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Meandering the Texas Hill Country

In the Hill Country, the Three Sisters route provides twisting roads and gorgeous views like this.

Bill Stermer
November 5, 2015

What better synonyms are there for riding than “motorcycles” and “Texas”? No matter your type of riding, the Texas Hill Country—the south-central area in and around Fredericksburg—will certainly appeal to your motorcycling instincts. The Fredericksburg area was settled by German immigrants... Read more »

Twisted Sisters: The Texas Hill Country’s Most Famous Trio

A ranch valley from Ranch Road 337. These valleys are found in between the ridges in the Hill Country and most of them are jewels.

Russ Locke
July 8, 2013

Three Hill Country Ranch Roads, 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters, and riders come from near and far to enjoy them. For me it is near, just a short ride from my home to the first Sister. The first stop is usually in Bandera at the Old Spanish Trails Restaurant, better... Read more »

Wild Texas: A Winter Ride to Big Bend

The Sierra Del Carmen Mountains at sunset on the east side of Big Bend National Park.

Don Mills
May 6, 2013

When winter drifts into North Texas, those of us who ride year-round seek more agreeable climates, yet never have to leave the state. Big Bend National Park, where the Rio Grande does a U-turn on the border between Mexico and Texas, is very attractive between November and April. During the summer months,... Read more »

Spring in Big Bend, Texas

Remote Big Bend National Park.

Laura Melvin
April 8, 2011

story and photography by Laura Melvin Three old riders, two motorcycles and one honeymoon, a week before the wedding. It doesn’t take much to justify a road trip, so Eleanor and I took Lew, her soon-to-be husband, on their honeymoon. We left Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Highway 285, heading to Big Bend... Read more »

Italian Bikes in a German Town: Aprilias in East Texas

Ed Cook (center) and Micah Shoemaker (right) founded in 2001. They opened their dealership in 2005, which is when roadracer Jon Francis (left) joined the team.

Steve Natt
May 5, 2010

by Steve Natt; photography by the author and Ted Phillips It was with more than a modicum of skepticism that I fielded the invitation to attend a weekend riding “some of the most beautiful roads in America,” in Texas, on exotic, high-performance Italian motorcycles. Reading the fine print had me... Read more »

Texas Motorcycle Rides: The Texas Forest Trail

Road to Mission Tejas State Park

Don Mills
July 11, 2008

story and photography by Don Mills [Texas Motorcycle Rides: The Texas Forest Trail was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the June 2008 issue of Rider magazine] It’s spring along the Texas Forest Trail, a 1,000-mile ribbon of two-lane asphalt that winds through East Texas. Mystical dogwoods... Read more »

Crossing Texas The Short Way

Rider Magazine
February 21, 2005

The long way is via Interstate 10 from Orange to El Paso, which will put some 850 miles on a hard-working odometer. However, if you choose the Panhandle run, the short trip on Interstate 40, which parallels I-10 about 500 miles north, the Texas crossing is a mere 178 miles. But who would want to take... Read more »

Motorcycle Ride in Alamaba, Mississipi, Louisiana and Texas

Gee, think I’m in the Lone Star State?

Bill Heald
June 27, 2003

ALL MY LIFE, I’ve run from hot weather. Growing up in Texas, I even worked in an ice factory during the summer to escape the heat. So, years later, why in the name of Marlon Brando’s Triumph did I decide to borrow a machine from a major manufacturer and tour Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas... Read more »