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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Hannibal, Missouri

Shamrock Tour® - Hannibal, Missouri

Designate a pivot point for the Midwest and it could surely be Hannibal, MO. Located on the Mississippi River north of St Louis, MO, and south of Quincy, IL, it's darn close to dead center. It's the bastion of Midwest "manners," a mix of Southern Baptist honesty and Midwest hospitality.
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Las Vegas to San Francisco

Las Vegas to San Francisco

Everybody warned me not to go through Death Valley in summer, but nobody said a word about Las Vegas! So I find myself in the stop-and-go traffic on I-15, as I try to get out of the city. The thermometer on the bike shows exactly 105 degrees. Underneath my riding suit and helmet, it feels much hotter than that. Of course I'll go through Death Valley, the lowest and supposedly hottest point of the United States. It can't be worse than Las Vegas, and there's probably no stop-and-go in the valley. Death Valley is only a short leg on my way to San Francisco, a route some prospectors took 160 years ago. They were listening to the call of the Gold Rush in California.
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Riding and Eating in the Berkshires, Massachusetts

Riding and Eating in the Berkshires, Massachusetts

It's one of the ironies of motorcycling — you sit there on the bike, the motor doing all of the hard work, and you get hungry. Really hungry. It's understandable on a bicycle, your legs pumping like Lance Armstrong and your furiously beating heart making you regret that last piece of pie. But on a motorcycle, what's the excuse for daydreaming of burgers and fries? Even more ironic is the fact that when you finally sit down to chow, there's a good chance that your food has traveled farther than you. The beef is from Australia, the lettuce from South America, and the potato from Idaho. OK, maybe you traveled farther than the potato.
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Coast to Coast on the Cross Country Part II: Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri via Route 50

Coast to Coast on the Cross Country Part II: Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri via Route 50

The cool, dry May, desert air carries a slight nip as it pours over the Victory Cross Country's short windshield and proves an excellent adjunct to the pick-me-up qualities of our breakfast caffeine. The early morning traffic is light, the road lonely, and in the distance, the fabled snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains dominate the landscape.
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World Travelers: Brazil's Amazon Jungle, Part I

World Travelers: Brazil's Amazon Jungle, Part I

It's been said that what we do defines us. Yet perhaps it's as much about what we do, as it is what we endure and what we learn from? We find out who we really are only when we're pushed past what we thought were our limits, when, during those wretched times, we discover we have greater personal reserves than we'd ever imagined. In those pivotal moments the haze of life lifts, and we can see and feel who we are, what's truly important to each of us, and what we'll fight to hold on to. Such was the case for me and for Lisa, and the trip to Brazil's Amazon Jungle, which defined a very large part of who we are today. Make no mistake -- if you're hoping for a warm and fuzzy touring article, you probably want to flip the page right now.
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Reader Ride: Michigan

Reader Ride: Michigan

Thirty years ago, in an attempt to replace a native herd hunted to extinction in the 1920s, the state of Michigan re-introduced elk to the Pigeon River State Forest. A great success, a large herd of the impressive beasts now call the northeast corner of the lower peninsula home.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2011 Star Stryker

2011 Star Stryker

One morning not long ago some folks at Yamaha's Star Cruiser Division woke up and decided they needed to fill the gap between their V Star 950 and 1854cc Raider. The new Stryker was penned with help from custom bike-builder Jeff Palhegyi, an outside design firm named GKDI, and Yamaha's R&D department. The result: a stylish yet functional, easily customized mid-sized bike.
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2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000

Most young riders, and surely many seasoned riders as well, want the ultimate sportbike - they want to feel like a MotoGP racer. Of course, in reality, a motorcycle that's been specifically designed for the track isn't the most practical on the street. Kawasaki engineers took this into account and produced a very capable, purpose-built sportbike for the street.
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Three New Harley-Davidson® Models for 2011

Three New Harley-Davidson® Models for 2011

For 2011, The Motor Company has introduced three exciting new models: the Road Glide® Ultra, plus a pair of Sportsters®, the SuperLow™, and XR1200X™. Harley's lineup now boasts 32 models, including long-haul touring machines, urban brawlers, contemporary customs, retro-style bobbers, sport roadsters, and standards. As mentioned in the October issue, Harley's Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) also offers four premium limited-production motorcycles for 2011. RoadRUNNER had a wonderful opportunity to sample all of the new regular-line models in Oregon during a day-long ride from Portland to the coast and back, over a delicious mix of highways and byways.
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