January/February 2014
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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: New York, New York

City Escape: New York, New York

Curve-addicts from New York City can satisfy their cravings on the plethora of motorcycle roads around the lakes in the surrounding areas and through the rolling terrain in Harriman State Park, NY. This tour is best after the first rain in the spring washes away the salt and gravel and before the trees lose all their leaves in the fall.
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City Escape: St. Louis, Missouri

City Escape: St. Louis, Missouri

Riders will follow the Missouri River along its serpentine course from the outskirts of St. Louis to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. Pleasant views of farmland, charming villages, and numerous vineyards abound on this journey through the Missouri Rhineland.
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City Escape: Toronto, Ontario

City Escape: Toronto, Ontario

Use Kingston Road and Highway 2 to escape Canada’s most populous city; then let the twisty backroads of the Kawarthas take you away from the crush of traffic. Keep watch for the Buckhorn, Dyno, and Northeys Bay Road. The best times to ride are late September, early October, or early July.
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Vermont: One if by Land. Two if by Sea. Three if by KLR.

Vermont: One if by Land. Two if by Sea. Three if by KLR.

Water is entering the top of my Alpinestars Alpha Touring boot as the entire left side of my body is being introduced to the cool refreshing waters of Pond Brook. The trusty Kawasaki KLR is getting a much needed (yet unexpected) rinse—the victim 
of an underwater obstacle and an unsure pilot. Quick, where’s the kill switch?
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Salem, Oregon Shamrock Tour®: Over the River and Through the Woods

Salem, Oregon Shamrock Tour®: Over the River and Through the Woods

Dense stands of old-growth conifers line ribbons of smooth asphalt that climb from the crashing waves and rolling fog of the Pacific Ocean to the desolate lava fields and craggy peaks of the Cascade Range. Despite 30-degree temperature swings, the weather is perfect. Welcome to Oregon.
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North Dakota and Montana: The Lewis & Clark Trail

North Dakota and Montana: The Lewis & Clark Trail

When the Lewis & Clark Expedition departed Fort Mandan on April 7, 1805, Lewis noted in his journal, “we were now about to penetrate a country at least two thousand miles in width, on which the foot of civillized man had never trodden; the good or evil it had in store for us was for experiment yet to determine, and these little vessells contained every article by which we were to expect to subsist or defend ourselves.”
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World Travelers: Australia Coasting Down Under

World Travelers: Australia Coasting Down Under

The arid air of Western Australia tugs at the peaks of our enduro helmets, and we’re about to change worlds. Behind us is red Martian dust, ancient history, and beautiful isolation. Easing off the throttle, we bounce from our sandy track onto the asphalt and enter the modern world of electric convenience, noise, and the Internet.
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Reader Ride: Nova Scotia, Canada - The Cabot Trail

Reader Ride: Nova Scotia, Canada - The Cabot Trail

The shrill announcement is loud and awakes us from a sound, gently rocking sleep to proclaim we are one hour away from docking at North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Four of us, on adventure motorcycles, are traveling on the North Sydney-Port Aux Basques ferry from Newfoundland to the northeast coast of Nova Scotia. Our plan is to ride the famed Cabot Trail, which skirts the province’s northern tip before we head west and back toward the USA.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2014 Indian Motorcycles: American Muscle

2014 Indian Motorcycles: American Muscle

When Polaris announced the purchase of Indian Motorcycles in April 2011, anticipation went through the entire motorcycle community. America’s first production motorcycle has 
seen its share of ups and downs since 1901. With a new parent company, Indian dove headfirst into a sea of Harleys at Sturgis for their reveal party. What better place for such an announcement? And after riding the three new models ourselves, we’re more than 
excited at the reincarnation.
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2014 BMW F 800 GS: Adventure Rockin’ the Red Rocks

2014 BMW F 800 GS: Adventure Rockin’ the Red Rocks

BMW’s mid-size F 800 GS Adventure offers real, functional improvements over the regular F 800 GS, and that makes it even better suited to a long-distance adventure-touring role.
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2014 Harley-Davidson Lineup: Rushmore’s No Longer Just a Mountain!

2014 Harley-Davidson Lineup: Rushmore’s No Longer Just a Mountain!

To kick off Harley-Davidson’s 2014 new-model press launch, the Motor Company’s President and Chief Operation Officer, Matt Levatich, and Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Mark-Hans Richer, first introduced Project Rushmore. Rushmore, which was spawned in 2009 during the dark days of the Great Recession, is a new paradigm for designing motorcycles, which seeks to reach untapped markets and demographics while retaining traditional repeat buyers. Rushmore employs focus groups, consumer clinics, and other inputs to bring in fresh ideas that lead to new products. It also cuts product-development time from five years to about three by employing new design and engineering processes.
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2014 Honda CTX700 and CTX700N: One to Grow On

2014 Honda CTX700 and CTX700N: One to Grow On

Amid the rush of rider-friendly and affordable motorcycles flooding our shores 
from Honda’s overseas plants, there is a single model targeted to more than just 
one type of rider. They call it an “anti-niche” bike and promote it in two different areas of their website—surprisingly, the Touring and Cruiser sections. Honda seeks to grow the market by offering something for newbies, as well as current riders, and targeting two birds with one stone if you will.
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