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Retracing the Steps of History: The Sisters’ Centennial Ride

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“Woman can, if she will.” – Augusta Van Buren   It all started with a very modest idea: gather a small group—say 10 women—and ride across the country, New York to California. After doing a bit more research, ride organizer Alisa Clickenger stumbled across the story of two intrepid women, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, who in 1916 set out ...

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Why The Chicken Crossed The Road

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(Note: This article originally appeared in the May 1985 issue of Rider magazine.) A dozen and more years ago, longer than I care to think about, a troupe of the Ottawa instructors decided we were approaching motorcycle training from the wrong angle. Instead of waiting for students to come to the course, they said, why not take the course to the ...

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1986 Yamaha FZX700S Fazer – Road Test Review

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(Note: This article was originally published in the June, 1986 issue of Rider magazine.) Given the task of developing a completely new genre for the 1986 American market, the motorcycle designers at Yamaha must have spent many a sleepless night before settling on the Fazer. No less than six categories of motorcycle already exist, and just about any “new” design can ...

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2016 The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon

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The 2016 One Motorcycle Show Keeps Giving Back Sure, Portland, Oregon, can be considered a bike town, but you could argue that’s more for its love of derailleurs than of, say, Deus Ex Machina. Out on the city streets, 20-speed bicycles outnumber motorcycles probably 10 to 1. Lucky for us, local motorhead Thor Drake is doing a lot to even ...

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Caffeine and Customs: See See Motor Coffee Co. Has Your Fix

The One Show concept came from the guys who now run the See See Motor Coffee Co. Fresh brewed java up front, bikes in the back.

The See Motor Coffee Co. may be part of the vast See See Motorcycles “empire,” but you couldn’t ask for a less pretentious hangout if you tried. The coffee house-cum-custom motorcycle shop dreamed up by Thor Drake as a place to base his See See Motorcycles brand and build a motorcycle community upon, may be off the beaten path, but ...

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Blog: The Attraction of the Solo Rider

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There’s a pleasant solitude in a solo journey on two wheels, but in my case riding alone has not always meant being alone. Non-riders seem especially willing to approach a solo motorcyclist stopped for a break. Perhaps romantic notions of freedom and self-reliance implied by a rider going it alone draw non-riders. Perhaps a non-rider’s perception of risk in approaching ...

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20 Most Essential Things You Need on a Motorcycle Tour

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Free spirits throw caution to the wind and hope everything works out. City slickers think their smartphone and a credit card will bail them out of whatever trouble may arise. But smart motorcycle travelers, those who have logged enough miles to know that anything can go wrong, know that common-sense preparation goes a long way toward keeping you on the ...

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35 Bucket-List Motorcycle Rides

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Many of us don’t need help figuring out all of the roads we’d like to ride before we high-side off this mortal coil, but just in case you do, here are 35 to start your list, arranged alphabetically by state or country. 10 Tips to Stay Cool on Hot Motorcycle Rides

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Blog: Erik’s Last Ride

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While checking into our hotel in Williams, Arizona, after the first day of our 16-day road trip, we started talking to a guy named Josh. He told us he and many others from all over the county were in town for the memorial service for a fallen war veteran. Their group is composed of ex-military veterans or ex-military contractors that support and ...

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Blog: The Nature of Parental Fear

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Like most motorcyclists, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach every time I hear of a motorcycle accident. You know the tune—the traffic lady on the morning TV news reports that the “northbound lanes of Highway-whatever are closed due to an accident involving a motorcycle.” Each time I hear something like that, I repeat in my ...

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