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The Long Road to Indy, A Scenic Sport-Touring Ride to the MotoGP


(This Long Road to Indy feature was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Imagine a multi-state Main Street for Motorcycling, a cross-country route made just for riding. Miles of sinuous asphalt draped over rolling hills, winding past tumbledown barns with faded Mail Pouch tobacco ads, splitting through shady forest glens and immaculate pastures where racehorses graze that ...

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A Tale of Two Lakes: Riding the Circle Tour


I’m a careful planner, but the key to this journey was decided by the flip of a coin. Heads, clockwise, tails, counterclockwise. It was tails, so my journey would take me up the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, across the top of Lake Superior, and back home along Lake Michigan’s western shore. My fascination with the these two Great Lakes ...

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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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