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Rocketing Through the Cascades on Triumph’s Rocket III Touring

North Cascades Scenic Highway

Clement Salvadori
June 3, 2014

The average view when rolling along the North Cascades Scenic Highway is glorious—rides don’t get much better than this. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Bob Reichenberg) One day I got a postcard from friends who were up on the North Cascades Scenic Highway (Washington Route 20), showing the... Read more »

The Cascade Loop: The Best of the Northwest

Whidbey Island

Phil Buonpastore
December 31, 2013

Whidbey Island’s beautiful sunset is the finale of a perfect riding day. (Photos by Phil Buonpastore) Riding a motorcycle in the Pacific Northwest is chock full of yin and yang. The sometimes long dreary winters feature predominantly gray skies and rain that lasts for weeks, but the summer months can... Read more »

Palouse Wheatland Treasures: Motorcycle Ride Through Washington

Benjamin B. Getz
November 11, 2013

The fall crop of Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle) seems to be thriving along State Route 26, but looks like an unpleasant encounter should one leave the road. (Photos by Benjamin B. Getz) Fall…not my favorite verb, but definitely my favorite time of year for riding at the latitude where I live. Those... Read more »

The Olympic Peninsula: Travel in Northwest Washington

Taking a roadside break on Highway 101 north of Brinnon.

Rider Magazine
August 7, 2013

Story and photos by Phil Buonpastore When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look out the window. It’s a habit I’ve acquired since moving to the Seattle area. Given the sometimes long periods of cold and rainy weather from October to April, any clear day warrants an immediate change... Read more »

Gorgeous Columbia: Seattle to the Columbia River Gorge and Back

NF 99 offers stellar views of Mount St. Helens and the surrounding valley.

Phil Buonpastore
December 4, 2012

When it comes to unspoiled natural beauty, the Columbia River Gorge ranks as one of the most stunning places on earth. While that may sound like an overly hyped statement in an overly hyped world, in this case it happens to be true. Few places combine as many elements of beautiful geography and topography—mountains,... Read more »

Cloverleaf Around Yakima, Washington

Mt. Rainier displays its majestic profile alongside the road to Paradise.

Alan Paulsen
September 11, 2012

When I last visited my friends Brian and Pam Rafferty in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to develop an article (Connecting the Dakotas, Rider, August 2009), they weren’t of a mind to leave one of America’s most livable cities. Well, the economic travails of the times dictated that they pull up stakes... Read more »

Border Run: Montorcycle Travel in Washington and Canada

Gigantic grain elevators dwarf the Washington town of Edwall, which still serves as a major railway transfer point for wheat.

Ben Getz
June 26, 2012

(The article Border Run was printed in the August 2012 issue of Rider.) Story and photos by Ben Getz Good things come in threes, they say…or is that disasters? Well, maybe it’s not that important, since both descriptions have been applied to my friends and me. One hot August weekend my disparate... Read more »

Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride

Washington SR 410 from the saddle

Phil Buonpastore
February 1, 2012

[This Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The sun was shining. In the weeks before moving from Atlanta to Seattle, virtually everyone I talked to managed to get in at least one comment about the weather: “I hope you... Read more »

A Three-State Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington

American Flyers Motorcycle Club

Rider Contributor
July 19, 2011

by Steve Larsen, photography by Bob Meador [This Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] BMWs dominated this run, but there were also two Suzuki V-Stroms and an H-D Ultra Classic. The ride begins with members of the... Read more »

Salmon Run: Motorcycle Travel in Washington in September

Mt.Rainier

Steve Larsen
April 7, 2011

by Steve Larsen photography by “Seattle Bob” Meador This most recent “no bad roads” tour challenge fell to “Seattle Bob” Meador, our photographer on the Northern California Fantasy Ride (Rider, January 2006). His mission: Plan seven days of spectacular riding and great scenery, superb places... Read more »

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