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2015 Overland Expo West

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There is something that draws me to the Overland Expo West year after year. The three-day event, now held annually near Flagstaff, Arizona, is a showcase of the most rugged and extreme overland machines and gear in the world. But it’s more than a metallic meat market—it is a place to learn, watch and be inspired to literally step outside ...

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Stayin’ Safe: Goldilocks and the Three Gears

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Through our Stayin’ Safe on-road training program, we’ve seen several consistent rider habits. One is failure to shift to an appropriate gear for corners. Riders often pick a low-rpm gear and stick with it, counting on the engine’s torque to do the work. But every motorcycle engine—including a large V-Twin—has a performance sweet spot. Which gear puts it there? Allow ...

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The Salton Sea: The Strange Beauty of the Post-Apocalypse

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“Beautiful, beautiful. Magnificent desolation.” That was how astronaut Buzz Aldrin described what he saw as he left his famous boot prints on the moon’s surface. I am compelled to repeat those sparse, succinct words as I leave my decidedly un-famous Sidi boot prints on the beach of the Salton Sea. I have always enjoyed exploring places that combine raw, natural ...

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Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country

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Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become the first female to drive across the country. ...

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A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia

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Motorcycles grabbed my attention from a young age, and since I grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts, the original home of Indian Motocycles (no “r”), I’ve seen my share of vintage Indians. But the best collection I’ve seen yet is in Newburgh, New York, at the museum called Motorcyclepedia. You’ll find more than 400 bikes here, including the world’s only “Indian ...

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New Rider to Iron Butt Record-Holder in Three Years Flat

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What did you do in your third year of riding motorcycles? Maybe that was when you stepped up to a bigger bike, or decided you were ready for that weeklong trip. Kate Johnston marked her third year on two wheels by riding coast to coast. And back. And it’s not the two coasts you think. In July, Johnston became the ...

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Anna Grechishkina: 2 Years, 5 Continents, 50 Countries

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Ten years ago, Ukrainian traveler Anna Grechishkina had no ties to motorcycling. Her family members didn’t ride. Her friends didn’t ride. But she was somehow drawn to it, and it has now become a way of life. On a whim at the age of 25, Anna decided to get her motorcycle license (which she said is quite a lengthy process ...

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Track Day for Street Bikes

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When I get on a motorcycle I want to ride far, preferably somewhere I haven’t been before. The idea of repeating the same 1.7 miles over and over never really appealed to me. A track day for non-sportbikes changed my mind. On August 19, 2014, Tony’s Track Days offered its first-ever track day for non-sportbikes at Thompson Motorsports Park in ...

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