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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Nashville, Tennessee

City Escape: Nashville, Tennessee

While there’s plenty to see and do in Music City, exploring the tranquil farmland around Tennessee’s capital will satisfy the motorcyclist’s soul. The laid-back atmosphere invites a slower pace. Edgar Evins State Park serves up curves and beautiful views. Many distilleries call the surrounding area home, and they’re worth a visit every time. Spring and fall are the best times to ride.
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City Escape: Rapid City, South Dakota

City Escape: Rapid City, South Dakota

The Black Hills of South Dakota are one of the most impressive and interesting riding venues in the U.S. Dramatic scenery, iconic national sites, a plethora of roadside attractions, and beguiling byways are big draws. The best time to go is early or late summer.
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Classic Roads

Classic Roads

Most visitors to Palm Springs are there for the climate and the golf. But the roads around the desert hideaway are some of America’s most remarkable. If you’re in the area without one, rent or borrow a motorcycle to enjoy the sweet curves, high desert landscape, and mountain views of the Palms to Pines Highway.
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Florida, Alabama, Mississippi: Shadowing the Gulf

Florida, Alabama, Mississippi: Shadowing the Gulf

America’s Gulf Coast is lined with miles of pristine, white sandy beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico’s shallow 
continental shelf. The persistently warm weather and beautiful 
beaches attract tourists in droves, but we haven’t come for a tan.
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Bristol, Vermont Shamrock Tour®: Base Heart of the Green Mountains

Bristol, Vermont Shamrock Tour®: Base Heart of the Green Mountains

Northern Vermont offers a variety of riding, from twisty mountain passes and remote winding roads to scenic farmland. New York’s 
Adirondacks are nearby, offering even more to explore.
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Oklahoma and Texas: The Comanche Trail

Oklahoma and Texas: The Comanche Trail

A single dust plume trails behind us like an earthbound jet stream. Narrow leaving the rear tire, it eventually fills our 
mirrors as I glance back at Susan, riding pillion on our BMW 
R 1200 GS Adventure. We’ve covered hundreds of miles of dirt here in this vast emptiness, seeking the spirits of the Lords of the South Plains in the remote reaches of the Llano Estacado.
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South America: The Trans-Amazonian Challenge

South America: The Trans-Amazonian Challenge

The first Trans-Amazonian Challenge joint venture tour by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia is a daunting undertaking for participants and guides alike. A huge loop of northern South America is planned, more than 8,700 miles in 45 days, through eight countries. The route starts in Cartagena, Colombia, near the northernmost portion of the continent. From there, we’ll head south through Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, and Guyana, completing the circle by going through Venezuela and back to the starting point. The group consists of experienced riders from the United States, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and even Zimbabwe, including two married couples riding two up, and three people over 70.
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Reader Ride: California–The Road to Mono Lake

Reader Ride: California–The Road to Mono Lake

When exploring a new road, there is no good time to lose the light. We’re riding west through northern California toward Yosemite National Park, and highway has given way to a sidewinder, cliffside stretch of Route 120. As we negotiate the twisted ascent, each new turn is a mystery, full of promise and peril, and the challenge of unlocking its secrets grows more onerous as the distant mountain skyline prunes the reach of our nearest star’s dying glow.  We’re approac
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Motorcycle Reviews

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: The Jack of All Trades

2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: The Jack of All Trades

In German, there’s a word that 
describes an animal that lays eggs, has the meat of a pig, and provides milk and wool. In short: something that’s good for everything. Nature knows that this is difficult to achieve. That’s why she created such a wide variety of species. Translated into 
motorcycle language, we find cruisers, 
dual-sport bikes, touring bikes, and sport machines. KTM combines the latter two into one motorcycle and calls it a sports tourer, a ride too fat for ultimate sporting fun but not as comfortable as a real touring 
machine—a compromise. That’s what I thought when I went to the 1290 Super Duke GT global 
press launch on the Spanish island of 
Mallorca. I was soon proven wrong.
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2016 Yamaha FJR1300A and ES: Sport Touring Just Got More Refined!

2016 Yamaha FJR1300A and ES: Sport Touring Just Got More Refined!

Sport Touring Just Got More Refined! With the introduction of the new 2016 FJR1300A and FJR1300ES models, Yamaha’s flagship sport-touring line has again been upgraded.
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