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Lessons Learned on a Wandering West Virginia Motorcycle Ride

We all have beliefs about what’s expected of a motorcycle camper, and sometimes it takes a certain situation to bring those expectations to the...

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...

Cruising the Pennsylvania Wilds on U.S. Route 6

When I hear the first whispers of the siren’s call to hit the road, my desire to rumble off on a multiday trip slowly...

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...

Dead Reckoning | Touring Western Massachusetts

“You’re riding your motorcycle to find graveyards – on purpose?” The conversation with a young police officer on a road construction detail in western...

Riding the Best of the White Mountains in New Hampshire

My obsession with the White Mountains and Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire began nearly a year before I rode the famous route. I’d been...

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...

Chasing Gene and Washie: An Indian Tale

At a time when American riders were fighting the Harley and Indian wars, Gene Townsend and Floyd “Washie” Washabaugh were unflinchingly Indian men. It...

Muriel’s First Ride

She's taking her first ride on a motorcycle. Posthumously, as it turns out, but my Aunt Muriel is along for the ride, her ashes...

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 -...

Hudson Valley Scenic Ride: IMS Outdoors New York Ride

EDITOR'S NOTE (8/9/21): The Progressive IMS Outdoors show in New York City has been canceled. The two Northeastern stops of the 2021 Progressive IMS Outdoors...

History, Horses and Heavenly Roads: Touring Upstate New York

Several times a year I ride north from my home in New York City to Saratoga Springs to visit family. Like any motorcyclist worth...

New England Loops: A Bucket-List Ride in New England

My cousin Jim Pace, an avid motorcyclist and native of New Hampshire, and I had long discussed touring New England from his home in...

Favorite Ride: Horse Country in Dutchess County

Horse Country in Dutchess County Excellent riding not far from the Big Apple. The good news about riding out from New York City is that...

The Pennsylvania Wilds

When I want to escape the daily grind for a few days, any motorcycle excursion I choose must have great roads, beautiful scenery, parks...

Ride Along the Riverside: Sport Touring in Western New England

Roads that curve along a river are among my favorites to explore on two wheels, and western New England has them in abundance. The...

List of U.S. Motorcycle Tour Operators 2020

With international travel in 2020 looking less certain by the week (and possibly risky, not just health-wise but also with the possibility of becoming...

Snake Loops: Sport Touring East of the Hudson

Snakes employ astonishing methods of locomotion. Legs? Who needs ’em! Using muscles and scales, snakes hug the landscape as they wind along their way....

A Ride Through New Jersey’s Northwest Counties

Although some view New Jersey as home to just oil refineries, highways and urban/suburban sprawl devoid of good motorcycling opportunities, nothing could be further...

Riding Vermont’s Route 100 From Massachusetts to Memphremagog

Vermont is a four-season state. It offers great skiing in the winter, sweet maple syrup in the spring and fantastic foliage in the autumn....

One Ride, 47 National Parks

Forty-seven national parks, 17,335 miles, 67 days, three flat tires, two forest fires, three boat rides, temps ranging from 31 degrees and sleet to...

Stayin’ Safe: Riding Like Heinz

Improving slow-speed stability can be fun. No, really. More than any other skill, riders tell me they wish they had better low-speed control. And no...

Meandering Through the Hinterlands of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

When I head out for an overnight adventure, I like to ride back roads in the hinterlands that are devoid of the traffic and...

Riding the ‘Other’ Cape: Cape Ann

When New Englanders talk of "The Cape," typically they mean Cape Cod, the flexing arm of Massachusetts that reaches from the South Shore into...

A Ride on the Wild Side: Carving Curves Through Central Pennsylvania

Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was established by logging, matured under manufacturing and has been revitalized by natural gas, but it’s probably best known for kids playing...

Back Home Again In Indiana: Motorcycle Touring in the Hoosier State

I was born in Indiana, so I am, by definition, a Hoosier. I didn’t learn to ride there, but I spent 10 years in...

Riding the Pennsylvania Heartland

The heartland of north-central Pennsylvania is a region bereft of large concentrations of people. In fact, studying a map reveals multiple sections that are...

Journey to Where Life Began: Touring Lake Champlain’s Islands

Entombed in this gray rock beneath my motorcycle boots lies the oldest-known coral reef on the planet, yet this island is far from tropical...

Country Roads, Country Bridges: A Ride Through Delaware and Sullivan Counties, New York

Whenever I want to add a favorite ride to my repertoire, it requires two components: great roads and something unique and impressive to see....

Adirondack Amble: Carving Curves in Upstate New York

Fog drapes over the High Peaks surrounding the village of Lake Placid. My sidestand is up before 5:00 a.m., and it’s already past first...

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