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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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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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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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Border Run: Montorcycle Travel in Washington and Canada

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(The article Border Run was printed in the August 2012 issue of Rider.) Story and photos by Ben Getz Good things come in threes, they say…or is that disasters? Well, maybe it’s not that important, since both descriptions have been applied to my friends and me. One hot August weekend my disparate friends Chuck and Tim and I decided to ...

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Great Motorcycle Riding and Camaraderie in Québec, Canada

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(This article was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Story and photos by Scott A. Williams Heading north from the U.S. into the Canadian province of Québec requires crossing an international border. It also involves crossing a cultural border. Experiencing some of that culture firsthand can enhance a tour on two wheels. An inescapable element of Québec’s ...

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Motorcycle Tour with Ride Ottawa Canada

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Eight of us were invited to Canada by the Ottawa Valley Tourism Association, Go Ride Ottawa and Trillium Motorcycle Tours to explore the promise of their spectacular province’s slogan, “Yours to Discover,” by traveling the Ottawa Valley and Algonquin Provincial Park. So, after a long day of individual treks from our home bases, we arrived at the Ottawa (Canada) Airport, ...

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The Head Ride, Part III

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by Denis Rouse Rider magazine’s founder and first publisher weighs in from a recent introspective road trip. Part III of III. This one’s going to be a real head ride. It’s a ride in my head going on right now. No need for a boring tire pressure check or filling up at the local fossil fuel station. It’s passing 5 ...

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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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