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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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Sierra Nevadas: Three Days and Three Rides in California's Motorcycle Playground

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For most motorcyclists, riding the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California means cruising over passes like Ebbetts, Carson, Monitor, Sonora or Tioga, or visiting the great national parks like Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Preferring less-traveled roads, my trio of Sierra rides covers some of the overlooked mountain roads on the western side of the central and southern Sierras. In the late ...

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Exploring Historic Southern Arizona on a Honda CB500X

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There is something about the Old West that appeals to romantics—myself included. Shoot-outs on Main Street, brothels with beautiful ladies, stagecoaches rushing along and keeping the highwaymen at bay…all depicted in famous films, many with John Wayne and Gary Cooper. The truth was a little less charming—few face-to-face shootouts, as a shot in the back was a safer option. And ...

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An Alaskan Motorcycle Adventure How-To

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Every adventurous motorcyclist dreams of riding to a far-off destination like Alaska on the spur of the moment; just drop everything and take off for a month or a year. If you’re not going on an organized tour, though, the reality requires some serious planning. Especially if you have just returned to motorcycling after a lapse of 28 years as ...

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Down To Downieville: Rural California Motorcycle Ride

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My machine had been idle too long during a busy summer, occupied by matters far less important than riding, so I said to Cookie (Gwen’s father called her that and it stuck and I like it), “Let’s blow out of here on an overnighter to Downieville.” We’re fortunate to live in a place called Big Valley in the northeast corner ...

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