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Touring and Travel Articles
This southern Arizona loop ride includes varied road types, picturesque scenery, and well-placed historic towns. Riders will get a taste of the Old West, peruse eclectic art, and enjoy rich desert flora and fauna. It’s a fall, winter, and spring ride since the summer temperatures in the southwest desert can be stifling.
This Bucks County covered bridge route is meant for laid-back scenic cruising. Along the way you’ll be rewarded with canopied country byways, crossing eight beautifully maintained covered bridges and through historic villages with an abundance of eclectic shops and restaurants. Riders will want to stop often.
This loop south of Las Vegas is a serene escape from the urban bustle. Once free from the neon lights and the traffic of Sin City, riders will experience the raw beauty of the Mojave Desert. The clear desert air allows awe-inspiring views of rugged mountains, expansive sand dunes, and whimsical Joshua trees. This is a ride best suited for fall through spring.
For simple navigation it would be easy to connect both cities via Highway 1 along the coast, but the inland route, including an occasional coastal intermezzo, promises much more diversity.
Stretching across the Florida-Georgia border lies an impenetrable wall of stoic old oaks draped with Spanish moss and rooted in the dark, murky waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. With rumors of unexplained and supernatural phenomena, the swamp is full of secrets to be discovered.
“We’re taking the bypass,” a wise James Pratt belts out from aboard his faded yellow Suzuki DR-Z400. “I’m out of gas and there is no way these guys will get those pigs through the woods in this muck.”
Our 2010 KTM 990 Adventure easily rolls along the smooth forest service road adjacent to the Columbia Wetlands, the largest of their kind anywhere in the province of British Columbia. This portion of our tour was unplanned, but we did take the advice of our innkeeper the night before to avoid the overly busy Highway 93. And in return, we are rewarded with wonderful vistas and peaceful roads.
Forget the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. With these two American V-twin heavyweights, the Rumble in the Jungle with Ali vs. Foreman is much more appropriate. Our testing ground was the hot, humid “jungle” of the Deep South. I spent thousands of miles on a mix of interstates, country byways, and curvy mountain roads on these two machines—reminding me again of the allure of exploring our country on native thoroughbreds.
Suzuki has a long history of 750cc, four-stroke motorcycles starting with the GS750 in 1977. In the mid-1980s, the “X” was added for the gen four iteration, which ushered in liquid cooling. Over the years, they evolved leading us to the current generation 10, GSX-S750, making it one of the longest running model lines.
Many may recall that MV Agusta was repatriated from Harley-Davidson in 2010 by the Castiglioni family. Since then, the reborn niche motorcycle maker has been bringing out some exciting new models, while also trying to expand its market coverage.