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Tackling LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD Ural Gear-Up

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It’s well before dawn, and the temperature is below freezing. Ben’s KTM 1190 Adventure says it’s 27 F., but Kurt’s BMW R 1200 GS is somewhat more optimistic at a balmy 31. My Ural Gear-Up is silent on the matter, perhaps in indifference to these mild temperatures. After all, it was originally built to carry Russian soldiers through snow and ...

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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2016

Anybody looking for a sporting big single in 1929 could have chosen this Moto Guzzi Sport 500, with a neat little box on the gas tank to hold those metric tools.

What a show! The day began cool and lightly overcast, but by 11 o’clock the skies were blue and white, with lovely puffy cumulus clouds drifting slowly overhead. Absolutely perfect weather—obviously ordered up for the occasion. A walk through the entrance opened to four grassy acres of the venue, with more than 400 bikes on display, some going back a ...

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Retracing the Steps of History: The Sisters’ Centennial Ride

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“Woman can, if she will.” – Augusta Van Buren   It all started with a very modest idea: gather a small group—say 10 women—and ride across the country, New York to California. After doing a bit more research, ride organizer Alisa Clickenger stumbled across the story of two intrepid women, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in 1916 set out ...

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Overland Adventure to the Overland Expo

Schnebly Hill Road is not for the faint of heart or those with limited experience with big bikes off-road. It does, however, offer some of the best views of Sedona. Because of this, it can be crowded with tourists in Jeeps, so it’s best to take it slow and easy, and take plenty of breaks for water and photos!

There was a time not too long ago when I looked at riders on massive “adventure” bikes, loaded down with what appeared to be roughly a ton of hard luggage (usually covered in stickers), camping chairs, sleeping bags and enough bolt-on crash protection to mount three sets of auxiliary lights, and I just…didn’t…get it. My idea of riding off-road was ...

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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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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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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2015

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In its seven years, the Quail Motorcycle Gathering has never really called itself a Concours d’Elegance, not like many shows where spit and polish is of the essence. The Quail has been much less formal, with the occasional barn-find, straw still in the wheels, sitting next to a $90,000 Vincent. The organizing expert, Gordon McCall, has developed a very successful ...

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The 28th Annual Clubman’s All-British Weekend

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Alice’s Restaurant sits at the intersection of State Routes 35 and 84, on a ridge above Woodside, California. To be fair, calling those country roads “highways” is a little deceiving. When you ride up to the place, you are faced with two choices: park at Alice’s, where you can eat inside or out on the deck; or, park across the ...

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Hollister Freedom Rally—Celebrating the Fourth Biker Style

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Lots of noise, lots of music and lots of money spent…which is the way any good motorcycle rally should be. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists, the majority riding Harleys, converged on the California town of Hollister for the 2015 Independence Day weekend, and it all went quite well. Since this was the first major motorcycle event with a “biker” image ...

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Rider’s Annual Touring Events Calendar 2015

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What could be more fun than saddling up your bike, hitting the road, and joining a few thousand of your closest friends at a major bike event? To simplify life for our readers, we have listed the national rallies of many of the major clubs and organizations, with a brief description and contact information. Many of these events feature organized ...

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