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Touring and Travel Articles

Frisco, Colorado Shamrock Tour®

Frisco, Colorado Shamrock Tour®

It's all down hill from here - literally. Squatting next to the Continental Divide, Frisco, CO, is the perfect base for exploring some of the most elevated highways in America.
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Lake Huron Circle Tour

Lake Huron Circle Tour

Sarah and I planned this trip for many months. It was a very romantic idea: two lovebirds in their mid-20s on a camping trip around Lake Huron, keeping traveling costs down and excitement up. Sarah had been camping quite a bit with her family, so Ms. Camping had all the answers. I, on the other hand, am a textbook novice when it comes to motorcycle camping. The fun started when we picked up the KTM 990 Adventure.
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Alaska

Alaska

There's nothing like a good midlife crisis: chuck it all, curvy Porsche and a blonde at your side as you mash the throttle and hit triple-digit speeds. Then again, some time on an adventure bike and sleeping next to bears seems like a great escape, too.
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Pennsylvania Steam

Pennsylvania Steam

"Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel, Thy ponderous side-bars, parallel and connecting rods, gyrating, shuttling at thy sides, Thy metrical, now swelling pant and roar, now tapering in the distance, Thy great protruding head-light fix'd in front, Thy long, pale, floating vapor-pennants, tinged with delicate purple, The dense and murky clouds out-belching from thy smoke-stack, Thy knitted frame, thy springs and valves, the tremulous twinkle of thy wheels," -Excerpt from "To A Locomotive in Winter," by Walt Whitman
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World Travelers: Bolivia

World Travelers: Bolivia

Following two days in the Chilean desert town of San Pedro de Atacama, we are cruising back to the base of Licancabur Volcano. Its ashen flanks are our signal to turn north, drop from the asphalt, and begin our ascent into a land like no other. At an elevation of about 13,000 feet and occupying 10 percent of the country, the Bolivian Altiplano is the second highest plateau in the world, the highest being Tibet, and an incredible place to ride a motorbike.
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Reader Ride: United Kingdom - The Peak District

Reader Ride: United Kingdom - The Peak District

I'm lucky enough to live near the edge of the Peak District, the first national park to be created in the U.K. Situated at the center of Britain, its 555 square miles are within 60 miles of half the nation's population. Surrounded by Britain's once-great industrial heartland it is considered a green lung, a natural environment where millions of visitors can enjoy unspoiled countryside.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2012 BMW K 1600 GT and GTL

2012 BMW K 1600 GT and GTL

Pieter de Waal, the vice president of BMW Motorrad USA, told us how the sporty new K 1600 GT and GTL models started out as a clean-sheet approach, with a five-year gestation. Although both the GTL and GT share most major components, they maintain separate personalities. The GTL offers more wind protection, a bigger gas tank, and a top trunk, more suited for long-distance two-up rides, while the GT has sportier ergos aimed at solo sport-touring riders.
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Long-term: 2010 Victory Cross Country

Long-term: 2010 Victory Cross Country

Unlike many motorcycle manufacturers, Victory has eschewed the alphanumeric formula for its machines and has instead chosen to name them. The Vision is indeed visionary, the Hammer is about as subtle as a blacksmith, and a well-appointed Jackpot is reminiscent of the Vegas strip. What are we to make of the Cross Country?
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Champion Trikes

Champion Trikes

Trike conversions allow folks who would like to ride motorcycles - but want or need the stability of three wheels on the ground - to still enjoy the sensory experience and freedom of the road that motorcyclists love. As a result they are becoming more popular with aging baby boomers, plus some states don't require a motorcycle-license endorsement for trikes.
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