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Short Motorcycle Ride through West Virginia and Maryland

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Done. Finally! The lawn is mowed, trimming completed, garage swept, and I even got the car washed. The Honey-Do List completed, I venture inside the house to suggest to my wife that since it is a glorious day and only mid-afternoon, a motorcycle ride would be in order and I will not be late for dinner. My better half, elated ...

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Motorcycle Travel in the Appalachians

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“I think I’m lost.” Twenty miles had passed since departing the only hotel in Cumberland, Kentucky, that had a sign hanging in a broken window that read, “Closed.” That’s when the thought came to mind that I might be in trouble. I’d been traveling lonely State Route 522 for a while now, searching for a new stopping point. Shadows lengthened ...

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The Blue Ridge Parkway from the Backseat

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Plenty of riders have sung the praises of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I’m here to give you the straight story from the passenger’s point of view. You remember us; we’re the ones in the turbulence, with no handlebars to hang onto and no clear view of the road ahead. Ours is a different experience from the front-seat rider’s, but ...

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Reservoir Roads: Exploring New York's Southern Highlands

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When I go on an extended motorcycle tour, I like to ride back roads with plenty of twisties to challenge me, in an area with forests, mountains, lakes and rivers to stimulate the senses. That’s why riding the reservoir roads of New York’s southern highlands makes for a fantastic motorcycle tour. Much of the region is protected watershed land and ...

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Great Motorcycle Roads: West Virginia is for Riders

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Click on the link below to download a PDF file of the Great Roads feature West Virginia is for Riders from the October 2012 issue of Rider magazine. GREAT ROADS (PDF Version) To see the original full version of the story from March 2008, follow this link: http://www.ridermag.wpengine.com/travel-features/west-virginia-is-for-riders.htm    

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Riding U.S. 20 from Albany to Buffalo, N.Y.

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(This story was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story and photos by Clement Salvadori My duties at Americade, up in Lake George, New York, were finished by noon—I could have been in Buffalo by nightfall, had I chosen to hustle along the Interstates. But that’s not much fun; might was well take a plane or a ...

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Pennsylvania Motorcycle Tour on a Kawasaki Versys

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There is a perfectly serviceable bridge on Interstate 84 that carries me across the Delaware River from New York into Pennsylvania in seconds. I know. I’ve crossed it many times over the past 28 years. But not today. Today is the sort of morning that gives June its good reputation. At the beginning of one of the northern hemisphere’s longest ...

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Virginia on a Tangent

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story and photography by Alan Paulsen [Virginia on a Tangent was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Some states just don’t lend themselves to the type of perimeter runs I accomplished on previous tours of Kansas (Rider, November 2007) and the conjoined Dakotas (Rider, August 2009). Yet I still viewed Virginia as a candidate for another ...

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Americade Day Trip to Lake George, New York

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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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