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Riding a Royal Enfield Through Wild West Africa

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How a little touring in England turned into the ride of a lifetime. Buy the bike you want. Never mind what anyone else says. If you love it, get it. It’s your ride. My vice: A Royal Enfield Bullet. “First contact” was during a two-week ride with my dad through the Himalayas in the north of India. At the end of the tour, ...

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Sea to Shining Sea: Coast-to-Coast for the Heck of it

Following the small roads, like this one leading to Cottonwood Pass in Colorado’s Eagle County, is more fun than the Interstate.

I love these long hauls, love looking at the beauty, and occasional ugliness, of this great nation, love stopping at all the historical markers along the way, thinking about how this country came together over the past 240 years. Anybody who thinks that riding from coast to coast would be boring is lacking in imagination. Here is the background. In ...

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Ron Ayres Rides On

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Ron Ayres, founder of Ayres Adventures, passed away on August 26, 2015, at his home in Galveston, Texas. Ron had been diagnosed with cancer early last year. Ron went from a successful career in the corporate world to start one of the biggest motorcycle touring companies in the world, with a tour catalog of more than 90 pages. While an ...

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Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country

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Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become the first female to drive across the country. ...

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Kevin and Karen Browne's 'Round the World Journey

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At first glance, you don’t believe your eyes; then you’re convinced it’s a leftover movie prop from Mad Max. The reality is, it’s a brilliant piece of backyard engineering that is taking a couple from England on an around-the-world odyssey, and which brought them near Rider magazine’s SoCal offices. I first met Kevin and Karen Browne in Alaska, where we ...

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Southern Loop: Eldorado by Eldorado

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Would you set out for South America on a bike you bought last week, from someone in another country? We’re pretty sure what the answer to that one would be…for most people. Bruce Baillie isn’t most people. Bruce has covered much of the globe in his freewheeling blue-collar career, and has taken many motorcycle rides around Asia, but a few ...

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Ted Simon Launches Revamped Website

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In 1973, Ted Simon left London for what became a four-year solo journey around the world. Then, in 2001, he did it again with the aim of discovering how the world had changed in the intervening 28 years. He visited more than 40 countries on each trip and covered a combined 123,000 miles. Now, 39 years after he began his ...

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Motorcycle Cannonball Run 2012

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How about a 4,000-mile ride on the saddle of a 100-year-old motorcycle? In 16 days? With one rest day, when you can rebuild the bike? Sound like fun? Then you’d love the Motorcycle Cannonball Coast-to-Coast Endurance Run, which began at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh, New York, and finished at Dudley Perkins H-D in South San Francisco, California. Old and new motorcycles ...

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