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Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride

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[This Washington’s Scenic State Route 410 Favorite Ride was originally published in the October 2011 issue of Rider magazine] The sun was shining. In the weeks before moving from Atlanta to Seattle, virtually everyone I talked to managed to get in at least one comment about the weather: “I hope you like the rain.” “Wow, I heard that it rains ...

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Washington Backcountry Discovery Route DVD and Map

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We the Moto-People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect network of roads less traveled, to enjoy ourselves for mile after mile, to savor the majesty of purple mountains, waves of grain and the fruited plain, owe a debt of gratitude to our forebears, those who explored, trail-blazed and cleared the paths we hold so dear, ...

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A Three-State Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington

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by Steve Larsen, photography by Bob Meador [This Motorcycle Ride Through Montana, Idaho and Washington was originally published in the November 2010 issue of Rider magazine] The ride begins with members of the American Flyers Motorcycle Club trickling into Missoula, Montana, on planes, bikes and automobiles from all over the country. Are we tempting the sprits of Lewis and Clark by expecting ...

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Salmon Run: Motorcycle Travel in Washington in September

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by Steve Larsen photography by “Seattle Bob” Meador This most recent “no bad roads” tour challenge fell to “Seattle Bob” Meador, our photographer on the Northern California Fantasy Ride (Rider, January 2006). His mission: Plan seven days of spectacular riding and great scenery, superb places to stay and eat, and with no bad roads along the way. Perfect riding weather, ...

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Washington’s Top 5

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story and photography by Bruce Hansen Let’s say you had to list the best songs you’ve ever heard, the prettiest leading ladies, your favorite child. Could you do it? My self-appointed task was to pick Washington State’s Top Five Rides. At first I felt like I was facing more guesswork than predicting the weather three weeks from Tuesday, but after ...

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Southern Washington Motorcycle Touring: The Cascade Mountain Range

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story and photography by Sean Coker [Southern Washington Motorcycle Touring: The Cascade Mountain Range was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the May 2009 issue of Rider magazine] Klickitat Indian folklore has it that the Cascade Mountain Range was punishment for two brothers who could not share. Supreme god Tyhee Sahale (“great chief up above”) had two sons, Klickitat ...

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The North Cascades: Riding Highway 20

Made up of smooth roads with tight hairpin curves, straights made for passing, two mountain passes and some of the most stunning sights you can see in North America, Highway 20 in Washington state is a rider’s paradise. This is the kind of ride you want to plan a day around, a ride that you want to share with someone—another ...

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Best Washington Motorcycle Roads: Highway 20

Story and photography by Susan Benton [Best Washington Motorcycle Roads: Highway 20 was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the March 2008 issue of Rider magazine] Motorcycling has been my husband’s passion since he was a teenager in the 1960s. I began riding as a passenger about 10 years ago, never guessing I would take the trip we made ...

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Motorcycle Travel in Washington State

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story and photography by Jerry Smith The state of Washington’s tourism board had this idea. Invite a group of motojournalists to ride around and report back to their readers about what a beautiful place Washington is to ride. They invited me, representing Rider, Buzz Buzzelli, editor of American Rider, and four others, one of whom never showed up. That guy ...

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Motorcycle Travel in Palouse, Washington

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You’ve got to love Thomas Wolfe, the truly great American writer who died at 38 in 1938, but not before he passionately put thousands of words to the beauty and sadness of everyday life, feelings most of us have but don’t have the God-given talent to express. You can’t go home again, he lamented. In the true sense he was ...

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