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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Honolulu, Hawaii

City Escape: Honolulu, Hawaii

Aloha, island riders. This escape from the bustle of Honolulu is a figure eight that features most of what makes Oahu great. The ride includes the can’t-miss twists, turns, and views of Round Top/Tantalus Drive. It also boasts miles of coastal riding and two passes through the impressive Ko‘olau Mountain Range. This is a year-round ride, but extremely variable weather is to be expected, especially on the east (windward) side of the island.
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City Escape: Roanoke, Virginia

City Escape: Roanoke, Virginia

This Star City roundabout is a City Escape with an attitude. Seriously folks, only dual sports need apply. The first 40 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway are perfect to relax and shake off the morning kinks. Once you drop off the mountain on Route 812 at the Sunset Field Overlook (Milepost 78.4) it’s game-on. Expect plenty of imperfect pavement, gravel, dirt, and even a few stream crossings.
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California and Nevada: Riding the Highs and Lows of the Old West

California and Nevada: Riding the Highs and Lows of the Old West

“So we beat on, boats against the current, 
borne back ceaselessly 
into the past.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Kanab, Utah Shamrock Tour: The Greatest Earth on Show®

Kanab, Utah Shamrock Tour: The Greatest Earth on Show®

It’s a beautiful late spring morning as Kris and I prepare for the first of four days 
exploring southwestern Utah. It’s no secret the state has some of the most fantastic scenery and roads this side of anywhere, and we are more than eager to get underway.
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Kingsport, Tennessee Shamrock Tour®: Riding the Mountain Empire
Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Missionary Daniel Butrick kept a journal of his travels with the Cherokee People as they were force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838-39. It is one of the saddest episodes in American history, with the depths of despair grippingly described in this entry: “… the government might more mercifully have put to death everyone under a year 
or over sixty; rather it had chosen a more 
expensive and painful way of exterminating these poor people.”
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Southeast Australia
Bolivia: Salt, Sand, and Altitude Sickness

Bolivia: Salt, Sand, and Altitude Sickness

The border crossing to enter 
Bolivia is serious. The customs 
officer checks our passports, insurance, VIN numbers, 
registration papers, and license plates. Finally we are good to go, heading for La Paz, where we will meet a group of female Bolivian artisans crafting to gain independence.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2017 Harley-Davidson Touring Rollout: The Motor Company Does a Heart Transplant!

2017 Harley-Davidson Touring Rollout: The Motor Company Does a Heart Transplant!

Harley’s Twin Cam engines have been around since the last century—heck, the last millennium—so it was time for a change.
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2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress: A Cruiser That Out-Corners the Competition

2017 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Flying Fortress: A Cruiser That Out-Corners the Competition

The name begs explanation, and the PR folks explained the rather unusual MGX-21 moniker as Moto Guzzi Experimental, with 21 referring to the front wheel diameter and the year the company was started (1921). The nickname Flying Fortress came from early viewers’ comments about the hulking appearance of the big machine.
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