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The Moto Talbott Collection

Bikes in the Moto Talbott Collection's workshop. From right to left: 1925 BMW R37 Racer 494cc, 1965 BMW R69S 600cc, 1974 Laverda SFC 750cc

It all started on a borrowed Dream. Over fifty years ago, a barely teenage Robb Talbott, of Carmel Valley, California, secretly swung a leg over a friend’s Honda Dream. He was hooked. The love affair with motorcycles has waxed and waned throughout his life, but has always been a key part of his most memorable adventures. Highlights include mid-winter racing ...

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Crossing Colorado

Crossing Colorado’s Great Plains heading west, the front range of the Rockies begins to appear about 50 miles away, and slowly gets taller and taller. (Photos: Clement Salvadori)

I was loafing along the two-lane U.S. Route 6 on the BMW R 1200 RT as the road crossed the low rolling hills of the Great Plains, when suddenly a sign popped up: WELCOME TO COLORFUL COLORADO, back dropped by a half-dozen grain bins. These big, corrugated contraptions are not terribly aesthetic, but practical, since they’re relatively inexpensive and keep ...

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Arkansas Getaway

The intersection of State Routes 272 and 88. I have no doubt the ride would be a wild one when icy.

I’d been looking forward to burning up some hills and curves in western Arkansas, but for the moment I was riding a stretch of U.S. Route 67 that lay in the state’s northeast corner. The region is known for rice production, not peg grinding, but the flat, straight road has an interesting story. Designated the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway, the ...

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Magical Riding in Northern New Mexico

Every bend in the road in northern New Mexico seems to reveal another geological intrigue.

en · chant (verb): To place under a spell as if by magic. Yep. That’s exactly what the mountains of northern New Mexico have done to me. There is something magical about this state, and I believe it stems from its wide-ranging diversity. The cultural, architectural and environmental palate from which this region is painted is as multi-hued and vibrant as you ...

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Mr. Wheel Works Keeps On Rolling

Would you trust this man to rebuild your BSA wheel? You bet!

“So you’ve found a twin-cap 1968? No rust? And you paid $500 for it? Well, that bike would be worth the most in parts—you’ll get $2,000 for the cylinder head alone….” Chris Quinn is on the phone with a friend who’s made a great discovery in the frozen north of Michigan: a low-mileage, original Ducati 350 Scrambler with rare twin-cap ...

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11th Annual Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

More than 1,400 bikes are on display at the Barber Motorcycle Museum.

What’s your pleasure? Sidecar racing? Acres of swap meet to be explored? Technical seminars with industry experts? Antique side-shifters whizzing down the racecourse, or million-dollar race bikes popping wheelies on the same course? You could find this and much more at the 2015 Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival, held October 9-11 at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. The event ...

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Québec Adventure: Striking Gold in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

The T.E. Draper operated from 1929-1979 and is the last surviving boat used for log drives.

Unpainted asphalt with the texture of a Parmesan cheese grater twists and undulates through the mist-shrouded spruce forest. This is prime moose country, and we’d seen only one sign of human habitation since turning off the Trans-Canada Highway in Mattawa, Ontario, Canada onto Route 533. Our destination is the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec, a vast territory owned by the Hudson ...

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Chasing Dinosaurs in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming

U.S. Route 40 west of Dinosaur, Colorado.

When the dinosaurs roamed the earth, they were tiny and titanic, terrifying and titillating, fleet footed and even flabby. Sounds like me at various ages. My map says the Dinosaur National Monument is way, way up in northeastern Colorado. Next to the town of Dinosaur! And next to nothing else, on a road to nowhere. Excellent, let’s go chase some ...

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The 2015 SoCal Norton Owner’s Club Hansen Dam Ride

It was standing room only hours before the rally officially started.

“The Hansen Dam Rally is put on by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, no frills, all thrills…the rest of the year we’re just a riding club,” said Kevin Nerden, president of the Southern California Norton Owners Club for the past three years. SCNOC was established in 1979, and its 36th annual event smashed previous attendance records. “We had 200 pins for riders ...

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