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A Three-State Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington


by Steve Larsen, photography by Bob Meador [This Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The ride begins with members of the American Flyers Motorcycle Club trickling into Missoula, Montana, on planes, bikes and automobiles from all over the country. Are we tempting the sprits of Lewis and Clark by expecting ...

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Motorcycle Touring North Idaho and Montana


by Perri Capell; photography by the author and Lynn Brown [this article about motorcycle touring North Idaho and Montana was originally published in the December 2008 issue of Rider] We probably shouldn’t have lingered so long over lunch on the terrace of the little Italian restaurant in Sandpoint, Idaho, but if we had left sooner, we would have missed the ...

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Northwest Passage

story and photography by Dale Coyner Somehow my buddy Dave got the idea he’d like to return to riding after a 20-year hiatus. I may have had a little to do with it. OK, maybe more than a little. Come Monday, I’m always yakking about some great weekend ride I took, or going on about some great barbecue joint I ...

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Idaho: The Harley Rider's Gem State

Idaho’s nickname, the Gem State, is just about perfect. Our five-day tour of Idaho was just about perfect, too. We happened to pick a week in July that was unseasonably hot, with temperatures sometimes over 100, not a drop of rain anywhere, and 1,000 miles of gorgeous roads ahead of us. Although I had to make one emergency stop before ...

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Idaho Crossing: Riding with the Ghosts of Lewis and Clark


Slogging on foot for days through deep snow on unmarked mountain trails with little to eat isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but that’s how Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery crossed Idaho 200 years ago. We did it a much better way—in summer by motorcycle—yet still gained a deep appreciation for the explorers’ journey. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were ...

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Riding the Alps of Idaho


My buddies had deserted me to go for a ride in the European Alps, so I decided to visit “America’s Alps” on a trip through the heart of Idaho. Riding alone through the Gem state’s solar plexus for three days and 750 miles, I would set my own pace, stopping when I wanted, answering to no one. I had bought ...

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