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Motoring from Denver to Moab | Favorite Ride

Moab, Utah, is an ideal destination for a motorcycle trip. Where else can you find sandstone arches, red‑­walled canyons, snow‑­capped mountains, scenic byways, two...

The Return of the Moonshine Lunch Run | Favorite Ride

This Favorite Ride doesn’t include a route map because it’s all about a single destination: the corner of 300 Road and 600 Street in...

Arkansas Motorcycle Ride on Crowley’s Ridge | Favorite Ride

Pancake flat. That’s an accurate description for most of Arkansas’ Mississippi River Delta. The delta contains historically interesting and culturally significant places to visit,...

Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail | Favorite Ride

As I reached for the pump handle to fill up at the start of this trip, I suddenly realized my hydration pack wasn’t on...

Florida Motorcycle Ride on Scenic State Road 13 | Favorite Ride

I should warn you: This Florida motorcycle ride doesn’t include challenging hairpin curves or drastic changes in elevation. The Sunshine State has a well-earned...

Seeing Three Utah National Parks on a Motorcycle | Favorite Ride

Utah’s national parks – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion – are known as the Mighty 5. All feature impressive red rock...

The $10 New Jersey and New York Motorcycle Ride | Favorite Ride

A good ride doesn’t have to be a long one. With only $10’s worth of gas, I set out to see how much fun...

Valley of Fire and Lake Mead in Nevada | Favorite Ride

Johnny Cash sang about fire, murder, heartbreak, and sin, and I think he would have appreciated the symbolism of this ride, given its route....

White Rim Trail on KTM 690 Enduros | Favorite Ride

White Rim Trail – or White Rim Road in national park parlance – is a 100-mile unpaved route that loops around the Island in...

Northeastern Backroads of New Jersey and Pennsylvania | Favorite Ride

Greenery, blue skies, and sunshine were bursting forth upon the land like an invitation from Mother Nature to fire up my machine and go...

Arkansas Highway 16 | Favorite Ride

For motorcyclists, Arkansas Highway 16 is one of the top highways in the Ozarks that has the added virtue of being one of the...

Beartooth and Beyond | Favorite Ride

Hell yes! That is the only plausible answer when friends invite you to join them on an eight-day motorcycle ride through the mountains of...

Wolf River Run in Wisconsin | Favorite Ride

The WisconsinHighways.org website’s State Trunk Highways section says: “One of the noticeable idiosyncrasies is the meandering nature of some of Wisconsin’s state highways. Just...

Minnesota Lakes Loop | Favorite Ride

Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, is ranked 12th among U.S. states in terms of land area but 9th in terms of water within...

Favorite Ride: Vermont Border Run

A few years ago, Rider published my article about riding Vermont Route 100 from south to north, ending at the Haskell Free Library and...

Favorite Ride: Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

It’s not until we exit Interstate 81, run through some gears on U.S. Route 48, and catch a whiff of dew-covered fields that I...

Favorite Ride: Bridges of Charleston County

Charleston, South Carolina, is a true Southern belle. She turns 352 years old this year and has quite a past. In America’s early days,...

Favorite Ride: Des Moines River Loop

There are some great roads in central Iowa around the town of Boone, which is about 45 miles north of Des Moines. This ride...

Favorite Ride: Colorado Front Range Figure-8

As we sat in the crimson hue of the Colorado Front Range sunset, the stone walls of the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre echoed with...

Favorite Ride: Los Angeles Aqueduct

The Los Angeles Aqueduct is an engineering marvel, a 233-mile channel that carries Sierra snow melt from California’s Owens Valley into the San Fernando...

Favorite Ride: Jerome to Oatman, Arizona

Historic towns are a lot like vintage motorcycles. Both are more beautiful wearing the rich patina of years and experience. Yes, towns can be...

Favorite Ride: New York’s Glory Roads

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a motorcycle trip through a countryside bursting with the colorful hues of autumn. New York's glory roads -...

Favorite Ride: Lapping the Appalachians

Dad’s first sojourn through the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia needed to be grand. Dad is a desert...

Favorite Ride: Wisconsin’s Waumandee Valley River Roads

Buffalo County, Wisconsin, is a hidden gem for motorcyclists. Located in the northwest part of the state, its southern border is the Mississippi River,...

Favorite Ride: Rim of the World Scenic Byway

There are rides we’ve ridden only once and they became favorites, and then there are favorite rides we’ve ridden over and over again. This...

Favorite Ride: Rockies to Mount Rushmore

I see mountains! It’s Thursday, somewhere west of Anton, Colorado, and after four-and-a-half days and 1,600 miles, the snowcapped Rockies appear on the horizon....

Favorite Ride: July 4th on Florida’s First Coast

The salt in the air greeted me as I pulled up to the beach for some “Here Comes the Sun” action on my Moto...

Favorite Ride: North Georgia’s Highway 52

Georgia’s Highway 52 has something for every rider: long, relaxing straightaways rolling over tall Appalachian foothills, scenic views to mountain horizons, quaint town centers...

Favorite Ride: Riding the Heart of the Ozarks

I live in the land of plenty, surrounded by an embarrassment of riches … riding-wise, that is. My home in northwest Arkansas is surrounded by...

Favorite Ride: Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

Peak to Peak Scenic Byway: Fifty-five miles of Colorado Bliss. The Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains was definitely created for the benefit of motorcyclists,...

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