. And it’s not the two coasts you think. In July, Johnston... 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 »

Track Day for Street Bikes

Track Day Motorcycle

Scott A. Williams
December 31, 2014

Riders work to enhance their skills in an environment free of the dangers and distractions present on public roads. (Photography by Arcy Kusari) When I get on a motorcycle I want to ride far, preferably somewhere I haven’t been before. The idea of repeating the same 1.7 miles over and over never really... Read more »

Relaxed Riding on the Sunshine State’s Bridges and Backroads

Indian Chief Vintage at the Dakotah Vineyards in Chiefland, Florida.

Phil Buonpastore
December 3, 2014

A new Indian Chief Vintage at the Dakotah Vineyards in Chiefland, Florida. Enjoying a motorcycle ride through Florida is an exercise in skillful navigation. The highways around Orlando and Tampa, and from West Palm Beach to Miami are crowded and crazy with traffic, so the challenge for a rider is to... Read more »

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