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Touring and Travel Articles

Summer Splendor in SE Massachusetts

Summer Splendor in SE Massachusetts

In the summer, Cape Cod becomes the crown jewel of eastern Massachusetts. While the Berkshires in the western half of the Bay State lure vacationers and weekenders with its rolling hills and famed classical music performances, the siren song of the beaches and other shoreline attractions of the Cape prove difficult to resist, with three-hour-long, Friday night bottlenecks at the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges attesting to its coastal appeal.
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Shamrock Tour® - Austin, Texas

Shamrock Tour® - Austin, Texas

It must be after one o'clock. I can tell because the hunger pangs are starting to hit with a consistency matched only by the Heritage Softail's staccato, V-twin thump ricocheting off the warm Texas asphalt. According to a friendly reader I met at the Fort Worth International Motorcycle Show, I'm in the neighborhood of a barbecue joint that scores high marks. Coming from a Texan, that means something. Turn on the smoke detectors, boys. It's time to put some brisket in the basket.
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Scooter Tour: Goin' Down Jersey

Scooter Tour: Goin' Down Jersey

"New Jersey, Come See For Yourself" is the official slogan recently selected to encourage tourism in the Garden State, and Down Jersey, that mostly rural portion of southern New Jersey bordering the Delaware Bay, is certainly what the current crop of boosters have in mind. A land of contrasts with a culture all its own, it's made for traveling in the slow-lane, and touring by scooter is a great way to see it.
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Exploring Chile's Wild and Rugged South

Exploring Chile's Wild and Rugged South

Off-road heaven has a name - Chile. Twenty-seven hundred miles long, this very narrow stretch of land between the Andes and the rugged Pacific coast is one of the most multifaceted countries we have ever seen.
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Minnesota and N. Dakota - Classic Byways: Highway 52

Minnesota and N. Dakota - Classic Byways: Highway 52

We've enjoyed our few days of rest in Rochester, but the lure of the highway cannot be denied. Unable to resist, we leave the city behind and again plunge into the sea of greens and golds we've come to know as Midwest farmland. Drifting lazily along the asphalt current of Highway 52, we find ourselves cruising closer and closer to yet another of middle America's major ports of call.
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France: En Provence

France: En Provence

The weather in Provence, a region comprising some five départements in the southeast corner of France, is near perfect in spring and autumn, with mainly clear skies and temperatures in the mid-seventies. It's a land of scarlet poppies growing wild by the thousands, church bells ringing out from hilltop villages across countless orchards and vineyards, winding cobblestone alleyways, fabulous artists and authors, Cezanne to Zola...
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Southeastern Indiana

Southeastern Indiana

If you are looking for roads that wind through fantastic, hilly scenery and want to encounter a little history every few miles or so, then start making plans to ride in southeastern Indiana. You'll find Native American trails, the route of Indiana's only major Civil War episode, the road to the cabin where Lewis and Clark began their epic journey in 1803 and many more rewarding sights within the area between Louisville, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
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Motorcycle Reviews

Honda CBR1000RR

Honda CBR1000RR

Old habits die hard. I ride maybe 25,000 miles a year on roads that range from interstate to gravel, and I reckon I usually hold my own. But the racetrack is different. It takes me a whole day at California's Buttonwillow circuit to overcome my road-bound inhibitions: No unexpected gravel will be strewn across the corners; no loitering idiot in an LTD is lurking over that blind rise; and no trees or concrete berms will jump out from the bends. It ought to be biker heaven. And, of course, it is - especially on the remarkable 2006 Honda CBR1000RR.
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2005 Yamaha FZ1 - Long-term Evaluation

2005 Yamaha FZ1 - Long-term Evaluation

"Large increases in cost with questionable increases in performance can be tolerated only for racehorses and fancy women," wrote 19th-century physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin. He would have appreciated the 2005 Yamaha FZ1 then, which offers most of the performance of the company's flagship R1 sportbike for much less money.
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Ducati 749S / Suzuki GSX-R750

Ducati 749S / Suzuki GSX-R750

I have to be honest with you, folks. My boy-racer days are well behind me. Though I still covet a brisk pace across endless stretches of tasty twisties, there are usually packed saddlebags and often the world's greatest copilot along for the ride. Yep, these days I'm content to be absorbed by the lure of the open road and actually strive to stop occasionally and smell the proverbial roses.
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Honda FSC600A3 Silver Wing

Honda FSC600A3 Silver Wing

Remember the original Silver Wing? It wasn't a scooter; it was a motorcycle. Honda used the CX 500 transverse-mounted V-twin platform to launch their version of a slenderized touring machine, the GL500 Silver Wing Interstate. A sort of Gold Wing "lite" if you will. After all, it was the early '80s then, and Diet Coke, Bud Light, and Richard Simmons were all the rage. Slimming down was looking up and the Gold Wing suddenly had a baby brother.
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