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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.

Old Roads and Aged Cheese: A Moto-Foodie on the Vermont Cheese Trail

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882.

Ken Aiken
August 11, 2015

One of the few surviving heritage cheeses is still made in this factory barn that was built in 1882. It’s  a dicey road for a motorcycle, filled with dips and turns that haven’t changed since the days of horse-drawn wagons. I haven’t ridden it in decades, yet I’m downshifting and braking like... Read more »

The Grand Canyon—Rim-to-Rim on Two Wheels

Tunnels, bridges, narrow ledges and amazing views dot the steep trek down the North Kaibab Trail at Grand Canyon National Park.

Tim Kessel
August 5, 2015

It would be one of the world’s greatest loop rides…except for that big crevasse that gets in the way. You’ll just have to settle for a fantastic ride that comes up about 12 miles short of a full circle. Yes, those 12 miles that are impassible on a motorcycle are what make the ride so spectac­ular.... Read more »

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 »

Savoring Summer Along California Route 1

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Jeff Buchanan
June 3, 2015

A good bike. Good company. And a good cappuccino. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Photography by the author and Alfonse Palaima) Where exactly do the summers go? As I get older and older the summers seem to get shorter and shorter. When I was a kid summer seemed to last an eternity; from that... Read more »

Eastern Kansas: Time Traveling in the Sunflower State

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line.

Frederick Tressler
May 8, 2015

Marais des Cygnes Massacre State Historic Site, or Marsh of the Swans in the original French, is located about a mile west of the Missouri state line. I was about an hour outside of Kansas City heading south on U.S. Route 169, a lightly traveled four-laner, and it was great to finally be on the open... 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 »

Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife)

Clement Salvadori
February 4, 2015

We’re looking down on Usal Beach, six rough miles from Highway 1; most of the beaches along the Lost Coast are made of iron-rich black sand. (Photography by Clement Salvadori and Kurt Grife) Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien... Read more »

Two Lanes of Western Washington—Sport Touring in the Evergreen State

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range.

Scott A. Williams
January 5, 2015

Mount St. Helens still looms large on the Cascade Range. Western Washington serves up miles of great two-lane roads. Huge mountains, dense forests and rugged seascapes provide vivid scenery while sweepers and twisties speak to sport-touring riders in the language of speed and motion. This route of roughly... Read more »

Riding the Tail of the Newt in Kansas

High Noon Saloon and Brewery

Rick McNeill
December 8, 2014

We no longer ride horses to the High Noon Saloon and Brewery, but we still ride. Beer is sold in cans, which does well in saddlebags. Kansas City straddles the border of two states, so if you are from the area, starting in one state and finishing in another is no big deal. I’m not sure how the Tail... Read more »

Connecting the Curvy Bits in Eastern Tennessee

Devil's Triangle Tennessee

Clement Salvadori
November 5, 2014

The Devil reminds us to pay strick attention when riding his Triangle; the late-winter bare trees gave excellent visibility. (Photos by Clement Salvadori and Scott Cochran) A sweeping 180-degree turn curved upward into the hills of Frozen Head State Park, and our guides, from the local Harley shop, were... Read more »

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