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Touring and Travel Articles

Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah–Grand Canyon: A Solo Gal Lives a Dream

Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah–Grand Canyon: A Solo Gal Lives a Dream

Being a single mother means that I need to pull some pretty big strings to be able to get away for a solitary week-long ride. Moving Heaven and Earth is worth it, though, to free me from those squeezing daily demands. It is a quest for reinvention that sends me on a trip from Los Angeles to one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world. What better way to taste autonomy than by way of a Suzuki DR-Z400S to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon … alone. Now, this is my idea of bliss.
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Warm springs, Georgia  Shamrock Tour®: FDR’s Backyard

Warm springs, Georgia Shamrock Tour®: FDR’s Backyard

It’s early in the season, the end of April, when we leave home on two very agile, comfortable, and fun-loving sport-touring bikes to go on our first long trip of the year. Christa rides a 2003 BMW F 650 GS, and I’m on my 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 650R. Warm Springs, GA, is a region rich in history and our designated home-base for the next 
several days.
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Vermont and New Hampshire: The Adventures of L’Uccello Arrabbiato and The Tomato

Vermont and New Hampshire: The Adventures of L’Uccello Arrabbiato and The Tomato

Two motorcycles—an orange Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX (L’Uccello Arrabbiato) and a red Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring (The Tomato)–are parked in downtown Stowe, VT …
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Virginia Wine Tour: A Sampling of Appellations

Virginia Wine Tour: A Sampling of Appellations

Wine and motorcycles are an odd, yet appealing, combination. If mixed the wrong way, the two can leave one scarred for life. In my younger days, I found that out the hard way. But, if handled responsibly, these two endearing disciplines can uncork memories that last a lifetime.
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British Columbia: No Country for Old Men

British Columbia: No Country for Old Men

Spring is the season of new growth, mating … and old men trying to stop the passage of time by planning an annual, mid-life-crisis, off-road motorcycle trip. It’s not as easy as an organized tour where all you have to do is follow the guy in front of you and try to not fall off the bike!
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World Travelers–Nepal: Earth's Eden

World Travelers–Nepal: Earth's Eden

It’s 6 a.m. The bikes are feeling strong as we negotiate potholed tar around the town of Butwai in the dry Nepali lowlands. We pass a humble white-washed stupa (temple) on our left. Above our heads, attached to a long line, yellow, red, blue, and white prayers gently flutter. We are steadily climbing and easily find our route into the mountains. As we head northeast, our dark visors diffuse the pink light of the slowly rising sun.
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Reader Ride-Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri: The Great River Road Run

Reader Ride-Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri: The Great River Road Run

Midway between my home near Lexington, KY, and Lake Itasca, MN, I begin to question the wisdom of making this trip in April. Although I rationalize that things will warm up and dry out, I travel 1,000 miles of chilly temperatures and driving rain before the real journey even begins.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2012 Honda NC700X and NC700XD: Affordable Fun

2012 Honda NC700X and NC700XD: Affordable Fun

One of Honda’s latest offspring, the NC700X, was designed to appeal to new and re-entry riders as well as folks who want a lot of bang for their buck.
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2013 Harley-davidson Lineup Limited-Edition Bikes

2013 Harley-davidson Lineup Limited-Edition Bikes

Limited-Edition Bikes, Candy Coats, & Blessings from the Pope The Motor Company is celebrating its 110th anniversary by throwing a dozen parties around the world and offering jazzed-up limited editions of select models. Harley also is launching a styling movement dubbed the Hard Candy Custom and has two new releases from the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) department—the CVO Breakout and the CVO Road King.
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2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring: Italian Dominatrix

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring: Italian Dominatrix

It’s difficult to talk about something Italian without passion. Italy is known for delicious wine, rich cuisine, hand-crafted loafers, “bella figura,” super fast cars, and temperamental motorcycles. Whatever it is, a sense of passion comes standard. The 2013 Multistrada is no different—it attacks all the senses! The sound of the Testastretta 11° DS engine alone is enough to rouse any rider. For 2013, the Bologna-based company offers their innovative DSS (Ducati Skyhook Suspension) on the “S” models for a floating feel and adds a grand touring version, the Granturismo.
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