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Hunting Waterfalls in Oregon

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Oregon’s Cascade Mountains were created by volcanic fire and falling water. Today the fire is gone, but the volcanic formations and falling water remain, providing breathtaking natural scenery and motorcycling roads we all dream about riding. This tour crisscrosses Oregon’s central and southern Cascades and is complete with magnificent visual delights and sensual riding pleasures. From Southern California, we spent ...

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Great Roads: Motorcycle Riding in Montana

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Yellowstone National Park, on the south end of Montana, is a veritable three-ring safari and special-effects razzle-dazzle where, no matter what you’re taking in, there’s something else you’re missing. Glacier National Park, on the north end of Montana, is the same way. * Winding along Going-to-the-Sun Road, a traveler’s head bobs from side to side ogling mountain goats grazing on ...

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New Great Roads Website Now Available

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Rider magazine has recently launched a new Great Roads section on its website that focuses on local and international motorcycle rides, roads and travel experiences from the editors of Rider magazine and our contributors. The articles have been broken down by region to help you find stories about a particular area more easily. The regions can then be broken down further ...

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Southern Utah Splendor

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For three decades, my buddy Ted and I have taken long rides from our homes near Portland, Oregon. Years ago, we exhausted all the scenic roads within a day’s ride, so we bought a Kendon Stand-Up trailer in order to get our 60-year-old selves and Suzuki V-Strom 650s farther afield with enough energy leftover for some great riding. Last May, ...

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Southwest Touring Ride on a 2013 Victory Vision Tour

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“Last minute…but epic!” The attention-getting email was from Manny Pandya, the younger of the Amazing Pandya Brothers, two quick-witted gearheads who handle press relations for Victory Motorcycles. Manny was recruiting a small band of misfits for the Strip to Chip Tour, a floorboard-scraping, back-roads ride from the Polaris dealer meeting on the Las Vegas Strip to the Buffalo Chip Resort ...

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Gorgeous Columbia: Seattle to the Columbia River Gorge and Back

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When it comes to unspoiled natural beauty, the Columbia River Gorge ranks as one of the most stunning places on earth. While that may sound like an overly hyped statement in an overly hyped world, in this case it happens to be true. Few places combine as many elements of beautiful geography and topography—mountains, rivers, lakes and temperate zones ranging ...

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The Long Way to Monterey and Morro Bay, California

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It’s 6 a.m. on a Wednesday as I head out of Port Hueneme, California, north to Monterey—the long way! There are so many fantastic back roads through this remote and pristine Central-Coast countryside that every trip is a unique and rewarding adventure. Today, riding my BMW R 1100 R, I catch Highway 33 and head up what seems like a ...

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Cloverleaf Around Yakima, Washington

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When I last visited my friends Brian and Pam Rafferty in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to develop an article (Connecting the Dakotas, Rider, August 2009), they weren’t of a mind to leave one of America’s most livable cities. Well, the economic travails of the times dictated that they pull up stakes and follow a job prospect in Yakima, Washington, a ...

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