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Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6

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[This Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6 was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] I’ve eyed it longingly on countless trips on Interstate 70 across the Colorado mountains. The sparsely traveled two-lane winds its way alongside the interstate, at times close by, at times across the valley, and sometimes unseen. Blasting along at 75 mph, ...

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Ancient Ways in the Southwest

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story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley The climate can be too hot and rainy in the summer, too cold and windy in the winter. But motorcycling conditions in the high desert during the spring and fall months are nearly perfect. A commitment-free week in September beckoned my husband and me to ride the Indian lands of the Southwest, following a ...

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Santa Fe Trail: History and drama from New Mexico to Kansas

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley We planned to attend a regional sidecar club rally in September. There was just one drawback, we thought: The rally took place in eastern Kansas. Kansas? What is there to see in Kansas? Though I had never set foot in the state, I had heard plenty about how flat and tedious the journey is ...

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Colorado Motorcycle Rides: Cañon City, Monarch Pass and Beyond

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story and photography by Warren Renshaw [Colorado Motorcycle Rides: Cañon City, Monarch Pass and Beyond was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] In the April 2005 issue of Rider magazine I vowed to return to Colorado as long as I was able. It has beauty that cannot be captured on film nor ...

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Firstgear Motorcycle Ride in Utah and Colorado

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(This “Favorite Ride” was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider Magazine.” As a 15-year-old mountain biker living in Georgia, I dreamed of riding in two places: The slickrock trails of Moab, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain trails near Crested Butte, Colorado. Since those dreams never materialized, I didn’t hesitate when Mark Kincart, Apparel Specialist for Firstgear, invited ...

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Firstgear Colorado Motorcycle Ride: 2,252 miles from CA to CO

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photography by Greg Drevenstedt and Mark Kincart [Firstgear Colorado Motorcycle Ride: 2,252 miles from CA to CO was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider magazine] As a 15-year-old mountain biker living in Georgia, I dreamed of riding in two places: The slickrock trails of Moab, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain trails near Crested Butte, Colorado. Since those ...

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On the Road: Riding The Four Corners

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story and photos by J. Joshua Placa In the Great Basin of the ancient Southwest, nothing is as it seems. Infinite expanses of petrified sand and rusted rock, cacti and eternal sky spread out before you, seducing the unwary traveler with the matchless excitement and wonder of an undiscovered frontier. Beware its sweet, deceitful kiss. The high plains desert is ...

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Road to Wisdom: A U.S. and Canadian Rockies Motorcycle Tour

The Beartooth Highway grabs you and doesn’t let go. After crossing a high plateau you descend along the edge of a mile-deep canyon toward Red Lodge. Charles Kuralt called the Beartooth the most scenic highway in America.

  Riding and Life Lessons on a Big Scenic Loop When Don Scott, my neighbor and riding buddy, mentioned he wanted to go on a long ride—nothing but blue highways, maybe across Canada, a loop through the Rockies—I reached for the road atlas. Tucked away on the western edge of Montana was a town called Wisdom. It seemed a noble ...

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Colorado Black Canyon

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story and photography by Clement Salvadori I am up in Carbondale, Colorado, preparing to head back to California via the Four Corners. The 1,200-mile trip could be done in two long June days. But since I have three days before I’m expected at home, the Harley Ultra and I will dawdle a bit, stop and look at interesting places along ...

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Colorado Route 141 from Whitewater to Dove Creek

My kind of road. Nobody is on it. Maybe one vehicle every couple of minutes, but other than that, it is mine. Great views, as we thunder down a valley with the walls rapidly closing in on themselves. Then the river snakes through a small gap, and soon we come out in yet another widening canyon. I don’t know who ...

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