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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Washington, D.C.

City Escape: Washington, D.C.

Beginning halfway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD, this City Escape traverses verdant, back-in-time Maryland countryside. Enticing byways wind through pastoral settings, along streams, and into the heart of historic villages. A stop for lunch just north of the Pennsylvania border gives riders an even closer glimpse of a charming hamlet in the Keystone State.
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City Escape: Boise, Idaho

City Escape: Boise, Idaho

This loop northeast of Boise is a microcosm of the rest of the Pacific Northwest. It is varied and spectacular. Throughout the ride, the ecosystems change from high desert foothills, to chaparral, to alpine. Then there’s the water! Lakes, lazy rivers, white water rapids, and hot springs are the highlights of this City Escape.
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San Francisco, CA to Denver, CO: Over the Barriers

San Francisco, CA to Denver, CO: Over the Barriers

To travel from 
San Francisco to 
Denver you have to cross several major ranges, endure 
blistering heat and frosty cold, and carve a path for yourself
up some steep and twisty inclines. There’s plenty of 
excitement to be had.
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St. Robert, Missouri Shamrock Tour®: Ozark Odyssey

St. Robert, Missouri Shamrock Tour®: Ozark Odyssey

A ruggedly elegant karst landscape, replete with caves, crystal clear springs, sheer-walled high bluffs, and verdant valleys greets us in central Missouri’s Ozarks. Inviting two-lane 
tarmac winds through much of the picturesque topography. Bob Brown, my wingman, is astride a 2016 Indian Chief Vintage and I’m piloting the 2016 Indian Roadmaster. Eddie McLiney, who helped arrange this trip and is our Ozark guide for the first few days, is riding his BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. Gentlemen, start your engines and let’s go!
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Ecuador: Journey to Middle Earth

Ecuador: Journey to Middle Earth

Ecuador is a small country on the northwestern side of South America, sandwiched between 
Colombia to the north and Peru to the south. Earth’s dividing line runs through the northern part of Ecuador, which is Spanish for “equator.” The Galapagos Islands lay about 560 miles to the west. But we came to ride motorcycles, not to write another book like The Origin of Species. We’re looking for curves, coastal views, volcanoes, and 
a deep immersion in the culture.
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North Carolina: A Triple Dose of the Coast

North Carolina: A Triple Dose of the Coast

When most motorcyclists think about North Carolina, their minds instantly turn to the misty peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains, the undulating twists of the Tail of the Dragon, or the sweeping beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Understandably so. But while the roads in the western part of the state are admittedly more curvy, the eastern half still has plenty to offer.
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Prince Edward Island: Carving Coastal Canada

Prince Edward Island: Carving Coastal Canada

Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, but every summer I try to prove him wrong by taking a motorcycle trip to Prince Edward Island, where I grew up and learned to ride. In 2015, I tried something new; I took my brother-in-law Ty on his first two-wheeled tour and added some of Nova Scotia’s best twisties to the route.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2016 Indian Springfield: Merging Old-School Looks with New Technology

2016 Indian Springfield: Merging Old-School Looks with New Technology

Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle—Springfield, MA, back in 1901—the new 2016 Springfield combines nostalgic styling cues with modern touring amenities like a tall windscreen, cruise control, and remote-locking hard saddlebags.
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2014 EBR 1190SX: The Superfighter

2014 EBR 1190SX: The Superfighter

Mention Erik Buell’s name and it’s instant street cred. When 
Harley-Davidson shut down Buell’s line during the financial crisis, 
the entrepreneur found a backer in India’s Hero Motorcycles, and 
Erik Buell Racing (EBR) was born. But after declaring bankruptcy and restructuring, the company, now owned by Liquid Asset Partners, is expected to resume production. Manufactured in East Troy, WI, EBR’s motorcycle components come from all over the world. During a sunny spring day, I took its latest creation, the 1190SX, around Asheville, NC.
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2015 Triumph Trophy: Triple Touring Fun

2015 Triumph Trophy: Triple Touring Fun

All it takes is a quick glance at the Triumph Trophy to know who and what its designers were targeting when they built it. If you squint a little, the bike is hard to distinguish from its rival, the BMW R 1200 RT. Yet, the Trophy is its own motorcycle with unique character, thanks in large part to its fantastic powerplant.
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