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Adirondack Amble: Carving Curves in Upstate New York

There are several lay-bys on Whiteface Mountain Memorial Veterans Highway where you can safely pull over to enjoy the view.

Fog drapes over the High Peaks surrounding the village of Lake Placid. My sidestand is up before 5:00 a.m., and it’s already past first light. Soon the sun pokes through, burning off the fog and easing the chill of a cool June morning. Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, is a perfect base camp for ...

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Riding a Royal Enfield Through Wild West Africa

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How a little touring in England turned into the ride of a lifetime. Buy the bike you want. Never mind what anyone else says. If you love it, get it. It’s your ride. My vice: A Royal Enfield Bullet. “First contact” was during a two-week ride with my dad through the Himalayas in the north of India. At the end of the tour, ...

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Adventure in Southern Arizona – Fine Roads in the Old West

The long, sweeping curves and expansive views in the Arizona wine region offer up grin-inspiring riding

Most motorists cross southern Arizona in cruise-controlled oblivion via the super slabs known as Interstates 8 and 10. However, sandwiched between the freeways and the Mexican border is a motorcycling mecca replete with great historic towns, curvy roads and wonderfully moderate temperatures for most of the year. The region has the added draws of an emerging wine industry, several national ...

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Riding the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway in Northern California

State of Jefferson Scenic Byway

If you have traveled Interstate 5 between Oregon and California, you’ve probably seen one end of the State of Jefferson Scenic Byway. Eleven miles south of the Oregon-California border, I-5 drops into a wide valley where the Interstate crosses the Klamath River. As I-5 climbs out of the valley heading south, you can catch glimpses of a twisty two-lane road following ...

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2016 Yamaha YZF-R3 | Rider Tour Test

2016 Yamaha YZF-R3

From cliffs high above the Pacific Ocean to the salty mist near the water’s edge, California’s Route 1 along the Big Sur coast seduces two-wheeled travelers with sensuous curves in a stunning setting. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy the road without traffic, the experience is guaranteed a top spot on your best rides list. I rode it on a ...

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A Kool Kruise to a Hip Town: New Hope, Pennsylvania

New Jersey motorcycle rides, New Hope Pennsylvania

New Hope, Pennsylvania, is a popular destination for riders in the Northeast, not only because of its artistic vibe, galleries, restaurants, hip boutiques and 19th-century buildings, but also for the scenic roads that take you there. Sitting on the shore of the Delaware River across from central New Jersey’s historic Lambertville, riders have enough roads to explore for a day ...

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2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT – Touring Review

2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT tour test

Hi-Yo, Silver! We haunt some Nevada ghost towns on a real-world touring test of the 2016 Honda Africa Twin DCT. It’s easy to find yourself alone in Nevada. Well north of Las Vegas, black mountains ring expanses of high desert in the Great Basin so vast they make Death Valley look like a sand trap. U.S. Route 50, America’s so-called ...

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A Tour Unlike Any Other: The Motorcycle Relief Project

Motorcycle Relief Project

Morning, sun behind us, a dozen motorcycles are haring along Tarryall Road, a magnificent 30-mile stretch of good pavement in Colorado, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Granted, there was a bit of construction at the beginning, but now we are free and clear of all obstructions…and traffic. The byway, with a nigh-on perfect two-lane surface, hugs the ...

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Unexpected Serenity in Southern California

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Is there any scenic countryside left for motorcyclists in the urban sprawl of Southern California? Actually there is, and it’s surprisingly close to the densely populated areas of San Diego County and amazingly diverse in climate, altitude and scenery. Starting off early on a weekday from my house in Escondido, 30 miles north of San Diego, it’s a quick jump onto ...

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Follow the Rivers: Tracing the Headwaters of the Colorado River

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Having just retired from a wildfire management position with the Forest Service the previous year, and thus off the hook for working fire pre-suppression all summer long, I took the opportunity to ride up into the high Rockies in June, following the great rivers—the Colorado and its tributaries—all the way to their origin. Departing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, I rode ...

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