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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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Cape Cod Cruising

Cape Cod Cruising

Most Americans have heard of Cape Cod, and a large number have been there. Much of the Cape is astonishingly beautiful, with great beaches along its 70 or so miles. I’ll begin with a bit of advice: Don’t go there between Memorial and Labor days. Too darned many people for comfort, and way too many vehicles on the few roads. ...

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2016 Yamaha FJR1300ES – Road Test Review

Although the FJR1300ES tips the scales at 670 pounds fully fueled, it feels nicely balanced and responds well to steering inputs. Among the FJR’s many options for adjustability are windscreen height, handlebar position, seat height and width of the the black lower fairing panels.

What do a state park, an international border crossing, a dirt road and a coastal highway have in common? Together they make up the four corners of California. Linking them together in a big loop covers 2,600 miles, which I shoehorned into a little more than three days, averaging 800 miles a day, for a challenging test of man and ...

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Riding The Shuswap Area of British Columbia, Canada

Group shot with Brian, Merridy, Nadine and Ben at the Salmon Arm Wharf, downtown Salmon Arm.

I am waiting at the border between the U.S. and Canada, mentally patting myself on the back. For one thing, despite the fact that I am in the Pacific Northwest, it is warm, the sky is blue and there is no rain in the forecast. For another, there is only one car between Customs and me. Most people crossover at ...

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Baja Enlightenment: Riding Mexico’s Lower California Peninsula

Highway 1 has no shoulders but is in mostly good shape throughout the Baja desert.

Our experience begins at the Tecate border crossing, a 45-minute ride east of San Diego. One by one we pull our motorcycles up to the border station, watch the light blink green—not red—then cautiously inch into Mexican territory. There’s a sense something is wrong. No official approaches to ask where we are going. No one stamps our passports. No one waves ...

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Profile: Quinn Redeker, Ventura Police’s ‘Top Gun’ Rider

Corporal Quinn Redeker of the Ventura Police Department competing at the Third Annual International Police Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2015. Negotiating tight cone patterns with speed and precision requires remarkable clutch and throttle control, excellent balance and laser-like focus. (Photography by the author)

On a cloudy Sunday morning, Corporal Quinn Redeker queued up for his first timed run on a pier at San Francisco’s Embarcadero, beneath the massive Bay Bridge. Dressed in full uniform, with a gun belt, dark sunglasses, a three-quarter helmet and tan roper gloves (a nod to the character Jon Baker on CHiPs), Quinn raced down a narrow, traffic cone-lined ...

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Video: Quinn Redeker’s Police Motorcycle Rodeo Runs

Quinn Redeker competing at the Third Annual International Police Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2015. Negotiating tight cone patterns with speed and precision requires remarkable clutch and throttle control, excellent balance and laser-like focus. (Photography by the author)

During the Third Annual International Motorcycle Skills Competition, held in San Francisco, California, on August 1, 2015, Corporal Quinn Redeker of the Ventura Police Department completed two timed runs on the 2015 liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 RT-P. He allowed Rider magazine to mount a GoPro video camera on his bike (first run) and on his helmet (second run) during the ...

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2016 Honda VFR1200X – Road Test Review

2016 Honda VFR1200X

Shortly after its groundbreaking VFR1200F sport tourer was introduced for 2010, Honda launched an adventure-styled bike for 2012 based on the same smooth and powerful 1,237cc V-4 engine used in the VFR. The new Crosstourer was designed to compete with the BMW R 1200 GS, Yamaha Super Ténéré and Triumph Tiger Explorer, so it had 19- and 17-inch spoked tubeless ...

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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Ride Review

2017 Suzuki SV650

Sixteen years ago I walked into a dealership ready to buy my first brand-new bike: a 2000 Suzuki SV650 in Candy Grand Blue. I’d done my homework; the SV650 had been released the year before and had already earned respect from riders both new and experienced. It was the rarest of creatures: inexpensive, fun and easy to ride for beginners, ...

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Tales From the Dark Side: Putting Car Tires on Motorcycles

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Republished from June 11, 2012. From the Dark World of Nonconformity They Emerged…On Car Tires. Have you ever found yourself unwittingly in the middle of a heated religious or political debate between two vehemently opposed participants? Not since the dispute over conventional oil vs. synthetic oil have I seen such polarized and passionate opinions in the motorcycle world. The question ...

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