November/December 2005
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Touring and Travel Articles

Western Colorado: Mesas, Mountains, and Mines

Western Colorado: Mesas, Mountains, and Mines

The road from Silverton to Ouray is one of only three I've wanted instantly to go back and ride again (Wyoming's Bear Tooth Pass and British Columbia's Duffey Lake Road are the others). Colorado 550 turns into a snake slithering down, around, and across the Uncompahgre River's plummeting canyon. Bound to topple in the next rockslide or avalanche, abandoned mine buildings hang like aeries on the cliffs. And wooden shacks down in the depths of the gorge hover perilously close to the crashing torrent.
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Canada: Quebec, Gaspé Peninsula

Canada: Quebec, Gaspé Peninsula

Setting out from Lake George, New York, we arrive a few hours later at the US/Canadian border in North Troy, Vermont. A Canadian officer checks our passports and waves us on with a cheerful "Bon voyage!" Christa and I are on our way to Montmagny, Québec, to begin a tour around the Gaspé Peninsula.
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Shamrock Tour® - Spokane, Washington

Shamrock Tour® - Spokane, Washington

With the licence perhaps only a realtor (as was his profession) would dare employ, Seattle pioneer C. T. Conover is responsible for Washington state's nickname, The Evergreen State. It might look that way from the Emerald City, but as Christian and I raced along the Snake River Canyon west of Lewiston, there wasn't any green anywhere - just baked, brown, barren cliffs separating the churning white water from the indigo sky above.
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Australia: From The Snowy Mountains to Chilli Beach

Australia: From The Snowy Mountains to Chilli Beach

The clear icy waters of the Snowy River are framed in yellow leaves and the nearby ski slopes of the Snowy Mountains wind through the wooded hills. It's the end of May and winter knocks on the door in the southern hemisphere. To escape the cold, we're pointing our bikes north toward Cape York, 3,000 miles away, where the scenery more closely resembles what one typically sees in Australian travel brochures - sunny days on white strands fringed with swaying palm trees.
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Southern Minnesota

Southern Minnesota

Even though Minnesota lies halfway between the east and west coasts, it's not one of the dry prairie states. Millions of years ago, retreating glaciers took care of that, leaving more than 15,000 lakes behind. So, there's always water around the corner. Apart from that there is the Mississippi River Valley, cradling the state's most scenic highway, its beautiful river towns, and the exciting curves in the ravines and valleys of the bluffs in the southern region of the state.
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Lithuania: A Two-Up Tour

Lithuania: A Two-Up Tour

Slightly larger than West Virginia, Lithuania seems to have it all: huge dunes and forests, seashore, lakes, impressive architecture, and above all, a people with a strong desire for freedom. No longer hidden from the world in the gloom of the Iron Curtain, Lithuanians led the fight for independence in the Baltic States as the winds of change swept through Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. Now, more and more travelers are discovering the many delights of a country that has finally made its way back to the rest of Europe.
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A Gem in Eastern North Carolina

A Gem in Eastern North Carolina

We had planned to tour this historic area of the North Carolina coast for quite a while but the weather was always too uncooperative, making us reschedule the trip week after week. Finally, when The Weather Channel virtually guaranteed a stretch of sunny days with no rain, we quickly packed our gear and whatever we'd need for a couple of days' riding and drove east.
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Motorcycle Reviews

BMW K1200S

BMW K1200S

It's rare air up in the hyper-tourer stratosphere. You've got the Suzuki Hayabusa, the Kawasaki ZX-12R, the discontinued-stateside Blackbird, and now, the BMW K1200S has joined the fray. Never known for speed and acceleration, the K series is nonetheless my favorite line of Beemers, and the only one that shares clear stylistic points of reference with their brawny yet luxurious automobiles.
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Victory Kingpin Deluxe

Victory Kingpin Deluxe

The appeal of a big, American-made motorcycle is undeniable. Anybody who's thrown a leg over of one of these iron horses will attest to the thrill derived from that intoxicating staccato of the pistons doing their thing. There's also that throb coming through the handlebars, and let's not forget the shiny chrome - and have I mentioned that unmistakable V-twin sound?
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Kawasaki Z750S

Kawasaki Z750S

Many of you who have been riding for a while may remember the UJM days. Universal Japanese Motorcycle, a term often used derisively back in the 70s and early 80s to describe those 'standard' machines that arrived on U.S. shores in droves. Though lacking the mystique of Harley-Davidson or Triumph, they were inexpensive, reliable, user friendly, and most of all, fun. These bikes were literally motojuana, a gateway to a larger addiction. If you took one or two puffs of a KZ400, you probably fell into a lifelong battle with wind dependency. My name is Chris, and I'm a motoholic.
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Royal Enfield's Biggest Twin

Royal Enfield's Biggest Twin

Jim Stothard wasn't looking for a motorcycle when he heard about the Royal Enfield his boss had in storage. He wasn't even sure what an Enfield was. But the idea of buying it wouldn't go away. It took two years of needling and cajoling before Jim was even allowed to see the bike.
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Also in this issue ...

  • The Barber Vintage [Read]
  • EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals [Read]
  • Cornercraft: Staying Safer in the Swerves [Read]