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Death Valley: Hitting the Hot Spots on a Honda F6B

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The valley of death is a fascinating place—at least in my estimation. Having been there more than 40 times since my first visit in 1967, I’ve seen a lot of it. And during each visit I find something new to gawp at. Some people ride or drive through, with quick stops at Badwater and Zabriskie Point and say, “Been there; ...

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Dual-Sporting in Northern California on the Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition

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Adventures are good. They don’t have to be big adventures, like crossing the Sahara Desert or Panama’s Darien Gap, but can be quite small and equally pleasurable. Like California’s Lost Coast. I am especially fond of Usal Road through the Sinkyone Wilderness, 25 miles of steep, twisty, bumpy, sandy, rocky and rain-rutted dirt road. First and second gear the whole ...

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Sierra Nevada Three-Pass Motorcycle Ride

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Our ride with the Sacramento Road Cruisers today starts in Folsom, California, and heads out of town via Latrobe Road through rural Sacramento County, past cattle ranches and oak woodlands. From there, State Route 49 take us south, twisting and turning for 300 miles through the foothills of California’s Gold Country, with the northern end passing over the Sierra Nevada ...

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Riding Old U.S. 66 from Seligman, Arizona, to Barstow, California

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I always like intros where you get to ride the new model home. The new Aprilia Caponord 1200 ABS Travel Pack (Rider, July 2014) was introduced to the moto-world in Prescott, Arizona, which offers some seriously great riding, whether it is headed down into Skull Valley on State Route 10, or up U.S. Route 89 on the delightful twisties northeast ...

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A Whirlwind Motorcycle Tour in Oregon

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How far can you ride in three days? That was the question I asked myself while planning a loop tour from the city of Seattle into western Oregon. In early July, I had a three-day window and had been looking for the opportunity to ride U.S. Highway 101 along the Oregon coast. After that, depending on remaining time and progress, ...

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