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Motorcycle Rides, Roads and Self-Guided Travel
This section focuses on local and international motorcycle rides, roads and self-guided travel experiences from the editors of Rider magazine. Some of the articles you will recognize from print, and others are web exclusive. Click on any of the images to see the sites in a larger format. Planning a trip of your own? Check out RiderDiaries.com to see over 100 tour articles from the editors of Rider complete with large-scale ride maps, and dealership, accommodation and biker-friendly locators.

Iowa’s Unique Scenic Byway

From Murray Hill Overlook, we observe the vastness of the Missouri River Valley.

Susan Benton
June 6, 2013

What landform is found only in a small part of Iowa and in China? If you answered, “Huh?” you need to ride the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway on Iowa’s western border. You will enjoy a peaceful ride through hills up to 200 feet high. Loess (pronounced luss) is fine-grained, loosely compacted... Read more »

4 Corners 4 Kids: Traveling to the Four Corners of the U.S. For Charity

A smile from two kids at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California.

Laura Melvin
June 5, 2013

I have made some road trips in my nine years of riding, but I’ve never managed to stay gone long enough to want the trip to end. I’m 64 years old and have begun to age like my dog—seven years on the body for one year on the calendar. So I began to think about a long trip before my body declared... Read more »

Southern Loop: Eldorado by Eldorado

One of the most memorable roads on the trip was this one from Uyuni in Bolivia, heading westward through the mountains into Chile.

Andy Saunders
June 4, 2013

Would you set out for South America on a bike you bought last week, from someone in another country? We’re pretty sure what the answer to that one would be…for most people. Bruce Baillie isn’t most people. Bruce has covered much of the globe in his freewheeling blue-collar career, and has taken... Read more »

Motorcycle Tour of Connecticut: A Taste of Nutmeg

West Cornwall’s covered bridge over the riffling Housatonic River dates from 1864.

Alan Paulsen
May 10, 2013

Connecticut is a compact state, some 60 miles wide by 100 miles across. When I studied a map of this coastal New England state, I began to notice that practically every road around its borders is marked a scenic route. So I considered that a perimeter run was in order to taste the spice of the Nutmeg... Read more »

Short Motorcycle Ride through West Virginia and Maryland

The view from this overlook on U.S. 50 shows Saddleback Mountain. The ridge just beyond is where Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, was born.

Mark T. Domenick
May 7, 2013

Done. Finally! The lawn is mowed, trimming completed, garage swept, and I even got the car washed. The Honey-Do List completed, I venture inside the house to suggest to my wife that since it is a glorious day and only mid-afternoon, a motorcycle ride would be in order and I will not be late for dinner. My... 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 »

Great Roads: South Dakota

Where the buffalo roam at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.

Alan Paulsen
May 3, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the article Connecting the Dakotas: The Long Way Around North and South, originally printed in the August 2009 issue. As a motorcyclist who enjoys vacant, isolated roads, I stared longingly at the Dakotas on my National Geographic wall map while planning my next excursion.... Read more »

High Sierra Adventure Weekend

Kern-Plateau-10

Greg Drevenstedt
May 3, 2013

“I want to come back here after the thaw.” Thus I remarked to my brother as we stared at the expanse of snow spreading out before us on Sherman Pass Road (Forest Route 22S05), the southern-most paved road over the crest of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. We were there in March of last... Read more »

Great Roads: North Carolina

North Carolina Route 28 carves its way south to Highlands through some of the oldest mountains on earth.

By Scott A. Williams, Edited by Heather Reinhart
April 4, 2013

The following is an excerpt from the article Of Ribs and Roads: Barbecue and Byways in the Carolina Mountains printed in the June 2004 issue. Franklin, North Carolina (population 3,800) is the self-described Gem Capital of the World, owing to the rubies and sapphires found in the area’s mountainside... 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 »

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