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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.

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 »

Riding to Daytona: A Woman’s Solo Journey from Ohio to Florida

The oceanfront between Ormond Beach and St. Augustine.

Vivian Wagner
April 3, 2013

Deep in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, I pulled my 2011 Harley-Davidson SuperLow 883 Sportster over to the edge of a back road. I took off my helmet, listening to the wind whispering through the branches of the tall, slender pines. It was just my motorcycle and me, and I couldn’t have been happier. This... Read more »

Riding The Santa Fe Trail: A Journey Back in Time From Missouri to New Mexico

Black Beauty, my Harley-Davidson steel horse, in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail (U.S. Route 350) heading for Trinidad, Colorado, 80 miles of arrow-straight history.

Bob Jacobs
April 2, 2013

In 1821, everything south of the Arkansas River was Mexico. Newly free from Spain, the Mexican government took new resources north to the provincial capital of Santa Fe and welcomed trade with America—we just had to get there. For centuries, Indian tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Comanche and... Read more »

The Joys of Not Roughing It

A motorcycle-friendly hotel allows you to park your bike right outside of your room.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 12, 2013

As much as I like camping, as much as I enjoy the back-to-basics delight of cooking over an open fire and the novelty of stumbling out of my tent in the wee hours to relieve myself, really and truthfully, I’m a sucker for a hot shower and a soft bed. Particularly after a long day on a motorcycle. In... 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 »

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