The 2016 BMW R 1200 RS turned out to be the ideal bike for this journey: a powerful engine, manageable weight, easy-to-use luggage, a comfortably sporty riding position, great handling thanks to the Dynamic ESA suspension--and heated grips (for that 36-degree morning in Lake Tahoe)--made for an enjoyable 1,500 mile loop. (Photo: the author)
The best way to see San Francisco is atop a motorcycle, being escorted through traffic along the most scenic avenues in the city. Helmet-cam shot courtesy of my Sena 10C. (Photo: the author)
The San Francisco Motorcycle Club's clubhouse in the Mission District of San Francisco is rich with history. The wood-paneled walls are covered with old photographs, banners and trophy cases with awards recognizing achievements such as "Best Uniformed Club, 1936." (Photo: Christina Shook)

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