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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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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2016

Anybody looking for a sporting big single in 1929 could have chosen this Moto Guzzi Sport 500, with a neat little box on the gas tank to hold those metric tools.

What a show! The day began cool and lightly overcast, but by 11 o’clock the skies were blue and white, with lovely puffy cumulus clouds drifting slowly overhead. Absolutely perfect weather—obviously ordered up for the occasion. A walk through the entrance opened to four grassy acres of the venue, with more than 400 bikes on display, some going back a ...

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BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100

Unlike a concept bike that might see production in a few years, BMW’s Vision machine is a sci-fi look 30-40 years into a possible future, when the dangers of riding and the need for a helmet and protective gear have been eliminated.

On March 7, 2016, the BMW Group celebrated its 100th anniversary by unveiling the first of four visionary vehicles from its BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini automobile and BMW Motorrad brands, each of which represents a distinct interpretation of mobility well in the future. While it’s not uncommon for vehicle manufacturers to look 8-10 years into the future for design inspiration, ...

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Tour Test: Riding the Devil’s Highway on a V-Strom 650XT

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The road is turning and twisting in an almost violent way, with 10-mph hairpins and 25-mph curves in endless succession. We (V-Strom and I) are riding high in the sky, above the valleys thousands of feet below, sometimes to the east, sometimes to the west. The left foot is working the transmission incessantly, going from 2nd to 4th, rarely 5th, ...

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Ridden & Rated Review: 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler

A higher handlebar, skinnier, right-side-up fork with gaiters and upswept exhaust—not to mention a lower price—distinguish the Scrambler from the standard R nineT. (Photos: Markus Jahn, Peter Musch, Arnold Debus and Jorg Kunstle)

Simple is Best. That’s an axiom manufacturers are increasingly turning toward, as a counterpoint to the ongoing electronically driven techno-race. “There are lots of people who want to get away from all that technology,” says BMW Motorrad’s Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich. “They want a cool style above all else, in a lower-performance package. We must try to provide that.” ...

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Lock-to-Lock: Riding the Miami-Erie Canal

Culvert built to allow canal to flow over Bad Creek, at Texas, Ohio.

It might seem incongruous to use a modern motorcycle, with fuel injection and ABS, to explore a canal built almost 200 years ago to move people and freight on the water in vessels powered by mules or horses, but that’s exactly what I did. And it made for an enjoyable trip, matching good roads with pleasant scenery and some history. Congress ...

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Getting Schooled: Reg Pridmore’s CLASS Motorcycle School

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I’ve been riding motorcycles for 19 years. In that time, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to ride with some talented and knowledgeable people; riding with those who are better than you is essential to the learning experience. I like to think of myself as an “advanced intermediate” rider—I generally run in the front of what you might call ...

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Moto Aloha: Motorcycle Touring on Oahu

The author’s wife, son, and his son’s new bride look out over the North Shore surf.

In recent years, life has afforded me more opportunities to travel outside of the logistical scope of my motorcycle. While my bike can’t fly with me, my love of riding always does. To satiate that desire to experience new places properly—that is, from the seat of a motorcycle—I have taken to renting a bike in any distant place I go. My ...

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From Canada to Mexico on U.S. Route 281

A Texas shrine, the Alamo, remains ever stalwart in downtown San Antonio.

Riders brag about their coast-to-coast exploits—how many times, how many days, how many hours. I’ve been across the country 21 times myself. Seeking a new direction, I asked myself how many of us have been north to south, border to border. Not me. I intended to address that oversight by riding from Tsplitting the country in half in the process. ...

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