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Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6

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[This Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6 was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] I’ve eyed it longingly on countless trips on Interstate 70 across the Colorado mountains. The sparsely traveled two-lane winds its way alongside the interstate, at times close by, at times across the valley, and sometimes unseen. Blasting along at 75 mph, ...

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New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride

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[This New Mexico’s Little Las Vegas Favorite Ride was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] The name Las Vegas is generally associated with glitzy gambling in Nevada and Sin City, the fastest-growing city in the United States. But there is another Las Vegas that sits quietly in north central New Mexico along Interstate 24, east of ...

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Riding the Best of Arkansas in this Peak-to-Peak Motorcycle Run

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[This Peak-to-Peak Alaskan Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] story and photography by David Bell Living in one of the nation’s top motorcycling areas, the Ozarks, where great riding is literally 100 yards down the lane from my rural Arkansas home, it’s easy to forget that there’s another excellent mountain range in the ...

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Spring in Big Bend, Texas

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story and photography by Laura Melvin Three old riders, two motorcycles and one honeymoon, a week before the wedding. It doesn’t take much to justify a road trip, so Eleanor and I took Lew, her soon-to-be husband, on their honeymoon. We left Carlsbad, New Mexico, on Highway 285, heading to Big Bend National Park (named for the great U-turn the ...

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Ancient Ways in the Southwest

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story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley The climate can be too hot and rainy in the summer, too cold and windy in the winter. But motorcycling conditions in the high desert during the spring and fall months are nearly perfect. A commitment-free week in September beckoned my husband and me to ride the Indian lands of the Southwest, following a ...

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Kansas Encore: Return to Prairyerth

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Wherever I journey I seek out regional motorcyclists for their advice about the best local riding. Far too often, though, I’m told by the brethren that they dash out of state, jaded I suppose, by the familiarity of their own surroundings. Such was the case when I last visited Kansas; the flatlanders I queried told me they were heading off ...

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Santa Fe Trail: History and Drama from New Mexico to Kansas

story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley We planned to attend a regional sidecar club rally in September. There was just one drawback, we thought: The rally took place in eastern Kansas. Kansas? What is there to see in Kansas? Though I had never set foot in the state, I had heard plenty about how flat and tedious the journey is ...

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Italian Bikes in a German Town: Aprilias in East Texas

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by Steve Natt; photography by the author and Ted Phillips It was with more than a modicum of skepticism that I fielded the invitation to attend a weekend riding “some of the most beautiful roads in America,” in Texas, on exotic, high-performance Italian motorcycles. Reading the fine print had me really shaking my head like Scooby-Doo—a large contingent of Italophiles ...

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Arkansas Motorcycle Rides: Ozarks Dual-Sport

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photography by Bill and Susan Dragoo [Arkansas Motorcycle Rides: Ozarks Dual-Sport was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the December 2009 issue of Rider magazine] I glance in my rear-view mirror, watching headlights emerge from the gloom…one, two, three. I look at the road ahead, back at the mirror…four, five, six. Repeating this over and over I ride on, ...

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Colorado Motorcycle Rides: Cañon City, Monarch Pass and Beyond

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story and photography by Warren Renshaw [Colorado Motorcycle Rides: Cañon City, Monarch Pass and Beyond was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2009 issue of Rider magazine] In the April 2005 issue of Rider magazine I vowed to return to Colorado as long as I was able. It has beauty that cannot be captured on film nor ...

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