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Touring and Travel Articles

California: Digging Up History in San Diego County

California: Digging Up History in San Diego County

Eighty years ago, travelers to the gold rush town of Julian in remote eastern San Diego County had a different tale to tell about getting off the beaten path.
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Hot Springs, Arkansas Shamrock Tour®: The Valley of Vapors

Hot Springs, Arkansas Shamrock Tour®: The Valley of Vapors

The Ouachita (wah-shi-tah) River runs through it: the largest 
mountain chain between the Rockies and the Appalachians. The gentle folds of the ancient Ouachita Mountains offer some of the best 
motorcycle roads in America. We’re based in a place that Native 
Americans called the Valley of the Vapors, so named because of the steam produced by thermal springs bubbling up at over 140 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m eager to see what we’ll discover during the next four days on our adventures from Bill Clinton’s hometown.
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Michigan: Riding 'round the Mitten

Michigan: Riding 'round the Mitten

Once again, the “Lost Squadron” of Norb on his H-D Ultra, Jim on his Gold Wing, and I on a borrowed 2011 H-D Tri Glide (in the new “Cool Blue Pearl” color) are hitting the road. This time it’s a circle tour of Michigan’s shoreline, from Muskegon north to Mackinac Island, then south along Lake Huron to Port Sanilac, and west across the state and back to Muskegon.
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Park City, Utah to Rapid City, South Dakota: Sturgis or Bust!

Park City, Utah to Rapid City, South Dakota: Sturgis or Bust!

Shortly after the Civil War, my great-grandfather and his younger brother headed west across this great country, following the first transcontinental railroad during its construction. They built their first gun shop in Laramie, WY, which was a territory then, and eked out a modest living from this vast and beautiful frontier.
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World Travelers - Mongolia: Among Genghis Khan’s Heirs

World Travelers - Mongolia: Among Genghis Khan’s Heirs

“Welcome to Mongolia!” the customs officer says to me in perfect English while tapping me fiercely on the shoulder. Greetings like this don’t happen often at border crossings. What he probably meant was more like: “Lad, since you managed to survive our chaotic border post, you shouldn’t have any problems in the country beyond.”
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Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop: Riding the Crown of the Continent

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop: Riding the Crown of the Continent

It is closer to bedtime than it is to dinnertime when I finally park the bike. But the kitchen is open until 10 p.m. here at Vimy’s Lounge & Grill at the Waterton Lakes Resort, so I order yak meatballs (since they are fresh out of elk chili) and get a room for the night. I am at the end of a satisfying day of riding along a portion of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Loop, a route that I plucked from drivethetop10.com. The loop winds through Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Parks and cuts through sections of Montana, British Columbia, and the Alberta Rocky Mountains.
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Reader Ride - Tennessee: Dual Sport Waltz

Reader Ride - Tennessee: Dual Sport Waltz

This Reader Ride is sponsored by: Clymer® Looking to put a newly acquired Suzuki DR-Z400S through its paces means finding a location with great roads, both paved and otherwise. After some research, Tellico Plains, TN, stood out as the clear choice. Sitting at the doorstep of the Cherokee National Forest, the area was inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous peoples.
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Motorcycle Reviews

2013 Victory Judge: Here Come de Judge!

2013 Victory Judge: Here Come de Judge!

Victory Motorcycles’ PR department says its latest cruiser model, the Judge, “has a powerful silhouette and details that evoke visions of classic American muscle cars.”
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2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão: A New Adventure Bike Joins the Fray!

2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão: A New Adventure Bike Joins the Fray!

Named after an arid savanna region in northeastern Brazil, the Sertão is designed for the growing adventure motorcycle market and essentially replaces the Dakar version of the F 650 GS, which was discontinued in 2008. (BMW changed its model designations beginning with the introduction of the F 800 series; single-cylinder models have the prefix G, and twin-cylinder models use the F prefix.) The new Sertão is based on the current G 650 GS, but there are significant difference
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