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Joshua Tree National Park Motorcycle Ride | Favorite Ride

“It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty,” writes Jeannette Walls in her 2005 memoir The Glass Castle. She further contends that...

Sonoma Motorcycle Rides, On My Own and With Family | Favorite Ride

This is a tale of two amazing rides. One threads its way through some of Northern California’s beautiful wine, lake, and hill country. The...

2023 Yamaha MT-10 | Tour Test Review

Some rides are more challenging than others. Sometimes we seek out the challenge, and sometimes the challenge finds us. It was a little of...

Motorcycle Camping on a Honda CB500X and Husqvarna Norden 901

The following motorcycle camping trip story was part of Rider's adventure-themed November 2022 issue, which also included stories on the TransAmerica Trail, Trans Canada...

2021 BMW R 18 Classic | Tour Test Review

The hills are green! Time to up the saddlebags on the BMW R 18 Classic and hit the road. California has two seasons - green...

Tracing the Cascades on a Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

Winding through a dark canopy of evergreens, the road played hide-and-seek with the Clackamas River, offering a glimpse here and there of clear water...

Fort Bragg to Sonoma Raceway: IMS Outdoors Northern California Ride

Taking in the view from Duncans Point on a cold, foggy summer day. (Photo by Kevin Wing) For 2021, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows tour has...

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...

No Promises of Tomorrow: Three Buddies Chase Sunsets and Dreams

At a rest stop, a lovely young lady walked slowly, allowing her old dog to keep pace. The dog stopped in front of me,...

Gold Country Highs: Pass Bagging in Nevada and California

Late spring is a great time to do some pass bagging in the Nevada and California gold country. The passes are usually open by...

Favorite Ride: Mineral King and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

The mission was simple: See some scenery, carve some curves and soak up some cool temperatures before the summer heat arrived. Three of us left...

Palms to Pines to the Pacific on California Route 74

Gassing up in the already-toasty Palm Desert morning sun, it is hard to imagine that I will be riding in the cool, tall pines...

2019 Indian Scout | Tour Test Review

I knew I’d stumbled onto someplace...different...when I pulled into the packed dirt parking lot of the Nipton Trading Post, and it wasn’t just the...

Voyage of Re-Discovery in Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada

It was the scent in the air that did it, plucking me out of the Suzuki’s seat and transporting me back to the distant...

Big Deserts, Small Bike: Riding Death Valley, Mojave and Joshua Tree on a Yamaha XT250

Rolling through Death Valley National Park, I have an eerie feeling that I am being watched. Passing a road sign indicating that I am...

The Old Way: Historic U.S. 80 and the Wood Plank Road

Picture a scene in which hearty travelers traverse barren and windswept sand dunes on roads of rough-hewn timbers. I am not talking about some...

Favorite Ride: Bay Area Peaks Trifecta

My Grandpa rode an Indian and I decided to follow suit by purchasing a 2016 Roadmaster. I bought it one rainy January day--a prime time...

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster | Tour Test Review

Here at Rider, we have an unofficial motto: "Ride to eat, eat to ride." And I contend that the perfect road food is the...

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