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Riding U.S. 20 from Albany to Buffalo, N.Y.

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(This story was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story and photos by Clement Salvadori My duties at Americade, up in Lake George, New York, were finished by noon—I could have been in Buffalo by nightfall, had I chosen to hustle along the Interstates. But that’s not much fun; might was well take a plane or a ...

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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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The Long Road to Indy, A Scenic Sport-Touring Ride to the MotoGP

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(This Long Road to Indy feature was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Imagine a multi-state Main Street for Motorcycling, a cross-country route made just for riding. Miles of sinuous asphalt draped over rolling hills, winding past tumbledown barns with faded Mail Pouch tobacco ads, splitting through shady forest glens and immaculate pastures where racehorses graze that ...

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Colorado Chasms: Riding the other Canyonlands

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(This Favorite Ride was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Story and photos by Kathleen Kemsley Colorado is best known for its lofty peaks, and rightly so. Those reaching at least 14,000 feet in elevation, known as Fourteeners, number 53 in this not-flat state. A lesser-known side of Colorado is its canyonlands. On the west slope of ...

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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 Ride 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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A Tale of Two Lakes: Riding the Circle Tour

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I’m a careful planner, but the key to this journey was decided by the flip of a coin. Heads, clockwise, tails, counterclockwise. It was tails, so my journey would take me up the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, across the top of Lake Superior, and back home along Lake Michigan’s western shore. My fascination with the these two Great Lakes ...

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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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The Haul Road: A Motorcycle Tour of Alaska’s Dalton Highway

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My first ride to Alaska in 2008 was a 15-day, 7,600-mile affair and the fulfillment of a long delayed dream. Yet I still had the nagging feeling of unfinished business. In many ways it merely stoked my appetite for northern travel. This time getting to Alaska involved a 21-day, 8,400-mile round trip from my home in Northwest Indiana through the ...

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