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Florida Motorcycle Rides: Jacksonville and the Jackson Loop

10 Road to Ft Clinch

story by Tom Rose, photography by Diana Rose [Florida Motorcycle Rides: Jacksonville and the Jackson Loop was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the July 2007 issue of Rider magazine] Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, in the ’50s provided a traditional middle America setting. Life centered on the nearby beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Johns River, ...

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BMW R1200GS Adventure African Tour and Motorcycle Test

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photography by Mark Tuttle and Arnold Debus Since BMW has used the word “Adventure” in the name of this latest big boxer model, as it did with its R1150GS predecessor, the company decided to show us the machine’s real intent. It so happened that nine of us Yankee scribblers were in South Africa for the intro of the new F800 ...

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Remembering 1947 Hollister


(This article was published in the August 2006 issue of American Rider.) Fifty-three years after Brando’s wild ride, we went looking for Johnny. You know, Johnny Strabler, the Triumph-riding sneer of a man with a too-cool swagger who, along with his black-jacketed Rebel Motorcycle Club, terrorized “Wrightsville,” the celluloid town featured in 1953’s The Wild One. Loosely based on a ...

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The Nature of Nova Scotia, Canada

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“Just go,” Sheila told me. It was my 40th birthday. “Ride, explore, think. Take a week, maybe more. Call once in a while and tell me where you are.” She didn’t have to tell me twice. (Sorry, she’s mine. Her sister’s married, too.) I’ve been “just going” since I was a kid, and Sheila knew it had been too long ...

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Iran: The Forbidden Country Through a Woman Rider's Eyes


Bring a woman into Iran? You must be crazy!” That was the reaction my boyfriend and I received from two Germans in full leathers on Yamahas at the border station. Frustrated and complaining, the pair was leaving the country after only three days, curtailing a planned two-week vacation. Two months earlier, George and I had left Lucca, Italy, with a ...

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Riding a Supersport Around the World


Editor’s note: English is Sjaak’s second language after Dutch. In editing his story, I tried to maintain his “colorful” personality without sacrificing clarity. “Why the heck an R1?! You do know you’re crazy?!” This is the reaction I get from people when they get their voice back, after losing it staring at the mean supersports machine I’ve made into a ...

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A Glimpse of Scotland: Motorcycling Adventure in Braveheart Country


A splendid land of shining lochs, ragged mountains, ancient castles and a right bloodthirsty long brawl of history, Scotland boasts some of the most gripping stretches of motorcycling tarmac in all Europe. So what if you might get all four weather seasons in one day? Having kicked about Spain, Germany, Hungary, Canada, the United States and even far-off Burma on ...

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