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Sicilian Splendor: Around Mount Etna Tour with Edelweiss Bike Travel

This is Caccamo, founded around 1093, when the Normans decided to build the castle you see in the distance on a rocky bluff overlooking a deep gorge. It’s just one of the many villages we rode through, usually on narrow, winding, cobblestoned streets, and often with stops for espresso. (Photos by the author)

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 ...

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1983-1992 Harley FXRT Sport Glide: Retrospective

1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide. Owner: Gary Watkins, Orient, Ohio.

In 1981, a dozen Harley execs bought the company back from American Machine and Foundry (AMF), an oddly variegated company that built both bowling alleys and nuclear power plants, and life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania (the location of its big factory), changed drastically. The company needed new product, and good product. The Shovelhead years of the late ’60s and ...

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic | Road Test Review

2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

What every enthusiast thinks of today as the classic Indian motorcycle first appeared in 1940 as a radical design departure for the company’s line of Chiefs, Scouts and Fours. Chief Engineer Briggs Weaver, who was also a talented stylist, gave the bikes deeply skirted, curvaceous fenders that whimsically enveloped half of the wheels, and graced the new bikes with long, ...

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2017 Triumph Street Triple RS | First Ride Review

2017 Triumph Street Triple RS action

Within Triumph’s robust motorcycle lineup, no fewer than eight models have one or more of the following four words in their name: Speed, Street, Triple and Twin. In the Modern Classics family, there’s the Street Cup, Street Scrambler and Street Twin, and there’s a cruiser called the Speedmaster, all of which have parallel twins. And then there are the roadsters, ...

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Six Weeks in Europe on a Bonneville T120, Two-Up

The Isle of Man.

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 ...

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Stayin’ Safe: Hidden Valley

The view of the road ahead looks wide open at first. But look again and notice the stretch of road that is hidden from sight.

Riding a stretch of rising and falling road is fun, but also presents a special kind of challenge for the back-road motorcyclist. While the rider can often see the road stretching out into the distance, parts of the path are hidden from view by one or more low elevation hillcrests. Those shallow dips—often hardly noticeable—can be as dangerous as a ...

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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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Buying a New Bike That’s Been Sitting a While

Honda ST1300

Tech Q&A: Stationary ST1300 Dear Rider, My local Honda dealer has a new 2010 Honda ST1300 with 0 miles. I know Clement Salvadori has owned more than one ST and I need to know if this bike is safe to buy. Is there anything I should look for or be aware of? I’m concerned because it has been sitting for ...

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