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The Long Way to Monterey and Morro Bay, California


It’s 6 a.m. on a Wednesday as I head out of Port Hueneme, California, north to Monterey—the long way! There are so many fantastic back roads through this remote and pristine Central-Coast countryside that every trip is a unique and rewarding adventure. Today, riding my BMW R 1100 R, I catch Highway 33 and head up what seems like a ...

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Touring the Forgotten Iron Range in Wisconsin and Michigan

web-Atop Mt. Zion, Ironwood, MI (2)

Late in the 19th century, in Wisconsin’s far north and on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, above ground thousands of men hacked out a living logging the state’s vast hardwood forests. At the same time, thousands of feet below the surface, hard rock miners blasted and hammered out millions of tons of iron ore. Dozens of mines dotted the Penokee Range, where ...

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Colorado Chasms: Riding the other Canyonlands


(This Favorite Ride was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Story and photos by Kathleen Kemsley Colorado is best known for its lofty peaks, and rightly so. Those reaching at least 14,000 feet in elevation, known as Fourteeners, number 53 in this not-flat state. A lesser-known side of Colorado is its canyonlands. On the west slope of ...

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California’s Angeles Crest Highway and Beyond


Snaking through the San Gabriel Mountains, California’s 66-mile Angeles Crest Highway, part of State Route 2, provides exceptional riding and spectacular views. Part of the road was closed for repairs for five years before it was reopened briefly in May 2009, then the road was closed again due to fires. It finally opened again in June of 2011, inspiring epic ...

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Winter Musings

As old man winter sweeps through the south the weather changes aren’t nearly as drastic as those in the northern parts of our country. No snow banks line the roads down here below the Mason-Dixon Line; no bitter winds rattle the windows or cause those out on the streets to bundle up like artic explorers. The changes are subtle. The ...

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Americade Day Trip to Lake George, New York

Crowd and balloons at Americade

I’m 25 miles north of Lake George, New York, taking a break alongside the shore of the lake of the same name, when four riding buddies pull in beside me. Nothing unusual about that. Except for the mix of motorcycles they’re riding: a brand-new, big-ticket Harley-Davidson cruiser, a 1980s-era 750cc Honda, a Suzuki Hayabusa and a Suzuki supermoto. The foursome ...

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From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape


story and photography by Steven W. Ross [This Favorite Ride: From Hollywood to Malibu Through a Star-Studded Landscape was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] In 1980 British artist David Hockney produced the painting “Mulholland Drive—The Road to the Studio.” The painting is a colorful and whimsical view of the road and the star-rich landscape it ...

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Relaxing Oregon Motorcycle Rides: Exploring Unity, Oregon


[This Motorcycle Ride through Unity, Oregon was originally published in the August 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by Ben Getz What distinction does this nondescript cow town in the arid foothills of Oregon’s northeast corner bring to the table among dozens of similar depots of dwindling civilization? Perhaps only, and all that is needed, is its proximity to ...

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