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Touring and Travel Articles

Shamrock Tour® - Death Valley, California and Nevada

Shamrock Tour® - Death Valley, California and Nevada

The roads between Nevada's Amargosa Desert and California's Panamint Valley are as much about big sky and land as they are a connection to the area's historic past. It's a place where myth meets reality and the remnants of that union-abandoned mining camps, sagging cabins, collapsed mine shafts, and rusted headworks-are scattered across the landscape. Lack of water, harsh temperatures, and federal claim to hundreds of miles of land bypassed by early pioneers, have kept it looking much like it did a century ago.
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Lake Superior - Canadian Side

Lake Superior - Canadian Side

Two countries, one lake. On the US side, Lake Superior abuts small towns, local businesses, and large industrialized cities. People abound. Yet, along the Canadian border, with the exception of Thunder Bay, the land is pristine, green, and seemingly untouched by man.
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Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect that it will cease to be divided."Abraham Lincoln 1858
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Nebraska Outlaw Trail

Nebraska Outlaw Trail

What motorcyclist doesn't feel a kinship with America's cowboys? Our bikes have saddles, not seats. We use saddlebags for storage, not a trunk. And, of course, we wear boots, not shoes when we ride. So, when the opportunity arose to tour Nebraska's romantic Outlaw Trail, I had my bedroll and six-shooter packed within minutes.
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Central America - Moto Mundo Maya, Part 2

Central America - Moto Mundo Maya, Part 2

As we continue our journey through four time zones and seven countries, we cross the border (frontera) from Mexico into Guatemala, near El Carmen. We're surrounded by chaos. At least a dozen pushing and shoving street hustlers encircle us, yelling simultaneously in Spanglish that they're the best ones to change our dollars to quetzels and help us get through inmigración, customs (aduana), and importación of the bikes.
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Reader Ride - Eastern Ohio

Reader Ride - Eastern Ohio

Ohio boasts one of the highest numbers of registered motorcycles in the nation, and for good reason. The rolling hills that dominate the southeastern corner of my native state are laced with twisting ribbons of asphalt that offer some of the best motorcycling found anywhere. I have ridden Ohio's roads for over thirty years, yet ample new scenery exists for day trips that serve to fill in the gaps between longer tours. Internet research provided the inspiration for such a trip in the form of one road, Route 536. Located near the eastern border and only around ten miles in length, Route 536 has been called "Ohio's Dragon."
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Motorcycle Reviews

2010 BMW R 1200 GS & GS Adventure

2010 BMW R 1200 GS & GS Adventure

BMW Motorrad celebrated the 30th anniversary of its popular GS series by introducing the most powerful R 1200 GS and GS Adventure ever. Taking its name from a combination of the German Gelände and Strasse, GS translates to "terrain" and "road," respectively - and for three decades, GS models have enabled owners to ride to the ends of the earth.Our test ride was held in and around northern California's fabulous Yosemite National Park.
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2010 Honda VT1300 Sabre, Stateline, & Interstate

2010 Honda VT1300 Sabre, Stateline, & Interstate

Just months after releasing its Fury "factory chopper," Honda has unleashed a trio of new 1300cc V-twin cruisers: Sabre, Stateline, and Interstate. All within the same family, each one of this trio offers an individual take on the factory custom theme, so folks shopping for a cruiser in this size range now have a slew of choices at their Honda dealer.
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Kawasaki's 2010 Lineup

Kawasaki's 2010 Lineup

Kawasaki recently invited RoadRUNNER to attend a two-day ride highlighting the light side of their model lineup. Austere times and higher gas prices have given pause to the gluttony of just a couple years ago, when all the attention was on huge, heavy models.
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Also in this issue ...

  • Motorcycles at Monterey [Read]
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Battery [Read]
  • Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary [Read]
  • The Joys of Camping : Basic Equipment Needs [Read]