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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Portland, Oregon

City Escape: Portland, Oregon

Fuel up at See See Motor Coffee in northeast Portland and head west through the Coast Range to explore Oregon’s logging heritage and see where Lewis and Clark spent a soggy winter in 1805-06. The city of Astoria thrives as a port and tourist destination, and winding roads along the Columbia River feed endless smiles on your way back to Portland.
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City Escape: Knoxville, Tennessee

City Escape: Knoxville, Tennessee

This route, in and around the Smoky Mountains, has a little bit of everything: exceptionally curvy roads, stunning scenery, charming villages, and an iconic movie location. There are few one-day rides in America that can compare to this escape. The route is appropriate for experienced mountain riders who will treat the inherent dangers with an appropriate level of respect and caution.
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New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route: The Desert Crucible

New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route: The Desert Crucible

The art of creating Damascus steel, that extraordinary blade with the wavy design seen in antique knives and swords from the Middle East, is lost to mankind. Speculation suggests multiple layers of metals were forged, folded, and welded together to form a single blade of exceptional quality. Certain aspects of adventure travel have a similar effect on men and women.
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Athens, Ohio Shamrock Tour®:Oh Me Oh My Ohio!

Athens, Ohio Shamrock Tour®:Oh Me Oh My Ohio!

Ohio is an amazingly contradictory land. In places, it’s as flat as a Ping-Pong table with arrow-straight swaths of asphalt plowing through endless acres of agriculture. But in the southern part of the state, rugged hills magically rise from nowhere, grab the road, and rumple it into a glorious chaos of curves.
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Portugal: The Prettiest End of Europe

Portugal: The Prettiest End of Europe

The prettiest end of Europe—that could be the most accurate description of Portugal. Remnant’s of this once-enormous empire are scattered throughout, from its decadent dining establishments to haunting historical buildings. One can’t forget the country’s beautiful coastline though, or its peaceful countryside, which is exactly where this journey begins.
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TN, KY, IL, and MO: Trail of Tears Pt 2

TN, KY, IL, and MO: Trail of Tears Pt 2

“Left Brainerd for the Cherokee camps … Thus we leave this place, 
perhaps never to return.” —The Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, October 4, 1839 Reverend Butrick departed from Calhoun, TN, with the Richard Taylor Detachment on the overland Northern Route. My wingman, Bob Brown, and me, however, initially follow a paved approximation of Bell’s Route west from Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga on our Indian motorcycles. Along the way to Oklahoma, we will travel segments of several Trail of Tears routes.
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Peru: Land of the Incas

Peru: Land of the Incas

Contrary to what many Peruvians believe, they’re not the best drivers in the world—at least, that was our experience. In oncoming traffic, they drive straight at you, crossing over lanes on hills and blind corners, and swinging way out on the wrong side of the road when taking curves. During the daytime, they love their claxons, during the nighttime, their high beams—that is, if either the horn or the lights are working. Yet despite these challenges, riding in Peru is one of the most amazing experiences due to the diverse conditions. Within a matter of hours, you can go from the Amazon rainforest, to high bare mountains; from winding curves, to endless straightaways; from a remote desert, to the crowded beaches on the coast; from the ancient culture of an authentic village, to the modern art of the big cities. Peru truly offers something for everyone.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Activate Your Fazer

2017 Yamaha FZ-10: Activate Your Fazer

Yamaha’s FZ1 has had a good run since 2001, but it has been replaced by the FZ-10 this year. Still, with a YZF-R1-based engine at the center, the most notable change is a visual one. This doesn’t look like your dad’s FZ1. Welcome to the future, FZ-10. During a sweltering summer day, I tested the new streetfighter on my home turf in North Carolina. The exhilarating curves in the Great Smoky Mountains proved that this is where the Yamaha feels most comfortable, and potent.
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2016 Zero DSR: Riding Toward the Future

2016 Zero DSR: Riding Toward the Future

In the hills above Santa Cruz, the yellow diamond sign with the thick, curved black arrow pointing left says “20 MPH.” I roll off the throttle and the 2016 Zero DSR washes off speed like it’s a big V-twin, but instead of the bark of an engine under compression I hear the whine of the electric motor as it converts kinetic energy back into battery power.
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