November/December 2004
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Touring and Travel Articles

Missouri

Missouri

I'm 38 years old and I've only been west of the Mississippi River by air. Today, that all changes. As the miles tick down to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the anticipation is beginning to grow. If I'm going to tour Missouri, I have to complete a pilgrimage. I have to cross a watercourse of such great physical and metaphorical power that its mere existence has inspired millions - and me - to wander free.
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Shamrock Tour® - Portland, Oregon

Shamrock Tour® - Portland, Oregon

As we dismount in the parking lot of Mount Hood's Timberline Lodge and gaze at the still snow-draped peak that towers above us, Christian proclaims, "I'm blown away. It's like God created the world in six days, and then on the seventh, He took the best parts and built Oregon." Something of an overstatement perhaps, but nonetheless, the northwest corner of Oregon does indeed include some heavenly natural features: ocean beaches, the imposing Cascade Range, the mighty Columbia River, and the gloriously fertile Willamette Valley. All of this - and gourmet coffee too!
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New Zealand: Canyons and Water Crossings

New Zealand: Canyons and Water Crossings

I don't like heights and what stood (actually, swung) between us and the other side of the 450-foot-deep canyon was a single-lane wooden suspension bridge that appeared to be doing the Mambo in the high wind. Ah, New Zealand, the land where bungee jumping originated, where some extreme Kiwis and tourists think nothing of jumping off of Auckland's 1,075-foot Sky Tower, the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. But then again, none of them have made that drop astride a 650-pound motorcycle.
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In and Around Washington's Cascade Range

In and Around Washington's Cascade Range

The Cascade Mountains of Washington State are subjected to the regular four seasons of the northern calendar: Nearly Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction. So, it's no surprise to find those familiar orange diamonds indicating road repairs on Highway 2. But this summer, a new, more ominous sign appears: "Motorcycles Use Extreme Caution."
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Motorcycle Reviews

"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny"

"Wow, this bike is big." That's my first thought on seeing the 2005 Yamaha Royal Star Tour Deluxe, and I felt a bit intimidated by the sheer bulk of the machine I'd be cruising around the back roads of Charlottesville, Virginia, the next day. Also, I personally prefer short handlebars and rear-set foot pegs. So, what were they thinking when sending me out to ride this bike? I'm not a cruiser guy. Oh, well - it looks like I am now, or I will be by tomorrow morning.
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Six-Gun Shootout

Six-Gun Shootout

RoadRUNNER takes to the open road in sleek super-sporting style aboard the latest 600cc class motorcycles.
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Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Kawasaki ZRX1200R

Naked bikes continue to grow in popularity as manufacturers from Asia and Europe jump on the bandwagon. Kawasaki was a pioneer in developing the modern standard and they have stuck to their guns by offering the ZRX1200R for another production year. As one of my daddy's favorite clichés goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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Also in this issue ...

  • World Travelers [Read]
  • The King's Castle [Read]
  • STARgazing [Read]
  • City Portrait: Kansas City [Read]
  • Preparing Your Bike for Winter Storage [Read]
  • The Leather Boys [Read]
  • Vintage Riding in Virginia's Hunt Country [Read]
  • 1971 BSA 750cc Rocket 3 - Rocket Science [Read]