EICMA 2017: The Height of Fashion & Design

Jan 20, 2018 View Comments

High heels and two wheels. Milan, Italy, is twice blessed. With February’s annual show introducing the best spring finery for women, it yet again becomes a world capital of haute couture. Avid riders more likely know that this beautiful metropolis is also in vogue each November as it transforms into the epicenter of high fashion […]

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Zen Motorcyclist: It’s Not Poison

Jan 19, 2018 View Comments by Bud Miller

My brother and I recently attended a cars and coffee event at SteelStacks, the old Bethlehem, PA, steel site. A gearhead from birth, he was driving a Dodge Challenger, his dream muscle car. I met him on my V-Strom. I had been toying with the idea of getting a new ride, and after hearing me […]

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Strider 14x Sport
 with Pedal Kit

Jan 17, 2018 View Comments

Strider recently added to their lineup of learn-to-ride balance bikes for children and those with special needs with the release of the lightweight 14x model, recommended for children aged 3 to 7. Other beginner 14-inch bikes currently on the market weigh twice as much. Designed for children with a 16-23” inseam (a height range of […]

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Classic Roads: Virginia’s Blue Ridge Byways

Jan 16, 2018 View Comments

The Blue Ridge and Appalachians are often referred to as the “gentle mountains.” Over hundreds of millions of years geological forces have rounded their shoulders and smoothed out most of their hard edges. The area’s long geological history and high levels of annual rainfall have produced a rich patchwork of green fields in the valleys […]

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Peru: Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Colca Canyon

Jan 15, 2018 View Comments

  Cusco – the Tourism Capital The ride toward Cusco cuts through an open valley with farms and green trees surrounded by high mountains. Cusco, which means navel of the earth, is Peru’s tourism center and was once the capital of the Incas. We spend two days taking in the sights and taking advantage of […]

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2018 BMW G 310 GS

Jan 13, 2018 View Comments

The trek began in the famously congested morning traffic of Barcelona, transitioning to wide-open freeway (where posted speeds are more of a suggestion than law) before venturing onto the serpentine roads that ascend the Pyrenees Mountains. Fast sweepers of glass-smooth pavement and tight twisties of choppy, ragged asphalt eventually landed us some 150 miles north […]

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Peru: Machu Picchu Express

Jan 12, 2018 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

  Today the curves start, and they won’t stop! At 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level, Nazca was comfortably warm, but 37 miles (60 km) of countless curves later, it’s more than just the altitude that’s changed.  At 15,091 feet (4,600 meters), we encounter rain and snow. If the weather’s not enough to slow […]

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City Escape: El Paso, Texas

Jan 10, 2018 View Comments

Wineries, missiles, and views—this loop north of El Paso is a great mix for a short getaway. This city escape begins with a ride through a peaceful wine and agricultural region. It then tracks through a small portion of the fascinating White Sands Missile Range (ID and appropriate vehicle paperwork required for access), and ends […]

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Peru: Paracas, Huacachina, and the Nazca Lines

Jan 09, 2018 View Comments by Florian Neuhauser

  December in North Carolina finds me itching for a change in scenery, not just to leave the cold, wintery weather behind, but to welcome a new adventure. A short, six-hour flight from Miami takes my mom (Christa) and me to the first leg of our destination: the Machu PicchuTour in Peru, where we’ll spend […]

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2018 Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900

Jan 08, 2018 View Comments

You (or your grandad) may have had a UJM—Universal Japanese Motorcycle—in the ’70s or ’80s. It could do it all, and there are plenty of good standard models out there today, but what if you want something with a dollop of Italian panache? Aprilia has offered a middleweight standard in the U.S. market for years, […]

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Overland Adventurer – Kit Kubes

Jan 07, 2018 View Comments

Overland Adventurer, a start-up owned by Dave Thum, an adventure rider and aerospace engineer, recently released a softcase system called Kit Kubes. Water, dust, and vibration demolish a typical packing cube in short order. But Kit Kubes are made from 600-denier poly fabric and thick PVC. A transparent PVC panel on each cube allows users […]

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2018 Harley-Davidson Touring Lineup

Jan 05, 2018 View Comments

Earning a reputation for fulfilling open-road dreams of freedom since 1903, Harley-Davidson enjoys mythical status in motorcycling. The one criticism the Milwaukee brand has suffered over the years has been their dependence on aging design and technology, with changes to their original machine being few and far between.

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City Escape: Athens, Ohio

Jan 04, 2018 View Comments

This City Escape features a loop from the Athens County Visitors Center’s “Ohio’s Windy 9” map. The Pioneer Pass offers rolling hills and leads through Wayne National Forest, Stroud’s Run State Park, and Gifford State Forest. As if that weren’t enough, a taste of the famous Triple Nickle (Route 555) is thrown in for some […]

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Destinations: RailsWest Railroad Museum

Jan 03, 2018 View Comments

Attraction: If you’re traveling the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway and happen to be a rail fan, there’s a stop in Council Bluffs, IA that you may want to check out: RailsWest Railroad Museum. The Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot was constructed in 1899 and is today operated as a museum and […]

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New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Dec 28, 2017 View Comments

Leaf-peeping in New England is serious business. Each autumn, as the days and nights shift from warm to cool and memories of days spent lazing on the beach in light summer outfits become as fuzzy as sweaters pulled out of storage, people from across the country and around the world make the pilgrimage to this […]

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