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Edelweiss Bike Travel Touring Center Alps

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The Bucket List is a funny, heartstring-pulling movie about two terminally ill men who complete a wish list of experiences before they kick the bucket. They skydive, race classic cars, go on a safari and ride a motorcycle atop the Great Wall of China. Since the movie came out in 2007, “bucket list” has entered our lexicon, and many of ...

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Dreaming of Africa: Ayres African Southern Cross Adventure

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It was pitch dark, and the air buzzed with strange insect sounds and animal calls over the quiet ticking of the Land Cruiser’s cooling exhaust. Moments before, our ranger/guide Lyle had killed the Toyota’s engine and headlights on this lonely road in Kruger National Park in order to point out the Southern Cross constellation just above the horizon. The sudden ...

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A Scootour of Puerto Rico

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Sometimes you just need to take a ride. Even if circumstances aren’t optimal. Even if there are obstacles to overcome. Even if those around you react with, “You want to do what?” That’s how I came to find myself on Puerto Rico Route 191, a narrow road of tight switchbacks that climbs 2,000 feet in just a few miles, wringing ...

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Waiting for the Volcano: Motorcycle Travel in Ecuador

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I felt stupid. Not a new experience, to be sure. But this time, even more than usual. I’d been invited to ride a motorcycle through Ecuador. Which sounded like a great idea. It did, however, raise some basic questions. Like what—and where—is Ecuador? I feel just a little smarter now. It took 10 days of riding some of the most ...

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Newfoundland Adventure: Motorcycle Travel Feature

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I had ridden 1,000 miles to catch the 11:30 a.m. ferry to Newfoundland. But I was late and lost and boarding closed in 10 minutes. I had made the classic GPS mistake—punched in a destination without checking a map. I was in Sydney, Nova Scotia, but the ferry was boarding in North Sydney, 12 miles away. After a desperate dash ...

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Adriatic Motorcycle Tours' Beautiful Balkans Adventure

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The Balkans. Not usually the first place that comes to mind when planning a motorcycle trip. When tasked with reviewing Adriatic Motorcycle Tours’ 15-day, four-country Beautiful Balkans Adventure, I had few preconceived notions about the region. As it turns out, vast forests, deep canyons, rugged mountains and rocky coastlines dotted with scenic islands, plus historic cities, minimal traffic and a ...

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Muskoka by Motorcycle: Riding in Ontario, Canada

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I have never owned a boat. That is not to say I don’t enjoy them. I learned to sail aboard catamarans and to water ski behind speedboats. I have zipped across the water on many personal watercraft, none more fun than the Suzuki-powered Wetbike hydrofoil that behaves remarkably like a motorcycle on the water. Many times I have ridden my ...

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Iceland Adventure Motorcycle Tour

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story and photography by Jeremy Bullard [this review of KTM Adventure Tours‘ Iceland adventure motorcycle tour was originally published under the title “Fire and Ice” in the April 2008 issue of Rider] Riding a wave of euphoria off the ferry from Scotland, upon arriving in Seyisfjrur, Iceland, I turned south toward Reykjavik on my KTM 640 Adventure and got soaked ...

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Catalunya MotoGP Motorcycle Tour

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story and photography by David Mittleman [this review of IMTBike‘s Catalunya MotoGP motorcycle tour was originally published in the November 2007 issue of Rider] Spain is the mecca of motorcycling and the epicenter of the Formula One equivalent of motorcycle racing, MotoGP. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a society that oozes motorcycling, Spain is unquestionably the place to ...

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