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Touring and Travel Articles

Through Trees of Stone

Through Trees of Stone

The wind howls across the Arizona plains as I aim a Honda Gold Wing 1800 toward the Petrified Forest National Park on US 180 east. I lean the 850-pound machine into the gusts to hold a straight line. The Painted Desert spreads before me - a vast horizon of cracked earth and colored sandstone - and the cloudless sky is tinged with a red film of dust dispersed by the dirt-devils swirling the air.
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Hunting Mountains in the Heart of Dixie

Hunting Mountains in the Heart of Dixie

Years ago while on our way back to college in Western Maryland, my friend Rick and I stopped at a wide spot by the road next to the Potomac River. We simultaneously picked up rocks and hurled them into the current. Rick opined that it's impossible to stand on the banks of a river and not throw a rock. I understood then and I understand today. I guess like rocks to water, some things are so deeply instinctual that they just happen. I've been swearing I wouldn't, but I simply can't resist breaking into a Schuberth-muffled rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama" as I cross the state line.
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Shamrock Tour® - Bakersfield, California

Shamrock Tour® - Bakersfield, California

Arriving at John Wayne Orange County Airport, the "Neuhauser Motorcycle Gang" is excited to begin their explorations in yet another area of Central California. In the next few days we'll roam over four loops in the Bakersfield area and our base, the Four Points Sheraton, is in the perfect place strategically, with all major routes out of the city easily accessible.
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The Land Chief Joseph Lost

The Land Chief Joseph Lost

On a blue-sky July day in tiny Joseph, Oregon, a carpet of golden grassland stretches north to the horizon, hemmed by a line of sturdy, white-topped mountains. So much land, so few people. You'd think there would have been enough to go around. And there almost was. Until some shiny yellow metal showed up.
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Northeast Africa: Fear & Roving in Africa

Northeast Africa: Fear & Roving in Africa

If not for these unnerving roadblocks all the time, Egypt could be really enjoyable. A boiling hot ribbon of tar takes us through the densely populated Nile Valley. Palm trees lining the shores of the mighty river rush by. The lush green sugarcane plantations are dotted with workers dressed in luminous colors.
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Iron Country Getaway

Iron Country Getaway

Industry and the Ohio River go hand in hand. Mighty tugboats muscle teams of barges laden to the waterline with raw materials destined for factories and power plants along the banks. Despite the fact that Ohio may not be experiencing the best of times, it is obvious that this area's industrial roots, like its roads, are intricately woven into the fabric of the land.
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Motorcycle Reviews

KTM 990 Super Duke

KTM 990 Super Duke

Austrian motorbike manufacturer KTM has declared road bikes their next target. And, with the launch of the 990 Super Duke, there's a good chance that many proud owners of traditional naked bikes might be seen bawling soon.
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MZ 1000S

MZ 1000S

Sometimes you get one of those offers you just can't refuse. Here at RoadRUNNER, that happens rather frequently. But this one is different. Fabled German marque MZ has been teasing the public for several years now with the 1000S concept bike first seen at the 2000 Intermot. Apparently, they now feel it's ready for some exercise and they want me to join in the calisthenics. Water the plants and put the cats out, I'm headed to Phoenix.
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The Return of the UJM

The Return of the UJM

I knew if I bugged Bill long enough he'd sell me his bike. He hardly ever rode it. I was in a very unusual "bikeless" stage of my life while living in Asheville, NC, which is as close to moto-Utopia as you can get. I needed a bike and Bill had a bike he didn't need. Sounded like serendipity to me.
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Also in this issue ...

  • The Copper Mountain Cycle Fest 2004 [Read]
  • Choosing a New Motorcycle [Read]
  • A Softail Standard takes on Laguna Seca [Read]
  • Staying Single [Read]
  • The Western Maryland [Read]