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Americade Day Trip to Lake George, New York

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I’m 25 miles north of Lake George, New York, taking a break alongside the shore of the lake of the same name, when four riding buddies pull in beside me. Nothing unusual about that. Except for the mix of motorcycles they’re riding: a brand-new, big-ticket Harley-Davidson cruiser, a 1980s-era 750cc Honda, a Suzuki Hayabusa and a Suzuki supermoto. The foursome ...

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Riding the Backroads of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York

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story and photography by Kenneth W. Dahse [Riding the Backroads of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York was originally published in the July 2011 issue of Rider magazine] There’s nothing more adventurous and satisfying than hitting the road for a few days, especially if the route you choose offers good motorcycling and a variety of sights and experiences. We love ...

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Little Poland Vintage Bike Shop in a Vintage Brooklyn Neighborhood

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story and photography by Paul Garson Carl Jung, the pioneering psychoanalyst, once wrote a small book titled Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle that describes a mystifying phenomenon in which you encounter a whole bunch of apparently random coincidences clumped together under one particular subject. For example, you’ve been thinking about taking a trip to Poland to research a book project, ...

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Northeast Grand Slam: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

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by Scott A. Williams photography by the author and Gregory R. North Lots of riders (your humble scribe included) have added GPS to their motorcycles. While I’m truly enjoying satellite navigation with turn-by-turn directions, hundreds of MP3 selections and thousands of points of interest, I did manage just fine for years without all that. The desire to explore has taken ...

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Some of the best of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

story and photography by Kenneth W. Dahse When I think of a magnificent motorcycle trip it includes fantastic scenery, twisting roads, good restaurants, historic sights and a diversity of activities to experience. That’s why riding the borderlands of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania make a great motorcycling journey. Riders can cruise back-country roads alongside glistening lakes and the crystal-clear ...

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U.S. 20 New York—400 years of history in 300 miles

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story and photography by Clement Salvadori The curse of the touring motorcyclist is to be in a hurry. Too often we rush along, just to get to our destination, and miss all the really good things to see along the way. I fall victim to the rush-along syndrome at times. After doing my stint at Americade, I was headed back ...

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New York Motorcycle Rides: The Hudson River Valley

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story and photography by Kenneth W. Dahse [New York Motorcycle Rides: The Hudson River Valley was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the July 2009 issue of Rider magazine] One of the most fascinating and scenic areas in the eastern United States is New York’s Hudson River Valley. Imbued with impressive scenery, sights, challenging roads and historic areas, it ...

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New York Travel Stories: Chasing The Edge

We visited NYC a few months before the terrorist strike, adventuring its wild boulevards, cruising about town on a Moto Guzzi Jackal, compacting a large amount of fun into a small amount of time. We saw landmarks famous and obscure, grand parks and cathedrals, Broadway theater, and, of course, the neighborhoods that furnish this town’s piquant flavors. A revisit to ...

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Hudson River Valley: Bear Mountain, New York and the Catskills

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With its towering riverside mountains, lush farmland, 19th-century-style towns and large mansions, New York state’s Hudson River Valley region has been described as America’s own Rhine River Valley. But instead of castles guarding the German countryside, we have the former estates of such American aristocrats as the Roosevelts, the Livingstons and the Vanderbilts. The Hudson River Valley region encompasses numerous ...

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Motorcycle Travel in the Fingerlakes High Roads of New York

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I live in what are called the Bristol Mountains in the heart of the Fingerlakes Region of New York state, beginning some 30 miles southeast of Rochester. These very old mountains, part of the Appalachian chain, offer scenic views and interesting destinations such as wineries, restaurants and B&Bs, so you can enjoy the art of a two-wheeled journey as well ...

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