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Six Weeks in Europe on a Bonneville T120, Two-Up

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I have been my husband Bill’s pillion rider for 30-plus years, riding a variety of bikes on trips as short as just around the corner for ice cream, or as far away as Lumby, British Columbia, for a Norton rally (we live in Ohio). Bill is an experienced rider and I always feel safe. So, when we decided to take ...

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Tierra del Fuego Motorcycle Tour with MotoDiscovery

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High-siding 6 feet in the air, Joaquin and his BMW R1200GS did a graceful 60-mph pirouette in front of me. Flying in front of the airborne bike, he had the presence of mind to fend it off before nose-diving into the brown Patagonian gravel. Even though I’d raced for decades, I’ve never had such a good seat for such a ...

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The 15 Best U.S. Roads Motorcycle Challenge

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The Southern California Motorcycling Association produces an annual Best 15 U.S. Roads Challenge. The 15 roads are announced annually as the “collection” for that year, with some being retained from year to year. The entire distance of each road must be traveled between the locations listed for the road. The roads for each year can be taken in any order ...

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The Olympic Peninsula: Travel in Northwest Washington

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Story and photos by Phil Buonpastore When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is look out the window. It’s a habit I’ve acquired since moving to the Seattle area. Given the sometimes long periods of cold and rainy weather from October to April, any clear day warrants an immediate change of plans to include getting ...

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Twisted Sisters: The Texas Hill Country’s Most Famous Trio

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Three Hill Country Ranch Roads, 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters, and riders come from near and far to enjoy them. For me it is near, just a short ride from my home to the first Sister. The first stop is usually in Bandera at the Old Spanish Trails Restaurant, better known to everyone ...

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Riding Sardinia and Corsica with IMTBike

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It was our second morning in Sardinia. After a bountiful breakfast we were riding along 30 miles of coast road that could cause California’s Big Sur Highway 1 to look a bit boring. A couple of hours later found us in the Gennargentu Mountains, where the well-paved byways, twisting and turning like a triple helix make Tennessee’s Tail of the ...

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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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Scouting the Cumberland Highlands in Tennessee

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I was sitting at a picnic table under a large tree in front of the Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum savoring one of Vinnie T’s burgers with all the trimmings, and a fellow on the other side of the table said, “You’re not from around here.” “Nope,” I agreed, as I looked over the map of Tennessee in front me. “You looking ...

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Best Western's Rider-Friendly Offerings Expand to Germany

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In the introduction to the fourth edition of his classic touring book, Motorcycle Journeys through the Alps & Beyond, John Hermann provides advice on money, tolls, maps and place names, auto clubs and hotels. One hotel chain gets mentioned by name: “Best Western has hotels all over Europe including the Alps. No cookie cutters, they’re all different, easy to access ...

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