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A Three-State Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington


by Steve Larsen, photography by Bob Meador [This Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The ride begins with members of the American Flyers Motorcycle Club trickling into Missoula, Montana, on planes, bikes and automobiles from all over the country. Are we tempting the sprits of Lewis and Clark by expecting ...

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National Parks Motorcycle Touring: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

Teton Mountains

Story and photography by Donya Carlson [This Yellowstone National Park Motorcycle Tour was originally published in the January 2011 issue of Rider] As a native Southern Californian, I’m used to mountains. But riding over a crest along Teton Scenic Byway 33 outside of Ashton, Idaho, and seeing the snow-covered Teton Mountain Range spread out like a huge tapestry took my ...

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Motorcycle Tour of Glacier, Yellowstone and Teton National Parks


story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley There’s a reason our national parks are preserved: they are special, magic, even extraordinary. Yet in the most popular, swarms of tourists can be as oppressive as the heat of summer. Many memories of these places consist of fighting motorhome traffic jams, jostling for souvenirs and eating cheap hot dogs that have been on ...

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Motorcycle Touring North Idaho and Montana


by Perri Capell; photography by the author and Lynn Brown [this article about motorcycle touring North Idaho and Montana was originally published in the December 2008 issue of Rider] We probably shouldn’t have lingered so long over lunch on the terrace of the little Italian restaurant in Sandpoint, Idaho, but if we had left sooner, we would have missed the ...

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Woodland to Prairie: North Dakota


story and photography by Clement Salvadori Which way to the Pembina Gorge?” I asked the only person I saw on the sidewalk. “Go back to the highway,” he said, “take a left, and keep right at the moose.” “Keep right at the moose?” I asked quizzically. “Don’t worry, you’ll understand,” he responded. Which I soon did, as I came upon ...

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Yellowstone to Glacier on Montana Highway 89


by Sherry Jones and Todd Mowbray photography by Sherry Jones Rubbernecking with the rest of the crowd at a pair of bald eagles glaring imperiously down from their nest, we were taken aback by the guy who rushed over with camcorder in hand and a face flashing excitement. “Did you see that wolf cross the road carrying a fox?” he ...

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Great Motorcycle Roads: Iowa Byways

Iowa Motorcycle Roads: Iowa's Byways

story and photography by Susan Benton [Great Motorcycle Roads: Iowa Byways originally appeared in the August 2010 issue of Rider magazine] A perfect day trip or weekend destination for riders from Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison and Des Moines is Dubuque, Iowa. The city is located on the Mississippi River, on the Iowaborder with Illinois and Wisconsin, and not far from Minnesota. ...

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Connecting the Dakotas: The Long Way Around North and South


As a motorcyclist who enjoys vacant, isolated roads, I stared longingly at the Dakotas on my National Geographic wall map while planning my next excursion. A childhood friend of my wife had recently moved to Sioux Falls with her family. The brother of a buddy who was a groomsman at my wedding 25 years ago had transplanted himself to Sioux ...

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