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Louisiana Motorcycle Rides: Nothing Like Natchitoches

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story and photography by David Bell [Louisiana Motorcycle Rides: Nothing Like Natchitoches was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the June 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Natchitoches, Louisiana—It’s not Natchez, as in the Natchez Trace; it’s not Nacogdoches, the town in east Texas. It’s pronounced “Nackatish.” It’s the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and a great destination for ...

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Firstgear Motorcycle Ride in Utah and Colorado

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(This “Favorite Ride” was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider Magazine.” As a 15-year-old mountain biker living in Georgia, I dreamed of riding in two places: The slickrock trails of Moab, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain trails near Crested Butte, Colorado. Since those dreams never materialized, I didn’t hesitate when Mark Kincart, Apparel Specialist for Firstgear, invited ...

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Firstgear Colorado Motorcycle Ride: 2,252 miles from CA to CO

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photography by Greg Drevenstedt and Mark Kincart [Firstgear Colorado Motorcycle Ride: 2,252 miles from CA to CO was originally published in the April 2009 issue of Rider magazine] As a 15-year-old mountain biker living in Georgia, I dreamed of riding in two places: The slickrock trails of Moab, Utah, and the Rocky Mountain trails near Crested Butte, Colorado. Since those ...

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On the Road: Riding The Four Corners

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story and photos by J. Joshua Placa In the Great Basin of the ancient Southwest, nothing is as it seems. Infinite expanses of petrified sand and rusted rock, cacti and eternal sky spread out before you, seducing the unwary traveler with the matchless excitement and wonder of an undiscovered frontier. Beware its sweet, deceitful kiss. The high plains desert is ...

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New Mexico Motorcycle Rides: Lincoln National Forest

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story and photography by Kathleen Kemsley [New Mexico Motorcycle Rides: Lincoln National Forest was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the August 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Question: What’s black and white and red all over? Answer: A motorcycle route through the region surrounding Lincoln National Forest in southeast New Mexico. At the north end of the route, black ...

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Texas Motorcycle Rides: The Texas Forest Trail

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story and photography by Don Mills [Texas Motorcycle Rides: The Texas Forest Trail was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the June 2008 issue of Rider magazine] It’s spring along the Texas Forest Trail, a 1,000-mile ribbon of two-lane asphalt that winds through East Texas. Mystical dogwoods lace the dark stands of hardwood forest like filigree. Regiments of towering ...

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Road to Wisdom: A U.S. and Canadian Rockies Motorcycle Tour

The Beartooth Highway grabs you and doesn’t let go. After crossing a high plateau you descend along the edge of a mile-deep canyon toward Red Lodge. Charles Kuralt called the Beartooth the most scenic highway in America.

  Riding and Life Lessons on a Big Scenic Loop When Don Scott, my neighbor and riding buddy, mentioned he wanted to go on a long ride—nothing but blue highways, maybe across Canada, a loop through the Rockies—I reached for the road atlas. Tucked away on the western edge of Montana was a town called Wisdom. It seemed a noble ...

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Colorado Black Canyon

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story and photography by Clement Salvadori I am up in Carbondale, Colorado, preparing to head back to California via the Four Corners. The 1,200-mile trip could be done in two long June days. But since I have three days before I’m expected at home, the Harley Ultra and I will dawdle a bit, stop and look at interesting places along ...

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Colorado Route 141 from Whitewater to Dove Creek

My kind of road. Nobody is on it. Maybe one vehicle every couple of minutes, but other than that, it is mine. Great views, as we thunder down a valley with the walls rapidly closing in on themselves. Then the river snakes through a small gap, and soon we come out in yet another widening canyon. I don’t know who ...

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