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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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2015 International Motorcycle Touring Companies

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Everyone’s going on tour. The market for motorcycle tours abroad has exploded over the last few years, and now more than ever before, motorcycle touring companies are lining up to show you parts of the world that are best experienced on two wheels, with a local guide. Some of these companies have been in the business for years. Edelweiss Bike ...

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Edelweiss Bike Travel's Touring Center Norway

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First came bone-chilling rain. Then came strong, erratic wind, followed by thick fog that swallowed our conga line of BMWs as we chugged our way up the steep, rough, single-lane road to Vestkapp. Knuckles white, we negotiated around a car coming down with just inches to spare and dodged piles of sheep scat as if they were landmines. With visibility ...

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Learning to Ride the Alps With Edelweiss

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Riding the Alps is the dream of many a rider, but the challenge of motorcycling Europe’s famous mountain range can sometimes prove to be overwhelming. Even those who consider themselves skilled can find the demanding roads, foreign street signs and frantic traffic difficult to negotiate, and end up working so hard to master the ride they don’t enjoy the vacation. ...

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Touring Southern British Columbia on a Honda CBR1100XX

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The airport security agent lingered on my helmet bag. “I’m just trying to decide whether to hassle you,” she said without smiling. “You rode here on a motorcycle?” “No, ma’am, but I’ll need gear at my destination.” “You’re flying somewhere to ride a motorcycle? Where?” “British Columbia.” “Right. Please remove all objects from your pockets….” My helmet and I passed ...

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Sport Touring in Southeastern Australia

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If you go by such films as Mad Max and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Australia must seem like a vast desert continent. In his book, The Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson describes Australia as “mostly empty and a long way away.” Both are not necessarily wrong, but don’t provide a complete picture. Although Australia is the hottest, ...

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Motorcycle Touring in Cuba with MotoDiscovery

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As our early-morning flight from Miami descended into the Havana airport, the pilot came on the PA: “Ladies and gentlemen, we will be landing in a few minutes. I suggest that you turn your watches back 50 years.” Once the 16 of us had collected our luggage, cleared Cuban customs and headed out to the tour bus, we soon discovered ...

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The Ultimate Alps with Edelweiss Bike Travel

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About 50 million years ago, Africa, which was probably glancing down at its iPhone, crashed headfirst into Europe, which was just sitting in plate-tectonic traffic, minding its own business. Like the hood of a crash-test Mercedes, neither Europe nor Africa were ever the same. A big chunk of Africa wound up on the top of the Matterhorn. Which is great ...

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