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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

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You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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MotoQuest’s Japan Three Island Tour

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We knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore when the white-gloved driver briefly stepped off the airport bus after we boarded to pick up a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, and then the ground crew at the airport in Tokyo lined up at attention and cheerfully waved us off as our connecting flight left for Okayama, Japan. Imagine that at LAX or ...

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Ready or Not, Here I Come

Will the car pull out and try to pass the line of bikes? How far will the driver make it before the passing zone runs out? Which riders will he try to squeeze between when it does?

It’s easy to become complacent when riding behind other riders. There doesn’t seem to be the same sense of urgency to actively scan the road or look to the mirrors as when we ride solo. Instead, while riding in a group, eyes tend to fixate on bikes ahead, and when we slip into “follow” mode, it’s easy to settle in, ...

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Rider Magazine’s 2016 Motorcycle of the Year

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Despite a shaky global economy, for the 2016 model year the world’s motorcycle manufacturers added more than 70 new models to the U.S. market. Very few were dropped, too, creating an unparalleled selection of new bikes from which to choose. Retro machines that are ripe for customization are trending this year, followed quite closely by bikes with rugged adventure styling ...

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Retracing the Steps of History: The Sisters’ Centennial Ride

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“Woman can, if she will.” – Augusta Van Buren   It all started with a very modest idea: gather a small group—say 10 women—and ride across the country, New York to California. After doing a bit more research, ride organizer Alisa Clickenger stumbled across the story of two intrepid women, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in 1916 set out ...

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Chasing Shakespeare: An Elizabethan Tour of the American West

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The Plan “…then begins a journey in my head…” (Sonnet 27) Bourbon and conversation, biscuits and gravy, movies and popcorn–some things just seem to go together. Having always enjoyed a good pairing of my favorite things, I conjure up a plan to unite two seemingly disparate personal obsessions into one fine journey. It’ll be a comingling of Shakespeare and motorcycles. ...

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Riding the Trans-Mass Trail

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The Trans-Mass Trail isn’t an “official” route. You won’t find any Scenic Byway signs like you see along the best twisty two-lanes. Instead, this set of mostly dirt roads and trails through western Massachusetts was pieced together by adventure riders and shared so anyone who’s interested can check it out. This version of the route extends from the southern border ...

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Rider Profile: Don Danmeier And His Brit Bikes

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Don Danmeier is a sociable fellow with a passion for travel on two wheels, an abiding affection for British bikes of the 20th century and a love for a good deal. It’s a dangerous combination, one that has landed many an enthusiast in divorce court or the poorhouse, or at least shuttling between storage lockers. Having painful experiences with two ...

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IMTBike’s Portugal & Southern Spain Tour

It’s one thing to read about the history and beauty of Spain and Portugal—such as the pueblo blanco of Arcos de la Frontera—but riding through these countries is another thing altogether, providing an intimate connection that touches your heart and lifts your soul. (Photos: the author)

Not all motorcycle tour companies are alike. Moreover, the tours offered by a single company typically differ dramatically in many ways. So, sitting in a hotel lobby in Málaga, Spain, I listened carefully as IMTBike guides Martin Cebrián and Chano Lorenzo welcomed our group of 14 and laid out the next two weeks. We were pioneering its brand-new Portugal and ...

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