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BMW in the Americas, Interview: Hans Blesse

Hans Blesse, Vice President BMW Motorrad USA.

Mark Tuttle
April 4, 2013

In conjunction with the introduction of the new liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, Rider Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle sat down for an interview with Hans Blesse, who was recently appointed to the position of Vice President BMW Motorrad USA to succeed the retiring Pieter de Waal. The 51-year-old Blesse started... Read more »

El Tanque: A Russian Conquest of Latin America

Having recently left Bolivia and entered Chile, I was astonished by even more incredible snowcapped volcanoes and breathtaking vistas that had me constantly stopping in admiration. In this region of South America, many of these high-altitude alkaline or saline lakes host flocks of Andean Flamingos. For another two days, I was able to enjoy this barren paradise before making my way to Antofagasta along the coast of Northern Chile, where I managed to catch the Dakar Rally.

Tyler Keys
April 4, 2013

I looked at the steep slope in front of me, littered with large boulders, deep ruts and debris, and wondered how I’d gotten myself into such a mess. I had already walked up the trail to check if my big Ural would make it around one particularly large boulder in the center of the narrow path. It was... Read more »

Rider Exclusive: Spy Shots Reveal Motorcycle Zombie Outbreak Response Team

The Kawasaki KLR650, bearing the “zombie survival vehicle” identification sticker, is an example of the kind of motorcycle equipped for response in rural areas where all-terrain capability is critical.

Lance Oliver
April 1, 2013

While the use of motorcycles in the military and other branches of the government has declined in recent decades, Rider has uncovered information about a top secret, elite motorized unit created by the Department of Homeland Security to address an unlikely but potentially terrifying threat: a zombie... Read more »

Motor Maids Matriarch: Gloria Struck

Here’s Gloria at the age of 25, already an experienced motorcyclist and enjoying life on the road.

Thad Wolff
March 8, 2013

Lots of female motorcyclists rode in from around the country to attend this year’s Vintage Rally, and at one point I discovered more than a dozen Motor Maids club members gathered around the Women in Motorcycling display. The Motor Maids club was established in 1940. Its membership includes Gloria... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel in the Appalachians

Typical vistas along the Virginia/Kentucky border.

Dale Coyner
March 8, 2013

“I think I’m lost.” Twenty miles had passed since departing the only hotel in Cumberland, Kentucky, that had a sign hanging in a broken window that read, “Closed.” That’s when the thought came to mind that I might be in trouble. I’d been traveling lonely State Route 522 for a while now,... Read more »

Moto-Journalism Loses a Legend

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Rider Magazine
January 23, 2013

The motorcycle world recently lost Kevin Ash, one of the most well-liked, respected and professional motorcycle journalists in the UK. In addition to contributing to Rider since 1997, Ash wrote each week for the UK’s biggest circulation broadsheet newspaper The Daily Telegraph in its Saturday Motoring... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s Top 10 Motorcycle Stories of 2012

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Rider Magazine Staff
January 2, 2013

We’re taking a look back at 2012 by reviewing our ridermagazine.com page views. Naturally, our homepage (ridermagazine.com) drew the most page views in 2012. It was also popular for users of our website to seek out information on motorcycle helmets (ridermagazine.com/browse-by-type/helmets) and... Read more »

Motorcycle Man Overcomes Huge Loss in Colorado’s High Park Fire

Jim Key took a moment to mourn the loss of his 1971 BMW R75/5.

Heather Reinhart
August 13, 2012

Motorcycling is everything to Jim Key. He got his first motorcycle at the age of 10 and has gone on to make a living doing what he loves. He owns and runs a videography business filming motorcycle trips and races, and has been all over the world on a bike. Jim met his wife, Jeannie, at a motorcycle rally... Read more »

Alaska Roadhouse Run: The Valdez to Fairbanks Trail

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Dennis Bible
July 6, 2012

(This story was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story and photos by Dennis Bible When gold was discovered in the 1890s in the Klondike and later in Fairbanks, one of the fastest ways for prospectors to get to the gold fields was a steamship ride from San Francisco or Seattle to Valdez,... Read more »

Riding U.S. 20 from Albany to Buffalo, N.Y.

When old U.S. Army tanks are retired, some go to ornament the grounds of American Legion posts, like this one in Waterville, New York.

Clement Salvadori
July 5, 2012

(This story was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story and photos by Clement Salvadori My duties at Americade, up in Lake George, New York, were finished by noon—I could have been in Buffalo by nightfall, had I chosen to hustle along the Interstates. But that’s not much fun; might... Read more »

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