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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Charlotte, North Carolina

City Escape: Charlotte, North Carolina

Leaving the hustle and bustle of the Queen City, it doesn’t take long to find curvy, scenic mountain roads that will delight any motorcyclist. There are several interesting stops along the way, but this loop is all about the ride. The area’s moderate climate makes this route rideable from spring through fall.
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City Escape: Little Rock, Arkansas

City Escape: Little Rock, Arkansas

This route takes you from Little Rock into the Ouachita Mountains and provides riders with some of the best roads and scenic overlooks in Arkansas, plus the opportunity for a relaxing mineral bath in historic Hot Springs.
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Washington – Olympic Peninsula: Water Rules

Washington – Olympic Peninsula: Water Rules

The Olympic Peninsula is not only surrounded by water on three sides—it is ruled by the wet elements, which forms a unique place in the Pacific Northwest.
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Brainerd, Minnesota Shamrock Tour®: Classic American Getaway

Brainerd, Minnesota Shamrock Tour®: Classic American Getaway

We are riding north to Brainerd from Minneapolis through the northwestern part of the Midwest, where people are genuinely friendly, always have time for chitchat, and cherish beer and cheese as it was intended. My wife, Sarah, and I already feel right at home, at least in July (cold winter yikes!), in the state of 10,000 lakes. The scent of vacation and relaxation is in the air barely an hour outside of the Twin Cities. Minnesotans sure know how to have a good time, and Sarah and I are anxious to get into the same state of mind.
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Delaware River – New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania: Where the River Takes Us

Delaware River – New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania: Where the River Takes Us

“If you wish to go fast, go alone. 
If you wish to go far, go together.” – African proverb
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Arizona and New Mexico: Southwestern Diversity

Arizona and New Mexico: Southwestern Diversity

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” 
Author, Aldo Leopold As motorcyclists, we are by nature attracted to the lines and dots on a map. However, those blank places that 
Leopold referenced are what make a tour visually stunning. Thankfully we don’t have to make a choice. In the American Southwest, the map lines, dots, and blank places are all breathtaking when experienced in the flesh. The Southwest contains arguably the most diverse mix of climates, elevations, and ecosystems on the continent.
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Umbria: Italy’s Dreamy Heartland

Umbria: Italy’s Dreamy Heartland

I’m riding south through Umbria on the Via Flaminia, the ancient road connecting Rome with Rimini on the Adriatic Coast. I fancy it has been improved since Gaius Flaminius initiated construction around 220 B.C.—now named prosaically “Strada Statale 3.” 
This fast two-lane highway sweeps along 
the western slopes of the Apennines 
toward my first destination, Gualdo Tadino.
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Reader Ride – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: Island Hopping

Reader Ride – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: Island Hopping

Sometimes you have an idea you know isn’t smart, but you go ahead regardless. Sometimes it turns out you were worried about nothing. Sometimes it turns out you were dead right, but things work out anyway. That’s what happened when I went 
off-roading in the Cape Breton Highlands—
an area best known for the paved Cabot Trail.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2015 Harley-Davidson Models: No Rider Left Behind

2015 Harley-Davidson Models: No Rider Left Behind

Milwaukee’s Motor Company has rolled out its new 2015 touring and cruiser big-twin lineup in Sonoma, near the heart of California’s scenic wine country. Project RUSHMORE, which was introduced last year as a commitment from Harley-Davidson to listen to its customers, and construct machines based on their inputs, continues to build momentum. Touring enthusiasts will be pleased by the reappearance of the Road Glide, which returns with substantial revisions after a one-year hiatus from the lineup.
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2015 Indian Roadmaster: Luxury Liner

2015 Indian Roadmaster: Luxury Liner

In the February ‘14 issue of RoadRUNNER, we learned about Indian Motorcycle’s Chieftain when Florian laid out the form and function of the maker’s key touring model for 2014. Chock full of good intentions, massive investments in both capital and engineering, and American 
bravado—Indian came to the market with a huge splash in South Dakota during the Sturgis rally in 2013.
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Long-term Evaluation: 2014 Honda Gold Wing - The King of Touring

Long-term Evaluation: 2014 Honda Gold Wing - The King of Touring

I’ve been riding this Gold Wing for thousands of miles, through rain and sunshine, from coast to coast, and with a passenger. Needless to say the Gold Wing has become a second home of sorts. When I told Sarah about my long-term test assignment, she said, “Oh that’s easy! Just say it’s awesome!” Although that 
more or less sums it up, let’s dive a little deeper.
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