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TomTom Rider GPS Review

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I have always had a fascination for maps and never tire of thumbing through a highway atlas, recollecting stretches of roads from trips taken. So when Editor Tuttle assigned a review of TomTom’s updated Rider, I wondered if a GPS could teach a cartophile (map lover) anything new. Netherlands-based TomTom has been a leader in navigation and mapping technology since ...

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Edelweiss Bike Travel’s Pearl of the Adriatic Tour

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As our jetliner began its lumbering descent over Dubrovnik, Croatia, I noted from the window the contrast between a modern suspension bridge hanging by threadlike cables, and the Old City fronting on the Adriatic Sea, its blocky buildings with red tile roofs centuries old. While this mix of old and new was my first “Wow!” moment on Edelweiss Bike Travel’s ...

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Royal Enfield Launches in North America

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Royal Enfield has announced its first wholly-owned subsidiary outside India, in North America. This announcement is in line with Royal Enfield’s focused international thrust of leading and expanding the global mid-sized motorcycle segment (250-750cc), with North America representing a priority market for the company. Royal Enfield is the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, with roots dating back to 1901 ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki RG500 Gamma: 1985-1986

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Sportbikes are one thing, street-legal repli-racers patterned on GP bikes are quite another. Both are intended for public roads, and while both are extremely fast, the repli-racer will have handling better suited to a racetrack than a mountain road. This RG500 was a repli-racer mildly popular in Europe and Canada, although never officially imported to the United States. That is ...

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Malcolm Smith Autobiography Coming Soon

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The autobiography of legendary American motorcycle and off-road racer Malcom Smith, who also starred in the classic motorcycle documentary, On Any Sunday, has been printed and a bulk shipment is expected to arrive at Malcolm’s Southern California store via ocean container in October 2015. To create Malcolm! The Autobiography, Malcom teamed up with motojournalist Mitch Boehm, a 30-year industry veteran ...

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Riding Zero Avenue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland

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I was riding my Kawasaki KLR650 on a cool, sunny March day. Mount Baker, in northern Washington State, was continuing to be elusive. The inactive volcano in all its snowcapped glory presented a great photo opportunity, but just when I cleared another high ridge, the tree line would appear on the right, blocking my view. I kept the faith, knowing ...

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Mototouring Italian Factories Tour

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Mototouring is the Milano, Italy-based outfit that has been delighting novelty-seeking riders in places like South Africa, Vietnam and all over Europe since 1994. It is the creation of Eligio Arturi, a roguish, rumpled Milanese with a taste for good cigars, aged Grappa, great Italian roads and vintage Italian motorcycles. I meet Eligio, Italian guides Ricciardo and Davide, and my ...

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Around the World Trip With Edelweiss to Resume in Asia

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This 63-day, 8,700-mile section will run from August 9 to October 10, 2015, with 44 days of riding and 10 rest days. Participants will visit the leafy Kazak capital, Almaty, at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountain Range; view the endless rows of warriors, horses and armory of the UNESCO listed Terracotta Army; visit pandas at the Giant Panda ...

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The Italian Idyll Tour With Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures

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The tree-shaded road is cut into the side of the mountain, approaching a village that has been on the hilltop for a thousand years or more. An elderly man is walking his dog through the fallen leaves—it is October—and offers a minor salute as we pass. The asphalt gives way to cobblestones as the road narrows entering the village, where ...

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