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The Blue Ridge Parkway from the Backseat

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Plenty of riders have sung the praises of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I’m here to give you the straight story from the passenger’s point of view. You remember us; we’re the ones in the turbulence, with no handlebars to hang onto and no clear view of the road ahead. Ours is a different experience from the front-seat rider’s, but ...

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Great Motorcycle Roads: West Virginia is for Riders


Click on the link below to download a PDF file of the Great Roads feature West Virginia is for Riders from the October 2012 issue of Rider magazine. GREAT ROADS (PDF Version) To see the original full version of the story from March 2008, follow this link: http://www.ridermag.wpengine.com/travel-features/west-virginia-is-for-riders.htm    

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Virginia on a Tangent

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story and photography by Alan Paulsen [Virginia on a Tangent was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Some states just don’t lend themselves to the type of perimeter runs I accomplished on previous tours of Kansas (Rider, November 2007) and the conjoined Dakotas (Rider, August 2009). Yet I still viewed Virginia as a candidate for another ...

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Tri-state Motorcycle Tour: North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia


story and photography by Clement Salvadori [this article about a tri-state motorcycle tour in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, “Riding the Snake,” was originally published in the June 2008 issue of Rider] “Today we’re going to ride The Snake,” said Dave, over a cup of coffee. “We’re going to what?” I asked. “Ride The Snake. It’s what they call a ...

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Virginia Motorcycle Rides: A Civil War Ride

Bike parked at the entranceto the Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

story and photography by Bob Jacobs [Virginia Motorcycle Rides: A Civil War Ride was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the October 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Medications always come with risks as well as benefits. The Doc says, “Take one of these every day. Let me know if you experience any side effects.” The main side effect of ...

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Motorcycle Travel Along the Blue Ridge Parkway


(This article The Blue Ridge Parkway: Commercial-free cruising was published in the December 2003 issue of Rider Magazine.) Overlooking the effects of acid rain atop Clingman’s Dome at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, I watched the sun setting slowly over Tennessee in awe. Engulfed by seemingly endless blue ridges, I remembered growing up in the foothills of Virginia, ...

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