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From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape

Downtown-Skyline

story and photography by Steven W. Ross [This Favorite Ride: From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] In 1980 British artist David Hockney produced the painting “Mulholland Drive—The Road to the Studio.” The painting is a colorful and whimsical view of the road and the star-rich landscape it ...

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Relaxing Oregon Motorcycle Rides: Exploring Unity, Oregon

Cornering-confidence

[This Motorcycle Ride through Unity, Oregon was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by Ben Getz What distinction does this nondescript cow town in the arid foothills of Oregon’s northeast corner bring to the table among dozens of similar depots of dwindling civilization? Perhaps only, and all that is needed, is its proximity to ...

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Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally and The Sky’s the Limit Rally Ride

Panguitch

[This Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally and The Sky’s the Limit Rally Favorite Ride was originally published in the April 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Story and photography by Beverly Kennell What do bikes and balloons have in common? Both represent freedom; freedom of the road and freedom of the air. Every June, Panguitch, Utah, has a double event, the Panguitch ...

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Great Sierra Madre Motorcycle Roads in the Real Central Mexico

Ray

[This Great Sierra Madre Motorcycle Roads in the Real Central Mexico Favorite Ride was originally published in the March 2011 issue of Rider magazine] By Dr. Jerry Smith; Photography by Lynn Gilbank and Steve Milligan Whether you’re escaping harsh winters in the north or hot summers in the south, central Mexico and its more moderate alpine temperatures is the perfect place ...

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Great Motorcycle Roads through Athena, Oregon

Hammer-toss

[This Great Motorcycle Roads through Athena, Oregon Favorite Ride was originally published in the February 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Story and photography by Ben Getz “Athena, hand me my kilt and go saddle the wombat!” Now there’s a visual for you; straight from a late night, over-spiced, Haggis gone bad perhaps? No, merely a line possibly heard in the ...

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Southern California Motorcycle Rides: Escape to Arizona

Skull-Valley-Garage

[This Escape to Arizona Southern California Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] photography by Chris Wykoff Living in the lower left corner of California has good points for motorcyclists. Our moderate weather allows a year-long riding season. With that warm and dry benefit, however, comes the issue of our claustrophobic geography. South is ...

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Sport Touring’s Most Common Mistakes

As a solo and two-up sport tourer of many moons, in my experience there are two mistakes many canyon strafers make more often than most. No. 1 is hugging the centerline in blind left turns. No. 2 is riding over your head in order to keep up with a faster group. I have seen more accidents as a result of ...

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Better Shifting for Sport-Touring Riders

One of the more revealing ways to find out how well a rider shifts gears and manages the clutch on a motorcycle is to ride as their passenger. With no handlebar in front with which to brace yourself, any lack of shifting smoothness or clutch dexterity on the rider’s part (not to mention skilled throttle application) will have you lurching ...

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