Quick! List your top 10 places to ride in North America. Did Kansas make the cut? How about Nebraska? Iowa? My thoughts exactly. So whenever a friend in Colorado Springs asked me to visit him from my home near Niagara Falls, Canada, I always found an excuse not to go. I mean, I had endured those flat, stolid stretches before, ...Read More »
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Every two years, the Rider staff compiles an up-to-date listing of tour companies that operate internationally. We only include reputable companies that offer multi-day, fully guided street and/or adventure bike tours on their own rental fleet. Have you ever dreamed of seeing another country from the saddle of a motorcycle, but were intimidated by the language barrier, figuring out what roads ...Read More »
Sure, I could find Sicily on a map, I’d seen “The Godfather” and I’ve eaten my fair share of thick, rectangular Sicilian-style pizza. But if “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek said, “The 1928 eruption of this Sicilian volcano buried the village of Mascali,” the correct answer—“What is Mount Etna?”—would not have been on the tip of my tongue. Etna, which at ...Read More »
I have been my husband Bill’s pillion rider for 30-plus years, riding a variety of bikes on trips as short as just around the corner for ice cream, or as far away as Lumby, British Columbia, for a Norton rally (we live in Ohio). Bill is an experienced rider and I always feel safe. So, when we decided to take ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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, ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »