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Motorcycle Rides, Roads and Self-Guided Travel

Connecting the Curvy Bits in Eastern Tennessee

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A sweeping 180-degree turn curved upward into the hills of Frozen Head State Park, and our guides, from the local Harley shop, were quite understanding. “I think yu’all ride a lil’ bit faster than us, so yu’all go on ahead and we’ll catch up at the next stop sign.” And off we went, three experienced motorcyclists chasing each other up ...

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Motorcycle Travel By Chaptering

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Chap·ter·ing (chap’-ter-ing) v. 1. To tour cross-country, intermittently, by motorcycle. 2. Completing a series of small road trips that, when combined, are a significant excursion. 3. Storing a motorcycle and gear at varied destinations then returning periodically for more adventure. Touring by motorcycle is the perfect way to cover a lot of country and really experience it at the same ...

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Searching for Colorado Roots in the Rockies

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As children, we heard many of Grandma Louise’s stories about Colorado. She was born in a log cabin a few miles outside of Creede, to a mother who had been born in Leadville and spent part of her childhood in Cripple Creek. This family history at high altitudes caught my imagination when, a couple years ago, I started looking for ...

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Riding Old U.S. 66 from Seligman, Arizona, to Barstow, California

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I always like intros where you get to ride the new model home. The new Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack (Rider, July 2014) was introduced to the moto-world in Prescott, Arizona, which offers some seriously great riding, whether it is headed down into Skull Valley on State Route 10, or up U.S. Route 89 on the delightful twisties northeast ...

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A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon

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How far can you ride in three days? That was the question I asked myself while planning a loop tour from the city of Seattle into western Oregon. In early July, I had a three-day window and had been looking for the opportunity to ride U.S. Highway 101 along the Oregon coast. After that, depending on remaining time and progress, ...

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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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Exploring Southwest New Mexico By Motorcycle

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Not caring for Interstate highways, I choose to ride the “blue highways” north and south of Interstate 40 from Grants, New Mexico, where I live. I made this ride in late May on my 2008 Triumph America. This 865cc twin has all of the power I need and is reminiscent of the Bonneville 650 I had in the ’60s, although ...

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Riding Maine’s Rugged, Winding Coast

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Measured in a straight line, the entire coast of Maine from Kittery to Lubec isn’t even 230 miles long. Visit the Maine coast, however, and you realize that straight lines rarely apply. Maine has 3,478 miles of curvy, in-and-out, tidal shoreline. In the U.S., only Alaska, Florida and Louisiana have more. Riding a motorcycle is a great way to see ...

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Sierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California's Motorcycle Playground

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For most motorcyclists, riding the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California means cruising over passes like Ebbetts, Carson, Monitor, Sonora or Tioga, or visiting the great national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Preferring less-traveled roads, my trio of Sierra rides covers some of the overlooked mountain roads on the western side of the central and southern Sierras. In the late ...

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