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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: El Paso, Texas

City Escape: El Paso, Texas

Wineries, missiles, and views—this loop north of El Paso is a great mix for a short getaway. This city escape begins with a ride through a peaceful wine and agricultural region. It then tracks through a small portion of the fascinating White Sands Missile Range (ID and appropriate vehicle paperwork required for access), and ends with a fantastic panoramic view of the city. This is a ride to take anytime except for mid-summer.
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City Escape: Athens, Ohio

City Escape: Athens, Ohio

This City Escape features a loop from the Athens County Visitors Center’s “Ohio’s Windy 9” map. The Pioneer Pass offers rolling hills and leads through Wayne National Forest, Stroud’s Run State Park, and Gifford State Forest. As if that weren’t enough, a taste of the famous Triple Nickle (Route 555) is thrown in for some fun, challenging twists!
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Classic Roads: Blue Ridge Byways

Classic Roads: Blue Ridge Byways

The Blue Ridge and Appalachians are often referred to as the “gentle mountains.” Over hundreds of millions of years geological forces have rounded their shoulders and smoothed out most of their hard edges. The area’s long geological history and high levels of annual rainfall have produced a rich patchwork of green fields in the valleys and heavily forested hardwoods on the mountain ridges. Unlike the expansive vistas found in the West, most curves are blind to riders and often spring surprises at the apex. Wildlife, in the form of deer and black bears, are often present on or near Skyline Drive, especially during early morning and evening hours.
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Rural Tennessee: Chasing the Cumberland Curves

Rural Tennessee: Chasing the Cumberland Curves

The Ducati Scrambler. I can’t think of a better bike for Cameron on this tour. I wanted a touring partner for the trip that I was sketching out to explore a small portion of the Cumberland Plateau. The route was going to be only 308 miles by Google’s math (if we behaved), but I wanted to take three slow days to do it in order to concentrate on enjoying the breathtaking scenery and shooting the best photos I could.
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Brattleboro, Vermont Shamrock Tour®: Green Days

Brattleboro, Vermont Shamrock Tour®: Green Days

I’ve logged a lot of miles with my wife, Meredith, riding pillion, but I’ve never seen this before: she’s back there snapping photos of a straight, four-lane interstate, as if we’re riding God’s own highway.
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Austria: Behind the Mountains

Austria: Behind the Mountains

For the longest time, the high alpine valley of the Lungau sat in remote isolation, approachable only by treacherous pass roads. And the region’s old traditions and stunning natural appeal have been preserved very well. Two of the many reasons to travel there.
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Lonesome Wyoming: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer, Part 3

Lonesome Wyoming: In the Tire Tracks of a Pioneer, Part 3

In May 1903, George A. Wyman left San Francisco with the then crazy idea of riding his motorcycle all the way to New York City.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2018 Harley-Davidson Touring Lineup: The New Softails

2018 Harley-Davidson Touring Lineup: The New Softails

Earning a reputation for fulfilling open-road dreams of freedom since 1903, Harley-Davidson enjoys mythical status in motorcycling. The one criticism the Milwaukee brand has suffered over the years has been their dependence on aging design and technology, with changes to their original machine being few and far between.
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Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900

Aprilia Shiver 900 and Dorsoduro 900

You (or your grandad) may have had a UJM—Universal Japanese Motorcycle—in the ’70s or ’80s. It could do it all, and there are plenty of good standard models out there today, but what if you want something with a dollop of Italian panache? Aprilia has offered a middleweight standard in the U.S. market for years, but it’s been overlooked, perhaps because of its lack of arm-stretching literbike power.
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