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This exhilarating day ride emanating from San Diego comes within a quarter mile of the Mexican border at its southernmost point and reaches an elevation of almost 6,000 feet to the north in Mount Laguna. In addition to the elevation and terrain changes, this route has the added attraction of a total avoidance of freeway miles. Length Approximately 125 miles Meet-up Spot Starbucks, 2986 Jamacha Rd, San Diego, CA, (619) 670-0108. Lunch Stop Pine House Cafe & Tavern,
Once out of the Twin Cities, this loop follows the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers and countless lakes through serene landscapes that define the heartland. The best time to go is mid-May through September. Minnesotans love being outdoors in the summer, so plan accordingly. Length Approximately 228 miles Meet-up Spot Bob’s Java Hut, 2651 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. Lunch Stop River Rock Coffee, 301 South Minnesota Ave, St.
Given only rough guidelines and a new touring motorcycle, I set off to explore Wyoming on two wheels following the Sturgis Rally in August. My goal: bring home a “living with proof” report on what Indian Motorcycle calls the best of their best, the Roadmaster.
Snowshoe is centrally located in Pocahontas County, and virtually any road here is a motorcyclist’s dream. It doesn’t matter what type of motorcycle one is riding, the never-ending curves mixed into the serene landscape make for an adrenaline-packed vacation. Webster and Greenbrier Counties, and neighboring Virginia’s Bath County, also don’t disappoint.
Imagine the most amazing motorcycle road in the world. What would it be like? Would it race along the Pacific coast like California’s Highway 1? Would it launch you high into the Andes where condors soar beneath the clouds? Maybe you would be greeted by ghosts of the ancients as they watch over their people from the parapets of an old castle … and would those people warm your heart with their kindness and their smiles? If it was all of this, and laced with asphalt ribbons disappearing into a wooded pathway struggling for significance against a persistent rain forest, it would be Colombia. And, it would smell like coffee.
Call it unfinished business, if you will. In 2006, I collected a Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS from Southern California Motorcycles in Brea, CA, and set off to tour the northern Sierras. My trip would include most of the famous Golden Chain Highway, California 49, through the foothills and over the Sierras to Quincy, CA. But, there was a problem. A forest fire raged in the mountains, and the stretch of 49 that swings through the Sierras was closed. Determined to cross it off my list, I whispered just like the state’s former Governator, “I’ll be back.”
It’s early afternoon, and the sky is overcast with intermittent drizzle filling the air. I’m in the little town of Severn Bridge, ON, about 60 miles north of Toronto preparing to “Ride the Edge.” Up here, the locals still don’t think they’re that far north, citing the fact that the Hudson Bay is almost 1,000 miles away. For a southern boy from North Carolina, however, we might as well be looking for Santa’s workshop.
While other manufacturers raise their prices for the new model year, Team Green drops the list price of the Concours 14 by a whopping 0! This potent sport-touring model was introduced for 2008 and last freshened up in 2010. Changes for 2015 are modest but add up to a significant total. There’s a lower first gear, lighter steering, firmer rear suspension, a new windscreen, and revised braking— along with a few other goodies.
Honda’s retro-styled CB1100 was introduced to the Japanese market in 2010, but there was some doubt whether we would ever see it here in America. Good news! The CB1100 finally came to our shores in 2013, and I was chomping at the bit to own one.
Many motorcyclists have discovered that adventure-touring motorcycles offer an excellent combination of on- and off-road performance, comfort, and practical utility. As this do-it-all market segment gains more competition and models, Yamaha has upped its game with significant improvements on a late-release 2014 Super Ténéré. There are more than a dozen minor changes, some additional optional accessories, plus a new ES (electronic suspension) version that adds electronically-controlled suspension and heated hand grips.
Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) already offers the Spyder RS, ST, and RT models intended for sporty, sport-touring, and touring enthusiasts, respectively. Now BRP takes aim at the cruiser market with the new 2015 Spyder F3.