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Touring and Travel Articles
Seeking to escape the wonderful world of Disney? Take this clockwise loop around Central Florida’s third largest lake (Apopka) and Lake Dora to the city of Tavares, which is known as America’s Seaplane City. This lakeside community of luncheon and landing spots melds perfectly with pilots of both wings and wheels.
This ride travels to Julian, an old mining town, in the Laguna Mountains. Roads wind through a picturesque country setting, into the mountains, and down through the desert. The Julian area is most beautiful during the springtime, and the Anza Borrego Desert is cool enough to ride at that time.
What am I doing with my life? Where am I headed? We all reach a point when we question ourselves and the meaning of life. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead-end job, maybe you’re not getting along with your spouse, or maybe the ever-increasing demand for your attention and time weighs you down. The best way to figure it all out is usually in connection with solitude and nature. Time to think. Time to reflect. Drown out all outside noise so you can listen to yourself. A walkabout if you will.
“My hat is off to South Dakota Treasures … Go to South Dakota, but drive there. It is so near to us all and yet I never knew, nor had ever heard much about its southwestern treasure house ….” — Frank Lloyd Wright
Judging a tour by miles ridden is like rating a meal according to calories consumed. Camping tours, in particular, pilfer at least a couple of hours each day for set up and tear down and often leave one wondering where the time went. With the goal of lowering daily mileage while raising enjoyment, this flexible two-to-four day Ohio loop can be easily customized to a rider’s preference due to several “extra” places to stay along the route. Total mileage is around 565 and daily mileage is about 140 if ridden in four days. The tour, as originally planned, was a veritable parfait of “lightness,” from the minimalist gear and low daily mileage to the small displacement bike I’d hoped to snag for the trip. The desired bike didn’t materialize, and a spotty weather forecast added some items to the gear line-up, but in the spirit of the excursion I said, “So what, lighten up!”
“What?!” It’s Canada Day weekend, and it seems like everyone and their grandmother is getting out of Toronto and hauling all sorts of pop-up campers, canoes, motorboats, and bored teenagers with them. Back home in Jersey, there would be tailgating, passing in the right lane, and cussing as well as everyone’s blood pressure rising all the way to the Jersey Shore.
Nordkapp (North Cape) has been a mystical place for me since I was a boy. I remember reading a book about a car journey from North Cape to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. It was probably written in the early ‘50s. I never dreamed then that I would travel there myself by motorcycle just weeks away from my 70th birthday.
Let’s get this over with. No, the new V-Strom is not a BMW GS clone. Yes, it has a beak, but it could be argued that BMW copied said beak from Suzuki’s 1988 DR-BIG and DR-Z. Who copied whom aside; Suzuki does have a legitimate claim to being the first to make a motorcycle with avian facial features, for what that’s worth.
Thanks to the Spyder’s inherent stability, high-tech ingenuity, and Canadian bravado, Can-Am has made the “backwards trike” a household name in only seven years. For model year 2014, they continue their success by dropping the V-twin engine and replacing it with an all-new inline triple, adding a sixth and seventh (reverse) gear, and greatly increasing rider comfort with better heat management.
Kawasaki’s sporty and powerful Ninja 1000 has been morphed into a respectable sport-touring machine for 2014. Some of the biggest changes include standard ABS and revamped color-matched saddlebags, but there are a number of smaller tweaks that add up nicely.