July/August 2013
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Touring and Travel Articles

City Escape: Los Angeles, California

City Escape: Los Angeles, California

This ride is very diverse with sections that include: climbing through the Cleveland National Forest, outstanding views of Lake Elsinore, and scenic roads through native oak forest. Many interesting attractions spaced out along the route allow for a full day of riding.
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City Escape: Atlanta

City Escape: Atlanta

A scenic jaunt through the southern Appalachians and rural northern Georgia, this route contains an abundance of natural beauty. The best times to go are April to June and September to November.
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Las Vegas, NV, to Sturgis, SD: Off the Cloud in the Wild West

Las Vegas, NV, to Sturgis, SD: Off the Cloud in the Wild West

Modern life is grand—always on the go, always connected to 
the “Cloud,” always tweeting, pinning, liking, sharing, and then 
recharging so that we can do it all again. It is, admittedly, 
overwhelming sometimes—even for The Digital Rider.
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Roanoke, Virginia Shamrock Tour®: Dirty Dancing Through the Curves

Roanoke, Virginia Shamrock Tour®: Dirty Dancing Through the Curves

As summer ends and autumn approaches, the days get shorter. While we get ready for winter 
by cleaning out the garage and servicing our motorcycles, trees use up the last of their food supply in a way that attracts millions of tourists. And what better way to see nature’s beautiful fall foliage than by rolling through on two wheels.
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Idaho: Six Scenic Byways in Two Days

Idaho: Six Scenic Byways in Two Days

Idaho has around 30 routes that are officially designated scenic byways. I spend a weekend in late September to take on a half dozen of these with a group of riders led by some 
avid motorcyclists from the Idaho Tourism Department.
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Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma: Chasing Dragons

Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma: Chasing Dragons

It’s a long ride from my home in Oklahoma to Deals Gap, the twisty, 11-mile section of Highway 129 bordering Tennessee and North Carolina also known as the “Tail of the Dragon.” But rumor has it that eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri are infested with elusive serpents just waiting to do battle with any daring “Don Quixote” willing to chase them down.
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Malaysia: Jungle Joy Ride

Malaysia: Jungle Joy Ride

Under a royal blue sky, we’re hurtling south along a smooth multi-lane freeway amid a sea of rolling greens hills. Waves of lush forestation, palm farms, and tea plantations stretch into the horizon. Malaysia is a dynamic melting pot that Malays, Indians, Chinese, and a host of others call home—and where the best of each fuses into a culinary and social scene unlike anywhere else in the world.
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Alberta, Canada: Ironhorse on the Cowboy Trail

Alberta, Canada: Ironhorse on the Cowboy Trail

Thousands of Canadians still head west hoping to capture some of the wealth from Canada’s richest province (per capita income) for themselves. But it’s also a favorite international tourist destination well known for its expansive blue skies and scenery as well as both winter and summer activities.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe: Yamaha Adds a Budget-friendly Bagger

2013 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe: Yamaha Adds a Budget-friendly Bagger

Yamaha’s Star cruiser division has launched its new 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe, which it calls a “midsize” bagger. My, how times have changed. Why, it wasn’t that long ago that an 80-cubic-inch motorcycle was considered full size!
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Comparison: 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring vs. 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

Comparison: 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring vs. 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

What we have here are birds of a feather, V-twins from the land of Chianti and chiaroscuro that represent two very different interpretations of the fastest growing segment in our little playground—adventure touring. Both marques have a strong touring heritage, so it’s no surprise that they’ve thrown their hats in the ring.
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2013 Honda CRF250L: Dual Sport Darling

2013 Honda CRF250L: Dual Sport Darling

After being away for almost a decade (the street-legal XR250L was dropped in 2004), Honda is back in the 250cc dual sport segment with the CRF250L. The new machine receives its crisp styling from Honda’s CRF series, but the engine design is borrowed from the CBR250R sportbike.
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2013 Kymco Xciting 500i ABS: Scooting Redefined

2013 Kymco Xciting 500i ABS: Scooting Redefined

Most scooters are designed with one task in mind—urban commuting, and it is a role that suits them well. There are, however, some scoots that are capable of much more, even some for whom words like “highway” or “tour” aren’t so dirty. One of these is the Kymco Xciting 500i ABS.
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