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Montana Motorcycle Rides: Touring Big Sky Country

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Story by Roger Hotelling [Montana Motorcycle Rides: Touring Big Sky Country was originally published in American Rider magazine] Our Montana ride began with two thunderstorms. Not good omens. We were finally on dry pavement, our rainsuits repacked and the Ultra’s cruise control set on 75. Sue and I were crossing eastern Washington on our way to Billings, Montana, where we’d ...

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Indiana Motorcycle Touring: Hoosier National Forest

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story and photography by Mitchell Steckler [Indiana Motorcycle Touring: Hoosier National Forest was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the November 2008 issue of Rider magazine] I awoke to a beautiful summer morning, a motorcyclist’s dream: blue sky, 82 degrees and a weekend of freedom. Many other riders must have had the same idea, as I’ve been riding the ...

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Missouri Motorcycle Rides: From St. Louis to Frankenstein

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story by Jim Auckley, photography by Chris Auckley [Missouri Motorcycle Rides: From St. Louis to Frankenstein was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the May 2008 issue of Rider magazine] The crack of the bat and the smell of yeast are never far away in St. Louis, a vibrant city-kingdom of baseball and beer. The National League Cardinals’ new ...

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Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland

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story and photography by Susan Benton [Iowa Motorcycle Rides: Discovering America’s Heartland was first published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Although Iowa probably isn’t on your short list of places to ride, it has a prairie beauty all its own. If you really want to get away from it all, take a day ...

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Montana Motorcycle Rides: Exploring the Northwestern Corner

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[Montana Motorcycle Rides: Exploring the Northwestern Corner was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Our 100th Anniversary Harley Electra Glide Ultra Classic was heavily packed and ready for three weeks of road travel, rain or shine. For the past nine years my husband, Jim, and I have taken an epic road trip ...

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Wisconsin's Best Motorcycle Roads: The Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour

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Story and photography by M. Cooper Larson [Wisconsin’s Best Motorcycle Roads: The Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Most of us don’t need a reason to go riding-especially when the riding involves some of the most beautiful roads in the Midwest. But what if you could ride ...

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Day-Tripping on the Lincoln Highway in Iowa

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Early in the last century, one highway paved the way—literally and figuratively—for the roads we enjoy today. More patchwork quilt than a continuous ribbon, it was stitched together from existing roads to create a route from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. Although it existed officially for only 15 years, the “Father Road” is ...

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Riding the Heart and Soul of Montana

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A whole lot of nothing. That’s what we expected to see on our journey across eastern Montana—flat and drear, sagebrush and maybe the occasional bovine chewing its cud with a bored expression. After all, we’d heard predictions to that effect nearly every time we told anyone we were riding the Central Montana Highway from border to border. “There’s a whole ...

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Wisconsin: An Off-Season Rumble Through Harley Country

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Oh, what I don’t know about Harleys! Like, um, where’s the toolkit on this thing? There isn’t one? Oh. Well maybe this guy sitting down at the booth next to mine can help. He’s wearing the colors—sporty black letterman’s jacket with the orange logo on the back. It’s 37 degrees outside and I’d really like to hook up my electric ...

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A Solo Motorcycle Ride to Sturgis, South Dakota

photography by Mark Langello and Buzz Buzzelli [A Solo Motorcycle Ride to Sturgis was originally published in American Rider magazine] I was leaving tomorrow morning and my clothes were strewn all over the bed, I had a load of laundry in the washer, my bags were only half packed, and my wife came in and announced, “I’m tired, I’m going ...

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