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Good Guys and Gals

This morning’s freeway commute was interesting. First, someone waved me ahead when I signaled that the Yamaha FJR1300 and I wanted to change lanes. This is highly unusual since the unwritten rule—at least on the roads I commute on in Southern California—is to speed up and get ahead of the person trying to change lanes. Fifteen miles later down the freeway, ...

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Ducati Multistrada Caption Contest Winners

Win a hardback copy of Rider Contributor Clement Salvadori’s book, 101 Road Tales! Submit a ficticious, humorous, imaginative and non-offensive caption in the comments section below for the photo(s) posted in this blog entry. The best caption–as determined by Rider’s not-entirely sober editorial staff some night later this week or next–will win the book! It’s that simple! We reserve the right to delete ...

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Rider Response: Greatest Hits

Here at Rider magazine we feel very fortunate to have such a large and loyal family of subscribers, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning, back in 1974. Through monthly columns and features, readers get to know Rider staffers and contributors. They learn about the motorcycles in our garage, the gear we can’t live without, even aspects of ...

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Rider Alaska and Yukon Tour, The Last Frontier

Final Cell Phone Blog Most photos by Genie Tuttle Penultimate evening, Talkeetna, Alaska. Denali’s ulu-knife top is sheathed in ever-present clouds, then clears suddenly and slices the red-orange skin of sunset, opening a stream of darker shadowy blood across the sky. It’s only the second clear day in this part of Alaska after raining for 32 straight. We are blessed, ...

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Rider Alaska and Yukon Tour with Ayres Adventures

“The last foreign country still friendly to Americans,” read the first, but far from last, hand-scrawled sign we would see expressing the many interesting sentiments Alaskans have for their state and visitors to it. These are independent folk up here, rugged individuals who are not a little suspicious of the “southerners” who come callin’ every summer. Motorcyclists on big, fancy ...

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Vintage Motorcycles at the Reagan Library

I recently visited the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, to see its “Born to be Wild” collection of 40 vintage and celebrity motorcycles. This display is definitely worth checking out, and runs through November 9, 2010. The exhibit chronicles the history and culture of motorcycling, and there’s a wide variety of motorcycles to view. Curator Andrew Wulf gave me ...

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In the Beginning…

Witness here a relic of my childhood, all that remains of the Handy Andy toolkit I opened one Christmas day long before I even dreamed of riding motorcycles. Inside the metal box from Santa Claus were this blade screwdriver, a hammer, a saw and a few other tools that are lost to time. Intended for small hands and small construction projects, ...

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Pixel Addiction

I have a message for some of my colleagues (none on the Rider staff, thank goodness). I noticed something very disturbing on my last overseas press junket, and I need to get it off my chest. Quite often (and especially in these times of tight budgets), overseas press junkets have itineraries that are more like marathons. Fly in Day 1, arrive ...

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