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Touring and Travel Articles

Killington, Vermont Shamrock Tour®

Killington, Vermont Shamrock Tour®

"Long ago, the Great Bear wandered freely throughout the sky. His massive paws took him far across the unlimited ceiling of the world. He hunted and fished, finding food there in the many rivers of the sky. All throughout the first spring he did this, until his belly was full and happy." -Iroquois Legend of the Big Dipper
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

I don't really need a good reason to go on a motorcycle trip, whether it be for the adventure of exploring a new area, tackling a challenging road, or just getting away from my daily routine. But this ride is something special, and I'm excited to get to ride through Yellowstone National Park, a perfectly good reason for a trip! I can't wait to witness the beauty and wildlife of the very first national park.
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North and South Dakota

North and South Dakota

During the summer and fall of 1804, Lewis and Clark with the Corps of Discovery covered much of the same ground that Linda and I had planned for this tour. Their favorite byway was the Missouri River. Ours would primarily be SR 1804 and SR 1806, which accompany the river on its journey south.
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West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland via Route 50

West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland via Route 50

Wafts of cool, mountain air swirl over the Victory Cross Country's short windshield in a near perfect dose. It's not enough to be buffeting, yet just enough to be invigorating. For Kathy, this is our journey's last leg. But for me, well, I'm already home.
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World Travelers: Argentina and Chile

World Travelers: Argentina and Chile

The weatherworn sign on the outskirts of Ushuaia proudly reads "Bienvenidos a la Ciudad mas austral del Mundo" - Welcome to the Southernmost City in the World. The tires of our heavily laden GS bikes bite into the freshly fallen snow as we excitedly pull on past.
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Canada: Alberta's Icefields Parkway

Canada: Alberta's Icefields Parkway

Every year thousands of tourists travel west from Calgary into British Columbia's interior, and many miss the most scenic parts of the province. Alberta is considered one of Canada's three prairie provinces, but it's the one with the most varied terrain: desert in the southeast corner in an area called the Palliser Triangle; Boreal forest across the north; and the majestic Canadian Rockies in the west.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2011 Triumph Cruiser Lineup

2011 Triumph Cruiser Lineup

Triumph gives customers seven new models to choose from in 2011, and they will be pleased with the direction that new CEO Greg Heichelbech is taking the fast-growing motorcycle manufacturer. Just outside Phoenix, Triumph presented the new Thunderbird Storm, along with the Speedmaster, America and Rocket III.
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2011 Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra

2011 Harley-Davidson FLTRU Road Glide Ultra

When the Motor Company introduced the Road Glide Ultra as a new model for 2011, and we had a short ride on it at the latest model introduction, I knew it deserved a full test. By combining the regular Road Glide with the large Tour Pack trunk used on the Electra Glide Ultra, it created a comfortable touring model with a frame-mounted fairing that aids stability and blocks the harsh winds of highway travel.
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2011 Yamaha FZ8

2011 Yamaha FZ8

As the market changes and so-called "middleweight" sportbikes creep toward quadruple-digit CCs, Yamaha's latest addition joins the party already in progress. Having been released to the Euro market last year to great success, can it attract American riders?
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